La Trattoria

4.4
345 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 345 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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ChristineM
Dorset
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere lovely staff will definitely go the again and the service was spot on very happy

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AndyR
Dorset
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are visiting Swanage and hotel food is bland , try this Italian restaurant, excellent service and food 👍

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TrishaT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and tasty Italian food. Lovely lasagne and delicious king prawn starter. It’s was busy on a Tuesday evening so thanks always a good sign.

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Toby
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely experience and first time we have visited. Six of us with a variety of different foodie tastes. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service was efficient and friendly.

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JOANNES
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Friendly staff and great service. Would definitely recommend.

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StephenP
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I thought it was a very nice Italian meal. As I was eating there on my own there was no awkwardness in doing so, which is always nice. The place got busy while I was there, which is always a good sign.

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SandAW
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service as with every visit we make to La Trattoria.

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AlanB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We would recommend this restaurant.

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DebbieC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have been eating in la Trattoria for many years now and always found it lovely. The food is very very good and the staff are friendly and helpful. We love it.

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive staff and efficient service throughout a busy evening. Starters and specials menu very enticing. Main course of lasagne was piping hot with delicious beef and traces of aubergine and courgette in a rich sauce. The dessert option of Tiramisu was somewhat disappointing, a bit too moist, flavour light on depth and not improved by the drowning of cream - too far from an authentic traditional approach for our liking. By contrast, the drinks were great, the Montepulciano being full, rich and well-rounded red.

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MandyS
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really delicious food and excellent service. Would come again on another visit to Swanage

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Rossy
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great evening with delicious food & wine. The service was good and the restaurant had a fabulous vibe.

LM
LauraM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab service, delicious food and a perfect spot in the heart of Swanage.
Definitely recommend!

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GilliganH
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been visiting this restaurant for many years and it never disappoints. Fab pizzas!

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AbiK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food, shame they're not open all week.

MC
MichelleC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The actual restaurant wasn't open so they referred us to next door for some reason. The service was great. The pizza was amazing! I would def go back at some point!

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NicolaL
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Gone downhill. Very overpriced, lack of atmosphere. Poor service

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Iain
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. So good we have booked to go again.

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WillG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food

GP
GaryP
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, friendly excellent service. Prices are reasonable, especially considering the quality.

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Disappointing. Staff very nice and service excellent. However, the pizzzas were
obviously preformed anď tasted dull. Salad nicely dressed. Unfortunately there was a very large party who were extremely raucous so we were forced to leave as couldn't hear anyone on our table at all. (No fault of the restaurant obviously)

We had been to this restaurant with a Swanage friend in the 1970s and had looked forward to meeting the current generation of owners, but sadly, they were not there on that occasion. So doubly disappointed!!

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, very efficient and friendly. Good food. Will return.

JC
JonathanC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic!,
All food was exceptional.
Will be back.

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Banjoman
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent. Make sure you book as very busy and they were unable to accommodate walk-ins

JD
JackyD
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tables too close re Covid but a very pleasant experience

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Smithy
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very friendly family run restaurant with excellent service. Very welcoming from the start and the food was absolutely delicious - all freshly prepared. The spaghettini pomodoro was light, well seasoned and a generous portion.
The two young waiters worked so hard to look after us - their passion and enthusiasm shone through. The main door was kept open so we felt completely safe and the tables were well spaced out. Will definitely visit again!

KL
KeithL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent evening and great food. Despite being busy and short staffed due to illness the staff made us feel welcome and food was delivered in a timely manner. Would highly recommend.

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Mair
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was okay - pizza was good, as were the starters. However, one staff member was incredibly rude and impolite. We understand that services are under pressure because of COVID, but that is no excuse to deliberately ignore a table and when we did request things politely, we were met with a level of passive agressiveness that was unecessary. I'm sorry to say I would not recommend this restaurant, there are other Italian options in Swanage and the surrounding area.

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LizN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely meal - just what was needed to finish our holiday

JR
JanetteR
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was very good but quite expensive. The service was good with minimal waiting time .
Overall a good experience.

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MacC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Care had been taken to space diners out in the space, we felt very safe from Ovid point of view. Staff were wearing face masks and tables were sanitised.
Food excellent

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JulieE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Good food but felt rushed and the waitress was pretty miserable! We would return but a smile would be great x

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PhillipF
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic as always staff brilliant as always looking forward to our next visit. Phill Freeman

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NicolaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly and efficient staff. Lovely atmosphere. A fabulous evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went to La Trattoria for dinner while on holiday in Swanage. While the food was good we felt it was a little over priced.

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RomaR
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was brilliant.The booking online was good and easy
18of us arrived . The service was quick and the waiters were excellent friendly and happy to help in any way.Nothing was too much trouble I definitely will eat there again.

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GillR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always the same excellent food and service of the highest one of our favourite restaurants we never miss when staying locally

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AngelaT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful meal, pre-booked, restaurant was busy it was a warm evening all the front was open, the ambiance was great full of people talking and eating, we had food of the specials board and everyone really enjoyed what they all had. Would recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food

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Kate
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality and variety of Italian food. Had starter and main from the daily specials. Completely delightful. Equally love eating fish and chips from my knees at the harbour but if you fancy a justifiably costlier dining treat with excellent food, great service and a lovely, but not imposing, atmosphere then you should definitely book a meal at La Trattoria!

FAQs

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

La Trattoria is rated 4.4 stars by 345 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.