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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (12)
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Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Groups (2)
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People Watching (2)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Loved everything!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 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 5, 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 14, 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 8, 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 26, 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 22, 2017

Everything was wonderful but the price!

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 (London)·Dined on November 19, 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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·Dined on November 18, 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 17, 2017

Crazy expensive. Not worth it to me.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My favorite Italian in Los Angeles

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 5, 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 26, 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 21, 2017

Very very expensive for the quality.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 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 8, 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 October 1, 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 28, 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 17, 2017

Very expensive, but great quality and delicious food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 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 17, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 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 10, 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 9, 2017

Nice but no need to be that expensive

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 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 3, 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 3, 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 2, 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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·Dined on September 1, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Good food. Pricy but a variety of options. Hidden spot. Sophisticated crowd.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was amazing . Justin and the staff were excellent !!

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 (London)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Some of the best food in LA that really impresses clients. Great staff and beautiful Tuscan decor. A true gem in Santa Monica.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Birthday by myself

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Appetizer/pasta were decent, main courses solidly mediocre at any price, but especially at the exorbitant prices they charge. Service was extremely uneven -- from the long wait for the maitre d to show up, to the failure to pour the wine from the wine bottle, to the indifference of the server generally. And for some reason, in this very high priced, presumably high end restaurant, they play rock songs at a loud volume. I liked the songs, but not in this setting. So, at the end of the day, mediocre over priced food, indifferent service and basically no atmosphere. Not what I wanted -- or thought I was getting -- for our wedding anniversary.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Fabulous dining experience. Wonderful ambiance, service and food. Always a must in Santa Monica.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Very good Italian Food - very mature people

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was excellent, especially both pastas with black truffles. Server offered great suggestions and was very professional. But the prices were all outrageous, especially wine prices! $20+ for a nice but not spectacular glass.

I would recommend only if you are not price sensitive. This was a special occasion for us. We won't make it a habit.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great wine list, but way over priced. Average food. Waiter had a bad attitude. I would never go back or recommend to a friend.

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

Fantastic find! Food was outstanding, and the wine list was unbelievable. The staff made you feel like family. We will be back!

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