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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
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Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

4.7
4.7
1363 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

The Rizzo family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in San Luis Obispo's Historic Railroad District for 36 years. Enjoy homemade pastas, steaks, pizza, 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 covered garden patio, full service bar, and elegant dining room are popular destinations for local vintners, families, travelers, and professionals alike.
The extensive wine list changes monthly, always with additions of new, exciting Central Coast and Italian finds, while fresh farmers market produce is a part of every meal.

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Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 541-6800

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Saro and Maria Rizzo

  • Catering

    Café Roma caters special events on request for groups as large as 500 guests. Each event is extraordinarily custom depending on the customer’s needs for staffing, rentals, service, etc. Planning is orchestrated by Café Roma’s owners, managers, and professional event staff. If you are simply needing food prepared for your special event that you plan to pick up from the restaurant and service yourself, please take a look at the Catering for Pick Up Menu at caferomaslo.com/catering. If you require delivery for your food “To Go” please visit www.caferomaslo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Café Roma has a variety of event spaces, including the Deruta Banquet Room (capacity 80 lunch/dinner, 100 reception), the Garden Patio (capacity 50), and the Sala (capacity 40). Spaces ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners, celebrations, memorials, company parties, and medical or financial dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553

  • Area

    San Luis Obispo

  • Cross Street

    Santa Rosa

  • Parking Details

    Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Experiences

  • Raid The Wine Cellar Tueday

    Multiple dates available
    Come in and enjoy wine bottles from our wine list at 1/2 the price. Limit 2 per table. Wines to be consumed at the restaurant. Price limit $100.00 wines.

Offers

  • Raid the Wine Cellars Tuesday's

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 17:00 - 21:00
    Every Tuesday come in and raid our wine list and enjoy your favorite wines or try the bottle your always wanted to try for 1/2 the price. We have a wide selection of local wines as well as a fun and diverse collection of Italian selections.

Menu

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What 1,363 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Overall

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  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an excellent experience eating at Cafe Roma! The food was delicious and our service was more than excellent. Keisha was our waitress and was knowledgeable and friendly and warm and just lovely. We had our dog with us so we ate in the patio but it was also very attractive. I felt like we were eating in Rome Italy. We had the most delicious cannoli for dessert!

  2. CR

    CharlesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner. Restaurant was moderately full but the service was excellent and the ambience was amazing for a quiet date night.

  3. MM

    MiloMinderbinder

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food - the paparadelle with mushroom was amazing!

  4. JG

    JimG

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    In town to attend an event at Cal Poly. Enjoyed meeting the owner of the restaurant.

  5. JS

    JerryS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent time and food Service was great/ friendly/ no pressure

  6. FC

    FrankC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious dinner as always. My go to restaurant in San Luis Obispo. Marco is always friendly and welcoming. Never leave disappointed.

  7. FG

    FilmGuru

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Disappointed. Over booked, poor service. Fish entre’ was disappointing. Totally the inconsistent with our prior visits.

  8. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Noisy inside...on the patio would have been quieter. NY steak was tough and over cooked. Had to ask for bread to go with escargot

  9. MY

    MaryY

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was outstanding and the food was fabulous!!

  10. MB

    MarbleBoy

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food is always great at Cafe Roma, although the fish special last night was overcooked, otherwise good meal, great time.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great food!! visiting from out of town and it was perfect

  12. TJ

    TerryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first (but not our last) visit to Cafe Roma. We found the menu and wine list exceptional and enjoyed our dinner very much.

  13. s

    sail4dale

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    greeted and seated in good order. not rushed and drinks wwere ordered. pleasant red wine served 'delilcious dinners and service

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great place for dinner. Good menu, and wine and cocktail list. As always, the staff is gracious, and we were warmly greeted.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    1/2 price bottles of wine on Tuesdays - what’s not to like?

  16. BJ

    BigJake

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Food was bland and watery. People were very nice

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always love coming back, even after all these years away!

  18. M

    Merlin

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and Service are 5 stars. A tad noisy

  19. KG

    KatherineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service every time!! My eggplant parmigiana was stellar!!

  20. F

    Fred

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Italian in SLO. Family owned and operated. Nice ambiance.

  21. SL

    SLOEater

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Café Roma is our go-to place for a fine Italian meal any time, although it certainly is a special place. Always a warm welcome from owner, Marco, and well-trained servers, too.

  22. RM

    RaymondM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All aspects of the dinner engagement were great. We will be back.

  23. LW

    LarryW

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding and very authentic Italian food! The most delicious veal marsala and halibut we have ever eaten! Highly recommend Café Roma to anyone looking for excellent Italian food.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Five of us in Book Club had dinner here last night. Due to Covid concerns, we requested a patio table. The patio is okay but indoors is much nicer (if you haven’t been there). The heater was almost too hot but we still appreciated having it. Our server (I think her name was Roxanne) was personable, efficient, and humorous. We loved her. They have a full bar and we enjoyed tasty cocktails before a delicious dinner. This location is by the SLO train station and has free parking which is a bonus in this town. We were too full to try dessert but we will definitely return and try to save room! (I don’t remember what everyone had but a few dishes were: Veal Marsala, Gnocchi, Bucatini Carbonara, Linguine with clams — all proclaimed delicious.)

  25. OP

    OPERAITE

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect as always! Our go to restaurant went in San Luis Obispo. Food is authentic, service is exceptionally well trained, ambience is lovely. And, you can park.

  26. CJ

    CJK3

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great service. Highly recommend! Great for families.

  27. LT

    LeslieT

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    OMG aww found this place looking online and we LOVED it. Such authentic Italian food we can’t believe it! Our server Christine was fabulous, despite being short handed and the food was sublime. We have been to Italy a few times and are total food snobs. LOL. We told our hotel about how good it was as hotel recommended Giuseppe’s - we ate there for lunch today and there is no comparison, truly! We will be back next time we are in town. I had halibut with tomato sauce and husband had veal piccata; started with bruschetta and we get like we were back in Italy! Kudos to the Rizzo family. You hit it out of the park! 👏👏👏👏👏

  28. f

    food

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My girlfriend and I loved it. Went there on a recommendation and it was amazing. Food was delicious and service was impeccable.

  29. PM

    PamMc

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our daughters birthday.. servers were very good.

  30. M

    Mama

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and ambiance.

  31. j

    jcaestecker

    Orange County

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding Italian cuisine at this gem in the historic railroad district. Rich, traditional dishes, wonderful appetizers and salads. Terrific wine list, too. Service is warm and friendly. Had the best Osso Buco I've ever tasted with boldly flavored braising liquid over saffron rice. Wife had shrimp scampi in piccatta sauce that was sublime. Make sure you visit this place just a few blocks from downtown.

  32. J

    Jockd

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant was well worth the 45 min drive from Cambria. Very good Italian. Authentic. You will not regret it. It was like dining in Roma.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food was very fresh. Being from NYC and traveling to Italy often it is tough to meet expectations. We enjoyed the meal and ambience. The food was very good just seemed to be missing a bit of flavor. Short rib good. Seafood pasta very good. Carbonara was best dish on the table. The dipping oil was very tasty with the bread. We would definitely go back when in town boating again. Owner was very nice and accommodating.

  35. JS

    JaniceS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Comfortable patio, reasonable prices, very tasty food and great service. The carpaccio never disappoints. Always try a dessert.

  36. SL

    SLOSooz

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Grace, was awesome! Such a sweetheart with a big smile and enjoyable conversation. Dinner was great as was the dessert we shared.

  37. l

    lafoodie

    Los Angeles

    88 reviews

    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was excellent and very accommodating. Food was good. We had a lovely dinner and would definitely return.

  38. C

    Capdyhbingo

    Las Vegas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Why did we not find this restaurant sooner in all our visits to this area? It is lovely, relaxing ambience, reasonable wine list, and authentic, real Italian food.

  39. CJ

    CJK3

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dinner and 1/2 off Wine (every Tuesday!). Our server, Grace, was great. The food was delicious. We’re looking forward to going back soon.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was good, not great. Service was very slow.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo using the Order Online button. Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 541-6800.

Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo is rated 4.7 stars by 1363 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

Ready in 42 minutes

Start takeaway order

Delivery

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo

1020 Railroad Ave San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Santa Rosa

  • Area

    San Luis Obispo

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Saro and Maria Rizzo

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (805) 541-6800

  • Catering

    Café Roma caters special events on request for groups as large as 500 guests. Each event is extraordinarily custom depending on the customer’s needs for staffing, rentals, service, etc. Planning is orchestrated by Café Roma’s owners, managers, and professional event staff. If you are simply needing food prepared for your special event that you plan to pick up from the restaurant and service yourself, please take a look at the Catering for Pick Up Menu at caferomaslo.com/catering. If you require delivery for your food “To Go” please visit www.caferomaslo.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Café Roma has a variety of event spaces, including the Deruta Banquet Room (capacity 80 lunch/dinner, 100 reception), the Garden Patio (capacity 50), and the Sala (capacity 40). Spaces ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners, celebrations, memorials, company parties, and medical or financial dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Lisa Rizzo: (855) 781-6553

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