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7:00 PM
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Locanda del Lago

511 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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
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Phone number
(310) 451-3525
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Daniele Turchetti
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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.
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Cross street
Third St. Promenade
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Parking details
Valet Thursday-Sunday evenings from 6:00pm - close. There are also 4 public parking structures located within 2 blocks of the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Lago's services are available for private parties inside the restaurant or off-premises catering.
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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
What 511 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

We ordered drinks when we sat down and didn't receive them for almost 30 minutes. When we kept asking our waitress what was holding them up she kept saying the bartender was busy. It's not a very big place and wasn't even half full. We asked for olive oil and vinegar for our bread and she brought us vinegar but said they couldn't find any olive oil. It's an Italian restaurant! We had ravioli that was just average and the meat on the Osso Buco was tough. All in all we wouldn't go back.

vipBuster (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Not great but we were hungry. Server was the best thing about the experience

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had a great experience here! The atmosphere was relaxed and it rubbed off on every one that attended. We had a grouo of 8, two of them were kids. The ride to Santa monica was hell... But everything was made up here. The staff served us quickly and with open arms.... Great place, great service and the food was to die for. THANK YOU!!!!

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food. Cesar the waitor is dope. The mints are bomb. :)

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great restaurant with a very professional staff.
This is not a "one time experience" but is the fabric of the culture of the management team.
Truly a great experience.

NGD1 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Took my family out to dinner for a special occasion. Food was fantastic and so was the service. We will definitely be going back again!!!

SamuelB (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

This restaurant is one of the best values in Santa Monica. All the food is fresh from local markets, and the owner really tries to give a good value. The pasta is authentic and of gourmet quality.

vipPlainjane (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

The staff were so welcoming, professional, helpful. Every single employee made an effort to extend a warm welcome. Having most of them able to speak Italian added to the atmosphere.

vipGoodTasteHealth (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Authentic Italian, fresh farm-to-table, delicious on the Third Street Promenade!
Whitefish is crispy outside, moist and delicious inside
Osso bucco: most flavorful we’ve had and not too salty
You have to have the Burrata cheese which they make fresh in the restaurant every other day. You can tell it’s fresh!
Ask for Vincenzo, he’ll take good care of you!

vipJeff (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

vipMarriedToAGoodCook (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

topangan (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 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

vipPatrickW (Palm Springs)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 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.