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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.6
1282 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 1282 people are saying
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ShannonD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and will return for sure! Fun atmosphere and very well organized!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious with exceptionally friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, a wonderful server. Will definitely come back only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was the 45 minute wait to get our table. They were slammed for Parents weekend and clearly had overbooked themselves.

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AmyW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience1

I love Cafe Roma, but it was so loud, and the service took forever. They let us choose our reservation for seating in the bar area, it was all that was left. Which was fine. Except the poor bartender was taking care of all of the tables in there and it was too much. The food was good. I don't mind waiting, it just wasn't what I expected.

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vipDanV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Lively atmosphere.

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vipShrinkheads
Tahoe
55 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time… Hanna , our server was special! She has exceptional qualities as a person! The food was delicious and the whole experience was memorable. Thank you 🙏

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slojwd
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Cafe Roma is our go to place for consistently good Italian food at fair price. There is always a Rizzo family member on-site to make sure everything runs well. That same effort for 40 plus years is why we are still frequent guests.

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jeff
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Roma is the premier place to eat Italian food in San Luis Obispo. The wait staff is knowledgeable, the decor superb, and the food is reliably excellent. It's one of our favorite places to dine for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It's not bad but it isn't good and certainly below expectations. Good menu but mediocre food. Good room but subpar service. Disappointing experience. We are wishing them well but not coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Jimf
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food is excellent but our waiter seemed to forget about us. I didn’t have anything to drink for the last part of meal. I ordered a beer which never arrived, I asked the assistant waiter for more water and that also never arrived.

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vipPammy
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place for a wonderful northern Italian meal! The salads, pastas, fish and meats are always deliciously prepared and the ambiance and service is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new fiancé and I had a great experience and the food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointing. Both courses were mediocre at best. Not recommended.

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Drtabrx
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal scaloppini in Marsala sauce was fabulous. My friends also raved about the lasagna and capellini pasta dishes. Sat outside and it was lovely. Upon arriving the music was a bit loud for us to visit, but when asked the waitress quickly turned the volume down. I have been coming here for over 20 years and it never disappoints (food, service, or ambience!)

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Colleen
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE had a lovely dinner with impeccable service and atmosphere. The patio dining was a perfect place for dinner. We always feel special when we come, and the food just could not be fresher and more delicious. Thanks so much for continuing to do an outstanding job during these difficult times.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a fantastic meal at Cafe Roma! This restaurant has been a favorite of mine for over 20 years and they still delight! The limoncello lemon drop is fantastic and their Caesar salad is one of the best. Tonight we also had the butternut squash ravioli and the special rack of lamb, both of which were delicious.

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vipLunch
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Braised short rib and polenta was delicious, as was the osdo bucco. Cannoli was good but son was disappointed there were no pistachios.

Service was not on par; hostess said "can I help you?" (like we were in the wrong place) instead of "do you have reservations?" Server did not describe any of the specials. Server disappeared once she took our orders, had to ask busboy to refill water bottle.

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Bigmo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and atmosphere was great. Will be coming back with family on Parents Weekend

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals were delicious.

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Rogerw
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the veal piccata and enjoyed it thoroughly. The halibut special was also very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food took very long to come out. Did not come out at same time. Manager did not seem to care or come back to us when I spoke to him. Server did try to make it better but the meal was already hurt by the manager

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Anniversary

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ScottJ
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place but it was really loud inside. We will request outdoor seating next time.

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MarionM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, servers and food. What more could we ask for 👏

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The owners and managers are awesome. We will go back for 50% off wine night! ❤

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JimW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari, beet salad, beef carpaccio, the house Sangiovese. Wonderful.

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

Always excellent food and service. We live in PASO and don’t go to SLO often for dinner, but when we go we almost choose Cafe Roma.

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EdwardM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome dinner. We will be back next year once again!

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food had great flavor, texture, and appearance. Service was outstanding, the staff watches your dining experience to anticipate when to bring you your dishes.

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vipCarlosD
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience; excellent food and great service

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Haleiwa4me
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The restaurant has a great reputation and the lasagna was delicious but I'll be honest, the rest of the dinner wasn't good: the bread was cold and dry. The Ceasar salad was made with a delicious dressing but they used the outer, thinner leaves of the lettuce and, before I had the chance to finish it, it became too soggy to eat. The (special) bread pudding wasn't warm, and maybe it wasn't intended to be warm, but it was served with a small scoop of ice cream and would have been so much better if it had been warm. It was also a bit dry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Muy buena la comida.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was AMAZING. i had the chicken and i wish i could eat it everyday it was so delicious. the server i had was even more amazing!! everything made us feel at home and we are beyond happy we ate here. seriously eat here, you will not regret it.

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Tracie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our visit was lovely. The staff is very friendly, the vibe is very pleasant and we enjoyed the meal.

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vipPostman
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wait staff was good, and another member would have helped. I think we only had 2 servers for the whole restaurant.

Food was great, ambience was on point. Will be back!

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vipExSFresident
Palm Springs
87 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and food. Ambiance was very comfortable.

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BruceB
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a lovely experience. Food is excellent and consistent. Service is outstanding.

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vipJoanneE
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Charming authentic Italian restaurant. The menu is varied and there are also daily specials. Drinks are served from their full bar.I had the zucchini blossoms and lasagna, both were delicious. The atmosphere felt as though we were in Italy. Very nice owner made sure everything was perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant. On a warm evening you can enjoy lovely outside dining. GO - you will be happy you did. This restaurant is casually elegant.

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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 4.6 stars by 1282 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.