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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

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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

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for a Date (17)
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Authentic (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Cozy (10)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Healthy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·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.

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 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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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·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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (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.

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·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.

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 28, 2017

Our server was amazing, super knowledgeable & pleasant.

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·Dined on December 25, 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 22, 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 14, 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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·Dined on December 12, 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 10, 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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·Dined on December 10, 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 8, 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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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 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 29, 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 26, 2017

Great authentic Italian food. Very friendly staff!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 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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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Decided to take the plunge and go out for Thanksgiving meal rather than prepare it at home since we didn't have family coming into town this year. Were not disappointed. The food was excellent and we ended up with leftovers for the next day. The restaurant was packed and all wait staff were running but still were able to attend to guests. During busing times this is not a quiet restaurant however still a pleasant atmosphere. Overall a great dining experience and meal.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

In what has become a tradition, we meet to enjoy the Thanksgiving Special at Cafe Roma. This year was great with turkey, trimmings, and a nice bottle of local wine. We will be looking forward to repeating again. Of course we hope to do other visits during year also.

Tags: Healthy, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanks Giving Dinner was delicious. One had the traditional Turkey meal and it was the best. The other two had the beef short rib dinner and we loved it too. So tasty and memorable.
I have had their regular menu in the past and always wonderfully tasty. Thank you, Cafe Roma for feeding my family instead of me and they thanked me.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner. The turkey was so tender and moist. All the other traditional sides were so tasty. The other entries in my party were also wonderful: butternut ravioli and Salmon. Tomato bisque Soup was super yummy. Salad was fresh with fresh grated Parmesan, pumpkin pie and cheesecake were outstanding. The waiter, Anthony was super attentive and polite, very professional. It was an A++ experience. Looking forward to another chance to go back. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have been here many times and the food is ALWAYS terrific....this time as well. The service with either Amy or Chris is equally terrific but we had a server who really dropped the ball and nearly ruined Moms birthday. Owners stepped in and made it right but this server has a lot to learn if he wants to be like Amy or Chris (or stay employed).

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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...).

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love Cafe' Roma. We eat there every time we go to San Luis Obispo. There food is great and they have an extensive wine list. Also they are very pet friendly!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

11/3/17 retirement of husband

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always fantastic. We took our Cal Poly Student out for dinner and all of us really enjoyed our meal and each other! Thank you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very good value for the wine. One of the best carbonara I have had. Very northern Italian. Service was excellent and friendly without being too friendly. Very quiet for a Friday night as we ate outside.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Perfect tucked away Italian restaurant. A Jewel by the tracks.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

In SLO for Cal Poly parent's weekend and enjoyed our dinner very much! The prices were reasonable and the food was delicious!!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Couldn't of been more please! We came in early for a reservation and the owner/manager Accommodated my twosome. We had a lovely table and our server, Daniel was amazing. He was funny patient , educated with his menu and overall fantastic server.!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Another great meal. Service outstanding.....we love this place and the nice family atmosphere. Wonderful pizza and pasta.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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