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Cafe Roma

1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
+1 805-541-6800
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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Mediterranean, Italian, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It’s time to put a spotlight on a San Luis Obispo culinary institution. Marco and his family has has put great food on the table for forty years. The dining experience and food has been consistently phenomenal. A menu featuring traditional Italian food with an...More

Thank Dale R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife had the wild boar pappardelle and I had the lamb shank special after splitting a salad. The portions were large and we were full. We were very satisfied with the quality of the "old school" rustic Italian cuisine. Our server was very skilled...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great! We were there with a party of 8 and placed towards the back because it’s a small place so service was mediocre. Otherwise, if you have a party less than 8, I’d recommend the place.

Thank ECSumi
Reviewed 14 October 2017

This is a popular restaurant with a good parking lot (shared with the train station and a few other businesses). We arrived Saturday early evening before an event and had a very quiet time to catch up on news with our dinner partners. We knew...More

Thank CACoastTraveler
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We really enjoy this place. We like that it’s removed from the much busier downtown area. The ambiance is very nice—nice enough to be romantic. Our service has always been excellent. But, of course, we come to eat and Cafe Roma has never been anything...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 2 October 2017

As we were taking the Amtrak Coastal Starlight from Seattle to LA, we had a longer than expected stop in San Luis Obispo. Dear wife and I stepped off the train, walked around a bit and saw the Cafe Roma. The dining room was closed...More

Thank kennethsY7291WH
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Food was excellent, server was good. At first, then he didn't ask if we wanted more cocktails. Seemed like he assumed we didn't want anymore. As we were finishing our food he came by our table twice and never offered to take for of the...More

Thank Jojo R
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The noise was deafening. When six people eat dinner together, EVERYONE in the restaurant knows they're there because it seems they must shout to be heard. Now please, hopefully this was an exception, because the service was attentive and the food delicious. We have eaten...More

Thank robert g
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We had two hours to kill before our train and I remembered seeing Cafe Roma when we got off the train 2 days earlier on our way into town so we decided that would be a good place to enjoy our waiting time. When we...More

Thank Mesa_Eater
Reviewed 30 July 2017

A long-standing locals favorite. They were pretty slammed the Friday we 4 ate there and were a server short, which made our lovely waitperson Amy a bit frazzled. We changed tables 3 times because of unacceptable noise issues and the third time worked. First, banquette...More

Thank worldly2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
After-hours, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
    (Santa Rosa)
  • Public Transportation: Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-541-6800
Since 1980, the Rizzo family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in San Luis Obispo's Historic Railroad District. Enjoy homemade pastas, steaks, and seafood made from the finest local ingredients--classic dishes like Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto and Tortelli di Zucca. From a vintage Italian bike hanging from the bar ceiling to the Murano glass chandeliers and Tuscan murals, Café Roma is a celebration of what people love about Italy. The garden patio, full service bar, and elegant dining room are popular destinations. Café Roma accommodates many special occasions and business functions with its private dining options and banquet room.
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