Buon Gusto

4.5
664 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
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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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


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

Dinner: M-Th 4:30pm-9:30pm
Dinner: Fr-Sa 4:30pm-10:00pm
Dinner: Sunday 4:00pm-9:30pm
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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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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 664 People Are Saying
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TP
Las Vegas
13 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in the San Francisco Airport area and found this gem of a restaurant. The food and service was exceptional and I highly recommend it. Also...easy on street parking!

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b
Orange County
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I have been here twice and we have loved it each time! We happened upon it for New Years Eve and then decided to celebrate our one year anniversary here as well. It is always an impressive experience, you really feel taken care of by the staff and they're all so friendly and knowledgable, giving great suggestions for wine pairing and food. We are big fans of the filet mignon and lasagne and the spaghetti bolognese! We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice date spot with a great romantic ambiance but also a place where people of all ages and come and enjoy a nice tasty Italian meal.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We were there the night before.
We asked the owner if we could have same table we had been dining at for the next evening. He said No Problem. When we got there Sat night, the table was taken. When asked why it wasn’t available to us as promised, he said you’re a table if 4 and this is a table if 5.

This last week, we’ve been there 3 times and spent over $500.00. I guess we will just find another dining place.

When we walked in on that Sat night on our Open Table Reservation , the table promised to us by the owner was taken.

We asked to be seated at the opposite side table, the owner Saul, I can’t , it’s a 5 table and your a 4!!!!

Anyhow , he did seat us there but embarrassing for us since we had important business guests.

We’ve been there 3 times last week. I think after this experience we’ll find another Italian spot.

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RA
1 review
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Worst antipasto plate ever. Prices too high for a neighborhood restaurant. Won’t go there again.

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P
San Francisco
26 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food...great service!!

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R
Los Angeles
82 reviews
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal. On this trip we enjoyed the Veal Marsala and Gnocchi Bolognese Our wine selection was the Ferrari Carano Siena. Service was outstanding. Looking forward to next visit.

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times and it’s always good. Staff makes you feel welcome. Delicious pasta and desserts.

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DD
San Francisco
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good local restaurant with very friendly servers people highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I’ve been to Buon Gusto and both have been great experiences! The food is really great!!

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their pepper steak, the salmon, the sole and the polenta... Calamari tomatoes and anchovies is excellent appetizer as well...you can't go wrong with any dish here...Moretti Beer too!

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BN
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very popular friendly place with great service and food

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome service!

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K
San Francisco
43 reviews
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have not eaten here in years. After overcoming the lack of greeting by am assuming the owner we had an excellent meal. It took over 5 minutes to be greeted. The person (again I think the owner) hangs out in the back and not the front where customers come in. However all was forgiven as we were offered an after dinner shot of Marsala wine. The service was very good. We started with calamari which I can say was the most tender and lightly breaded I have had. We each had a pasta dish. Both of which were excellent. Plan on coming here again soon.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and good service

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JE
1 review
4.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been here 4-5 times and enjoyed it every time. Celebrated 2 birthdays, lunch and dinner for Mother's Day with my kids. Atmosphere is great! Food is Great. Servers are friendly and helpful too.

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AH
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buon Gusto was a nice find! Our son just moved to SSF and we decided to try the restaurant. The ambiance, service and food was excellent. We had reservations on a Saturday, and the main room was filled up, so they opened the 2nd room for us right away (that filled up soon after we were seated.) The bread and salads were very good. Honestly, I ordered a carafe of the cheapest red wine on the menu (burgundy) and it was excellent! Only (small) issue was that the fried calamari, which we got as an appetizer, wasn't quite fresh. But the lasagne, pastas with meat sauce, veal parm, etc. were outstanding. Our waiter was friendly, and did a great job. As it was the Saturday before Mother's Day, it was quite busy, so we had to wait a bit for the main courses, which was to be expected, and not a big problem.

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CK
Washington DC
38 reviews
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is authentic Italian (Sicilian in particular) and excellent. The service is really good; the wines are reasonably priced (and very good); and they did a special service for us (we dropped fresh porcini that they sauteed for us into a delicious appetizer).

We have been coming here, from Berkeley, for over 15 years. It is a spot to take friends, relatives, and business associates.

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our group of eleven needed a quiet venue for lunch following a family funeral and the Buon Gusto provided the perfect atmosphere and quiet setting for the family to bond.
The choices provide a varied array of Italian food and all enjoyed their meal. I found my choice of clams and linguine, my restaurant evaluation standard, above average coupled with excellent french bread and butter.
Impressive is the dessert menu allowing everyone to satisfy their tastes. My choice was an excellent zabaglione with Grand Marnier and I might go back and have only this.
Thank you for the complimentary Marsala at the end.

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v
San Francisco
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, everything I’ve had so far is good and super fresh. Small resteraunt provides a nice atmosphere with good service.

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Washington DC
146 reviews
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is clear that the owners have deep roots in the community. So many of the guests were clearly repeat customers who were welcomed warmly by the hosts. It is great to visit a place with that kind of family feel.

I very much enjoyed the fish special ... delicious ...
My cannoli was crisp and sweet.

I look forward to visiting again on my future business trips to the area. This is such a relaxing alternative from the airport hotel scene. Well worth the drive!

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Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La hora de llegada 9:45 pm, a 15 minutos del cierre. Los meseros por el contrario de lo esperado nos invitaron con gusto a pasar. Nos atendió una mujer asiática muy amable y atenta, ningún tipo de prisa y sobre todo la comida en su punto

Pedimos un Fettuccini Carbonara, la acompañas con ensalada o sopa. La sopa que está espectacular es la de Chicharo.

Alguien en la mesa pidió un Spaghetti Frutti di mare con una salsa deliciosa.

Realmente nos rescataron, no hay mucho que se pueda hacer en South San Francisco a esa hora, el habernos recibido y atendido de esa forma es de agradecer

Recomendable

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. The staff was amazing and the food left us dying for more. Vincenzo was amazing at keeping us entertained with magic tricks, the entire table loved him. Half the table got the lasagne and it was amazing.

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DT
Manitoba
22 reviews
3.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Carpaccio was tasty but tough. Grilled fish was good but prawns were a little overdone.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Promp and attentive service in a professional restaurant environment.

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LG
San Francisco
2 reviews
2.0Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I had not been to B.G. for many, many years. I found it a mere shadow of what I remember of my visit in the 90s. Our waiter, while likely a very nice person is on auto-pilot, too intrusive with his opinion, sarcasm and honestly made the evening the opposite of what he may feel he's doing--making customers comfortable. It is not warm and welcoming, it is going through the motions. The linguine and clams was tasty, with fresh clams but the house wine was lacking. I would have chosen a glass had our server not imposed his opinion upon me. I took one sip of the cab and sent it back. My date actually did want a pina colata and was made to feel foolish to expect a blender drink, so got whiskey neat. The salad was swimming in dressing because I elected to have a little if the "housemade" viniagrette that tasted like jar and some bleu cheese. I wasn't signalling needing double the dressing which is why I usually ask for it on the side--I like it fairly dry. The bread was dried out and at least 2 days old. The herb oil for it, on the table tasted off and I've had and made many, once even made it regularly, as a server in a Houston Italian restaurant of long standing. It was uncomfortable, though we felt obliged to play along with the banal banter. I am a great cook myself. When I choose to go out, it is because I want to be attended to, have a decent bite and be able to spend time with my sweetheart. We kept our equilibrium but there is no reason to go back.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and Larry is a star! I loved the paper steak and the calamari was incredible!

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F
San Francisco
42 reviews
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Comfortable local spot, excellent food, reliable dining.

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TF
San Joaquin
7 reviews
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. The owner performed magic for us and gave us a round of drinks because of a birthday. Easy to get to.

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SG
1 review
5.0Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A perfect meal the night before our flight out of sfo.

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SR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great stop for a casual dinner... a neighborhood gem

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KL
1 review
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite local restaurants. Great atmosphere, good for business, night out with friends, or a romantic evening. Food consistently good, and service too.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was AWESOME !!!

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PD
1 review
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food. Neighborhood gem. Live this place

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LZ
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Buon Gusto is a SSF favorite. Will be glad to go back soon.

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F
San Francisco
40 reviews
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy this old fashioned Italian restaurant—great food, warm hospitality, excellent service.

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DC
San Francisco
29 reviews
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I have Been here 3-4 times in the past year for lunch and never had a bad meal or experience. The only difficulty we've had is sometimes finding parking in the area - not a problem caused by the restaurant.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Scallopine good, small portion. Minestrone soup very good. Spaghetti marinara tasted like Ragu. I didn’t see ravioli on menu

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CE
San Francisco
5 reviews
4.0Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is my "go to" place in SSF. Great food, quiet for a conversation. All around wonderful place.

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Naples
52 reviews
4.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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