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Tue, 1/23
8:30 PM
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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

731 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 farmer's market produce is a part of every meal. Café Roma specializes in private dining, accommodating many special occasions and business functions with various events spaces and a banquet room for as many as 80 guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Closed Sundays except for Easter, Mother's Day, Cal Poly Graduation
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Phone number
(805) 541-6800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
The Rizzo family at Café Roma has over 36 years of experience in managing successful dining events. Our professional staff specializes in coordinating wedding rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, birthdays, retirement parties, business meetings, board meetings, medical dinner presentations, conference events, award banquets, and company holiday parties, to name a few. For groups of 2 to 100, Café Roma has a variety of event spaces to choose from, including the Deruta Banquet Room (capacity 80 lunch/dinner, 100 reception), the Garden Patio (capacity 50), and the Sala (capacity 40). The restaurant is available for buyouts Sunday through Thursday for groups as large as 150, such as wedding celebrations, memorial receptions, and fundraisers.
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Private party contact
Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553
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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 If you require delivery for your food “To Go” please order through Meal Club.
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Cross street
Santa Rosa
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Parking details
Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine


Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Cafe Roma is offering an al-a-cart menu with our house specialties and Valentine Day treats.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food. Warm environment. Great service. Authentic dishes.

Dined 4 days ago

One of my long time favorite restaurants in SLO just seems to get better and better. The food is excellent. The service is top notch. The ambiance is quiet, comfortable, relaxing. Just an all- around feel-good place.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 13, 2018

Best Italian food in my life .
The filet Mignon and the seafood salad special all award winning.
Customer service was also excellent with giving us timed meals and not rushing us or all the food at once.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
Dined on January 7, 2018

We celebrated our 23rd anniversary. We ordered from the prix fixed menu, which is a special for 'restaurant month'. Great value, wonderfully satisfying food, generous portion, included dessert. It is also nice to see families, often multi-generational gatherings. Cafe Roma is a place for the traditions in life.

SMSLO14 (Central Coast)
Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Cafe Roma in New Years Eve where they had a special menu. The wait was short. The waitress was clearly swamped but always checked in with us, and delivered our food promptly. She did an excellent job on very busy night. Food was delicious too.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
Dined on January 1, 2018

Our service was horrible which was very disappointing as we’re local and have been there often.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 1, 2018

The bartender, Jeff, was great! I stopped into the bar while waiting for my table to be ready and Jeff really made my night. The food was incredible. I had Burrata e prosciutto over arugula and the margherita pizza. It was not the typical Americanized, processed, "fake" Italian food..much more authentic.

vipItalian (Baltimore)
Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good but little details lacking when food was served - tomato piece on salad disappointing, not enough oil and no balsamic. The sole had little sauce - was excellent with sauce but too dry and not as tasty with so little sauce. Not as great as we expected based on prior experience.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 30, 2017

We enjoy celebrating our wedding anniversary every year at cafe Roma. The food, service and wine list are exceptional. One of SLO's nicest restaurants to experience with family and friends.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on December 28, 2017

Our server was amazing, super knowledgeable & pleasant.