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La Trattoria

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$$ - $$$
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12 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT, England
+44 1929 423784
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Witney, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

a very busy restaurant glad we booked service was good food above average didn't feel very Italian though having said that we finished all our food and drinks so cant be that bad

1 Thank Robert F
Rye, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

Advised by two local ladies, we chose this excellent eating place to celebrate an 81'st Birthday and it was perfect. The menu was extensive and we both found our choices delicious. The staff were friendly and helpful and the wine excellent.A lovely evening

London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

So glad to see that on a recent visit to Swanage, La Trattoria is still thriving and turning out excellent food. This place is always busy and has a lively buzz about it. We had a great time.

Thank melharb
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Another great meal, probably 4th or 5th time. Dorset Crab & then Pasta with a superb Ragu Sauce. Pleasant service well executed. But...for goodness sake PLEASE change the Nat King Cole CD it's been on now for at least TWO YEARS and is driving me so nuts I'll not last another visit.

Thank Tim G
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Delicious scallops - best I've had in years; excellent lasagne - as good as any I've ever had; lovely sweets. My wife also enjoyed her dishes. Good, quick service. Also good value. Obviously popular - became busy shortly after we arrived on this early November evening. Looking forward to returning, hopefully after a shorter interval ..

Thank RdMC1000
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We decided to eat out on the last night of our holiday, and La Trattoria was the only place open at a time when young children are often having their dinner. As an Italian restaurant, that looked family friendly, we were hopful of a good experience. Sadly there was no children’s menu (so we had to innovate – they shared... More 

Thank James N
East Sussex
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Had a relaxed and enjoyable evening in La Trattoria. We both chose fish dishes which were very tasty food and the service was friendly.

Thank lambtrippers
Zurich, Switzerland
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We had dinner in the Trattoria and we were truly satisfied to find a place to eat something else than typical english pub food. Good homemade stuff like Paté and Lasagne, fresh Mussels and Fish, awesome desserts and on top of that: Friendly service and reasonable prices. We will be back!

Thank 900travelwolf
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

A chilled non formal restaurant with linked cafe that also becomes part of the restaurant during the evening. Great place to take the kids as they are very family friendly which helps when you have hungry and lively kids! We didn't book a table so decided to eat earlier than normal, we got a table straight away but it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Went here while on holiday in Swanage. Decent Italian restaurant with a nice lively atmosphere. Pizzas are very tasty. Staff were nice.

Thank James K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 423784
La Trattoria is open evenings for atmospheric dining a la carte or fixed price menu. Pizzas and pastas are always available. Fresh fish, shellfish and lobsters which are caught locally, all are available according to season. We also have local meat dishes sourced from Dorset farms wherever possible.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?