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About Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

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.

1020 Railroad Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Santa Rosa

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 541-6800

Website:
http://www.caferomaslo.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
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

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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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (24)
Authentic (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Seasonal (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Healthy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent , waiter Danny was a gem.

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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. Very enjoyable atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 6, 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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 29, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server was amazing, super knowledgeable & pleasant.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great Christmas Eve Dinner! We were quickly seated and the meal was great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A perfect restaurant. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The food is as good as anything I have ever eaten.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Hot Spot, Organic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always our go-to place for entertaining friends, and for special occasions. The best food, immaculate service, and quiet enough to have good conversation. On a weeknight, the chef entertained a special request (pasta limone) and it was delicious. It is our favorite Italian restaurant, not just in SLO, but in all of Central CA.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I made reservations online, easily, on a Monday night. We arrived and our table was ready for six. The menus were well described and specials explained by the waitress. Some entries have a 1/2 portion price, which is great for children. The dinners were more than adequate in their amounts. Two of us had the specials, fish dishes, which were delicious. The Italian pastas were homemade and also delicious. I had the pasta with wild boar, also excellent. One had a gluten free dinner. We shared a bottle of wine, which turned out to be about the same cost as three glasses, so a better exchange. For dessert, we had creme brulée, flour-free chocolate cake, apple strudel, and a chocolate flan. Everyone was happy with the meal. As it was my birthday, they brought out my creme brulée with a candle and there was no charge for that. In all, the dinner cost less than I had anticipated for the six of us. The restaurant is family run, has two rooms, rather sparse decor, red curtains and with tables and straight chairs, no booths, and everything seems to be focused on service and the outstanding meals. While I put the noise level as moderate, it may be that with my impaired hearing I evaluate noise more critically than it truly was. I was able to hear everything at our table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very nice place. Very comfortable. Menu isn't super exciting nor is it he wine list but service and accuracy along with warm setting make up for it. Easily great for a first date or just date night. I'd come back again with out hesitation.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Ravioli dish was dry, pasta was hard around the edges. The friend that dined with us ordered the same meal and did not eat her meal.
Osso Bucco was not tender and did not seem to be fully cooked.
We were very embarrassed, since we recommended this restaurant, and it was our friends first time at Cafe Roma. Sorry to say we won't be back.
Bob Banducci

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food is excellent and a gem in a small enclave near the railroad station. The service is quite efficient and thoughtful. It's clear that the restaurant is a local favorite. I would not hesitate to visit again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good, attentive service and delicious food! Desserts are outstanding!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went to celebrate a birthday. The service was great! The food was outstanding. Fresh pasta and table side grated cheese makes a difference. Check out the desserts!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Café romanhas a new chef and what a very pleasant change. Everything was good, best I’ve ever had at Cafe Roma. We have been goi g here or many years. A family favorite, but now we will be telling all about the very positive changes.
Presentation was so nice, flavors delicious and I have eaten patrolle sole at this restaurant for a long time.
Excellent change

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great authentic Italian food. Very friendly staff!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving! I would do it again in a heartbeat. The dinner was excellent. 3 course meal with great choices. The place was bustling but the waiters were great. Ambiance was wonderful. It felt like Thanksgiving!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food and friendly efficient service despite a very busy holiday.
Bravo

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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