Romano's Macaroni Grill - Milpitas

4.6
133 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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MandyB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is wonderful one of Waitresses remembered us from last time and made sure to come and say hello that was really nice everyone was attentive great management great stuff all around someone kept coming to our table constantly to remove plates that we did not need we will definitely be going back

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LaToyaD
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I loved my experience and server. I will be back again

DC
DCgals
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Only one wait staff, he did excellent job on making sure everyone needs were met.

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Green34
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I have not been here in a while and I was sadly disappointed. The restaurant wasn’t that packed and it took a long time for them to take our order an even longer for the food to come out which is then overcooked. The bathroom was disgusting and graffiti everywhere and was out of everything. I don’t think I will be going back for a while

TJ
TametraJ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was good and the server was nice but service was very slow. People were complaining all around us. We overheard they were very short staffed and it showed. It took a long time to get sat, a long time to get sat and a long time to take our order. The food came out great maybe a little overdone on the noodles but good. The bathroom was dirty and missing toilet paper in 1 stall

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vipinternationaldiner
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was Presidents's day weekend , so I guess they were short staffed . Service was slow but understandable. Some of the items like soup was not available even though it was a standard offering with main course.

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SubhashW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was good, but service was slow , probably because of high demand. Had to wait for sometime inspite of reservation.
But overall good buzzing ambience and good food, thanks to the chef and other team members, cheers..

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duncanp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a reservation on Valentine's night and they sat me right away even though there was a huge crowd without reservations. despite the level of business the service was good , the food was good and it was a very nice night

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

food was bland. i ordered chicken marsala and it tasted blah... ive had this before (maybe 5 yrs ago) and it was so good then that’s why i ordered it again..

RM
RicardoM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was adequate. Service was aloof at best. Don’t think of coming back.

AL
vipALK3
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Met a girlfriend for lunch. When ordered ice tea the waiter came back and said all out of ice tea. This was lunch hour. How can they not have ice tea. Then after we finished out lunch we ordered coffee. Waiter came back and said no coffee. Don’t think I’d eat there again

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Horrible
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service and food were deplorable. Had to ask for everything multiple times, including utensils, drinks, entrees, desert and even the bill. Server was obviously overworked. When the entree finally arrived, the food was cold. It was so bad, that without even being asked, the server chose not to charge us for our meals.

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SeanD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was very poor and be excruciatingly slow. We were there for 2 hours when we should have been in-and-out in less than 1. We only got 1 refill and only because we had to ask. Thankfully the kitchen was on point as the food was hot and tasty when it came out nearly an hour later.

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vipnapadiner2
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our lunch with a chicken pasta and eggplant parmesan were tasty, but not outstanding. Adding on an all-you-can-eat soup or salad is a great option we took advantage of, however the featured soup was not ready until 2 hours after the restaurant opened. We enjoyed the friendly and efficient service. Tables are pretty close togehter so you can clearly hear the conversation from the neighboring tables.

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vipdebbiekrum
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They were about of two things I ordered..... lobster bisque and mushroom risotto balls. The manager came over Ryan and said he would come two of our entrees. The waitress came over with no change to the ticket. We let her know and then she came back with a 25% discount which did not cover the two entrees as stated. At this point we were just wanting to get out of there and didn’t bother with asking Ryan the manager why he did what he did. In addition, the person who sat us did not give points for open table. This has happened many times in many places. I sorta wonder why even bother to tell them your name and your reservation if they don’t bother to give you credit. Happened at the last restaurant I was at in SF a week or so ago. Pretty disappointed in the whole experience

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EdmundD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Old waiter kept getting our order wrong. Restaurant seemed unorganized. Got my tip wrong as well. I like this place but gonna skip out this year. Maybe I’ll give them a try next year if management decides to change things for the better

JF
JohnF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Christmas night and the staff was light in numbers, which is expected on a holiday evening. However, they did a great job. The place was about 70% capacity, and the staff did a great job dealing with people trying to walk in and get seats. The food was very well prepared and our waiter was great! I know it’s tough being short staffed and having to deal with people who don’t understand that. Great job staff!!

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NANA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

One of the worst experiences we’ve had. The waiter, Jimmy was extremely rood, he literally threw the plates on the table, and just left the rest for us to hold on our hands as the table was full, but would not clear the table, Half the items on the menu were not available and he didn’t tell us until we had ordered and waited fir a good 30 min fir our order. We then had to re-order all over again. Didn’t get us bread, even when we asked 6 different times.

We have been coming here regularly but after this visit, will have to reconsider. Very disappointed with the service and the overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had reservations on Christmas Day. From the start it was a bad experience. #1 after 30 minutes they let us know they were out of the tomato basil soup and soup of the day. They did not have the Petrole Sole which I had ordered. Had to ask where were our drinks after 30+ minutes. They served paper towels as napkins No salt and pepper on table. Our server disappeared and finally we got a new server who was really good and told us he had come all way from Sacramento to help out. Food when it came was bland We have eaten at Macaroni grill before and this visit was not up to their normal standards. Extremely disappointed and no one seemed to care.

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BobG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This reservation was not to be found when I checked in. I had to get my own vinegar and pepper for my salad. The advertised special dinner menu was removed when we got there, they said they ran out of food.
We were given thin paper towels one would find in the restroom for use as napkins. service stunk.
How does an Italian restaurant NOT have Lasagna or Chicken Parmesan or parmesan cheese for the pasta.

We should have eaten at the local diner. VERY disappointing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Many menu items not available. They used bathroom paper towels for napkins. Food tasted good, but was luke warm. Staff seemed unhappy.

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KellyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was ok. The service was ok. The waiters were bussing their own tables. The restrooms were horrible! They were VERY dirty.

DP
vipDinerP59
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had reservations on Christmas Day in the afternoon and was then seated. We ordered two entrees the salmon which was very good and tasty and the lamb which was boiled with really no flavor, but was tender. May come back to try the pasta dishes. Overall the service was ok since it was a holiday and got real busy after we left.

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vipGrace
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Took a long time to clean table. Food was cold.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us dined here for a birthday. Great service. Great “Sidecar” cocktails. Great food. And the waiter even sang “Happy Birthday” in Italian! Great experience!

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AngelY
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My complaint is not solely about the food, it is also about the service received by the manager & server.
1) Chicken Parmesan was ordered as our usual go to for past 7 years. It was HALF THE PORTION of what we usually received in the past. I questioned the portion as did my husband and we were told it was this way always. We know it’s not true as the yelp pictures provided proof, as telling the employees about what we usually received didn’t serve as enough reason.
2) We were sat all the way in the back at a huge table for 7, there were only 2 of us and our baby. Okay no problem, but then my husband feels something wet, his shoe was soaked in water puddle under the table. The waitress did spill a glass of water but this water was there already.
3) We had to wait 20 minutes for bread, we appreciate it is complimentary, but it takes 4 minutes in the oven and we noticed our waitress being more attentive to a large party versus us, so we were not surprised it was taking so long.

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BobS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went on Thanksgiving primarily because I like a traditional turkey dinner and my wife wants to order off of an open menu. We went at 5PM and they were completely out of the traditional Turkey dinners they were advertising. That seems like very poor planning and was quite disappointing. Otherwise, everything was good.

TP
ThomasP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I appreciate the workers working on Thanksgiving. I was disappointed in the small drumstick I received and no other meat. Otherwise the meal was good. Romano's is better Italian food than a turkey.

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saxman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated quickly, good service, food was hot and a lot of it.
The only negative was that I checked in and told the hostess I had made reservations through open table, but she did not note that. I got a "no show" email form open table which was eventually resolved.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Rated food low Since my pork chop dish I ordered was very raw. I had to send it back and get a new order. Disappointing!

JG
JackieG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was slow and no bread available. However server gave us a discount.

DB
DanielB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Far better than I expected and I wonder why more people are not taking advantage of this restaurant.

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vipDinagl
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service and good food. Good for business dinner.

RJ
RondaJo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I really do wish my portion was the same each time. Every time I come I order the same thing. Chicken parmigiana. Each time the portion of pasta seems to get smaller than before. Now I’m also paying for extra cheese.

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Rubies21
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hadn't been her for a long time, but received a BOGO for lunch and decided to go back. Better than I remembered. Good food, great price, and an excellent waiter. They need to do some maintenance on their rest room, but the restaurant was lovely.

FD
FamilyDinnerReview
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They seemed a little short handed tonight, but our waiter, who was also the bartender, did a fantastic job. The food was hearty a tasted great.

CD
CamilleD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been awhile since I ate here. Romanos is still serving very tasty food. I had grill salmon with rice. The salmon was nicely cooked. Very moist and fresh flavor. I ordered Korbel brut, loved it! For dessert I ordered the lemon cake.......Yum!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We waiting 30 minutes to have our drink order taken and an hour and half to get food and one of our orders never came

SG
SamG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place. Even when they screw up the order. It’s good. Even when they reduce the roll your own menu. Still best in town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Many dishes on the menu are out, including the bread!! Meals are less tasty than before. It’s a shame since it was one of my favorite restaurant in the area.

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Romano's Macaroni Grill - Milpitas does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Romano's Macaroni Grill - Milpitas also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 935-9875.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Milpitas is rated 4.6 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Milpitas 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.