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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: 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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  • 67
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 12
    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
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:
  • Local cuisine
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129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
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English first
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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westminster
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Walking thru lovely Encinitas in search of a restaurant, my husband and myself were so lucky to have discovered charming Trattoria I Trulli, a truly unique Italian eatery. We were seated out front to enjoy the night air. Our server was so friendly and attentive. We both were thrilled with the house wine! I struggled over the menu, all the... More 

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Encinitas, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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181 reviews 181 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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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?