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Osteria Romantica

2151 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
+1 858-551-1221
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (37 reviews)
“braised lamb” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2151 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were looking for a place open a bit late, and had a group with some special dietary needs. At first Osteria Romantica did not seem promising, but when we got into the restaurant and started taLking to the waiter, we were pleased at the...More

Thank N_skier
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sure, we were staying close by, but we had a car and could've gone out, or to another restaurant. We had a great meal both times, with good service in a quite pleasant atmosphere. I recommend the pasta dishes, all were great.

1  Thank Wgou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant does not disappoint. We went for my husband's birthday and tried the specials of the night. The eggplant appetizer is delicious and I really enjoyed the ravioli. I always get the Salmon Farfalle, it is beyond wonderful.

Thank oscarandrafikismom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whoever we are in the San Diego area we always try to dine at the Osteria Romantica, particularly on a Tuesday. That day wine bottles are half price Over the years the number of half-price wines has dwindled but the selection is still good. We...More

Thank DrForgot
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Enjoy eating inside or out. Great, unusual wines. Can sit outside with your pooch. have always had a great meal here with friendly, informative service.

Thank 2016Patti
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We had a wonderful family dinner here during our visit to La Jolla. The restaurant feels very authentically Italian, and we enjoyed dining outdoors. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. A truly lovely dining experience.

Thank boilerjenni
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Great Food and Service, this place comes really close to an original native Italian Osteria in the heart of Italy. Signed a frequent Italia traveler

Thank Ulf H
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We visited as a family and had a lovely Italian meal whilst on holiday. The service was really good and the food enjoyable. I really liked the absence of a children's menu but the willingness to provide children's portions of what was on the menu....More

Thank rgoold
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Authentic Italian food, this restaurant is owned and managed by Italians. The wine selection is great and the service is wonderful. My favorite dish is the Cioppino. Another variation is the grilled calamari with marinara sauce and spinach. It isn't always listed, but they will...More

Thank kathylynne1
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The starter we shared was the best prepared artichoke we ever ate. Also the shared Caprese salad was excellent. My main dish was the Risotto Fradiavolo, a spicy well cooked mail with delicious shrimps.

Thank Calibre43
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are you still serving the butternut squash ravioli? Do your white sauces contain garlic? I'm allergic. Thanks.
7 July 2016|
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Response from 52darcyw | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to Google the menu.
Candace M
Does Penne Al forno have sea food in it?My friend gave me her left overs and I am allergic to shellfish? I had papardelle there last night. It was very good!
8 April 2016|
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Response from Amiga9 | Reviewed this property |
I would call the restaurant. I don't know. Sorry!
Richard B
Times for happy hour?
22 July 2015|
Response from David D |
Call the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2151 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-1221
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