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Osteria Romantica

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2151 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
+1 858-551-1221
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 23:00
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West Chester, OH
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168 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful family dinner here during our visit to La Jolla. The restaurant feels very authentically Italian, and we enjoyed dining outdoors. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. A truly lovely dining experience.

Thank boilerjenni
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Food and Service, this place comes really close to an original native Italian Osteria in the heart of Italy. Signed a frequent Italia traveler

Thank Ulf H
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84 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a family and had a lovely Italian meal whilst on holiday. The service was really good and the food enjoyable. I really liked the absence of a children's menu but the willingness to provide children's portions of what was on the menu. A great alternative to the chicken nuggets, burgers or sausages that are typically available for... More 

Thank rgoold
La Jolla, California
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271 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Authentic Italian food, this restaurant is owned and managed by Italians. The wine selection is great and the service is wonderful. My favorite dish is the Cioppino. Another variation is the grilled calamari with marinara sauce and spinach. It isn't always listed, but they will always make it for me. They have breaded calamari option too. My only regret is... More 

Thank Kathy S
Nieuw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The starter we shared was the best prepared artichoke we ever ate. Also the shared Caprese salad was excellent. My main dish was the Risotto Fradiavolo, a spicy well cooked mail with delicious shrimps.

Thank Calibre43
San Deigo
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We were a party of 6 celebrating an anniversary. Lots of choices on the menu of both favorites and new creative items. I thoroughly enjoyed the minestrone soup followed the eggplant parm. Everybody in our group had different appetizers and entrees and they all raved about their selections. Can't wait to go back and try other items. Owner is friendly... More 

Thank Jeff R
San Diego, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This was her second visit to Osteria Romantica, and both have been delightful. The location in La Jolla Shores has a quaint neighborhood feel, the restaurant has a warm, old world ambience. Outdoor dining is available. Our entrées, a cioppino and a fish pasta, were perfectly prepared generous proportions. Tuesday’s special is half-price wine, and the restaurant has a nice... More 

Thank papag20152015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Then don't stay open on a Sunday holiday evening. I really don't like to give bad reviews. We have eaten here before and were charmed. In all fairness, the waiter checked on us a couple of times and I didn't complain, but a 1/2 cup + of oil in the bottom of my pesto dish was just plain gross. Lurking... More 

Thank Elizabeth M
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We are fans of Northern Italian cuisine (butter and cream) and have had some great meals here. My wife thinks it's ordinary but rest of my family give it a high rating. Homemade pastas are a good bet, especially if they put in porcini mushrooms. Bread and oil are very good, too. Service can be good, but can be dismissive.... More 

Thank Neil R
Andover, New Jersey
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

This small & quaint restaurant was very good. The Italian red sauce was very authentic. As I am Italian, I do not usually order anything in an Italian restaurant with a red sauce, or Gravy as we call it in NJ, but I did here and it was really good and so were the meatballs. I was really surprised. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2151 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-551-1221

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?