Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

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$30 and under
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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. 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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

There is a special menu that includes traditional items with the holiday fixings like organic turkey, sausage apple stuffing, and American pies. The feast, however, has Cafe Roma’s Italian touch like wonderful soups, organic turkey, and farmer’s market fresh root vegetables.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are taking reservation for seating 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. Some traditional Italian holiday dishes will be offered along with popular items from our regular menu.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are taking reservation for seating 4:45 p.m. through 9:45 p.m. Some traditional Italian holiday dishes will be offered along with popular items from our regular menu.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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

The thing I like most about this place is that they pay attention to detail. They don't over cook or over season the food. The mixed grill I had this past weekend was probably the best meal I have had in SLO area since moving here about 6 months ago.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. The salmon dish was pretty boring. But overall it was a very nice dining experience.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We will give your comments to the chef.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I was a little disappointed to tell you the truth. The service was great, Hanna and her colleagues were fabulous. The wilted spinach salad was pretty good but not very artfully put together. The crab cakes were good. My husbands capellini pomodoro was delicious. But my shrimp piccata didn't thrill me. I felt that the shrimp were farmed and I did not like the texture. I thought I'd be healthy and order the spinach with it, but I later felt queasy and think there was probably a lot of butter or oil in the spinach. I always forget how rich restaurant food is! The chocolate mousse was delicious. So I guess it was kind of mixed. The atmosphere was lovely and Cafe Roma feels like a real Italian restaurant.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for your comments. The shrimp come from the Gulf of Mexico and are caught wild. Sorry the richness of the meal was hard on your belly.

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h
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, I think Café Roma has declined since my last visit approximately 8 years ago.

S
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Cafe Roma on Tuesday nights for half price wine night. Sharon and I have celebrated many milestone occasions. The staff has always been very attentive. The food has always been outstanding.

AW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Always a great evening.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful staff. Overall an amazing experience.

b
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening on the patio. My only disappointment was with the accompaniments to the salmon. I’ve come to expect it with lentils and I specifically asked our server if that would be the case. He told me yes but in reality, it was potatoes and a polenta cake. The polenta was very good but too many starches with that combo. Would have been happier with the lentils....healthier too.
Small quibble about an otherwise very good meal and service.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
Responded on September 9, 2019

Sorry your request was not accommodated during your recent visit.

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PM
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outdoors in the patio. Great service. Delicious dinner. We enjoyed the delectable squash blossoms, wonderful fresh seafood special and pasta of the day,

KH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a late reservation. Very quiet on patio. Veal with Marsala and lasagna were excellent!
Server was very attentive and friendly

RG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyed Cafe Roma as a Peak San Luis Obispo experience. You will not be disappointed! Our Waiter was very personable and on point for the service. Cost was reasonable. The Food is very thought-out and well prepared. Even got to take leftovers home and delicious the second time around. You can do no wrong at Cafe Roma. I had a birthday, and the candle on my dessert was nice touch. Recommend for special occasions, romantic dinners, dinner groups, or just a nice get together with friends or someone special. I would like to try those amazing appetizers on my next visit! And try the Bar! The Negoni was spot-on!

ER
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always exceptial food and service go back as much as possible

EH
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Amy did a great job

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience -

IB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive. The food was amazing!
Siting in the veranda was perfect, not too load, and nice background music.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience with our server Hannah. Great pit stop coming from the train station.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was unexceptional and very average. Not much of it, either, considering the price. Don't eat here if you're actually hungry. Had to send back the wine. It smelled and tasted like red wine vinegar. Have little to no desire to eat here again.

AL
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a lovely setting. We sat on the porch and enjoyed a fabulous meal as the sun set.the hills were lovely to look at and they put the heater on as it got dark.
Delicate squash blossoms and an amazing burata for starters. Oso bucco as main dish was simply yummy and tender. Panda cotta for dessert was the perfect ending to an excellent meal. Service was impeccable.

KF
London
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner and experience. I look forward to coming back. The food was superb, service was stellar, and the ambiance was wonderful.

t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and great service. A special place.

G
San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reminiscent of family restaurants in Italy. Service and food were superb. The red murano chandelier was perfect. My gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce made me want to lick the plate. My husbands mb shank was huge and fell off the bone.
Definitely stays on our central coast list fir dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is a go to place usually But Friday night was disappointing Service was slow Fish portion small and could have been masked with extra veggies but floated lonely on the plate Carpaccio was still frozen and had no flavor Clams in Gabe lady not cooked enough to open
I will come back but wanted the restaurant to know they need to work on consistency

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing restaurant Cafe Roma is. We stumbled on this gem during our one night stay in Madonna Inn in SLO. Both the service and the food was impeccable. Our sever Hannah is a first class. Even though she was fairly new to the establishment, her knowledge of the food and wine menu is pretty amazing. The owner Marco is friendly and hands on and came to check on us and chatted with us on several occasions. He even gave my husband a glass of Lemoncello on the house!! Thanks, Marco. We left the restaurant happy and morethan satisfied. Next time we are in the area we will definitely dine at Cafe Roma. Grazie, Cafe Roma

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time diner-brought husband and two friends. Every one enjoyed their respective entree, salad, and appetizer. Wait staff was very friendly and helpful. We chose a busy evening and we had a lovely table but noise level was a little high for 'perfect' visiting with another couple across the table. We will absolutely dine at Cafe Roma again. Charming and lovely ambience and very good food. May become my favorite!

FP
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We very much enjoyed the experience. Thanks for your service!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service but food was just okay. Sea Bass was not cooked thoroughly and pasta sauces had too much cream. Very nice people though.

KK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been Cafe Roma customers for over 25 years and can't say enough wonderful things about this restaurant!

JL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was one of the best overall dining experiences we have had anywhere

SM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food

D
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had a large party of 16 to celebrate an 85th birthday and they did a tremendous job with serving our large party and most of all the food was so good! Our server was so kind and so patient.

Looking foward to coming back again!

LP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is only my second visit to Cafe Roma. Although I grew up in the area, I now only come to town when visiting family. As we were celebrating a birthday, this was our place of choice. It is a bit pricey, but the service is excellent and the food is very good.

GZ
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Casual trattoria. Wine list representative of the central coast. Some of the best cannoli I have ever tasted.

FT
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated on the outdoor patio, with beautiful views of the mountains, enjoyed wonderful wine, food that was so tastefully prepared ( as always) and attentive service. This is my favorite place to eat in SLO!

EY
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was the server. We split some plates and the chef was willing to split plates just as we wanted.

BE
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We love Cafe Roma and went anticipating a great meal. The service was great...wonderful waitress and the host was quite helpful and seated us immediately. Of course if was 5:30PM...people just showing up for dinner.
I had clams on linguine...it was ok...love the clams but the sauce was pretty bland.
My wife had a spinach canaloni, yet very little vegetable and again she said the sauce was quite plain.
Our salads were good...my ceasar salad was very nice...and for desert I had a cleansing lemon sorbet in
the traditional lemon...nice.
Overall...a good dinner but nothing special that we had hoped for.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

June 17, 2019

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J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I am recommending Cafe Roma solely because the owner, Marco, is such a nice and accommodating guy. We were there for a graduation celebration, but it was also Father's Day, so there was a special menu -- 3 courses for $40+. Marco called to say we could come earlier, which was very nice of him to do. The best thing that happened was Marco gave us an expensive bottle of wine ($67+), because they ran out of the less expensive wine (about $30+) and because it was Father's Day. I would call this traditional Italian fare, nothing cutting edge or very special but edible. Service was very friendly and fairly decent considering how very busy they were. Environs needs updating, including the exterior.

MG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

GG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Graduation

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