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La Trattoria

4.4
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46 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
La Trattoria is a family run Italian restaurant specialising in seafood. Gerry and Louise Free 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 46 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DuniaG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My pizza funghi was a little dry, it needed a little more sauce and cheese and the mushrooms didn't have much flavour but the dough was wonderfully light and thin. My husband chose the spaghetti with scallops from the specials menu and he said they were absolutely delicious.

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DawnH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and reasonable price while on help out to eat out. Price of wine was horrendous. £15 for half caravan 😩. Will defo go again but won’t be ordering wine next time.

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Lisa
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can highly recommend this restaurant, it is very nice and airy with well spaced tables settings.

The restaurant has managed to retain its lovely pre Covid ambience attracting a nice mix of both adults and families with children.

The food was as always delicious and the service was on point with the staff being attentive and organised but not to the point that you felt rushed in any way.
I look forward to returning.

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BobC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was attentive and efficient, starters very good. I had scallops my wife had pate, really tasty. Main course spaghetti dish and a pizza. If there was any complaint asked for fresh chilli on my pizza and was charged£1.50 seems a bit steep to me, 10p to buy! On a £60 + bill should be complimentary.

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Joloh
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service in a convenient location and good COVID-19 practices.

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AngelaD
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food choice was very limited due to COVID! We ordered from the specials menu and frankly the food had very little taste and was on the whole very disappointing, especially considering the price! We usually visit here a few times when we are in town, but have been put off, there are far nicer places in Swanage for better value for money.

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JaneW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Felt very comfortable plenty of space. Waiting staff all wearing masks and gloves. Menu smaller than normal but all the favourites

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SteveP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Trattoria lives up to expectations, being a well established business that knows how to provide its customers with good service. The food was very much up to the standard expected and they have adapted well to the current circumstances in still providing a great dining experience despite the restrictions that we are all having to deal with.

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JodieB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic as ever! Clear and simple COVID precautions. Staff were so friendly, masks and gloves were worn.
Great value for money. 100% would recommend.

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April1
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful Lasagne and delicious Tiramisu
Staff are coping well with Covid19 restrictions

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michelleb
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Food with good service . Been before a couple of years ago . Just as good this time . Even with the covid restrictions .

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MVF4Rider
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent.
It would be easy with the reduced number of diners for the crew to be over attentive, but they have the balance just right.
I have eaten here on numerous occasions and was pleased that it remains simply, a nice relaxing dinner out, perfect.

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MichaelT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Olives were cheap as you like - 99p out of a jar. Pizza was ok. Wine was cheap and still expensive. Staff were friendly, helpful and attentive, however.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, staff are friendly, efficient and helpful. Excellent food and drink served promptly without being rushed. Couldn't fault it. A safe dining experience observing all current Guidance.

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DerekP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went with friends during COVID 19 and they did very well. Would go back again. Wanted to go with family but they don't allow under 5's, which I think is very poor, especialy for this town.

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CarmelaC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We had a lovely evening, service was good food was okay

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PatrickG
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We only visit Swanage once a year and always book a table

Very pleased with the whole experience

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MaggieW
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First visit to a restaurant since lockdown. We felt comfortable inside as we were reasonably spaced. The restaurant was very busy and the staff were efficient without being particularly friendly. The food was good without being brilliant. I would go again if I didn’t want to be blown away.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed excellent family meal in a relaxed environment. Service prompt and attentive

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Carps
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food excellent service nice atmosphere particularly under the current circumstances

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ClaireB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Expensive bowl of spaghetti with the head waiter saying he was risking his life! Why do they bother opening if they feel they are risking their lives! (Re corona) They shouldn’t have bothered,made us feel unwelcome as if they were doing us a favour being open! Won’t go there again.

TM
TinaM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quite basic but food was more than acceptable. Service good.

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vipSzilvia
London
16 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very polite and very efficient service, clean environment and clean table. tasty food. very happy

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BURTY
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We have been visiting this restaurant in Swanage for 10 years. The food was very disappointing and a limited menu.
When we expressed our disappointment the staff blamed It on COVID 19. There are many other better restaurants in Swanage.

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Progman
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Expensive, average food, was just ok.
Menu a little limited, maybe due to Covid. Staff pleasant and working hard.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is great, just amazing flavours. I had the scallops which were just excellent, served the most delicious sauce. Over the last year we have eaten at La Trattoria five or six times and every meal has been superb. In fact we were discussing as we ate that this is the Italian restaurant that we enjoy most.

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SallyB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening out. Staff very friendly and food delicious. We have re-booked already.

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PaulF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have a meal here when we visit swanage, nice food nice staff, always delivers

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AnnaG
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pizza. Great service. Very recommendable

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PaulH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a lovely place to eat. I would advise to book days before you plan to eat here as it is very popular!! It is the first restaurant we book as soon as we know we are visiting Swanage.

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CarolD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal the Mussels and scallops were divine.Well organised in these social distancing times

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SophieO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We always love a trip to La Trattoria the food is excellent and more than makes up for the slightly surly service. The starter portions of pasta are a perfect size and the pizzas cannot be beaten

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VanessaF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been coming for years good to see it open again - welcome back

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SamanthaC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, attentive and helpful staff. Delicious authentic thin based pizza, pasta great too. Simple homemade dishes with quality ingredients at a reasonable price. Will visit again.

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ThomasB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meal and enjoyed the restaurant. Well organised within the current restrictions

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Mcallsal
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff are doing a fabulous job to serve customers during this crazy COVID-19 time. The food was tasty, served fast and by friendly staff.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Usual high standard of food and service. We love this restaurant.

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PhillipF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic resturant where the staff are always friendly and very attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent felt very safe and usual great quality

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Sorrel
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very quick service. Felt safe as good air flow/ventilation from the open door, with all staff wearing masks. Good gluten free pizza.

FAQs

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

La Trattoria is rated 4.4 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.