Forma Restaurant

4.8
738 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Named in honor of the star ingredient, formaggio, Forma has set the stage for simple, Italian dining on the Westside. Set in a sleek yet inviting space, Forma features a cheese bar, extensive cheese selection and modern Italian menu. The culinary centerpiece of service is the Dalla Forma preparation in which freshly cooked pasta is finished in large cheese wheels of Parmigiano, Pecorino, Romano or Pecorino Gran Cru.

NOTE: WE ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE REQUESTS FOR SPECIAL TABLES, THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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The Infatuation
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On the Viagra-washed sidewalks of Montana Avenue, a youthful and downright delicious Italian joint has finally emerged.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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EY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, great service; a little loud but we still enjoyed the ambiance.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as usual! Can’t wait to go back and order the mussels!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The highlight for me at Forma is the pasta dalla forma, which is pasta tossed in these gorgeous wheels of cheese. The tortellini in particular is divine. However, the menu has lots of highlights, including small plates and mains. Great wine list. Cons are that service can be a bit hit and miss. Like most restaurants these days, the noise level is off the charts. Last time in our server forgot two of our small plates, but frankly I think he just couldn't hear us when we were ordering. I am not sure why restaurants are all so noisy these days, but it's a trend I hope ends soon. The seating is also a quite snug. You could be very close to another dining party. Again, that seems to be more and more typical these days, especially with the horrendous emergence of the "community table," which luckily Forma has not adopted. Forma is so popular that it could certainly fill a larger space elsewhere and give their patrons some room. These cons of the experience are mainly commenting on current trends that Forma has unfortunately adopted, but the food, cheese selection, and wine list are so good I would suffer through most anything to have a meal there. Make sure you get your reservations ahead of time as it fills up fast!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the place!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food. Excellent service. Noisy atmosphere, with tables very close to one another.

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CG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although this lunch meeting was the third time for me, it was only the first time at Forma Restaurant for my guest. She was as pleased as I always am. The menu continues to be interesting and the presentation of food is as creative as ever. We were able to chat with each other without having to try to filter out noise. This is a huge plus considering the high noise levels at so many other restaurants. And. . .it's in my home town, Santa Monica, just a hop, skip and a jump from my home. It's a go to restaurant, although I never have had the pleasure of dinner there.

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d
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a thoroughly outstanding restaurant in Santa Monica away from the beach (easier parking!) The menu emphasizes the creative use of fine cheeses and pasta, but includes a large variety of other well-conceived and superbly-executed dishes based on meat, fish, salad, or vegetarian/vegan themes. Many gluten-free options, clearly marked, add to the available riches. I could happily eat here every night for a week, ordering something different each time. It's not cheap; tables are closely spaced; it's somewhat noisy; but all is forgiven for the high quality of food and service.

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CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience at Forma. Make sure you order one of the Dalla Forma - their specialties.

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LY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Forma many times and it is always consistant and delishes. The wait staff is friendly and attentive! We will be back.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forma’s pasta tossed in fresh cheese is amazing. We sampled 2 cheeses and loved the fettuccine Bolognaise. This is a spot I will go back to many times!

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H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So consistently good

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MG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Buratta was excellent.
The Tortellini was tasty but could have been hotter in terms of temperature (not spicy).
It’s a great restaurant but that was one thing I feel could have been better.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is unique and that’s great! Cheese

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding!

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AD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

In keeping with current restaurant trends, one has no tablecloth and somewhat spartan, though not unpleasant, decor. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but when main courses enter the high twenties and thirty dollar range, I find that a bit disconcerting. The food is splendid, and there are enough options to cobble together a meal that is not too expensive or vegetarian (the cheese components make vegan more difficult) or non-mammalian. The service is attentive without being overwhelming or, worse, snotty. Though I know how to pronounce Chitarra Cacio e Pepe, not everyone does, and they won't sneer at you here if you foul it up.

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T
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the pasta dish and the wine selection is wonderful. The staff paired our chaucitere and cheese perfectly. We like to arrive on the early side since it can get so loud!

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SD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always amazing, we love Forma! We are never disappointed. Always look forward to the next time

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TL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Simply classic pasta. Not a fan of paying $4 extra for bread at the table.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pastas were amazing

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J
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently good … an excellent place for lunch with friends and family ...

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RP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in the area for work and have been wanting to eat here for quite awhile. My lunch was perfect... from the amazing citrus avocado salad to the cheese wheel pasta. I will definitely be back!

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went there for our anniversary.
It was really great experience.
Service was awesome, food was fantastic!
I would like to comeback for sure.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is unbelievable! High quality ingredients and great service!

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Every time I eat here the food and staff are awesome!

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d
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good Santa Monica modern style Italian on Montana. A bit too much oil on the food for my tastes but very good meal

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DI
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but the service was inexistent! Our waiter threw the menus on the table, did the same with the dishes we ordered, never came back to ask if we needed refills on our waters and iced teas...did not take the plates off the table once we finished...Pretty bad. We mentioned that this was a Birthday lunch...but not a shadow of a candle or a dessert to be seen...We still left a 15% tip, just to show appreciation for the people behind the scene, the cooks, bus boys etc...but we are not hurrying back to Forma...I

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short rib pasta was full of delicious and our dessert of 3 bleu cheeses with port pairings was a perfect finish to n amazing dinner!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible & unique. Service is friendly, perfect, on another level :)

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S
Miami
74 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is good here. Not exceptional! It’s a good neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food fine. Server good. The table too close to us was super super super loud. Stayed forever. There before we. We had to leave finally. No dessert. No more drinks for us

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SL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best! Italian food is amazing and selection is great

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience love this place a lot; The food is amazing

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E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Pastas are unreal. Highly recommend the cacio e pepe, arancini and gnocchi. This time we tried the branzino which was good but I'd say stick to pasta as it's their specialty. Service was fine and ambiance was really nice, especially on a rainy night.

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KT
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went on a Fri night. The food was amazing. Everything was delicious. The big challenge was deciding what to choose! Tables were very close and it was loud, but the food made all that worthwhile.

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LU
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty and wel prepared. Portions for the price were small. Quite expensive. Lot's of noise

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OT
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tight seating but service is good and food delicious! Loved the Risotto and Tortellini along with Cauliflower and cheese board to start!

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EN
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The tables are way too close together, but the food is amazing

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HB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazingly good pasta. Friendly service without interrupting us. It does have a crowded feel and the noise level was quite high. It was difficult to have a conversation

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For her 16th birthday our daughter wanted to try the Forma pasta in the cheese wheel. It was good but not enough for 2. She split it with her friend but they could have each had their own order. I had the BLT & it was FANTASTIC!! The salad that came with it had a very nice light dressing.

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P
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the fourth time we have eaten at Forma. It keeps getting better.

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