Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
The Rizzo family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in San Luis Obispo's Historic Railroad District for 36 years. Enjoy homemade pastas, steaks, pizza, and seafood made from the finest local ingredients––classic dishes like Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto and Tortelli di Zucca. From a vintage Italian bike hanging from the bar ceiling to the Murano glass chandeliers and Tuscan murals, Café Roma is a celebration of what people love about Italy. The covered garden patio, full service bar, and elegant dining room are popular destinations for local vintners, families, travelers, and professionals alike.
The extensive wine list changes monthly, always with additions of new, exciting Central Coast and Italian finds, while fresh farmer's market produce is a part of every meal.
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amyk
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was excellent and the wine was splendid! We cant wait to go back. The owners were able to make the restaurant feel as though we were not socially distancing. Perfect evening.

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vipFrank
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, very nice atmosphere, and friendly environment!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous good. Great waitress. Quiet

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JaniceS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good visit after stay at home has been lifted. Service was outstanding, prices were resonable and portion sizes were generous.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal and experience at the best Italian restaurant on the Central Coast!

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vipFlorentinoR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always OUTSTANDING

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CariB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner. I watched as customers departed their table, the staff wiped down each chair and table with sanitizing cleanser. The staff wore masks and gloves and the menus were paper, which stayed on the table during the meal. Sounds weird to write this in a review, but I felt that the staff really concentrated on safety for the customers and for the staff members. It was our first evening out after the Governor lifted the stay at home order. Although each of our meal was fantastic, the pancetta was out of this world.

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Kate
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first restaurant meal since shelter-at-home. Excellent safety precautions with tables well-spaced on outdoor enclosed patio, masked servers, paper menus, simplified menu. Food was superb. Our server Roxandra was excellent - so friendly and accommodating. It was a pleasure. We'll be back soon.

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StevenC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants on the Central Coast.
Great food, service, atmosphere
ALL Great

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Onlineslomama
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olivia waited on us. She was terrific! Hope she serves us next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always very good here. Tonight the dinners were outstanding . The pork loin with apples and potatoes with sautéed carrots was the best meal I have had in Years. There service is always excellent. My guest had Oso Bucco it was excellent . Thank you for such a great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a graft dining experience. Wonderful good and courteous service.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the Italian classic dishes done to perfection

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FrankE
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and excellent food. Great place for a nice evening out.

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Sexy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food takes Awhile to arrive but it is very much worth the wait so don’t walk in starving. This way you are not sitting there desperate waiting for your food.

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FrankM
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It would have been perfect if one guest did not believe the entire restaurant needed to hear her stories. She was so loud it was intrusive. The host, server, and food were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place in a awesome location. The food was fantastic. We'll be back again.

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AndyC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service. Had a special menu for Valentine's Day which was a nice touch.

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DavidM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Fay

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GGeats
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very special evening with long time friends from out of town. Our waitress was outstanding and made our evening even more special. Forgive me for not remembering her name!

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NatalieR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Well priced food and it's quality.

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RichardJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The young man who waited on us did an outstanding job. He was prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly. He made us feel welcome. Good on him!

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FraJen
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fresh, and delicious! I couldn’t get enough, but I had to stop. We will be back for sure. I can’t wait to try the different entree’s.

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MaggieTj
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in SLO. We came this time for a birthday dinner and had a delicious meal. The server gave us a tiramisu for the birthday girl. We can't wait to go back!

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was attentive , and the food was fabulous!

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vipCynthia
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent service.

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vipDennis
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spaghetti and meatballs ever! Great squash soup also. Loved it.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you Dennis. Chef Giancarlo is happy to hear you enjoyed his handmade meatballs.

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PattiH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Cafe Roma & have been going there for years. This time there were two parties who were very noisy. It was difficult to converse at our own table.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
Responded on February 12, 2020

Sorry your neighboring tables were disruptive. Thank you for being a loyal customer.

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JanS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cafe Roma is our favorite location in SLO to entertain friends. It is quiet enough to have an adult discussion; there is pleasant background music but not overly loud like most dining places now. The food continues to be excellent. The recent menu change increased prices; maybe this is inevitable but $20 for a plate of pasta without meat seems pretty high. My wife ordered the soup special; it arrived only lukewarm and had to be returned for heating. The service is usually impeccable but on this slow night, we had a hard time getting refills on the fresh bread and the server disappeared when it came to paying. Overall, 4 stars, but attention to detail was missing.

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VicG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Was expecting a more intimate and personal dining experience...food and service were good but not great...restaurant was expensive for dinner for 2 especially since we brought our own wine...will think twice about going back there

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PennyC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I came to have dinner before the event at Cal-Poly and found the experience
wonderful. Our server was friendly and efficient and she made sure that we left on time to
get to our event. Our meals were delicious and we were happy to be able to relax and visit
in such lovely surroundings.

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vipMarconiT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best carbonaras I ever had. Very friendly service but a bit slow. It would be a perfect night but in the end we ordered 2 espressos and they brought 2 drip coffees, like "if they don't notice we might get away with that and bill for the espresso"... that was really bad...

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Superb food.

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vipSafeair1
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Mediocre food at high prices. The crab cakes should be called Crab Mush - undercooked and a lot of filler. The salads are overdressed and mostly lettuce. Our waiter HAD to have been a relative - bringing out food not only one course at a time, but for one person at a time. I think he made six food trips for salad and entree. The carnival barker at the front door yelled "DID YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME?" as we were on our way out the door for good.

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vipCynthia
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving Dinner at Cafe Roma this year. They offered turkey dinner with 3 other options. We had the turkey, short ribs and salmon. All the dishes were prepared in interesting ways and delicious. The service was excellent, the staff friendly and informative. We will be back next year.

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LindaW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our fifth Thanksgiving at Cafe Roma, so obviously we keep coming back for more. We love your food and the ambiance. Our first few years, the service was great. These last two years, not so much. Last year we had a well-intentioned waiter who greeted us warmly, then managed to all but forget us for the evening. Eventually, an attentive waitress from another station managed to retrieve out waiter for us. This year our waiter was prompt and efficient, but not particularly welcoming. His main concern seemed to be getting us to place our order, finish our meals, and then exit as soon as possible, thank you. As always, the food was fine, but then came the dessert. Every year we have been asked to select a dessert. Not this time. Our waiter simply came by the table, plunked down down one plate, three forks, and left. We ended up eating the little this-and-that squares of whatevers off that communal plate after realizing that individual dessert plates weren't part of the plan.

We love the food and the atmosphere at Cafe Roma, and we'll probably give it another try next year. But the service seems to be the weak link in the chain.

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vipMatt
Washington DC
233 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best. Thanksgiving. Ever.

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Cher
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horribly rude owners and disorganized restaurant. Poor quality food.

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JeannieB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Great food and ambience. Very accommodating. They sure know how to treat their customers. Went with family for Thanksgiving. Great turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious dessert Sampler plate. YUM

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Pismoresident
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beyond food and service, Cafe Roma offers a wonderful ambiance in a high ceiling room, tastefully decorated. Not so easy to find in this part of the Central Coast.

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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 541-6800.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo is rated 4.6 stars by 1052 OpenTable diners.

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