Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

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963 reviews
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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. 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.
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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Graduation

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent desserts. Make reservation to avoid long wait during graduation weekend is a must.

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BF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance!

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T
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FP
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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h
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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RN
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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ME
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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C
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PN
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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....

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. What more could you ask for!

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M
Washington DC
220 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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J
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Luis. Food was wonderful

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and lots of wonderful choices

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MT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and wine list! What more could we ask for?

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M
Sacramento
45 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening as usual. The Seabass was out of this world! Half price wine night is a plus.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
Responded on May 14, 2019

We are so sorry to ready about this poor and unsatisfactory experience. We are addressing your concerns with the kitchen and your server.

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c
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a good meal
Sea bass piccata special was great
Tiramisu was lacking a little

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
Responded on May 14, 2019

Thank you Charlie. We'll give your feedback to the chef about the tiramisu.

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N
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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F
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Il nostro cameriere era stupendo, gentile e capace...

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B
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious. Makes me feel like I’m in Lty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was attentive, the food was well prepared, and the setting was very nice- I’d recommend it and would eat there again!

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JL
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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HJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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DM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Y
San Francisco
155 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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JU
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Thank you,
Judy Harvey

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l
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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ML
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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!

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FG
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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