Obica Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina - Santa Monica

4.5
341 reviews
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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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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service

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KL
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sevice great , food very authentic Italian.

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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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NM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

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.

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AP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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V
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!!

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place

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KF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the pasta we had. Would go there again

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DV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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KL
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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N
San Diego
115 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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PS
New England
35 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good and has lots of choices.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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F
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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CW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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V
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and friendly service!

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e
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

just had lunch there, so not a broad sample. Had the papardelle with duck ragu. Uninteresting but not bad, just uninteresting. Lots of places in Santa Monica have much more interesting and delicious pastas, so why come back here?

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Server was very rushed. Food was cold, reheated in a microwave. We were not offered dessert even though everyone around us was. Not impressed. Food was OKAY. But cold . Will not be back

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The Mozzarella Bar was truly unique.

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s
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been to Obica many times and always love the food and the ambiance. The starters, especially the cheeses, are delicious as are the pastas. The service is usually fantastic although it was really slow on our last visit there. It may have just been an off night and we’ll definitely go back!

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l
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Obica in Santa Monica is always wonderful. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. We had a great waiter named Leon who was attentive, personable and on top of everything. I can't wait to go back.

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GM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

There were very few patrons at the time we were seated. Our first course came fairly quickly. But we waited more than 30 minutes for the second course. I think the first waiter was off work when he seated us. He never came to tell us someone else would be taking over. (He walked multiple times across the room whilst on the phone). The other servers where attentive. The coffee after the meal was delicious. During our meal, no one came to check on us to see how we were doing. I got the feeling that we where deemed as not as important as other non-DineLa patrons. What a shame.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burrata is a must have

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had multiple surgeries at St Johns and during his hospital stay we ordered from this restaurant frequently! On a follow up appointment we decided to go to Obica -Santa Monica and were pleasantly surprised! Food, drinks were great, service was excellent and loved the outdoor seating.

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I
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was great, good location, nice ambiance, foods were fresh, flavors are ok. However, our favorite was the pizza, good dough, nice crust...but cacio e Pepe pasta was a bit underwhelming.

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w
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for DineLA to try a place that had been on the list for a while. the items we tried varied with the parparadella with duck ragout being quite nice. Other items varied. the ork tenderloin itself was good but the asparagus sauce was relativelt bland. We had two desserts both of which were very good, a tramisu and a pear ricotta cheesecake.

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WV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our meal was great -- from the service, to the wine selection, to the quality of the meal, itself. Joyfully, we were allowed to take our time and enjoy the company and the food without feeling rushed. Everything tasted great and fresh. We are already looking forward to a return visit.

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EP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Italian food and wine selection. I strongly recommend.

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

Good food and great service. The pizza is better at the nyc location but the service was very friendly here. Arthur was great and made us feel at home. Thank you!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was incredible. Great food, even better service. Will visit again when I’m back in LA!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pasta too al dente (I left it), otherwise great. Wonderful calamari!

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BB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food quality. Been to their Century City place a few times, s o thought we'd try their local joint. Turns out it's another winner. Only tiny niggle/suggestion... seat cushions oughta be made from something other than cloth, as the cloth seats get kinda spotty from yummy stuff being dropped on them. Doesn't bother me, but it caught spousal unit's attention. Otherwise, all is wonderful.

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M
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had excellent service and a great meal! What more could a girl ask for!

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m
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at Obica elsewhere (Century City) and were disappointed by the comparison. The Caponata at Century City is outstanding, worth a special trip and we have been there repeatedly. Here in Santa Monica the eggplant slices were undesirably larger, it was undesirably sweeter and we would not order it again. The mozarella was excellent as always and the pasta good. A satisfactory restaurant but not a standout.

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