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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.6
1302 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 farmers market produce is a part of every meal.

Experiences

  • Raid The Wine Cellar Tueday

    Multiple dates available

    Come in and enjoy wine bottles from our wine list at 1/2 the price. Limit 2 per table. Wines to be consumed at the restaurant. Price limit $100.00 wines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1302 people are saying
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Linda
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Roma. Food is great and the service is terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fairly large restaurant. The salad was good but in the second course I bit down on more than one bone in the meat of the entree. The first bone was the size of a nickel and the second was much smaller and slender and sharp. I stopped eating the meal after this as I was concerned about food safety.

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KatelynH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for Thanksgiving. We had fantastic service and great food.

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Katsie
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table for 2 @ 4:15
The wait was about 5 minutes then we were seated
The server came over immediately, welcomed us & asked if we’d like to order a cocktail or wine ~ of course!
Both drinks came in less than 5 minutes
We wanted to talk a while ~ no problem
Both of us ordered house made French Onion Soup with broiled Gruyere cheese
There were several entrees from which to choose
Decided on braised short ribs, garlic mashed potatoes, & roasted root vegetables
Second entree was spinach pasta lasagna with wild mushrooms and spinach topped w house made béchamel and Parmesan cheese
Too, there were several choices of desserts ~ cheesecake, tiramisu, pumpkin pie, or cannoli
The choice was pumpkin pie pie with whipped cream and sliced strawberries
All in all, it was a great Thanksgiving & we intend to be back next year

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vipDeannaK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of eating at Cafe Roma on Thanksgiving. We brought our patient English Bulldog Winston who was a hit with a number of elderly customers there as well. We were so well taken care of and impressed how the team was so efficient - there were no lines and they were on top of everything. The food was delicious! High recommend and we will be back!

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CindyF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!!! We will go again soon such a treat.

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Mick
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place for Thanksgiving meal. Waitress was friendly and energetic although a few little things slipped through the cracks being a busy day. Second time at this restaurant and we will return.

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24thanksgiving
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and Service always very good. Good choices for wine by the glass. We are local and its the first place we think of when we want to go out.

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MEDP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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WendyW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Reasonable prices. Will def return

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NancyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the bread at the beginning. Pasta dishes are quite good. Other entrees vary,

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PatriciaL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this neighborhood gem. Christina was wonderful & the food is always great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
92 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

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Fenner
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Roma is always a nice treat for Italian food. Last night everything was very nice as usual. The sand dabs and rack of lamb were spot on as were the beet salads and Caesar salad. Nice Pinot noir from Tolosa.

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vipCarlosD
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lasagna; best in SLO

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shannonc
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant meal I’ve had in a long time. The sea bass piccata special was amazing. Eggplant parm a hit as well.

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Solange
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My only complaint was that the portions were huge which took away from the appeal of the meal. I had spaghetti pomodoro.... there was wayyyyyyy toooo much tomato sauce and tomatoes on it........

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vipLaurieW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food at reasonable prices

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CindyN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & refreshing experience

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Dusty
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, nice staff. Prices were a bit high, but tolerable.

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vipMatt
Central Coast
241 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wife craved steak, and Cafe Roma delivered with an enormous Tomahawk, which we enjoyed half of and brought two more portions home. Related: Best mashed potatoes ever! 😋

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MerylT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was really disappointed with my Cesar salad as it was grossly overdressed with dressing weighing it down. My entrée wasn’t much better either as the carbonara was made incorrectly, more like an Alfredo than a carbonara. I am an Italian New Yorker and I know good food. There’s no reason to ever return to this restaurant.

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Slotsunami
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It continues to be the best Italian restaurant on the California Central Coast.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Pizza was excellent, gnocchi was awesome. Service was friendly and attentive.

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JeffreyS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was at its best, between flavorful and fresh salads and predictable, well made items from the menu as well as great specials.

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MarkPhoenix
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world Italian. Very good food. Service was superb.

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vipNancyB
Sacramento
85 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were warmly greeted upon arrival and given a great table on the outside patio. I ordered the Pasta de Zucca and it was truly amazing. Tender pillows of Ravioli stuffed with butternut squash served with a parmesan alfredo sauce. I'd order again, but need a reduced plate. There must have been 16 or more ravioli's. I could only eat about 8 as the plate is very rich. My dining partner ordered the shrimp and she felt the shrimp were a little overcooked and would have loved a spoon served with the pasta to gather the noodles. I'll be going back there again. Their wine list is very good. The entire experience was really good. Thanks for all you do. BTW our server was extremely patient and professional.

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ShannonD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and will return for sure! Fun atmosphere and very well organized!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious with exceptionally friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, a wonderful server. Will definitely come back only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was the 45 minute wait to get our table. They were slammed for Parents weekend and clearly had overbooked themselves.

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AmyW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

I love Cafe Roma, but it was so loud, and the service took forever. They let us choose our reservation for seating in the bar area, it was all that was left. Which was fine. Except the poor bartender was taking care of all of the tables in there and it was too much. The food was good. I don't mind waiting, it just wasn't what I expected.

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vipDanV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Lively atmosphere.

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Shrinkheads
Tahoe
58 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time… Hanna , our server was special! She has exceptional qualities as a person! The food was delicious and the whole experience was memorable. Thank you 🙏

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slojwd
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Cafe Roma is our go to place for consistently good Italian food at fair price. There is always a Rizzo family member on-site to make sure everything runs well. That same effort for 40 plus years is why we are still frequent guests.

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jeff
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Roma is the premier place to eat Italian food in San Luis Obispo. The wait staff is knowledgeable, the decor superb, and the food is reliably excellent. It's one of our favorite places to dine for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It's not bad but it isn't good and certainly below expectations. Good menu but mediocre food. Good room but subpar service. Disappointing experience. We are wishing them well but not coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Love2dine
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hosted a business dinner for 6 and everyone enjoyed the evening and their meal. Wide variety of options on the menu and everything tried was great. The restaurant thoughtfully seated us for privacy and wait staff was extremely attentive. Portions were generous and the food delicious. We sat on the covered patio with ample heaters for comfort. It was a delightful evening!

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Jimf
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food is excellent but our waiter seemed to forget about us. I didn’t have anything to drink for the last part of meal. I ordered a beer which never arrived, I asked the assistant waiter for more water and that also never arrived.

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vipPammy
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place for a wonderful northern Italian meal! The salads, pastas, fish and meats are always deliciously prepared and the ambiance and service is excellent!

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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo using the Order Online button. Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo also 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 1302 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.