Good authentic Italian. Salad
Good authentic Italian. Salad was fresh and well prepared. Pasta was a bit of Italy. Special porterhouse pork was very good though priced well above any entree on the menu (a definite no no if not disclosed to diners). All in all, a nice dining experience.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Definitely a nice dinner spot
Definitely a nice dinner spot in SLO!
Too expensive for students, but just right for parents of college kids and adults.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top Shelf Start to Finish
Went to Buona Tavola on the recommendation of a colleague. Excellent decision. Food and service were top shelf. Patio/garden seating a good choice. Menu provides both traditional and unique Italian dishes. Wine list includes quality half-bottles. Be sure to finish your meal with the custard dessert with the half caramel, half chocolate topping.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian food in a downtown
Great Italian food in a downtown location, convenient to the farmer's market. Attentive service with helpful suggestions, especially wine types. The dessert was a work of art. Although we sat inside, we will try the patio next time, it looks divine !!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Buona Tavola IS "Good Food"
First time here. We'll definitely keep it on the list of places to est in SLO. Great food, great service.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I go here once a month and
I go here once a month and it's always great...food...service...ambiance...everything.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Buona Tavola- the best place in SLO
Took my girlfriend here for her 23rd birthday. We were both amazed at how friendly all the staff was and how professional our server was. The food was timely and delicious, while the noise level did not force us to raise our voices. We enjoyed getting to talk in hushed tones in a very romantic setting that we will most definitely be returning to again. There are two dinning areas: an outdoor and indoor. The outdoor is well protected and heated, while the indoor is slightly louder and very cafe-like. I would recommend either place. The food, as already stated, is amazing with many gluten-free options available upon request. I would reccomend this place to anyone that still values service, etiquette, and respect for other fellow patrons.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I just moved from the east coast and we've been having a hard time finding good restaurants in the area. Buona Tavola is the first restaurant we actually enjoyed. The ambiance was very nice and the staff truly new the menu. The food was excellent, reminds me of Italy, light and simple.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh, delicious, fabulous
Fresh, delicious, fabulous food preparation. I'dd go back in a heart beat!
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great diner with tasty food. Service was exceptional. Always enjoy the patio seating.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a surprising little
This was a surprising little gem in a small town. The food was well above average, the staff exceedingly accommodating. I would recommend it to virtually any variety of family unit looking for a quality meal in the area.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and reasonably priced
Enjoyed the 3 course special and desserts. Best green bean and carrot side ever. Pasta was wonderful because of the divine tomato sauce. We will go back again.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good solid choice for Italian
Good solid choice for Italian food. The daily specials are usually the best choices versus the menu.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Favorite in SLO
This is our favorite place to dine in SLO when we visit. The food was delicious and prepared with an attention to detail.
Yummy food. Their prosciutto was amazing - we had prosciutto in San Daniele in Italy two weeks ago and this was almost as good which is saying a lot.
We will be back next time we are in town.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice restaurant. We were
Very nice restaurant. We were seated on the patio and it was a lovely evening. Service was excellent and you did not feel at all rushed. Very relaxed and intimate feel to restaurant. i went there with my 2 teenage daughters and 2 of their friends. Everyone enjoyed the evening. I would go back on a date night with hubby.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Father's Day and Graduation
The Father's Day and Graduation pre fix menu was delicious. The three pastas were all different but the saffron one was my favorite. The Table had salmon and filet mignon and everyone was pleased with the cooks execution of the dish. The portions were not huge and everyone easily finished their dish. The bread and olive tapenade was refilled as needed.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small neighborhood restaurant. Loved the outdoor dining area. Good food at reasonable price. Try the antipasto plate with 4 homemade salamis & cheeses, outstanding!
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Memorable restaurant for a occasion
Found this restaurant when we searched for a top eatery in SLO. They take reservations, a real plus. When we arrived the inside eating area was empty. Not a good sign at 6:45 for dinner. But SURPRISE! The patio was filled and had great ambiance. Food portions were large. Waiter recommended his favorite pasta dish and it was loaded with fresh shrimp and a great sauce. The veal was tener and flavorful. The mushroom bruschetta appetizer was terrific. Be sure to add the goat cheese. Great service. Celebrated our anniversary at a memorable place. Will take friends here from out of town when we want to impress.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We visit SLO at least once each year and have for the last 4-5 years, eaten at least one meal at Buona Tavola while we are in town and have never been disappointed. The staff are knowledgable and energentic. The wine list is deep enough to accomodate most everyone's tastes and pocketbooks. And, the food is great. Although we have walked in on occasion, a reservation helps. If you are visiting SLO and want a nice sit down dinner, Buona Tavola should be on your dining agenda.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful outdoor space
When we walked into the restaurant there wasn't anyone there. We had 7pm reservations and were a bit worried because the front part was empty. We were led to the back, outdoor area that has cafe lights twinkling above us and a fountain babbling. It is wonderful back there. Add the delicious Italian meal and it is a winner. Thank you.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have several Italian restaurants in SLO but you can't always reliably depend on your food or service. Not so at Buona Tavola, food is always as remembered and service generally very good. I know when I order my favorite shrimp agnolotti it will be just the same as the last time I was there. We love the patio, summer or winter.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good and pricey
On a date it is uncomfortable to ask for prices on the daily specials. What doesn't the wait staff state prices when reciting the specials? I assume the daily specials would be inline with menu prices. Well surprise, they aren't? The pork chop was delicious, but very pricey. The patio was lovely and warm with the heaters. The fish and vegetables were expertly prepared.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
we did take our kids (9 &
we did take our kids (9 & 11) here and it was about 1 1/2 hr. long, they were great, but not a typical kid restaurant. Food was excellent and so was the service. We will be going back. Sit on the back patio if there is room!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The waiter was friendly, gave great recommendations, and was very attentive. Overall, a great place for dinner with friendly/welcoming staff.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
not bad. very mild flavored
not bad. very mild flavored pasta dishes. salmon special was good.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our reservation was on time. We sat right away. We requested a specific waiter (Justin) online at Open Table, and our wish was granted. He is fabulous. Our food was exceptional, and in the perfect quantity. The wine list is awesome. We had 2 bottles of Syrah recommended by Justin, and they were so yummy...:)...a definite gem. we sat on the back patio, on one of the hottest nights of the week, and it was cool, and charming
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had never been to this restaurant but I'd heard about it for many years. Service started out incredibly slow but once we got the decanter for my wine and our bread it was smooth sailing. Fresh ingredients and a good selection, I would definitely go back.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great all around restaurant
Great all around restaurant for superb Italian food.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Meal and Service
We were already impressed with Buona Tavola before we arrived, since they contacted us, and asked if we would like to sit in the garden, as that is preferred by many customers, and fills rapidly. The garden seating area is beautiful, and quiet--like an escape in the middle of San Luis Obispo. We thoroughly enjoyed the 'Ensalata Rustica' as well as our three meals: Fra Divola, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Shrimp and Proscutto (sp?) Ravioli. We would definitely go back, and will highly recommend this restaurant!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I highly recommend sitting in the patio. Its lovely and heated with many heat lamps. The service was very good and accommodating. We did need to ask for bread while eating our salads but other than that service was spot on. Also it was college move in day. Which we had forgotten about. The restaurant was full of families with college kids. So the place was very busy and lively. Our table was off to the side which allowed us a quiet space for a romantic dinner. The food was hot, delicious and very prompt coming out of the kitchen. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. A very enjoyable evening.. We will definitely enjoy eating here again.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is "everykind"
This restaurant is "everykind" of good! A gem in SLO!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Doesn't get much better!
SLO is a 3 hour drive from the SF Bay Area, but well worth the time if you're headed south. The food is amazing and not the typical Italian slop that you get at most places. For lunch I had the lamb chops in a very flavorable sauce with tastey mashed potatoes and sautated vegetables. The tiramasu was light and full of flavour. A can't miss destination. We did dinner a couple of days later and it was great too!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining at its Finest
Wanted to take my girlfriend out for a nice dinner, so i Google searched "fanciest restaurants in san luis obispo" and this place popped up, so i decided to give it a try. Upon walking in, noticed it was perfect for intimate interaction with your date. Service was prompt. Got us our drinks right away and took our orders as soon as we were ready. Everything we ate was amazing. I'm sorry i don't remember the names of any of the food, but i ate the butternut squash soup and some pasta with shrimp, salmon, scallops (it was the special) and that was amazing as well. My lady had a salad that was tasty and the grilled salmon which was great as well. Overall, we were very pleased with everything and would encourage anyone to try out this place.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant never disappoints. The food, service, location are fantastic. If you want great Italian food - this is your place.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We especially enjoyed the pumpkin tortellini with sage butter appetizer and the lamb. Dining under the canopies on the patio is like being in a secret fairy tale garden.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked our visit to the restaurant because we wanted some place that wasn't deeply kid friendly. This place suited us perfectly. It is kid friendly but not really. You can bring your child here but it definitely felt more like a place for adults to have a really terrific meal. The staff was welcoming and fun. A definite go to place. We started with the affetatti misti which was house cured sausages and cheese with olives and such which was way tasty. My husband had a fig stuffed quail dish that was amazing. I had linguine fra diavolo which was quite a big plate of pasta with seafood. Quite tasty. I couldn't finish it. Though heaven knows I wanted to.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic outdoor dining
Service was outstanding and the outdoor seating was magical. I took my 12 year old stepdaughter there for a special treat and I was a little worried it was too fancy but the waiters were friendly and the food was delicious. They have the best Caesar Salad and the Salami/Cheese appetizer was so good. Their pumpkin tortellini was the perfect fall treat! Look forward to going back soon.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing over-sauced or dumbed down here.
The charcuterie plate, the wine list and the menu are all exactly what we needed and wanted.
The route to the patio in back is tricky as you have to walk through the wait station, but its nice once you get back there.
My date had the fettucini with braised chicken, beef, duck and ... was there pork in there? Lamb? I can't remember, but the sauce and meats were so delicious. I wanted something plain as I was running a half marathon the next morning. The capellini was perfectly done and even though it was a simple dish, it was wonderful.
House made salamis are top notch. The one made with Juniper berries was the hit.
A must-go-again spot.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great salami appetizer
THis place has a super salami appetizer with home grown salami and some great cheeses. We also like their entrees - salads are pretty normal. We had the salmon (ok) and the rib eye special (very very good). Dessert was a nice finish - custard with chocolate sauce, flourless cake, gelato.
Great place for a big group dinner or a more quiet dinner in the front of the store.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian Food
We've eaten at Buona Tavola in San Luis Obispo three times in the past 5 years (whenever we're in town) and each time, it was outstanding. The food is always well-presented, fresh, and flavorful with everything made in-house. The wait staff are attentive without being intrusive and are always friendly and polite.
My only complaint is that my stomach is nowhere near large enough to try everything I want. It's all so good!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
Excellent food and service
Well priced Paso Robles wines
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We recently had two wonderful dinners at Buona Tavola. We will be visiting San Luis Obispo frequently as our son is a freshman and we live in the SF Bay Area - nice easy drive. Everything was exceptional and we really enjoyed both meals we had. The food and service is exceptional. Enjoy......
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Six of us sat outside on a beautiful evening. Great ambience with the lights in the trees and terrific food.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back for the excellent service and good food
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food. I seriously
Amazing food. I seriously cannot stop thinking about how delicious everything was. From the the bread and olive spread to the entree and the dessert. It was My husband's birthday and they served him complimentary Tiramisu. He gave it to me because he is usually not a fan of the espresso flavored cake. However I convinced him to take a bite and he absolutely loved it! The overall atmosphere was romantic and intimate, It is a small dining room so definitely make reservations because I am sure it books up fast. I would definitely return.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once Again!!!!!...Buona Tavola does an awesome job!!!!...Cannot beat this great little place for great food and wine...SUPERB!!!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is absolutely phenomenal. I tried it on the recommendation of a friend, who said after dining all around the world, Buona Tavola was hands down her absolute favorite restaurant. I can see why! Definitely recommend this place. I also recommend a reservation.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classy-casual feel to the
Classy-casual feel to the restaurant. Heated back patio dining area added a romantic touch to the evening. Menu was fresh and varied, and a large variety of fresh pasta choices added depth to the menu. The tortellini was outstanding.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
We were seated outside in a heated enclosed area which proved to be a nice quiet area. Menu choices were extensive with several specials. Our only complaint was the hot chili flakes on my companion's green beans and excessive black pepper on her salmon. My orzo and seafood was outstanding. Service was attentive and friendly.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Waiter was great! He was
Our Waiter was great! He was extremely funny and made the experience that much better. The food was delicious. I would definitely go again!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM