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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 - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A taste of Italy!

I have been disappointed previously in this restaurant and I think it depends on what you order. It feels like Italy. Tables are close and it's easy to overhear people's conversations so be careful. This time we visited because Blue Ribbon Pizzeria had a long wait. It turned out great because what... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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San Diego, California
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  • Local cuisine
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Dayville, Connecticut
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We have been to this fine restaurant several times when we visit our son on the west coast. As always, the food and the service were perfect. Reservations are not taken - it's first come, first served. There is a wide wine selection, and dining can be inside or outside to enjoy the perfect California weather. Dress is casual.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I have been disappointed previously in this restaurant and I think it depends on what you order. It feels like Italy. Tables are close and it's easy to overhear people's conversations so be careful. This time we visited because Blue Ribbon Pizzeria had a long wait. It turned out great because what I ordered was wonderful. I ordered a great... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Very pleasant, inside and out, for a consistently good dinner. Very shareable entrees as well. Good service, good value.

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Wauconda, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This review is long over due, I can't believe I didn't already write one. We were in San Diego in 2011& My husband and I stumbled across this restaurant while taking a scenic drive in the PCH. I had the Lobster ravioli that was on special, it was absolutely delicious! I don't remember what the hubster ate but I know... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is my favorite Italian food in Encinitas/ North County area. The food is really great here and the service is good. The servers are warm and helpful and most have been there a long time and I appreciate that. I like to order from the daily special menu and I ask the waiters which specials are their favorites. They... More 

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Encinitas, California
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The place is very small and very popular so you are packed in like sardines. I hate feeling like I am having dinner with the total strangers sitting next to me.

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104 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I really like the food here but I am having a hard time convincing family to go back after we were treated badly here. I have been here with family, friends, and for business. When we were lucky enough to have the good waiter (younger guy with the mustache that curls up and glasses) we were happy diners. However, on... More 

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Evanston, IL
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Relaxed atmosphere and a good wine collection. The food is great and the service very attentive. Great value also. An elegant and relaxed cordial restaurant.

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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I have been coming here many years now. Its the go to Italian restaurant for my family. The place itself is pretty small and gets loud inside at times which i like. Theres wine bottles all along the walls and pictures of vintage Italy. The food itself is outstanding. The house salad is amazing i love the dressing definitely try.... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My wife and I vacationed in Encinitas, and walked past this place our first night. The next night we stopped here, asked for a table outside(from Wisconsin and to eat outside in April is like Heaven). Our server was friendly, and answered all our questions. Made some recommendations, and we were smart enough to to listen. I had the Italian... 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?