Romano's Macaroni Grill - Oceanside
porcini-stuffed fresh pasta, caramelized onions, marsala cream sauce
vine-ripened tomatoes, imported buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze
Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti
house-made beef, veal, pork + ricotta meatballs, romano, spaghetti
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.
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.
This is my favorite restaurant and the waitress was super good
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.
So sad to see how downhill the restaurant and food has gotten. On the plus side, our server was nice.
Food preparation was tailored to our request. Service was just right, and the restaurant provided a wonderful atmosphere. We will be back!
I know its tough now
NEED CONSISTANT QUALITY
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.
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.
Horrible service and horrible food, would not recommend
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.
Service was great! Food came quickly and was delicious.
It was cold outside. Heaters would be nice. Everything else was superb.
I have written a review at 5 other places about this issue and I will never return to here
Food and service was outstanding. In spite of pandemic we enjoyed the atmosphere and staff
Sat outside in a cold parking lot without heaters or coverings. Poor service.
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.
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.
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.
Great service with social distance practice in place.
Mushroom Raviolis were the best!
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!
I had mushroom ravioli, salad, bread and two Americanos instead of coffee which our server said they no longer have. Salad was fine. Bread was hot and delicious. Ravioli was very oily but tasty. I would not order it again. Americanos were wonderful, much better than the usual coffee they serve there. Our server was excellent and attentive. It is usually too noisy there for me, but this time there was only one other party in the restaurant at lunchtime and it was quiet and pleasant. With the tip, my meal was $30.
Took us over 2 hours to get food we were practically only people there. Great service
Had a reservation wasn’t seated at my time had to wait 45 minutes just to still not be seated. Terrible seating arrangements a small tent not dine correctly can’t even handle traffic flow of high volumes. Lots of people left that were waiting up towards a full hour. Would not recommend at this time.
Waited over hour to get seated. Reservation not respected!!
They were understaffed so drinks and appetizer came after main dishes. Other than that, food was excellent as always.
I came here and did patio dining due to COVID 19, since there’s obviously no inside dining available. I got the create your own pasta, with spaghetti, pomodorina sauce and veggies .. it was delicious. My fiancé got seafood ravioli which she also really enjoyed. I was heading to San Diego and stopped here. I wish they had a location closer to me in Van Nuys.
When I got inside, no one attended me until my friend got the attention of the host. They didn’t even have my dinner table set up. When we were seated, they took 20 minutes to get us out drinks and it was around 8:30pm with only 30 minutes left till the restaurant closed my friends and I decided to leave. It was a horrible experience and I’m never stepping a foot in their ever again.
We both had the mushroom ravioli, the meal we always have there. This time was the best ever!!! We learned the chef that night was Fermin, and we sent him our high compliments. We will be back soon!!
Waited over an hour for food to be brought to our table. They seemed short-staffed. I'll give them credit for good social distancing measures, though.
Excellent food and server great attitude
Great food and service. Mia was our server and treated us well.
took over an hour and half to serve our food, ran out salad and soup and were never informed until main dish was on the table. forgot about one dish. use a gift card and atm to pay the bill. Bill was splited between the 2 cards instead of using gift card 1st and them use atm to pay difference. manager told us that because it one of the busiest day of the year to expect some inconvenience.
We showed up after having made a reservation for 1945 (which I made in the morning) and the hostess told me that there were 4 people in front of us and that it would be a 30-45 min wait. We didn’t want to wait, so I cancelled our reservation. What’s the point of having a reservation if we have to wait for our table.
Every thing we ate was delicious. The service was good considering how busy they were . The only thing that bothered me was the wait time to get seated , because we had reservations for 7 but didn't get seated Intel close to 730. Hostess said it was due to the kitchen being behind but the food was well worth the wait.
We had a party of 14, on Valentines Day.
Our server was OUTSTANDING. The kitchen staff was slightly overwhelmed due to the crowds, so the wait time to receive our meals was quite long. They kept us apprised of how long it would be ( an hour), otherwise it was a wonderful time there. It gave us more time to visit. We WILL come back again. Thank you.
Food is consistent & never a problem to special order it the way you want it. Tables in bar area were cleaned off (lately not unusual to find many with dishes from previous diners). Bartender Jimmy was friendly, quick, helpful & made sure everything was to our liking.
My husband and I really did enjoy our New Year's Eve dinner at Macaroni Grill. I thought the price was fair since it included salad, main course and dessert.
Disappointed with taste of trio dish (carbonara was soggy and had tasteless and bland pasta sauce), lasagna was not fresh- tasted like it has been re-heated so many times . Only thing good was the bread and balsamic vinegar w olive oil. I will not return. The only reason we went in was a gift card bought at Costco for a cheaper amount than face value. Very disappointing
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 3.2 stars by 86 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.