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Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica

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849 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (Monterey/ Morro)
+1 805 541 9922
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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75 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were blown away with our meals at this wonderful Italian venue. The decor is 100% Italian & so inviting. We were shocked at the reasonable prices too. The staff was polite & so efficient, even though this was such a busy week-end night. Both of our Pasta dinners with Caesar salads were soooooo good. Can not wait until we... More 

Thank Flowerful
Las Vegas, Nevada
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is great and it is a popular place. The service was disappointing though employees are friendly. We had to ask to get our order taken.

Thank Jeanne B
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went in for a slice of pizza and stayed to have , pasta, a appetizer and some gelato. it was all fantastic. best restaurant in town...BY FAR!!!!!!!

Thank Randall M
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived into SLO late and chose this restaurant based on the reviews. It was a bright and lively place and we were seated immediately. And then we met our server.... he introduced himself, went over the specials but never asked us for our drink order. He seemed bothered when we asked for some wine. After about 15 minutes we... More 

1 Thank jenh150
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

House wine excellent. Right in downtown. Great for lunch or dinner. Beautiful ambiance. Ask for 1/2 the sauce on a pizzeta;)

Thank Colorado70
San Luis Obispo, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

typical italian food with many pasta sometimes they serve good meat with vegetable a good location close to main street higheramy favorite white cheese with tomato&basil

Thank investincalifornia
Morro Bay, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A little disappointed when we dined in for wife's b-day. Maybe we caught them on a bad day. Things were not yet organized in new location. Shelly was no longer there. Food was borderline average. We'll try again. The vibe to me was bistro-esque. Portions seemed smaller. Felt a little rushed.

1 Thank Tarzansan-RPh
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

It's too bad that new decor cannot disguise the awful tasting food. I ordered a simple meatball pasta dish and it was a bowl of spaghetti with only TWO meatballs in a runny orange sauce which looked (and tasted) like canned tomato soup! How can an Italian restaurant neglect to teach their chefs some authentic & flavorful recipes? At least... More 

Thank SLOtraveler S
Morro Bay, CA
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133 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Walked in at six on a Friday with three others and was seated in the "Garden Room". Had Jessica as our wait staff and she did a fine job! She knew her wines and when I asked for a red with a hint of vanilla she suggested the The Prisoner, and the vanilla was perfect. Plenty of bread for three... More 

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This place is highly rated on Trip Advisor and it did not disappoint but go early. It's very popular and there is a wait later in the evening. They were very accommodating with gluten free options. She brought me sliced cucumbers to dip since I couldn't have the house made bread (which smelled delicious). The wedge salad was good with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
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."

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