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About Locanda del Lago

Lago spotlights the cuisine of Bellagio on Lake Como, Northern Italy and features the ultimate upscale restaurant experience with exceptional flavors and meticulous, friendly service since opening in '91. It’s a favorite of foodies, celebrities, locals and travelers. The freshest seasonal ingredients available from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market are served in traditional and innovative recipes, and pastas, focaccia, desserts and gelato are housemade daily. The popular bar offers Happy Hour nightly and distinctive Artisanal cocktails. Great patio with view of 3rd Street Promenade. Lago’s wine list has received an Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR every year since 1995 and has over 400 selections from Italy and California. “Don’t miss the Ossobuco alla Milanese” - GOURMET. "There’s no better place to people-watch than at the outdoor patio” - FROMMERS. "Recommended" - MICHELIN. "Perfectly crafted pastas" – ZAGAT. "Best Italian Cuisine" – LOS ANGELES TIMES.

231 Arizona Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:45am - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
Third St. Promenade

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 451-3525

Website:
http://www.lagosantamonica.com/

Catering:
Lago's services are available for private parties inside the restaurant or off-premises catering. Whether it's a business location or a party for family and friends, whether the event takes place at the restaurant or at the location of your choice, Lago's catering specialists will handle every detail.

Parking Details:
Valet Thursday-Sunday evenings from 6:00pm - close. There are also 4 public parking structures located within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Daniele Turchetti

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Lago's services are available for private parties inside the restaurant or off-premises catering.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

A decadent meal to tease the tastebuds (and your significant other)...lobster, truffle, porcini, prawns, chocolate-covered strawberries...no need to say more. $90/couple 4 course, $120/couple 5 course menu!

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Locanda del Lago Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
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Special Occasion (7)
Casual (7)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Fun (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

Forgot to serve our drinks before lunch yet the restaurant was empty

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

The waitress was wonderful - Sarah. They were out of a lot of the items, it being a holiday weekend, which speaks well for how fresh their food is.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I have been going there for years. Consistently excellent food, imaginative cocktails, attentive service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent and attentive service; food not up to price point. Example: seafood risotto was markedly short on seafood mixed with the risotto, and was a bit bland.9

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food and staff. I’ve been going to LAGO since the day they opened well over 20 years ago. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, and old-world service. A great choice for Italian in Santa Monica. they were very accommodating to our large group making last0minute reservations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Best Italian food I have ever had. I had the lasagna and caprese salad and my husband had a crab dish that he said was out of this world. I highly recommend this place.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food and wine were delicious. Service was slower than usual but it was christmas day so we tried to just relax and not mind it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We happened to be there Christmas evening so it was crazy busy. We ordered the salmon and sea bass. Both were cooked well but a little plain. Could use some more seasoning. Their bread and tempanade are very good. I’ve eaten here a number of times and I’ve found the food to be average but the service and ambiance is nice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

My family had a wonderful experience and delicious dinner on Christmas Day. The filet was prepared perfectly as was the Scottish salmon, Vitello tonato and seafood risotto. The service was polite and attentive. It couldn’t have been a better holiday dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We took a family group of six people on Christmas Day and had an outstanding dinner with excellent service. We tried a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options, and all were very flavorful. The staff made some great recommendations and helped to give us a wonderful holiday experience.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was very good. The service was terrible. When we arrived at 12 noon on Christmas Day, there was only one other table occupied. The rest of the restaurant was empty. Instead of greeting us warmly, our server, who was at the front desk when we arrived, looked annoyed at having to seat us in her section. This poor attitude continued throughout the entire meal. Sarah was stressed, disorganized, and cranky the whole time we were there. She spent 99% of her time on the computer, and not once did she come over to check on our table. I had to ask 3 times for someone to bring my glass of wine. My entrée took much longer. We arrived at 12 noon, my entrée, the sea bass, finally arrived at 1:30pm. I asked about it with 4 different employees, and Sarah chose to argue with me that, "every kitchen is different", and a "multi-course meal comes in order of the courses". As a server myself for nine years with Hilton Hotels, I am quite aware the order that courses come in ! She also argued that it was the food runners fault, and the kitchens fault. She blamed everyone but herself, UNTIL we got the manager involved. Only then did her attitude suddenly change and she apologized for the first time, after 1 1/2 hours. The manager, Leno, was excellent. He apologized and brought us a complimentary dessert, which was nice. However, had he been on top of things, he might have noticed that Sarah spent her entire day on the computer and not serving her guests properly. My two friends got their entrees 1/2 hour before mine, which was wrong. All entrees should be served together. Sarah should have been on top of this. My friends waited to eat until my entrée arrived, so their food was cold.
The table next to ours also waited 1 1/2 hours for their entrees. I observed the other servers who seemed much more interested in giving good service than Sarah. It appeared that she did not want to work on Christmas Day, and took it out on her guests. This makes the restaurant as a whole look bad.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Locando del Lago is perfect. What a lovely place. Food is delicious. The staff is friendly and splendid.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent Place to eat, relax and enjoy!! I would back there soon:)

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Marci was an excellent server and was went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of and we were!

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was wonderful but the service was outstanding!

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Coming to this place for over 15 years - -still delivers great food at a good price.

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

We enjoyed our entrees, but it was a busy Saturday night and the service was somewhat inattentive.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

They do not accept open table, acted like they didn’t even know what it is.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Appetizers were okay but the main entrees were not good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It was our friend's birthday and my wife and I decided to take him to an Italian restaurant the three of us had been wanting to try. All the food was very good. I must especially mention the burrata that is homemade -- may be the best I have ever had. The birthday boy and I both ordered Osso Buco with saffron rice. Very good! The service was warm and personable and the atmosphere was soft and welcoming. All in all, a delightful evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great service and authentic, delicious Italian food

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 27, 2017

HAD NOT BEEN TO SANTA MONICA IN 5 YEARS, OUR FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS STILL THE SAME, GREAT IN EVERY WAY.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The Osso Bucco was outstanding, but the bolognese was one of the worst I've ever tasted. Excellent Panna Cotta. Wonderful server and runners, but the kitchen was a bit slow.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our server was excellent and the food and ambiance was good. However many items on the menu will not available. We would return to give it another chance however.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Always reliable for modified American style northern Italian food, but it is different from food in Milan and Lake Como .

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The environment was very nice and friendly and also food was very good and almost 100% Italian. Like it!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food was good waiter was great. The bathrooms were pretty bad and when I told a waitress her response was why are you telling me I should be telling another person😞 I said no you can tell that person. Our waiter was terrific though...😊

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We stumbled upon this while on vacation. If we lived in or near Santa Monica this would be a family favorite!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Everything was great except the server that served us deliberately did not tell me that the gratuity was included for the dine LA course, and I realized I tipped almost 45% of the actual bill... Lol would have been nice to have been told that part. Felt ripped off! Other than that great food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great food, homemade burrata, nice selection of entrees and good wine list. Have been there before and will be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Met up with friends for early Saturday dinner. Food was well prepared, waiter attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Mobile)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Wait staff friendly and competent. Excellent food and perfect for people watching.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Tried the monthly last Thursday of the month whole animal meal. This month it was salmon. All four courses were outstanding and the matching wines were great. We have also come here for regular night dinners. Always outstanding. So happy to have this gem here for locals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Our server was less than attentive. He was one of those waiters that does not write down the order. Because of this, he repeated it back incorrectly several times. 3 of 4 of our meals arrived and were served incorrectly. The 4th meal arrived over 5 minutes later. Cocktails were expensive. There is an extensive and expensive wine list with few options for a lower priced glass of wine. The food was solid, but nothing very special. We voiced our concern over our waiter not checking in with us and just overall poor service. He seemed to already know this. He was thankful for our feedback and asked us to give the restaurant another chance. With so many other choices on the 3rd St Promenade, that is highly unlikely we would go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Although our server was attentive and sympathetic she could not make up for the overall poor dining experience. One of the entrees had to besent back twice because it was cold. The interminable wait between returns if the entree meant that one of our party was finally eating his entree long after everyone else had finished. Awkward. The complimentary tiramisu was inadequate to assuage the disappointing experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2017

A truly lovely dining experience one of my first nights in Santa Monica visiting from New York City I was very pleased with the service and the food and everything about the evening

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Corkage fee of $20 is reasonable and allows flexibility.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Having a large group isn't always easy to find seating on short notice, but they were able to accommodate us nicely. Service was great, food ok, nothing special but everyone was happy.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Locanda Del lago has been our favorite place in Santa Monica for years. This visit was not up to its usual . The service was a little off. The food, while good, was also a little off. We will give it another shot in June when we are back in LA again. Let's hope this was an anomaly.

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