Obica Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina - Santa Monica

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Italian
Obicà - a chic contemporary Italian casual dining restaurant where mozzarella is the star of a sumptuous line-up of slow food specialties.
The beautifully presented dishes may come from artisan producers adhering to age old traditions, but the Obicà restaurant environment is uncompromisingly contemporary, sleek and modern, with natural woods, clean lines and strong architectural features.

Loved by Italians in Italy and international diners alike, today Obicà has 18 restaurants in international gateway cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence, London, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Dubai, where it continues to delight fans of fine Italian food wherever it opens.

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Sun 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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HS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but not hot. Service was excellent. Very relaxing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience- best waiter - Leon- we’ve ever had!! He went out of his way to accommodate my grandchildren and gave us wonderful recommendations. Super cocktails and fabulous pasta.

OT
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's OPEN and it's damn GOOD!!!!

Like many of you, I was wondering if this place was open given a few past reviews....turns out, it IS and it's damn good...
So many mozzarella dishes to choose from and Soo tasty. Great service, great food, yummy dessert. Try it; you'll like it!!

M
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place was CLOSED. I reserved a table and had high expectations about this place. Thought it would be a nice place to have dinner to celebrate our anniversary with my wife, but we were disappointed and frustrated. Tried to figure out what was going on because there was nothing to inform about the place being closed, but of course, no one answer the phone.

AA
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very strange that you can make a booking for a restaurant that is closed. We were excited to give this restaurant a try only to find out when we arrived that it was closed and hadn’t been open for sometime. Disappointing that open table doesn’t reflect what is happening with restaurants and that you can make reservations even though they are not open

BB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got there at our reservation time to find the restaurant closed. Called the number to find there was only a voicemail message. Probably wasn't as angry as the doordash driver who was there to pick up an order. Thanks for nothinga

K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic- Obica is a great little gem.

AA
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time there and both times were great! Pasta and appetizers are very good, including of course the mozzarella.

KC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The patio was lovely and we had it all to our selves which was super romantic. The staff were all so nice and made every effort to make our dining experience wonderful. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t that great. We had the zucchini and mozzarella nest which was a bit dry and the zucchini were more like soggy salt and vinegar chips. I really likes the eggplant parm but that was about it. I’d go back for sure if the food was just a bit better.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The burrata is delicious!!!!

PM
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers were delicious. Eggplant parmigiana was very small and could have had more cheese.

AG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have been here many times in the past few years, but every time it seems to go more and more downhill. There was a big sign declaring "Under New Management" or something this time, so we had our hopes up. Alas, we were disappointed. We had two waiters - one who sat us and took our initial order - I didn't get his name - but then went on break, and then the guy who took over for him, Arthur. Arthur was fantastic - we loved Arthur. He really was great. The first guy was okay, but was distracted or something, because different things about our order kept coming out wrong, and we had to send things back. So 2.5 to 3 stars for the first guy, and 5 stars for Arthur, who kept having to help us figure out what got miscommunicated so that we could get something to eat that we were not allergic to, among other things. Every time we sent something back, the (apparently) teenage chef in the kitchen would glare at us. We sent scallops back for being ice cold, and he sent out the replacement cooked almost raw. Out of the four plates (two appetizers, two entrees) we ordered, one was fantastic (Salmon tartare - yum!), one was good-not-great, one was just okay (kinda boring) and the last one was the aforementioned first-cold, then-raw fiasco. We have loved this place in the past - their menu is great, their wine list is really good, and the mozzarella really is wonderful - but this visit was just disappointing and disheartening. Arthur was the bright, shining star of it all, but everything else left us resolved never to come here again. Or at least until they are once again under new management, perhaps.

d
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food at one of our neighborhood favorites. The service is excellent every time and the menu changes seasonally so there's often something new to taste. Sit in the garden when the weather permits.

PC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Outdoor seating was very comfortable and service was excellent. Unfortunately the food was not prepared well. Very simple menu items were overcooked: entry that should have been moist and succulent was served dry; an eggplant dish was a doofus mess. Generally the place is overpriced for what it was able to deliver.

CO
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I travel to Italy often. This place is the next best thing for Italian comfort food. The quality of the food is excellent and the staff makes us feel welcome.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic Italian in Santa Monica.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty cool place to get some drinks and food with your friends. Truffle pizza was quite good!

J
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The prices aren’t worth it. My pasta was a pool of butter in a bad way, not a yummy way. I felt like the staff was trying to upsell us, offering pricey items in the menu.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service

KL
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sevice great , food very authentic Italian.

CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the patio - small but lovely. The Cacio e Pepe was delicious! Wait staff superb!

NM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Mozzarella sampler portions were small for the price, and the wine pours, less than 5 oz/glass, were small for the price as well. The pappardelle was undercooked. I appreciate al dente pasta but the noodles were chewy, like glue, and needed a few more minutes to reach anything approaching al dente.
FWIW, we dine out a fair amount and are usually pretty pleased with most establishments both high end and casual. The casual vibe and disappointingly average quality cuisine did not justify the upscale prices. On the positive side, our server was great however.

AP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I’ve eaten here 2x and like the original recipes, flavor combinations I don’t see all over town. Pleasant, spacious, relaxin atmosphere with very good customer service. Good for groups and for conversation.

V
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a lovely chill Friday night dinner. We had our small dog with us and it was perfect to just sit in the heated outdoor patio with great service, food, and wine!!!!!

L
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was as good as I’ve ever seen. Hands on manager and all staff enthused and energetic. Teamwork was incredible!
Great job!

c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place

KF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obica in Santa Monica is always a pleasurable experience. :) We were welcomed with complimentary glasses of Prosecco and a Caprese appetizer. I recommend sitting outside if the weather is fair!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the pasta we had. Would go there again

DV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love going here. The food is exactly what you can find in Italy.

KL
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sevvice and food. It is catching on as more crowded than before. Good wine selection.

N
San Diego
118 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The ambiance of the restaurant is clean and modern. It's a small place so if it were full I would suspect it might feel a bit crowded, although there's outdoor seating that would balance that out. We enjoyed the creative and diverse menu. The service was a bit disappointing. We were seated promptly upon our arrival but then it felt like we sat waiting for attention from our server for a very long time. This in spite of the fact that the restaurant was pretty quiet so I'm not sure what the holdup was. There was a problem on our bill which was frustrating. We arrived during Happy Hour which advertised reduced prices for "house" red and white wine. Two members of our party ordered the house white. When the bill arrived we had been charged full price for those wines. Our server explained that they didn't have "house" wines because all their wines were so good. He said we should have ordered the "happy hour" wines. This in spite of a large sign saying "house wines" were reduced during happy hour. He did agree to take the extra charge off the bill but it felt like an odd and unnecessary discussion to have at the end of a nice meal.

PS
New England
39 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Everything would have been fine (not exceptional, just okay) if not for the $24 mozzarella sampler. The restaurant should be embarrassed to serve such small sample sizes (they actually cut a small ball of mozzarella to a quarter sampler!!!). Being over-charged for a few spoons of cheese was the only "memorable" part of my visit.

CC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

The pizza was good, but not much more. I also thought the pricing was a little high for the ambience and food quality. Not a terrible experience, but just ok.

M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service is always outstanding and I love that they usually offer a complimentary tastings. My lasagna was very good and my husband devoured the fish!

OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and has lots of choices.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really amazing. The menu and its emphasis on mozzarella I had a great variety.

WA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is always good and they often have specials not on the regular menu. Reminds me of Italy.

DB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food in Santa Monica with a helpful staff. The cacio de Pepe pasta was fantastic, highly recommend.

V
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food is delicious, service is fantastic. Lovely place for dining out. The caprese salad and the cacio e pepe were the best that i've had at any restaurant. Parking nearby can be a little challenging.