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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 - 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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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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Los Angeles, California, United States
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131 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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pa, usa
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81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 

Stockholm, Sweden
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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?