Heroic Italian

4.2
156 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Executive Chef and renowned foodie Jeffrey Merrihue's menu reflects growing up in and around Boston's North End and living in Milan. Our cuisine features a menu built around local sourcing of in season ingredients like Santa Barbara seafood, local meats and organic produce from local California farms.

Dinner includes classics like Veal Parmesan and Cioppino as well as fresh handmade Lobster, Foie Gras and Pumkin ravioli.

The OMG sandwich has become famous at lunch.

Heroic Italian has been featured on Eater, Gayot, Thrillist, LA Times, LA Magazine among others.

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 156 people are saying
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PeterMc
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had just come from the Getty Villa and had a 2:00pm reservation so the restaurant was winding down from lunch. The staff was super attentive and food excellent. I have wanted to see how their sandwiches were for months and they did not disappoint! Delicious bread and good quality cold cuts. Thought the sandwich might be too large to finish but it was too good to wait!

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vipSMxxxxx
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

First visit and wanted to love it, but it was just ok. Really concerning is that the service staff barely kept their masks on throughout our time at the restaurant.

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vipShootingstar
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The restaurants vegan offerings leave a lot to be desired.

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SamuelG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Heroic Italian was an amazing experience. The staff was kind and provided amazing service. The food was exceptional! The OMG is definitely the best sandwich I've tried in LA. I cannot wait to come back and try more of the menu.

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vipBeenthere
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Waiter was great. Outside table ok but what can you do? Santa Monica Blvd — felt like N earthquake every time a truck went by. Not the restaurant’s fault, but can’t recommend parklet seating. Some hot food arrived to table pretty cold. Nothing that flavorful.

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vipPeterS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was mediocre and cold. Compared to the service though it was a feast. Maybe the worst service I have ever had. They could not even bring out a cup of ice without 5 requests. Stay away. Additionally my food came out 12 min after my lunch date.

Heroic Italian
Responded on December 27, 2021

Peter: Apologies for the negative experience. Best wishes, Jeffrey

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RossT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The sandwich was delicious. The fresh baked roll was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We sat outside. It was busy and noisy. But the staff was great and the food was really good!

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vipLAEater
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Unfortunately we may have ordered wrong because this place seems to be known me

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was very poor. The signature sandwich had very little meat. I am not sure if this an unusual experience but I doubt that I will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food ambiance and service were great

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the crisp/crunchy sandwich baguette
Homemade potato chips were great
Outdoor seating available but kinda noisy since right next to the busy street.
Service was excellent

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vipLauraW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience!! Our waiter, Christian was exceptional in every way… his knowledge, great recommendations of wine and food and mostly his thoughtfulness. We will be dining there regularly!!

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vipMelP
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I enjoyed dining at this place . Food quality was good and service was great as well .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really great experience and will definitely be going back!

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LizS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service wonderful. Portions perfectly sized and our server was a delight! We sat outside and felt isolated (in a good way) from the slightly grungy street scene on this block and our nearest diners.

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vipDiningHound
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Waitress was inexperienced, unprofessional and made for an awkward experience. Never have seen a waiter or waitress stack finished plates in front of a customer; never seen one reach across the face of a customer to hand something to another customer rather than walk around, and untimely take orders or deliver food…. Sad because food was excellent.

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vipRobin
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. Holly was absolutely fantastic, so energetic, funny and honest. The good was really great and we really enjoyed it. It was very warm upstairs though AC wasn’t working.

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donk
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The OMG sandwich is great. Paying $3 for a mini bottle of coke is not fair.

We had a$300 dinner in the same week at another Italian Restaurant this week. I'll happily pay for cuisine and drinks that are worth it, but when you serve a mini-bottle of diet coke for that price it's taking advantage. It's an interesting bare bones light menu place. The food is good. but we won't be returning until you have a fountain and or a regular price for a diet coke. It's just unfair.

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KatieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding sandwiches on delicious ciabatta bread. So tasty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely AMAZING! Everything about this location, the food, the atmosphere and the OMG! Sandwich! This is a MUST DO!

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vipJoanM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Wide variety on the menu, something for everyone. The bread is outstanding

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JeffreyA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem. The arancini was absurd. The white mini pizza tasty. The special lobster ravioli with cioppini reduction was rich, rustic and flavorful. And the wine almost outshined the food but not quite.

There aren’t a lot of good restaurants in Santa Monica. This is one of the good ones!

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vipshopper
Los Angeles
198 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It is a small place with seating upstairs and downstairs.
I was a little disappointed in the size of all areas.

I ordered the highly touted OMG sandwich just to see what all the
noise was about. It was good, but a bit expensive for what you get.

Most would compare here with Bay Cities very nearby. If given the
choice, I would go there only because it is much larger with a lot
of shopping for Italian goods.

As far as the food is concerned, they both make good Italian
sandwiches and meals.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The pizza is terrible. The external part is horrible. The waiter was very kind. The pecan pie was cold in the bottom, poorly warmed. Not going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved it food was amazing, ambiance was perfect. All around good meal and dining experience.

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MR90405
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

If you book outdoors, be aware that the table is practically in the street on a major thoroughfare with busses and lots of traffic. Though it's not usually very busy so you could probably easily move to an indoor table. Food was decent, though the menu on open table is not accurate anymore. Service was not bad, but also not great either.

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Fab4
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow... everything was delicious and service was excellent... Love the way they have created outdoor seating

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ylaurenlei
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoors was naturally louder than indoors dining would be. However, the spritzer was very expensive and felt overpriced. Sandwich was fabulous per usual.

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vipRoxikei
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food but portions are small for the price. The prawn pasta came with one small (2”) prawn cut in half for $38. But the sauces and recipes were amazing. Just give proper portions for the money spent.

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jkroth
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was ok and kitchen made a lot of mistakes. It took almost an hour to get our appetizers then they said they were closing and could we hurry. The only saving grace was our AWESOME server who helped us make the best of it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great sandwiches and pasta

Heroic Italian
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you so much!

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vipEvelynH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Sandwiches are huge so plan on sharing. Lamb ribs were divine, as were the morels and polenta. While back room can be noisy (often has large groups), front room is intimate and quiet.

Heroic Italian
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you for your review, Evelyn! I am so glad you enjoyed your meal :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Will be back.

Heroic Italian
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you! We hope to see you soon

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

We made reservations and drove all the way from West Hollywood to have a nice meal at Heroic Italian but once we got there the host told us that they decided to close the kitchen 5 minutes ago because business was running slow completely ignoring our reservation in their computer. It was really uncomfortable and rude and only when they realized that we are really unhappy they said that we can order food.

Heroic Italian
Responded on July 19, 2021

Hello, I am so sorry for this experience. This never should have happened, and we sincerely apologize.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

While I had heard of this place because of the OMG sandwich, we were there for dinner. Wife had the chicken parm with risotto which was highly disappointing. Slobbered with a sweet sauce to the point that the chicken cutlet was unrecognizable. The idea is to have some crunch with your gooey cheese and tasty sauce. Not this one. The risotto was also sub par - basically over cooked rice with just a metric ton of some kind of sauce that needed a lot of salt. I didn’t taste any cheese in it as described on the menu.

I had the pork - it wasn’t bad but was bland as were the accompanying veggies. Again, needed salt/seasoning.

It wasn’t horrible but I’m Italian and it sure didn’t seem like there was an Italian in the kitchen. We’ll go back and give the sandwiches a try as the bread was superb.

Service also was as bland as the food. At least be sociable. I hate to write a review like this but they need to step it up a bit if they want to continue.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Food was good, especially the BLT sandwich. 2 of us were sharing a meal. The parmesan chicken tasty to me but my partner thought it was a little tough. Presentation could have been better. Hot chicken came before the room temperature sandwich. Plates were plain, no garnish. I will order the BLT again for takeout only however. It was delicious. Ambience of restaurant needs improvement.

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Iris
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious generous sandwiches w/amazing fresh bread for a very fair price of $16. The quality of the short rib meat was excellent--no fat and really enough for two people to share along w/a soup or salad. Husband's veal chop was not as large a serving for the price of $38, but prepared equally well. Appetizer of rice balls is rather small for a $14.00 charge though good. As others have said, the outdoor tables are noisy right on the busy street so we requested indoors being fully vaccinated. The side room austere, but bar area brightly decorated.

Heroic Italian
Responded on July 12, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, Iris! We appreciate your feedback.

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vipEvelynH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was fresh and delicious. Sandwiches are huge! One easily serves two.

Heroic Italian
Responded on July 12, 2021

Thank you, Evelyn!

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You can order delivery directly from Heroic Italian using the Order Online button. Heroic Italian also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Heroic Italian also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 645-5723.

Heroic Italian is rated 4.2 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.