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Bistro of Santa Monica
Bistro of Santa Monica

Bistro of Santa Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroofsantamonica.com
  • Email: jilamichael@gmail.com
  • Phone: (310) 899-9917
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner:everyday from 3.30pm=10.30 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater to all business and private parties up to 100 people. Please call for more information.
  • Entertainment: Piano bar 7 nights per week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bistro of Santa Monica
See inside Bistro of Santa Monica with our Virtual Tour: http://bit.ly/1coSJhA

Drop in for lunch or dinner and discover the real meaning of genuine Cuccina Italiana. Specializing in unique and authentic Italian dishes, including fresh seafoods , Steaks, Chops and Veal. An excellent wine list. A full bar with great martini list. And top it all off with the Bistro's Special dessert: The Chocolate soufflé.

A romantic setting in a historical 1890 building with an original tin ceiling and stained glass, the enchanting strains of live Italian music flowing nightly, and signature dishes created by a master chef and served by a friendly, professional staff.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "One thing I love about this restaurant quality of food never changed"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have been going here for years... Mostly lunch, but taken my parents to dinner twice and my girlfriend for our 1st Anniversary Friday, 4/11/14. She has never been there and LOVED IT ! the service is the best, I made online reservations, with request, sat immeadiatly, and they made her feel like a queen. As always, food was awesome, and staff was exceptional ! I did miss my waiter Juan, he's the best...however my waiter was great as well, and I showed he was. The love of my life wants to go back soon. I hate people that do not recognize a great place because their under ware is in a bunch ! My only thing I would like is my wine filled 3/4 of the way ! Lol THANK YOU SM BISTRO, MY REYNA LOVES YOU GUYS AS WELL AS I DO ...."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were delighted with the atmosphere and service. Bread was poor to our taste. Salad was nicely presented and most entrees were good.....Cioppino, Pasta, Rissoto, Lamb Shank. Prices were high ($233) for six persons including 4 salads, 5 entrees including a child's plate, one spinach, four cocktails and a Shirlely Temple. No dessert or coffee. Pianist was a nice feature, but slightly on the loud side for us. All in all, this restaurant could be a hit with a few modifications."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We were here Sat night at 7pm and the noise level was painful. We will not return at this time ever again. We have been here before and it was quieter and very nice. The food is very good and the service is usually better."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Love the food , it's one of those place you have to try Food is amazing prices fantastic and people there's so wonderful Love their ravioli pumpkin And my wife she loves Catalina sanddabs Ha ha don't forget chocolate soufflé"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had dinner last night at the Bistro Santa Monica with my wife everything comes perfectly I had salmon scallops And she had chicken piccata For dessert we had Cheesecake with the raspberry sauce We had two glasses of wine, dad was fascinating All-day employee there so nice so professional and so welcomeing Thanks"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Such a pleasure we had dining last night at Bistro Santa Monica , We ordered prosciutto di Parma with melon !!!! Sweetness of melon was a perfect accompany of prosciutto 's saltiness Best combination ever for main course we ordered fresh sea bass with lemon & capers. The food was amazing as usual , Love the price love the food love to spend my money over there every penny it's worth it"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Wonderful menu and atmosphere! Service was impeccable! Great decor for cozy privacy or warm group get-together! A trusted Go-To place for a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Very pleasant dining experience. Food very good and wine list reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "To start off, the owner greeted us at the door and walked us to the table. He was very nice and reminded me of the type of owner-customer relationship you see in a great mom/pop shop. The waiter was very nice and knew the menu very well. He gave great descriptions. I have to say I was a little dissappointed with the food. Here is what we ordered: - Clam Chowder tasted more like a potato chowder not enough seafood flavor to it, though fair amount of clam - Mussels in red sauce - good, particularly to dip the bread in the sauce - Swordfish was dry. We didn't even finish this - Veal/Prosciutto was salty and not very tasty Our main course took pretty long - I wanted dessert but ended up not having enough time"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was good and the service and prices were grrrreat, we had the perfect lunch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Last night i've been in bistro santa monica and i had best ,romantic and unforgetable night everything was good specially the tall server , i think that's because of excellent manager and managment god bless all of the team workers"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Ordered a wine on menu and they took forever to tell us they didn't have the wine which was on wine list. Food came before the wine."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We've been to this restaurant several times every single time we try different food and every time every single items became perfect! Love this restaurant I highly recommend that everyone i'm going to have a reservation for Valentines with my love!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Considering the menu and type restaurants, we figured the entrees would be small plates like in other comparable places. The portions were actually large and the food was tasty. The piano was a bit overbearing, especially since the place was quiet with only a handful of other diners."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Great food, great service! I will definitely return next time I am in Santa Monica."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "While looking for a pre-New Year's Eve dinner place I came across a number of restaurants that either wanted to overcharge for a "special" New Year's Eve dinner or were booked or both. The Bistro was available and classy without feeling stuffy. The host and hostess were very friendly and the pianist smiled as my date and I entered. Despite covering many tables, our server was quick, thoughtful, and even took the time to inquire about a wine selection on my behalf. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "There are no fad ingredients or hipster servers, which is just fine by me. The food is outstanding and the service attentive and nice. A+++++ Osso buco was fork tender and full of flavor. Lobster ravioli was hand made deliciousness. And get the chocolate soufflé. It was simple, not too sweet and a perfect end to a great meal."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I was there last night the food was unbelievable great, the ambulance was great, Recommended to go with your family but also I recommended to every single office to have their party over there:)"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I've been there many times and i think everytime i went there was better than before ."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "I had an amazing experience with this restaurant it was great food , so friendly, For long time come to this restaurant I promise you you won't go anywhere ,"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "It was my 20th. Bring my gorgeous wife to one of the best restaurant in this town, I research for amonth before to find one of the good restaurant, to have a memorable moment with my wife finally I find Bistro Santa Monica,, amazing ambince great people work there ,and the food was unbelievable great, I had Seabass , Karen has veal scaloppine limone , which I want nothing amazing salad they called Kale salad, and for dessert we had chocolate soufflé, and at the end we had lemoncello , it was a memorable night for us after 20 years I just want to say thank you to the owner which is I don't know him, thanks for hard-working and keep everything high-quality."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "The daily specials are always appealing -- so great that I almost never get to order from the menu! Michael and his staff work wonders to make the whole experience was a delight."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I like this restaurant. Has a touch of New York about it. Piano playing, full bar - you feel quite welcomed. I had one of the specials - pork loin cooked with cranberries an apple - just delicious. The service was attentive with our server checking in frequently. Will be happy to go back soon"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "I find this Resturant resently and I m so glad To find this restaurant, Everything was excellent They have a variety of food Red meat white meat pasta,fish,...everything I , like I can find over there, The best fish taco Was on there especial Menu!, It was amazing And I had a chocolate cake with strawberry, One thing I like about this restaurant is not like you walking and they only have to same Manu, They have one original menu, Which is normal for any Resturant , but Every day chef make a special menu , And is not only couple items, They have the variety of fish, Red meat, Chicken, pasta, Soup, & more I wouldn't waste my money anywhere else, Each dim I pay there it's worth it ! I find the best restaurant ."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "best food ever, it was my daughter b-day , they was so busy but they taking care of are party so good , food was good , they have a good cheeses cake , and gar at wine , they so friendly and price was so good , just go then you will see , if you looking for good food and best price go to bistro of santa Monica ! thx to everyone work there :)"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We had a great time at this restaurant last couple nights ago with my husband I order fillet mignon and my husband he or do lamb shank" The lamb shank comes with the special sauce! Me and my husband we travel to France and Italy And so many countries But we never had this experience anywhere else Food was unbelievable good! The server was so professional I'm a big fan of wine And he gave me so many information which is I never know And at the end we had an amazing dessert Try the cheesecake And chocolate soufflé Thanks to the owner Definitely I will come back with my children! Highly recommend to Anyone wants a good food !"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "I travel alot for work. Because of that, I get to eat out more often than Id like to admit. After a few years of having fast food while on traveling, I decided to try out local food. I dont write much (ever). But I thought this place deserves it. When I walked in, I was greeted and I got to choose where I want to sit. Whenever I go to these kinds of places, I let the server pick what I should eat. My main dish was a garlic like spaghetti and boy it was good. So good that Im taking my wife and kids there next week to go to Disney land and try this place out again. I really recommend this place. Hope you enjoy it as much as it did. PS: I was told they dont bring water to you in LA unless you ask. I didnt have to ask :)"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "It was one of the best night for me All the team and hosting was good and friendly with customer Thanks to all"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "best eggplant dishes I have ever had. all the pastas are delicious too"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Food was decent but not great. Had been better in the past. Really noisy on this particular night and the piano player and Lieder singer didn't help."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "On a quiet part of Santa Monica Blvd, this restaurant prepares its meals tastefully and fresh-smelling. I have had great burgers and pastas. Their soups are also fantastic--particularly clam chowder and black bean soup as is the beetroot salad. Have not tried desserts but I am sure they are delicious too. Friendly and attentive service and prices are reasonable. Took clients a couple of times and they all raved about the food."
    Dined on 7/9/2013