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“Good Food”

Rosa's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 105 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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.
Stockton
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Rosa's has a nice variety of Italian food and seafood. The food is good and always served hot. You get a nice basket of freshly baked bread. The lasagna is my favorite. The veal piccata is also delicious. The restaurant is very pleasant inside. There is an enclosed patio that is heated. The service is very good and the staff is friendly and accommodating. Enjoy :)

  • Visited April 2014
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Oakdale, California
1 review
“Not the what I expected.”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

After seeing the reviews on yelp my fiance and I decided to give Rosa's a try. 10 minute wait which wasn't to bad. Atmosphere wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. We got our bread and water immediately after being seated but had to wait 15 minutes for a cup for our son. All the food looked great, I ordered a fettuccine Alfredo with a side salad and my fiance ordered tortellini which we were going to share with our 2 year old. The salad wasn't anything to brag about. Small portion but that's what you expect for a side salad. We got our food rather quickly and the portion size looked great but that was an illusion from them drowning the pasta in sauce. The tortellini was way to salty and the fettuccine Alfredo was average at best. Defenetly not what I was expecting for the price. We waited 20 minutes for our bill which was another surprise. The small side salad was 8$! And they charged 4$ for an extra plate fee which our son was asleep the whole time and didn't eat a bite. Overall olive garden blows this place out of the water as far as atmosphere, price, and portion size but hey...at least our bread was warn

  • Visited March 2014
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BUELLTON
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful dining experience!”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Great Italian food, great customer service! One of the finest Italian dining choices in the Pismo Beach area!

Visited February 2014
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Riverbank, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Over rated”
Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

The service was ok but pretty chaotic, the food was ok but not anywhere close to 4 stars. I ordered the tortellini and it was very salty.. They charge a 4 dollar plate fee if you plan on sharing your meal with your children.. And the kid menu items were all over 8 dollars. The dinner for adults was priced what it would be at any Italian restaurant about 15-20 per plate of food, however that just includes the dinner no soup or side salad like most places do.. My fiancé ordered a salad with his dinner and the menu said $6 however we were surprised when we got the bill to see that they charged us 8. The restaurant definitely has a romantic feel and is very nice on the outside and inside, but the food fell way short of expectations. I will not be eating there again.

  • Visited March 2014
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Arroyo Grande, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Best in Town”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Whenever we are in California and want to go to a restaurant to celebrate any occasion, we allways go to Rosa's. The bread is fresh and warm, the food is excellent, the clam chowder the best in the area and the drinks were all outstanding. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Barbara C
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