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Buon Gusto

625 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (19)
  • Good for Birthdays (14)
  • Authentic (13)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

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

Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 742-9777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
We have two meeting rooms available for private parties and banquets.
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Private party contact
Julian McClendon: (650) 742-9776
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Cross street
Airport Blvd
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Parking details
Metered Public parking is adjacent to the resturant. Metered street parking is also in abundance.
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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.
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 625 People Are Saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipama1 (Naples)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Have been going here for years when flying into San Francisco. Prices have gone up but still good value and food is very good.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice background music, great service, very entertaining host. Impressive food.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Always a very comfortable dining experience...Food never disappoints....A very friendly staff...and a nice surprise at the end of each meal...

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The wine list drew us in. The food and service brought us back. The owner took good care of us and when we ordered a "digestivo," he brought us what we ordered and a taste of his favorite as well. Worth the hour drive from SanJose. I will go back to try more Italian wine!

JohnS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The service was very good, the staff was very responsive and courteous. I found that the tomato sauce was very acidic for the almost reminded me of Hunt's out of a can. One of my favorites is olive oil and balsamic to dip the bread, however no balsamic ever showed. The grated parmesan cheese looked and tasted pre-packaged. I would recommend this to a friend with the caveat that there is better close by.

MarloC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This was a great place for birthday dinner. The host and servers were fabulous, the ambiance was just right, and the food was delish! Great place if your in the mood for a romantic dinner and family reunions etc.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food and service. Loved the homemade Lasagna

Cherry111 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was great!

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

HORRIBLE service! Treated us like our business wasn’t important to us. Server ignored us for 20 minutes then when our food finally arrived we were very underwhelmed. Prego in a jar would be better too bad we had to pay $100 to figure that out!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 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 !

vipReginaSF (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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

vipFoodalicious (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

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

LIttleBee (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

4RE4EVR (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 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.

vipTandJ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 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.

vipnoodles (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Cute Italian restaurant. My linguine tutto mare was delicious.

StacyS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 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