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Gusto Ristorante, Hilton Head Island, SC

Gusto Ristorante

4.7
4.7
1131 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Dining Bar, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 802-2424

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Giancarlo Balestra

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What 1,131 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. BM

    BMWbabe

    Savannah

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful gourmet Italian meal with family! Loved the seafood gluten-free pasta special with vodka sauce, the Mediterranean salad, and the bombas for dessert!
  2. B

    Brianni

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been there many times and invited friends who had never been to Gusto. They thoroughly enjoyed it! Antonio is the best!
  3. G

    Greg

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal and great service
  4. P

    Patrick

    Charleston

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My veal parm was very good, my friends veal marsala was so small it looked silly. Both the wives dishes were fine. We had brought 2 bottles of wine as they charge $25 corkage fee, what we have never had happen before was they charge it per bottle. I complained and was ignored. Who charges a local resident $50 for corkage service. Well no wonder the place was half empty !
  5. LD

    Like2DineOut

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Receptionist and wait staff very attentive - wine/lemoncello martini superb - ambiance nice and relaxing- lasagna, chicken parm, fish special very good but the eggplant parm slightly tough, which is why rating knocked down one star. We'll definitely go back again, though!!
  6. VA

    VincentA

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter Antonio was exceptional and created an enjoyable experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food. Great service. (Antonio is perfect) I keep going back!
  8. r

    roberts

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The main entre was very good, the appetizers just OK ,calamari was overcooked, the carpaccio was not dressed. The service was very good, atmosphere was also pleasant, but the table was too small to comfortably place the food. For the price of the food, I would expect better. Maybe I'll try it one more time to see if this was just a bad night
  9. NB

    NeilB

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent Italian food - especially the carbonara. The waiters were very helpful with wine selection. We’ll be back.
  10. ES

    EdwardS

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Italian food is my favorite cuisine and to me the sauces are the primary part of the dish. It didn't matter what your entree was, the sauces were so flavorful and smooth it was hard not to close your eyes and enjoy. There were eight in our party and not one complaint,The restaurant is immaculate. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. It is now my #1 Italian restaurant on the island.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal!!! Great service with attention to detail. Definitely will return.
  12. SB

    SteveB

    Charleston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service from Antonio and Adam!
  13. A

    Acorn

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant. Wonderful service and food.
  14. S

    Sebb

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent!! One of our favorite restaurants.
  15. 7

    71wahoo

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the waiter lots of fun.
  16. m

    macsteak

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Antonio is fabulous
  17. M

    Marshaj

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 4th visit. The staff is very welcoming. Menu is extensive and well prepared. It has a real neighborhood vibe which we appreciate. Will definitely come again. Marsha and Mike Jaroch
  18. SC

    SherrieC

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food and great service
  19. K

    Karen411

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dining experience. Our server Jasmine took excellent care of us. We had the blue crab ravioli with scallops and it was truly one of the most spectacular dishes we ever tasted.
  20. WP

    WilliamP

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Antonio & his Italian accent made our dinner feel very authentic! Everything was delicious. We will return asap!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a large party of 11. Service was great, fast and our fabulous server Antonia got everything right! Nobody went thirsty, food was timely and delicious. Looking forward to going back again!
  22. KT

    KymberleyT

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gusto’s is always a great experience and good value for delicious food.
  23. SR

    SidneyR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gusto offers so many great dishes! I love their eggplant!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was delicious!
  25. VA

    VincentA

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service by Antonio. Quality food for a reasonable price compared to other Italian restaurants on the island.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Dinner was expensive but food was really good
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent Wine was expensive
  28. MP

    MikeP

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Two out of three of our dishes were very good. One we didn't care for. This was our second time at Gusto and we will go back again.
  29. DS

    DeniseS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. Antonio is best waiter on island. Would highly recommend
  30. D

    Dianne

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The drinks, appetizers and entrees were all tasty and fresh.
  31. LD

    LadyDi

    Charleston

    134 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We brought out of town guests with us to celebrate my husband's birthday. They were very impressed and said they would definitely come back. The food is very authentic and arrived quickly. Everything from the wine, to the bread, to the meals were all great and the waiter even brought out a dessert with a candle for my husband. A most enjoyable evening!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with excellent service. Highly recommend.
  33. L

    Lenc52

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gusto Ristorante is an excellent Italian trattoria! The staff was extremely friendly, the service was great, the food was so very tasty and well prepared. If you are in Hilton Head and want a truly authentic Italian meal, then you must go to Gusto Ristorante!
  34. J

    Juice

    Savannah

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My wife and I have eaten at Gusto several times. We usually order the same appetizer, entrees, and wine. This time we spent $30 more than the last time we were there. Same meal! The food wasn't as good as usual and the wine per glass was too expensive. Please don't explain this as inflation. Food hasn't increased that much. There are many good Italian restaurant options in Hilton Head so we won't go back to Gusto. The only positive was that Gabrielle did a good job serving our average food.
  35. E

    Eloise

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service was great. The noise level is way too loud.
  36. H

    Horn

    Savannah

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is our third time at Gustos and again, we throughly enjoyed our meal.
  37. MS

    MarianS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We are frequent customers and love the bar are! Last week, we ordered the ravioli special -ended up being $34. Add a glass of house wine for $13+ and it makes a pricey dinner for what you get. We will avoid the specials from now on -too expensive! Love Gusto though!
  38. G

    Giorgio

    Raleigh

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find. My wife and I are both Italian and really appreciate good food. The mussel starter was delicious. The mussels were plump and tasted fresh and the spicy tomato sauce made it perfect. The fettuccine bolognese, shared was the perfect pasta and we each had our own entree - Osso Bucco for me and a Flounder Milanese for my wife. We had enough food left to have lunch the next day. Adam was our waiter but we also had a waitress and they teamed together to provide impeccable service while making you feel like old friends. I highly recommend Gusto.
  39. 1

    10ecgal

    E. Tennessee

    78 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We tried this restaurant for the first time last year and enjoyed it. We kept it on our list of dinner places this year. One thing we don’t understand, and definitely don’t like, is being seated way too close to other diners, especially when the place is almost empty. This dislike has nothing to do with Covid. We don’t like not being able to have a private conversation or hearing things we don’t want to hear from people we don’t know. Now to the food: the complimentary bread with oil and balsamic was good. The spaghetti alla carbonara I had tasted nothing like the carbonara I had in Italy, not in a good way. My husband said his Pollo Rustico was flavorless. I had to flag a server down to get a refill of my water. Again, the place was not full at all and there seemed to be enough staff. Will we go back? Probably not.
  40. VW

    VirginiaW

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went there again on Saturday. He had the Veal Picatta and I had the Rigatoni alla Montanara. Both were delicious. Every time we go we try something new and have never been disappointed. This is our go-to place for excellent Italian food. We've tried other places on Hilton Head Island for Italian food but this place is the best.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gusto Ristorante using the Order Online button. Gusto Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 802-2424.

Gusto Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 1131 OpenTable diners.

Gusto Ristorante does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Gusto Ristorante

430 William Hilton Pkwy, Suite #301 Sea Turtle Marketplace, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Island - highway 278 and Mathews Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Dining Bar, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Giancarlo Balestra

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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