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La Trattoria

Lower High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT, England
01929 423784
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Ranked #16 of 67 restaurants in Swanage
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine
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 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

It has been a couple of years since we last visited and we were pleased that it continues to be family run. It is a good standard and reliable service at a reasonable price. The fresh fish choices change almost daily according to the catch. You will not be disappointed.

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Been to a few italian restaurants, all impressed, probably why this disappointed. The wine was good and the manager was very friendly, but the pizza a little sparse in toppings and didn't get everything I ordered, although it appeared on the bill, when pointed out to staff suprised I didn't get an apology. Fairly bland unlikely to ever revisit.

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Romsey, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Steak was excellent, pork very good, aubergine nice. Wine very slippy, décor and atmosphere delightful.

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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited with two grandchildren. It was very busy but the staff were friendly and efficient and it didn't matter if you had a big meal or a pizza and salad. We enjoyed it very much

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Littleton, CO
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our family was in Swanage for a few days. We were looking for a tasty dinner and walked down the hill and found la Trattoria. Truly, this was one of the best meals we have had for a very, very long time! When we first arrived, we didn't think there was room for us, but they were sure to find... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Lovely meal, quite a varied but limited selection on the menu. The food was very good, service very good too.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We fancied an early dinner one day and being vegetarian I was very limited in Swanage, surrounded as I was by endless fish restaurants! The layout of the restaurant is a bit odd, it's two separate buildings next door to each other, neither that big and a bit squashed but seeing the fresh fish options on the menu (for my... More

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buckinghamshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The place to eat, brilliant attentive staff. Food is excellent and you will love the service. They really look after you.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We are a party of 4 adults, and they did fit us in late on carnival evening, with attentive, accommodating and efficient service. However the food isn't worth getting out of bed for in my opinion. The pizzas looked good but we wanted a proper dinner. One of our party had scallops to start - they were cooked well and... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a snack lunch in the cafe side of the restaurant. The restaurant does not appear to open at lunch time. Every where else in Swanage looked ghastly. We only had a sandwich & a glass of Pinot but warmly welcomed , quickly served by anglo italian manager(owner?). Clearly well thought of by regulars. No fuss no bother. Clean... More

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