Locanda Portofino

4.5
607 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food is excellent. Ambiance is beautiful as a rustic small Italian place, very understated. Wine selection is brilliant, service is very good, friendly.

DS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant, good food, but portions are small and overpriced for the Italian food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING
The veal with lemon caper sauce is a MUST

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. Had a very nice corner table.

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Warm and attentive service. The octopus was perfectly cooked. The gnocchi reminded me the one prepared by my italian grandmother. Excelente!

LL
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

This is one of those restaurants where the waiter greats you, takes your order and then the bus or staff people do the rest. Those guys were great...but in a small restaurant like this, it would be nice if the waiter checked in on you periodically, instead of just leaving it to the other staff. I know they utilize this technique in large, bustling restaurants...but in this small setting, it seems a little impersonal. The food is fantastic though!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely experience!

FD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! 7 out of 8 of us literally cleaned our plates, and the one who didn’t, cleaned her plate the previous course. Most reviews pretty accurate, amazing food, not cheap, not ridiculously large portions. Staff was excellent! My first review of any restaurant ever, so it definitely made an impression on me.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Highly overrated for sitting in the parking lot shared with a liquor store. The meal was average in comparison to other more notable Italian restaurants in the area. Corkage was $40 per bottle which is way over the caliber of this restaurant (should be about $20). All in all, I won’t be racing back to this restaurant

e
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Over priced , terrible food. This spot is tired and takes advantage of a local clientele with few options

l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service were outstanding. This was our first time and were blown away by the cuisine and service from staff. It's hard to impress the group we were with and this place wonderfully exceeded all our expectations. True Italian cuisine that tasted like an Italian grandmother made it.. felt like we were in someone's home. We will certainly return the next time we are in Santa Monica!

IK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely service and delicious true Italian food. We felt like we were not in LA, even though patio abuts the parking lot. Neighborhood gem, will definitely become regulars.

CM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Los Angeles

MK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been here for many years and ignored the many bad reviews warning about small portion sizes and overpricing. But those warnings were accurate.

BW
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner planned in the private room
Service great planning easy room is nice and quiet
Thanks for a great celebration of 61 years!!!!

TM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing. There were 5 of us. Two got different types of risottos which were not well cooked and frankly tasteless. Two others had the carbonara pasta which were meh. The last one had a sea food pasta and was happy with it.. As far as service the waiter was nice but they were very bad at making sure that we had water in our glasses, or cutlery, bread... Not very professional. We waited for our food quite a bit as well. At least they did not rush us when we got it...Overall really not worth it.

j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thought the bread was bland and without taste. We would have preferred a bread with olives.

The broccoli was over cooked. The bream fish was dry.

The pasta with scallops and shrimp sauce was heavier than I expected. I expected the lobster sauce to be lighter tasting.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Authentic Italian!!! 👌🏼

JL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time here. I felt the staff were great, and also natural. The food was excellent and we had some good wine as well. Definitely a good price for what you get.

RU
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true neighborhood restaurant with great service and food.

LM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely the best Italian on the Westside. The last bite is as good as the first. Beautifully prepared, delightfully presented, and the wait staff so attentive. It's like being in Rome. Highly recommend.

L
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

It broke my heart as this was one of my favorite restaurants but it has really gone downhill. What a shame.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food service and vibe. Happy energetic Saturday night crowd but not trendy or stuffy. It’s not often I highlight the broccoli that comes with the veal parm, but it was great.

PL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

3 out of 4 food items were not good--didn't eat one of them at all
No questions asked by staff.
Poor staff response to requests.
Will never return

DK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. We go all the time!

j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I normally don’t write bad reviews but the service was beyond ridiculous. They put us in a corner table with 2 other tables blocking us in. We couldn’t move. The server never brought us our drinks. Never checked up on us. Never refilled our water when it was empty throughout the entire dinner and when we asked him. He ignored us and walked away. We had to ask another server for the bill and when we paid, our server came back immediately to pick up the check. Food was good but will not be returning because of the terrible service!!

MA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. One of our favorite spots

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food high quality and nice options.
friendly staff, and nice setting

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ambiance was nice enough and service was good. The mussels (appetizer) were fishy and the broccoli served with the veal was over cooked. We expected better

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was poor. Servers seemed unprepared to handle basic food allergy questions, poor listeners.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, small portions

BR
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Love it there. A neighborhood gem!

DD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were kind of blown away. It's like traveling to Italy. Can't wait to go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a delightful experience.

T
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Great food and great service. Portion size can be small and there could be more moderately priced wines on the wine list.

NZ
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a little Italian jewel. We've been coming here for several years and it never disappoints.

D
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Waited a long time to be seated despite having a reservation. Waited a long time for our server to acknowledge us and bring us water and food. Waited 60 minutes for an appetizer. The whole experience was terrible and the food was mediocre.

IB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Locanda Portofino is a gem on Montana Avenue. Wonderful Italian restaurant! They have an amazing cave and really good wines!

RP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything

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