Capo

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Capo faire, a modern Italian style cuisine, offers a rustic yet elegant dining room with high-beamed ceilings, flickering candles and a brightly burning corner fireplace. Capo has an extensive wine list as well as a full bar.
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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Celebrating our anniversary with family

TL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

As mentioned, service is very good (perhaps not the 'oh it's not a bottle' wine waiter - can we not taste wines by the glass?!). At $150, one would expect the truffle pasta to be hot, but it was luke warm at best. Meat was excellent, desert average.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food in a great location. My favorite in Santa Monica.

MB
Philadelphia
405 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Popular place. Definitely $$$$. Total bill with tip for 3 was around 700. But good restaurant for a special occasion. Pastas and desserts were the highlights for me.

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impressive menu. Great food and service. Expensive, but was expecting that. Bruschetta with poached egg and truffles was an all time great dish for me.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capo is one of the best Italian restaurant I have ever been. The service was amazing, we really had a great welcome!

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food and great service! Only complaint, I believe they added more tables since the last time we dined here and it made it too crowded. Servers could barely get by our table, and knocked my purse off my chair three times.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Insanely great, A+ across-the-board. Food, wine, staff, ambience. Totally a five-star event.

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capo is a landmark of Santa Monica and perhaps Southern California more broadly. Nowhere else can one find Italian and Italian-inspired dishes of such quality.

CA
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. EVERYONE was fabulous. The wait staff and the floor “managers” were all so accommodating. Food was over the top! Waaay above our expectations. Will definitely go again. Was highly recommended and did not disappoint. Thank you.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very good, service was good, maybe not not as good, not as you would expect for a gourmet dinner but the place is on the casual side so that s fine. Only thing that bothered me is that tip is already added to the bill which is completely fine, except that they should mention it, I didn’t look at the check in details since I was inviting some friends for dinner, so I filed a little over 20%, but the tip was already included...so I ended up tipping 50%...i wish someone would had let me know, I wouldn’t have asked for my “extra tip “ money back but once I realized it at home, I was definitely not happy. I ll go back regardless since the food was very good.

R
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantistico Fantistico Fantisco Fantisco Fantisco Fantisco Fantisco

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DE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capo is always perfect! Maybe it is the perfectly cooked pasta? The bucatini with lamb is unrivaled. Perhaps it is the open hearth where the best Branzino in America is cooked? Or the unbelievable appetizers, especially the octopus...I am hungry writing this review. It could also be the perfectly made desserts. Service is always tops and the wine list is quite a novel, which I enjoy reading. The music is fantastic and the vibe is terrific. Capo is my HAPPY PLACE!

GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capo is always spectacular. The food, service and ambience cannot be beaten.

CD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Espectacular! Buen servicio, deliciosa comida en un magnífico ambiente

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H
Italy
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We adore Capo!

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Corn ravioli were amazing! Food was really good! Would recommend

MB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capo always hits it out of the park. Fantastic as usual.

BC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. We had dinner for 4 and the food, service, atmosphere and wine was fantastic. It is an expensive place but worth it. Definitely a good spot for a special occasion.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met the owner. Good guy. Service and food timelessly impeccable.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food but extremely pricey.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capo never disappoints. The corn and truffle ravioli is a standout. Everything from the wood burning grill is outstanding. My favorite restaurant in LA.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was average and very very expensive. The only thing offered for our 5y anniversary was a plate of petite fours despite a tab over 330$ for 2. We were told that pasta courses were entree sized so they could easily do half portions, which we ordered. On our bill each “half portion” was charged at 60% instead of 50%. I guess Capo is desperate for the extra 4$. We were also incorrectly Double charged for corkage. Gratuity of 20% included for a table of 2 despite an average experience. Just leaves a terrible feeling. Will never return.

M
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Arrived for early seating. Squeezed into a 2 top right next to another couple as if we were dining together. Although only 6:15, the room was VERY dark. 3 different people took our order as original waitress was in the weeds. Shrimp appetizer was divine, with an orange essence to it. however, until I put my phone light on it, I couldn’t appreciate all the different flavors due to the darkness and ended up eating some of the shell. My date had the scallops appetizer and he said it was delicious. White asparagus had traditional European presentation with 3 tiny potatoes and a slice of prosciutto. The actual asparagus was a bit tough and should have been peeled higher up the stalk. Lamb ragu on spaghetti was eaten completely. Dungeon crab risotto could have used a spice as it tasted mostly like chicken broth. I had told the hostess 3 hours early that it was my date’s birthday and I would pay for dessert but they did nothing about it and I had to ask again and they just took our dessert order as if there was no special request. Total was $454 for 2 people with only 2 drinks and a half bottle wine- and they included a 20 percent tip on entire bill including the expensive wine. Menu said they do this to give their employees a living wage. Prices already high and service should have been better to mandate an automatic 20 percent tip.

h
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fantastic

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been going for 15 yrs. it’s a nice place however super small. Our table this trip was a small 2 top table sandwiched next to another 2 top. Basically - no privacy !
The restaurant recently instituted a 20% service fee on every check and it felt like a push for an additional gratuity. Waiter told us mgmt took that service fee and spreads it with all staff..
I ordered 3 different pastas as an entree for 2 people and the portion was super small.. I tried to order more food and it took too long to get the waiters attention and when we finally did, it was too late for them to prepare another dish as our desert was ready. After 2 drinks each $125, and a small salad shared, $30, we left after paying a $300 tab and we were still hungry :( sad .. the place lost its luster and charm :(

p
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding pasta and items from the grill in particular. Best grilled calamari I’ve ever had. Extensive wine list. Very expensive but memorable. Will return.

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been to Capo before. My recent meal was very uninspiring. Out of 7 dishes, only the Pasta dish was exceptional. Everything else was very pedestrian. I was most disappointed with the steak. The meat was not as high quality as what you get at Cut or Mastro's and it was over-cooked. In the last week, I had a far better steaks at Hillstone and Charcoal. The service was average and I did not like the service charge concept.

OG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly service an enjoyable atmosphere and food that is consistently superior thank you
Bruce Marder for always bringing your A game

IT
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a family dinner and enjoyed the experience. The food as always was outstanding. Besides the very high prices, especially on wines, my only gripe this time around has to do with the feel we got of hurried service. In this case, our waitress, although very professional, was all over us. No niceties, no small talk, no interest in us, how are you doing, etc. Also, the second we finish a plate or a drink, she removes it, in a frenzy. She reminded me of my grandmother when we ate at her home, She was always in a hurry to clean up the table so she can wash the dishes and rest. Our waitress behavior took the fun out of the whole experience. Otherwise, Capo is a great restaurant that is worth it.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

I was very disappointed with the service. At this price point, you would not expect to be seated in such a confined space. I was here for a wedding anniversary and despite asking to be seated in an appropriate space upfront , I was seated in a crappy small table. We were seated at 830 and out appetizers werent brought out until 10 pm. The food was amazing but for 500$ this was a very sub par experience

TW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Terrible! Fish was burnt - not just grilled but far too heavily grilled such that all I could taste was the black char. Soufflé was under-cooked so much so that a gooey substance that appeared to be under-cooked eggs was at the bottom. If I had to guess, I would guess that either management changed and/or the head chef left as the food is not close to what it used to be.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The biggest ripoff ever!!!!

HG
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is really incredible and we received the most amazing service - especially from Diane (the hostess). We will definitely be coming back. Thank you for helping us celebrate our anniversary.

S
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. comprehensive menu. Nice little place, with valet service. Staff is friendly and helpful. Cozy atmosphere. Good for every ocassion

C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I would only recommend it to someone that has a lot of money. A plate of Pasta for $38? Chicken $55?
Caesar salad $25? Higher priced than some great Beverly Hills restaurants. If you have unlimited funds its a super place.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome!!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capo never disappoints.

N
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is the second time we have been to Capo, and we weren’t as impressed as we were the first time. The food was good but seemed to be lacking this time. We felt very rushed and realized though there were two of us after we had left we were charged gratuity and then were asked to add it. So our waiter made out with 45% gratuity.

EL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great until the bill came. We were a table of 4 and they added a 20% service fee to the bill. That included 20% on a $210 bottle of wine. There was no sommelier pairing a wine for us. They handed me a wine list and I picked a bottle. I resent the forced service charge on small tables, but 20% is an outrage. Too bad, because everything up to that was stellar.

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