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Heroic Italian - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Heroic Italian - Santa Monica

4.5
4.5
228 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Weekend Hours Wed–Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Weekday Hours Mon, Tue 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 691-8278

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Merrihue

  • Catering

    All of our Sandwiches and Salads are made with imported Italian meats and locally sourced organic produce.

  • Private party facilities

    Heroic features four beautiful rooms that range from 10 people seated to over 120 in mixed standing / seating format including our Secret Garden which may be LA's most beautiful room.

  • Private party contact

    Jeffrey Merrihue: (310) 490-0202

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    5th Street

  • Parking details

    There is a great parking lot behind Citibank on 5th Street with $6 all day parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 228 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Great for Brunch

  • Westside

    Fit for Foodies

  • Westside

    Great for Lunch

  • Westside

    Notable Wine List

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  1. F

    lucilleF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been a while since I had found a restaurant that satisfied me. I must say very good menu and very good quality
  2. MN

    MaryN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best branzino I have ever had here in LA, nice restaurant! I will definitely be back soon
  3. AP

    ArnoldP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special place to celebrate 1 year with my girlfriend, very good food. I really enjoyed the smoked salmon pasta, kudos to the chef! Definitely we will go back
  4. FM

    FrancescoM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, very friendly owner and the staff made me feel comfortable. I had the linguini clams pasta, very good and I truly suggest
  5. SB

    ScottB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have had in years. Every dish was amazing and unique where you could actually taste the food and ingredients! The artichoke appetizer was incredible and I regretted not getting two of them even though the size was sufficient. Now I know why I was not Pryor a fan of pasta with pesto because I never had pesto as fresh as here as it’s ground right in the restaurant. And the pasta was cooked perfectly as well. And the ribeye cap was one of the best meat dishes I’ve ever had with an incredible but not over flavored sauce that complemented it. I am thrilled to know about this place and will bring people and send people looking for food like this that’s pretty tough to get anywhere else these days.
  6. F

    Flickerman

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food. Good service. Comfortable ambience. Try the scallop bellini and the foi gras bellini. Delicious.
  7. LR

    LorenzoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I often come to this place, yesterday however for the first time I wanted to try the Cioppino, really very good and I recommend it. As usual, very friendly staff.
  8. R

    wendyR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's really true that the first time, you never forget! I came with a friend and we tried the spicy shrimp pasta, such goodness!!! Very friendly environment and beautiful atmosphere in the place.
  9. H

    jennyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, I honestly didn't know this place. A friend of mine suggested it to me. Me and my girlfriend had a super good time, the food is very good and if I can recommend, the OMG Sandwich is the top! I will definitely go back soon.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelent! The sandwiches was delicious and the service wonderful as well.. thank you very very much !
  11. m

    mikey

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    extremely disappointing... very bad service with orders incorrectly made and delivered ... surly, uncooperative attitude ... mediocre food at best though decent price. not likely to return
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Pictures looked better then actually having dinner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been dining all over the US, and this is by far one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in over 50 years. Many thanks to the owner, Jeff and his fabulous staff.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heroic Italian is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Monica. The staff is wonderful and the food is just amazing. If you want to be pampered, you have to go here. Nothing but good things about this place.
  15. EG

    ElGringo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had the OMG sandwich. And what can I say but OMG! Go get one!!! The owner knows his Italian. Everything on the menu is sublime.
  16. PG

    PaulG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heroic Italian is my go to restaurant for Italian food whenever I'm in the Los Angeles area. The pasta is perfect, the flavors are spot on and there is always something new and creative to try. The veal parmesan is a must - clearly the best in town! The scallops, uni and caviar appetizer is fantastic and the OMG sandwich is truly OMG! You WILL have a great meal at Heroic Italian.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch, amazing entrees, not typically a filet fan, but theirs is outstanding. Service was outstanding and the food was very high quality. Will return soon
  18. SL

    SueL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing sandwiches. The OMG is the best as is their BLT. They look have great appetizers and pizza! Haven't tried their pasta yet but their meatballs are really tasty too!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is Delicious!!! It is so obvious that they are committed to high quality ingredients. I can’t wait to bring a date here.
  20. KD

    KevinD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious sandwiches, great decor, good vibes all around! Try the shortrib sandwich with some of their house made calabrian chili paste, you wont be able to put it down!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best pizza in town Great selection of wines
  22. J

    Jake

    Los Angeles

    108 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Always curious about new places in SM. Gave it a try since initial reviews were good. Menu had som interesting items that seemed worthy of trying. Salads were reasonable at $16. Outs had “impossible crunch” an item with which I was unfamiliar. Marinated artichokes and chickpeas are always welcome. Had a carbonara pasta that actually was more like Cacio e Pepe that was quite good. Ours was the Sant Barbara featuring spit prawns, uni, and Calabrian pasta that was different but not worth $38 for about 1 oz of edible shrimp and about 10 grams of uni. When we complained the manager seemed angered though to his credit he bright over an additional prawn and comped our dessert. Our server also seemed inexperienced, coming to us frequently for our order when we were waiting for a guest but then ignoring us when we needed the check - had to pay at the counter. Perhaps it is growing pains but we will avoid for now and also stick to the maxim of avoiding ordering exotic expensive items at restaurants with which we are unfamiliar.
  23. PS

    PhilS

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible & our server Virginia was absolutely wonderful! A great first date spot! We’ll definitely be back again.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Curtis & Virginia were wonderful!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Food on par. Great menu with lots of choices for each course.
  26. D

    Denisse

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed Virginia’s recommendations, especially the osso buco. It’s was delicious. I hope to return soon !!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First off it’s been a while since we have been in Santa Monica, but last time we were we ate at Heroic. We were excited to try it again. We were blow away by the new menu items and other new offerings that have been added since last time we came. The space is still gorgeous, i want that butterfly art for my home. The staff was lovely and acted like they knew us, nice touch. The chicken marsala was to die for, and I a pretty picky when it comes to my marsala- I had to take a pict because they nailed it. The aranchini was perfect and we also loved the sardines and the Cauliflower main dish (yes we were splurging!) As i remembered. the wine list was exceptional and we actually both tried a few by the glass and then ended the night with a bottle of our favorite- Don’t worry we Ubered! So kudos to Heroic for keeping it consistent and surprising us with some great new items!!! Can’t wait to come back again soon:
  28. C

    Craiginsanfran

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heroic is one of my favorite go to places in Santa Monica. The food is diverse and yummy and the service is incredible.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had such a nice time at heroic. We went for happy hour. They have everything from olives to pizza and an amazing wine selection. We had a glass of wine and an antipasto board. Service is amazing as well. Will be back :)
  30. H

    Hangry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten at Heroic for both lunch and dinner and every visit has been excellent. The food is outstanding and it's evident that they care about using top quality ingredients to produce the best possible food. The staff is well trained, friendly and attentive. I hope you enjoy Heroic as much as I do.
  31. MS

    MichaelS

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best linguini clams ever. Our server Curtis was awesome and we loved the experience. Definitely coming back to enjoy the food and fun!👌
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Heroic Italian was such an amazing experience. The staff was kind and energetic providing amazing attentive service. The food was exceptional! I had the seared salmon with a side of farmers market veggies. My partner had the chicken Marsala with a side of creamed spinach. I can not wait to come back with the rest of my family and try out more of the menu!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was spot on - this is the best Italian - American restaurant in lA!
  34. S

    Seanovenice

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It really felt like the people that work there did not want to be there The tables were messy upon arrival service was slow inept , The $40 pasta barely had any seafood in it was so oily barely edible!! There’s a reason why on a Friday night in the heart of Santa Monica the place was empty . I never write bad reviews I really know some days people are off but I actually felt ripped off And there was minimal effort or love and the food the restaurant everything
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    incredible food and great/friendly service. we had the OMG and shared a couple pastas. the wine selection is amazing too!!
  36. EB

    ElizabethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute inside. Definitely a romantic, fancy vibe. Staff were so nice, welcoming, and comforting. Food looked and tasted great!
  37. F

    Frosty

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    On the whole food was barely edible. Waiter was not very polite. Would not recommend.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owner Jeff is such a great foodie! Go there every time we go to or from LAX to Santa Barbara. Jeff also knows restaurants all over the world to go to
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods amazing. In my opinion it's a locals spot with food that punches way above its weight and a wine list that's both really good and surprisingly inexpensive for the neighborhood. Some bottles would be double the price at nearby restaurants. The OMG is my favorite sandwich in LA as well. It's an oddity that it's dinner menu is top notch and it's daytime sandwiches and pasta are the best around.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is an absolute gem. We get the sandwiches here regularly. Always get the OMG and a Marinetti, their bread is to die for. This time we can for dinner and was not disappointed. The chef is so gooooood on flavors and sauces. My husband had the Cioppino which is marvelous. I had the shrimp in white wine sauce which is just next level. We started with the Frito Miso which they only have at weekends and is so worth it. It’s a fantastic dish. They have just updated their garlic bread which i didn’t think could get better, but it has. Has a very nice wine selection, I had Pinot Grigio and my husband ordered a reserve Red. Both were terrific. We ended the evening with their new Canolli which was absolutely delicious!!

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

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You can order delivery directly from Heroic Italian - Santa Monica using the Order Online button. Heroic Italian - Santa Monica also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Heroic Italian - Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 691-8278.

Heroic Italian - Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Heroic Italian - Santa Monica

516 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2410

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Weekend Hours Wed–Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Weekday Hours Mon, Tue 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is a great parking lot behind Citibank on 5th Street with $6 all day parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Merrihue

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 691-8278

  • Catering

    All of our Sandwiches and Salads are made with imported Italian meats and locally sourced organic produce.

  • Private party facilities

    Heroic features four beautiful rooms that range from 10 people seated to over 120 in mixed standing / seating format including our Secret Garden which may be LA's most beautiful room.

  • Private party contact

    Jeffrey Merrihue: (310) 490-0202

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