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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
4.7
1384 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The Rizzo family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in San Luis Obispo's Historic Railroad District for 36 years. Enjoy homemade pastas, steaks, pizza, and seafood made from the finest local ingredients––classic dishes like Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto and Tortelli di Zucca. From a vintage Italian bike hanging from the bar ceiling to the Murano glass chandeliers and Tuscan murals, Café Roma is a celebration of what people love about Italy. The covered garden patio, full service bar, and elegant dining room are popular destinations for local vintners, families, travelers, and professionals alike.
The extensive wine list changes monthly, always with additions of new, exciting Central Coast and Italian finds, while fresh farmers market produce is a part of every meal.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    (805) 541-6800

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Saro and Maria Rizzo

  • Catering

    Café Roma caters special events on request for groups as large as 500 guests. Each event is extraordinarily custom depending on the customer’s needs for staffing, rentals, service, etc. Planning is orchestrated by Café Roma’s owners, managers, and professional event staff. If you are simply needing food prepared for your special event that you plan to pick up from the restaurant and service yourself, please take a look at the Catering for Pick Up Menu at caferomaslo.com/catering. If you require delivery for your food “To Go” please visit www.caferomaslo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Café Roma has a variety of event spaces, including the Deruta Banquet Room (capacity 80 lunch/dinner, 100 reception), the Garden Patio (capacity 50), and the Sala (capacity 40). Spaces ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners, celebrations, memorials, company parties, and medical or financial dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553

  • Area

    San Luis Obispo

  • Cross Street

    Santa Rosa

  • Parking Details

    Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Raid The Wine Cellar Tueday

    Multiple dates available
    Come in and enjoy wine bottles from our wine list at 1/2 the price. Limit 2 per table. Wines to be consumed at the restaurant. Price limit $100.00 wines.

Offers

  • Raid the Wine Cellars Tuesday's

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 17:00 - 21:00
    Every Tuesday come in and raid our wine list and enjoy your favorite wines or try the bottle your always wanted to try for 1/2 the price. We have a wide selection of local wines as well as a fun and diverse collection of Italian selections.

What 1,384 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

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  1. KW

    KathleenW

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going there each time we come to the area. We now live out of state and Roma's is a must when we visit the area again!
  2. MH

    MartynH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, very welcoming and the service from Jackson was really good - happy to help and nothing was too much trouble - Thank you Jackson
  3. B

    Bill

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Our meal was a big disappointment. We have been here before and expected much better. The salad and soup were fine. Both our entrees were overcooked. The veal scallopini was so tough we could barely cut it with a steak knife. The rack of lamb was not much better; there wasn't a hint of pinkness. We told the server (new to the profession and not well trained) who said he would take care of a desert. We ordered a tiramisu; another disappointment. It wasn't fresh, looked as if it had been in a refrigerator for several days. The server suggested that they had a new chef/cook. Obviously there is no quality control in the kitchen; these meals should not have been served. We can no longer recommend this restaurant.
  4. PG

    PaigeG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good and the service was good. I couldn’t say anything was next level but a solid experience overall
  5. TH

    ThomasH

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently wonderful: great food, attentive service and an always interesting wine list.
  6. T

    Tectonic

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Uninspired. Needs rethinking. Service poor.
  7. CD

    CarlosD

    Los Angeles

    124 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an enjoyable culinary experience. We tried pappardelle with boar ragu; first time trying this dish; it was amazingly good 👍
  8. MR

    MichaelR

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The service was great, but they were short staffed, so things did take longer than normal. The food was outstanding, ambiance was nice.
  9. RG

    ReginaG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner experience and very good food.
  10. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience from start to finish. Food and service was excellent and the ambiance is elegant and comfortable. We will definitely come back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Great experience.
  12. RE

    RickE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been a few years since we dined at Cafe Roma. We wanted to have a special Italian meal with some friends from out of town so we selected Cafe Roma because it has a nice ambiance and they take reservations. We enjoyed a Caesar salad and Osso Buco which was all delicious.
  13. AP

    AudreyP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight. If the zucchini blossoms are in season, you must try them!
  14. GE

    GoodEater

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Compared to past meals, food was disappointing. Difficult to detect garlic in the escargot preparation. Lots of arugula hid the fact that the amount of actual carpaccio was much smaller than previous servings. Main course presentation was lacking in appeal.
  15. CJ

    CJK3

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I usually give 5 stars across the board but the food wasn’t up to par as it usually is. The pepperoni on the pizza was so spicy, it was difficult to eat. The seafood special wasn’t special at all. The salmon was good. We were surprised at the quality. It’s usually really good. The server was very sweet but didn’t know what was I. The seafood dish. If we had been told, we would have ordered it with specifications.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as always!
  17. SU

    SarahU

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmone was terrific!! Grace was such a nice server!
  18. TR

    ThomasR

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Ordered veal scallopini. While the sauce was excellent, the meat was terrible. Cut very thin, like a slice of boloney, tough and with no flavor. Simply a terrible entree. I would be embarrassed to serve it at my home. Told the waitress, she said she was sorry but I had the impression it was only lip service. We eat at Cafe Roma frequently, and it is one of our favorite restaurants in the Central Coast. We will return, but I will never order their veal scallopini again.
  19. l

    likeeatingout

    Palm Springs

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Comfortable restaurant across from the train station, with both indoor and patio seating, Service was excellent. Highly recommend the onion soup. My husband enjoyed his scampi over linguini. The lasagna was so-so. If we are in the area would certainly go back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our. Friends to dinner to thank them for welcoming us to stay in their home for the weekend.
  21. FD

    FunDanger

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience loved the zucchini blossoms and ravioli especially.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Portions were great! The food and the sides were delicious.
  23. GW

    GWA105

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    A very poor experience overall. I made the reservation months in advance and we arrived a little early for an 8:00pm reservation. It was a college graduation night and things were obviously very busy. We were informed that they were running g about 10 minutes behind, although it was more like 20 minutes when we were seated. That was the good part. It turned out that they were not running their standard menu that night, which I do not recall being notified of in advance, and required some dietary accommodation, but we could roll with it. However, about 45 minutes after ordering, we were told that they were out of one of our entrees. We would have understood that they might run out of some items, but it took 45 minutes to find out! We did not get our salads until about 9:45pm. Our entrees arrived at about 10:15pm. Along the way, we contemplated leaving (an adjacent table of folks seemed to do just that), but it was already too late to get in anywhere else. The server did her best. Clearly the kitchen was overwhelmed. I had to get up and go track down the manager, who offered to comp a bottle of wine, but we really would have preferred just to get our entrees, which arrived a remarkable almost 2 hrs after being seated! The food itself was well prepared. The manager was obviously out of his depth. Wish they would have not taken the reservation or contacted us to warn us of a prolonged delay.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a CP SLO graduation dinner having never been and we’re very pleasantly surprised by the venue, food and service. What a lovely place - I wish we’d found it sooner! Our party ordered a wide variety of the grad weekend limited menu and all 11 of us loved our meals. Thank you Cafe Roma!
  25. SD

    SDKiki

    San Diego

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family or romantic spot! Looked to have many regular diners so that is always a good sign! Pasta, bread and appetizers delicious! Overall excellent restaurant! Parking is on the street and plentiful. Couldn't say enough good things!
  26. SL

    SLOlife

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic birthday dinner with great cocktails, food and ambiance.
  27. WB

    WillB

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience eating at Cafe Roma! The food was delicious and our service was more than excellent. Keisha was our waitress and was knowledgeable and friendly and warm and just lovely. We had our dog with us so we ate in the patio but it was also very attractive. I felt like we were eating in Rome Italy. We had the most delicious cannoli for dessert!
  28. CR

    CharlesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. Restaurant was moderately full but the service was excellent and the ambience was amazing for a quiet date night.
  29. MM

    MiloMinderbinder

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - the paparadelle with mushroom was amazing!
  30. JG

    JimG

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town to attend an event at Cal Poly. Enjoyed meeting the owner of the restaurant.
  31. JS

    JerryS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time and food Service was great/ friendly/ no pressure
  32. FC

    FrankC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner as always. My go to restaurant in San Luis Obispo. Marco is always friendly and welcoming. Never leave disappointed.
  33. FG

    FilmGuru

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Disappointed. Over booked, poor service. Fish entre’ was disappointing. Totally the inconsistent with our prior visits.
  34. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Noisy inside...on the patio would have been quieter. NY steak was tough and over cooked. Had to ask for bread to go with escargot
  35. MY

    MaryY

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was outstanding and the food was fabulous!!
  36. MB

    MarbleBoy

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food is always great at Cafe Roma, although the fish special last night was overcooked, otherwise good meal, great time.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food!! visiting from out of town and it was perfect
  38. TJ

    TerryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first (but not our last) visit to Cafe Roma. We found the menu and wine list exceptional and enjoyed our dinner very much.
  39. s

    sail4dale

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    greeted and seated in good order. not rushed and drinks wwere ordered. pleasant red wine served 'delilcious dinners and service
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place for dinner. Good menu, and wine and cocktail list. As always, the staff is gracious, and we were warmly greeted.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo using the Order Online button. Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 541-6800.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo is rated 4.7 stars by 1384 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Santa Rosa

  • Area

    San Luis Obispo

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Saro and Maria Rizzo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 541-6800

  • Catering

    Café Roma caters special events on request for groups as large as 500 guests. Each event is extraordinarily custom depending on the customer’s needs for staffing, rentals, service, etc. Planning is orchestrated by Café Roma’s owners, managers, and professional event staff. If you are simply needing food prepared for your special event that you plan to pick up from the restaurant and service yourself, please take a look at the Catering for Pick Up Menu at caferomaslo.com/catering. If you require delivery for your food “To Go” please visit www.caferomaslo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Café Roma has a variety of event spaces, including the Deruta Banquet Room (capacity 80 lunch/dinner, 100 reception), the Garden Patio (capacity 50), and the Sala (capacity 40). Spaces ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners, celebrations, memorials, company parties, and medical or financial dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553

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