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The Old Spaghetti Factory

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111 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069-2950
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Escondido, California
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75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Right off the 78 freeway and in a retail center with lots of restaurants to choose, this location of the popular chain does not disappoint. The complete Spaghetti Factory restaurant menu is offered...and the decor is the same as all of their restaurants. Good service...sometimes busy on weekends.

Thank EscoDave
West Bay, Grand Cayman
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181 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I gave an extra star for decor Came for a Rotary Club meeting at lunch.  I could go on and on about the classy stained glass, velvet upholstered chairs, and high vaulted ceilings but decor does not a restaurant make. With the exception of a good spiced cake dessert the food was just above mediocre mass produced "italian" food. The... More 

Thank daenergymon
Marlborough, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Interesting atmosphere...Victorian furniture, stained glass, wooden beams and a trolley car. Staff, especially the manager, were friendly. Meals were ok, nothing we could not have made at home. Pasta was dry, meatball sandwich was mediocre. Interesting experience with atmosphere, we couldn't figure out how it tied to Italian restaurant. We would not go back.

Thank peaceful_jc
Beaumont, Texas
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

This is a typical Spaghetti Factory; nothing special. I sat at the bar and enjoyed talking with the bartender. Not too many choices of wine by the glass. The angel hair pomodoro was okay, but not great.

Thank BusinessTripBuddy
Los Angeles, CA
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

nice ambiance, but food was ok. We came about one hour before closing and we were sat near the kitchen. I guess it's one of those, "I'll try it this once" sort of thing.

Thank Millyj
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

Had a gang of people for this restaurant and everything went smooth as you would expect. Quality food and fine service are unusual at chains, but not here, surprisingly.

Thank FWDpost
San Marcos, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2016

The Old Spaghetti Factory doesn't only serve spaghetti, but all kinds of different pasta dishes. The Lasagna is amazing, the Fettuccine also and really great combo plates. I eat there quit often and take visiting family there when they come from out of state. Excellent Service and nice Ambiance as well.

Thank Collette56
Carlsbad, California
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016

Good food and inexpensive. I started bringing my kids here when they were young and they still love eating here. I have enjoyed just about everything on the menu but I prefer the Manager's Special, Mizithra and Clam sauce on spaghetti. Served with a salad, bread, and spumoni for desert. They offer Italian sodas, a full bar, and micro brews... More 

Thank LaCostaKeith
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016

Oversalted steak, broccoli dripping in butter, dry lasagne, whats the appeal ? Just can't see why its so highly rated. Its just poorish quality American Italian food.

Thank Bongodog1964
San Diego, California
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143 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

Located away from San Marcos' Restaurant Row, it's surprising how busy this place stays. But, as a chain restaurant, they are consistent and it's a menu familiar to many. If you've never tried the mizithra cheese, you absolutely must. Italian dishes are pretty classic, this is not a trendy or hip restaurant. But the atmosphere is nice, the food is... More 

Thank Linda B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 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
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069-2950
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 760-471-0155

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