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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
1321 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 1321 people are saying
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RhondaM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We met another couple there . Food was very good as always . Waiter seemed in a hurry.. nothing extra but did a good job ,

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vipVillachar
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio at Cafe Roma is thoughtfully and tastefully put together to ensure a pleasant and safe outdoor dining experience in winter and in these pandemic times.

The dining experience is always excellent.

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JeffreyS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A long-time favorite, this quiet Thursday was up to the normal pleasant and tasteful level expected from Cafe Roma.

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christied
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was good but one meal came out 15 min after the others. Waiter said the cook forgot. Service was just ok.

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SeanC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! As always!
Great Staff!
Great Ambience!
I would recommend it
to everyone I know!

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Lola1122
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality and service! A favorite when we are visiting San Luis Obispo.

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BarbaraW
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we could not have picked a better place. Food was great. The wine was awesome, and our server, Darren, was the best we've had in a very long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Our server was great.

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PeteP
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Made a reservation for 7:30 and was seated at 7:31. Service was excellent. Food was excellent, cocktails so-so.

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PatrickS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cafe Roma for our 20 anniversary. It had been years since I had been there.

The meal was superb! I had chicken parmesan and my wife had lobster ravioli. Both were super scrumptious. I'm normally a light eater but I cleaned my plate.

We raved about it to our friends.

We will definitely be back, and fairly soon.

DB
DrewB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice family dinner for New Years Eve. They accommodated our desire to sit outside and the food and service was great. A bonus was being able to bring our dog in to sit with us. I would recommend Cafe Roma for any occasion.

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BaileyFSF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and a really lovely menu. It's always so much fun to cone here and enjoy some wine and desserts!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection. Our 5 dinners enjoyed their choices immensely.
Always enjoy our visit to Cafe Roma.

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vipDeneSue
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipLanaM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the old school atmosphere. Food is delicious, service excellent!

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Jill
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent. Great service even though it was very busy. Food was amazing!

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JimZ
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants and becoming a traditional Christmas Eve meal after Church Service. Food always fabulous and service impeccable especially given how busy they were. And their beet salad is da bomb. Highly recommend.

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vipJudyB
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was Christmas Eve. We had reservation for 4, but at the last minute need to increase to 7. Cafe Roma was open to accommodating us. We did have to sit outside on the enclosed patio, but worked. All but one entree was excellent. Had great service for the restaurant being extremely busy to capacity. Great place to celebrate my birthday with family.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious Christmas Eve dinner-a wonderful tradition.

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24thanksgiving
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place for special occasion meals and any other time we just want to treat ourselves. They were fully booked and busy on Christmas Eve but we still were seated on time and had a delicious dinner. Our server Roxanne took good care of us even though she was handling several tables full of families.

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vipDonnaLynn
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Braised beef shanks were very delicious- parmesan polenta lacked flavor- guy thought his linguini shrimp scampi was okay- shrimp were good size but i tasted one that was less than appetizing and tasted almost like it was past its time.

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vipTengizB
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant with well-prepared food. Not too long a list but everything looks good. The place is welcoming and inside is all done with a good taste.

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RichardC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to go for a wonderful meal.
Whole family of 7 enjoyed it.

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vipTLM1
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great experience, great evening. Thanks.

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loyalsteed74
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I guess the best thing to say is that if you've ever eaten at a good osteria in Rome, you will appreciate the authenticity of Cafe Roma. Much of the food closely parallels many of the offerings there, along with a few very pleasant variations. Bravo! Superb!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for our office party! Food was delicious as always!

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OPERAITE
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fine evening at Café Roma! We return here as often as possible. Open table reservations makes it so easy to make sure we have a good table. Just one drawback, my husband wants carbonara on spaghetti and they said they couldn’t do it.

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Notbad
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall the restaurant is still delicious! Looks like they’re understaffed though which made the experience a little uncomfortable. A lot of time between drinks, between taking our order etc. Server kept taking our plates without asking if we were done, kept reaching over everyone and just seemed like he didn’t want to be there, it made things uncomfortable. He forgot one of our drinks and saw he missed them from another table as well. We asked if the meal had veggies on it and he said no but turns out it did. So we had 2 extra sides of spinach for no reason. We’ve been coming here for a bit and this was easily the worst service. I would say wait until they’re staffed again but if you’re not in a hurry, the food is still delicious.

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TomV
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had a delicious meal at Cafe Roma alone or with friends or family.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration was all we would hope for. Cafe Roma never disappoints.

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Linda
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipkhauk
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great spot for our large group, with good parking which is always a plus. It made for a successful holiday event!

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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
Central Coast
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
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.

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

Thanksgiving

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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 4.7 stars by 1321 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.