Gusto Ristorante

4.8
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381 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Gusto Ristorante is a Northern Italian restaurant with a touch of the South at the Fresh Market Plaza 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 while visiting the island serendipitously at the moment the former "843" Restaurant location became available. They also happened to be staying at the Marriott resort in room #843! They 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. The Italian born chef's menu stays true to
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OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our New Years Eve dinner here , made some new friends , and had a totally enjoyable evening ! Our first time and we will come back !

b
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, very good food, rather crowded and noisy when we were there

GC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The total experience was outstanding. We will be back.

MW
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. The food is so good! Mar

S
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I want to go back to Hilton Head just to go back to the restaurant. Where else does the owner check on you every 10 minutes or so to make sure your dining experience is going well? Food was fabulous but left feeling like family.

V
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinners were delicious and the service was exceptionally friendly!

CS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mario makes you feel like family. Service is professional and friendly. Gusto is my new favorite restaurant on HHI.

J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Gusto and from the first,Knute we arrived they made our family feel welcomed! The food was delicious and the service outstanding. We will definitely dine here again!

M
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was amazing! We keep talking about it but unfortunately our vacation there ended so we are home but will definitely go back!!

l
Charleston
72 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and Antonio are an unbeatable combo - Mario at the door, checking on your dinner as you go and Antonio providing service for your meal - excellent. the cuisine is very good and consistent and there is a hum of satisfaction throughout the restaurant by all attending. Really special experience.😊

SR
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Christmas Eve meal was spectacular. This first time visit did not disappoint. Antonio and Mario took great care of us and made our experience memorable. Veal parm and Spaghetti carbonara. Delish. We shall return!

I
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an awesome place. Great food and service

FL
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The most outstanding feature of this restaurant was the hospitality of the owner, Mario and our server, Patrick. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome and attended to. The menu is appealing, the food is good and the portions are huge. The prices set an expectation of fine Italian food (for Hilton Head pricing). We had a pleasant dinner at Gusto, but, given the many excellent choices of Italian restaurants available in the area, we will probably not choose to return.

FD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Knowledgeable staff. From appetizer to dessert was outstanding. Nice, nice wine list. This is going to become a go to restaurant for us!

K
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antonio and Mario are the best. It’s like dining at your favorite Italian relatives house... Excellent puttanesca, chicken parmigiana, pasta with eggplant.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service and excellent food !

C
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a very enjoyable evening at GUSTO! We started with the fried Calamari with a side of light Marinara sauce . My wife had the evening Special which was Sea Bass with Clams and Mussels also in a light sauce. I had the Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream sauce. All accompanied by a very good Pinot Noir. All the food was fresh and tasty ! Service was warm and friendly Italian. One of the best Italian restaurants in the area. We would definitely recommend GUSTO.

PO
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and our waiter was amazing... showed up at our table often to make sure things were going well but not too often as to be annoying. Highly recommend!

JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The steak special was awful. Ordered scotch, got bourbon. Waiter said no charge, but was I was charged $10.

MC
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant. The manager made us feel like family.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host, Mario, and Waiter, Antonio make you feel like you are a part of the family. The entire staff is attentive and energetic which makes for a wonderful dining experience. Wouldn’t think of going anywhere else!! Thank you for a wonderful experience.

OT
Cincinnati
110 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had an enjoyable dinner during Thanksgiving week. The lasagna was different and quite good. The breaded Pork was wonderful. We will be back - next year!

CL
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing date night dinner. The Chanti, garlic bread, veal parm and ceasar salad were all delicious and the staff was great. Mario and Antonio were welcoming and friendly. We will be coming back.

G
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first
time to try Gusto and we will
definitely return. The dinner we had was excellent

SM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antonio is a fabulous waiter which only made the food taste that much better. Such a warm and friendly place. No one rushed us, just a great relaxing meal.

C
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We returned to Gustos on the second week of our trip to Hilton Head. We were greeted as old friends and enjoyed a wonderful Italian dinner

EB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service. Made to feel you were family. Highly recommend.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Gusto’s was nothing short of superb. Mario greeted us at the door and led us to our table for 6. Water was served immediately and Patrick, our waiter, was waiting for our beverage order. Since our party members all grew up outside NYC, we all felt as if we could be in a little Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. Each meal was deemed fabulous and the service was excellent! I had the special seafood risotto, which is a litmus test for me. The risotto and seafood were perfect! My only fear is posting this review and adding to this restaurant’s popularity, is that on my next visit to HHI, I might not be able to get a table!

LT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met Mario (owner) at the door, who seated us. Wonderful service by Patrick, et all. Fabulous red snapper special. Excellent lasagna. Antipasto and spinach salad. Chianti. Followed with gelato and cannoli. A kiss and a hug from Mario. We’ll be back.

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine! Excellent!

l
Charleston
73 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario is always a gracious host and and Antonio exemplifies service. The cuisine is always delicious and they do change the menu so you are not always looking at the same entrees etc. Love it.

S
Charleston
62 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mario the maitre de is fantastic! His attention to the details of making his guests happy are top notch! All of the food dishes were excellent! The menu choices are numerous as is the wine list. The wait service was professional and prompt. We will definitely visit again.

C
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service. We felt like regulars even though we were visiting from Canada.

KH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and owner go out of their way to provide an outstanding experience. The food is delicious.

CK
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We like our food hot and informed the waitress up front, she replied, "no problem". Well the food came out warm, not hot, so we asked for a "warm up". When it came back it was warmer, but still not hot.
The waitress was new and the level of service was not up to par. Our previous visit we had an efficient waiter which made all the difference in the world.
I was disappointed with my dish which was Osso Bucco [spelling?] and noodles. This came with the meat all cut up in little squares and mixed into the noodles. This dish was a big disappointment and I do not recommend ordering it.
The owner[?] served a dessert at no charge which was very nice but I'd try another Italian restaurant first before returning here.

J
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time dining at the restaurant and it will be a favorite when we relocate to the area

EO
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner (had the veal osso buco) . The real treat was how friendly they were. True Italian hospitality.

MR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent dinner. One of the best that I have had on the island.

OT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Mario, the proprietor, is very gracious. He did his best to correct issues with our dinner and that is very much appreciated. The kitchen perhaps just gaI hope that we were there

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten in the North End of Boston and Little Italy I NYC, this is Italian restaurant that is on par with any of these places. Solid menu and excellent service. What I like is you don’t have sell your Rolex to eat here.
Top shelf authentic Italian food. Mario is part of the environment as a big plus.
Outside and inside. Good parking.