Romano's Macaroni Grill - Oceanside

3.4
105 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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vipgeorge
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Fruit flys all around us. Landed in my wine and husbands beer we moved tables and it was a little better. Food just ok. Music too loud. Will not go back

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RuthM
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

While food was descent , the service was beyond slow … place wasn’t even that busy. Overall service terrible .. won’t be going back

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vipLovesFood
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Manny did an excellent job taking care of us.

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MikeJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow even though the restaurant was less than half full. The spinach & artichoke dip was bland and contained almost no artichoke. The entres took forever (nearly an hour) and my steak and potatoes were both cold. The potatoes tasted very good, but the steak lacked flavor. It was very bland. Overall a very disappointing experience.

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vipJasino
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

High price for food. Not quality.
Service was bad. Salad never came. Food came first.
Drink orders were not refilled accurately or timely.
Server never came back.
Will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This was the worst customer service I have experienced in a long time. The waitress was inattentive and we waited for almost an hour just to get all of our appetizers. My brother’s food was served fifteen minutes after everyone else’s. The whole process was extremely delayed. We had to prompt her to bring bread and ask for refills.
I understand that there is a shortage of staffing right now, but the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived and tables all around us seemed to be getting better customer service.

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vipSDWAW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The service is awful and the place smells like it has backed up toilets. Macaroni Grill was once a great family restaurant. Now, it is to be avoided. I would rather have fast food.

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KarinaM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! The atmosphere is family friendly and the food is fantastic. There’s free bread while you decide on your meals.

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CeilF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We requested an outdoor table, on line, but when we arrived were told that there is no outdoor dining. We did eat indoors far away from other diners because the restaurant was almost empty. The server could not tell us what the house wine was and there was no choice, but for a white or a red of unknown vintage. Overall, not a very pleasant experience. In addition the prices have increased since the last time we were there, and they are now competitive with better restaurants nearby.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Slow service and short staffed seems to be an ongoing trend. They did not have anyone to man the brick oven so pizza was not an option. Food was just OK. Nothing to rave about.

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Barb
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Hot bread has always been your signature & last night my husband asked for bread & the waitress said “It’s only by request “. She never asked if we wanted any, she just didn’t even mention it.

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ColleenB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Everyone trying to get back into the groove

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Fuse
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very poor service, small portions, expensive - not the Macaroni Grill my family used to enjoy.

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JennyJ
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Macaroni Grill because we love their food and bread! After 3 hrs at our son's graduation, we were hungry! Lucky us!! Because of our reservation, we didn't have to wait. Another group behind us did not have a reservation and was told the wait was 50 minutes so they left. MImi, our server was great! She kept refilling our drinks and bringing more bread with a smile!! She was so nice and on top of everything. We will definitely come back to this location!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our first time there. The food was okay and a bit pricey for the quality and overall experience.

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PaulaS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had not been to a Romano’s Macaroni Grill in over 10 years. The food was good. The environment was relaxing dispute the COVID-19 precautions. We would go back if we are in the area again

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soccer tourney

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Graduation

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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JeffS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of the worst restaurant experiences in my life. The host initially sat my mom and I for our 7 PM reservation in the bar area directly beneath a TV with blaring loud volume of a baseball game that was so disruptive we could barely hear each other. When I asked the bartender to please mute the TV since 1) No one was watching it, and 2) We were dining at a nice restaurant and not a sports bar, I watched as she lowered the volume from 42 to 41, claiming that was the best she could do. That was an utter lie and incredibly insulting. I then asked the host if we could move to a different table in the dining area, which they agreed to do. When my mom stood up she lost her footing and fell to the ground. This was no fault of the restaurant, but it would have been nice if, at the very least, the manager would have come to see if she was ok considering she had to limp to our new table. There we sat for 15 minutes before our new server even brought us water. As we were waiting I overheard a server explaining to a group of 7 seated at a table for quite some time that the host neglected to inform them local COVID restrictions only permitted parties of 6. The family was understandably very upset and promptly left the restaurant while my mom and I continued sitting there waiting for our water. After awhile, we had enough and silently left.

This restaurant was utterly dysfunctional and incompetent. If I had to guess, I'd say the average age of staffers was about 17-years-old, except for the bartender who refused to mute the TV (probably in her 40s). The staff's inexperience, apathy, and carelessness ruined our evening. In the strongest terms I can express, STAY AWAY FROM THIS RESTAURANT!! Do yourselves a favor and find somewhere else to eat unless you enjoy disrespectful staff, loud TVs that disrupt conversation, and waiting forever simply to be served water.

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CristinaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I was really disappointed with the meal and service this time around. The food hasn't been that great like before when we went prior COVID. This time, our order was placed at 420 but then our two appetizer's were cold then when we informed the staff it seemed to be thrown in a microwave which then came back cold again.

Then it was 530 and food finally arrived and was told they are training so that is why it took so long which with 2 toddlers and 2 kids really ruined the waiting. I just overall hoped it could have gone better. We did get discounted the appetizers but really didn't make up for the service. sorry.

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KristenR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant and the waitress was super good

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NancyW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I have always enjoyed eating at Macaroni Grill, but my last 2 visits made my family and me decide not to eat here again for awhile. We were seated when we arrived but no one came to our table to greet us. My daughter finally asked the host if anyone was going to serve us....this was after 10 minutes of waiting. Finally someone got us our drinks and then finally our order. Yes the food was very good, but not having good service made the evening unpleasant. Maybe this is just due to the pandemic and the restaurant not having enough servers, but we won't be back for awhile.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

So sad to see how downhill the restaurant and food has gotten. On the plus side, our server was nice.

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vipCSUFrank
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food preparation was tailored to our request. Service was just right, and the restaurant provided a wonderful atmosphere. We will be back!

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DavidD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Sorry
I know its tough now
NEED CONSISTANT QUALITY

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vipFridaynighttreat
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We miss the old Macaroni Grill with its singing wait staff, honor system wine, extensive menu and crayons for entertainment, but due to hard times and covid, it’s now a basic Italian restaurant. Still, we love their bread and dipping oil and can always find something tasty on their menu. Hopefully their menu will expand again in the future. Meanwhile, the ambiance is nice and the reduced capacity has made for a much quieter experience.

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vipStradavariVioloncellos
Phoenix
188 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Avoid this location like the plague. The restrooms are filthy, the entire property is in dire need of an update and deep cleaning.

We will not return.

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CaterinaZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service and horrible food, would not recommend

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vipJenD
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The service was absolutely horrible. It was apparent that there was either no or poor training on table maintenance, timing, politeness in not interrupting a discussion at the table, delivering all food at the same time, and then blaming the cooks and bartenders. I will not return.

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TimW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food came quickly and was delicious.

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JakobZ
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was cold outside. Heaters would be nice. Everything else was superb.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have written a review at 5 other places about this issue and I will never return to here

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Mikev
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. In spite of pandemic we enjoyed the atmosphere and staff

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vipskypriority
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Sat outside in a cold parking lot without heaters or coverings. Poor service.

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Hannah
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seated right away, tables appropriately spaced apart. Server came right away for drink order, but when asked about additional adult beverage options, her reply was, "you can scan the qr code, I don't know, maybe there." Um, ok. Didn't bother, since she didn't bother. Ordered food with unlimited salad. Salad came. Requested another salad. Entrees came. Smaller than I remember, nothing to write home about. Still no salad, no server. Everyone is done with entrees and here comes the salad. No acknowledgement of this poor timing. Whatever. Decided against dessert to just get out. So lackluster.
And side note: either she was wearing a perfume or her hand sanitizer was scented. Either way, it was too much. That is a big no no in food service.

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NancyW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Even though the food was very good, the atmosphere wasn't the same. There wasn't the joyful sounds of lots of people enjoying the evening. Also, the poor server (the only one we saw) was running like crazy from table to table, so therefore forgot part of our meal. May not be coming back for awhile until restaurants can operate better.

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HeatherS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We were sat right away, greeted quickly and our order taken, that was the last time we saw our server that night, there were only 6 tables in the entire restaurant and lots of staff, we waited a long time for our soup and salad and then received our meals less than a minute later, sat and waited for our bill for close to 25 min after we were done, we had to get up to find our waitress, never saw the manager once on the floor monitoring service. This was my first and last time.

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vipMaddy
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service with social distance practice in place.
Mushroom Raviolis were the best!

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gourmand
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The entree Make Your Own Pasta was very disappointing compared to when I have ordered this same dish many times in the past. Most of the dish was pasta . The vegetables were almost nonexistent. Also, the asparagus was almost raw!

FAQs

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Oceanside does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Romano's Macaroni Grill - Oceanside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 722-9905.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Oceanside is rated 3.4 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Oceanside 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.