Vito Restaurant
Vito Restaurant

Vito Restaurant

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

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

    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options:
  • 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.
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Vito Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (38)romantic (33)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (19)good for groups (12)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Cozy and Red booths but food overdone
    Silverpalate
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Old school cozy with red booths and white table cloths, wait staff in tuxedos with warm dispositions. That said, table side Cesar salad is just ok and too salty (I'm a Cesar lover and this is the second time I've tried theirs and I couldn't even finish it), specialty prawn dishes were way overcooked and tough and beef dishes were tough too. Wish they would get a better Chef so we could justify returning as we do love the atmosphere and friendliness.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Our favorite Italian restaurant.... Hank is the best waiter! Highly recommended...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming family-owned Italian restaurant
    LADenizen
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Beautiful and charming restaurant that is owned and run by first-generation Italian families. The food is absolutely wonderful and the scenery is intimate and romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Traditional Italian
    SpankyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It has been the forever. The bar could have Frank Sinatra holding court. The food is old style and delicious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Santa Monica Staple
    TinkeR
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    A Must. Go here and experience Service, Food, And Charm of the old world Italian. Love It!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • miamore
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Best italian food ever! Can't wait to go back! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent food and ambiance. Sometimes the service can be a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vito Restaurant
    pandalooVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our family has been coming here for over 30 years. We love the atmosphere, old-fashioned and romantic. The food is excellent, especially the Caesar Salad, hand-made at your table, the pork chop, veal piccata and cannolis. The service is impeccable and the drinks, whether wine or cocktails are a full pour.The restaurant is wonderfully quiet, no loud/ lousy music, so you can actually have a conversation with your dinner partners. hIghly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best In Italian
    Sandy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Consistently excellent food and service....That's why Vito's has been a neighborhood great for over 35 years, with plenty of repeat business...You will never go wrong inviting first-timers to Vito's
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old world charm & classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great service. Best house salad I've had. The Osso Buco & Putenesaca were excellent. Felt like I had gone back in time to a restaurant frequented by the Godfather.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Authentic Italian...
    cdez
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food and service were off the charts. The pasta with shrimp and the pink cream sauce was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Old Style Charm
    SpankyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very much the old style "Frank Sinatra" Italian restaurant. Booths, Caesar salad made table side, and waiters in tuxedos. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and knowledgeable. We recommend this place to friends all the time. It is pretty hard to go wrong with anything on the menu, but I would recommend trying the Sand Dabs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated my daughter's 24th birthday here. Everything was superb. We've been dining here for almost 30 years, and Vito has remained consistently wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost, very good.
    RobW
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I brought a friend , his 1st time to Vito's. My previous experience was good. Waiter was old school, experienced. We ordered and shared a Ceasar Salad made at the table. It was good, but a little to salty. I ordered a pasta, which was very good, and my guest ordered Salmon rare. His Salmon appeared to be well done with the 1st bite, and we called our waiter over. He said that, sometimes the ends of the Salmon are well, but the center should be rare. He cut into the center of the Salmon and it was also well done. The waiter appeared to defend the salmon and left us. My guest not wanting to make a scene had a couple of bites, said he would take it home and scramble it with eggs. Disappointed, and my guest will not return to Vito's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic style and class
    LizzieismVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This Italian restaurant has a varied menu and everything is prepared to perfection. Served in a relaxing old European style atmosphere, your dinner is sure to be delicious and delightful. Whether you are having a romantic evening out or a family celebration, Vito provides dining the way it was intended to be. There is valet parking in the back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic!
    margorens
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The have tons of selections. The waiters bring you back to Italy. Great martini!reasonable prices. Great overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Vito
    seafish
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The personnel at Vito restaurant were very accomodating. Per the request I made through my reservation on Open Table, they accomodated the circular table I had requested that is very conducive for a business dinner. They also easily accomodated a last minute add-on to our reservation for a couple additional guests. It's always a delight being at Vito and their excellence is not unappreciated or unnoticed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 89 reviews are from the Vito Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Delicious
    foodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My boyfriend brought me here a couple of years ago and I absolutely fell in love. Awesome food, romantic atmosphere, amazing service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • shopperVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is a smallish restaurant and a bit crowded when all the tables are taken. The servers were trying to get out of each others way whenever they needed to go to a table. The noise level is very loud. Our server seated us and came back with the menus and told us of the specials for the night. We ordered a caesar salad which was made at tableside. We asked that one salad only have the anchiove paste and the other without. He obliged and mixed them separately. When we tasted the salads, they were both so bitter that we were unable to eat them. Our server suggessted to take it off the bill. The entrees we ordered were also not very good. The prices here are high and I would expect the food to be outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • daniVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Old style Italian restaurant with very good service, reasonably good food, and rather cramped and noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!!
    moocoww
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    When we want Italian food, we go to Vito……..delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ddddVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Worst experience....my table was caught in the middle of a major disagreement between the waiter and the bus boy, with the outcome being that the bus boy threw food at the waiter in front of us and with no apology. This place really needs an attitude adjustment....love the place but won't be coming back for awhile.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old School
    jessepetunia
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An OK dinner
    CRM1VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tmarian
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    leety
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Divine Italian food on Ocean Park
    qsterama
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review for Sunday June 8th (early)
    Dick
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This was our first visit. Very reasonable Valet parking, widely varied menu, excellent drink menu, and experienced and professional waiters and service staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency over decades!
    UCLADinerVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfy old school Italian
    BuddygVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic hidden gem
    Noellabella
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends Anniversary
    Mark
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant
    Cathy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Excellent food, friendly service, would definitely recommend .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A LA/Santa Monica staple for years
    stacirVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Local joint that we love ask for HANK! This food is what we keep coming back for! Amazing and the service is even better. You can't miss this when visiting...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Options Elsewhere
    DrShorterVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent menu and service
    canbecritical
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Style
    TheFineDinersVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good as always
    Pete
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    My family's favorite. Great wine, best caesar salad around and impeccable pasta. And the martinis are generous!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Charm - Amazing Food
    StanandDeliver
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York Ambiance in Santa Monica
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Great Happy hour with fabulous drinks that are reasonable and for the food. Its New York level in all respects
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate