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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
1194 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 1194 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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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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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KenH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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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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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
39 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
11 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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Marmot
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s been several years since we’ve visited, but the food seemed even better than before. Pretty traditional menu, but well made with a few nice surprises. The tented patio where we were able to meet safely as a group lacked the ambiance of inside, but attentive staff, and relative quiet made for a great evening. One of the few nicer restaurants in the area that would take reservations.

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AlanH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten here multiple times and Cafe Roma is always on our list of favorites when in the area

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vipJohnK
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, food was great

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DebS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely interior with generous spacing between tables which I hope remains in place. The pasta special of the night was a beef short ribs ravioli that was filled with well balanced flavors and very tender pasta. The staff was so outgoing but never intrusive.
We will be back for certain!

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RichardC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great ! Eating outside was a little uncomfortable but what can you do.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and wine!

KG
vipKenG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good dinner. Ravioli and short ribs were outstanding. Dined on Tuesday when bottles of wine were 50% off.
Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing but the staff definitely set this restaurant apart. We look forward to coming back soon

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AricaR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and nice ambiance. Will definitely return.

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vipKatrina
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I know prices of food have gone up but it would have been nice to have soup or salad included with the entree. Made reservations, shown to a table right away. Excellent waiter, Paul?, just came back from being off 6 mts. He is excellent and was training someone new who was good also. The Caesar salad was good and my husband and I split. Both my husbands and my dinner were $28. Bread was good with oil and vinegar. Nice setting not too cold or hot.

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maureeng
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food wasn’t anything great. Ordered the eggplant Parma and lobster ravioli. Lobster ravioli was fishy and not good lobster. Eggplant was just ok. Gave them information in advance about my sons 19 birthday and they didn’t acknowledge or do anything. Not bad but definitely not somewhere I would go back and way too much money for mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We used to love the place. The soup was excellent. My fish was over done. All the other food was good, but not exceptional.

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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 1194 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.