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About Locanda Portofino

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

1110 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.

Cross Street:
11th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 394-2070

Website:
http://www.locandaportofino.com/

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.

Locanda Portofino Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for a Date (7)
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Cozy (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Romantic (5)
Casual (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful evening on the patio, food was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food...will be back often.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing food.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 15, 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!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 19, 2017

This is a great Italian cuisine served with exquisite care.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

excellent food and service!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 6, 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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 31, 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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

This restaurant has incredible authentic Italian food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 21, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We've been going there for many years and they have been slowly self-destructing. Although the food was still very good, there seemed to be an "I don't care" attitude with the entire staff. The restaurant was only half full at 7PM on a Saturday night but it still took them 15 minutes to offer us a glass of water and then another 20 minutes to open the wine!!!! Seemed like they were doing us a favor by allowing us into their restaurant. Probably won't return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This place is a total rip off. Portions are unusually small with very high prices. In addition the service stinks. Food is thrown at you and seating space is cramped

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in all of Los Angeles! I don't live here anymore so every time I visit I always make sure esto get dinner at Locanda Portofino at least once. The food is top quality, prepared perfectly. And the waitstaff is excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. Plus they remember you after just a visit or two. Very welcoming. The sea urchin pasta is my favorite, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The service & food are always first class at this Santa Monica institution. Highly recommended for special occasions or just to enjoy fabulous food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We four enjoyed our lunch and cannot wait to return fora dinner.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Ok
Too expensive
No childres menu
Over priced
Service so so

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I looked forward to a good experience at this inviting restaurant but was disappointed. Our waiter was very nice but he and the rest of the staff seemed to have a tough time staying on top of our needs... water, coffee, and bread refills were hard to come by and always required a request. Forks went missing. No spoon with my spaghetti. Food was generally good with the exception of my wife's risotto. Excellent cappuccinos. Overall, the experience was mediocre at best and there are too many other good alternatives to warrant a return trip.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2017

One of our favorites restaurants, amazing pasta, gnocchi, lamb, seafood salad, wines

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Friendly staff and great atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We went with our family of four. The food was good. At our table we had the swordfish, taglietelle with bolongse sauce and gnocchi. The gnocchi was not our favorite or the best we have had. Portions in general were small but enough food. The servuce was terrible. We waited to order, waited for our food and waited for dessert a very long time. We are not regulars so I am not sure if they favor the locals or if the service is just terrible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Exceptional as always. Been going for over 10 years and it never disappoints for great, authentic italian cuisine with a homemade tewist and great wines!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 23, 2017

The restaurant did not serve spirits which was most disappointing. The food was passable to fair. Pasta was a little mushy; should have been aldante. Noise level was too much. There was no sound attenuating material on the ceiling or walls. For a small neighborhood restaurant the venue should have been quite with good food. It wasn't.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

The service was utterly ridiculous. I asked three-four times for the item and takes too much time to get their attention. One of the worse services provided by a restaurant.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 10, 2017

It was extremely noisy (couldn't hear yourself think).

It was also very over-crowded. Perhaps a fire hazard!!

Overpriced for the value.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's day menu was overpriced. Food was OK, but nothing special. Casual Italian restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Had to wait in a giant line for a mediocre meal. Whole time we were eating I had butts in my face from people waiting in line on Valentine's Day. They got greedy and overbooked

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This is not the right place for a valentines dinner. The food was good but they took on too many tables and it made for a slow, loud, impersonal experience.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Terrible service, extremely long wait for food, under staffed, and out of main dishes at 8:30 pm. Very disappointing. Too add insult to injury, 2 wines on the extensive wine list were unavailable, but more expensive options were not surprisingly offered as replacements.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went here for Valentine's Day 2017 and had a terrible experience. Service was awful, took over an hour to get our food and we were left without water and wine a couple of times, having to get up to ask the waiter to come to our table to refill. Multiple tables just got up and left because it was so bad. Might recommend coming here on a different night, but do not recommend it for a special occasion like this.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I truly understand that Valentine's Day is a demanding time for restaurants. Let's break it down piece by piece.
1. Food is truly outstanding, portions are on the small size
2. Price point was extremely high even for this type of event.
3. The service and crowd control was poor. They were overwhelmed. This is a poor decision by management to get so many people in there.
4. We could not enjoy ourselves due to the noise level and hyper activity. The tables were so crammed in , you could not move at all.
5. Waiting for a check is unacceptable.
6. We did get my wife's second drink on the house. The original request on her steak was not followed to her satisfaction.
7. The wait staff commented after the meal, " please come back another time when we can talk."
Will come back , but not anytime soon.

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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