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Osteria Romantica

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2151 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
858-551-1221
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 107
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cozy Taste of Italia in La Jolla

Our second visit and the intimate setting tucked a bit away from the more touristy areas of La Jolla was lovely.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
Maureen G
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McLean, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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181 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
McLean, Virginia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Our second visit and the intimate setting tucked a bit away from the more touristy areas of La Jolla was lovely.

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Excellent italian food, ample portions, high quality, very nice ambience. Great location in La Jolla Shores district.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

A group of us including a couple of young children went there for dinner. The food was average, ok without being amazing. Prefer Piatti across the street for food, service and ambience.

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Charlottesville
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We loved our dining experience at Osteria Romantica. The food was delicious! The atmosphere was vibrant. The staff was so pleasant and helpful. We wish they had bigger wine glasses-that's our only complaint. If you are in La Jolla- visit this restaurant.

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La Jolla, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Love Fabio and his crew at Osteria Romatica. Our last visit was on Christmas Eve and the place was packed with families. We got the only open one for two by the restroom door and it did not detract from the ambiance. The food is always good and the service attentive. The bruschetta was delish and our entrees salmon ravioli... More 

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Jerome, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My friends and I came upon Osteria Romantica after another one we chose had too long of a wait. We couldn't have been more pleased to end up here as we had a fabulous evening. It was a Saturday night and they were full. We didn't have reservations but only had to wait a few minutes for them to find... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We have been visiting Fabio and his fabulous restaurant for many years. We met him as a waiter in another fabulous Italian restaurant before he opened his own in La Jolla. The hardest thing to do in the restaurant business is to be reliable. Osteria Romantica always has the friendliest service and the food is always fantastic, lunch or dinner.... More 

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Harrisonville, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I'll start off by saying the food was incredible! The artichokes were delicious and I could have made a meal of artichokes. I had risotto and my husband had spaghetti. Both were great. The house wine was just okay. We were the first customers on a Sunday and the service was horrible. We were the only customers and it took... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Great homemade Italian food! Service was great and accomodating to our large group. Wonderful atmosphere and just what you would expect from this beach town!

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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134 reviews 134 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Waiters are very funny and provide good service. You can sit outside on a November evening if you sit near a heater. We particularly enjoyed veal dishes and Italian wine. Also try the name salad.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2151 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: 858-551-1221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?