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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
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This restaurant was recommend by almost every person we met in SLO. They do not take reservations, but it is so worth the wait! On Saturday night we put our name on the wait list around 5pm, we wandered around the local shops for about...an hour and half and the lovely host called us to let us know our table was ready. We loved everything from their flatliners (their amazing take on an Expresso Martini) to their gluten free pasta options, flavorful sauces, gelato, cannoli and sand dabs. The staff is friendly and kind. We loved it all so much that we came back the next night. The host remembered us, and the food and service was just as amazing as the night before. I will always fondly remember this restaurant. The food was priced very well considering the quality and atmosphere. Thank you!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the persimmon salad, eggplant parmigiana and carbonara, best southern Italian food I’ve enjoyed in the US. Service excellent and the prices very reasonable, our only complaint was the music, was too loud and didn’t fit the atmosphere.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a beautiful pasta dinner and wine at this gorgeous spot. As foodies we’d definitely recommend this place. It’s so pretty in a fabulous location. Id recommend making a reservation for groups larger than 2 ppl.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 2 November 2022 via mobile

We’ve spent a lot of time in Italy and this is easily some of the best Italian food we’ve had in the USA. The red sauce is delicious! Pizza pasta eggplant Caesar salad all very good. Highly recommend a visit!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022

This is a great place to stop for a special occasion, but probably not for Tuesday night dinner. The food is good, but plan on eating a la carte.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 9 October 2022 via mobile

A Friend and I went for lunch. The building was architecturally amazing and the restaurant itself was decorated nicely. Great deli as you enter. I felt as if I were in Italy and really felt this was going to be a truly awesome dining experience...but I was very wrong. The service was terrible, the food was mediocre, I had Caesar salad and burrata raviolo. I felt it was a bit pricey too. Would not go backMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 September 2022

My daughter and I ate outdoors Friday evening. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable - and the food was, as always, wonderful. It is one of my favorite restaurants in SLO!! We enjoyed drinks, appetizers, and our entrees - there wasn't any room for...dessert. Sometimes dining out can be hit or miss experience but not with Giuseppe's - it's consistently excellent every time. My only negative comment would be sometimes it's difficult to get in - 3 out of the 4 times we've tried recently we had to go somewhere else because the wait was over an hour long - clearlyMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 August 2022 via mobile

Food was outstanding, great service and an active atmosphere. This is a must go to spot when in town. Prices are fair and This is a great place for a date night or a night out with friends.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 26 July 2022

We love Guiseppe's at Pismo and thought this would be the same. In reality, was more oriented to beer and pizza, much smaller menu, and even a smaller wine list! The sound system (one of my passions) was truly excreable.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 26 July 2022 via mobile

So good the first night went back the second night because of the service the food the total experience. Craft cocktails are out of this world good, happy hour on Monday night really good. Sat at the bar both nights just to watch the action...and have fun a lot of locals come here. First night enjoyed the halibut oh my Mercy! Second night enjoyed lightly breaded chicken breast over arugula balsamic lemon and capers...super wow! The wine by the glass features local wines and is excellent. Complete experience here A to Z!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 23 July 2022 via mobile

Amazing food and service . We arrived with no reservation 21:30 and got in quite quickly. Dishes are big fresh and especially tasty.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 21 July 2022

Absolutely love this restaurant. Wonderful atmosphere and decor. High end look, but casual feel. Excellent food and service. Will definitively eat there again on our next visit to SLO!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 21 July 2022 via mobile

Great building, atmosphere and patio. Outstanding wine list. Very good soup. Sadly the bread served was something I might find at Albertsons, the zucchini blossoms were surprisingly greasy (sauce good) and the ravioli a bit heavy.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 29 June 2022

Great looking place to eat.... Servers were really friendly and knowledgeable.. Food was stunning... so, so, so good. Prices were good for the quality... One of the few reviews that simply say 'Go try it, you won't be disappointed '

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 15 June 2022

This place is ever so popular; no reservations except for large groups. Worth the wait. Outstanding butternut squash ravioli. Excellent service; reasonable prices. What's not to like???

Date of visit: June 2022
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I don’t think so, we arrived towards the end of their lunch hours and had only a few minute wait
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Yes to the reservations question and don’t know to the music question as we were there for dinner on a Friday night and music wasn’t offered
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