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

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Birthdays (15)
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Good for Groups (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Cozy (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Casual (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Romantic (8)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Soup for 2 of our party was returned - lack of flavor and very watery and diluted.Each house salad had a few different ingredients and the dressing was weak and not flavorful. The main courses also were not of the quality of our many previous visits. Very disappointing !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We have eaten here several times...the food is good and the staff are great....Warm and friendly and attentive. That along with the food brings us back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent service, paired with amazing food and wine. Definitely a repeat.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was great. Authentic Italian family recipes. Lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan were tasty. Server made it a good experience.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We had a late lunch at Buon Gusto's one afternoon after we had attended a funeral. The owner was a joy. He seated the 6 of us at a big round table with lots of room. He made sure we got our drinks and lunch quickly and cooked to perfection. He was very kind and knew just when we needed something and when we didn't. He served small glasses of Marsala wine after dessert (on the house). There was no food left on the plates when we left, and we all felt a little bit better for having such wonderful food and great service. After the funeral service, we all needed some TLC.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I always feel guilty ordering a steak when I dine at an Italian restaurant with great traditional Italian food but their filet mignon is second to none even at twice the price. I bring my extended family here when they come to visit but primarily our visit is for my fourteen year old granddaughter who just loves steak. I've dined at many places far more expensive but this local gem is my favorite restaurant no matter what the price. Always look forward to future dining visits and chats with the owner about our passion for Ferraris.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Been going here since it opened. This time requested a small pasta dish for my granddaughter.

Was not happy seeing $9.25 on my bill for a 1/2 order pasta.

I think its best I take my family elsewhere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife and I have dined at Buon Gusto many times and we've never been disappointed. The food and service are always exceptional. I wanted to mention this visit in particular. The restaurant was very busy. We had made a reservation for two and ended up bringing another person along. This proved no problem even though they were busy and crowded. The food and service were just as good as ever.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Had a lovely lunch with friends. Service was nicely paced and our server, Larry, was great! Saltimbocca was absolutely delicious. Others reported that the petroleum and calamari steak were equally tasty. Drinks are generous and the wine list offers a nice selection. The gift of Marsala to finish your meal is a very nice touch.
Would definitely recommend Buon Gusto!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Cute Italian restaurant. My linguine tutto mare was delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Not really helpful staff, we were able to order food almost in 30 minutes after we arrived. Food was kinda strange (not everything, but sweet carbonara.. hmmm...). It was difficult also to catch our waiter

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Absolutely fabulous! Old school made anew...
fifty characters is alot to ask, when the dining experience can be summed up in so few words.
Excellent... from greeting to service to cocktails to winelist, to fine ingredients and chef preparation and presentation. I enjoy the pastas and seafood. The veal dishes are superb.

Tags: Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our group enjoyed the delicious food. The service is a little bit slow. Maybe they're short of staff or we came at the busy time? I'll give it another try next time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Buon Gusto is a classic Italian restaurant with excellent food and a graceful ambience. The petrale sole melts in your mouth, and all pasta dishes are perfectly cooked and sauced just right. I've never had a bad meal here in the many years I've been frequenting it. The service is outstanding, and I recommend that you try the "Machievelli" chianti. At $64 a bottle it's pricey, but worth the money. This is a restaurant that is fit for any occasion. It's a South City favorite.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our waiter didn’t know what gluten was and joked that the chef on duty wouldn’t know either😮 even when their menu says gluten free pasta options available....but otherwise fine.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I wasn’t quite sure about this restaurant as I’ve never been there or had gotten a referral but the food, atmosphere and service were amazing

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We have been to Buon Gusto many times for lunch and dinner, and we’ve always had great meals with excellent service. The food is always very good, and it is reminiscent of many trattorias at which we ate during a recent trip to Italy. They also do a great job with groups.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Amazing food/service as always

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantastic service and the cioppino was outstanding!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Buon Gusto is among my favorite local restaurants. It feels like a classic neighborhood Italian holdover from a different time, and I mean that in the most complimentary sense possible. I love that it feels so genuine, and the food happens to be wonderful as well.

The one thing that has really dropped its charm several points in the last few years (and has resulted in fewer visits by our family) is the inexplicably poor decision to mount a giant television over the otherwise magical and romantic dining room.

Such a place cannot simultaneously be both a classic enchanting dining destination, as well as a garish, cheap sports bar. It's absolutely awful when they turn this thing on and force us to share our relaxed and romantic meal with such a dissonant element as televised sports.

Please, leave the sports bar nonsense to Red Robin and Hooters, and just return to what has made Buon Gusto great, the food, the service, and THE ROMANTIC ATMOSPHERE!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was fantastic, especially the calamari! Staff were friendly and courteous. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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