This is a superb little Northern
This is a superb little Northern Italian restaurant tucked away in a most unexpected place-- a quiet neighborhood. The food is sublime, on a level with the best Italian restaurants in the area (comparable to the famous Biba in Sacramento). The dining room is a tiny place, seating no more than about 20, but it is very pleasant. The garden is lovely and is a perfect setting for a large party in spring or summer.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Easter brunch was a treat!
Easter brunch was a treat! Thank you to Chef Atilio for modifying the menu for a vegan! The appetizer and the fava bean salad were very tasty and the entree was colorful and delicious, as usual.
3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Atmospheric and relaxing
Excellent ambiance for an al fresco spring lunch in the courtyard. Service was very good. As for the meal itself, I ordered squid ink risotto with seafood; it was good but not great, especially considering the high price for a mid-day meal. The best (and most pleasantly memorable) part of the meal were the fruity desserts. We shared a fruit cup and a crepe, both delicious and exceedingly fresh. I love this restaurant, but wish the lunch menu was more affordable to make more frequent visits possible!
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian Food & Ambiance
We love it here. The food is so fresh and delicious, and the outdoor dining is beautiful, relaxed, quiet, peaceful, and romantic (albeit the mosquitos are pesky!). We feel like we have left Davis and escaped on a romantic getaway whenever we eat here! :-) The service wasn't perfect this particular visit, but they made up for that with little extras "on the house." We tell all our friends about this restaurant and we plan on coming back time and again!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
WOW, What a wonderful find!
I lived in Italy for several years and went to many different restaurants that were romantic, great service and great food. Osteria Fasulo as good as the best romantic restaurants I've ever been in. My Lady Friend and I decided to eat Appetizers as there were so many to enjoy. Each and everyone was well prepared, looked fabulous and a marvelous taste, Brady, our waiter, was excellent in all ways. We even had a visit from the owner, Leonardo, charming Italian man who has a passion for what he does and a pleasure to speak with.
He said he was going to open a wine bar and also have Sunday brunch. I hope he does, I know we'll be back
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Most incredible dining experience
I travel worldwide for my job and live 30 minutes from USA restaurant Mecca, Yountville however hands down this the best restaurant expereince I have had here in the USA.
A person next to me on a flight home last month lives in Davis and raved about this restaurant. The food is incredible, great atmosphere and the owner is there all the time. He is not into big business restaurants - you feel like you are in Tuscany again.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding ... really
Sight unseen, I took my wife and two adult children there for Mother's Day brunch. Read good reviews, but it was a bit of a risk because I am not familiar with the Davis restaurant scene.
Prix fixe menu for that day, and in fact they are not normally open on Sundays. We were there as they opened at 10:30 and we had the restaurant to ourselves for the first 30 minutes. Later on it was mildly crowded but always felt intimate sitting outdoors.
Food was perfect, our server outstanding (no hovering but always there when we needed her, casual yet professional, informed yet not arrogant), the ambiance was outstanding - truly a great restaurant.
Yes, it is spendy and no, this won't be a regular stop for that reason, but you must try it.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such a wonderful restaurant!
It is a real treat to eat out at Osteria Fasulo's. The food is excellent , the location is special, the service is memorable. I highly recommend this unique and lovely restaurant.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Davis is the halfway point to meet our kids who live in Roseville. We did not know this place. Found it on line and were extremely pleasantly surprised! The outdoor setting was perfect for a causal yet upscale dinner. The food was described, prepared and presented beautifully. The owner was available to visit and check with all the patrons. The servers, owner and all the staff were very friendly, knowledgable and accommodating. The wine list is extensive and very good. The only slight annoyance was the slow service. There were plenty of servers so I can only assume the kitchen/ bar staff was short. That was in no way something that would prevent our return. This will be our meeting place for all future occasions!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu is diverse and we
The menu is diverse and we tried several very different items, which were outstanding. Seasonal emphasis with a creative flair. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. Inside dining is smaller but the outside patio area has lots of space.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I chose Osteria Fasulo for our Stitchery spring luncheon. It was very nice, but a BIT pricey (like $21 for a square of lasagna)! I think the portion was fine, but it didn't come with anything else - no veggies or a complimentary salad. I love the place but it is definitely a more special event sort of restaurant which could price themselves out of a more normal following.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a lovely little spot,
This is a lovely little spot, especially if you can sit out on their patio on a mild day. There are new tables and lights, and lots of shade for daytime. The menu is rather brief, but everything is delicious. The day we were there, they only had one server taking care of everybody, and she simply couldn't do it all in a timely manner. But she was well-informed and helpful when she did come around.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were having such a wonderful
We were having such a wonderful time at Osteria that we lost track of time. Sorry, staff! Atilio made beautiful and special vegan entrees; Leonardo helped us select wines a few weeks before and set them aside for us; Brady served us in style; and everyone welcomed us and our friends who were new to the restaurant. We all enjoyed the evening.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian Cuisine
We always have an excellent experience at Osteria Fasulo. The food is first-rate, the staff friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent genuine Italian
Excellent genuine Italian food, prepared with attention to details.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
At these prices you can eat in NY
We love this restaurant's ambience, the character of the staff, and especially outdoor dining. On a hot Davis day, the cooling of the evening is often the perfect temperature for dinner.
But the prices are high for the market. Last Saturday, my wife and I shared dinner, as we always do, with a salad, a soup, one entree and one appetizer. With four glasses of modest wine. Including tip, about $150. That is a lot for Davis, but the ambience is fabulous.
Our biggest disappointment: we had shrimp scampi for the entree. We were amazed to find one only gets two (2) scampi for $27. The menu suggested 6, but they explained that the scampi were 6 per pound, not six per order. This kind of cheap will reduce the number of visits this year.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten many times at
We have eaten many times at Osteria Fasulo. The food has been consistently very good. The service has been very good also. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
7/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tough to find, but worth the effort
Located inside of a West Davis community, Osteria Fasulo is not exactly an easy place to find. Osteria Fasulo is a "boutique" italian restaurant which offers excellent food served in an environment that is somehow both romantic and family friendly. They have a nice outside courtyard, and are pet friendly when the weather allows outdoor dining -- which frankly is most of the time. They also have a smallish indoor space. From classic Italian to something they came up with, the food is all top shelf. So fire up your GPS and head over.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anniversary dinner with friends
We went out to dinner for our 10th anniversary and had a great dinner. This dining room is small and quiet and well decorated. The service was very good and the food was also very good. Because we are older and can't eat a lot so we asked to split a meal. They did this and did not charge a fee. This is a great place for a special dinner out or just a quiet dinner out with your wife or girl friend.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the food. Our waitress
I loved the food. Our waitress treated us like royalty! The owner came around to day hello.I think the patio look could be fresher with more flowers and tablecloths.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the Evening But...
Osteria Fasulo is a wonderful restaurant - Plan on it being a leisurely meal and the food is worth the wait. A few things that fell short...One, had a glass of wine and it was definitely a skimpy pour. No wonder all the other tables knew to order bottles. Two, we had a new waitress and she needed a bit more training. We started feeling sorry for her rather than be annoyed by our service. However, the owner came around to every table and asked us how our food and service was.... that made up for any short comings.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night....but service misfit
Had a lovely meal in the courtyard. Oysters and Prosceco on a warm evening.....too bad we didn't have a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable server. Didn't appear to be the case with other tables/servers, so I guess we had a bad luck of the draw. Food was wonderful, atmosphere great. A real gem in a very unexpected environment. Will be back!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out
Tried Osteria Fasulo on the advice of friends for our 10th anniversary. The restaurant is in a nice, quiet area of Davis, with a small inside space and a very nice outdoor patio. The waiters and waitresses were all very helpful and attentive. The food was excellent, and we appreciated not feeling rushed to finish one course before beginning the next. The selection of wines is also quite good, with options at various price points. Would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for an excellent, relaxing meal for whatever occasion.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming Local Establishment
Have eaten lunch/brunch twice this month, and both experiences were enjoyable. I think the wine markup is a bit excessive, but they will waive the $20 corkage fee if you purchase a bottle from them as well. Service was knowledgeable and gracious on both occasions.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have been here before on valentines day and it was much more crowded. This time we were the only ones in the place. I ordered the oysters as an appetizer and they were delicious. My wife and I both ordered the polenta lasagna and added pancetta. I would say that was the best lasagna I have ever had! We finished our meal with dessert. We enjoyed our experience and will be back again.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ah, the crusted salmon was superb! Dining with a beautiful companion enhanced the impression, no doubt, and Fasulo's atmosphere makes it a perfect osteria for wooing a person of one's dreams.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A magnificent experience; great food, great service and lovely ambiance
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Real Gem
The list of great restaurants in Davis is pretty short, so we were incredibly pleased to dine al fresco at this wonderful Italian restaurant with incredibly fresh, gourmet, authentic dishes. The waitstaff was incredibly friendly and professional (another rarity in Davis). Highly recommended, we'll be back!!!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A truly wonderful experience.
A truly wonderful experience. This was our 40th-plus visit - I am pleased that this place is always an available option.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate here on our anniv. & were pleased with the restaurant. A quiet restaurant tucked away from town with a central open patio area in the middle reminiscent of Italy. If you didn't know the restaurant was here, you would never find it.
Staff was courteous, helpful and accommodating. Server brought us a complimentary appetizer and a dessert for our anniversary, definitely a nice touch and not expected!
Menu had a variety of meals, seafood, pasta, soups, and other proteins. Appetizer portion cioppino was very good with a lot of different seafoods, reasonably priced, and almost enough for a meal.
If you're looking for something different, tucked away from UC Davis, romantic, & quiet, with really good food, this place is worth checking out.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the beet salad and the vegan "lasagna". The lasagna is layered with all veggies (no pasta) and savory flavors.
My husband was happy to see the cioppino back on the menu too.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten many times at
We have eaten many times at this restaurant. The food is excellent and so is the service. It is not an easy place to find on the west side of Davis but well worth the effort.
10/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
we had not been here in over
we had not been here in over 4yrs and went because we understood it was under new management. and is so, kudos to them.
Our dinner was outstanding. Especially noteworthy was the gnocchi and the stuffed sole entree. the radicchio salad was a new
experience and very delicious. We had a pana cotta for dessert and all agreed it was one of the best desserts we had ever had.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food! Hidden gem
Wonderful food! Hidden gem in a small neighborhood older strip of retail. The waitress was very friendly.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pre Mondavi Dinner
Food was good. Fresh and full with flavor. Offered classic and new menu items. Nice variety. Nice presentation. Not over priced. Able to give a fine dining experience yet got us out the door in time to go to the Mondavi Center. Had fire pits and heaters for outdoor dining. Very friendly. Would classify as casual fine dining. Dress up or down comfortable either way. Was made to feel very welcome and special. Staff super attentive. Will happily return.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had a lovely dinner but what really made the experience outstanding was our server Nicole. She was so knowledgable and attentive, it just elevated the whole experience. The food was good, portions on the small size but it was a very enjoyable meal. We will return! Thank you Nicole!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef Atilio prepared a delicious tomato basil soup and amazing grilled vegetable plate, complete with chestnuts for the holidays! My husband also enjoyed the cioppino and Matteo already had a wine suggestion ready for us too. It was a great meal all around.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.
A wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. As our son said, "this has been a wonderful day" and you set the mood. Thank you so much
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic birthday dinner
My wife and I celebrated her 51st birthday at Osteria. This restaurant is a hidden gem of fine dinning in Davis! The restaurant is small (about 10 tables) and has been here for about 10 years. Italian menu is made mostly from locally sourced sustainable foods. The menu changes frequently and has a wide variety including vegetarian and gluten free options. The owner, chef and wait staff are all very friendly and accommodating. There was one loud party of 6 which increased the volume level in the small dinning room but we still had a nice romantic dinner. Rather than deciding on a single meal, we chose several appetizers and salads. Patricia brought out each course in good time. Steamed mussels and clams were extraordinary! We will return!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM