Gusto Ristorante

4.6
646 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 646 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Antonio. Food was excellent.

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EatLocal
Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time. Our waiter was great. We ate outside with the heaters. Food was so good. I had the veal parmigiana. Will definitely come back when we are in the area.

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RHK1943
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice "new" facility and same great food. Nice menu but I particularly like the lasagna and ordered it again on this visit.

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VirginiaW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve been searching for years for authentic Italian food and finally found it. This place is a hidden gem. There were four of us at dinner. We had the lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, pasta Bologna’s, and the gnocchi with pork ragu. Each of us raved about our choice. We were in agreement that we will be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Moderately expensive. Food was ok, but not exceptional. We may try again since it's close, and is attractive. Was quiet, but we ate early and nobody was in our room.

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RichardB
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Pretty average. Friendly professional service. But the food was fairly average. Not bad but not particularly special

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

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larry
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time dining at Gusto. First time in new location - looks beautiful, great personal service, great food! Had a gift cert from a friend, purchased a couple more to share.

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Urolfi
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

FIRST TIME THERE AND ENORMOUSLY PLEASED WITH BOTH FOOD AND SERVICE. WILL GO BACK AGAIN ON NEXT VISIT.

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vipMarciaC
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in authentic atmosphere. The four of us had a variety of food, and it was all delicious. Reasonable prices too. Reservations recommended because of smaller room space.

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vipedgruel
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent.
Setting was okay.

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dirtywater
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was fantastic, especially the pasts specials, good service and nice vibes.

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BloodyLegion
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Absolutely outstanding. Smooth service, good food, quiet enough to talk. A big improvement over the old Gusto.

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finediningfan
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selection, quality, staff and service all outstanding. The sauces are light, flavorful and complement the pastas. Our favorite restaurant on Hilton Head. Gusto could easily increase its prices and still remain a favorite. Moderately priced exceptional cuisine.

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Markl
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

service was good, but questioned weather language was spanish or italian (two different servers two different languages) ? Food was very good. Prices just a little high. Wine was much higher than the value. House red wine should have been a Chianti, but at best a box red!!

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TinaW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere excellent. Our bar tender Antonio was awesome and very pleasant. We felt like we were in Italy. Will be back for sure. Sea bass delicious and spinach mushroom stuffed ravioli delish.

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vipGregor
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. It was four of us and everyone loved the food.

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Irwin53
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service and atmosphere was very good

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OB1docksidefan
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gusto is a delight. The food is excellent, the service perfect and the ambiance delightful. The restaurant is new and breathes Italy. I highly recommend it when visiting Hilton Head Island.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipStevebos
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Have had great meals in the past. This time, some food was cold. Seems that the plated meals included lukewarm veggies. When we got a cappuccino, no biscotti with it as we have come to expect from other Italian restaurants on HHI. Gusto in its new location is a find, but a bit more attention to the full experience, please. We want to come back, but a few things need attention to bring us back.

We celebrated a major anniversary, let the restaurant know, yet no one said a thing. Not what we expected.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every way

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vipZangen
Charleston
93 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Carbonara tasty and chicken parmigiana very good.
Will, our waiter, very nice, knowledgeable, and you could hear him.
Only slight comment is a but noisy….maybe some softening in decor to absorb background noise.
But minor issue…overall experience very good.
Will return and highly recommend this restaurant.

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Llady
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening. The restaurant was decorated beautifully. Service was excellent. Food was delicious.

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GregT
Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New location is great and the food has been fantastic. One of our favorites on HHI.

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JohannaP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sat outdoors and we were
only diners until we were about to leave. Had an early reservation, so that explains the “private” dining experience. The starters - burrata with prosciutto and carpaccio - were very good. The main courses, which included oso buco, veal piccata and pappardelle, were deliziosi. Cocktails were prepared as they should be and the wines by the glass selections were good. We did not enjoy our dessert selection - the “Crazy Italian Chocolate Cake,” which seemed like store-bought chocolate devil’s-food cake with ricotta cream layered in.

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JoeW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, as always, was spectalular - probably the best on the island.....we live here.

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JudyP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food
Will keep on eating there everytime we stay-in Hilton Head. Waiters are excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant

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vipSteveB
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gusto is a very nice restaurant with great food, staff, service, and ambiance…..would suggest Gusto to anyone

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DaveP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many excellent choices for each course. We highly recommend the mussels in limoncello sauce! Service was very good on a very busy evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food and lovely patio. Will make this a go to spot when visiting the island again. Noise level was fine on the patio except when the planes from nearby airport were overhead.

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CatW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent. We really enjoyed our experience.

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local
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our food was well-prepared and served hot. We enjoyed our experience completely.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New location, nice place, ate outside.

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vipdavidj205
New England
38 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there while on vacation, will definitely return.

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 646 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.