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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (10)
Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Notable Wine List (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Romantic (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Casual (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Extremely OVERPRICED!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Beautiful evening on the patio, food was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing food...will be back often.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 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 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing food.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 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!!!!

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

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 18, 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 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

excellent food and service!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 7, 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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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 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!

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 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 12, 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 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

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 29, 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 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.

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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