As always we enjoyed our dining
As always we enjoyed our dining experience including our guests. The food and wait staff are very good .
My one suggestion: THEY SHOULD GET RID OF THOSE HARD TO SIT ON WOODEN CHAIRS!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great find in Santa Monica
Very impressed. The food and service were outstanding. I needed a great first date place and this was it. We were able to hear one another!
Much easier said the able to find in an upscale restaurant in LA.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
When La Botte first opened,
When La Botte first opened, the chef was like Primo in "Big Night" -- he wouldn't serve you things he didn't think were right... like iced coffee or an entree with an ingredient on the side. Now they seem willing to do anything to make the patron happy (without compromising the quality of the food, of course). Service was very attentive, and the noise level was ideal for conversation (we go early to avoid the usual clamor, so our judgment may be misleading).
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredibly delicious ... We
Incredibly delicious ... We had the tasting menu ... A "three star" experience in a relaxed setting.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very quiet, pleasant atmosphere.
Very quiet, pleasant atmosphere. Food was delicious. We split an appetizer and the kitchen was quite generous with our portions.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mediocre location, great restaurant
We loved La Botte and will return often. Creative menu, attentive staff, attractive restaurant (even if the location wasn't as desirable) and prices were quite reasonable given the quality of the food.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just a marvelous evening.
Just a marvelous evening. Fantastic food - lovely service.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautifully prepared dishes in an attractive, candle-lit setting. Everything was excellent.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ravioli with the sage butter sauce is the best pasta that I have ever had! This is a hidden gem. I live in the area and wish I had known about this place sooner. They serve amazing food at normal price points, I understand how they got their michelin star a few years back.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent, but the portions were tiny given their price. A diner could leave this restaurant hungry, if not careful. The wine
list is extensive, and the prices are fair. The service staff is very good, very pleasant and very helpful.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite spot
reliably stellar food and service-dined there about 7 times over last 18 months or so even though it is a 45 min drive
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and Peaceful
Felt like a bit of an older crowd here on a Thursday evening, but that was fine with us. However, I do see that this place really livens up on Friday and Saturday evenings. The staff is amazing, and the food is delicious. They are very much about quality rather than quantity here - so don't expect massive the portions of many chain Italian restaurants. They don't offer a huge list of wines by the glass, so if you want to experience some great wines, you may want to come with friends so you can share a bottle or two of something special.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I adore La Botte
We've never had a bad meal at La Botte. It's always so special and Stefano is just an amazing chef.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found La Botte to be superb. We were staying in Santa Monica for a couple of nights on our way home to NZ. We were able to walk to the restaurant from our apartment so the location was convenient. Apart from the beautiful Italian pasta and memorable Pannacotta we had to complete our most enjoyable dining experience, we found the staff to be amazing. They were attentive, friendly and helpful without being intrusive. We would definitely recommend La Botte to our friends and if we return to Santa Monica will certainly dine there again.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
quiet comfortable elegance
We were looking for a quiet, somewhat fancy restaurant for a long evening of conversation with with old friends, highlighted by gourmet food and great wine. And we found it at La Botte. Not super fancy or pricey, but in the $50 - $70 per person range. Delicious Italian gourmet food with definite emphasis on the meats, but a few very good dishes for the vegetarians.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had been meaning t try this restaurant for several years and we finally went for our anniversary. It was outstanding! The service was excellent, and the restaurant was quiet and pretty. The most remarkable thing, however, was the food. I started with a lovely pureed artichoke soup with parmesan foam, and my main course, warm smoked rainbow trout fillets on a bed of wild mushrooms, was perhaps one of the best fish dished that I have ever eaten. I am surprised that this restaurant is flying under the radar. It is wonderful.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good italian food
My friend and I ordered according to the server's suggested courses and, apart from the overly salted beef carpaccio, all the food was great. I had the special Seabass which was light and moist while my friend has the farfelle noodle with lamb. Both were great
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
But was brightly lit like an operating room. Might explain why it was 90% empty on a Saturday night. When asked, server said they were struggling with how brightly to light the room. Hint: keep lights low, like at every successful Italian restaurant. I will go back when they start to get high marks for ambience.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food! Homemade pastas italian wines. Must try! Very quaint romantic place great date place and special occasion restaurant - or not. If you like italian food try this place out!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing chef, wonderful warm
Amazing chef, wonderful warm service. Cannot figure out why this place isn't packed every night.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Service, very quiet
Decided to take a friend here to celebrate her birthday. I had no idea that the restaurant would be so quiet. So quiet, to the point that I felt like I needed to whisper in order to be respectful of other diner's experiences. Our waiter was very accommodating. Very knowledgeable of the menu and was able to ask the right questions in order to offer the right suggestion. He even provided complimentary dessert to my friends and I to help celebrate my friend's birthday which I thought was very nice of him.
I'd definitely recommend again but I personally wouldn't go unless I was on a romantic date.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM