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“BEST ITALIAN ON THE COAST”

Rosa's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 105 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We arrived to a packed house but the wait was short. Both inside and the heated patio are excellent locations. The service was spot on and the drink and food even better.
Rosa's has an award winning bar and can turn out great drinks.
My understanding is the wait staff are all long term and it shows in their ability to handle a large crowd yet make you feel like you are the only ones they are serving.
Give yourself some time, have a drink in the bar, and then enjoy a fantastic meal.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Of all the Italian options in the area, I think Rosa's delivers the best food at the best prices. Everything is affordable, but you also get great ambiance. We go here several times a year and they have a great menu of options.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a big place, and was packed the Saturday night we were there, but service was first-class. Nice atmosphere. Typical Italian food. We both had a version of piccata, one veal and one chicken. Nicely prepared, a bit on the rich side. Both around $17.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The 14 oz. rib-eye steak I had at this restaurant was mouth watering. The restaurant is classy and the service is friendly. Everyone at the table really enjoyed their dishes, so it is not only the steak that is good.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Eaten here on a yearly basis for years. Always great food and service. Easy to find location on Price St and a short walk to the Sandcastle Hotel on the beach.

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