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For 2
Date
Tue, 2/20
Time
9:30 PM
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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.5
746 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Cuisines
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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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 order through Meal Club.
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Neighborhood
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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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Additional
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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SilvioC (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was okay, but we expected a little more. My wife and I each ordered their shellfish linguine (lobster, scampi and mussels) The scampi was skimpy, with only one each on our plates. And we thought the salad was rather small for the price. While the food was tasty, we were somewhat disappointed. We've had better experiences here on previous visits. This was possibly due to the Valentines Day crowd.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day, they were very busy but the pasta dishes were tasteless, ordered the beet salad and they used canned beets because we could see the ridges from the can and the salad lacked flavor too. My husband had the short rib which he liked very much but the carbonara was tasteless. Not sure we would go back. Our waiter was really nice but I don’t think they were prepared for the crowd that night.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food and service were great! We don't usually go out on Valentines Day night because of crowds but they did a great job spacing their reservations and did not try and crowd more people into the restaurant..it was set up the same as any other night. And we were not rushed. Very nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We reserved our table online, and received a confirmation. We were seated promptly and courteously. It was Valentine's Day and the restaurant provided a Valentine's Day menu. The food was very good, and the service was excellent. It was our first time at Cafe Roma. We left very pleased and we will return.

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vipLetsEat (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We had high expectations, based on reviews. However, 2 of us ordered veal entrees, which were very tough and chewy. Our server, Chris, was absent more than he was present, and when he came back, he had forgot our wine, said he kept losing his card. Nobody even commented that most of our veal was not eaten when they removed our plates. Won't be back.

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vipEdward (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent , waiter Danny was a gem.

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CLow (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

My girlfriend and I went for our anniversary. I made a reservation easily online, service was awesome and the food was great! Very happy with Cafe Roman.

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FilmGuru (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Pasta special with shrimp was outstanding as was French Onion soup special.
Food and service are always top notch, will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. Very enjoyable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing dinner with family... Sharon is amazing! We’ll be back!

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JustAmazing (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Another year and another Restaurant Month visit. Cafe Roma is one of our favorite places to eat and go out on a date to. The service is always great and the food is delicious. We went with friends and had a great time.
The angus carpaccio is just plain delicious and the french onion soup was good but nothing special.
The veal osso bucco was just amazing. tneder and flavorful. The tortelli al funghi was good too. In my opinion too much filling, which ate a little dry but overall a good dish.
The creme brulee was really good and the tiramisu was good.
Overall you can't beat the service and taste. For $40 for the three courses/person, it was too good to pass up.
Whether on a date or just wanting great Italian food, definitely give Cafe Roma a try. I just wish we could afford to come here more often.

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vipfionaU (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I had the prix fixe menu while my husband had a shrimp dish. They were both fabulous. Love this local gem!

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Steve (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Our family has going to Cafe Roma for over 30 years and it is always the same, GREAT.

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NickyP (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Probably the best Italian in SLO, my girlfriend and I came here on our anniversary. We had a reservation for 8:15, and although we were seated relatively quickly upon arrival, after we were given menus, it took about 30 minutes for the waitress to return and take our order. Despite this long wait to order, the food arrived very quickly and the Tortellini di Zucca was absolutely delicious. The Ravioli di Cassa was also quite tasty but not as noteworthy. The dishes were affordable and the atmosphere was authentic, would

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Café Roma has been changing. One time the food will be great and the next time very questionable. Locals are starting to wonder what's going on. Some regular items are now being charged for such as the olive oil ,parmesan and garlic for dipping that came with your bread. Now you have to ask for butter or olive oil. Noise level and not enough wait staff have been the most recent complaints.
Sorry guys, but you are losing our group for now.

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