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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us for lunch or dinner from 10:45am-10:00pm. Enjoy delicious brunch during the day and after 4:00pm we will serve our Christmas specials in addition to a limited a la carte menu for dinner.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Join us for lunch or dinner from 11:45am-10:00pm. Enjoy delicious Christmas specials in addition to a limited a la carte menu served all day.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for lunch or dinner from 11:45am-1:00am. Regular lunch served 11:45am-4:00pm. Limited dinner menu served 4:00-8:00pm. NYE Gala seating from 9:00-10:30pm with 5 course menu, bubbles flowing, DJ, and party merriment. Reserve gala (DIRECTLY with restaurant) and ring in the New Year with LAGO!

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Locanda del Lago Ratings and Reviews

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
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Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
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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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·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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The ambiance was very enjoyable. The menu selection was good but not overly impressive. Our waiter was very slow and inattentive. We waited a very long time for drinks and the wait time in between courses was way too long as well. The waiter never came back to our table to check on us to see if we needed anything. It was a $300+ meal for four people. For that much money, the food should have been amazing and the service should have been stellar. We eat out quite often and have had much better food and definitely better service for a lot less money. Maybe we were there on an "off" night but there are too many other restaurants to try before we would go back again. It was disappointing.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Love this Restaurant ! Every time we come to Santa Monica we eat here.....

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 5, 2017

I can always count on Lago to have delicious food, personalized service and an atmosphere that is warm, friendly and quiet enough for conversation. It is one of my favorite places.

Tags: Seasonal, People Watching, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We have been eating here for years and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful and attentive. They have an extensive wine list and a full bar. Our friend who was with us said it was the best martini he had ever had. The best part is that the restaurant is right on the Promenade and has not succumbed to commercialism. It still has a family feel to it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We go to Lago a few times a year. It's always great food. Great location for walking after dinner.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Been here 25 times over the last 2 years and great every time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2017

The food was excellent. The 2 of us ordered couple of appetizers off the happy hour menu (which surprisingly was available in the main dining room), plus a regular menu entree to share. The waiter took our order with a great smile, and checked in with us with the appropriate frequency and friendliness. The bill ended up nearing $100 including 4 drinks off, so it was pretty good for Santa Monica foodie experience.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Noisy. Too bright and chaotic. Sloppy service.
C- food.
Don't bother.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Better than expected, very pleased with this restaurant overall. Delicious food and excellent staff!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Our Christmas dinner was a complete disaster!!! The wait was about 1 hour before the waiter took are orders... 1 hour more before the food arrived! All our entrees were cold and I had to return mine (I hate a cold salmon that is supposed to be hot). Nothing was ready on the table for us : salt, pepper, bread and butter. The menu was impossible to read : the different pages were all mixed up and it was difficult to understand the explanations of our server. Speaking of our server, he did his best running all over the tables. It was not his fault, you should hire more servers, cooks and boss boys!!! I would appreciate it if you could offer me 2 lunches or dinners for my husband and I to compensate us for this awful Christmas dinner. Who knows, this time we might be more satisfied and we will try to forget our bad experience. Thank you in advance for your understanding and help. Sylvie

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2016

We had a reservation at 8:15. The table wasn't ready, so we waited at the bar. The bartender ignored us, after I bugged the hostess, we were seated at a table. It was drafty. We were finally seated at the table they'd promised us. But 30 minutes later. I used to love Lago. Now? Not so much.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Family Holiday dinner, great table, good food and service! Thanks!

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