Trattoria Roma

4.6
897 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Trattoria Roma first opened it's doors on Morse Road in 1990. 10 years later, the "Italian Gem" moved to it's current location on Grandview Avenue. A tandem team that's been together for more than 15 years, owners GM Shawn and Chef Matt combine their efforts to provide a wonderful dining experience with exemplary service. Our mission is to provide an amazing Italian meal using only the best ingredients available, using local sources through the course of each season, served by a professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff, in a cozy and romantic atmosphere.
Consistently recognized by Zagat and Wine Spectator as one of the best in the country, Trattoria Roma is your home away from Italy.
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Columbus
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have dined at Trattoria Roma for many years. Although we have had service issues from time to time, the food is always very good. This occasion was a belated Valentine's Day dinner which, by the SRO turnout that night, must have been a common thread. Our server, Erica, was superb, and our food - as I just mentioned - was great. We will certainly continue to patronize TR again and again.

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service! Food was delicious. The tables were a little cramped together. But overall, we had a great time thanks to the wonderful service!

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JW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best dining experience I have ever had, from the employees to the people that are regulars there..everyone was so nice, the food from appetizers to the main course we're amazing!! I highly recommend this place!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were both really impressed and can’t wait to go again.

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JB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I spent my first visit on 2/15/19 with my date and we had a fantastic experience! Can’t wait to come back. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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GK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really had a great time. Food was great. We all got different things and liked everything including the bread. Great service. Overall excellent

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DM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I went here with my family for Valentine's day. Very cozy with not much ambiance. The lettuce in my caesar salad was old and not tasty at all. I had a winter manhatten that was mediocre.The lobster bisque was pretty good. I ordered the chicken fettucine based off of reviews saying it was the best in the city, I beg to differ. The pasta was tasty but definitely not the best I've had. Service was good and food came rather quickly for such a busy holiday night. Overall I would return but I expected more.

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v
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

I got the lobster bisque and it was the worst I have ever had , just tasted like cream with no lobster, it was too rich with no flavor. I also got the eggplant which was cold, very heavily breaded and tasted kinda burnt. It tasted left over. My husbsnd got the trio sample, Neither one of us liked the lasagna or the chicken Parm. The only thing we really liked and we loved it was the fettuccine Alfredo, the noodles tasted fresh and the sauce was really good so that was the only thing we ate. I had a water and my husband had two glasses of wine , our bill was $88 very disappointing we will not be back

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It's a nice little restaurant but the food is truly just average. I had the veal scallopini and the meat was a bit tough and too much olive oil on the substitute pasta. I ordered Tiramisu and it didn't even resemble the real thing. It was much more like a combo between cake and cheesecake and was a big disappointment. My husband had chicken parmesan and said although good tasting the chicken was a bit tough. Was really hoping for a great Italian restaurant but this wasn't it. The wait staff couldn't have been better though and the atmosphere was fine and quiet enough to have conversation. So wish the food had been excellent as well.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner choice before going to the Ohio Theater. Service and food was excellent!

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!! Can’t wait to go back!

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L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, our experience was amazing. The restaurant is small and intimate but as it filled up on a Saturday night, it was not noisy at all. The service was excellent, attentive and prompt. Food suggestions were geared towards individual questions and offers to tailor/substitute items was freely given. The freshly baked bread disappeared! We shared the house salad and the homemade dressing was fresh and tasty. The greens were crisp and the olives flavorful. The four of us went totally different directions in our food choices - Taste of Italy, Create your own Pasta Bowl, Philly Cheesesteak Ravioli and Veal Saltimbocca. The meals were outstanding with the exception that the lasagne was dry.
The only other item to note that was less than excellent was that some of the chairs were not level. (We traded with the table next to us). We will defiantly visit again.

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RT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love coming here, and don't get here often enough. We always feel well taken care of and the food is just wonderful.

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DN
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The atmosphere was quaint, the food was good, it took a little longer than anticipated and one of the patrons in our groups meal was cold. Not sure why but we didn't say anything either. The staff was pleasant and informative about the menu. I would go back.

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GJ
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid little spot having wonderful stuffed meatball app! My main dish was a flat shell rolled with ricotta and a spinach mixture with their Laredo and marinara....Amazing! Wishing we lived in Columbus and not just visiting.

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TF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Trattoria Roma was very underwhelming. I would go back solely for the stuffed meatball, but nothing else. Service was okay to good. The entrees were okay. My husband’s veal was fine but looked like something dumped on a plate. I could barely eat any of my meal. I got the create your own bowl-angel hair pasta, lemon pesto, and salmon (requested it be cooked medium). A large bowl came out that looked like lemon pesto soup with some angel hair pasta and over cooked salmon. It wasn’t appetizing. I really wanted to like this place.

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F
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shawn makes sure you have a good experience. Wonderful food.

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SM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what I wanted in an small, italian restaurant. Quiet (week night), dimly lit but enough light to see what you're eating & who you're talking to, good wine selection and amazing service! Chicken Saltimbocca was delish!

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ER
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, and wonderful environment. Only problem is that sometimes it's loud.

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MM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for New Year’s Eve. I got the lamb shank special which was delightful and my wife got the tour of Italy. Not sure which was better.

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MW
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, but too many people crowded in. Felt like you were having New Years Eve dinner with the tables beside you vs your own nite

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CG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service is excellent. Food is hit or miss. Some dishes are fantastic, others are just ok or not to expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve dinner food was awesome
Our waitress was a bit younger and wasn’t very personable
But prompt service

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OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service we're both outstanding

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WD
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It had been a couple of years since I last ate at Trattoria Roma. I was surprised that little has changed. The food was excellent. The filet was spoon tender; the veal was flavorful; the sea bass was perfectly cooked; and the ravioli was delicious. Service was attentive without being over-bearing. All-in-all, it was the best and most enjoyable meal I've enjoyed in Columbus during the last few months.

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MJ
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Eve dinner with my wife. The restaurant was extremely busy. It’s probably not fair to judge a restaurant under the circumstances. However, I did so because the restaurant, from the management to the hostess, to the wait staff, to the kitchen did a fantastic job. We’ve been eating here on Christmas Eve for a number of years,but, usually we eat early, before the really busy time of night for a restaurant. We are really pleased by our experience.

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TO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the finest restaurants in Columbus. excellent food and reasonably priced

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LE
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner with one other couple last Saturday evening. The food was wonderful and the service was superb. It is a great location and easy to find parking.

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Engagement gathering. Staff very nice and appropriately attentive. Food was good

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S
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - neighborhood gem!!!

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MK
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great classic Italian dishes with excellent service!

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L
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's our go to place to celebrate birthdays! Never disappointed!

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fantastic experience. Clarinda was our server and she was excellent. We ordered our filet rare and it was cooked perfectly (which is hard to find sometimes) and the veal saltimbocca was good as well. The kitchen was a little backed up, but our server communicated that to us early so we were aware of the wait. The wine selection was diverse and the pricing was very fair, especially for a restaurant. We will be back!

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OT
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great and tailored to our group with a kid, special requests and wanting to take our time. Portions were generous and taste was great and food was warm. Enjoyed it!

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S
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and Shawn recommended a bottle of wine that was simply incredible!

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ER
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are always very good, they are almost always able to honor special requests.

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MV
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food waa great.

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BR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

4 stars because it takes a while to get food, otherwise excellent!

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MI
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was an average Italian experience in a town with a lot of good Italian choices.

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FW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and food were both amazing!! Aja our server exceeded our expectations.

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