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Cafe Roma

1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
+1 805-541-6800
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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17:00 - 22:00 Hours
Mediterranean, Italian, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Cafe Roma before and it was always very good, but today, Easter, they out did themselves. Usually I avoid restaurants on holidays but decided to do Easter after mass. From the time we walked in until we left we felt very...More

Thank EdandEm
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Visiting my Cal Poly student. We wanted a nice “sit down” Italian dinner for 3 our last night there. One downtown restaurant quoted us a 2+ hour wait! I’m sure it’s great, but we wanted dinner before bedtime. We went online and found Café Roma,...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Started by splitting a bruschetta appetizer - delicious! Then husband had cod special which was phenomenal and I ordered the Carbonera(just ok). Service was excellent. Food was cooked correctly, came out warm and service was friendly and attentive. Would definitely eat there again when we...More

Thank calgal3
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We went to Cafe Roma due to the TA reviews and were not impressed. Salads were overdressed, my wife's pasta was nothing to write home about and my lasagna was served at room temperature. When I finally flagged down our waiter (I had to get...More

Thank sleeplessinfrisco
Lisa R, Manager at Cafe Roma, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

We are sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience.

Reviewed 10 February 2018

Delicious food at this family run Italian restaurant. Service was excellent and they have a long history with lots of Torres to tell about the owners journey in the restaurant.

Thank Colleen K
Lisa R, Manager at Cafe Roma, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review, Colleen K.

Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

There are only three reasons to eat here ... great food, great service, and great ambiance. Yes, we love everything about Cafe Roma. On our most recent visit, we started with fresh sourdough bread and a shared bowl of potato and mushroom soup. Delicious. Then...More

1  Thank Jon R
Lisa R, Manager at Cafe Roma, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you Jon R for your sincere and exceptional review! It means a lot to our family and team.

Reviewed 4 February 2018

Cafe Roma has excellent fresh food expertly prepared. Every staple Italian dish is savory, locally sourced when possible, and generously portioned. From perfect Caesar salad to many varieties of pasta and veal, every palate will be tickled and ready (or too full for) dessert. There...More

Thank lesliiek
Lisa R, Manager at Cafe Roma, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

We are so glad you appreciate Cafe Roma. Thank you for taking the time to write such an exceptional review!

Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were due for an evening out with just the two of us, and I seem to remember this restaurant having amazing creme brulee. Our memory was absolutely correct. My wife had osso buco and I had one of the most amazing...More

Thank BikeFriendlyGene
Lisa R, Manager at Cafe Roma, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

This is a very special review. Thank you for writing it!

Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

I’m surprised that Cafe Roma isn’t rated much higher by reviewers. Ambience at this villa-like restaurant is great, including the relaxing outdoor patio where you can watch the occasional activity at the nearby Amtrak station. As in Europe, waiters are attentive, courteous, and let you...More

Thank Cambriariter
Lisa R, Manager at Cafe Roma, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

You really seem to get us! Thank you for putting this review together for all to see.

Reviewed 10 January 2018

Last evening our friend wanted Steak. She is a frequent patron of Café Roma and suggested this place. We decided to sit at the bar because she knows the delightful bartender. After looking at the menu, I realized that it was different from the one...More

Thank Knabebug
Lisa R, Manager at Cafe Roma, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you for coming in. We wish you had enjoyed it more.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Kids
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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