Trattoria I Trulli
Great food and great service
My daughters and I have been making the drive from Orange County to have lunch at Trattoria Trulli for more than 10 years. The food, the ambiance, and especially the wonderful service is well worth every moment spent in traffic. A few of the servers have come and gone, but the service remains the same. And the food is always fantastic! Every time we visit we feel
as though we’ve been transported to Roma!
Had reservations for
6:45 but did not get seated till 7:10
The best Italian food in Encinitas. The restaurant was clean, quiet and the food was terrific. Service is excellent. We had the same waiter as we had a month ago.
You never serve a primi piatti with a secondo piatti at the same time.
Dinner was unnecessarily rushed.
Simply the best!
Best cioppino on the planet! Excellent service!
Very great chill atmosphere and food is fantastic.
Excellent, as usual.
The was my second time to dine at I Trulli: the other being 6 months ago. Both time the experience was that of an authentic Italian trattoria with a neighborhood feel, warm reception, attentive but not intrusive service and excellent food. I enjoyed their cioppino and it is my favorite version in California from San Diego to San Francisco. It is filled with generous amounts of fresh shellfish, calamari and fresh catch with a slightly spicy tomato broth. On this occasion they were serving a special dessert: limoncello tiramisu. It was delicious and refreshing. I was also treated well as a single diner. It is a small space and so the noise level can be lively. I look forward to my next visit to the area!
As usual the ravioli was ridiculously good. Can’t say I’ve tried anything else, but when it’s on that level, what’s the point?
Cute decor. Excellent food and waiters are great.
Food was excellent and prices not extravagent. My one concern was feeling rushed by wait staff which impacted the overall ambiance of the evening for me. It was a busy Saturday evening and I underestand they were trying to turn over tables quickly, and provide quick customer service, but the way they were swooping up dishes to and from our table quite often (almost overkill!) and repeatedly asking us if we have any questions before ordering, just made for a very rushed experience. We were with another couple and trying to enjoy the experience. But I would definitely return and recommend to others.
This is our "go-to" favorite restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent, the tables on the front porch are great for people watching, and Luka (our favorite waiter) always provides the best service. I would always recommend this place to others!
We go every summer! The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The food is excellent and my favorite is the calamari followed by the rack of lamb. The price is appropriate for the amount of food and quality.
Surprisingly empty at lunch. Food and service were good. Has always been consistently good food.
Food was delicious and service was very accommodating and good! We will be back!
Our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The service was both friendly and efficient, and the food excellent. The antipasto platter was a universal hit (fried artichokes!), and then all 6 of us loved our individual choices of pastas and other main dishes. We dined early, when the noise level was low; it rose as the place filled but still was fine for conversation. Having dined recently at a more pretentious local Italian restaurant, I have to say that the food at I Trulli is far superior.
I Trulli is consistently excellent. We have been dining here for years and have always received attentive and friendly service, and great food.
Small place, but everything was amazing! You feel like family. The service was awesome and the food, superb! Highly recommend it...
The service was excellent! The food was soooo good! Definitely would recommend!
Way too noisy. While I know it’s what people want nowadays, but hard to carry a conversation. Friendly service and good ambience. The tri-colori salad was delicious, the main courses were just not up to par. My salmon was very blah; tasted my husband’s pasta which likewise was uninspired. A friends’ chicken breast was decent but it was simple enough. Need to up their game in the culinary department.
This is our go-to restaurant for date night — best all around Italian restaurant for quality of food, ambience and service. We have never been disappointed!
Food was great. Waiter was very sweet. Had a nice evening.
Everything was delicious! So glad you take reservations on open table! Haven’t been to restaurant for years due to no reservations on the weekends. We will be back soon.
Great food, great wine recommendation, great service. Room was a little loud.
We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Trattoria I Trulli.... the service was amazing, the entire team was so friendly and super attentive, we had a delicious meal... highly recommend the Mellenzane and Filet Gorgonzola!! We were made to feel so welcome and will be back on a regular basis!
(The only miss on their part was that we mentioned it was our anniversary when we made our reservation and they did not acknowledge this...so if this important to you, you may want to remind them or make a special plan)
Fantastic place in a quaint setting with solid food and reasonably priced wine...
Sat outside. Good plan. Much quieter. Inside ambiance very loud. The food is very good. Probably the best in Encinitas. Plenty of good choices and wine options. Gem.
Service & food exquisite! It’s very loud, but if you know that going in and don’t expect some quiet romantic date — you’re good. Will definitely be back
We had a great time on our last visit. We had a very friendly welcome and the food was fantastic. We visit I Trulli on Birthdays and Anniversaries .... this one time was special, my wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.... we were treated with a festive mode by staff and given a delicious desert on the house ... all in all a great afternoon dining experience .. :-)
C. & G. Ortuño
All 4 of us had different menu items. My husband had great osso bucco and I had their salmon (one of my favorite preparations) with mushrooms and artichoke hearts. My sister and her husband both had different pastas. We all took left-overs home as portions are generous. We enjoyed a good Italian cabernet. They brought the two men a yummy cake as a birthday treat. Always a treat to eat here!
Always food and service to perfection. Our server, Luca is the best in North County.
Been going here a lot of years and always enjoyed the experience.
Our entrees were yummy but the caprese salad was average.
We've been happy with Trulli probably 19 out of 20 visits. May be a different staff on Mondays as we had one iffy meal on a monday. This visit was excellent
Great food and wonderful service. Very nice night
The food here is always amazing!
It is a small restaurant serving southern Italian food with a wide variety of choices. The sausage meat is fantastic. Salad dressing is homemade as is all of their pastas which are done to al dente perfection. A large selection of wines by the glass and a large bottle menu to match. A great place for date night or to bring out-of-town guests.