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About Cafe Roma

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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Celebrate Christmas Eve at Cafe Roma! Our full menu will be available in addition to customary Christmas Eve specials as served in Italy.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Ring in 2018 at Cafe Roma! Enjoy a special menu and festive surprises!

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Cafe Roma Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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

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 3 days ago

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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 (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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice meal with our son and his roommate while visiting during Cal Poly's parent weekend. Food was great. Atmosphere was nice. Service could have been a bit faster and less "sales pitch" like. Overall a good experience, but a bit pricey.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Café Roma is positively a define culinary experience! Truly authentic Italian food; amazing wine list and professional, courteous and delightful servers… Ask any of them for wine pairing suggestions and you’ll enjoy a beautiful wine with your dinner… this was truly wonderful experience. Bravo bravo !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food at reasonable prices. Filet Mignon with port wine reduction was superb. Oso Buco was also excellent. Very good service. Owner knowledgeable about Italian wines and made a great recommendation.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

It was a busy weekend in San Luis Obispo so we were glad they took reservations on line. Food was excellent, service was excellent and the price was great. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food is just ok. More of a local daily diner type of food fare. This is not a place a foodie would enjoy.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good but not great overall. Was visiting from NorCal and thought we'd try it out. Everything seemed to be off - except the entrees. Every staff member tried to upsell us at every turn (from bottled water to splitting our shared salad onto 2 plates, etc. And the special appetizer (prosciutto wrapped burrata) was cooked - but we weren't told that. Besides the surprise it simply wasn't very good.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Overall a good experience. Our waiter started off strong but disappeared as the night wore on. Cocktail glasses, empty glasses, empty bread plates were never picked up. Gave is one cursory check during dinner but that was it until he tried to sell is dessert. Was hoping for better.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My wife and I try to eat here once a month. We live in Paso Robles, so it is a 30 drive but well worth it. The food is always fresh with cold, crispy salads, excellent dressings, and beautiful main dishes. The staff is always on their game, you never have to wave them down.
The food is very authentic Italian in flavor. The sauces are excellent and not overwhelming.
We like the category listings with choices in salads, pasta and meat dishes. You can adjust your meal according to your appetite.
And don't pass on their desserts.
Great place

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

We were seated quickly and immediately, service was great! There are gluten free pasta options, which are a great thing to offer for those who think they can't eat out at an Italian restaurant. Everything is fresh and served in a timely fashion! Dessert shared by our table was homemade peach sorbet! Amazing food, amazing experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Delicious italian food. Great service.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 4, 2017

How many times have I dined at Cafe Roma? Many many over the 37 years they have been in town and I've lived here the same length. Someone in the family is always hands-on; it's been in the family for 2 generations. It's the kind of place where a local can always expect to run into other long-time fans of "The Roma". My favorite places to eat are in the bar our outside on the patio. The food can be counted on for consistency and although the menu doesn't change much, there are always a few specials. The wine list is comprehensive including many local selections and it's nice that you can order by the carafe to get less than 750 ml. That's a European thing that more restaurants should offer. There is also a full bar that often offers a featured cocktail.
The food is good and straight forward without fancy presentation, nothing nouveau, just good cooking like your mama would make if your mama was Maria Rizzo.

Tags: Seasonal, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent service. I was disappointed the escargot wasn't presented with shells, but a superb dinner altogether.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We were seated 35 minutes after our reservation time and didn't see food arrive until 35 minutes after being seated. The demographics lean toward an older crowd who dine early. By 9 pm the place was almost empty. The food was good , traditional Italian American and the service was good too. The pastas and pizzas are the best items to order.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The staff was friendly and upbeat. The food was prepared perfectly. They offer an excellent selection of wines and appetizers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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