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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
1215 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.
  • Oyster Hour Wednesdays 4-7pm

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy $1 Oysters served with a spicy mignonette or $1.50 Oysters Rockefeller. "Oyster Hour" from 4 to 7 p.m. - a daily pairing of oysters and selected wine option.

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 1215 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindaR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Only complaint is that it was really noisy, a bit hard to hear conversations.

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BenjaminM
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great people. Carpaccio was particularly good.

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vipOneOfTheBest
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best food we have ever had. The Ossobuco was tender and wonderful, served over saffron rice. Our server Roxandra made our evening even better with her quick wit and excellent service. We are both Italian and both highly recommend Cafe Roma.

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Kate
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic Italian food. Family owned restaurant. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, we love our evenings at Cafe Roma. Our server Chris was fantastic.

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vipINGRIDS
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not the best meal at CR. We fine there frequently. Tonight everything just seemed off. The food was not very interesting. The sauces were very bland. The veal was a little chewy. The carpaccio was good. The service was a little scattered.

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KathiF
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We enjoyed dinner a few years ago at Cafe Roma. Saturday evening was not the same experience. Our server seemed scattered, and we were constantly looking for her for our wine, bread, dinner and to pay the check.
Offerings show on their website had not been updated which was very disappointing. We were hoping to pay the additional $8.25 for a dinner salad and dessert with our entry but we were told that was no longer an option and was not honored after speaking with the manager.
The table next to us brought their yappy dog who growled and barked throughout the evening. Very annoying.
We'll plan to go to Rosa's in Pismo next time, one of our favorites!

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PismoFavorite
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, ambiance. Always a great time!

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Colleen
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our early reservation. Our meal was un hurried, over the top delicious and our server could not have been better. It is always a special treat for us to dine at Cafe Roma, and our out of town family insists upon it when they come to town!!

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ChristineR
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!

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KenH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our server was David and we experienced extremely poor service, as he forgot our order and had to ask us twice. We also had to ask for the check, dessert menu and for a box several times. The food was adequate but I was expecting much better.

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vipJESG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasty food, solid wine list. Felt charming and cozy. I was really pleasantly surprised!

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Dave
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was not that great. The soup was watery (minestrone) and the risotto was undercooked. I would not go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Real authentic Italian food. The Osso Buco was delicious.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. So was the atmosphere. Our server, Dave, was great! All in all, a comfortable and fun return to local dining!

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vipFenwayFoodie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roxanne was an amazing waitress!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great for a family dinner, we could all hear each other without feeling like we were making too much noise ourselves. Great experience all around!!

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Cathy
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious meal. Excellent tiramisu.

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vipEncinitasTim
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our Anniversary and enjoyed the ambiance, food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server Dave was the best very personable and funny.

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vipsansonoma
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good atmosphere and friendly service. The food preparation was a bit dated. The burrata appetizer was good but was spoiled by its sheer size and all the roasted red peppers. I could've fed a small family with that. Similarly, the housemade ravioli was wonderful at first. A delicious filling with a light fresh pasta surrounding it. But the bolognese on it was clearly not fresh, unartfully presented, and surprisingly no one even offered grated parmesan cheese. So, good friendly place, terrific service, OK food, and OK to go but do not have high culinary ambitions.

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vipBenS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful in every way! delicious food, superb service......always try to eat here when i'm in SLO!

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vipThehexter
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience as I booked this for treating my cousins from Mexico for dinner. Great safety measures but better than that, the food was very, very good. I am from Sonoma County so this was a shot in the dark.

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Denise
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twice in the last two weeks after several years. Excellent service and delicious food - lots of choices now on the central coast- don’t miss Cafe Roma.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Cafe Roma salad to start and veal scaloppine, both very good. Nice to finally sit inside again socially distanced of course but they do have a beautiful patio. Inside great views of the mountains. The owner stopped by and we visited for a while. Very hospitable, gracious host and friendly to us. Had not been to Roma in a while and was like visiting an old great friend. Finished off our meal with a perfectly done Tiramasu and off we went for a stroll around the great neighborhood on way back to our hotel.

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vipRoseguy
Sacramento
61 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

Charming restaurant and a nice dining experience. There's indoor & outdoor seating. Basic Italian fair and worth consideration if you are in the area.

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KevinW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food for a fair price. Our server was friendly, but slow. He said that he had been working at the restaurant for one month and had not sampled the entire menu. We have dined at the restaurant 3-4 times in the past and have enjoyed the overall experience.

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IrmaM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We loved the service, and the food was very good! My children also enjoyed it.

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vipOceanforever
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a party of four it was a birthday celebration as well as one year reuniting with dear friends since Covid. Great food! Excellent service.

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vipcharlie
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always good food for good price
had the short rib ravioli special

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racdiner
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family-owned restaurant with great food and drinks!

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BettyP
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating on the patio and the food was great. It worked out well for all of us.

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vipCynthia
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner with friends on the heated outdoor patio. The salmon with lemon citrus cause was particularly good.

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Karenm
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karen’s (my) 60th Bday! It was wonderful! We had great service and food-Thank you!

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vipCarlosD
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short ribs are to die for, amazing. Service always the best, they are professional and easy going; great times.

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Denise
San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and fabulous food. Haven’t been there in several years and still superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overall experience was fine but the food was about average

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foodieFav
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our French Onion soup appetizer was sooo delish! All four of us had some and it didn't disappoint. We each had something different. The meat ravioli Bolognese was very good and would have been the right size serving if I didn't have the soup first. My husband had the Salmon which was a very good portion and delicious and cooked to perfection. Our daughter had the lasagna with the Béchamel sauce, excellent too! And our friend had the squash ravioli, didn't taste that but saw that her plate was clean at the end.
Ordered the lemon sorbet and the special Beignet's for the table for dessert. The lemon sorbet was very good and could tell it was homemade. The Beignet's were very sweet and tasted like very light donuts. I don't have a very sweet tooth, but my husband liked them, the others weren't impressed. Overall, a good dinner and enjoyed sitting outside under heat lamps.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service. So glad to be to indoor dinning.

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carriem
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Must have been an off night for server and food. I’ve had great meals here before, not sure what happened.

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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 1215 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.