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“A Worthy Alternative to Piatti's!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osteria Romantica

Osteria Romantica
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Ranked #30 of 1,238 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Texas
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153 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A Worthy Alternative to Piatti's!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

It used to be when Piatti's was too crowded, this was the alternative, but Osteria Romantica has proven worthy of being a first choice on some of our trips to La Jolla. It's smaller and cozier than Piatti's and the energy level is more relaxed. The food is always good; we love the lamb pappardelle and have never had a bad meal. The outdoor dining is on a great corner for people watching!

Visited March 2013
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San Diego, California
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301 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

We are locals and this is one of our favorite restaurants. In fact, we think the food here is much better than in most "high end" restaurants. This is located in the quaint La Jolla Shores village. Upon entering, you feel like you are transported to Italy. The staff is friendly and the language is flavored in Italiano. Tonight we ordered a Spinach Salad with walnuts, figs and cheese--very delicious! I had the fish with artichoke hearts, served with roasted potatoes, carrots and broccoli, all excellent. My husband ordered gnocci with pancetta in a wonderful cream sauce--mille tasty!
For dessert we ordered espresso and the Napolean--huge serving with great flavors. Our waiter tonight was Manny, very charming and he provided excellent service, as did his helpers. After dining, we strolled along the boardwalk and watched the sun set. Life is good!

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
“AWESOME FOOD and SERVICE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

We recently had a nice dinner at Osteria Romantica with some friends, and I have only one thing to say... It was outstanding!! Best Italian food I have had in many, many years. The wine selection is fits the pallet perfectly. If you are going to go, get there early, because the restaurant fills up quickly.
We were greeted with friendly service; Luca was great as he does anything for you.
My recommendation is – GO TO OSTERIA ROMANTICA you will not be disappointed!!

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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“Great Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

We spent five days in La Jolla and our first night there, we stumbled across OR. What a pleasant surprise, and just two blocks from our condo in La Jolla Shores. I had the gnocchi and my wife had the sea scallops. I have to say, my gnocchi was the best I've ever had. We sat in the outside patio which I thought was a romantic setting and enjoyed every minute of it. OR is definitely on my list of restaurants to go back to.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“A taste of Italia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Osteria Romantica has been at its present location for years. Several restaurants tried and failed in that location but OR has stayed and blossomed. The employees are Italian and the food is authentic and great. Tuesdays they offer wine by the bottle for 50% off. A great place for a romantic dinner.

Visited March 2013
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