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Vito Restaurant
Vito Restaurant

Vito Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vitorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (310) 450-4999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 28th Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Vito Restaurant
Vito Restaurant is celebrating over 33 years of delighting its customers with the best in fine Italian cuisine. As a family-owned-and-operated restaurant located in Santa Monica, California we are dedicated to providing exquisite food and impeccable service to create the perfect dining experience. Step through the front doors and begin your journey to the heart of Italy.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Old style Italian restaurant with very good service, reasonably good food, and rather cramped and noisy."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "When we want Italian food, we go to Vito……..delicious!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We love Vito's! No way do you feel that you are in L.A. This place is a throwback. Service is impeccable. They make the dressing for the Caesar salad at your table. Hank, Nick or George make this a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "An old fashioned place with the same waiters that were there when I visited years and years ago. Food is reliable. They only have a few wines by the glass - not listed on the extensive wine list. They do have a fabulous dessert trolley - yes a trolley - lots of choice there. The bus boy was a little over enthusiastic taking away plates and bread etc before everyone had finished but we mentioned it to the Maitre D' and he was happy to hear it. Might go back if I have another coupon."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The service was not that outstanding plus we had a $25 coupon and they discounted the $ 25 but they added $ 100 to the bill. Luckily my husband checked the bill. The best rich is the shrimp pasta."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great spot, great service (a bit lethargic but it was Father's day and they were super busy so not sure on other days), great food. Lucky find."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "What an amazing dining experience in an unassuming part of Santa Monica! The warm freshly baked bread and the garlic toasts made excellent appetizers. The Rigatoni Amatriciana was incredibly delicious. Had a taste of my friend's Spaghetti Della Casa, which was scrumptious. Shared dessert of carrot cake and tiramisu capped off a wonderful dinner. Service was impeccable. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This was our first visit. Very reasonable Valet parking, widely varied menu, excellent drink menu, and experienced and professional waiters and service staff."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We have been going to Vito since 1988 - same menu, consistent kitchen, highly professional and stable (over the years) wait-staff that radiate warmth and competence. The food is great, but equally notable is how "comfortable" it is to be at Vito with family and friends."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Walk in and the vibe hits you immediately; clubby, intimate, friendly, warm, comfort food awaits. It's not going to challenge your creative taste buds and appetite, but you'll leave happy and more relaxed than when you came. Nice small bar, too"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "In Santa Monica, this restaurant is fine dining. Where the waiters wear tuxedos. The food was delicious!! Great drink menu. The ambience was great - darker, cozy and romantic. Cannot wait to go back. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Took our out of town (San Diego) friends here to celebrate their anniversary. We have been here many times before. We choose this place because we knew it wouldn't dissapoint. Food is always good, nice portions, decent price."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Excellent food, friendly service, would definitely recommend ."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It's amazing that this place is as packed as it is. Overpriced drinks, overpriced food, loud waiters, overly packed seating, no parking, all served with a touch of attitude. Seriously, their food is below average compared to three other Italian restaurants all within five miles. The martinis are rarely chilled enough to sustain ice slivers. They pack you in so tightly into that main room that a romantic conversation would be impossible due to another table being about a foot away. My friend lives two doors down and she loves it. But she's also gorgeous and might be living in Jon Hamm's bubble. I'll hopefully not be returning to Vito anytime soon. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is an unexpected treasure! The menu offered most of the Italian favorites and, in addition, several selections of special items of the day that all sounded wonderful. We chose the special salmon entree in a light lemon cream sauce with freshly steamed vegetables. it was delicious! The dessert cart was abundant with a variety of delicious choices. The service was excellent, unhurried and gracious. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We had high expectations however, the entrees were nothing special. We had anticipated a fantastic Caesar salad since they make it at your table but all we could taste was the mustard which was apparently applied too heavily. We had a coupon so we didn't complain. My husband had the Cioppino which the waiter recommended. At $32.50 it was about the most expensive dish on the menu. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't noteworthy or worth returning for. It consisted of very small clams and mussels yielding almost no meat and a few large prawns that were tasty but mainly contained small pieces of calamari. The broth was watery, not the kind you want to dunk your bread into. My wife had the Puttenasca and even by Puttenasca standards it was too salty."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My family's favorite. Great wine, best caesar salad around and impeccable pasta. And the martinis are generous!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Vito has been serving amazing, northern Italian food for over 30 years and I've been going since their first year. The food is exquisite - like homemade from a legendary Italian grandmother. It's BY FAR the best caesar salad in Los Angeles - made right at your table. The pasta is like a little piece of heaven. My favorite entree is the Sand Dabs in mustard sauce. And you won't find a more accommodating and friendly staff anywhere in Southern California. Next time you want a romantic meal for two or need a special place to go to celebrate a big occasion - VITO is the perfect spot."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great Happy hour with fabulous drinks that are reasonable and for the food. Its New York level in all respects "
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Vito has an old-fashioned vibe with excellent traditional Italian food. The service is constant and unobtrusive. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I had heard that Vito's was good so finally decided to stop by. Got the Spaghetti Della Casa and was unimpressed. It was not bad, but very average. The desserts were an improvement, though a bit overly sweet which at times can tend to mask a subpar dessert. At the end, after waiting for 10 minutes, we had to go and find a waiter to get our check. Up till then the service had been just fine."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Really can't say enough good things about Vitos. they have the dining experience down to a tee. Super attentive staff that has been there over a decade. Food is really off the charts,specials every night. The thing we really love is the atmosphere,very mid centrury modern dining room with frank playing in the background, authentic without being overstated. Would recommend trying for lunch first better prices and the portion size about the same."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Like jumping into a time machine and finding yourself in a New Jersey Italian Mafioso hangout. Waiters with tuxedos and faux Italian accents. Great service. Homestyle food. Classy joint."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Absolutely love this place. Food is phenomenal. Location is easy to get to. Valet parking is easy and very reasonably priced. Great wine selection at an affordable price. Delicious desserts. You cant go wrong with anything here."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Returning to Vito after a decade convinces me that it is possible for a restaurant to remain at the top of its form. On past visits to Vito, I had been impressed with both the food and the service - in many ways very close to the experiences I've had in top European restaurants. On my return, I found the same amazing service and wine list that I remembered, and food that was even more impressive. The three course meal that the waiter defined with us combined a lovely puttanesca with perfectly cooked fish and memorable short ribs. One of the very few times that I wasn't left thinking "this is almost as good as ________." The staff and kitchen should be proud of keeping such standards and so ably serving a happy house of diners."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This was our third time at this restaurant, although it is located near our house, where we have lived for 16 years. We will never go back. It was crowded at 6 pm on a Friday (mostly old people, early diners). The restraurant is very dark. The booth we were in (in the very back of the place) was tight and the seats uncomfortable. The service was "sluggish"; the waiter hat a strong accent and was difficult to understand. Waiters were constantly stepping over each other. Most importantly though, the food is way overprized and medicore. Simple pasta dishes for $18+! Simple Cesar salad for two $17.95. You don't have to have wine or dessert but still walk out with a substantial bill here. I do not know what the attraction is of this place."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Vito's is a neighborhood, Santa Monica favorite. A very upscale, old-school Italian restaurant with impeccable food and service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was our first time at Vito's. We were a party of 6, of which one couple are regulars ... which we could tell why immediately! Great wine and food, waiters were friendly and helpful w/ suggestions! Keep doing what you are doing ;-)"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Food was delicious . I had short ribs with a gravy that tasted great on the way in and lingered afterward. My guest had the shrimp scampi that also was an A plus. Leftovers were still tasty 3 days later . Nikolas was our waiter and he was professional , knowledgeable and makes a mean Caesar salad. We will be back!!!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I, with my family, have dined at Vito's for years. we are always very happy with the food, ambience and sincere attendance to our needs whether a large family gathering or romantic spot of choice."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Can't go wrong for a date night or special occasion. Even group settings this would be a nice environment."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Came here after driving past it every night on my way home from work. We had the spaghetti a la Casa and the gnocchi for mains, caprese for an appetizer and cheesecake for dessert. We were pleased with the service and quality of the food. The prices are a bit higher than I'd expected so minus one star for value."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Sat at table ten minutes before service. Ordered seafood salad, got Caesar salad. Ordered beer, never came. Coffee was cold People are nice."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Not worth the drive from Studio City. Many better Italian restaurants in the Valley!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I just went to Vito's for the first time this weekend. It is truly old school Italian. The wine list was vast. The service was so above and beyond what you find at a typical LA place. Food was delicious. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "decent food served by a friendly and professional staff in comfy, yesteryear surroundings. and they pour a good drink. all at moderate prices. hard combination to beat."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I love Italian food and this is by far one of the best places I have been to. Portions are very filling and the pricing is just right. The food is rich in flavor and very delicious. Everything we had at the table was amazing. Highly recommend the house spaghetti with shrimp and the pasta arbiatta Good spot for a date or anniversary. Good for groups probably no larger than 8-10."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Vito was as it always is - rock-solid, with an Italian twist. Good food; good drinks; good people and good conversation are the recipe for good times. Vito holds up its end by providing the wonderful food and booze. When you supply the other two ingredients, and mix in Vito's impeccable service, it all adds up to a memorable evening.!There is a reason why a specialty restaurant lasts for over thirty years in an ultra-competitive market like Santa Monica/West Los Angeles. One bite is all the explanation you will need, but save some room for the best cannoli this side of Brooklyn!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "A traditional Italian restaurant with superb service and delicious food! We love going to Vito's!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "There are so many things to love about this old school gem. But the price is just ridiculous for what you get. Even with the neighborhood VIP card which gives you 30% off, a plate of pasta with red sauce and melted cheese is still $20. Food here is good, but honestly not too much better than the Olive Garden on a really good night. The cozy old school vibe and the awesome waiters and killer dessert cart are the real draw."
    Dined on 1/1/2014