Romano's Macaroni Grill - Cerritos

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$30 and under
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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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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional and the food was very delicious at an affordable price

AY
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Bella, was excellent! Great food and great service! Highly recommended!

J
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently celebrated the 7th birthday of our oldest daughter. The experience, food, and service was great!

AH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The host was great from greeting to seating. Great selection of meals are available.
Over all we enjoyed dinner and care we received. We will be back to try wonderful selections of food.

AT
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Sam, you are a great server, Kate & Stephanie making sure everything was handled to get us all out on time for the Cerritos Performing Arts Center! See you for the next show there. I loved the lamb shank, I'm ordering it next time too, incredible!!!

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Also good quality and fresh food. We love it

T
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was yummy as usual😋😋😋

DL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was empty, but we were ignored....we constantly had to flag a member of the staff for service.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good dining this evening

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My wife and I have been here many times. And this time was not up to the standard we expected. Our first bread was warm and stale. The fried mozzarella was over cooked, no cheese inside just breading. My wife's corn soup was cold. We were too tired to make a fuss.

d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great services and good food! It gets a bit noisy at times, but this place is great for a family dinner. They could do better with maintaining the bathrooms cleaner as it sometimes gets dirty. The customer service has always been great for the last twenty years. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends!

T
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zak was our waiter 😍 very attentive 👍🏻 we all had something different & enjoyed everything
The Brussels are one of my favorites 😋😋 & I order that b4 the delicious bread come out❣️❣️❣️

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Good service but the food was terrible: my dad was not served his food until all of us were basically finished, he was served some random sandwich not even made how he had asked and was served fries instead of breakfast potatoes. You can tell they weren’t ready for breakfast.

ML
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I get it was mother's day so it's busier, however, we were given a tight table space with a seat directly in the walking area for servers. Wish they didn't seat us so tightly or used areas where it might be dangerous to impede emergency traffic.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. We love the Penne Rustica and the Chicken Scallopine.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service: hostess & bartender very nice! One star off due to the fact the bartender seemed quite busy so maybe having another body would’ve helped the service move along faster. Couldn’t get his attention quickly BUT he was very nice and genuinely happy to be at work which is GREAT to see. Give him some help so he can focus more on his patrons!

Food: Good but not amazing- won’t blow you away but it is a good meal. Definitely ask for their bread with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Pasta was slightly undercooked but still not bad. Chicken Parmesan is a great fall back option if you can’t choose a dish.

Value: Had a coupon so it was definitely worth it but a little on the pricier side without it. Definitely would like to visit for happy hour!

Overall: a good option to dine- hostess was very kind in accommodating and bartender was happy!

JC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food & service

O
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinner with friends on a Saturday evening before a CCPA concert. Had a 6:00 p.m. reservation, finally seated about 6:20. Not enough staff and our waitress Cassandra seemed rushed and a bit distracted. They have an interesting "honor system" house wine for $3.50 a glass. Food came promptly but one order was botched, should have been a cold chicken Parmesan salad and came out a warm Parmesan fish dish. Chicken marsala was OK but some pasta was undercooked. Wife's salmon was very good, she said.
Hightlight of the meal was the cannoli. Two crisp tubes filled with cinnamon mascarpone and chocolate tidbits. Out by 7:30 with plenty of time to make the opening curtain.

TG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worse service ever! We arrived and sat for 15 minutes before we were even acknowledged. Server came and took food and drink order and disappeared. Next thing we know, our entrees arrive but we never got our drinks nor our appetizer salads. They took our food back and brought drinks and salads. Then they brought us our cold entrees. The good for nothing manager did nothing...no apology...nothing. The whole experience sucked. We won’t be back.

GP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had to wait another 15 minutes with reservation at 6:30 pm. As I walked up I was told immediately two parties ahead of me and will have to wait even though I saw plenty of available tables. No drink menu was offered, had to ask for it. Took 30 minutes for food to arrive after it was ordered, meantime no offer to refill water or bread. On the menu if you purchase entrée can add soup or salad for $2.25, your soup and salad was unlimited. My friend ordered lobster bisque too salty and my salad was small just few lettuce and little dressing, I did not like the dressing they put on without asking me was horrible. Again no mention or asked if wanted more since it was unlimited. My friend's entrée was too dry, she had to get up and look for our waitress to switch to another entrée. No one checked up on us when the food was first brought to the table. We skipped appetizer, had the entrée with dessert, it took 3 hours. After 7:30 pm you could see lot of empty tables in the restaurant, there was no reason for such a long delay.

CL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

already wrote to the Manager, regarding my experience.

MC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner before concert. Convenient location, good food, pleasant atmosphere. WHY did other Macaroni Grill locations close? I love the food & esp. THE BREAD!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing. Very friendly helpful with the menu. Food came out fast n hot! Everything tasted amazing and we loved the service we went back 2 days later. Definitely will be coming more often

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I had to sit under the dan it my food got cold really fast. Other than that it was good.

AF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter took took a while to check up on us, if she’d been a little more attentive to her guest this experience would’ve been a perfect one

KS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Due to 2 large groups (25 plus people each) who’s orders were put in before ours the wait for our dinner was rather long. The server kept apologizing for the delay. Perhaps the restaurant should not have 2 large groups on a Saturday night. We got there for dinner at 6 before an 8pm concert steps away and we were almost late. Food just “fine”.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

The place was empty but the food took a long time even when we asked for a rush order.

AT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always look forward to eating here. We attend programs at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center and always choose Romano's. Good meals, fair prices---no complaints

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation the day before and found many open table options.
We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated quickly. We were going to see a show following, and were concerned we would not be seated served and have enough time to eat to make the play. We were served very fast and actually had a long wait for the show. The service was very attentive and the meal fabulous as always. We like to visit this restaurant a few times a year.

NB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were very good. It wasn't very busy so difficult to rate sound level.

AT
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their Chicken Scallopini and the chocolate layer cake dessert!!

AT
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, and Kate the Manager is a doll, and always comes by to be sure we are happy with everything we ordered. I'll be back!!!

SJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kassandra was such a delightful hostess. She was very patient and pleasant! I will request her to service my family and I when we visit again. Great job😀

g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Vivian was a great server and has a great voice, singing Happy Birthday to me in Italian.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation at 7:30 pm. When the time came they has sat someone else by my name. Sat somewhere in the back with no attempt to make sure we were being served right. The server tried his best but just not satisfied with the way we were taken and given my reservation to someone else. Hostess had a terrible attitude. I love coming to this place, I’m a regular but this one time they ruined it for me.

RW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great Valentines dinner night for me , my wife and our duaghters. Food was perfect, waotress was great and everyrhing went just right.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did a nice presentation for Valentine’s Day, my girlfriend found it really cute. Food, service, and noise level was great, especially for a first time going there. Will be going back again.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pricey for a chain restaurant and food tastes slightly above average. We twice had to wait too long for a table and left. The third time we got a reservation. Do not eat here without a reservation. Wine is overpriced for the quality.

LK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My meal was horrible, the chicken was not cooked, while we were there I saw 3 other people return their meals

ES
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I would love to write a review of the food, but, alas, after sitting for one hour, there was no sign of our meal actually being served, so we decided to leave so we wouldn’t miss our theater performance.
We had a reservation for 6:15. Arrived early. Seated at 6:20. Nice wait staff, but slow service. I ordered a drink which was served 20 minutes later. My son asked for water; one glass of water was served promptly (no question about whether I wanted water). We ordered soup and entrees. Tomato basil soup was good. Then we sat. And sat. And sat. At 7:10 I flagged down the wait staff, advised that we had somewhere to be. She was very apologetic, kitchen was backed up. I told her that we had theater tickets, and would have to leave without eating if our meals were not served soon. 7:20, no meal in sight, flagged wait staff down and asked for our check.
Interestingly, the menu describes unlimited soup with entree. Our empty bowls sat on the table for 30 minutes. No one asked if we wanted more, nor did they clear the table.
The manager was gracious enough to comp our bill, but really, what gives? No food after sitting for 30+ minutes?
Poor management.
I can’t rate the food because it never came.
Interesting that I saw someone seated before us who was already at the theater when we arrived. I think they forgot our order.
Won’t be back.

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