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Lower High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT, England
01929 423784
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Ranked #17 of 64 Restaurants in Swanage
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Having visited Trattoria on many occasions, i can say that the atmosphere is good especially in the front section. The food tastes home made and of good quality for most dishes, however i would agree with a previous post the king prawns starter is fairly bland and prawns smaller than expected for the cost. Its easy to spend over £70... More 

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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Went for a meal with a large family group, 8 adults, and 5 kids. Good honest Italian food, some nice fish and seafood specials. Everything was tasty, hot and didnt take too long. Also the children were served first which make life easier. Service was great, but the price slightly on the high side.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Spending a Saturday night in Swanage, my son, his partner and I decided to have dinner at La Trattoria as it sounded as though they served authentic Italian food. We didn't have a reservation and were told we could have a table for an hour in the smaller of the two areas. As we didn't want to be rushed, we... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Ok place with friendly staff but just a little bit pricey for a pasta meal. Limited pasta main dishes but may be OK for pizza.

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love Swanage and I love small, intimate family run restaurants. This was great. We were lucky enough to sit in the older side. Lovely. Great service, lovely and clean. Food was perfect, Scallops and the panacotta are necessary of special note. Best panacotta I have had!! Im quite a girl for food so I know what's good and what... More 

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Stouport on Severn
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145 reviews 145 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We were looking for a restaurant on Sunday evening and noticed that this one opened at 6.30 so telephoned to make a booking . Very friendly and efficient staff. Menu contains a good choice of food, but some dishes are expensive. We shared the Caprese salad to start and both had the Sole as our main course. Food was hot... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

La Trattoria is obviously a very popular restaurant, so booking is advised. The food and the service were both very good.

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Swanage, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Booked this little restaurant for husbands birthday 'dinner for two' and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening! It is small but friendly and the Staff were attentive without being overbearing. The friendly young Waitress smilingly offered to take a commemorative photo for us, despite being very busy. The food was a dream! Authentic Italian flavoursome cuisine, beautifully and freshly prepared to... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Stumbled upon La Trattoria on visiting Swanage and thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Very friendly staff, delicious food and good wine. Happy to recommend!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Accommodating 12 golfers at short notice on a Saturday night and making them all very happy is a big ask! However, this restaurant exceeded all expectations in terms of the ambience - hustle, bustle and vibrant, the food - fantastico whether it be fish, meat or pasta, and the drink - great economic wine list. Service very attentive from all... More 

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Additional Information about La Trattoria

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

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