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Osteria Romantica

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2151 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
+1 858-551-1221
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2014

Fantastic service, tremendous food at a reasonable price. I consider myself a foodie, and was very impressed with the menu and the cuisine. The Papardelle is worth a return trip, and the desserts are worth the calories. Really enjoyed the sidewalk seating and atmosphere. Staff is very knowledgeable about food and wine. If I lived in La Jolla, I would... More 

Thank Hannibal81
Sabadell, Catalunya
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2014

Be careful with this restaurant. At the time they gave me the bill, I noticed they have increased the price of our meal by 3-4 US$. Besides that, we were charged for tap water, first place during our 3 week trip to California. As we are overseas tourists they may have seen the opportunity to obtain some extra money with... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington, United States
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300 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2014

My friends and I had dinner here, after a long day of sightseeing. We did not have a reservation, but were seated promptly by the very friendly hostess. We ordered an appetizer - sort of an eggplant parmigiana, which was excellent, and quickly devoured. We had several different entrees, risotto (ok), pasta carbonara (delicious), swordfish (good), chicken (ok), and cioppino... More 

Thank DNWA
1 review
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Everything was great I had lasagna my wife had chicken Alfredo both were really good. Will definitely be coming back.

Thank Luis C
Dublin, Ireland
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Feels like a real local restaurant as the staff seemed to know a lot of customers. The food was excellent, everyone in family really enjoyed. Very pretty outside at night. Traditional decor & menu.

Thank JFamily_from_Dublin
Mexico City, Mexico
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2014

Food was excellent. We ate there twice and both times we did it oustside. Atmosphere is very relaxed, like in all La Jolla Shores. Nice place to come back!!

Thank Argmex
La Jolla, California
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Osteria Romantica is a charming little Italian restaurant loved by locals and owned and operated by two charming young Italian couples who treat everyone who enters as a member of the family! The Lasagna is great as are some of the seafood specials. Come with the parrents, the children, the cousins....everyone is welcome in this bustling, happy restaurant!

1 Thank ljtraveler2013
Scottsdale, Arizona
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260 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have eaten here on many visits to la jolla..one of the things that made it special was the "family" atmosphere and staff attentiveness. this time the server seemed to have an attitude and it was not a pleasant one...he is not new but the owners seemed missing on this night...food was still good, but it marred the experience. and... More 

1 Thank lkrocks
La Jolla, California
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2014

I've had dinner here about 4 times counting this one. The food has been typical but tasty. My most recent and last excursion here was August 1, 2014. After eating approximately 1/4 of my entree i noticed a bar code label in my food. Yes, a bar code label. A big one too. I should have snapped a picture of... More 

1 Thank AlumofCU
Austin, Texas
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were able to get last-minute reservations on a busy Saturday night and were seated very shortly after arriving. The staff was very attentive and although it was a bustling place, we were never rushed at all. Dinner was spectacular. My husband had the papparadelle with lamb and it was the stand out dish, although the meals my son and... More 

1 Thank Denise R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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: +1 858-551-1221

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