This restaurant now offers Takeout

Bring the restaurant to you. Order and pay for food directly on OpenTable.

View Takeout menu

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
1256 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 1256 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
BL
vipBobL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco and his team do an excellent job. His Pinot noir is outstanding.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Father’s Day celebration

DG
DavidG
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view on the patio and the service was great.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

Report
c
vipcarol
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great server was amazing !
Fun time to celebrate our grad !

t
terryh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Graduation celebration. Very good and friendly service.

ML
MusicLover
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and meal during busy graduation weekend.

MS
MScott
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Best shrimp I have had had in years! Food for each of us in our group was excellent, but I think, like so many service businesses recovering from the staffing shortages due to Covid, our server had too many tables to keep up. My coffee arrived after desert, when it was ordered before desert, as an example... I have been here before, and I will return, so overall it was a very pleasant evening!

HP
HeleneP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had the short ribs which were excellent and the pasta de zucca (good but the sauce was a bit thick. Love this restaurant and would certainly come back. Great wine list. Excellent staff. It was graduation night and so lots of people which is great to see after a year of COVID restrictions. However, it was a bit "noisy" . Still love to see everyobe back.

B
Barbarat
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a nice experience with good food. You may want to add a larger olive/ onion to your martinis. Onion did not taste good and was super small.

SN
SueNTom
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio dining is quiet and relaxing. The staff is friendly and attentive. And the food is fabulous. We used to dine here regularly before we moved to Seattle and after a 25 year gap, it was just as good as we remembered! Glad to hear that Mama still keeps her hand in!! XO

b
blinkingline
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting Cafe Roma and it was just as good as the first. Friendly and courteous servers and staff, and the food was delicious. Fresh homemade pasta in the lasagna was an unexpected surprise. The bucatini carbonara was also delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food, the atmosphere and the service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family

N
Nick
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always great here - service was a little slow and some requests were missed, but this was the first busy weekend of the summer and the dining room had just reopened for the first time in a year. Always a pleasure eating here and have never been disappointed - seasonal specials are a unique and delicious experience.

S
Shar
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside under a heater. It was very comfortable. I had the squash ravs, husband had the fish special and friend had the capillini pasta with a fresh tomato sauce. All three dishes were excellent as usual. Everything came out to us pipping hot. Wonderful meal as usual. Thank you, Rizzo family.

C
Chile
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and wine made up for being stuck in a dark corner away from every sense of ambience this restaurant typically has. The Filet Mignon in its Cabernet reduction was delicious and prepared to the right temperature. The Teroldego wine was a pleasant surprise and paired well with the filet.

TL
TomL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall it was a great , the server,David was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service! We made reservation and only waited couple minutes to get seated.

JS
JanS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Roma continues to be THE place to get Italian food in SLO. While the tables are distanced because of pandemic restrictions, the place was packed on Friday night. People are so eager to go to their favorite places, and for us, this was #1 on our list.

s
slojwd
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good and the historic "go to" restaurant in SLO. Being in business 40+ years and owned by the same family is a testament to the quality.

G
vipGreg
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Anniversary

C
vipCynthia
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

b
byronrx2
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Good was mediocre but the service was exceptionally good.

S
Sonomanoma
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Roma has long been my standard for what Italian food should be. It is so good to see that they are still in business after so many years. The canneloni and lasagna are perfect. "Simple" prosciutto and burrata perfect. Excellent service, good wine selections.

F
vipFoodlover
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Cafe Roma on Mother’s Day for dinner and we had such a good time. The owners - brothers Mario and Sato were so friendly and made us feel so welcomed. The patio was very comfortable and the food was great. Tender Halibut in light tomato caper sauce and homemade pasta were both perfect. Even the bread was especially fresh. We can’t wait to go back.

J
Johnt
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was fantastic. We cannot wait to go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just a lovely place for a family dinner, date night, or slightly fancier meal. Good traditional food and excellent, friendly service.

KE
KERRID
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in all of SLO County and has been since it first opened in 1980!
My meal was better than any I have had even better than my own cooking!

RR
RafaelR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere, great food, Enjoyed every second!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner’s 50th birthday!

c
vipcharlie8111
San Joaquin
67 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant in SLO, just across from train station. I liked the relaxed vibe, away from lots of the crowd downtown. The food was great. Our party had the beet salad, which featured generous slices of red and orange beets over butter lettuce, the calamari appetizer, which was perfectly crisp and generously portioned, halibut nicely served with a red sauce, oso bucco, and lamb shank. The latter was deliciously prepared. All were in generous portions. Tuesday is half price wine night, so we ended up ordering 2 bottles from an already reasonably-priced list with well thought-out local Central Coast and Italian wines. Our server was friendly, enthusiastic, and efficient. Can't wait to go back again.

SL
SeonaL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and reasonably priced. Tuesday 1/2 price wine by the bottle deal is great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful! She was very helpful and very funny. We had a great time!

SB
SunyB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed Cafe Roma. Extensive menu and everything our party of four ordered was excellent. Warm, friendly staff with good ambiance. The only knock that any of our group had was that COVID mask compliance among multiple staff members was poor, notably less than other area restaurants, and because it was widespread, we had to assume there is lax staff culture regarding COVID. This issue bothered some in our party, although we were all vaccinated and thoroughly liked everything else.

EF
vipEmanueleF
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food always great every time I come here. Too bad on this occasion with a room that wasnt busy we had to wait a long time for food and had starving kids (40 min wait).

S
Sydney
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Roma is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Luis Obispo. The food is always amazing and the service is wonderful. Any food on their menu is delicious and very filling!

KB
vipKevinB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Taking our 22 year old son out for birthday dinner. Our only issue was that once we were seated, we didn’t get service for approximately 20 minutes. The server indicated there was a miscommunication and was apologetic. Other than that, it was a great meal experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful meal at Cafe Roma and the waiter and owner were so friendly. We’ll surely visit again the next we visit SLO.

TH
TimH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is a charming restaurant with a positive staff but sadly it seems like no one is tasting the food or checking to make sure food is prepared well before serving it. Broccoli was so under cooked that even the use of a steak knife with pressure did not dent it and the pasta dish was so “a la dente” it was hard to chew.
We wanted to love this restaurant because it has so much charter and the menu looked good but things did not seem to be prepared well.

FAQs

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 1256 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.