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La Trattoria, Swanage, Dorset

La Trattoria

4.4
4.4
572 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
La Trattoria is a family run Italian restaurant specialising in seafood. Gerry and Louise Forte opened La Trattoria in 1970 and since then, it has been run by the family.

During the current Coronavirus outbreak there are restrictions in place, please read them on our website and make yourself aware of them.

Despite the current situation, we are now open again and hope to welcome you soon.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary European

  • Phone number

    01929 423784

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Swanage

  • Cross Street

    The Ship Inn

  • Parking Details

    Opposite is possibleUp Park RoadMany car parks within walking distance

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 572 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Best Service

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

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  1. LW

    LW7674

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal last night. We all had a different pasta dish and they were really good!! Very friendly staff! So hard to get a table so make sure you book in advance!
  2. JS

    JoanneS

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Went for a family meal. Enquired about some of the dishes and whether they were very garlicy. Was told no it was just mild in the sauce but actually was very garlic when it arrived. Pizza's were lovely And chicken was tasty. Very popular and therefore constantly turning people away who haven't booked however sometimes they came across quite rude when saying do you have a booking no space then. They appeared to become quite irritated when turning people away so it would be helpful to Maybe put a sign on the window to save fully booked but please book online for future days. Would possibly have given higher rating but a bill came up with other people's food on it and had we not checked would have paid an additional 30 pound as well.
  3. JB

    JohnB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was very busy and to be honest the Staff coped very well
  4. EK

    ElizabethK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and really filling. Lovely attentive staff.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Staff were great and food was good and everyone ate everything. Prices are a little steep but sadly that is the reality of eating out these days.
  6. F

    Foodlover

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very competitively priced traditional Italian menu, friendly, welcoming staff. Food was great
  7. RC

    RoseC

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, fresh. Tasty and hot. Nice amount of choice food drink options.
  8. JM

    JeanM

    Berkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Felt invisible and got the impression staff did not want to be there.
  9. S

    Sjh46

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have been to Swanage many times but never eaten here. We had a lovely meal.
  10. IK

    IanK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love eating here. It is good simple food, cooked excellently, with great service and atmosphere.
  11. WG

    WilliamG

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was superb; I had pizza and my wife had carbonara. Both were really nice. We had olives and garlic bread to start with and they were excellent. The garlic bread was late coming and we taken off the bill which was a nice gesture. Overall it was really nice. The only criticism would be the noise level. It was really noisy.
  12. JG

    JeremyG

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic time. Have been coming for dinner for our anniversary for well over 6 years now and it’s been perfect every time. The food is superb and great value. Would recommend to anyone in Swanage.
  13. G

    Gravytrainer

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food, service and value. Book online to be sure of a table.
  14. CI

    ChloeI

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it so much we booked again for the same week. The food was beautiful, service was friendly and efficient.
  15. DB

    DavidB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really nice meal, food was very good,wine also good quality,a bit pricey but its a seaside town so that’s expected. We would go again
  16. CR

    CliveR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food friendly, efficient staff.. clean , comfortable, not squashed in. So good we booked to go again tonight!!!
  17. LF

    LouisaF

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I didn't enjoy my pizza as it was slightly burnt , the crust was very hard.Only provides with a blunt knife so struggled to cut it. Kids enjoyed their pizza.Garlic bread and chips tasted nice.All food was hot which was good.
  18. CD

    CarolD

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful food, good service, made to feel welcome
  19. LK

    LizK

    Surrey

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Popular spot, we saw several people turned away who hadn’t booked a table. Delicious food, personable service. Good choice on the regular menus and specials. We will certainly be eating there another time.
  20. SM

    StevenM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food in a beautiful setting. Would definitely recommend
  21. DD

    DotD

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very courteous and efficient staff. Would definitely recommend to anyone
  22. PC

    PaulC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wry friendly and quick service. Food was lovely too, highly recommend. We always book here when down in Swanage for a long weekend.
  23. SW

    StuW

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Early evening family dinner with my wife and 3 teenage children, seemed to be a very reduced main menu, although did have a specials menu which I ordered from. Food was hot, fresh and tasty cannot fault it at all, although portion sizes were a little on the small side. Waiting staff very attentive and polite.
  24. ES

    EllaS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and delicious food in a warm friendly atmosphere!
  25. RH

    RachelH

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good food. Felt a little rushed with no time between courses. Also too close to other tables despite there being lots of tables in the restaurant area next door.
  26. DB

    DavidB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal, perhaps a little overpriced, staff were excellent, would definitely go again.
  27. SC

    SamjC

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great service, lovely food. Kindly accommodated our children sharing a pizza. Would recommend.
  28. S

    Susan

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We’ve eaten here many times and have enjoyed the whole experience but this Time felt very rushed and had to say something !! The response was from a very grumpy waiter augmentative and defensive… Not sure we will be going back unfortunately!!
  29. RS

    RachelS

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent evening meal - great service and it was nice to see the restaurant so busy - good atmosphere. The staff have really made a great effort for their customers which is much appreciated. The shorter menu is a good idea.
  30. PG

    PaulG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, the best lasagne I've ever had!! Would recommend booking during school holidays as it gets booked up.
  31. JC

    JuliaC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent service. We've been coming to this restaurant for years, and it's consistently good! Can't wait for the next time!
  32. j

    jenniferw

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant we live in Swanage and always enjoy visiting this Italian restaurant. Lovely food and great staff.
  33. M

    Moleseybell

    Yorkshire

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very good delicious traditional Italian food. We thought quite pricey for what we had but we did order from the specials menu. You definitely need to prebook and we would certainly go again
  34. GK

    GrahamK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We really enjoyed our visit.
  35. CT

    CliveT

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Although the food was tasty we felt the portions were small and not good value for money.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food , staff were great and the service very quick
  37. V

    Visitor

    Dorset

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Visited with a friend who came to stay with us locally and she was very happy with the restaurant. The meal (salmon and chicken specials with house wine and desserts) was good value and tasty, and the service very friendly, but the staff were stretched and so not quite as attentive as ideally wanted, but we didn’t mind
  38. S

    Suffgal

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem of an Italian restaurant. A wonderful atmosphere and incredible authentic flavours. We all loved our dishes and they have a great wine list. Highly recommend but do book ahead of time to avoid disappointment!
  39. SS

    SheilaS

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily booked, always have great service with a smile and so polite, and delicious meals! Thank you!
  40. RS

    RuiSantos

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Ordered Tiger praws and a buffalo cheese salad for starter, salmon and sirlion for main. Salad: cheese was ok, tomato and cucumber were fine Prawns served with a nice green sauce and bread. The bread looked like a nice bread but as soon as I tried the bread, I could understand the bread wasn't fresh, when we bitte it it turned white and had the typical smell of not fresh bread, anyone who likes bread knows what is fresh bread an what is not. Didn't think of complaining, we were in Swanage to have a nice beach time and didn't needed an argument so we were just leaving the bread on the side and getting on with the prawns which weren't amazing and after realizing the bread wasn't fresh... felt a bit affraid to have the prawns, we did have the prawns and today we have a bad stomach... no wonder why! Restaurant manager comes to take our starter plates, asked if we finish which we obliged but suddenly she notices the bread was nearly all there and asks if I wanted to finish the bread! I replied that I would have had it but I didnt because it wasn't fresh which she replied it was fresh so I had to demonstrate to her that I know when bread is fresh and when its not, then she blaimed the kitchen!! so she accepted the bread wasn't fresh, what did she do regarding that? Nothing, no appologies, not trying to make us feel better in any way After that we had our mains served by two other waiters, she never came to our table again... Ready to pay we waited more than ten minutes for her to finish the long chat she was having with another client... One of the waiters approached us and asked us we if would like to tip the service which we replied that to be honest we didn't feel like paying service charge, he didn't even ask why. Its a shame because the place is cosy, the atmosphere is nice, the food is not terrible.... my question is, why serving bread from the previous day at dinner time?? to be embarassed? to have bad reviews?? I was expecting a different attitude from this lady.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Trattoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01929 423784.

La Trattoria is rated 4.4 stars by 572 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 18 times today
Google Map for La Trattoria

10-12 High Street, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2NT

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    The Ship Inn

  • Area

    Swanage

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Opposite is possibleUp Park RoadMany car parks within walking distance

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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