Locanda Portofino
Locanda Portofino

Locanda Portofino

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.locandaportofino.com/
  • Phone: 3103942070
  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Locanda Portofino reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)romantic (23)fit for foodies (21)great for outdoor dining (17)notable wine list (17)special occasion (15)great for lunch (6)hot spot (4)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Good Overall
    DbrookmaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good food, but poor service. Food takes far to long to come out, over an hour between salads and entree. The staff loves to hang out with their regulars, so if that makes you feel less than, or forgotten about, then this is not the place for you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Came back
    cjbtoonzVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent
    bmcg
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The best Italian food in Los Angeles, very warm, friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locanda always has good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    BollyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Some of the best Italian in LA. My wife and love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like Italy
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner on Montana Avenue
    DebraCA
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Locanda Portofino last weekend. The spaghetti vongole was the best ever! Very pleasant ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Likebutta
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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 .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentically Excellent
    Lou28DawnVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    LadyJady
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Gem
    BillWVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but a tad pricey
    Bartender
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't be fooled by the strip mall
    LadoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 260 reviews are from the Locanda Portofino reviews archive.
  • Staff treats us like family
    smonicaVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive but delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Extremely overpriced. The food was good, but not worth $75 for two pastas and water.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    Overpriced
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
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  • Over priced
    KentE
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian food
    BollyVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Best Italian in LA. Great little spot to enjoy a little vino and great food..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food excellent. Authentic
    conohsirVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    food excellent. Authentic Italian. Very pricey esp lunch - $100 for two plates of pasta, one glass of house wine and a pellegrino!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ridiculously expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The price point would indicate fine dining in an elegant setting. What you get is a neighborhood cafe with tiny portions with inflated prices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable Quality and Service
    AJB435VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Genuine and authentic Italian
    BLUE
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Genuine and authentic Italian food! Food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    CCDINERVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Overpriced Poor Attitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always!
    Michele
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I love this restaurant ! Food is great, really nice wines. Friendly and great service. Appreciate they have valet!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Marsala was cold when
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    The Marsala was cold when served on a cold plate. THe oriechette was under cooked and as hard and as tasteless as a rock!
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  • A little touch of Europe in SM
    LAgourmand
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to previous experience
    labelmanceVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just the food
    Palisadiandiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locanda Portofino
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • over rated and over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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 .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable!
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding, authentic Italian food
    KajRVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service meets high prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Eeeeh!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    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.
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  • Great find
    Frank
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and small portions
    Eskimo
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic