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Locanda del Lago

507 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (7)
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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 507 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 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.

5.0  Dined on January 28, 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!!!

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.

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.

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!

3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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.

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 
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

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 
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.

vipOpenTable Diner 
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  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.

3.0  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.

5.0  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.

5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner 
2.0  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.

5.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

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

5.0  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!