Buon Gusto

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$30 and under
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Italian
Ristorante Buon Gusto is Old School Italian!
**We Include Your Choice of Salad or Soup with your Entrée** **Pasta Substitutes**
We have been one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the Bay Area for the past 30+ years. Excellent Wine Menu, a Full Bar, Background Music and a Relaxed and Friendly Atmosphere to create an Enjoyable Dining Experience.

Our Experienced staff have a well earned reputation of offering 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 every week day, 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.
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w
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basa is a wonderful server

DP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us had a wonderful time and the owner and server made us feel right at home.
The cioppino was fantastic. We also ordered Chicken Parmesan, sole,and a pasta prawn dish. The minestrone soup which is included when you order an entree was also
Perfect. After everything they brought us a taste of complementary Italian desert wine that was a perfect ending to our wonderful dinner. The Tara Massu also was
Large and delicious. Very generous serving that we split.

s
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved spending our anniversary celebrating at Buon Gusto! Hadn't been there since our first date on New Year's Eve.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farewell lunch. Food and service were excellent. Low noise level allowing us to have conversations

I
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant busy even on a Monday evening, with laidback atmosphere, good food and decent wine list. I’d love to go back in the near future.

R
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not as good as I expected. Even though we had a reservation, others were seated ahead of us. The host stand was not occupied. Service was slow, and I ordered chicken cacciatore, which was served not over pasta, but with a side of polenta (weird!) and there wasn’t much chicken in the cacciatore. I was disappointed.

M
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Our favorite family restaurant. The staff are amazingly pleasant.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We began with the antipasto first two and throughly enjoyed the mixture (calamari, olives, bruschetta, salami, cheese and mortadella). My wife selected the prawns caramelo one of her favorites. I had the filet and prawns. The filet arrived perfectly seasoned and just as I ordered it. I will repeat me selection next time I visit.

BT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and son took me to Buon Gusto for my 45th birthday. It was fabulous! We were seated immediately. A server showed up to our table right after we were seated. He was friendly and knowledgeable. After he informed us of the chef's specials he took our order and we had our appetizers within minutes. Everything tasted so fresh, you could tell it was not just sitting around. I had the housemade Cannelloni, and it was spectacular! Both my wife and son had rave reviews of their Linguine and Clams, and Fettuccine Alfredo. We didn't have dessert because we had that at home already. For being our 1st time there, Buon Gusto left a lasting impression on my family. We definitely will be going back in the near future. If you are looking for really, really great authentic Italian food and you're in South San Francisco, I definitely recommend stopping by. Also, we were in and out in less than an hour and a half. We loved Buon Gusto!!!

k
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great service and great ambiance. I have been going since I was a teenage and I am 47 now! Love Buon Gusto!

KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was great! Thanks Julian for choosing a great wine for us! Highly recommend coming for dinner!

DT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a lovely time.

DL
Tahoe
52 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good food, but nothing extraordinaire. Service was very good. Restaurant was close to full.

DT
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service
Highly recommend for authentic Italian food

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a group of 14 and meals all arrived at the same time, warm and tasty. It was good service and food. No one rushed us. We will return again.

DM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit San Francisco every year or so and we always go to Buon Gusto for Italian seafood.

L
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been to Buon Gusto many times for both lunch and dinner. The food is always outstanding, and the service is very good. Vincenzo, one of the owners, makes it a point to visit tables and he is a very personable and gracious man. Each part of the menu, from salads to entrees to desserts, offers authentic Italian choices. Buon Gusto is a fun, delicious place for a great meal.

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The whole experience was very good but missed the top rating due to some dishes.

SR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food. Will definitely go there again.

SK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My veal was inedible, my wife and mother enjoyed their meal. Waiter was great. I'll go back, but no veal

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent servers made the evening an enjoyable family gathering. The host set the tone for the entire staff and we appreciated the attention to our table.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place. Everyone in our group enjoyed it.

CR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

It was my mothers 84th Birthday and we have eaten at Buon Gusto many times in the past. The food was bland and tasted like it came out of a can. We will be going somewhere different for Italian food in South San Francisco. Very disappointing!

IN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buon Gusto was recommended by a friend. We cannot believe we drove pass this restaurant for years traveling through South City. The reminded me of old Italian. It was like we were dining in Europe. Our waitress was exceptional. She was not only friendly, but fun an ensure we were comfortable and well taken care. She help gave my wife a birthday to remember.

DD
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy coming in for dinner. I have never been disappointed always delicious

m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Larry, the gentleman that took care ok us is the best around!

TT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as always! Been coming to this little culinary corner of heaven in South City for decades. Never disappoints!

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in Walnut Creek and met girlfriend from the City that I grew up with. I had never been to your restaurant before... it was as good or better than many Italian restaurants in the City!! We didn’t want to go the the City because of all the traffic and tourists at this tine of year and really enjoyed your restaurant... I have already told friends and family who live over on the Peninsula to go to Buon Gusto! Thank y ou for a very nice afternoon.... Food was excellent!

TI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had reservations for a party of 11 and although they were sweet enough to accommodate us in a separate area which we appreciated, the tables were separated which made it seem like we were two separate parties. We ended up moving the tables together which would have given us the feeling of being one big group and the restaurant could have easily done this if they had taken the time to.

MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Service was wonderful and appetizers were tasty and flavorful. However our entrees were not appetizing- the polenta was served cold and was hard like a rock, the salmon and steak looked like it was from Sizzler (salmon was over cooked and had a fake smoked flavor to it) and my husband’s prawns did not taste fresh! It was on the pricier side- and for what you get- we would not recommend it nor will we be returning. Bertolucci’s is WAY better- we are sad that we didn’t spend our Anniversary dinner there. We decided to give Buon Gusto a try, and unfortunately was a miss!

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood high-quality Italian restaurant, where the pasta is perfect and the salmon exquisite. Very good service, both for lunch and dinner. Parking is a challenge, but the restaurant is a find.

m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here for lunch and bring our friends and colleagues. Food is great and they make you feel like family!

CJ
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had Petrale Sole & it was excellent along with polenta & vegetables cooked to perfection!
Our waiter made our luncheon extra special!
Can't wait to return & to recommend to friends.

JE
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff at Buon Gusto treated us like Royalty! The Waiter was so attentive, really spent time getting a feel for what my Wife wanted, and was able to get the Chef to alter her entree exactly to her liking...he was an artist in his field. It was our 28th Wedding Anniversary, and the staff moved us to nice corner table near the bar when they found out. We were able to converse with the General Manager (Julian), and he was very accommodating and playful throughout the night. Food was top shelf. I can see why Buon Gusto is at the top of every Google Search for Fine Dining, in South San Francisco. We will send others, and we'll be back!

RE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever my granddaughter and her father visit, we have to go to Buon Gusto because she loves steak. Although she is only eight years old, she gets a medium rare filet minion and finishes every bit. This time her dad opted for the special rigatoni with sausage and he is a big guy and eater and the portion was plenty to fill him up. My lady had perfect lamb chops and I went to my old standby, filet minion. Great deserts finished it off. We left overfed but happy nonetheless. Always the case when we dine at Buon Gusto.

E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six of us all had different selections and all were excellent. Good wine selection. Knowledgeable wait staff. Bread is very tasty and oil dip was unique and tasty.

l
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food very good. Service not consistent. I went there 3x with a total of 37 guest. The first time was an exceptional experience. The female server made our birthday celebration really memorable (very attentive). She blow us away and made us and especially the birthday girl felt special. The second time, the server was new. Forgot a lot of things that I had to remind him of. The third time, the server didn’t recognize my birthday whatsoever not that it is a requirement, but would be nice especially since I booked the reservation stating that it was to celebrate a birthday. We ordered desserts and sang happy birthday by ourself - very different experience from the first time. Not sure I will be returning for celebratory events.

Buon Gusto
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for your past patronage, and we apologize that your last experience was not as satisfactory as your previous visits. We now have a Birthday/Loyalty Club that you can join free of charge, which will ensure that we remember your birthday always. Also, you will receive coupons to get $ off your meal as the Birthday girl as well as other $ reward benefits for other special occasions. We urge you to come by to see us when you have a chance & enroll. We look forward to seeing you.

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RA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was prompt, great setting for business or family lunch or dinner. I will be back. I travel to the Bay Area for business and will go to Buon Gusto whenever I am taking my “peninsula” customers to lunch. I have clients in BRISBANE , SO SF, ETC.

DH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very personal experience. Interacted with the owner, Ron and the food was obviously home cooked and fresh and delicious at a wonderful experience there