If you have a hankering for some homemade pasta dishes, lasagna classico, or maybe just a traditional italian margarita pizza, you are in luck. The Italian restaurants in San Luis Obispo are second to none. Despite SLO’s size, you can find a wide range of Italian restaurants focusing on everything from southern to northern Italian cuisine as well as restaurants that put a modern American spin on the classics. Whether you are looking for an intimate private dining experience or are looking to dine in with a large crowd, we have the perfect best italian restaurants in San Luis Obispo just for you.

Featured San Luis Obispo Italian Restaurants

Your quest for the best Italian food in SLO ends here.

buona tavola san luis obispo

Buona Tavola

Upper Crust Trattoria San Luis Obispo italian restaurant

Upper Crust Trattoria

All SLO Italian Restaurants

Whether you are craving some gnocchi, chicken parmesan, or a filet mignon with the essence of Italy, these fine eateries all across San Luis Obispo County have what you need (and don’t worry, they all have extensive wine lists featuring some of the best local wines as well as wines direct from Italy).

buona tavola san luis obispo

Buona Tavola

cafe roma san luis obispo restaurant

Cafe Roma SLO

san luis obispo restaurants: Gennaro’s-Grill-Garden

Gennaro's Grill & Garden

Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica - san luis obispo restaurant

Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica

La Locanda downtown slo italian restaurant

La Locanda

mammas meatball slo italian restaurant

Mama's Meatball

Olive Garden San Luis Obispo italian restaurant

Olive Garden

Piemonte's Italian Delicatessen slo italian deli

Piemonte’s Italian Delicatessen

Upper Crust Trattoria San Luis Obispo italian restaurant

Upper Crust Trattoria

Buona Tavola

Cafe Roma

Gennaro’s Grill & Garden

Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica

La Locanda

Mamma's Meatball

Olive Garden

Piemonte’s Italian Delicatessen

Upper Crust Trattoria

While these 12 San Luis Obispo restaurants are first class, don’t stop exploring! The central coast is full of excellent Italian restaurants – from Los Osos to Pismo Beach to Paso Robles. As a lover of fine Italian dining you owe it to yourself to try every one of these fine establishments (maybe more than once). These SLO County can go toe to toe (or noodle to noodle) with any of the best Italian restaurants in California. When you’re out, don’t forget to support our local winemakers and pair your authentic Italian cuisine with some of the best wine around. Our local establishments are well stocked with countless local wines and would love to help you compliment your fantastic meal with an equally deserving wine from the Central Coast.

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