Bistro of Santa Monica
Bistro of Santa Monica

Bistro of Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroofsantamonica.com/
  • Phone: 3108999917x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 3.30pm=10.30 pm

    Closed on Sundays except for private parties.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • 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
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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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Bistro of Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)romantic (9)special occasion (8)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Amazing
    Timm
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place was amazing. Probably the best chicken I have ever eaten. Friendly staff and very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was a joke
    Sweetpotatopie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The ambiance good, the food okay, the service a joke. We asked for a half bottle and were informed that the guy with the key to access those was not there yet. Instead of compensating us in a way for this inconvenience he merely just made us order two glasses of wine. Then we asked for two clearly different types of wine and he served us the same wine, obviously thinking that niether of us would notice. When asked about what the side was that came with the entree, the waiter plainly said 'vegetables and potatoes.' When I'm paying close to $30 an entree, I expect a little more detail than that. The second glass of wine, was again, the exact same wine as the first, even though we ordered a completely new wine.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BillVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Handsome venue serving delicious entres by attentive and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday, and it was!
    GinoVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We brought a foursome to celebrate my wife's birthday because this is one of her favorite restaurants. The food was wonderful, as always, and the service seemed better than ever. Michael made it a point to stop by our table to say hello, as did the piano player who asked for and played our request, and the evening was perfect. With at least 2 foodies in our group, no one was disappointed with the food or the bill. Great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro
    CorbycorbVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great location, amazing food and excellent service. Overall was a great experience and looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Another wonderful evening at Bistro Santa Monica - delicious food, friendly and professional service, and a creative, talented pianist. This is our go-to restaurant for our many out-of-town foodie family members and it never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Eggplant
    edel
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The eggplant parm was very good and the service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • deohair
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service and food were outstanding. When in Santa Monica again, we would definitely dine at the Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Arnie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was surprised that there were very few patrons for a Sat. night. The service was great and the restaurant was quiet
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant!
    Silverben91
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food was delicious. The service was impeccable. The piano player was awesome. The waiter was friendly. Great experience for a romantic date. Would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, good food
    BelatedBirthday
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We were a party of six. There were several tables set up for large parties. The food was very good and plentiful. We enjoyed the piano playing buit it was still quiet enough to have a conversation. We were there to celebarate a belated birthday for two people and they were served a very nice mousse for dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The best way to describe this restaurant is by describing its piano player, who seemed to noodle at familiar melodies w/o ever actually fleshing them out or finishing them. Everything about his performance indicated capable musicianship, but nothing ever came to fruition. He just sort of meandered through a song like he was figuring it out, & just when you thought he might rise to the occasion, he would abruptly stop playing it, take a 5 minute break, & then come back to try again. The food and service was the same—it never quite rose to the occasion—the kind of place senior citizens frequent to remind themselves of how adequate food was before the foodie revolution. It's a nice restaurant for people who haven't been to nice restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 135 reviews are from the Bistro of Santa Monica reviews archive.
  • Celebration of UCLA graduation
    Dinnerni8t
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We picked this restauraunt because of it's proximity to UCLA to celebrate our daughters graduation. We were greeted and seated warmly by the hostess. The Owner came and greeted us and welcomed us. He mentioned he was a graduate from UCLA also. The food was delicious. The service excellent. Every dish was delicious. Our waiter was very attentive and provided good conversation at the end of our meal. I would recommend this place highly for celebration dinner or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful dining experience
    Liz470VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We ate dinner at Bistro of Santa Monica. I had the sand dabs and my husband had linguini pescatore. Both dishes were wonderful. Service is top notch and they really let you dine which is a real treat these days. We go there for lunch but this was the first time we tried it for dinner. We will definitely be going back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Find
    LuvfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Did not know what to expect when made the res on Open Table...this restaurant should not be missed if you are in the Santa Monica/ Marina Del Rey area..EVERYThING is made fresh, food presentation is lovely as well as it is so good. White table clothes on the tables lots of atmosphere and service was perfect(ask for Sean when making the res)...wish we lived closer it wouls be on my weekly restaurant list!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it love it
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    best food , everyone should try , its one of those place , in your life you have to go there , best quality, best food , can't wait to go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took momma and our 3 girls there and we all had a nice time. We were seated right away and immediately served bread and some tastee olive oil. Our food also was alsovery tastee. We all loved our food. The servers were friendly and very good. The servers checked to make sure we were all doing fine frequently. We will be not wait for a special day to be back :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    If you are looking for an all-around great place to dine, check out Bistro of Santa Monica. Everything from the food to ambience was perfect. I ordered the Chicken picata and it was to die for. Definitely going back again!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best place ever
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    One of those placed you have to go there great too great and amazing food and unbelievable price
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You have to see
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food it's grat , best of the best You should try :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • much below excpectations
    markul
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The service is very poor the meal is below avarage. My friend sent his file minion back. It was very bad. Do not recomend this restaurant
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  • brneyedgurl
    brneyedgurlVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    When I first walked in, the entire wait staff was fraternizing at the bar. I was completely ignored. I then walked up to the group and asked if I should go ahead and seat myself. Between the five people standing there, one would think that someone would say something.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Specials
    slwdcwVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The nightly specials are always varied and delicious. Be sure to listen carefully for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Granted it was Easter and they were shortstaffed but the service was absolutely miserable and the food was beyond mediocre. Turned basic italian classics into disasters. I've had better frozen meals. Need to update decor and menus, nothing was charming.
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  • Can't wait to back again
    Mimi
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    One thing I love about this restaurant quality of food never changed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't go wrong...
    manwhoknowshowtowineanddi
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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 ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Dinner at the Bistro
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too much noise
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to go:)
    Kevin
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try this place
    Kevin
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fascinating
    Kevin
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locals Great Food & Great Service
    LocalJack
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Very pleasant dining experience. Food very good and wine list reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but not worth the $$
    Brian
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Valentine's day ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was good and the service and prices were grrrreat, we had the perfect lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kevin
    Kevin
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place to go
    Mimi
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice portions
    atlfoodie
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Wine Inverntory
    Celebrity
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Bistro great for a date
    LBLA
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate