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Cafe Roma

1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
+1 805-541-6800
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“escargot” (4 reviews)
“apple strudel” (4 reviews)
“salad” (17 reviews)
Closes in 7 min
11:30 AM - 2:00 PMAll hours
Mediterranean, Italian, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to Cafe Roma due to the TA reviews and were not impressed. Salads were overdressed, my wife's pasta was nothing to write home about and my lasagna was served at room temperature. When I finally flagged down our waiter (I had to get...More

Thank sleeplessinfrisco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food at this family run Italian restaurant. Service was excellent and they have a long history with lots of Torres to tell about the owners journey in the restaurant.

Thank Colleen K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are only three reasons to eat here ... great food, great service, and great ambiance. Yes, we love everything about Cafe Roma. On our most recent visit, we started with fresh sourdough bread and a shared bowl of potato and mushroom soup. Delicious. Then...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Roma has excellent fresh food expertly prepared. Every staple Italian dish is savory, locally sourced when possible, and generously portioned. From perfect Caesar salad to many varieties of pasta and veal, every palate will be tickled and ready (or too full for) dessert. There...More

Thank lesliiek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were due for an evening out with just the two of us, and I seem to remember this restaurant having amazing creme brulee. Our memory was absolutely correct. My wife had osso buco and I had one of the most amazing...More

Thank BikeFriendlyGene
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I’m surprised that Cafe Roma isn’t rated much higher by reviewers. Ambience at this villa-like restaurant is great, including the relaxing outdoor patio where you can watch the occasional activity at the nearby Amtrak station. As in Europe, waiters are attentive, courteous, and let you...More

Thank Cambriariter
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Last evening our friend wanted Steak. She is a frequent patron of Café Roma and suggested this place. We decided to sit at the bar because she knows the delightful bartender. After looking at the menu, I realized that it was different from the one...More

Thank Knabebug
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Everything was excellent - food & wine. So why only rated as - Very Good. Simple - too many packed in to the bar made getting a drink awkwardly difficult, but not impossible and in the dining room itself we were packed cheek by jowl,...More

Thank Safariholic
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Very nice restaurant, food was very good. Service a little slow and inconsistent, but we were a party of 8 so don’t know if that impacted the waitstaffs ability to give us our servings all at same time. Price is reasonable and servings just right....More

Thank Aspen86
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

I took my husband and friends for a birthday dinner. I had the Milanese pork chop which was excellent. My husband had the lamb shanks on the special as did our guests and they said it was excellent. We had escargot to start which was...More

Thank Judy B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4450
    (Santa Rosa)
  • Public Transportation: Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-541-6800
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.
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