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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
  • Phone: (310) 899-9917
  • 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: 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
  • "The service and food were outstanding. When in Santa Monica again, we would definitely dine at the Bistro."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I was surprised that there were very few patrons for a Sat. night. The service was great and the restaurant was quiet"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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!!! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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 :)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "One of those placed you have to go there great too great and amazing food and unbelievable price"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Food it's grat , best of the best You should try :)"
    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"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The nightly specials are always varied and delicious. Be sure to listen carefully for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great food, great service! I will definitely return next time I am in Santa Monica."
    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