Gusto Ristorante

4.6
681 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Gusto Ristorante is a Northern Italian restaurant with a touch of the South at the Sea Turtle Marketplace in Hilton Head Island.
The executive chef and owner Giancarlo Balestra with his wife Nancy bring the vibrant flavors of his native hometown of Rome, Italy to Hilton Head. The couple who met in Rome 28 years ago discovered their shared passion for food and adventure and have since owned and operated restaurants in Aspen, Co, Winter Park, Fla and Saratoga Springs, NY. They fell in love with Hilton Head and decided to jump into this new exciting culinary adventure, hence the name Gusto, which means flavor and taste in Italian but also means a zest and enthusiasm for a delicious taste of life. The restaurant has a full bar, extensive wine list.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 681 people are saying
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Notcookingtonight
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room was nicely lit and tables in use had a candle; it was pleasantly warm. The menu has many tempting offerings but is not overwhelming. The food was delicious and served hot. It was a great meal and experience.

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JosephS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want excellent food and service, this is the restaurant to go to.

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DebbieJ
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was amazing. Tucked away in Sea Turtle Shops Center you would never know how nice this little place is. A gem for sure! We will be back!

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TheresaC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The dining room is too brightly lit for my taste. The food was absolutely delicious.

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ChristineL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary.
Everything was perfect food, ambiance, staff.
Great restaurant.

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vipPatL
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good but I think it is somewhat over priced for Italian food,

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CatherineS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, but there are NO substitutions on a lot of dishes which limits your choices if there’s something you don’t like on the plate. The service was excellent. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Came to celebrate a birthday. Ambiance was good and liked the look and feel of the restaurant. Wait staff was awesome. Food was a little bland. Pasta needed a little more sauce. Recommend but just expected to be more wowed. Also they recently moved addresses and our gps took us to the old location. Put in the address not the restaurant into your gps.

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LeonardB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service is excellent, as we have come to expect, after several visits.

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vipwhinendine
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Entrees of bolognese and chicken picata were outstanding! Good wine selection as well.

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SuzanneA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food and the ambience were great value for the cost BUT the server was awful. He actually suggested that we leave, as we were the last customers in the restaurant. It was 8:45 p.m. It is unlikely that I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Room was so loud we had to yell to be heard.
No ambiance.
Waiter was friendly but had too many tables to be attentive. Ordered caprese salad and it came with no seasoning, no balsamic and less than desirable tomatoes. I ordered angel hair pasta with shrimp olive oil and garlic. I was so looking forward to it.
When I put the pasta to my mouth I was hit with a terrible smell of oil. Smelled like Wesson. Or maybe previously used oil. It smelled rancid. My friend order veal scallopini and it came covered in capers and swimming in oil. We were so turned off that we didn’t even want anything else. They brought us some mini cannoli to appease us and still charged us for everything except our dinners. Not a good way to run a business. I will never go back. What an awful experience. So many other good Italian restaurants on HH. Don’t waste your $

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vipHoward
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had been planning on trying this restaurant since we acquired our vacation home in Palmetto Dunes. It is a really nice, quiet experience and the food was 4 stars good.

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Neal
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I have never been so rushed in a restaurant that was half empty. We felt rushed to order, the food was served within minutes and the table cleared and leftovers boxed before one diner had not finished. The food was fine but the experience was very disappointing.

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PaulaG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, even though the area inside is large it felt cozy. Our waiter was wonderful. we dined with someone who had special requests and her needs were met by the chef with ease. and the food was fabulous. This was our first visit to Gusto and we will be back.

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ToniC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Planning to go back in the summer when we visit Hilton Head again!

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joseph
New England
65 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The new location greatly enhances the overall appeal of the restaurant. Food and service were both at a high level and worthy of a return visit.

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EllenA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were on Hilton Head Island for the New Year’s weekend and wanted to experience a nice dinner on New Year’s Eve and selected Gusto based on reviews and the menu. We were not disappointed.

The atmosphere was lovely and the service was impeccable. My husband chose one of the evening’s specials, a flounder dish served with shrimp atop, vegetables and potatoes. The flounder was tender, flaky and very fresh. The shrimp were a good size and flavorful. I opted for a more traditional approach with the eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti. I was pleased with my meal as well. Normally we skip dessert but since it was a holiday we decided to try the bomba gelato. It was delicious and perfect to share and presented beautifully. A festive end to our NYE meal.

I will comment that it was a little noisy being in a small room with several tables of larger parties, but I think that NYE a was a factor.

We did opt to not order a bottle of wine since the markup for some of the wine selections was outrageous (for example, my Stemmari cabaret was priced at $10 a glass and these wines can be found for between $7.99-$17 a bottle. I understand alcohol markups are where restaurants make their money, but that’s a bit much.

All in all a very nice experience for our first trip to Hilton Head.

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vipGaryl
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and an amazing staff!

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Ellen
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Gusto! Our fantastic server was Will! Food was delicious and can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made the reservation on line and only outside dining was available. When we arrived there were many empty tables indoors. The patio was very nice though and the service was like no other!! The food was amazing!! We order one of the specials, gnocchi with shrimp and fresh veggies. AMAZING! Large servings and delicious. Ordered dessert to go and it too was maybe the best we've ever had.
We will definitely go back.

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Joey
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. Food was fabulous with exception of the calamari which missed the mark. Generous portions. Very authentic. Will be back!

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LoriR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice place, food was good. Service spectacular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
82 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Chilean sea bass was extraordinary

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greateating
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and very personalized service - always pleased to come here for dinner.

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vipOliver
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This was my second visit to Gusto. Unfortunately, after a five star first visit, this visit was not nearly as good. Two of the three dishes we had lacked flavor. One came out cold. The service quality was the same however. Not sure about a third visit at this point.

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JodyR
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is wonderful as well as the attention paid by bartender Adam and server Antonio

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ChristinaH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating here. We chose it for our anniversary dinner and it was perfect! Gary, our waiter, was knowledgeable and very patient. The food was delicious and fresh. It was a wonderful way to conclude our night.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas celebration

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JohnH
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience with service and food being great.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sent back fish because it was raw inside. Got the gnocchi with pork shank which was actually just bits of chopped up pork that was sautéed. Neighbors suggested we try Gusto. They were quite upset to hear of our experience. Will be careful not to recommend in the future. Table next to us also sent a meal back due to extreme salt content.

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KalmanB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff very friendly. Fast setvice. Food was excellent. Large portions. Dipping sauce for bread awful taste. Can’t wait to come back

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vipDStan
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great as always! Had Chicken Marsala! Perfect flavor and touch of wine! Veal Parmigiana to die for.

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BBHH
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is s great addition to the Hilton Head restaurant scene. The food is quite good {especially enjoyed the lamb shank special that evening) and the service is outstanding! Give it a try!

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Oneztiger
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with fresh and delicious food. Top notch Italian, everyone really enjoyed their meals very much. Definitely would return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Antonio. Food was excellent.

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EatLocal
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Our waiter is very attentive. The food was fast, fresh, and absolutely delicious. We sat outside and even in the cold temperature there were heaters in place for us and we were very comfortable. Our table was set and ready for us when we arrived. Will definitely return when in town again.

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AllanT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food. We had the Carbonara and Bolognese and finished it off with a gelato birthday dessert, Amaro digestivo, and a cappuccino. The staff was attentive and so very kind. Will dine there again.

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tracyd
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Greeted nicely upon arrival. Staff very knowledgeable and attentive. Food came out promptly - had to wait for one meal, but they were slammed. Overall good experience and worth a try. Dessert was delish

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there at this new location, food was excellent.

FAQs

Gusto Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 802-2424.

Gusto Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 681 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.