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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.
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 - San Luis Obispo Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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