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Locanda Portofino
Locanda Portofino

Locanda Portofino Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.locandaportofino.com
  • Phone: (310) 394-2070
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Locanda Portofino
Since 1995, passion and devotion keeps Locanda Portofino one of the most authentic Italian restaurants on the westside. Where freshness and quality collaborate to create traditional such as egg tagliatelle bolognese, flavorful Neapolitan meat ragu, exotic spaghetti with sea urchin
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We wen with another couple. We had both been early fans of Locanda Portofino, but a few years ago, and totally independently, we both had stopped going as it seemed to have become a poor value. By way of example, you shouldn't be charging folks over $20 for a fist-sized portion of pasta. And it would be nice if there were more than 1 or 2 option in each wine category that was less than $80. But the service was great. The food was really good. And it seemed the wine list was moderately expanded."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "The food was not as good as it has been on previous visits. The soup was salty, and both our entrees were lukewarm. Nobody even came by to check if everything was okay, in fact we never saw our waiter after he took our order, the food and check were delivered by other waiters. We will not be back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This is a wonderful neighborhood resteraunt with authentic food and professional staff. The majority of the menu consists of simple Italian preperations executed at an extremely high level. Arguably the best Italian food in Los Angeles."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The best Italian food in Los Angeles, very warm, friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We have been here multiple times and always had a very good meal. Their pastas are really special and they will tweak the recipes to get it exactly how you want it prepared. We sat outside on a nice night. Even though it's in a parking lot on the Montana strip, it was very enjoyable. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Some of the best Italian in LA. My wife and love this place."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This trattoria reminds me of being in Italy or even New York. It's small, cozy and dark. The food is good, not great, but definitely pricey for what it is. A casual restaurant on Montana should offer better prices."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at Locanda Portofino last weekend. The spaghetti vongole was the best ever! Very pleasant ambience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Always consistently great meals and knowledgeable waiters. Wonderful and complimentary wines to match a quality meal. The veal chop is hard not to keep ordering as it is prepared so perfectly. Only complaint was I ordered Sea bass and it came out first and was already cooled down from the kitchen ."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great Italian restaurant! The food, staff, and atmosphere was the real deal, this is completely authentic Italian. Our waiter was wonderfully attentive, but not intrusive, and his stories of "the homeland" added to our enjoyment of the evening. The evening specials added to an already complete and flavorful menu. I highly recommend this establishment."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a weeknight dinner favorite. My seafood risotto was a little spicy but overall it was good. We remember the food being better but it could be because we were rushing home to relieve the babysitter. Times have changed."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food is excellent and the staff is attentive and friendly. Once you have been here a few times they treat you like family. This place is consistently outstanding."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We came here on the recommendation or a full-blooded Italian from Italy, not an Italian-American and she raved about the food. The food is definitely amazing. Pastas were so good!!!! The food was a little pricier that I'd thought for more of a neighborhood gem type place. But the pasta was good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ignore the strip mall setting because this is one of the finest Italian restaurants you will have the pleasure of dining at. No kidding. Spaghetti with sea urchin, sounds gross, tastes amazing when they do it. If you are lucky enough to come on a day they have osso bucco, you would be mistaken not to order it. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We always eat here (early) with our young children and the staff treats us and our girls like we were family and (thankfully) tolerates our kids!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "the patio is nice and the food is delicious ! we had a veal with lemon and capers and the taste was very fresh but small portion for 36 dollars. the wines are rather expensive but when we were there a few people brought their own wine (corkfee is 14doll). we did not know about this so spend more than 60 doll for 4 glasses of red wine. the service is fast and good. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Extremely overpriced. The food was good, but not worth $75 for two pastas and water. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "They charged me $40 for a 6oz piece of salmon! The food tasted ok, but was not worth the money. It reminded me of a tourist trap restaruant in rome."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Went with my friend, a regular who frequents Locanda Portofino 2-3 times a month, we went on a Thursday night and the restaurant was busy. We were seated immediately but it took 30 minutes for the waiter to take our order. My baked cheese appetizer ($18) came lukewarm (cheese was warm, sauce was cool), seems like it was prepared beforehand and microwaved to order. My pasta ($28) was good but not extraordinary. Corkage was very high ($40) for LA. I won't return to Locanda."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Best Italian in LA. Great little spot to enjoy a little vino and great food.."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "food excellent. Authentic Italian. Very pricey esp lunch - $100 for two plates of pasta, one glass of house wine and a pellegrino!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The price point would indicate fine dining in an elegant setting. What you get is a neighborhood cafe with tiny portions with inflated prices."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Though I have only been here a few times, it has never disappointed. The food and service is excellent and it continues to serve the Santa Monica community for a number of years. I would definitely consider this as a staple Italian destination."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Genuine and authentic Italian food! Food is excellent."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "A dinner for 4, with 2 bottles of Cervarro Della sala , delicious arugula salads, branzino and pasta..the bread does need to be upgraded...focaccia please!.....just the best.the room is small and can get noisy..but the feel is truly authentic and the long time waiters , Andrea, and Zoran are true professionals."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is an overpriced restaurant with an attitude. We were never welcome, the service was poor and almost rude. I paid $200 for a meal that I could have gotten at any Italian restaurant in Santa Monica or Brentwood. The pasta was no better than Buca Di Beppo. I will never go back and we eat out all the time in every restaurant. Don't get me wrong, the food was good but $27 for a small portion of pasta? Thats just wrong with an attitude."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I love this restaurant ! Food is great, really nice wines. Friendly and great service. Appreciate they have valet!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The Marsala was cold when served on a cold plate. THe oriechette was under cooked and as hard and as tasteless as a rock!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This was our second visit, and first for lunch. Immediately you feel transported to Italy by the intimate size of the restaurants two yo ohms and sidewalk seating. The service was rapid, professional and courteous - not overly bubbly and invasive as in some restaurants -- professional. The menu is extensive. We opted for pasta dishes, one was the special of the day: Spaghetti ala sea urchin. OMGosh!! This was a work of culinary art for the palate. Sublime blend of perfectly cooked pasta with a touch of olive oil, garlic and ever so slight tomato, capped with fresh Santa Barbara sea urchin. WOW!! We accompanied the meal with a lovely Chablis (1/2 bottle) and finished with a shared tiramisu. We'll be back!!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The Westside is swimming in Italian. I used to consider this restaurant in the top 10%. We came early in order catch the theater. The wait staff seemed distracted. Although reasonably attentive during the meal, we sat and sat and sat with totally empty plates for the longest time. The place was filling up so you'd think they'd appreciate the opportunity to have a table for four vacated. They did not seem understaffed. Just oblivious. They only asked if we wanted desert and/or coffee AFTER we had already asked for the check. The portions were small, though taste and presentation were very good. And the prices were exorbitant for what was presented. Not inline with restaurants of equal or even a bit higher status."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "You go here for the caliber of food, not the ambiance. Staff is really friendly, but you can get a bit forgotten if you sit outside."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Hidden gem in santa monica. Andrea and the guys that work there are some of the best waiters you will find. I dont look at a menu - i let them order the food and wine to match and they never disappoint! a must for anyone in santa monica"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I have avoided this restaurant for years because I remembered that it was way overpriced, but decided to go when friends wanted to dine with us there.. I should have stayed home. The service was surly and mostly absent and the food is mediocre at best. The prices are off the charts. They try to be a cozy neighborhood spot, but it is anything but. I will NEVER return ."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It's a nice spot for a dinner for two, maybe four, but too small and crowded for larger parties. We enjoy going for the intimate feel of the the place and the service is great. The food is a solid, but not exceptional. The italian wines are good. Romantic or for couples, not families."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Locanda Portofino has been our destination for those special occasions, and even not so special occasions. They always make it special. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. We always enjoy Zora's advice for selections."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Rude waiters, slow service and very high prices. If those appeal to you, then this is a "must-go". If not, then this is a "must-avoid". I leave the choice up to you."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "When I pay $38 for Chicken Parm for lunch, I expect it to not be served a la carte. If it was amazing, that would be one thing, but it was watery and just barely acceptable. This place is not what it used to be."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I am not often in Santa Monica but when I am there Locanda Portifino is a must go. You are made to feel very welcome. Food and service are fantastic. A group of 10 arrived when I was there and it got a bit noisy but it was happy noise and reminded me of place I have enjoyed in NYC."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "It was my first visit and will probably be my last. I went with 2 friends and we all felt the same. Although our entrees small they were excellent, the sides however were unremarkable. My friends each had the lamb chop special, at $47.50. I had branzino which was about $40.00. All three of us got a dollop of mashed potatoes and some sautéed spinach on the side which was included. My friends shared a Caesar salad, which was a few lettuce leaves and some cheese. None of us ordered wine (we'd just had drinks before), nor coffee or dessert. With a decent tip, we each shelled out $63.00, and my friend Greg said that he was still hungry. With so many fine Italian restaurants in Brentwood and Santa Monica, I highly doubt that we'll return."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Portions were stingy (filet) and tough (veal limone). Service was inattentive."
    Dined on 12/14/2013