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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
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11:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 23:00
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San Diego, California
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Andover, New Jersey
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and it didn't disappoint. Very crowded on a Saturday night but our reservation was honored right on time. We split an heirloom tomato and burrata salad which was delicious. We picked pappardelle with braised lamb, wild mushrooms and olives in a brandy sauce as well as pumpkin sage ravioli for our entrees. Both were... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

So I am beginning to formulate that their are three types of Italian restaurants: amazing, authentic, top notch (e.g. Federal Hill spots in Providence); middling places that offer some homemade pasta options, and bland chains/in-authentic Prego-style restaurants. Osteria falls into the middle ground, albeit on the higher end. I was surprised to find the meal open with bread with marinara,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Excellent quaint spot in La Jolla with a friendly Italian staff. The pasta is great and a nice selection of wine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The food and service was great. We had 8 people in our party and everyone raved about their dish. We had the lobster ravioli, gnocchi, tortellini with meat sauce, pesto pasta, a seafood linguine, short ribs and spaghetti and meatballs. We also enjoyed a few cocktails and one person had the limoncello marscapone dessert (it was excellent) Before dinner we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We had very nice meal Sunday 2 Oct. Good italian food and excellent service. It is well worth a visit Robbyna from Sweden

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Like finding a pearl. The restaurant, atmosphere, service and food was so authentic, we felt like we were in Florence, Tuscany. Wonderful flavorful typical Italian ingredients, a nice bottle of Chianti, and service from a real Italian! Lots to choose from on the menu, we had a plate of antipasto, filled with delicious cheeses, vegetables and meats, it was a... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Do yourself a favor and visit Osteria Romantica. Everything about this place from the food to the atmosphere in perfect. Prices are very reasonable. My favorite dish is the Linguine Nere! I could eat there everyday.

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Cozy authentic Italian with reliable good food and couteous service. Noisy but outside seating is better.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 23:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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?