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Cafe Roma

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1020 Railroad Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450 (Santa Rosa)
+1 805-541-6800
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Revisited here after 25 years. The location has changed slightly, but the new building is much larger and the furniture and ambiance was romantic and elegant. The food is a cut above many restaurants in the area and the staff were there at a glance. Had one of the specials and was very pleased. The cannoli were wonderful. Wish we... More 

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Robinson, Pennsylvania
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220 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate at the bar area. The bartender Jeff was outstanding-not only was he the bartender but he was also the waiter. The place was packed & he was still very attentive. We had a couple of Bellini cocktails which were very refreshing. We tried the Beef Ravioli with salad-both very fresh.

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Thank susan c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner menu presented many options except what my wife had a taste for, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, but the chef had the ingredients and prepared what she wanted. Wine list offered a a number of reasonably priced wines. Service was impeccable without being overdone.

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Thank David L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Made reservations for Parents Weekend on a Thursday. Only had 5:00 pm available, the place was packed within 30 minutes. Great authentic Italian menu. Try the avocado and beet salad! The chef's special was a Sea Bass cut with vegetables and garlic mashed potato that was perfect. Nice wine list and delicious food. We had a great time and the... More 

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Thank Scott J
Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Located near the train depot, this restaurant reminds me of the Little Train That Could. Originally in another location close to the depot, it started it's climb up the gourmet ladder. Eventually, moving to the current location, Cafe Roma has made the grade. Wonderful food, service and atmosphere, it is one of the best restaurants in the county.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

A very nice Italian American restaurant next to the train station. Good extensive menu. The food was very tasty and fresh. Salads followed by 2 Entrees, 1 Desert and 2 coffees. 2 glasses of wine and a beer. Just over $100 for 2!!

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Thank Historyjunky
San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Some very fine food at Cafe Roma, and a rather attractive place, too. But, quite pricey. It is a good place for a large party.

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Thank Tommy O
North Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We were attending a wedding in Santa Margarita and wanted to dine somewhere we hadn't tried before. Being a group of 10 we were surprised we could get a reservation last minute. We were seated promptly and drink orders were taken right away. We all ordered something different with just a couple of duplicates. Everyone was very pleased with our... More 

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Irvine, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Across the street from the train station, this Italian Restaurant has a very nice patio for outdoor dining on a warm summer evening. It is much quieter than the downtown restaurants so it feels more tranquil and diners can actually hold a nice conversation. Food was delicious. I had a fresh halibut than was a special of the day. The... More 

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Lompoc, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

We stayed overnight in SLO for an early fishing trip out of Morro Bay and I used trip advisor to check out the restaurants close to our hotel. This place had good reviews and I'll add another one. Nicely decorated restaurant and it was packed on a Saturday night which is always a good sign. Our service was a little... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Italian, Healthy
Meals
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, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1020 Railroad Avenue, 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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?