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Locanda Portofino

4.5
500 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Since 1995, passion and devotion keeps Locanda Portofino one of the most authentic Italian restaurants on the westside. Where freshness and quality collaborate to create traditional such as egg tagliatelle bolognese, flavorful Neapolitan meat ragu, exotic spaghetti with sea urchin
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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
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Phone number
(310) 394-2070
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
11th Street
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

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Locanda Portofino offers a fusion of Northern and Southern Italian cuisine prepared in a truly authentic style. From the traditional to the fabulously exotic, each dish is prepared with the dedication and passion that comes only from true devotion to culinary excellence.

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What 500 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
4.4
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always enjoy my meals here. Their menu, staff, and atmosphere provide an authentic italian dining experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Consistently great food and ambiance.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our favorite Italian spot, we dine there weekly, gnocchi is amazing

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Best italian food

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food, wonderful menu & wines, wonderful service from the bus servers, fantastically horrible service from the wait staff. Ignored most of the time. The check came before we had asked for dessert. Truly terrible, terrible service.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Excellent, unfussy cooking with superb ingredients and served with great charm

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always good Italian food and excellent service. Very consistent and enjoyable experience.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

They more than doubled prices on Valentine's Day which is not an unexpected. However the service was terrible. While the waiters were nice enough, we had to wait nearly an hour for our food while many other customers that came in before us were served. They apologized and gave us a $10 desert for compensation - not nearly adequate. We really should have been comped the entire meal.
For Two Plates of pasta a bottle of wine and two appetizers the bill came to $350 before tip. That would have been okay if the quality of the food match the price. But the quality of their food is no different than what you can get for$100 across the street.
On a night when they should be on top of their game they really disappointed.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Extremely OVERPRICED!

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

It is a charming local neighborhood Italian restaurant. The service staff are quite friendly and accommodating, although on a busy night as it was when we were there on occasion one gets lost amidst the throng of diners. The food ranges from quite quite good to merely "ok" depending upon what you get. For example my wife had the filet and thought it was one of the best she has ever, and one companion had the chicken parm which was quite tasty, although the swordfish his wife had was overcooked and dry. The salmon I had did not stand out as compared with any number of other establishments. Perhaps it was an off night due to how busy they were but at least based on this first experience I would tend to stay away from the seafood. We all enjoyed the place overall and on balance will return to try it again.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was appalling. 630pm reservation - server told us the specials then proceeded to say there were out of them. This is at 630pm. He wouldn’t take an appetizer order for my pregnant wife because he said everything had to be ordered at the same time. Also refused to split a pasta dish because it was “a busy Saturday night”. Very disappointing.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and place. The kitchen seems very small because the food takes forever. Our meal took an hour and 15 minutes. And we didn’t even order appetizers.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

food was terrific and wine selection excellent. we don't live on the westside, and look for places to eat when we do go out there - this one is a keeper

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Amazing food and amazing service! If I'm in town on business for a week I'm at Locanda 3 out of the 7 nights.
The best food in LA!

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We’ve been there many times and unfortunately the restaurant has turned into a very middle of the road type of restaurant. Not horrible but certainly nothing special. No reason to go back when fabulous restaurants are opening all around.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Dinner was good except we felt VERY rushed to eat and leave. It was NYE and they were busy.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The veal marsala was substandard; terrible marsala sauce. Two separate pasta dishes ordered both tasted the same. Significantly overpriced considering the quality of food. It is on my very short list of L.A. restaurants not to visit in the future.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Open on Christmas day for a birthday dinner for my brother. First rate food, service and hospitality

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Legendary local Italian lives up to hype. Great dinner. Took great care of us. Always very comfortable. Pricey, but rock solid quality.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

That was our 3rd time at Locanda Portofino. It has to be one of the best Italian restaurants I've been too. Very authentic and the selection of wine is fantastic with the food

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Beautiful evening on the patio, food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing food...will be back often.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Our favorite restaurant. Fantastic menu and great wines. Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on December 1, 2017

While we have had many meals and Locanda Portofino and have been back often, this meal was the worst we have had there. The table was not ready at the time of the reservation and we felt they seated a party before us who did not have a reservation and then made us wait although we did. The service was painfully slow. We felt largely ignored. Our wine didn't come until after our food when we reminded them about it. And the food was extremely bland and generic. We didn't even consider staying for dessert because we just wanted to get the check and leave.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Good food. Authentic preparations of Italian classics. The service was excellent as well. Somewhat pricey but probably worth it because of the quality of the meal.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing food.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Unbelievable experience. We ate out on the patio which had great energy on a beautiful evening. Our waiter, Brune, picked our Italian white wine for us and the evening just took off from their. The fried calamari were lite and very fresh. Caesar seasoned perfectly. I had the pasta special with OSSO Bucco meat balls in a blended sauce. My wife and children had a variety of Tagliatelle pastas. All of the main courses were perfect.

Between the ambience, wait staff and food it would be difficult to have a better dinner experience in the Santa Monica area. Strongly recommend!!!!

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

This place was awesome and very reasonably priced---the food was terrific and service was impeccable. It was quiet and interior decor was quite relaxing. Best part was the pricing was very reasonable for top notch Italian food. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

This is a great Italian cuisine served with exquisite care.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

The restaurant is attractive and has a sophisticated clientele. IOur food was very good, but it did take an hour before we were served our main course. Theappetizer salad came promptly but the portion was very small. It's a bit pricey but definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

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4.0Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was first rate. Seafood pasta had excellent shell fish. A bit skimpy on the pasta, especially for the price.

Word to the wise, corkage is $40, way over what is warranted here.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Went for our anniversary. Always great authentic Italian food. Waiters friendly & professional.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2017

One of my favorite Italian restaurants when I'm in LA from NY.
Zorren our waiter is the best and a total pro. I always let him
pick the wine and he never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was superb. Risotto with mushrooms, saffron sausage cooked to perfection. Spaghettinwith uni sauce excellent as well, even with gf spaghetti. Always great selection of wine bathe glass.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Great wine. Great pasta. Go to for good Italian food in Santa Monica on Montana.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was amazing as always! Service was a little slower than usual...had to ask for water refills, someone to clear the empty wine bottle, etc. Would definitely go back though since you can't beat the authentic Italian food!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

As always, the dining at Locanda Portofino was excellent. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food is incredibly good; beautifully prepared and simply presented- the food is the star. The wine list is varied with unique picks that go well with each dish. The wait staff is the best part and makes for an enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

This restaurant has incredible authentic Italian food and service.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Stopped by early 6:30 - with reservation and was greeted by name. Food arrived when promised and wine taste before the order -both appreciated. Excellent results in both cases. My wife said her risotto was the best she has ever had. Can't have a better date than that.

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