Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
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. Café Roma specializes in private dining, accommodating many special occasions and business functions with various events spaces and a banquet room for as many as 80 guests.
We had an amazing graduation and Father’s Day dinner at Cafe Roma last
Sunday. Our daughter even got to practice her Italian with the Owner.
We weren’t rushed, even though there were many parties present.
The food was excellent and we loved the pasta, tarimisu, and House vineyard wines.
We would return here again.
Our server Daniel was outstanding, going above and beyond... he even make our table’s cocktails. Food was delivered quickly and our entire party of 9 had not a single item missing or incorrect. And there were a lot of large parties for graduation. Terrific food and ambiance.
Excellent desserts. Make reservation to avoid long wait during graduation weekend is a must.
We would normally enjoy Cafe Roma for its ambiance and food. But we were there on graduation
weekend and the restaurant was bursting with Cal Poly graduates and their families. The noise
level was such that our table of five had difficulty conversing. I hope normal weekend dining
is subdued so that conversation can be heard and enjoyed. But restaurants all suffer from this;
people talking loudly in public loudly unmindful about their impact on others.
Our server was terrific and super busy as were all the wait staff. I hope all got hefty tips that
evening. They really earned it.
Great food and ambiance!
We were there with a party of 6 and the service and food were impeccable. The server really made us feel special which got our day off to a happy start.
Cafe Roma is always a treat but the Chateaubriand on Father Day was outatanding. From the friendly greeting to the thank you for coming on leaving.
Old school Italian. Very good food value and service. Family run. A good restaurant for a group as the noise level allows for conversation. Also good drinks.
Classic Italian food in a surprisingly elegant restaurant next to the train station at SLO. Caesar salad was very good, as were the ravioli and lasagne dishes. The house Cabernet was bold and very satisfying.
We LOVE this place!! The atmosphere is very nice! The service is incredible! The food is AMAZING!! Of course we love the chef Giancarlo!! Thank you for such an amazing dinner! We will see you again!
Food was good and very tasty. Had shrimp scampi and Osso Bucco. The lamb was tender, and shrimp were cooked perfectly. Only issue was that service was very slow.
We had an excellent lunch. The food and service were very good. This was partly a business lunch and the noise level was a bit above comfortable for conversation (The "noise" was simply happy and enthusiastic chatter of others enjoying lunch). We probably would have preferred seating outside if the weather was a bit warmer. However, overall, it was an excellent experience.
Love love love Cafe Roma. We live in North SLO County but our kids go to school in San Luis Obispo (MCP) and we find ourselves down there a lot right around dinner time. Food is terrific, wine list (Italians that we like) is impressive and well balanced price/value wise but the services is great too. We love Amy and how she takes such great care of us and our family. Nothing bad to report here! Ciao....
Great food, great service. What more could you ask for!
Second visit to Cafe Roma confirmed that our superb first experience was no fluke. Saturday night was slammed, yet all of our servers had big, warm, genuine smiles! My mother-in-law (visiting from DC) particularly enjoyed the lamb shank in a red wine reduction. My wife is excited for our third visit so she can try the handmade chicken and spinach cannelloni, which must be excellent because it was sold out!
Great service from Luis. Food was wonderful
Very good food and lots of wonderful choices
Great food, service and wine list! What more could we ask for?
Our waiter Marcus was awesome. Very friendly, attentive and helpful. So real instead of being arrogant or phony. The food was excellent and atmosphere was cozy.
Wonderful evening as usual. The Seabass was out of this world! Half price wine night is a plus.
I’ve been here several times now and each time the service and food has gone down hill a bit more. Taking a while to get menus, bread, etc. Bread served without butter or olive oil. Dry chicken. Really awful spinach salad - soggy and saggy leaves. Complete waste of a money. And even though it had to be obvious it was barely eaten, the waiter did not ask if we were dissatisfied with it. Small portions of fish/chicken (though large portion of pasta.)
The oddest thing was when our waiter finally came to our table for the first time and apologized for the wait, he then showed us the special appetizer of the evening as if he was going to give it to us as an apology for the wait but then he pulled it away as it was for another table. All 6 of us thought he was leaving it! It came off really strange.
We are so sorry to ready about this poor and unsatisfactory experience. We are addressing your concerns with the kitchen and your server.
Always a good meal
Sea bass piccata special was great
Tiramisu was lacking a little
Thank you Charlie. We'll give your feedback to the chef about the tiramisu.
I loved our dinner at Cafe Roma. Not only was the meal outstanding, the staff took a genuine interest in us and made us feel like regulars. I can’t wait to visit again, soon!
Lived most of my 76 years in this town, left for career reasons sixteen years ago, and every time I return I end up at Cafe Roma. Feels like home and, incredibly, this restaurant keeps improving. Friendly atmosphere and great food.
Il nostro cameriere era stupendo, gentile e capace...
Long time family restaurant that serves excellent Italian food at reasonable prices. The wine list is a good mix of local wines and Italian wines. Tuesday night wine by the bottle is 50% off - a great deal.
The food is always delicious. Makes me feel like I’m in Lty.
The staff was attentive, the food was well prepared, and the setting was very nice- I’d recommend it and would eat there again!
Seven of us dined here on Easter. Two of us had salmon and would order it again. Two of us had lasagna and would order it again. One person had lamb shanks and said they were excellent. Another person had the roasted vegetable raviolis and said they were good but not his favorite. The last person ordered one of the meat entrees and needed it cooked more. The waitress took care of that promptly and our friend said her meal was very good. We were pleased with the food, the service, and the ambiance. We very much appreciate coming here for fine dining on Easter! Compliments to the staff and the kitchen!
It was a really nice atmosphere. The waiters and waitresses were phenomenal. The food and drinks were really good as well. A nice quiet elegant dinner for adults. Would not recommend for kids under 12.
Cafe Roma never disappoints. Marco and his staff deliver an exceptional experience, from the ambiance to the service, and of course, the food and drink. Our table had the Gnocchi al Gorgonzola, two specials: the Cioppino with Linguini and Halibut Picatta, and a special request for Fettuccine Alfredo, despite it not being on the menu. We also had the Cappuccino Tartufo for dessert. Delizioso!
The crab cakes and Burrata appetizers were great. I loved that they offered garlicky sauteed greens w/green beans as a side dish, they were delicious and I topped my pizza with them! My husband loved the scampi dish, my daughter was happy with the cioppino, and the margherita pizza was nice with fresh mozzarella, even though the crust wasn’t quite as chewey as I’d prefer. The staff was very friendly and accomodating, and my family had a great meal together; we had a long liesurely dinner and never felt rushed, which is just the way I like it!
Arrived early and had a drink in the bar, our friends arrived and had been offered to have dinner in the bar, but \wanted to have dinner in the dining room. Had been seated promptly and service was good and our meals arrived as ordered and where delicious.
We had a most fabulous evening. We were celebrating our Anniversary and the employees made this evening one of the most memorable. Our dinner was out of the world. The seafood stack was one of the best meals I have ever had. I can’t say enough to tell you it was a great evening. The staff made it memorable and Daniel our waiter couldn’t do enough for us. Than k you Cafe Roma! I just wish you were a bit closer to our home in Corona. But it is our go to when we travel up the coast. Thank you so Rey much for a wonderful evening.
Great service. Disappointing pasta dishes. Had the Carbonara. Not enough flavor even with added Parmesan. Gnocchi was not light and airy, but the white sauce was good.
The dinners we had we outstanding, as always. I am only sorry I don't live there anymore or at least closer so I can enjoy regularly. One of is from SLO, one was from Logan, Utah and I now live in Fresno.
Never have been disappointed.
Our second time visiting and we had great experience both times. Our waiter (I believe Christopher was his name) Was very busy but had our food and appetizers to us quickly. Also, was able to recommend a great dessert that we loved. The jumbo prawn appetizer was great. One of us had a Salmon dish and the other a pasta. Both outstanding.
The waiter gave us little to no attention, but the food was quite nice. We almost had to walk out to get our bill presented!
Each member of our party of four ordered something different and each
found both their appetizers and main courses to be excellent. The wine
list was diverse and extensive with many excellent wines. Desert choices
were also excellent. Lastly the service was outstanding.