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About Capo

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.

1810 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Closed Sunday – Monday

Cross Street:
Pico

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(310) 394-5550

Website:
http://www.caporestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking available.

Public Transit:
Big Blue Bus on Pacific and Ocean Park Blvd.

Executive Chef:
Bruce Marder

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wine

Capo Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (11)
Special Occasion (11)
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Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Business Meals (3)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

Out third time here. One of our must visit places in Santa Monica. Always great engaging servers and an eclectic Italian menu. Truly something for everyone. Expensive but what isn’t for fine dining today? Interesting art, some quite erotic, on the walls, dark draperies and no windows make for a intimate dining experience. Perfect for Valentines weekend! It’s very loud with close quarters so be prepared to shift your chair when diners are coming and going. Impressive interior from a place that looks like a small brick warehouse on the outside. You could miss it easily when driving by. Capo is a winner!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I went for Valentine’s Day dinner. It was so nice to be at a well paced restaurant that did not cram extra tables for dinner. Friendly service and great food! Always one of our favorite ‘go to’ places for a special occasion.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had heard very good thing about Capo and were excited to have our first meal. We had to wait a few minutes for our table, but used the time to decide on a wine. The recommendation was excellent. We were seated at our table after a few minutes we spoke with a waitress. She seem confused because she did not realize we had bought a bottle of wine. She answered our questions, but never returned. After waiting with empty glasses another waiter stopped by and we discussed ordering our appetizers first. We were told the kitchen couldn't handle the order being split. We said we needed another minute. He never returned. Eventually I had to engage the maitre d who quickly addressed the situation. Unfortunately we had waited over 45 min just to get our order in. Our food was very good, but not exceptional, but that may have been due to some confusion over my wife's dietary restrictions. I believe they misinterpreted her request and over corrected for what we wanted. Overall it was a very nice restaurant, but between the service and food issues, I would not consider it exceptional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

After so long in business (for LA), they still manage to get everything right, every time, with every table. It’ll always be our favorite.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This Restaurant is always a Treat
Food is GREAT !!!
and the service is always wonderful

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Possibly the best dining experience in LA. Impeccable service; meticulous attention to detail for every course; every ingredient is fresh; also, the vibe has a great energy. I know it draws mostly local, but I come from La Canada for Capo.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Have lived in LA for 30 years don’t know how I ever missed going to this restaurant. It is a jewel .
You have never had Italian food until you taste it at Capo.
Expensive and worth every penny !

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Abosolutely outstanding.!!!>...>....................................................Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa writing more because of 50 char minimum to write a review on opentable which is LAME

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were greeted with a smile and were immediately seated. It was early so the restaurant was not busy. It took a few minutes for our waiter to take our wine order and another 10 minutes to return to tell us that they were out of that wine. Have you ever seen their list? He did offer three alternatives.
The food was fabulous but when the waiter came and asked the obligatory on how it tasted he heard my wife's response but didn't acknowledge mine. For a $400.00 meal I expected a little more interest

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Nice restaurant with great ambiance. Excellent fois gras - would go there just to have this. Also crab cake was amazing - just basically a bunch of lovely crab meat and butter. The mains were good, but not amazing. Dessert was good, but not amazing. The wine is terribly overpriced. I have had cheaper meals that were just as good, so can't really recommend this just based on how expensive it is. For the price, I expect everything to0 blow my mind.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Loved everything!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food and service is always exceptional! Glenn was amazing as usual and the second time he's waited on us. Will never get tired of going to Capo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We hadn't been to Capo in well over a decade, but for nostalgic reasons, a friend in from out-of-town and I thought we would revisit. We were there fairly early, so a crowd had not yet arrived. But when we requested an empty corner table, we were told it was meant for larger parties (for four), and directed us to deuces along the trafficked, and cold, front door. (Apparently, couples are second rate). We had a wonderful and attentive waitress; the sommelier was a tad dour. Their open-fire menu is quite extraordinary, the wine list is world class. We ordered specials (truffled pasta and charred caesar salad, followed by branzino), which were good, but lacked that certain subtlety one discovers in truly magnificent dishes (too much salt, butter, etc.). Chocolate souffle was ample, amuse bouche and cookie tray unexpected treats. Prices are a bit extreme for the experience, but we enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Capo is NOT to be missed! This restaurant is a total gem. The food is amazing! The staff is attentive without being overbearing. I love the decor where old school meets eclectic. It is open yet cozy and the GRILL! The grill makes for food truly exceptional. Our charred Caesar salad, the calamari and our steaks were like nothing we have ever eaten. We will definitely be back as this is one of the best dining experiences in Southern California.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Amazing place for celebrations or everyday special dining, always great food and service, always a great experience!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Never ceases to be amazing! The food and service are outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We fly in from the east coast just to satisfy a craving for the wonderful food and warm and inviting service at Capo. a one of a kind gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Everything was wonderful but the price!

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 (London)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I had an exceptional meal - I chose simple dishes but the quality of the ingredients and cooking was superb. I would go out of my way to eat here... in fact I would eat at Capo regularly if it was practical and I had the money.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Capo is the bar that all other restaurants are looking to live up to. Whatever you order it is inevitably the best “whatever you order” that you’ve ever had.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Crazy expensive. Not worth it to me.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

My favorite Italian in Los Angeles

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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was 5 star this evening. Food was not exceptional for the price. Would you believe an artichoke was $28 as a split appetizer.
Wine is always good here although expensive

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The experience was a bit disappointing. Servers were old school pretentious and didn’t seem to really have passion for the food.
I felt like a tourist; one of many passing through the revolving door.
Food was good but not remarkable.
There are too many great restaurants in LA to go back.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very very expensive for the quality.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was very excellent. Wine list could be simplified for those of us who aren't sommeliers.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Capo is simply one of the very best restaurants in West LA...and indeed competes with the best in America.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Takeby our American Express Black card.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Truffles were aromatic and heavenly. $50 corkage seemed high. Nevertheless, we do enjoyed Capo that we are returning tonight.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very expensive, but great quality and delicious food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our 4-some shared the very large steak prepared in the wood oven and it was quite good, prepared well, super char on outside. That's where anything positive about this restaurant ends.
What are they thinking and how do they have such an over-rated notion of the restaurant to charge such outrageous prices? It is an insult! To have pricing that is so out of cinque with both the overall food preparation (I had an eggplant appetizer that was virtually unidentifiable and almost tasteless) and other up-scale restaurants is wholly unjustified.

Atmosphere is outdated and overcrowded, tables too close. Nothing really enjoyable about it.

I have eaten in top restaurants from here to New York and have never experienced such absurd prices - BEWARE!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Pretty good! Not totally worth the cost but we enjoyed the meal overall

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 13, 2017

A birthday tradition that always succeeds our highest expectations. Just what a special meal for a special occasion should be. Also, nice to drop in and take a seat at the bar (if you can get one!) and share some wine and pasta.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was excellent, but was is worth the astronomic prices? No!. Every dish, while good, was ridiculously overpriced. The wine list, in particular, was insane. I don't mind pay a lot for an incredible meal, but here you pay more than it's worth.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Nice but no need to be that expensive

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2017

My go-to place for special occasion dinners. My friend and I each had the $120 8 course tasting menu and, as always, it was superb. Best of all, except for the steak, each of the other courses is different so it actually becomes a 15 course tasting menu if you're willing to share. My only regret was that they made no acknowledgment of my friend's birthday even though I had mentioned it twice -- once when making the reservation on Open Table and a second time when I called the hostess to confirm my reservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Second time. Second time with frustrating service. Tables are cramped. They offer worst tables to single guests.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food, ambiance and service were all exceptional, but the prices are very high. That being sad, we will definitely return to dine at Capo, but not regularly, as we could only justify that price tag for a special occasion.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We haven't been to Capo in quite awhile. We are so happy we remembered how fabulous it is. The food, setting and service were impeccable. All weekend at dinner time, I have wished we were there again.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

20 years and just as good as the day they opened. Truly outstanding food

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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