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Self-proclaimed as the happiest place on Earth, C&O Trattoria offers Italian cuisine with a rich atmosphere and unique décor. The restaurant prides itself on its unique ability to stand out in a city known for exclusive and unique venues. C&O Trattoria's honor roll wine costs just $5.95 a glass, and patrons are free to serve themselves. In the cool winter months, guests can still enjoy breakfast on the heated patio during the weekends.
C&O Trattoria's claims no one can eat just one of its famed killer garlic rolls. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner.
Tried to cancel the reservation online but the site would not let me. I have eaten here many time and loved both the food and vibe.
Food is delicious as always. Killer garlic rolls were in abundance and the patio was pleasant.
This place remembers that customers come first. The food is good solid Italiano but the service from host to bar to wait staff is fabulous and not often encountered here in LA. Perfect place to begin or end a walking tour of the Venice canals around the holidays.
I literally have moments when I crave C&O's ! The food is always delicious and the portions are huge ! The best thing ever are the unlimited garlic knots !
It's been a long time since I ate at this location, I usually prefer the one closer to Lincoln Blvd because of the parking situation. Food was awesome. Service was great. Very pleased.
Ate here 2 nights in a row .. Both nights On the padio and the service and food were better than expected as always. WILL be back anytime I'm in la.
I has been here 11 years ago, and remembered how great my experience had been. This time was even better than I remembered! It couldn't have been better ... The night was absolutely perfect!
Not much to complain about... It's a great place all around. Just wish service wasn't soooo efficient. Would like to freely linger longer! Otherwise wonderful. Will frequent often.
Great service -- and the food is great! We had a broad variety of food ordered in our group and everyone was pleased. The ambiance was really nice for an evening meal with business guests.
Great food, BOUNTIFUL portions, friendly staff. Love eating on the outdoor piazza. Feels like you're in Italy. And OH THOSE GARLIC ROLLS; they keep refilling them food you!
Then around 8P, the singalong starts. The whole restaurant is filled with the sound of Dean Martin singing, "Amore." The entire staff begins singing and toasting the customers. What fun!
From food, to portions, to ambience to fun, the C&O hits a home run; especially for a special occasion or entertaining out of town guests. I had my 50th birthday party on the piazza with about 75 guests back in 2002 and it's as good now as it was back then!
Do go there for ambiance/atmosphere. The food is well done and the garlic knots are terrific....you can't eat just one
I love this place! This was my second visit in one week :)
Our server jordi was wonderful. Everyone that works there is so kind and happy. The food is as good as the service! Always my go to for a guaranteed great dining experience
As soon as my party showed up, we instantly received a negative attitude from the host and were told to go to the other hostess on the patio side of the restaurant. We went to the patio and asked if we could sit inside so she walked us over to the host so that we were able to get a table. The host somewhat apologized but then stared us down the whole evening which made it a bit uncomfortable. The food was good but when we were ready to pay the bill, the waitress told us that she couldn't split up the bill and that we needed to do the math before she can process the payments. It's been years since we've been here and I don't recall ever having any issues. We don't think we'll be back.
The food is always great, and the complimentary garlic rolls are addictive. The generously sized portions mean you will likely take a "to go" container. If you're feeling generous when you leave, take note that a common occurrence in the Venice Beach area is to leave your "to go" food with the less fortunate who are a short walk away. Go to C & O's!
Food was great! However, it seems like portions have become smaller. We got the Pappardelle Pasta with Boneless Beef Short Ribs. Also, garlic knots didn't come around as often as I remember. The garlic knots are the reason to go to C&O! I will try again, I'm hoping the experience will be better.
Great Italian Food! Portions are very Italian-like, big!
Staff were very on top of things that made my dinner a very awesome experience.! Friendly, patient and knows how to listen makes the restaurant shine!
The free garlic rolls are soooo delicious! My entrée was one of the specials of the evening, pasta with seafood, but it was just so-so, kinda bland. Wine was good, ambience was good. Service ok. I want to go back to give it another chance and order something else.
C&O has always been a good restaurant for fairly good food. Service is spotty, sometimes great, usually pretty good. Everyone in our group seemed pleased with their food, although we all agreed C&O used to be a better restaurant. My pasta was over cooked. I didn't tell our waiter since he never really came back to our table.
Took out of town relatives from Chicago who rave about Chicago's Italian food. They were really impressed with the food and the outstanding service.
We have been coming here since back in the mid-90s when we lived on the Westside. It was my wife's birthday and wanted a special dinner so we drove their from the San Fernando Valley. It is not special in the way that it is elegant, because it is plastic chairs and plastic tables. It is special in that it is AMAZINGLY GREAT food, wonderful waiters/waitresses, and has just a wonderfully fun vibe! It just makes you smile. The only way I can sum it up is that it exudes happiness and fills your stomach with wonderfully great dishes!
This was my third time at the C&O Tratorria. I had invited two friends who had never been there before and I was excited for them to have the experience of good food, good service in a fun and friendly atomosphere. Unfortunately, while the food was good, the service was lacking --- beginning with the host. We had made reservations with the intention of sitting on the patio. When we checked in, we were immediately directed to the inside part ... no smiles, no choice, just follow the green steps. This unfriendly greeting put a bad taste in my and my guests mouth right off the bat (and embarassed me because we had been hyping this place to our friends.) However, I insisted on the patio and the non-smiling host said it would be about 10 minutes..... now, why she didn't say that in the first place is beyond me. Once we did get seated, (at probably the crummiest table on the patio) our server didn't greet us, didn't ask if we had been there before, just jumped right into order taking mode. Now, I can understand how they would want to turn tables over, it's a busy place, but one extra minute to warm us up would have been nice. At this point, I was a bit frustrated, but then those mouth-watering rolls came and the poor service to this point was put behind us. Our server did eventually warm up to us, wine and food was ordered and the rest of the night was enjoyable. I usually have a red pasta, but this time tried the linquine with lobster and it was delish. Lots of vegies and a good share of lobster. My fellow diners had equally delicious meals .... clams, shrimp and fish with pasta, all with lovely sauces etc. For dessert we had the spumoni, which was a perfect end to the meal. On the way out, Ms. non-smiling host, true to form, did not say a word, like thank you, or come again. Just ingnored us as we departed. At least we got the fun and good food , but it was not a complete dining experience. Prices are not exhorbatant, but high enough that you would expect a bit more.
Food was average, service was pretty poor and tables are way too close together.
Love the place normally, but service was dry this time and those delicious rolls were bent.
Come for the killer garlic rolls. Stay for everything else
Good overall experience! Wish they had a bigger outdoor seating area due to the fact that they're located in Santa Monica.
Used to come here often when we lived in LA, but hadn't been here in years. The killer garlic knots are still great. We ordered marinara sauce to go with them, but it didn't arrive until we were out of knots and our entrees had arrived. Good wine prices, nice outdoor area. Was disappointed that there wasn't any signing like there had been in the past.
I frequented it when i lived here, and always try to visit when back in town. You're not going to find a busier neighborhood in LA, but this place owns it. The food makes up for the traffic, the parking and the overwhelmed valet.
Great experience here. We were entertaining a guest from out of town. Service was great, hostess and wait staff was accommodating.
Only thing that's a bummer is trying to find parking.
We loved everything and the service was amazing, but for some reason they had no garlic rolls that morning (after I had gushed about how great they were to my friend!) But fear not - we'll be back!
I have been coming here for about 7 years. I can honestly say, it has never failed to wow me with decadent flavors and lure my palate with such richness and freshness with every dish I have tried. The waiters are attentive,polite and knowledgeable. They work very hard to please you. Garlic balls are just a mesmerizing allure. 💗💗💗💗
I love this place! We made reservations at 5:30 on a Sunday. As soon as our party arrived, we were taken to our table promptly. The staff were very attentive. Whenever our little garlic balls ran low, a waiter was right there refilling our plates. When our food arrived, my Dad scooted his chair out of the way and accidentally knocked my Mom's drink over (her cup was filled to the rim). Within a blink of an eye, about 3 waiters came over to help clean up the mess. This place had excellent food and Staff workers. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!! <3
It was very nice mood and view and night light
I loved it!!
And this restaurant is one of my favorite places~~
Great service. Excellent food at good prices and sizeable portions. Cute interior. Perfect for a graduation dinner. A little difficult to get to because of traffic. And finally, THE GARLIC KNOTS. Loved that they kept bringing warm buttery garlic knots until our entrees arrived.
Management is so great - always helpful and accomodating - they make celebrations extra special and make people feel welcome and special - the food is most excellent !
Stupid on line date nut job canceled on me last second.
Where are the real women in this town?
We visit the area at least a few times a year and always plan a meal at C & O. Great food, wine, ambiance & service with reasonable pricing.
We always eat here for big occasions, love it! The only downside is parking on Saturday evening, but that's the nature of the area.
I had read reviews about parking problems...and we had them, even with planning extra time.! (We had not been to the area for some time and didn't realize what we were in for...) We were WAY late for our reservation. Fortunately we were still able to be seated, but we had to hurry because of theatre tickets. The delicious garlic knots arrived and, yes, we could have made a meal of those. We took the suggestion of our waiter and had the pasta dish with lobster sauce and shrimp. Wonderful. Although we were celebrating a birthday, we had to order dessert to go, but the staff fit in a quick birthday song and treat. We wished we could have enjoyed the cannoli then, but it would be fabulous any time! A major Yum. Going again, we would head straight for the beach parking and pay the $8.50 just to be able to enjoy the food at a more leisurely, although loud, pace.