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“A Nice Italian Eatery in SLO”
Review of Cafe Roma

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Ranked #33 of 304 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Santa Rosa
Transit: Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.
Description: Since 1980, the Rizzo family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in San Luis Obispo's Historic Railroad District. Enjoy homemade pastas, steaks, and seafood made from the finest local ingredients--classic dishes like Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto and Tortelli di Zucca. From a vintage Italian bike hanging from the bar ceiling to the Murano glass chandeliers and Tuscan murals, Café Roma is a celebration of what people love about Italy. The garden patio, full service bar, and elegant dining room are popular destinations. Café Roma accommodates many special occasions and business functions with its private dining options and banquet room.
San Luis Obispo, California
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A Nice Italian Eatery in SLO”
Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

A very welcoming restaurant. We were treated at the door by Marco, the owner and were made to feel very much at home. The food was very good and authentic. My wife enjoyed the beet salad and the halibut which she described as excellent. I had the Caesar salad which was very good and the Lasagna which I rate as just fair. It just didn't have that special something that makes a great Lasagna. We will probably return as there is a great variety of Italian pastas and dishes on the menu we'd like to try.

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Santa Barbara, California
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tuscany in California”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

This restaurant is the best Italian in San Luis Obispo! The quaint location across from the train depot (after dinner go climb up on one of the train engines on a sidetrack :)) The train station is in a nice part of SLO because there isn't a single "bad" part in this town! You definitely feel tuscany in terms of decor and cuisine. We have eaten there many times and the food is always impeccably prepared and served. It's a medium sized restaurant, so I'd recommend our favorite table for two...in the corner opposite the entrance and a little north, a little quieter. The cool breeze from the open window blends with the aroma of the food. The wine list is good with choices in the $50-$100 range. Enjoy Cafe Roma and beautiful SLO!

  • Visited October 2012
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Oakland, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Grab a meal here as you ride Amtrak”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Everytime I take Amtrak from LA to the Bay Area, I get a meal from here. I ask the conductor what time we are scheduled to arrive in SLO, then I look up the Caffe Roma website online and place my order and call Marcos, the owner to place my order .

He has a staff member bring my order over as I wait by the train (Amtrak stops there for about 20 minutes). All of fellow train riders are so envious as I chomp on delicious Italian food

  • Visited December 2012
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian Food in San Luis Obispo”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Very nice ambiance when you walk in. Neat and clean wIth Italian warmth and European charm.. Excellent service, the wait staff made us feel very much at home. All food is handmade from scratch and outstanding. Three of us dined and all sampled each others entrees. Their version of minestrone soup had a wonderful flavor and was full of fresh vegetables. Caprese Salad was freshly made and well presented. The ossobuco was perhaps the best ever and the spinich ravioli was fantastic as well. I had a delicious linguini shrimp scampi with asparagus dish. We shared a birthday taramisu and although it was late in the evening the dessert was fresh and full of flavor. Will defenitely come back!

  • Visited November 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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“Great meal at Cafe Roma”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a very good meal at Cafe Roma. We were greeted and taken to our table immediately as we walked in. The waiter was very attentive but not pushy. We enjoyed the steamed mussels as an appetizer...very good. Everyone in our party enjoyed something different from the menu...the fresh fish, pasta dishes and steak selections and we were all pleased with our choices. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited November 2012
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