La Trattoria

4.4
388 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 388 People Are Saying
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4.2
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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had booked here for a New Year's Eve dinner and were absolutely delighted with the experience. Lovely food, I had the tastiest steak I've had in a long while, excellent friendly service all for a reasonable price. Would definitely return if we were in the area again.

JC
JulieC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in New Year’s Eve, would definitely recommend

RP
RPZ2009
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best restaurant you could ever eat in. You can’t get better service or food, we don’t eat anywhere else when in Swanage

RC
RuthC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and service very good. We come to Swanage fairly often but had not tried the Trattoria before. We will definitely come to eat again.

TB
TimB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; smart, fast and unobtrusive service; good location

MD
MartinD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our regular Sunday night hangout! Always excellent

EF
ElizabethF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food - as always. Have been going for many years and have never been disappointed.

JG
JennyG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal, very pleasant experience, great food and reasonable service

VM
VeronicaM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Five of us ate here whilst visiting Swanage. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday evening which may be to do with local consumer confidence with covid in hospitality although I felt that they took good care with distancing, staff wearing masks etc. Service was prompt and our waiter was very personable. We had salad starters and a range of pasta dishes which everyone enjoyed accompanied by red wine.

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Pete
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food served up by very friendly staff in pleasant surroundings.

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Richard
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Maintains its usual high standard, now back in the main restaurant.

TB
TarniaB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I must say thank you for the superb hospitality we received.
The food, I can not give nothing less than an 8/10 as was so delicious.
Only negative I would say. Is so not advertise lobster outside when it’s not on the menu as that was the main reason we went into the restaurant x

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Ange
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice warm welcome, great food, reasonably priced.

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SasD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really super meal with the family. Attentive staff and chilled atmosphere. Steak, sea bass, carbonara and gluten free pizza which my son said was delicious. We had a few cheeky cocktails and wine too. We will return.

SD
StuartD
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff were very helpful after a small issue with food. Nice atmosphere in place.

PF
PhillipF
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this restaurant is a great place to eat, food and staff are all incredible, eaten there many times and will continue to do so.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Trattoria is always a good place to eat when In Swanage. The service is attentive and the menu gives a good selection from which to chose.

NB
NeilB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Much quieter than in the summer but still busy enough in November .

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cirrus42
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great little restaurant, service is fantastic and the food is good. Great to see it open over the winter as well, unusual for Swanage

MM
MatthewM
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another pleasant evening in La Trattoria. Excellent food and service.

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Denny
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Italian food. Good service, would definitely go back.

JT
JemmaT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as ever, thank you we had a great time, highly recommended

LT
LukeT
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food lovely atmosphere staff are spot on and professional would deffo recommend this place

RP
RitaP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was good 👍 food was lovely. Not much else to say.

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Domino
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Menu erred on the side of the fattening but we enjoyed all our food, and the ambience was very pleasant. Wine good too.

DW
DaveW
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a very Italian style restaurant...rather expensive but enjoyable

EB
ElaineB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Terrible decor but brilliant food. Best cannelloni I’ve had in years .
Very friendly staff and good service .

JT
JemmaT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat, highly recommended, they have been there for 50 years for a reason! Thanks for making it through the lockdown! X

NH
vipNeilH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good honest local Italian. Good, attentive family service and decent food. Only let down by the lack of basil in their mozzarella, tomato and basil salad!

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ShadiM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was really good. Have been coming here for last 5 years and has always been the same.

SB
StephanieB
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was great although one of the waitresses was not very friendly. Food was fantastic!

JB
JulesB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening. Such a lively atmosphere combined with great food and service. I had pork escalope with spaghetti which was delicious, and my husband the penne arrabiata, but every plate we could see going out looked equally as tempting.

JB
JonB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food, lovely atmosphere, great staff.

I have eaten here a few times and it’s always good.

JS
JohS
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very reliable - we know what we are going to get.

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lorraine
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Busy restaurant, always a good sign. Recommend booking in advance. Service attentive and quality of food good.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant, great service.

MC
MarkC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The background music was a little too loud and energetic when there were a lot of people eating

JS
JackieS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was ok. Not a huge choice especially as we are gluten free. No alternative options. The staff did try but for us it wasn’t the best.
It was busy so they were under pressure. Thanks for trying.

JG
JuneG
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to this restaurant whilst on holiday in Swanage, the food and service was extremely good on both occasions. Lots to choose from on the menu and daily specials. Staff, friendly and professional. Food delicious. Definitely recommend.

JD
JohnD
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly and efficient service, pizzas pretty good and we enjoyed our visit

FAQs

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

La Trattoria is rated 4.4 stars by 388 OpenTable diners.

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 bookings at the moment.