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Trattoria I Trulli

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830 South Coast, Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Between G & H Street)
Encinitas Coaster stop 3 blocks North and 1 block East of our location
(760) 943-6800
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Cozy and quaint setting that will bring you back to Italia! A true...
Cozy and quaint setting that will bring you back to Italia! A true trattoria one would find roadside in Tuscany. Our cuisine is traditional authentic Italian. With many classical dishes including homemade lasagne, our classic ricotta & spinach ravioli and gnocchi made in house daily. Bread fresh from the oven every morning compliments our garlicky Sicilian tomato pesto dipping sauce. A rock star wine list with more than 100 bottles offered at every price point and more than 20 wines by the glass to choose from. Daily specials are more contemporary Italian with a range of game meats including rabbit, venison, quail and bison using produce and recipes of the season. Gluten-free & whole grain pastas are available as well as a wide variety of vegetarian items to choose from. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and high quality products for an enchanting experience for all of our guests. Raise your glass and fill your soul with heart and goodness ~ cheers!
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Trusted for consistently good food and great service

We come to I Trulli for the feeling of returning home. It is consistently high quality and has excellent service. The wait can be long due to the small size, but it is truly a local haunt that keeps us coming back. Tomatoes used in dipping sauce are always flavorful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Shannon G
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Encinitas, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Reservations
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124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Encinitas, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We come to I Trulli for the feeling of returning home. It is consistently high quality and has excellent service. The wait can be long due to the small size, but it is truly a local haunt that keeps us coming back. Tomatoes used in dipping sauce are always flavorful.

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Portland, Oregon
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173 reviews 173 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

I had ravioli classico. It was rich and the portion size much to big for me but I the taste was pleasing enough. Bread was poor quality. Great outdoor seating but you are sitting alongside hwy 101. When a harley goes by, it's loud!!! Con: observed a bus boy pick up a knife he'd knocked to the floor and put... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Found this little gem thanks to Trip Advisor! The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food and wine were amazing! They even kindly split a chicken pasta dish for my kids. Awesome restaurant and I hope to return again some day!

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Cochrane Alberta
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The freshly prepared tomato sauces were true italian delicious. I had the fish of the day which was cooked to perfection. The rest of the family enjoyed "real" lasagne, good pasta and veal. It is crowded and a bit noisy but adds to the fun. the staff are friendly and efficient. The wine list is good and not overpriced. We... More 

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new jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

what an amazing surprise we had when we stopped by this place on a whim. The service was excellent and the staff so friendly. Portions and menu options were great and the food was presented very well. What really blew us away was the taste and quality of the food! My hubby rates this as one of the best meals... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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188 reviews 188 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We ate dinner with another couple. For us, it was about our tenth visit. High points were the polenta-sausage-mushroom app in gorgonzola sauce and the lobster ravioli! Less well prepared was the jack tuna off the specials menu. But overall, there is a reason why it's been crowded since day one. Service here is always good; a real locals feel.... More 

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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181 reviews 181 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Met our friends here for lunch. Our first visit and we were not disappointed. Our server Bryan B. was friendly and extremely knowledgable of the menu and history behind the dishes and decor of the restaaurant. He provided excellent service throughout our meal. It was not crowded this day but could be if the restaurant was full as it is... More 

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Yuma, Arizona, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We liked every aspect of Trattoria's...what a great little place. It took me back to my ole neighborhood...A couple of the guys are Sicilian...home sweet home...and the wine isn't bad either...lol...

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san diego
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We went with another couple on a Sunday evening at 5:00. It's first come, first serve on weekends and by arriving at opening time, we had no wait and it was not crowded or noisy. The staff members were friendly and professional. At the meal's beginning, we asked to have two separate checks and it was not a problem. The... More 

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Encinitas, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food here is wonderful, but be prepared to have to deal with fellow diners sitting a few inches away from you and a very noisy environment, fine as long as you don't care what your friends are saying at your own table! That was not OK with me and this kept us away for years. However, I had a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 830 South Coast, Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
    (Between G & H Street)
  • Public Transportation: Encinitas Coaster stop 3 blocks North and 1 block East of our location
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: (760) 943-6800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Cozy and quaint setting that will bring you back to Italia! A true trattoria one would find roadside in Tuscany. Our cuisine is traditional authentic Italian. With many classical dishes including homemade lasagne, our classic ricotta & spinach ravioli and gnocchi made in house daily. Bread fresh from the oven every morning compliments our garlicky Sicilian tomato pesto dipping sauce. A rock star wine list with more than 100 bottles offered at every price point and more than 20 wines by the glass to choose from. Daily specials are more contemporary Italian with a range of game meats including rabbit, venison, quail and bison using produce and recipes of the season. Gluten-free & whole grain pastas are available as well as a wide variety of vegetarian items to choose from. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and high quality products for an enchanting experience for all of our guests. Raise your glass and fill your soul with heart and goodness ~ cheers!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?