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About Cafe Roma
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.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 order through Meal Club.
Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.
Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553
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
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Cafe Roma Ratings and Reviews
The local restaurant scene has really grown, back in the old days Cafe Roma was the best. Now, it's right up there for the best food but also has maybe the best ambiance in town and the prices are very reasonable - the best of the top tier local restaurants. The service is excellent, the bread is excellent (and they serve butter with it instead of the stupid, IMO, trend of oil and balsamic vinegar), and the food is as good as any I have eaten on the Central Coast. I am an avid cook and love Italian food. This is the real deal.
We love Italian food, but this restaurant was terrible! We had a good table, the service was very good and the wine list was exceptional....but we left half our meals on the table because it was so bad. The restaurant was extremely loud, but this was due to the fact that almost all the tables were full (go figure...).
We come here every year when we are in Pismo Beach for the Jazz Festival. I was disappointed in a couple of things. My husband and I ordered the special tomato soup, which was very good but was warm. They had to take it back to heat it. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, but I was disappointed. I ordered the Veal Marsala and it was not what I expected. The Veal was a bit tough and the sauce was not a rich Marsala sauce; it was watery and I could barely taste the Marsala wine. It was not what I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.
We were visiting our son for parents weekend at Cal Poly and took him to Cafe Roma for dinner, based on an online description. We were suspect when we got there. It's not much to look at and right near the train station. However, we were immediately pleased when we got in to see a bustling restaurant. Our waiter was perfect, pleasant and attentive. The food was wonderful. We will definitely return on future trips.
Café Roma is positively a define culinary experience! Truly authentic Italian food; amazing wine list and professional, courteous and delightful servers… Ask any of them for wine pairing suggestions and you’ll enjoy a beautiful wine with your dinner… this was truly wonderful experience. Bravo bravo !
Good but not great overall. Was visiting from NorCal and thought we'd try it out. Everything seemed to be off - except the entrees. Every staff member tried to upsell us at every turn (from bottled water to splitting our shared salad onto 2 plates, etc. And the special appetizer (prosciutto wrapped burrata) was cooked - but we weren't told that. Besides the surprise it simply wasn't very good.
Overall a good experience. Our waiter started off strong but disappeared as the night wore on. Cocktail glasses, empty glasses, empty bread plates were never picked up. Gave is one cursory check during dinner but that was it until he tried to sell is dessert. Was hoping for better.
My wife and I try to eat here once a month. We live in Paso Robles, so it is a 30 drive but well worth it. The food is always fresh with cold, crispy salads, excellent dressings, and beautiful main dishes. The staff is always on their game, you never have to wave them down.
The food is very authentic Italian in flavor. The sauces are excellent and not overwhelming.
We like the category listings with choices in salads, pasta and meat dishes. You can adjust your meal according to your appetite.
And don't pass on their desserts.
We were seated quickly and immediately, service was great! There are gluten free pasta options, which are a great thing to offer for those who think they can't eat out at an Italian restaurant. Everything is fresh and served in a timely fashion! Dessert shared by our table was homemade peach sorbet! Amazing food, amazing experience!
How many times have I dined at Cafe Roma? Many many over the 37 years they have been in town and I've lived here the same length. Someone in the family is always hands-on; it's been in the family for 2 generations. It's the kind of place where a local can always expect to run into other long-time fans of "The Roma". My favorite places to eat are in the bar our outside on the patio. The food can be counted on for consistency and although the menu doesn't change much, there are always a few specials. The wine list is comprehensive including many local selections and it's nice that you can order by the carafe to get less than 750 ml. That's a European thing that more restaurants should offer. There is also a full bar that often offers a featured cocktail.
The food is good and straight forward without fancy presentation, nothing nouveau, just good cooking like your mama would make if your mama was Maria Rizzo.
We were seated 35 minutes after our reservation time and didn't see food arrive until 35 minutes after being seated. The demographics lean toward an older crowd who dine early. By 9 pm the place was almost empty. The food was good , traditional Italian American and the service was good too. The pastas and pizzas are the best items to order.
A long-standing locals favorite. They were pretty slammed the Friday we 4 ate there and were a server short, which made our lovely waitperson Amy a bit frazzled. We changed tables 3 times and the third time worked. First, banquette near the door and within earshot of the clattering in the kitchen. #2 in the back dining room: very noisy! #3 table next to the wall in the entry dining area. We all liked what we ordered, especially the short ribs and the garlic shrimp. Excellent Cadillac margarita! Outside dining would have been quieter but it was filled. Probably not as noisy during the week. Very accommodating staff.
Our family enjoyed an exquisite meal of fine dining in this wonderfully authentic Italian restaurant. We highly recommend this gem of San Luis Obispo to anyone looking for a beautiful place for a special occasion. The food is so delicious, the service, impeccable, and the ambience is picture perfect!
We've been Cafe Roma customers for over 25 years. The meal was fabulous, the service was poor. Once our meal was delivered we never saw our server. We had to ask someone else for fresh ground pepper 10 minutes after we started eating. She didn't return until we were done. We have high expectations for this restaurant and were saddened by the inattentiveness from our server.
We took my 91 year old dad here for dinner, he said that the pizza was the best he had since he lived in Europe. I live in San Francisco, and I think it is better than most of the Italian food I've had in SF, and much cheaper! And the pizza beat anything that I've had in SF. It was a very nice experience, and tasty dinner. We will definitely go back!
The zucchini flowers were at best room Tempe stirred. Had to send back. The tomatoes sauce, thin, watered down and overly acidic.
Eggplant parm suffered from same sauce, was dried out. And you ver all fair at best.
I've all a Big let down, did not live up to its rating and was far below NY restaurants.
The food was good- the service was great- the Gazpacho had peaches In it, & if you aren't aware it could be a bit jarring- But Gaspacho is soup that allows for creativity but next time maybe let people know-The wine list was pretty well rounded and impressive! I will say you can bring a group her to celebrate-Lots of celebrating around us- the patio is nice and cool- and also has heat lamps but we didn't need those-
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