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Permanently Closed - Bistro of Santa Monica

201 reviews
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$30 and under
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Drop in for lunch or dinner and discover the real meaning of genuine Cuccina Italiana. Specializing in unique and authentic Italian dishes, including fresh seafoods , Steaks, Chops and Veal. An excellent wine list. A full bar with great martini list. And top it all off with the Bistro's Special dessert: The Chocolate soufflé.

A romantic setting in a historical 1890 building with an original tin ceiling and stained glass, the enchanting strains of live Italian music flowing nightly, and signature dishes created by a master chef and served by a friendly, professional staff.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday 3.30pm=10.30 pm

Closed on Sundays except for private parties.
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Phone number
(310) 899-9917
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We at Bistro of Santa Monica with 25 years of experience in hosting weddings, receptions,birthdays and anniversaries welcome your personal or Company’s events. We offer private rooms for parties of 40 , 80 or 100, with full bar and large wine list. please visit our web site
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Private party contact
Michael Rogers: (888) 494-1712
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We cater to all business and private parties up to 100 people. Please call for more information.
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Cross street
23rd Street
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Piano bar 7 nights per week.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJoan (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2016

We had a wonderful evening but very disappointed to find out that the restaurant is closing for good Jan.1st 2017. It was always a good restaurant to go to when we were in Santa Monica. Sorry to see it close.

vipBrig (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

It is too sad that the restaurant is closing. We liked it very much.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

Our favorite place to stop in Santa Monica. Two block walk to St John's Hospital.

Lml626539 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

This is my go to place for lunch when in Santa Monica. Very close to freeway and a few blocks from the beach. Always very good/great meals, easy parking in back(free). I eat here 1-2 times a month

Jude (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

I am so disappointed over this place. It started with the The valet parking just being a guy collecting your money and not parking your car. The prices led me to believe it was quality. It was terrible. The sauces tasted pre-packaged. Everything was super salty telling me it was not fresh. It was just an all around very poor experience. The waiters were dressed sloppy and both needed to wash their hair. They were very nice and accommodating as best they could be.

vipMariaA (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2016

Loved their gnocci and our server was the nicest, so polite and accommodating.

JeffreyB (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

WE go there about once or twice a year for the past 3-4 years and loved the experience. This time we walked up and it had a B rating. We shrugged our shoulders and went in figuring that they would have taken care of any problems. We both had our hearts set on the Osso Buco. After we sat down they waiter came over and said ( it was 7:00pm) they were out of the Osso Buco and out of Veal. My wife and I looked at each other and decided to leave.

It's a shame because we have had some good diners there and the ambiance is good. I hope they fix their "B" rating and I'll definitely call ahead to see if they have the Osso Buco.

Despite our one bad experience out of probably a dozen other times give them a try. Normally it is a very good experience.

PaulW (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

I have an elderly father that can't hear very well, and having the restaurant opening opening early for dinner is key for me. We were there around 5 pm and actually we might even go a little earlier because we were the only ones in the restaurant. Noise level can get very high in there when there's a lot of people in the restaurant. We had a great time and excellent food. Deafly would go back there again!

vipGoodTasteHealth (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

The food is outstanding and service is great.
We had the kale Caesar and salmon risotto - to die for. Piano player in the restaurant sets a romantic mood

vipBethesdaRegular (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Food was delicious, and piano player added nice mood music. Not too loud, pleasant.