This restaurant now offers Takeout

Bring the restaurant to you. Order and pay for food directly on OpenTable.

View Takeout menu

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
1228 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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 farmers market produce is a part of every meal.

Experiences

  • Raid The Wine Cellar Tueday

    Multiple dates available

    Come in and enjoy wine bottles from our wine list at 1/2 the price. Limit 2 per table. Wines to be consumed at the restaurant. Price limit $100.00 wines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1228 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
c
vipcharlie8111
San Joaquin
65 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant in SLO, just across from train station. I liked the relaxed vibe, away from lots of the crowd downtown. The food was great. Our party had the beet salad, which featured generous slices of red and orange beets over butter lettuce, the calamari appetizer, which was perfectly crisp and generously portioned, halibut nicely served with a red sauce, oso bucco, and lamb shank. The latter was deliciously prepared. All were in generous portions. Tuesday is half price wine night, so we ended up ordering 2 bottles from an already reasonably-priced list with well thought-out local Central Coast and Italian wines. Our server was friendly, enthusiastic, and efficient. Can't wait to go back again.

SL
SeonaL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and reasonably priced. Tuesday 1/2 price wine by the bottle deal is great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful! She was very helpful and very funny. We had a great time!

SB
SunyB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed Cafe Roma. Extensive menu and everything our party of four ordered was excellent. Warm, friendly staff with good ambiance. The only knock that any of our group had was that COVID mask compliance among multiple staff members was poor, notably less than other area restaurants, and because it was widespread, we had to assume there is lax staff culture regarding COVID. This issue bothered some in our party, although we were all vaccinated and thoroughly liked everything else.

EF
vipEmanueleF
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food always great every time I come here. Too bad on this occasion with a room that wasnt busy we had to wait a long time for food and had starving kids (40 min wait).

S
Sydney
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Roma is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Luis Obispo. The food is always amazing and the service is wonderful. Any food on their menu is delicious and very filling!

KB
vipKevinB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Taking our 22 year old son out for birthday dinner. Our only issue was that once we were seated, we didn’t get service for approximately 20 minutes. The server indicated there was a miscommunication and was apologetic. Other than that, it was a great meal experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful meal at Cafe Roma and the waiter and owner were so friendly. We’ll surely visit again the next we visit SLO.

TH
TimH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is a charming restaurant with a positive staff but sadly it seems like no one is tasting the food or checking to make sure food is prepared well before serving it. Broccoli was so under cooked that even the use of a steak knife with pressure did not dent it and the pasta dish was so “a la dente” it was hard to chew.
We wanted to love this restaurant because it has so much charter and the menu looked good but things did not seem to be prepared well.

CJ
CJK3
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pizza and our server, Roxandra, was great!

SH
vipSheaH
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience here!

CJ
CJK3
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious. Great servers- especially Roxandra and Hannah! We’ll be back soon!

LR
LindaR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Only complaint is that it was really noisy, a bit hard to hear conversations.

BM
vipBenjaminM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great people. Carpaccio was particularly good.

OO
vipOneOfTheBest
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best food we have ever had. The Ossobuco was tender and wonderful, served over saffron rice. Our server Roxandra made our evening even better with her quick wit and excellent service. We are both Italian and both highly recommend Cafe Roma.

K
Kate
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic Italian food. Family owned restaurant. Great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, we love our evenings at Cafe Roma. Our server Chris was fantastic.

IN
vipINGRIDS
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not the best meal at CR. We fine there frequently. Tonight everything just seemed off. The food was not very interesting. The sauces were very bland. The veal was a little chewy. The carpaccio was good. The service was a little scattered.

KF
KathiF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We enjoyed dinner a few years ago at Cafe Roma. Saturday evening was not the same experience. Our server seemed scattered, and we were constantly looking for her for our wine, bread, dinner and to pay the check.
Offerings show on their website had not been updated which was very disappointing. We were hoping to pay the additional $8.25 for a dinner salad and dessert with our entry but we were told that was no longer an option and was not honored after speaking with the manager.
The table next to us brought their yappy dog who growled and barked throughout the evening. Very annoying.
We'll plan to go to Rosa's in Pismo next time, one of our favorites!

PF
PismoFavorite
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, ambiance. Always a great time!

C
Colleen
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our early reservation. Our meal was un hurried, over the top delicious and our server could not have been better. It is always a special treat for us to dine at Cafe Roma, and our out of town family insists upon it when they come to town!!

CR
ChristineR
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!

KH
KenH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our server was David and we experienced extremely poor service, as he forgot our order and had to ask us twice. We also had to ask for the check, dessert menu and for a box several times. The food was adequate but I was expecting much better.

JE
vipJESG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasty food, solid wine list. Felt charming and cozy. I was really pleasantly surprised!

D
Dave
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was not that great. The soup was watery (minestrone) and the risotto was undercooked. I would not go back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Real authentic Italian food. The Osso Buco was delicious.

RW
RobertW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. So was the atmosphere. Our server, Dave, was great! All in all, a comfortable and fun return to local dining!

FF
vipFenwayFoodie
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roxanne was an amazing waitress!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great for a family dinner, we could all hear each other without feeling like we were making too much noise ourselves. Great experience all around!!

C
Cathy
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious meal. Excellent tiramisu.

ET
vipEncinitasTim
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our Anniversary and enjoyed the ambiance, food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server Dave was the best very personable and funny.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not expecting the special lamb entree to cost $48!!! Very high priced.

s
vipsansonoma
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good atmosphere and friendly service. The food preparation was a bit dated. The burrata appetizer was good but was spoiled by its sheer size and all the roasted red peppers. I could've fed a small family with that. Similarly, the housemade ravioli was wonderful at first. A delicious filling with a light fresh pasta surrounding it. But the bolognese on it was clearly not fresh, unartfully presented, and surprisingly no one even offered grated parmesan cheese. So, good friendly place, terrific service, OK food, and OK to go but do not have high culinary ambitions.

BS
vipBenS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful in every way! delicious food, superb service......always try to eat here when i'm in SLO!

T
vipThehexter
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience as I booked this for treating my cousins from Mexico for dinner. Great safety measures but better than that, the food was very, very good. I am from Sonoma County so this was a shot in the dark.

D
Denise
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twice in the last two weeks after several years. Excellent service and delicious food - lots of choices now on the central coast- don’t miss Cafe Roma.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Cafe Roma salad to start and veal scaloppine, both very good. Nice to finally sit inside again socially distanced of course but they do have a beautiful patio. Inside great views of the mountains. The owner stopped by and we visited for a while. Very hospitable, gracious host and friendly to us. Had not been to Roma in a while and was like visiting an old great friend. Finished off our meal with a perfectly done Tiramasu and off we went for a stroll around the great neighborhood on way back to our hotel.

R
vipRoseguy
Sacramento
66 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

Charming restaurant and a nice dining experience. There's indoor & outdoor seating. Basic Italian fair and worth consideration if you are in the area.

KW
KevinW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food for a fair price. Our server was friendly, but slow. He said that he had been working at the restaurant for one month and had not sampled the entire menu. We have dined at the restaurant 3-4 times in the past and have enjoyed the overall experience.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo using the Order Online button. Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 541-6800.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo is rated 4.7 stars by 1228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.