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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
4.7
1369 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.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 541-6800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Saro and Maria Rizzo

  • Catering

    Café Roma caters special events on request for groups as large as 500 guests. Each event is extraordinarily custom depending on the customer’s needs for staffing, rentals, service, etc. Planning is orchestrated by Café Roma’s owners, managers, and professional event staff. If you are simply needing food prepared for your special event that you plan to pick up from the restaurant and service yourself, please take a look at the Catering for Pick Up Menu at caferomaslo.com/catering. If you require delivery for your food “To Go” please visit www.caferomaslo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Café Roma has a variety of event spaces, including the Deruta Banquet Room (capacity 80 lunch/dinner, 100 reception), the Garden Patio (capacity 50), and the Sala (capacity 40). Spaces ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners, celebrations, memorials, company parties, and medical or financial dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553

  • Neighborhood

    San Luis Obispo

  • Cross street

    Santa Rosa

  • Parking details

    Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Offers

  • Raid the Wine Cellars Tuesday's

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Every Tuesday come in and raid our wine list and enjoy your favorite wines or try the bottle your always wanted to try for 1/2 the price. We have a wide selection of local wines as well as a fun and diverse collection of Italian selections.

What 1,369 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Overall

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Food

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Value

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Good for Groups

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Healthy

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighborhood Gem

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Notable Wine List

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romantic

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Special Occasion

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Most Booked

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  1. SU

    SarahU

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmone was terrific!! Grace was such a nice server!
  2. TR

    ThomasR

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Ordered veal scallopini. While the sauce was excellent, the meat was terrible. Cut very thin, like a slice of boloney, tough and with no flavor. Simply a terrible entree. I would be embarrassed to serve it at my home. Told the waitress, she said she was sorry but I had the impression it was only lip service. We eat at Cafe Roma frequently, and it is one of our favorite restaurants in the Central Coast. We will return, but I will never order their veal scallopini again.
  3. l

    likeeatingout

    Palm Springs

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Comfortable restaurant across from the train station, with both indoor and patio seating, Service was excellent. Highly recommend the onion soup. My husband enjoyed his scampi over linguini. The lasagna was so-so. If we are in the area would certainly go back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our. Friends to dinner to thank them for welcoming us to stay in their home for the weekend.
  5. FD

    FunDanger

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience loved the zucchini blossoms and ravioli especially.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Portions were great! The food and the sides were delicious.
  7. GW

    GWA105

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    A very poor experience overall. I made the reservation months in advance and we arrived a little early for an 8:00pm reservation. It was a college graduation night and things were obviously very busy. We were informed that they were running g about 10 minutes behind, although it was more like 20 minutes when we were seated. That was the good part. It turned out that they were not running their standard menu that night, which I do not recall being notified of in advance, and required some dietary accommodation, but we could roll with it. However, about 45 minutes after ordering, we were told that they were out of one of our entrees. We would have understood that they might run out of some items, but it took 45 minutes to find out! We did not get our salads until about 9:45pm. Our entrees arrived at about 10:15pm. Along the way, we contemplated leaving (an adjacent table of folks seemed to do just that), but it was already too late to get in anywhere else. The server did her best. Clearly the kitchen was overwhelmed. I had to get up and go track down the manager, who offered to comp a bottle of wine, but we really would have preferred just to get our entrees, which arrived a remarkable almost 2 hrs after being seated! The food itself was well prepared. The manager was obviously out of his depth. Wish they would have not taken the reservation or contacted us to warn us of a prolonged delay.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a CP SLO graduation dinner having never been and we’re very pleasantly surprised by the venue, food and service. What a lovely place - I wish we’d found it sooner! Our party ordered a wide variety of the grad weekend limited menu and all 11 of us loved our meals. Thank you Cafe Roma!
  9. SD

    SDKiki

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family or romantic spot! Looked to have many regular diners so that is always a good sign! Pasta, bread and appetizers delicious! Overall excellent restaurant! Parking is on the street and plentiful. Couldn't say enough good things!
  10. SL

    SLOlife

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic birthday dinner with great cocktails, food and ambiance.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience eating at Cafe Roma! The food was delicious and our service was more than excellent. Keisha was our waitress and was knowledgeable and friendly and warm and just lovely. We had our dog with us so we ate in the patio but it was also very attractive. I felt like we were eating in Rome Italy. We had the most delicious cannoli for dessert!
  12. CR

    CharlesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. Restaurant was moderately full but the service was excellent and the ambience was amazing for a quiet date night.
  13. MM

    MiloMinderbinder

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - the paparadelle with mushroom was amazing!
  14. JG

    JimG

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town to attend an event at Cal Poly. Enjoyed meeting the owner of the restaurant.
  15. JS

    JerryS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time and food Service was great/ friendly/ no pressure
  16. FC

    FrankC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner as always. My go to restaurant in San Luis Obispo. Marco is always friendly and welcoming. Never leave disappointed.
  17. FG

    FilmGuru

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Disappointed. Over booked, poor service. Fish entre’ was disappointing. Totally the inconsistent with our prior visits.
  18. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Noisy inside...on the patio would have been quieter. NY steak was tough and over cooked. Had to ask for bread to go with escargot
  19. MY

    MaryY

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was outstanding and the food was fabulous!!
  20. MB

    MarbleBoy

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food is always great at Cafe Roma, although the fish special last night was overcooked, otherwise good meal, great time.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food!! visiting from out of town and it was perfect
  22. TJ

    TerryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first (but not our last) visit to Cafe Roma. We found the menu and wine list exceptional and enjoyed our dinner very much.
  23. s

    sail4dale

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    greeted and seated in good order. not rushed and drinks wwere ordered. pleasant red wine served 'delilcious dinners and service
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place for dinner. Good menu, and wine and cocktail list. As always, the staff is gracious, and we were warmly greeted.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    1/2 price bottles of wine on Tuesdays - what’s not to like?
  26. BJ

    BigJake

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was bland and watery. People were very nice
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love coming back, even after all these years away!
  28. M

    Merlin

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and Service are 5 stars. A tad noisy
  29. KG

    KatherineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service every time!! My eggplant parmigiana was stellar!!
  30. F

    Fred

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian in SLO. Family owned and operated. Nice ambiance.
  31. SL

    SLOEater

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Café Roma is our go-to place for a fine Italian meal any time, although it certainly is a special place. Always a warm welcome from owner, Marco, and well-trained servers, too.
  32. RM

    RaymondM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All aspects of the dinner engagement were great. We will be back.
  33. LW

    LarryW

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding and very authentic Italian food! The most delicious veal marsala and halibut we have ever eaten! Highly recommend Café Roma to anyone looking for excellent Italian food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Five of us in Book Club had dinner here last night. Due to Covid concerns, we requested a patio table. The patio is okay but indoors is much nicer (if you haven’t been there). The heater was almost too hot but we still appreciated having it. Our server (I think her name was Roxanne) was personable, efficient, and humorous. We loved her. They have a full bar and we enjoyed tasty cocktails before a delicious dinner. This location is by the SLO train station and has free parking which is a bonus in this town. We were too full to try dessert but we will definitely return and try to save room! (I don’t remember what everyone had but a few dishes were: Veal Marsala, Gnocchi, Bucatini Carbonara, Linguine with clams — all proclaimed delicious.)
  35. G

    Girlfriends

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect as always! Our go to restaurant went in San Luis Obispo. Food is authentic, service is exceptionally well trained, ambience is lovely. And, you can park.
  36. CJ

    CJK3

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Highly recommend! Great for families.
  37. LT

    LeslieT

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    OMG aww found this place looking online and we LOVED it. Such authentic Italian food we can’t believe it! Our server Christine was fabulous, despite being short handed and the food was sublime. We have been to Italy a few times and are total food snobs. LOL. We told our hotel about how good it was as hotel recommended Giuseppe’s - we ate there for lunch today and there is no comparison, truly! We will be back next time we are in town. I had halibut with tomato sauce and husband had veal piccata; started with bruschetta and we get like we were back in Italy! Kudos to the Rizzo family. You hit it out of the park! 👏👏👏👏👏
  38. f

    food

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I loved it. Went there on a recommendation and it was amazing. Food was delicious and service was impeccable.
  39. PM

    PamMc

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our daughters birthday.. servers were very good.
  40. M

    Mama

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1369 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

1020 Railroad Ave San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Santa Rosa

  • Neighborhood

    San Luis Obispo

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Saro and Maria Rizzo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 541-6800

  • Catering

    Café Roma caters special events on request for groups as large as 500 guests. Each event is extraordinarily custom depending on the customer’s needs for staffing, rentals, service, etc. Planning is orchestrated by Café Roma’s owners, managers, and professional event staff. If you are simply needing food prepared for your special event that you plan to pick up from the restaurant and service yourself, please take a look at the Catering for Pick Up Menu at caferomaslo.com/catering. If you require delivery for your food “To Go” please visit www.caferomaslo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Café Roma has a variety of event spaces, including the Deruta Banquet Room (capacity 80 lunch/dinner, 100 reception), the Garden Patio (capacity 50), and the Sala (capacity 40). Spaces ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners, celebrations, memorials, company parties, and medical or financial dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553

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