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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.

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Locanda del Lago Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (9)
Casual (7)
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Good for a Date (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 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!!!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·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!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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vip
 (Denver)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 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

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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 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 3, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 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 17, 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 4, 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 22, 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 14, 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 7, 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 September 30, 2017

Great service and authentic, delicious Italian food

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 26, 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 16, 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 9, 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 14, 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 8, 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 6, 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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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 5, 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 22, 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 20, 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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