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Rosa's Italian Restaurant

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491 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2523
18057730551
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4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Description: Rosa's Italian Restaurant in Pismo Beach, CA culminates 50 years of...
Rosa's Italian Restaurant in Pismo Beach, CA culminates 50 years of restaurant experience in regional Italian cuisine to create a family operated dining destination by the sea. The combination of Chef Doug MacMillan's Northern Italian cuisine apprenticeship with the Southern Italian family recipes he learned from his mother, Rosa, produces multiple award winning entrees with the freshest and finest quality ingredients. Classic and specialty Italian dishes such as Tortellini Con Quattro Formagio, Veal Piccata, and Pasta California will excite your taste buds and keep you returning time and time again. Our history begins with Rosa, whose journey to the Central Valley of California started in Avellino, Italy, located between Naples and the Mediterranean Sea. After moving to America and marrying Bill MacMillan, the two opened up their first restaurant in 1966. In 1988 when they moved the restaurant to Pismo Beach is when their son, Chef Doug, took over the kitchen. We are customer service oriented, and each of our dishes are made with the same care as if you were in our kitchen at home. In addition to a full menu for dine in a takeout, we offer a full bar with cocktails, beer, and an extensive wine list available to order by the glass and bottle. Our Happy Hour is Sunday through Thursday nights from 4PM - 6PM where we offer $2 off wells, cocktails, and drafts. Our professional staff is ready to welcome you. Come join us for fine Italian dining in a relaxed atmosphere and let us show you the tastes of Italy.
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  • 202
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Sand dabs

Had the sand dabs as my main dish with a salad. The sand dabs were awesome and very filling. I would recommend them to all either as an appetizer or main dish.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cathy C
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had the sand dabs as my main dish with a salad. The sand dabs were awesome and very filling. I would recommend them to all either as an appetizer or main dish.

Helpful?
Thank Cathy C
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

The sand dabs are a great choice, Cathy! Your recommending them is such high praise for us. We always hope to give our customers a 5-star experience, so we hope to see you again! All the best, Chef Doug M. More 

norwalk ca
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

they only tsake resewrvations for six or more and with the crowd they had I can see why. we were seated in a corner with a round table which worked well for our group . food was delicious , hint get the creme brulee for dessert

Helpful?
Thank dluep1
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

The creme brulee is a great choice! A delicious meal out with your friends should be a fun time -- I'm glad that corner table worked out for you. Please come by and see us again soon. Kind regards, Chef Doug M. More 

Thousand Oaks, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant has a festive atmosphere, and the smell of delicious food welcomes you when you step inside. We were there for dinner only once, but I recommend the Shrimp and Scallops pasta. The tables in the main dining room are placed close to each other, and we could hear the conversations among people at adjacent tables clearly. It's a... More 

Helpful?
Thank traveleres2016
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

When you go out to eat, you deserve the whole experience -- from the festive atmosphere to the tasty pasta. The shrimp and scallop pasta was a great choice! In order to accommodate demand, our tables are a little closer. I apologize that this was not as private as you had hoped. Please come in to see us again soon!... More 

Sierra Madre, California
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109 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was great! Very attentive service by Kelly. Clam chowder was very flavorful and had a little kick of spice. Nicely done. Cesar salad had a little too much dressing on it. Half and half (spaghetti and ravioli) was superb with a rich meat sauce. Lots of food and very tasty. I would definitely return. They will waive corkage fee... More 

Helpful?
Thank MySeaBiscuit13
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Our homemade, fresh, local ingredients help to bring such a rich flavor to everything from our soups to our pastas. We've found those flavors are nicely complemented by local wines -- great wine always goes well with great food! I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Kelly. Ciao! Chef Doug M. More 

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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love love Love this authentic place ! The food is marvelous and it is warm and inviting and just good comfort all around ! Any where in the world this would be a 10 ! You can tell the owners are involved and love this place ---the passion is in the food !

Helpful?
Thank Kate K
California
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to dinner with a large group, and each of us were pleased with our meals. Generous portions, reasonable prices, and super service. This is one of our "go to" places when in town. Everyone is so friendly!

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Thank janet583
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

It's wonderful to hear that we are one of your go-to places! I'm glad that you found the portions, the taste, and the service to be to your liking -- that's what we like to hear! Hope to see you again soon. All the best, Chef Doug M. More 

Irvine, California
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in town for a jazz festival and luckily gave this restaurant a try. Our party of 4 were certainly glad we did. The experience was excellent right from the friendly greeting of the hostess to the dessert at the end of the very delicious meal. Our waiter was efficient and helpful and the food we all agreed was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Cathy M
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

It's wonderful to hear that you had such a great experience with us, Cathy. We aim for a five-star experience, from the food to the service, and it's great to hear that we were able to give you that! The next time you are in town we'd love to see you again. All the best, Chef Doug M. More 

Long Beach, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We met some friends in Pismo for New Year's and had delicious food and friendly servers at Rosa"s. I had filet mignon with lobster which was cooked perfectly. My friend had eggplant special which was recommended and she was very pleased. Easy to please the tweener and the teen with marguerite pizza. Very good selection of entrees and desserts. Nothing... More 

Helpful?
Thank K M
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by -- I'm honored to know you and your friends were so well taken care of during your visit, and that you all enjoyed some tasty meals. That's all you deserve, and all you should ever expect with us! We (and the rest of Pismo) miss you already. All the best in 2016, Chef Doug M. More 

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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We enjoyed our dining experience at Rosa's. There was a pleasant ambiance and the waitstaff was kind and attentive. The food was delicious and we found ourselves with many vegetarian options. For appetizers we had lightly fried artichoke hearts drizzled in balsamic and the roasted garlic served with whipped goat cheese and crostinis. We followed that up with the spinach... More 

Helpful?
Thank KimberMarie
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Grazie, Kimber, for this lovely review here on TripAdvisor, too -- I absolutely loved having you over for those tasty veggie dishes you enjoyed so much. Can't wait to see you again! All the best in 2016, Chef Doug M. More 

moorpark,ca
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Great restaurant and great cocktails too! Very popular, we had to wait an hour but the food was really delicious. The pizza was my favorite and . Would definitely eat here again!

Helpful?
Thank corismommy
Doug M, Owner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Sorry about the wait -- it sounds like you caught us on a busier evening than usual, but it's truly wonderful to know the pizza made it all worth it! Can't wait to see you again, Chef Doug M. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 491 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2523
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Pismo Beach
  • Phone Number: 18057730551

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children

Description

Rosa's Italian Restaurant in Pismo Beach, CA culminates 50 years of restaurant experience in regional Italian cuisine to create a family operated dining destination by the sea. The combination of Chef Doug MacMillan's Northern Italian cuisine apprenticeship with the Southern Italian family recipes he learned from his mother, Rosa, produces multiple award winning entrees with the freshest and finest quality ingredients. Classic and specialty Italian dishes such as Tortellini Con Quattro Formagio, Veal Piccata, and Pasta California will excite your taste buds and keep you returning time and time again. Our history begins with Rosa, whose journey to the Central Valley of California started in Avellino, Italy, located between Naples and the Mediterranean Sea. After moving to America and marrying Bill MacMillan, the two opened up their first restaurant in 1966. In 1988 when they moved the restaurant to Pismo Beach is when their son, Chef Doug, took over the kitchen. We are customer service oriented, and each of our dishes are made with the same care as if you were in our kitchen at home. In addition to a full menu for dine in a takeout, we offer a full bar with cocktails, beer, and an extensive wine list available to order by the glass and bottle. Our Happy Hour is Sunday through Thursday nights from 4PM - 6PM where we offer $2 off wells, cocktails, and drafts. Our professional staff is ready to welcome you. Come join us for fine Italian dining in a relaxed atmosphere and let us show you the tastes of Italy.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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