La Trattoria

4.4
373 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 373 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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4.1
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PhillipF
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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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

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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

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LukeT
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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DaveW
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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

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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.

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StephanieB
Dorset
2 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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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JohnD
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

JG
JuneG
London
14 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent and friendly service.
Definitely recommend.

IK
IanK
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A really great local trattoria which has gone from strength to strength over the past year and a half

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Ec1993
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant good, brilliant service, would definitely return. Thank you.

CM
ChristineM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
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 on 12 October 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
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 on 9 October 2021
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 on 9 October 2021
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.

FAQs

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

La Trattoria is rated 4.4 stars by 373 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.