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
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
$31 to $50
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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