About Buon Gusto

Ristorante Buon Gusto is simply the most authentic Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. We mix Sicilian cuisine, an excellent wine menu, a full bar, background Italian music, and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to create a dining experience without equal.


Our Experienced staff have a well earned reputation of offering consistent and premier service.


We cater to business travelers, families, romantic couples, and our many loyal local patrons.


Come and experience Italian dining at its most genuine. Come once, and we know that you will come back, again and again!


Our restaurant is open for lunch on week days, and for dinner every day. Ask about our special banquet menu. Let us work with you to plan a memorable event featuring superb food and wine, and hosted in one of our private meeting rooms—ideal for business or family gatherings of any kind.

224 Grand Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: M-F 11:00am-2:30pm

Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Airport Blvd

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 742-9777

Website:
http://www.buongustorestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
One of the Owners, Vincenzo Vecchiola performs card tricks that will boggle your mind while you sip on one of the many excellent choices on our wine list.

Parking Details:
Metered Public parking is adjacent to the resturant. Metered street parking is also in abundance.

Public Transit:
CalTrain South San Francisco Station is located at 590 Dubuque Ave and Grand Ave, and is .26 miles aka walking distance. The South San Francisco BART station is 2.3 miles from the restaurant.

Private Party Facilities:
We have two meeting rooms available for private parties and banquets.

Private Party Contact:
Julian McClendon: (650) 742-9776

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Buon Gusto Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (18)
Good for a Date (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Cozy (7)
Romantic (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was really good. The owner was the best! Showed us his magic tricks!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious fresh food. Wonderful minestrone. Authentic Italian feel.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good service and will definitely dine there again. Good food and service.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The service was excellent but I felt the prices were too high for small portions. Wine was very expensive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great Old-world Italian restaurant! We had the sole pasta and Oso Bucco - salads, soup, all delicious! Definitely recommend. Also a good value.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Outstanding service & food! I could eat there every day.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Every time my wife and I fly out of San Francisco airport, we spend the night nearby and have dinner at Buon Gusto. The food is comfort Italian and is very good. We like the petrale sole and veal dishes. The wine list is small, but the Italian wines are very good. The restaurant is usually well attended and we call ahead for a reservation. The service is quite good, both efficient and friendly. I would certainly recommend this restaurant. By the way, the owner, Vinchinzo (spelling probably not correct) is an amazing magician and if asked will show you some very entertaining slight of hand.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The private area was great for business or intimate dining. Food and service was great. The server was attentive.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

As always, lovely lunch at Buon Gusto. Delicious food and great service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Whenever I fly in and out of San Francisco this is my go to restaurant as it’s convenient, reliable and reasonably priced. I’d love to see angel hair, half orders of pasta and braciola on the menu!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Friendly helpful staff
Good food

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I enjoyed a dinner at Buon Gusto this past week. They have super home made pasta!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

A MUST visit Italian restaurant in South San Francisco. Vincenzo, the owner, assembles a menu of delectable seafood and pasta appetizers and entreés, a caring and family-oriented team of chefs, waiters and waitresses and is the conductor of it all. Ask Vincenzo about his magic trick?!?! Enjoy!!!
We did and made some new friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food, served piping hot, friendly attentive waiters.
Easily accommodated our group of 10. Definitely will go back again

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A very good meal with excellent service. Has been consistent over the years. Prices have creeped up but where haven't they?

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great Italian Food. I love the minostrone soup. I ordered the veal parmigiana. It tasted good but them time I’m getting the veal scolopinni.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had an overnight near the SF airport, and looked for a local restaurant. Buon Gusto was a great choice! My companions thought the soups were thin, but flavorful. We enjoyed a variety of entree choices; eggplant, veal, spaghetti and meatball (large meatball!) The wine was wonderful. We would definitely go again to Buon Gusto!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Fabulous local waiter. Good for SF area natives. Delicious food and relaxed atmospheres. Just plain fun.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

although service was great the food was average. we didn't like the special chicken dish that was served.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Ristorante Buon Gusto is most certainly a neighborhood gem. I thank the owners Julian and Vincenzo, our amazing bartender Basa and the entire staff for making my Mom's birthday feel like the special occasion it was for our entire group. The food is delicious, the service impeccable, and all served up with magical entertainment! Absolutely spectacular! We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service. We were seated right away . Very nice ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Friendly staff, tasty cuisine, good selection, great background music

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have been here many times and always enjoyed it. This time it was an awful experience. When we walked in the host (not the same in the past) seemed to have no clue what he was doing. When he finally sat us down we had to wait at least 5 min for menus which was "thrown" at us by the waitress. The salad was a bunch of lettuce, with 1 grape tomato, 1 olive and a spoon full of dressing the middle. The entrees were luke warm and not very flavorful. Wondering if ownership changed, wont be going back anytime soon

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 (London)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Want authentic, old school Italian food? This sort-of-neighborhood restaurant fits the mold of good, solid food with great service. No frills decor--just focused on comfort and good food. Loved it!

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

My second time there and it was good. I had them make me a plate of Puttanesca (not on the menu) and it was not quite what I expected, not enough red sauce but, it was tasty. Our server Natalie was very attentive, accommodating and personalable. Will keep going back with more family and friends. Thanks!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

pleasant surroundings, easy parking, ample portions BUT average food, dense, heavy pastas and much too expensive for the quality.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

What a great find!! My husband and my last night in San Fran and through open table found this Resterant close to our airport hotel through the great reviews! Did not disappoint! We arrived a bit early so bellied up to the bar at this quaint, romantically lit Italian eatery we instantly fell in love with the owner Julian, and his daughter who tended the bar. As a result we dismissed our table for bar dining and had a wonderful and entertaining evening! The food was as great as the company. A really good value as each meal included a bowl of soup, I had minestrone to die for and my husband the split pea which was equally as good. I had the fish special which was perfect and had pasta with bolagnaise sauce instead of polenta which was so good. Hubby had lamb chops...suppose to be lamb shank but was mistakingly offered by the bartender, but was delish and he enjoyed regardless of error. All of in all, I can only say I wish there was Buon Gusto in our home town!! Authentic, delish and a good value. Next time we are in Cali would be our go to place from airport for sure!!👍👍

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Authentic Italian close to the airport! A must every time I'm in town!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

I walked to Buon Gusto from my airport hotel. A delightful surprise! VERY good food, casual but wonderfully attentive wait staff, nice vibe to the decor. And WONDERFULLY quiet: carpeting and acoustic ceiling tiles make this a place you can enjoy conversation with your meal, even if you have a party of 6. And it appears I am not the only one who likes this place...the medium sized dining room was full at 6:30 on a Monday night! I guess it is a neighborhood fave/secret. I highly recommend Buon Gusto!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2017

One of the best authentic Italian restaurants I've been to. Service is awesome and friendly. The food is amazing. you just have to experience it. I hate recommending too much. As hot can be hard to get in on the weekends. But they always find a way.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

A really great find discovered on the internet, as we were just overnite in South San Francisco and did not want to travel to the City. It looked good on internet, menu, ambiance, etc, and was everything we hoped for. Fair prices, excellent food, friendly staff. great Chianti and owner Julian is very nice . Definetly look forward to going again

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

WE HAVE DINED AT BUON GUSTO MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS. EVERY YEAR I HAVE MY HUSBANDS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT BUPN GUSTO AND OUR FRIENDS AWAYS RAVE ABOUT THE FOOD, THE SERVICE AND THE FRIENDLY STAFF. VINCENZO IS DELIGHTFUL AND ALWAYS MAKES US FEEL LIKE FAMILY!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Already left my review on Yelp. To sum up here, we won't be going back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My wife and I have been to Buon Gusto many times and it never disappoints. We brought a friend along with us this time and the whole evening just could not have been better. I had a veal dish, my wife had fish, and our friend had a pasta dish. All our dinners were excellent. The waiter was excellent. It was a fine evening at a fine restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Very good food and the service was excellent. There were 10 of us and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Excellent dinner. Great bottle of wine. Good prices

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Upon arrival the host was a bit rude which set an unpleasant feeling. The waiter, although pleasant and accommodating, rushed us terribly. Six of us were finished with our dinner in 55 minutes with check on the table and dishes cleared. Ridiculous as the restaurant had cleared out and there were many empty tables.

The quality of the food was not like it had been. Would not return.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Good food ! We will go back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Loved it! Great atmosphere and excellent quick service to go along with very good food

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

This place is like the old word Italian places you might find in North Beach (San Francisco)! Food was terrific and service was awesome. Little parking lot right next door and parking was easy too! I'll go back again and again

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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