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“Italy in SLO”
Review of Buona Tavola

Buona Tavola
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Santa Rosa St.
Walnut Creek, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Italy in SLO”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Beautiful outdoor dining.
Great ambiance and excellent service. Sausages and cheeses were homemade. Pasta and breads were delicious. Salad was good but heavy on the dressing. The salad portion was very large- and would be plenty for 2-3 to share.
The owner is present and engages with his customers. He offers mostly northern italian fare from what I could tell. Would return for sure.

Visited June 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Berkeley, California
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Fantastico”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

This is a small, cozy place. You are greeted warmly upon arrival and service continues to be excellent throughout the meal. The food choices were great; gluten free options; Had the specials the waiter recommended as well as ravioli from menu. Both dishes were excellent. Salad was so fresh and had fruit along with greens. The dressing was perfect. Waiter was so friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited June 2014
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San Clemente, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Ottimo Ristorante”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We stopped in San Luis Obispo as we were traveling the coast on a family trip to see the California Missions. Dinner here was the best of our whole trip. So much so, that our return trip took us to Paso Robles and we made sure to have dinner at the sister restaurant. To begin with, it is a quaint little restaurant that has a sweet patio out back, which is where we dined. The service was excellent and we enjoyed a nice conversation with Andrea. The wine list was quite good and the menu filled with wonderful sounding dishes. My personal favorite was the Timballo. The menu has quite a large variety of dishes for those with gluten allergies making this heaven for my husband. Even our picky children enjoyed this restaurant, and we all agree it was one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Kristi S
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San Luis Obispo CA
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Oh My Goodness - DELISH”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Went (again) to Buona for lunch today. Had the special, grilled chicken sandwich on fresh baked focaccia bread. To die for. Their caesar salad is great, which comes with it, tho they changed the croutons. They need to return to the old (fresh homemade style). The waiter (I am sure is from Italy) is so good looking too. I love going. Always elegant.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank slosoosie
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SF Bay area
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“One of our favorites in SLO”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

On our first visit, my family and I happened upon this place while parked nearby. Italian food is always our preference, especially homemade pasta dishes. So, this was a treat to have their filled pasta and dine in the outdoor patio. We've returned several times during our visit to SLO and have always had a great experience. Our my recent visit with friends, we ordered from the prix fixe menu and enjoyed the food and value. Service is attentive and professional. You can tell that the young college students are well trained and take pride in doing a good job.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank alohabeach
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