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1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
805-541-6800
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Ranked #58 of 257 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Santa Rosa
Transit: Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.
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English first
California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Excellent food and service. I've eaten here before and never been disappointed. The bruschetta is divine (I could make a meal of it alone). There are two reasons for a half-star deduction, both minor: 1) Though the wild salmon I had for dinner was hot, seasoned perfectly and cooked flawlessly, the accompanying vegetables and potatoes were barely warm. Being with... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I had the most AMAZIN turkey dinner at this place!! It was fantastic.. This is the best place in town for Italian food! Are you looking for the best Italian food. Cafe Roma is the plc to go! I allwAys go there when I crave Italian food!!

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San Luis Obispo, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Sometimes we overlook places that are in our own neighborhoods. I plead guilty to that. I have always liked Cafe Roma and have had great meals and some mediocre ones. It is friendly, the owner always chats up the regulars, and the staff is efficient and kind. It always amazes me when people don't ask to have a problem remedied.... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I am disappointed. I decided to take myself out for dinner tonight. Let me set the stage, it was approximately 5:00 when I arrived at their door. The restaurant was empty. 1st of all, the restaurant poured short on a $12.00 glass of wine. I've had larger tastes of wine at a winery. After waiting too long, the lasagna was... More 

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Truckee, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Where do I start, $ 100 dollars for modest wine and the server didn't know that he should pour the glasses?? We poured 2 bottles ourselves. The entrees took 2 hours to arrive and we saw the server twice and never got more bread, water or a hello. For the privilege of looking at the walls for 3 hours we... More 

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Lompoc, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Had lunch while waiting for the train, great choice. This was one of our best lunches in a while. Everything was perfect: appetizers, entrées, wine, dessert, espressos, service and even after dinner drink because we still had time. Did I mention dessert: brown butter sage gelato!!! Just that is a reason to go back.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you want hypertension this is the place to go. They really use a bit too much salt in their food. I am not sure if this is a component of authentic Italian food, but if it is I had food in outskirts of Rome that was cheaper, more delicious and not as salty. The food was good, but not... More 

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Cambria, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

One of my physicians who lives in SLO highly recommended Cafe Roma for lunch, and I would certainly agree that this is one of the local bests. I like to judge the quality and value of a restaurant's menu offerings by its house salad. Cafe Roma's is a very generous mix of fresh and varied greens nicely presented with great... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

For many of us in San Luis Obispo, this is the favorite restaurant in town for special occasions. I would recommend that people check out the specials board outside unless they are able to remember all the choices the waiter shares with you - I can't. Reservations are usually needed and easily done online. The food is excellent and there... More 

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Inyokern,CA
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97 reviews 97 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

When the last bite is as good as the first you know you have struck gold. Cafe Roma is indeed a restaurant in the 4 star group. We were greeted as we walked in the door and shown to out table right away. Menus and bread were served and we had a great time reading all the items on the... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Roma

Address: 1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
Phone Number: 805-541-6800
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Italian

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