Locanda Del Lago
Locanda Del Lago

Locanda Del Lago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lagosantamonica.com/
  • Phone: 3104513525
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michelin-Starred Gianfranco Minuz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Lago's services are available for private parties inside the restaurant or off-premises catering. Whether it's a business location or a party for family and friends, whether the event takes place at the restaurant or at the location of your choice, Lago's catering specialists will handle every detail.
  • Special Events: Lago's services are available for private parties inside the restaurant or off-premises catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Third St. Promenade
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet every evening from 6:00pm - close. Before 6:00pm, there are 4 public parking structures located within 2 blocks of the restaurant.
A word from Locanda Del Lago
Lago spotlights the cuisine of Bellagio on Lake Como, Northern Italy and features the ultimate upscale restaurant experience with exceptional flavors and meticulous, friendly service since opening in '91. It’s a favorite of foodies, celebrities, locals and travelers. The freshest seasonal ingredients available from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market are served in traditional and innovative recipes, and pastas, focaccia, desserts and gelato are housemade daily. The popular bar offers Happy Hour nightly and distinctive Artisanal cocktails. Great patio with view of 3rd Street Promenade. Lago’s wine list has received an Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR every year since 1995 and has over 400 selections from Italy and California. “Don’t miss the Ossobuco alla Milanese” - GOURMET. "There’s no better place to people-watch than at the outdoor patio” - FROMMERS. "Recommended" - MICHELIN. "Perfectly crafted pastas" – ZAGAT. "Best Italian Cuisine" – LOS ANGELES TIMES.
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Locanda Del Lago reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (7)notable wine list (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (2)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Yummy
    DisgruntledVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a great meal and great service. The ambience was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hungry Bear
    Hungrybear
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I dined outside and listened to some great music provided by one of the street musicians nearby. The ocean air was very comfortable and the ambience was great. I had their Lasagna with meat sauce and it was incredible! Susan enjoyed their Tagliatelle with boglognes sauce and loved it too. They make their own pastas and breads and use fresh produce from the open air market in the promenade. We had a small mixup,with our wine but they corrected it quickly and all was well. Their Tiramisu was not the best we've had and that would be the only less positive comment we would be able to make. Bear and Susan
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian on 3rd St Promenade
    Dncee11
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very nice, busy spot in a hot location, lots of foot traffic. Great food in moderate portions. The house made pasta is terrific! Outside seats are fine but the 3rd St side is very busy - like being in a fish bowl. Overall very good and worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dannigirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went for a batchelorette party dinner - got to watch the 3rd street promenade scene while dining on a fabulous dinner, My favorite was the taglitelle bolognese. Fabulous!!! Have a reasonably priced great wine list. Our servers were fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place in Santa Monica
    BlueRidgeFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visit Santa Monica 3 or 4 times a year on business. We discovered Lago about two years ago. All the food is great but we always order the seasonal tasting menu and wine pairings. This was our 5th visit. Never the same food or wine but always the same quality and experience. Our waiter this time was Riccardo. He was fantastic! We won't be in the area again for about 6 months, but when we are you can bet we will visit again. It's too good to miss!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Consistent, friendly, convenient, good dining experience. Three of us had pasta that was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    THE ITALIAN COBB SALAD was not nearly as good as it had been on previous dining occasions. The chicken in the salad was dried out and sparse!
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  • Mediocre Italian in Santa Monica
    Michie9797
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    If you are looking for good Italian food and a great atmosphere this isn't the restaurant for you. The good his tasteless. Even our daughter thought the pizza wasn't good. That being said the warm bread served was delicious.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid kitchen, service a bit slow
    melmorVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant many times over many years. Given the handicap of its location, right on the 3rd street mall (a zoo), it does a good job. The pasta is quite good; bread outstanding; fish and meat dishes vary widely. Like most Los Angeles eateries, they overcook fish, even when asked not to. The wine-by-the-glass selection is also good. The service is friendly, if indifferent and a bit slow, although some waiters are much better than others.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Santa Monica Promenade Spot
    NorCalGal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Tried this restaurant for the first time to accommodate a family group of parents, grandparents and teens. It was perfect. Nice setting, convenient to local hotels, nice place to walk around and the food was great! We sampled many dishes for dinner. Excellent salads, nice chicken dish, pasta, pizza and delicious soup. Our server was very nice and attentive. Good, reliable food with lots of choices. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great -service fantastic
    eagle2000VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We truly enjoyed our dinner The stone fruit Branzino special was outstanding as was the pasta with meat sauce. Chrissie, our service, really made the evening. She was so knowledgeable as to food and wine but her personality was terrific. We highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 343 reviews are from the Locanda Del Lago reviews archive.
  • RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Italian Cobb salads were excellent. I felt like I was in Florence.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Locanda del Lago 6-28-14
    Jaimito
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The branzino looked and tasted like trout. The braise ribs had so much fat that I had to search very carefully to find the meat, though the sauce was very good and the small pieces of beef were very tender and tasty. The bread was excellent. We have been there a few times in the past and both food and ambiance were better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • notamuncherVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Starts with a genuine welcome smile. Friendly attentive staff. Menu with many choices and reasonable prices. Clearly this restaurant is now on my list of regular local dining venues.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tops of 3rd Street
    DZIRVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    If you want good food this is the best place to eat on the promenade. It is one of the better Italian restaurants in Santa Monica. A tad tight in terms of seating but you expect that in this location. Wonderful wine list especially the Italians.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best beef carpaccio!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Beef carpaccio melted in my mouth! Pasta was very good. Overall very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK, but not great
    StevoVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Location and ambience are very good, but overall, that the food would match. Not so... Food was in the OK category.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Happy Hour Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Fabulous appetizers at reduced prices for Happy Hour as well as nice wines by the glass. "Best Burger that ever passed our lips" was the table consensus and the delicious Frito Misto easily fed two, for those on a budget who want to step out in a beautiful candlelit setting. Superb breads and a wonderful complimentary happy hour trout paté were a heavenly touch! Can't wait to go back! The beautiful space accommodated a large crowd without feeling crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed another fabulous meal at Locanda del Lago, all delicious dishes and great service in a beautiful setting. Always a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Warren
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Osso B., great but marrow was good. Spinach Ravioli awesome, Masi amarone wine excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch find
    Patti
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This time we had dinner and it was very good but lunch at Lago is my favorite. They have a terrific antipasti bar and several prix fixe lunch choices. And the antipasti bar can be part of the price fixe. Dinner at Lago is lovely but lunch is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locando del Lago Satisfies
    maggiemae
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Well prepared food, great service and terrific people watching if you get a table at the window. There is a nice outdoor dining area, but when we were there, someone out on the Promenade was using a megaphone to shout his warnings about being hellbound, so we chose to sit inside. The burger is definitely not an afterthought and is really special. A spaghetti with seafood dish was al dente, seasoned to perfection and loaded with seafood. We'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food here is always excellent
    SurpriseVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The food here is always excellent and of high quality. The owners are from Bellagio and they know what they are doing. It is truly northern Italian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good.
    cathieloloVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Have been to Lago many times. This time wasn't the best. We were seated exactly where we asked not to be seated - in direct line of cold air from open door. The waiter was harried to infinity and mumbled the specials from about 6 feet away from us, so we couldn't hear what he was saying. Had to ask for parmesan for main courses. He was great when it came time for dessert and I asked for berries & whipped creme. That worked out spectacularly. Will definitely return - I think it was an off night. If it had been our first time to Lago, we may not have returned, but we realized it was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great value
    steakluvr
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We had high hopes sitting down at our table, but when the bread came it tasted odd and they started to fade. The prices on the menu were fairly substantial, so we expected our entrees to be delicious. They were not. My chicken was overcooked and the polenta dry and hard. The mushrooms were good, but for the price perhaps the addition of a few vegetables were in order. My husband said his entree was just "okay." We agreed there would not be a return visit. Disappointing.
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  • Enjoyed nice dinner at Lago,
    reviewVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Enjoyed nice dinner at Lago, had the 3 Course Meal. We were told the fish on the 3 course was not available that evening but we did not want the guinea hen as the main course. Our server was kind enough to check and we were allowed to have the sea bass on the menu as a substitute. The salad was delicious, the pasta was tasty but kind of dry so a little hard to eat. Needed more sauce. The sea bass was excellent. We then decided to go for the dessert. My husband had the molten cake, he loved it. I had the panna cotta, I was a little disappointed with it. It was too firm, not light and soft in texture as I have had at various other restaurants. Maybe that is the way it turned out that evening. Our server was very nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glorious Rebirth
    Roonie
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Lago used to be a gourmet dining experience but then it went downhill and the number of customers did too. But now the combination of creative chefing, excellent management and superb service makes it a spot that's perfect to both enjoy ever changing seasonal specialties and good conversation. A spot that's both good for families who care about eating and romantics who also welcome the atmosphere. Roonie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and appealing food
    ERGI
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Food was served fresh and done up nicely. Great server with great knowledge. We had the frito misto appetizer and I had the filet mignon and my colleague had the chicken. When I am in the area I will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location but food mediocre
    Rubg
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Wanted to eat Italian in Santa Monica close to the Cirque du Soleil venue so picked Locanda Del Lago. Even though my party was early we were seated at a good table. Service was very good but disappointed with food. One person ordered short ribs, it was served at room temperature. Other person ordered filet mignon, nothing special about it at all. I ordered the fish stew, normally only served at lunch time but they were able to accommodate my selection. The stew was tasty but not very much of it. For the price we paid for dinner items, didn't feel we were getting our money worth.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went on Valentine's Day and
    vince
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentine's Day and the place was extremely packed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Kyle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was overpriced and not up to the reputation or reviews we've read. Server felt bored and could have been more attentive and explained each course served, instead of just dropping them on the table and walking away. Drinks were not very well made either. Overall, disappointed.
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  • santa monica favorite
    EGeats
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Great location on the promenade, consistently good food, wine and service make "Lago" one of my "go to" places. My gluten-intolerant friend was very pleased that they can make a number of their dishes gluten-free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was worth it
    IwillNOTsayMYmagazineCRIT
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The place was nice and the server was really good with us. My girlfriend wanted wine options and that's exactly what she got. She loved the wine, bread and filet mignon. The vegetable lasagne is a must try. We had a fun night and the best part of our dinner was the service. We got there early and they took us though it was a packed house. The place is pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice solid restaurant
    Rolf
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Date night - nice atmosphere - great location! It's loud, but has a nice ambiance. Tables for two are VERY crowded even before the food arrives (try to get a larger one if available). Food was overall very good scallops++ beet salad++ had a Taggelioni (spelled wrong) thing which was wide noodle pasta, and a meat sauce - no real red/white sauce - just a meat sauce - which was odd, and didn't work for us - I could see it as being great though if we said do that meat sauce, but put red and white with it (pink) - or just red... Service wasn't great - but wasn't horrible - our waiter had a hard time with English - but he tried... It was very busy that night. I'd go again if in the area...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining on 3rd street promenad
    LonewolfVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Veal carpaccio and fish prepared livornese style was outstanding!! Very impressed iwth the quality of food on the Dine LA menu. Loved this lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Wow! This is an incredible restaurant. We made a reservation through Open Table and were seated immediately. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. I had the whole mediterranean seabass. Excellent tableside presentation. My wife had the Chilean Sea bass. Cooked just right. Very tender and moist. Great selection on the wine list. This was a memorable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely exceptional meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My husband and I have been to Locanda del Lago a number of times over the past 7 years, usually once every visit to L.A. before we moved here. This time, unbeknownst to the restaurant staff, we were celebrating some special milestones and also happened to pop in during DineLA. So glad that we did, because from start to finish, this was one of the best and most memorable meals we've had in L.A. From the burrata with squash and prosciutto to the beet infused gnocchi (hope it's added to the menu) and sea salt crusted sea bass to the lovely lemon sponge cake and panna cotta, the food was absolutely exceptional. All fresh and farm-to-table, the tastes were simply delectable. Can't wait to go back more often now that we live on the west side!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The mixup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Arrived early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate us. We sat at a table that I actually wanted to move from to a corner because too many people walking by and too close. We sat for a while and no one came over to even give water. We then ordered drinks. As soon as that waiter took the drink order another waiter came over and said he was our waiter.Warm bread was delicious. We ordered our food. When the food came out both dishes looked the same. The mgr comes over takes a look and confirms that both dishes were the same when we had ordered two different things.They comp'd us for our drinks. Besides the mixup the food was good. Only other issue was the breaking of wine glasses every so often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overcharged my bill
    alshey
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    no refill for lemonade, u will be charged for another one. one glass of lemonade less than 250 ml, half ice and half lemonade and NO refill explain to my server and he dont really care about customer service.
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  • Great Food in Unlikely Place
    Vickilicious
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    When you go to the Third Street Promenade, you are usually not going to find a fine dining restaurant close by, but this little bit of Italy is right ON the Promenade and offers wonderfully authentic Italian meals, wine, service and lovely dessert. I love their Pasta Carbonara for lunch and their Filet Mignon at dinner was melt in your mouth delicious! Save room for their Tiramisu, it's like you've not had before!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.