Capo
Capo

Capo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.caporestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3103945550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Closed Sunday – Monday
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Marder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pico
  • Public Transit: Big Blue Bus on Pacific and Ocean Park Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking available.
A word from Capo
Capo faire, a modern Italian style cuisine, offers a rustic yet elegant dining room with high-beamed ceilings, flickering candles and a brightly burning corner fireplace. Capo has an extensive wine list of over 130 bottles as well as a full bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Capo reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (40)notable wine list (37)fit for foodies (36)romantic (30)neighborhood gem (20)hot spot (7)good for groups (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    Nuriyceci
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food and wine. Our server was eager to recommend us the best dishes for us. We will come back for sure
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    TomfromNewport
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is a very fine restaurant. I would go back definitely. The food was very very good and the wine list was very extensive. However, be prepared for a steep bill. Excellent food and service comes at a price, and this is no exception!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Manager -Best way to lose
    IMOPINION
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've never written a review before. A friend who is a foodie in LA & the godfather in Social media suggested we meet at Capo for dinner. The wait staff was great & food was good. After 3 bottles of very good(expensive wine) & 5 fifty dollar+ steaks the manager began to hover like a vulture circling the steak bones and so it started getting a little weird. Then we order some top shelf scotch and desert and the manager again eyed our us like we were taking too long to drink & enjoy the well aged scotch. We paid the 1000+ bill & chatted for few when this AHOLE comes over and asks us to leave! WTF really? This Ahole had no idea he just asked 2 SR execs from Facebook to leave his fine restaurant. OOPS Major F'UP! #Neverkno who customers are!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointed
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I really wanted to love this restaurant. Unfortunately it fell short of my expectations. You have to have deep pockets to eat here. We had a really nice server who was very helpful.The appetizers were better than the two main entrees. We had the 3 pasta sampler, delicious! The ravioli with truffles was my favorite. The Maryland crab torta appetizer was very good. We had the jamon ilberuco prosciutto appetizer which was delicious but pricey! It was not too salty but has a subtle sweetness.The black truffles burrata, You can't go wrong with truffles. The wine list is what they are known for. I recommend a bottle of wine over glass of wine. Wine per glass is quite pricey, $20-35 a glass. Unfortunately, I feel like this restaurant is dated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always packed
    tarlaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    capo is always filled with people as the food is excellent. however, when it gets really busy just relax and be prepared to be there for awhile!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best vacation Dinner
    Miguelpa
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The good was remarkable with an extensive wine list to select a great wine, one of the best restaurant in our 2 weeks vacation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • White corn ravioli
    Simon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pastas are all great. Truffle oil ravioli and white corn ravioli and bring lettuce Ceaser salad are always a must have. Bone in filet is the best and only steak to get. No on Kansas Steak and big NO on the chicken entree.. At $50 for a chicken entree I was expecting something out of This world. It was a big let down.. Stick to the basics.. Pastas and filet in my opinion...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great food. I loved the "al forno" dishes. Veggies were very fresh. I always eat here when I visit the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    mcwooVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Cozy charming Italian restaurant. Fabulous food, extensive wine list, great service. Expensive but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    GramVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    As a New Yorker, nice to find a good Italian restaurant with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Host did not honor request for a specific table for two that had been confirmed by the restaurant earlier the same afternoon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diningafficionados1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We hadn't been to Capo for about 5 years as we live out of town. It was even better than we remembered. Our dinners were delicious, the service warm and full of helpful recommendations and the wine list very impressive. It is definitely one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in LA
    kimberVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There is not one thing this restaurant could improve. Perfect. Food, wine, service, music, art, ambiance, even the cool dishes… Cannot be beat. My family has been to 5-star restaurants all over the world. We have never had better food or a better experience than at Capo. Also, Capo is CONSISTENTLY good. Not like restaurants where you have a great experience and then go back and it does not live up to your memory. EVERY visit to Capo is perfect. Everytime we bring new people to experience it they agree as well. Never had a dish that was not PERFECT. So far we have had at least 12 different people not believe it until they experienced it and ALL agreed. Don't miss this hidden gem in Santa Monica!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere. The wine is over priced. ($50 corkage fee??)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    KimberlyBVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This restaurant is full service. They are mindful of every detail of your dining experience. My second time here and I'm looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninspired
    stevemcl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had high hopes for this place. Wanted it to be amazing, and at this price-point it should have been stunning! Unfortunately it was just "ok" at best. Had a variety of dishes from cured meats, to pasta, to shrimp and NY Steak–all average to disappointing. Spent 5 minutes cutting the char from my steak, and my wife spent 10 minutes shifting through soggy shrimp and run-of-the-mill cured meats. They happily swapped a few of the more problematic dishes. Still, with each dish served, our level of satisfaction decreased along with our faith in their ability to deliver a competent dish. When the wine is the highlight of the evening, the restaurant has failed. In the end, it was a letdown and we walked away from an unmemorable experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • high price items pushed
    margorens
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    loved the food but felt like one waitress we had pushed us to change our order to some special pasta that we specifically told her we probably wouldnt like bc we didnt like main ingredient and she said "no you really must try it". So we were like fine, it's just a pasta if we don't like it we still have our main course. The pasta/person she pushed on us ended up being way more expensive than our $50 main/person. That was annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Anniversary Evening!
    MJD2inPDRVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We selected to dine at Capo for our Anniversary and truly received the royal treatment from our server and others from Capo. This is one of our favorite places because the food is so special and the services always wonderful. We were is for a special treat because it happened to be a "star studded evening" so there was an additional positive energy in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    EatinOut
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Everything was superb and decadent and delicious. Pricey, but for a special occasion, it is a great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    MrLAMan
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Sorry to say but very overrated and over priced. In NYC or Las Vegas Capo would be very average at best. Save your money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so experience
    cab50VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wilted romaine was not so hot. Lobster risotto had very little lobster. We all had heartburn after the meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First class dining
    Abcdefg
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    First time dining experience was excellent. Great service. Amazing flavours in the food, very talented staff, everything was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aaaah Mazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Was looking for a good steakhouse on the westside and this place came highly recommended and did not disappoint. From the bbq'd cesar salad to the NY steak. Perfectly cooked, smokey flavor from the natural wood burning bbq and the truffle meat sauce pasta.... to die for! I look forward to coming back to try all of the other amazing looking dishes including the filet and fish selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food is excellent. Wine prices are outrageously overpriced. Markups can get up to 300-400 percent from retail. Service felt rushed, they try and turn tables. Better to eat late or just make sure to set the pace yourself. Very expensive restaurants should never make someone feel rushed. Go with the pastas, they are some of the best I have ever had.
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  • Rocky
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The best high end Italian in LA County. The menu is extensive . The food was excellent as was the service. Try something with Truffles or IL FORNO. This is a great spot for a special dinner because it is very expensive. However, you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 358 reviews are from the Capo reviews archive.
  • 5 Stars is not enough
    MikeZVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Over the years we have been to Capo on special occasions and have never been disappointed, however we now find ourselves going more regularly. The service, ambiance and food deserve 6 stars (like in the movie Spinal Tap they're an 11 one more than 10). We are already looking forward to planning our next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey
    chowhound
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was great but if you think the Ivy is expensive forget about it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worth the money?
    bayheadVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    As a NYer, I'm always looking for good pasta in LA. This place has it but at a price.... an expensive one. Huge menu and wine list, almost too much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Santa Monica Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Outstanding steaks. Great pasta. Fabulous wine list. Experienced and helpful servers. Well oiled machine. Fantastic soufflés and blackberry crumble. Sophisticated menu but yet simple and casual. One of the very best restaurants in Los Angeles
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak!
    1funmum
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The steak was one of the best I have ever eaten! $175 for a huge piece of meat (2 people shared). I ordered wine by the glass. My mistake was not asking the price. When we received the bill I almost died. $35 a glass!! Dinner for 4 was almost $1,000 before the tip!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trust...
    CoachGreene
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I'm a longtime road warrior, amateur chef, professional eater! IMHO, the most important thing when choosing a place to dine is "trust"! Trust in the food, trust in the experience, trust in the hope that your expectations will be exceeded! I trust Capo. I have been coming to this place for several years. I have been there through different stages of my life as well as the restaurant's. From hot new comer, to trendy A-lister, to solid, modern practitioner of vanguard cuisine. I have found Capo to always be evolving in taste, preparation as well as presentation and crowd. But, always trusted to deliver a superb experience. My latest vista….two nights ago…incredible, again. Put the lobster risotto at the top of any list you have!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Faboulous but pricy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food is always incredible. My complaint is they cram too may tables into that space. I could hear everything being said by the two tables next to us. The white wine by the glass was $25.00 per glass. Had I known the price I would have looked at bottles. Be prepared to pay $300-$400 for dinner (with drinks). If the price is not an issue and you want a fabulous dinner then Capo is the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy place
    kaydinesoutVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Busy, crowded, noisy. Food is good but not outstanding. Unassuming from the outside, attractive on the inside. Wines by the glass are expensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Food!
    missajp1
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. It was one of the best meals I've ever had! The menu is full of amazing options. We ended up ordering several appetizers, a pasta dish, and desserts to share. The grilled caesar salad and grilled octopus were incredible, as was the burrata. I had flourless chocolate souffle for dessert that was light and airy and a perfect finish. They have quite a few servers, so you are well cared for while dining. I didn't want for anything from water refills to menu suggestions to help with their extensive wine list. I think you would be happy with anything you ordered here. Prices are high, but it's worth it, especially for special occasion dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and inventive -
    Sparkywd
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Delicious and inventive - absolutely fantastic. But be ready to contact the Federal Reserve for funding when the bill comes :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appalling table. We walked out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Visited Capo several times and, while the prices are extortionate, the food is always excellent. I reserved Saturday's table weeks in advance so was disappointed to be placed inches from the neighbouring table, whose occupant had already requested a table change. The rectangular neighbouring 2-tops had been created from one four top, with the table orientation rotated 90 degrees in order to fit into the tiny space,thus we were seated so far away from our partners that conversation was impossible. With no sign of the maitre D, the next in command haughtily assured us that these were good tables, and he had no trouble filling them. We secured a reservation elsewhere and left. Given the prices charged, clientelle deserve better respect.
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  • Delicious gem with a glorious bar
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We go to Capo every time I'm in town. And when I lived in LA, at least once a month. The only reason I knock off stars, is that I reserve certain seats at the bar every single time... And pretty far in advance. The last few times I've entered only to see someone in the seats I requested. This is just bad customer service for a "regular". Half the time it's the owner, who regardless of the thousands of dollars you spend and the numerous times he has seen you or met you, is terribly rude and cold. If I didn't love Brian, the bartender so much, I wouldn't go. The food is great, but There are so many delicious places to eat in LA. If the owner is there, I'd skip it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we enjoyed a delicious dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    we enjoyed a delicious dinner and great service. It was our anniversary and i asked for a quiet table. We were put in the middle of the room right next to another couple…..not my idea of a romantic dinner. we will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service and food exceeded all expectations. Spectacular! The only issue is cost. Can't help but feel overcharged. Not just a little expensive. WAY expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING DINING EXPERIENCE!!
    SoCalDiner
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Went there for our 1 year anniversary celebration, and we could not have been treated more nicely! Everyone from the Maitre D to the bartender to our waiter and table servers gave us outstanding attention and care! We had not been there before so we went with the tasting menu. And it was fabulous! It consisted of 8 courses and each time they brought us a course, we each got something different (except for the meat course of filet mignon). Therefore we were served 15 different dishes of exceptional cuisine! We absolutely loved it! Even though their wine list is epic, we brought out own bottle and the corkage fee was $50, which we thought was a bit steep, but everything else about the night was resplendent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.