Guido's - West LA
Guido's - West LA

Guido's - West LA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.guidosla.com/
  • Phone: 310-820-6649 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alberto Paredes
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Guido's LA has a private party room which can accommodate up to 40 people. We will also supply the whole restaurant if that is desired. Please contact us for menus and availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Bryan 8884250742

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bundy
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available at restaurant entrance.
A word from Guido's - West LA
Guido's Restaurant, in West LA, has been serving up authentic Northern Italian cuisine incorporating the freshest ingredients and traditional family-style recipes passed on from generation to generation. Keeping its original hand-carved wood accents, fireplace, and red booths since its opening in 1979, Guido's continues to keep a striking vintage appeal giving your dining experience a retro-chic feeling. With a dense wine list containing modest and high-end local favorites and imported wines from around the globe, and a fresh menu that includes everything from calamari to homemade lasagna and filet mignon - Guido's is bound to make your night out comfortable and unique. So whether you are sitting inside enjoying the ambiance near the fireplace, sipping a glass of that special bottle of wine from our cellar, or relaxing in the patio taking in the night breeze while sipping on a warm cappuccino, Guido's is your choice for a cozy-neighborhood restaurant experience.
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Guido's - West LA reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (28)romantic (27)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (17)great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Perfect for our family dinner
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Nine of us enjoyed a dinner where everyone could tune into the conversation...no problem with excessive noise. The food is good as is the service. Prices mid-range. Generous cocktails. Pleasant ambiance with appropriate distance between tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad luck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My date sprained her ankle walking through the parking lot. Tinged the whole evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • west side gem
    CWizard
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    When we arrived there was no wait we were escorted to our seats immediately and were served drinks & bread before we had a chance to read the menu. I picked the lobster ravioli and my lady picked the catch of the day, the swordfish. We passed on appetizers as we felt (rightly) that the main with a salad would be enough. The salads were generous and tasty. The main course came on time (I think they were watching as we talk a lot) I was warned about the dinner being hot and I though; "Right I hear that a lot" WHOOOEEE Dinner was hot. The Swordfish was tender and flaverful, the Ravioli was good with plenty of sauce. Dessert was Tiramisu with two forks, one cappuccino and one espresso. Service was excellent and unobtrusive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1.5 hour wait for food.
    eidco
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Guido's has good Italian food and on the weekends has a great guitarist entertaining everyone. I'm not sure what goes on in the kitchen, but our order took 1.5 hours to get to the table. Our appetizer came right out and then we waited and waited and waited for the entree. The waiter kept apologizing, but gave no reason for the wait. Finally when our orders came no one offered us parmesan cheese and we were so hungry by then that we went over and picked up some from the waiter's cart AND no one even noticed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guidos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our favorite local restaurant but we hadn't been on a Sat. night lately. They now have a guitarist I guess on Sat. nights. I am still hoarse from trying to talk to the people at our table. It was a nightmare. Never again. The restaurant is too small (esp. when crowded) to add a guitar player to the mix. I couldn't tell you what the other couple said at our table because I couldn't hear a word they said. Who ever thought this would be a good idea does not know their clientele or have any sense of what is normal noise for a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone was nice except ...
    2014eggplant
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Please see private note to restaurant below. Thank you. Thank you for allowing me to comment.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    They should go back to the way they used to serve butter instead of having to peel the butter pats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First impressions is everything
    TwinklyLights
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Last Friday night my husband and I made an online reservation for Guidos. It looked inviting and romantic and was with in walking distance. The host at the restaurant was not very inviting. He barely acknowledged us and then told us to wait. There was a half an hour wait...and at 8:00 he took us to our "table" It was a tiny table that had been shoved on the end of a long line of tiny tables only 6 inches from each other. Not romantic at all, and not acceptable as we told the host. He gave us major attitude and told us to wait even longer. Finally 45 minutes after our reservation we were seated at a booth. It was lovely, but it the food was sloppy and overpriced and gave us a stomach ache. The waiter was subpar as well. Not a great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always on Sunday
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I frequent this restaurant on Sundays after the movies at the Landmark. We find it fairly priced, enjoy their pastas, chicken Milanaese, and Parmesan (also with eggplant and Parmesan). I think you will like the quiet ambiance (old world)......nice big booths, gracious waiters, generous drinks, etc. Now if they could just improve their bread, it would be a total winner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time at Guido's
    DSM33LA
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was exactly the atmosphere I was hoping for when I booked my reservation: quiet, classy, personal and romantic. The food was impeccable and the prices completely reasonable. Featured both a moody, candle-lit indoor arrangement as well as an open, Italian-style enclosed outdoor option. The server was attentive and friendly, and the experience was as memorable as I had anticipated! I will certainly return and I recommend Guido's to others who appreciate an sophisticated, tasteful dining experience with quality dishes and wines.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Noise/No Music/Good Food
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We know the "in thing" at restaurants these days noise and music,, but we welcome the lack of both and comfortable red booths that provide a degree of privacy. Our dinner usually runs about $90 for three of us on Sunday nights. We order one Scotch (not stingy), one glass of wine, two Italian (Guido's) Salads with Salami and Garbanzo beans.....plus any of these dishes (two entrees shared for 3)....Chicken Parmesean, Chicken Milanaise, Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Penne Bolognaise. All are plentiful and good. The only thing we don't like is the bread. What ever happened to Bread Sticks, good sour dough?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Guido's is fantastic
    cyncyndi
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've only been here twice - and both times received excellent service and delicious food. It feels like an old school Italian restaurant in NYC (except you can also sit outdoors) - it has a great feel and vibe. Our waiter was outstanding. It's not that close to where I live, but I will be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Say good night, Guido
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Friend brought me who had been there many times and to their other locations. Very dissapointed but my friend was insensed and said this place has gone down hill and fast! Wilted lettuce was the opener. Place needs some paint, chipped tile repair and a make-over on the exterior and the kitchen needs one of those Food Network shows to come in and kick-em in the teeth for a wake up call. Unless that happens, say good night Guido!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Good Restaurant
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Ok, the bread is weak except for the Foccacio. After that it picks up.....we love the chopped Guido's Salad, pastas are good as is the Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Milanaise. Service is very good and the quiet atmosphere (old fashioned red booths) lends itself to conversation. We frequent the restaurant close to 3 times per month so it is a favorite.....with a few minor corrections it could become outstanding instead of very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Dinner
    MamaK
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We recently had a family dinner for 7 at Guido's. The service was wonderful - attentive, personable, yet not invasive. We had a lovely dinner at a round table which allowed us to enjoy conversation. The ambience was inviting and we plan to return for a quiet dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McFoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Love Guido's the food is always amazing. The wait staff is spot on. The only thing i can't speak to is the wine list because I don't drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Food
    mimik
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We've eaten here many times and the food has always been wonderful. Even though it wasn't on the lunch menu, the waiter told me they could make the steamed clams which I love. Normally I would order the veal piccata. My friends enjoyed the shrimp with linguine and the chicken piccata. They said the tiramisu was the best they ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    AlwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Guido Salad is a must. Great fish, fresh pastas fine steaks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guido's
    NiceVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is an old-time Italian dinner house, with beautiful red booth banquettes, amazing bread, and a fine variety of foods. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Dinner in Patio
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    12 of us celebrated joint birthdays in the patio at Guidos. Pleasant surroundings without noise lend to great conversation...perfect for our large dinner party. Food is good, prices fair and service is pleasant. All in all a safe bet for a pleasant evening in "old days" environment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If you like: to hear your dining partner's conversation......old world ambiance.....big red booths.....good service......you will probably be pleased at Guido's. The three of us enjoyed two Guido Italian Salads with salami, one chicken/eggplant Parmesian, one marinara spaghetti shared by two, one steamed spinach, one scotch and one glass of wine. The cost was $90 including tip. Good value in this day and age and all the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great
    CAM5VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and service was good but we made the mistake of eating outside. There were too many flies. It was hard to eat and swat at the same time. Will go back but will eat inside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DJDG45
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is always good at Guido's. The service wasn't quite as good as we' ve experienced in prior visits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RICHARD7620
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dinner was great! We took a friend for her birthday and she can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable and Good
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Service is always good as is the food. Foccacio is very good (relatively new addition), but the bread is only fair in my opinion. Love the chopped Italian Salad. Pasta dishes are cooked well. We like this restaurant as we can hear each other talk and the tables have an appropriate distance for privacy. Prices are in the middle range, but fair. Looks like an Italian restaurant of the 60's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Step Back in Time
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    If you grew up in the 60's where big red booths were the ticket for success in running an Italian restaurant, you will enjoy the ambiance at Guido's....yes it's behind the times where noise is king. but once in awhile it is pleasant to be able to talk while dining. Service is always good. I had the Chicken Parmesian the other night and enjoyed it. The others in our party had a Pasta Pomodoro and liked it. The Italian Chopped Salad is very good. Foccaccio is enjoyable....other bread selection could be improved. Drinks are generous and the service is excellent. Prices are in line. Dinner for the four of us was $120......3 cocktails total, 2 salads split for four of us, 3 entrees split, one steamed spinach.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely dinner
    seefooddiet
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday with friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and the service . Noise level a little high fo us - but we are hard of hearing
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly wonderful, as usual!
    cathieloloVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Thanks you again, Guido's! Brought another Guido's "virgin" plus another friend who has only been to Guido's for dinner, and both were utterly delighted, as was I. Thanks for everything!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot for Food and Wine
    DrShorterVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Guido's is always an enjoyable experience, even if they make a few mistakes here or there. I'll get those out of the way: the "very dirty martini with extra olives" came with two olives. The server's assistance twice tried to take our plates away with food still on them that we were enjoying. Ok, now for the good stuff: the carpaccio is excellent, the drinks fantastic, the wine great, the service attentive, and the lamb chops were to die for. I really enjoy coming here and will continue to do so even when there are some odd little things I wish they'd be better at.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Guido's is deceiving from the outside, but is gorgeous on the inside. Classic Italian, romantic atmosphere. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back to the 50's
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    If you are old enough to remember the 50's where most Italian restaurants had red booths, captains in tuxes and a quiet atmosphere allowed you to talk......in a dimly lit room .....try Guido's to relive the experience. The bread is not great (Foccacio a new addition is fairly good....how about a good sour dough and bread sticks?). The five of us (two grandchildren) started with two chopped Guido's Salad with Salami. We had an Arrabiata Penne (over sauced to my taste, spicy and good) and two orders of Pomodoro Spaghetti that were enjoyable as well as one steamed spinach, plus two cocktails and two Shirley Temples. Bill was about $115.00. Perfect for our family outing.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First time at Guido's. They had a perfect table for our group of 9. The food was excellent and the service was courteous and prompt. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE GUIDO's!!
    cathieloloVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Thanks so much for always being so accommodating and wonderful! From the host, to the wait staff, to the food - everything is always EXCELLENT! Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I could rate it higher
    rangodogVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Sadly the food was fair to good. Not at all like what I had remembered. Had cippino....was salty and the seafood didn't taste all that fresh. Ceasar salad was most disappointing. Used to be delicious. Friend had veal and it was so tough (like shoeleather) sent it back. Another friend has salmon...said it was good, but wouldn't order again...also...to salty. Don't know what happened here??? Perhaps a different chef??? or new owners???? Needs a little help..could be such a fabulous restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Daddy/daughter date night success!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I had purchased a Paintnite Groupon for my dad for Father's Day ... and the paint event happened to be at Guidos (on the patio). I went ahead and made reservations to eat there before our painting class. Needless to say, Guidos did not disappoint! The staff seated us 30 minutes before our reservation time (thank goodness because we were starving!), were extremely attentive, and our waiter had a great sense of humor. The food was delicious and the ambiance was very quaint. My dad and I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    A terrific throw-back to the old traditional Italian restaurants. Food delicious, great service, small bar with TV for those who want a different experience. Highly recommend this wonderful and friendly neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 281 reviews are from the Guido's - West LA reviews archive.
  • InternationalfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    One of the few remaining genuinely "Old School" restaurants on the West Side. It has that great low light, read leather booth, aging but elegant '50s quality to it that is just the antithesis of the hip, trendy, loud, hipster-overrun restaurants that are everywhere. A great place for a drink, some quiet conversation, and reliable American-Itlaian food. Staff is warm, friendly and welcoming. I love this place for a get-away from it all, relaxed evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful lunch!
    CAM5VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    There were 5 of us. Everyone loved their food and dessert. The atmosphere is great. The service a little slow and did not offer to read specials or offer dessert without having to ask. But it was another wonderful time at Guido's and we will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Godfather Guy Enjoyed Guido's
    Kristina
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband George loves the Godfather films. He looks a little like Pacino, too. We decided to create a Godfather-themed evening for him, so I set out on Yelp to find the perfect restaurant that looked Old World Italian...somewhere a "meeting" would take place between Michael Corleone and a contact. Guido's offered the perfect setting. We also gave him authentic Godfather merchandise featuring Marlon Brando saying, "Call me Godfather." He was really impressed with Guido's and loved the food, service, and most of all, the ambience. We live out in Glendora, about 20 minutes east of Pasadena, so it was quite a drive to get there, but was worth it all. The prices were reasonable as well. Thank you for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time for dinner - GREAT!
    cathieloloVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I dined for the first time for dinner, as I usually go for lunch. It was great, as I knew it would be. I went with a high maintenance friend, and the wait staff accommodated her beautifully. Highly recommended! Thank you, Guido's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.