Romano's Macaroni Grill - Cerritos

4.5
194 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Inspired by Italian trattoria cuisine, culture and conversation, Romano's Macaroni Grill believes every meal is a chance to celebrate and toast to life, pasta and of course, vino! Every meal is started off right -- with a bottle of wine at the center of the table, encouraging guests to pour as they please while exploring the extensive menu of handcrafted Italian classics. Macaroni Grill restaurants feature an open kitchen that allows guests to see its fresh ingredients and preparation techniques that blend Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration, in a polished casual atmosphere.

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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PDSS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First off, we had a great, great waiter.

He had to be, as it turned out... (Read on.)

Second, we felt safe --- all employees were masked and the place was at 25% capacity...with plenty of room between tables, although I did see 2 occupied tables fairly close together, so that was puzzling --- they didn't seem to be together, but they must have been.

The noise level and cleanliness were very good.... To be expected at 25% capacity.

Our waiter (Jame) was friendly and helpful. He promptly brought over our water and wine, bread, and a Pepsi, Friendly conversation throughout..

Then something happened in the kitchen. Twice.

First, our appetizer order (stuffed mushrooms) got delayed when they came out of the kitchen looking sad and unappetizing so they redid them.

Then someone screwed up the order... they didn't get around to fixing ours for a good 3/4 hour, and when it arrived my pasta was kind of sad...not cold, but a little on the mushy side. In the end they took dollars off the bill, and provided a free Tiramisu but I would have preferred paying for faster and better prepared....We gave James a good tip because he deserved it, keeping us entertained and apolgizing and explaining about the delay on our food.

Which, looking at other reviews, seems to be a common problem here.

We've been to Macaroni Grills before but this was our first visit to the one in Cerritos. All our usual locations, like the one in Simi Valley, have closed. Except for the waiter and hostess, this first experience at the Cerritos location were not stellar. Still we'll make allowances for Covid since there is probably a smaller staff in the kitchen.

We'll give them another try. We have $100 in gift cards to use up!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

They seemed to be short staffed. Practicing social distancing was extending our wait time to be seated. Food was ok. The service was good but they seemed overwhelmed. Probably could’ve used another pair of hands
Food was hugely overpriced, in my opinion. $145.00 for 3 people who ordered pasta & salad seemed high. Probably wouldn’t go back given the large selection of Italian food options there are.
I’ve seen cleaner bathrooms in the movie “Trainspotting” and most bars in TJ. YUK!!!!!!

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Angeld
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good, service was good, value not so much.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my birthday and had a pleasant experience. Our server had a trainee and they were both great and very attentive. Would definitely come back!

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GloriaB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, staff were great, ambiance cozy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods always tasty and the staff always welcoming.

MP
MagalyP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Create your own pasta is always a great choice, Bibb and Blue salad is also a favorite. Great as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with excellent tasting food. I had create your own pasta was delicious with basil mushrooms and mozzarella in spicy marinara, the crispy Brussels sprouts were on point and the Tiramisu melted in your mouth but the best part was the waiter sang my mom happy birthday in Italian !! I would highly recommend it’s a great choice for lunch or dinner celebration 🎊

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Ordered the steak and potatoes , about 15 min in they notified us it had ran out , waitress was quite friendly , overall disappointing experience

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SaraiL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The experience started very off I arrived on time for my reservation I was seated promptly. It took the server about 15 minutes to acknowledge me I told her that I was ready to order. I am a returning customer I hardly get carded here she asked for my ID I did not have it. I had it in the car and honestly parking was so far that I did not want to leave the restaurant to go get my ID so instead I just ordered a virgin cocktail. The server came back two times, Stating that without the alcohol the cocktails are Really just Soda and basil therefore I had to pick another one which I ultimately went for the frozen Balenie which was wonderful honestly it tasted better than it did with alcohol so I had no problem with that I accepted it was my fault And passed no judgment to the young lady. However the problems kept escalating there was people who had just been seated who had already received their peasant bread and oil. After having to ask her if she could please bring me some I still had to wait another 15 minutes for her to actually get to me. My reservation was at 3:45 PM I received my present bread At 4:15 now I know why it’s called peasant bread you have to beg for it! After she brought my meal out 10 minutes into my dining, She asked if I would need a box I waited more for her to serve me than I did for her to try and kick me out. When I finally asked for a box and the check she took another 15 to 18 minutes to complete that task so I started stocking my dirty plates and utensils on my own since I have nothing else to do. She finally came around took my payment and took another 10 minutes to give me my change. At this point I was fed up the whole experience was horrible not to mention that they had a very loud party which I know is out of their reach they can’t censor people but they should be in the capacity to take care of their guests. I usually tip Between 25 to 35% and I dine alone I think that is very fair for one person however she sis not deserve 1 dollar

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the lamb my god let me tell it was sooooo delicious for lamb lovers service was great I recommend 👍🏼

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DavidM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Because of I assume is the pandemic, it was not crowded. The food was excellent and prepared perfectly. Service great and our waiter attentive without being pesky. Macaroni Grill is recommended.

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SaraiL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great I come often Sunday the restrooms were filthy I noticed on my way out but did not comment I felt it unnecessary. Overall everything else is always 5 stars. Omg try the carbonara before it’s to late pair with frose

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DennisB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent I’m for sure coming back and the food was delicious.

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Nancy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, will definitely come back! The food was excellent as well.

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RichieL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. It was quick service but it could be because of the social distancing. Never disappointed when I dine here

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Conchita
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. My favorite lasagna bolognese and the chicken scalappini!

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JohnM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always happy to go to this restaurant. Will go again.

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Kathleen
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Arrived early and happy to accommodate Us. Entire staff working hard. Thanks so much for Chris our awesome server👍

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Jaime
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was great! Service was Great! House Wine was perfect! Food was great and fast! Had a nice evening there!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Food was not good, we won’t be going back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Prompt and friendly service. Will go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and time at dinner with my friend. We will be back again 😊

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DianeY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and food!would recommend to anyone food portions were large

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TroyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server attended to all my needs. I was a a very pleased customer.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and good food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent!

CP
CeciliaP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good and our server was great. The only downside was that the espresso machine was broken so the only coffee they had was Keurig!

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Richard
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

We were disappointed with how dirty the outside porch area was. The table was dirty, as well with the floors and walls. A simple pressure wash would work wonders. The food was ok. We ate here a year ago and it was much better.

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GemiR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Romano’s and they never disappoint. Surely going to come back soon.

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EricaP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was the best brought everything at a timely manner and food was delicious.

SM
ShelbyM
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The staff is attentive and food is always great.

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vipRosalie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Dining room wasn’t open so we had to order food Togo and the food was bland

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AdeleB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoy our evening... services was great and food too.

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vipSusan
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Kudos to this location for providing a pleasant dining ambiance that conforms to currently mandated safety standards for both customers and staff.
The menu offers a good range of options.
The meals are generally not as well executed (small portions lacking in flavor and authenticity) as one would expect for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

CM
CarmenM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Got an email about first responders and health care workers able to get a free meal of meat balls and spaghetti for the month of October. Told all my coworkers ( I work in a pharmacy) and posted a copy of the email. I was so excited to go that I went that night (Tuesday). I haven't been in years. I used to love the Penne rustica dish, until they changed the recipe. I invited my client and made a reservation for 6:45. I arrived a few minutes early, and waited by the door for someone to greet us. That didn't happen. So, after about 3 minutes I went over to the girl bagging to go orders to say, we were there, but I don't think she heard me over the plexiglass. I would have to believe she saw us since we were standing in the open doorway. A man that had just walked up, said he'd help us. I gave him my name, and he asked me to wait a few minutes. We waited outside about 7 minutes before he called us in. I noticed there was one waiter, that was responsible for everyone one the patio. There were at least 12 people including us (5 or more parties). He took our drink order, said he'd be right back, then disappeared for about 10 minutes. I caught him as he was passing by to ask if we could order our food, and if we could have straws. He took our order. It was about 7 minutes later before I could catch him to ask for a straw again, which he had in his apron. I ordered brussels sprouts and the spaghetti. The sprouts were good. The spaghetti was horrible. The sauce was flavorless and the pasta was mushy, as if it were overcooked. I ate about 4 bites of it, then asked for a to go container, thinking I could add to the flavor at home. We had been there at least 30 minutes before we got our food. I was so disappointed, as I had been excited about this meal all day. I regretted that I had spread the word to all of my coworkers. I don't know if the cook was having a bad day, or if the plate sat in the kitchen too long, but I was extremely disappointed. I won't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

BG
BethG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience2

Great service, fast food type quality food. I will never eat here again..

BA
BrianA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service and staff were amazing.

FAQs

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Cerritos does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Romano's Macaroni Grill - Cerritos also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (562) 916-7722.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Cerritos is rated 4.5 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Cerritos does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.macaronigrill.com/gift-cards.

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.