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The Old Spaghetti Factory

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111 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069-2950
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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132 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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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141 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
San Diego, California
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132 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

No wait on a weeknight. Several choices of sauces for spaghetti, especially like the clam sauce, salad and warm bread included. Mitzrah cheese is delicious in sauce and on the side of fresh broccoli. Decent wine menu. Full bar available. Prefer table seating. Benches on the booths seem to be to high for table. Always a satisfying meal. Friendly waitress

Thank SJR55
Oceanside, California
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152 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

What can I say? Never disappointed at the OSF! Lasagna, manager special pasta with Mizithra & brown butter, pasta with white clam sauce, pasta with mushroom sauce. All the same high quality & very, very tasty. This order was to go & was ready right on time. This is a can't miss for anyone with a Desire for Italian food.... More 

Thank Rocky R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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?