Romano's Macaroni Grill - North County Fair

3.8
182 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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3.9
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4.0
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3.7
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62% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service. Food came up fast.

JC
JamieC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I've already written a review on Yelp. Took 25 minutes for someone to assist us and that was because we flagged down the hostess for water. Not one waiter walked by and even smiled at us or gave recognition to us, this was our first year wedding anniversary. A waitress ended up coming by and took our appetizers order and food, I asked for food to come about 15 min after so we could enjoy the calamari but of course they came same time. Another waiter came towards the end and he was great. Too bad we didn't get him at first, Colin I think his name was.

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service. Ample portions. Excellent Lobster bisque.

LG
LuisG
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Foods great but it took an hr+ to receive it. server's didn't come around to much, I expected a faster response time since I have reserved. Must have been a bad day. Again great food

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jbm360
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was excellent

MK
MalkaK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wait staff was friendly, professional, and the most attentive.
The food portions were very generous and tasty. Overall one of the most pleasant dining experiences in a long time especially after what we have all experienced in the world it was nice to feel welcomed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was over-priced for the quality of food. The dish I had was dry in quality and flavor. The dessert was not very good. Our server was not very great either. We got the impression she was a new, inexperienced server. The wine suggestions she made turned out to be wrong based on what we read in the menu vs. what she said.

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and generous portions

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really great service! Appetizers came out super fast as well as our food. We loved out server’s wine recommendation and it was a great price for the bottle. We got the mamas trio and Italian chopped salad, a lot of food and tasted great. Will be coming back again!

JH
JohnH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated very quickly. COVID restrictions were followed. The food was outstanding. The server was very attentive.

PS
PhilS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food quality poor compared to the price being charged

MB
MarvinB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are repeat customers and as always, the food, service, etc. was excellent.
Looking forward to coming again soon.

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have Mac Grill open again. Service and food was excellent. Enjoy the all you can eat soup and salad add on, however went up from $2.50 to $3, but still a great deal. Lobster bisque is the best around! Also enjoy the Buffalo chicken parmesan but enjoyed the build your own pasta this evening. Wish they would bring the Mahi Mahi back as I hate Salmon.

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LauraE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Server Nasser was super rude. He was one of the worst servers ever.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love This place!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Meeting old friends from out of town. Great service and accommodations. Food was delicious, however, I felt the portions were too small for the price. Salad should be included. But overall, great lunch.

AM
AmyM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful Easter lunch! Server was so patient with elderly person with us and very attentive. Food was excellent - we will be back!

HR
HelenR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waiter never greeted us. Took 20 minutes before he came over to take our order.
Service was terrible .
I asked for tea. They were out. I asked for coffee. They were out.
I had the truffle Mac and cheese it was like they slapped nacho cheese on it . Never got the truffle flavor. Never refilled our water.
We were there at 8:15 pm. Really wasn’t that busy.
We generally missed that glad your here my name is so
Waiters use to write their names on the table cloth.
After 11 years of going to the Escondido location I don’t think we will ever go back.

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None
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Don't hesitate to go to Romanos the food is same as earlier before.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food and service, the staff was very nice and the restaurant was very mellow.

MC
MichaelC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation for 6:00 PM. We were at the desk at 5:58 PM. We were told that the staff was behind and they could not seat us for 30 minutes. We drove into Escondido and had a wonderful meal at DiCicco's Italian Restaurant. They had plenty of staff and we were treated wonderfully.

MS
MarshaS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had seating on the entryway patio instead of in the parking lot which was much nicer. Food was great

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for my (belated) Birthday dinner. It was a slow and pleasant night, dined outside with heat lamps, top-notch server, food, and LOVED the Merlot! Worth the half-hour drive, for the Macaroni Grill my boyfriend and I normally go to closed permanently.

JL
JessicaL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was great I loved that we could make a reservation- we made it at the last minute and they were still very helpful & hospitable. Food was great, friendly staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Macaroni balls are fire

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

The kitchen was inundated with to go orders and unfortunately those took precedent over the people dining. Waited over an hour before deciding to leave, we have a five year old and never got our entrees, still charged us for the drinks and apps although for customer service, something should have been waived, don’t think we’ll be going back anytime soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Valentines day

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MarkL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

very slow service. understaffed even though crowd was light. cold soup, not even warm. entree was wrong. companion was done when i got my entree. food quality very poor on my spaghetti and meatballs. cannoli had cellophane in filling. partial menu, sitting outside was not ideal. huge indoor venue could seat at 50 % capacity. tell newsom to go to hell. we were regulars years ago but now it seems quality has slipped. but i would go again, hoping this was a one time problem due to covid situation.

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AnRa
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation through Open Table for Christmas Dinner. Open Table even confirmed the reservation the day before. We arrived to find the restaurant closed to in-person dining. Thanks for ruining Christmas Dinner. I've used Open Table enough to know that the restaurant is fully informed of reservations made. So why did no one call me to tell me of the closure? I could have made other arrangements had I just been notified.

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vipDonnaQ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

No coffee availability. No Thanksgiving Dinner as stated. But we were given the menue for the special Thanksgiving Dinner. If it wasn't for the waiter, Audele, We would of left.

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were seated outside after a long wait and we had a reservation. It was busy for outside dining and they had not completed putting up a larger tent. Once we were seated our server was attentive and the food was served hot.

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was busy considering Covid. There were additional parties checking in for seating immediately after us. This puts strain on the only one server working. Mid way, the manager starting helping and sometimes a kit hen staff would bring out the entrees. The lobster bisk is very tasty, however wasn't hot, just warm we had excellent service as the server knew us as I am a regular and he knows our preferences. The Buffalo chicken parmesan is excellent and cheesey... better than original.

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our service was very friendly. We were seated immediately, however they did get backed up about 30 minutes after we arrived due to limited seating from the Pandemic. They do need to put another server on as service was slower and not as attentive as usual, with most available tables taken and a large party split between two tables (Covid restriction) . The manager was out helping the one server that was waiting on tables and making mixed drinks, as they were the two previous week we ate there.

Food was fresh and great. We are regulars and will be back next month.

GC
GregC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice quiet Saturday dinner

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The new Buffalo Parmasan is delicious. I enjoy it more than the standard, so I hope they keep it on the menu. It was a large Chicken breast also. The canolli are also the best I have had. Not too sweet, made with a sweet cream filling and garnished with chocolate chips.

Service was slower than usual with only one server and one on take outs. They looked like they got slammed and didn't expect it due to Covid. The manager came out towards the end of the rush to help out seating patrons and getting drinks. Made getting check slower than usual.

EB
ErikaB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent, including the dessert menu.

MS
vipMfromSanDiego
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad this is open and that we could eat indoors. Great environment for date night or a night out with family or friends. I liked the unlimited soup or salad add on for $2.50. Good service, too!

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dksandiego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

first bread they brought in was stale
olive oil plate too small for 3 people
table they sat us by the side of the bar and service area was dirty, pile of dirty glasses, workers just standing around...create better ambiance necessary
food quality was not taht great from my previous expereinces

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Ordered the chicken Alfredo and the chicken wasn’t cooked right!

CK
vipCherylK
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. Jose took good care of us with friendly prompt service. Food was very tasty, especially their lobster bisque

FAQs

Romano's Macaroni Grill - North County Fair does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Romano's Macaroni Grill - North County Fair also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 741-6309.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - North County Fair is rated 3.8 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - North County Fair 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.