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Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica

849 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
+1 805-541-9922
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (35 reviews)
“bread” (35 reviews)
“sand dabs” (5 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
849 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sat at the bar/ counter and was treated like a king. Chef even came out and said hello. Authentic, classy fresh interesting is how I would describe the food. It was the experience along with the food that I enjoy sharing a meal with my...More

Thank ngreenberg
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an authentic italian restaurante in SLO. Excelent menu and service. Also, it is a very good option for shopping some italian-like groceries.

Thank Bruno S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

With a small bar one block east, Giuseppe's couldn't expand to meet the demand and the higher rents. So the Cal Poly football alumnus moved to the historic 1800's Sinsheimer Mercantile building just two doors across the street from San Luis Obispo's 1772 Old Mission....More

Thank SLOnative
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had dinner at this very popular restaurant. I definitely look forward to eating here again. Clams and mussels for appetizers. The pasta dishes were all good, and all the people around us were eating heartily and happy. There is an outdoor patio in the...More

Thank CoronaTraveler22
Reviewed 1 week ago

This visit was probably our 4th or 5th visit as we really enjoy the restaurant. This was our first time in this new location. The food is good, and we really enjoyed our Sangria. But I'm not sure it was worth the almost two hour...More

Thank Gina J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here when they first opened their new location in the Sinsheimer building and found the food and service to be average at best, and prices to be high. None of this is worthy of writing a review though. My issue was that I had...More

2  Thank Jason F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met up with friends who recommended this restaurant. They only take reservations for parties over 8. We checked in, put our name on wait list which was about an hour. They had several large groups this night. We waited over 1-1/4 hours but to...More

Thank LDM52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The docent at the Mission recommended Giuseppe's for lunch and it didn't disappoint. You can tell by the crowd that it is a popular spot. Lucky for our group of 8 they have a back room that is very quiet. My husband and I shared...More

Thank black325
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place to stop in for a meal or on a date or for a family dinner. The food is outrageously delicious. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The pasta is fantastic and they will customize most dishes for you. Want different noodles, sauce, seafood,...More

Thank Benjamin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant had it all. Pizza by the slice to go, an ice cream section, you could eat out front, inside, at the bar, in the garden section or in the back with a larger group. Well priced in revitalized Old Towne.

Thank margyrl
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 849 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (Monterey/ Morro)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-541-9922
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Welcome to Palazzo Giuseppe’s, downtown San Luis Obispo!
Our Italian regional specialties are indicative to the Pugliese region in Italy, particularly Bari, a seaport on the Adriatic Sea from which most of our recipes originate. We hope you will enjoy and appreciate our great loyalty to the distinctive dishes, all of which we prepare with genuine and natural ingredients and methods. Our bread is baked from scratch every day in a wood-burning oven imported from Italy. Each loaf is made by hand, allowed to rise four times and slow-cooked to achieve the truly rustic appearance and taste you would find in a Baresi seaside village.
DiFronzo is dedicated to producing & growing as many heirloom, organic vegetables, & fruits from his family farm as possible. Gelato, pizzas, & specialties including his estate grown Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, & Syrah. All of this takes time but to us it is an art and a labor of love. We are truly committed to bringing you "cucina genuina."