We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

La Trattoria

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Lower High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT, England
01929 423784
Today
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
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.
read more
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 470 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 221
    Excellent
  • 146
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 16
    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
What a pleasant experience.

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Stevefredd
,
London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
Add Photo Write a Review

470 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

we have now visited la trattoria numerous times and each time have had a wonderful meal. Last night was no exception. we both had seafood starters from the specials board which were delicious, I had then had a pizza and my partner had the sea bream. Both meals were amazing. The service was great and staff friendly and attentive!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Taunton, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great atmosphere, very friendly staff. Traditional Italian food would definately go again on our next trip. Recommend booking, it was full on a Tuesday evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Really for the place with no view £10 for a pizza ?????its for tourist off course I saw a lady paying for a take away coffee and she mention to the waitress how expensive more than Starbucks . It's more of a caffee . Service average we went late in the afternoon with kids and thought the waitress was not... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Food was poor, and expensive Service was slow due to the fact that they seamed more interested in the customers in the other part of,the restaurant where they put there regulars

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Have visited swanage more times in my lift than I can remember and finding the trattoria a few years ago made my visite that bit more enjoyable. Fantastic food,Great atmosphere and superb wine list.. It's a must

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed La Trattoria also viewed

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
 
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
 

Been to La Trattoria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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, Seafood, Café

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

Questions? Get answers from La Trattoria staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?