Had a lovely evening - 2/3
Had a lovely evening - 2/3 meals were wonderful. Waiter did not hear appetizer order - entrees arrived and had to go back to kitchen, wait for appie, then serve entreees again. Gnocchi came out cold. Osso Bucco was to die for! Would definitely go back.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Locanda does a very good job
Locanda does a very good job and provides a perfectly good dining experience. It is far better than the average fare on the Promenade. It is convenient, and Santa Monica has done a good job providing convenient parking at a fair price.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was a great last minute
This was a great last minute find! Fresh Pasta and the Osso Bucco was delicious.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We go to this restaurant once
We go to this restaurant once or twice a month because the atmosphere is warm and cozy, the lighting romantic and the food is seasonal. The chef uses local produce from the Farmer's Market and they post from which vendor which is interesting. The food is Northern Italian,from around Lake Como and so focuses on fish dishes although their pasta, especially the Tagliatelle Bolognese and the Spinach Ravioli are lovely. We like the Burata with the figs as an appetizer and split that. Having a glass of the Ferrari-Carrano Chardonnay for us is a nice touch. The maitre d' and wait staff are always charming and attentive.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waiter was excellent.
Our waiter was excellent. His wine suggestion was perfect. The general manager was delightful and made us feel special. Our fish was perfect. A great balance of flavors.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family and I wanted an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica for my sister's graduation. I found this restaurant online and used open table to book it. I put a special note in the open table reservation regarding my sister's graduation. We were a large party and were immediately seated on time. Staff is very friendly - makes you feel like family! One of the managers approached our table and asked about the graduation (picking that up from my open table note). The serve was extremely attentive (in a good way!) and the food was amazing! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone - especially for a special occassion!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've eaten here every time I'm in the area and its always been fantastic. Great staff, great wine list. Consistently great Italian food.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent menu selections.
Excellent menu selections. Superb Farmers Market fresh vegetables. Good selection of wines to complement menu choices.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yesterday evening I dined here for the first time and now I understand why so many people rave about it! The dishes I ordered were fantastic! I highly recommend the filet and corn chowder crab soup. Yum! Their fresh ingredients really enhance the quality of their dishes. Our server was so attentive and was happy to help me in select an entree I would enjoy.Their location on 3rd street allows for excellent views of the hustle and bustle but is reserved enough from the noisy street performances to enjoy your company. The top off was that their manager JD stopped by the table at the end of the meal to make sure we had an enjoyable experience. I loved that he made time on a busy Sunday night to stop and greet tables personally! We will be back!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Real italian cuisine - my favourite is "pizzocheri della Valtellina"
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good, service
Food was very good, service was great. The only down side is that it is very loud and hard to hear. I would go back
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Romantic Gem
This restaurant is small in number of tables and HUGE in heart. Welcoming wait staff greet you when you walk in the door. Food is consistently excellent. Wine list interesting and appealing. Best to make a reservation.. Parking is in the front or on the side. No valet. We love this restaurant and go as often as we can. Never get tired of the wonderful food and ambience.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Locanda Del Lago 's seasonal menu gives a taste of Lake Como and Northern Italy. Traditional pastas and risottos will not disappoint. The ambience is warm and the service gracious. This is a great place to bring a date and the location couldn't be better on the 3rd Street Promenade. You can choose indoor or outdoor dining.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my friend Pat to Lago for her birthday dinner - at her request. She had an amazing Osso Buco and I had a Sea Bream special. We started with a simple mixed salad which was lightly dressed and very fresh. The surprise ending to our meal was a beautiful Tiramisu - on the house - with a candle in it - which was complimentary. I've been to Lago many times and it never disappoints.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite to visit
My wife and I have to travel to Santa Monica in business 3-4 times a year (we live in the mountains of Virginia). We found Lago about a year ago and have returned every trip since. We love wine pairings and chef's sampler menus, and since the one at Lago changes quarterly it's what we always do. We've never been disasppointed. One suggestion, though. I am a Vesper martini fan and the bar doesn't stock Lillet Blanc. You should get some.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the first time I had to face the holiday season without my parents (they both passed away this past year). With family spread out around the country, I chose to celebrate Thanksgiving locally with my daughter at Lago. I cannot begin to tell you how surprising it was for us to truly have the best time, despite what I anticipated to be a mournfully sad day. The server and manager treated us like family and the food and wine was amazing!
Thank You Lago!!!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is consistant with fiid, service and ambience. The owner is a man of taste and takes the time to say hello to the customers. A admirable Italian trait. he makes you feel like you are a guest in his home. Everyone is happy because the food and environment are so nice.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM