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La Trattoria

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Lower High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT, England
01929 423784
Today
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: La Trattoria is open evenings for atmospheric dining a la carte or fixed...
La Trattoria is open evenings for atmospheric dining a la carte or fixed price menu. Pizzas and pastas are always available. Fresh fish, shellfish and lobsters which are caught locally, all are available according to season. We also have local meat dishes sourced from Dorset farms wherever possible.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 225
    Excellent
  • 148
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A really nice little place.

We were very lucky to get in early without a booking and the place filled up rapidly as we sat down. The staff were very friendly and proficient, the restaurant was cosy with a bustling atmosphere and the food was very tasty. Just what we needed after a couple of hours swimming in the sea at Durdle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
AirborneCowhead
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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478 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Colchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We were very lucky to get in early without a booking and the place filled up rapidly as we sat down. The staff were very friendly and proficient, the restaurant was cosy with a bustling atmosphere and the food was very tasty. Just what we needed after a couple of hours swimming in the sea at Durdle Door. We had... More 

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Swanage, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were very disappointed, the Food was rubbish, the restaurant had a lot of worn paint, the prices were normal but the food was definitely not worth it ! It is the worst meal that my husband and I have ever had.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

On a short winter break to the Isle of Purbeck, my wife and I dined at La Trattoria, attracted by the simple and enticing menu. This restaurant specializes in Italian dishes based on the excellent local seafood, and did not disappoint. The anti-pasta course was mussels, which were elegantly presented packed together vertically in a pot, with a little of... More 

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111 reviews 111 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

We have never had a bad meal here. The food is fresh and of a high standard. It is without doubt a gem in Swanage.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Food was pleasant but not as good as other similiar restaurants we have attended. A little overpriced but friendly service. Have to book impossible to walk off street to get a table.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

A long-standing Swanage favourite, family run. The staff seemed to know everyone who came in and to be held in great affection by them. Delicious food on a freezing night. Just the thing.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The restaurant is always busy, when we come every year we always go here. i am always thrilled to be here. nthe service is always outstanding and they are always welcoming and happy to serve you.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Best lunch I can remember. Went for lunch at La Trattoria on High Street, Swanage during a weekend away. We eat out often in Nottingham and other cities but here, the welcome was warm, the atmosphere relaxing and the food divine. We chose the bream, crushed new potatoes and spring greens. Felt virtuously healthy - but even better it was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The staff were lovely. The meals hot and tasty. Very pleased we visited. We will be back for Carnival.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I am anyone's worst nightmare when dining out. I'm allergic to butter cream and yoghurt. This place was more than accommodating, didn't make me feel awkward asking for scallops cooked so I could eat them, and were more attentive than I've ever known. I read the negative reviews on this place and felt angry for the buisness! How dare anyone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lower High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: 01929 423784

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Café, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

La Trattoria is open evenings for atmospheric dining a la carte or fixed price menu. Pizzas and pastas are always available. Fresh fish, shellfish and lobsters which are caught locally, all are available according to season. We also have local meat dishes sourced from Dorset farms wherever possible.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?