Orto Santa Monica

4.7
48 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Growing up in Italy, my family cooked at home and had the most extraordinary experiences with ingredients grown in our backyard, paired with the wines my chef/restaurateur stepfather would bring back from regions throughout Italy. I fell in love with food as a child watching my stepfather, once nominated a top chef in Italy, work in restaurant kitchens and floors. Moving to California in 1991 and subsequently to Santa Monica and experiencing the Farmers Market inspired me to start Orto - Italian for “vegetable garden” - where I meld local ingredients and organic herbs grown here at the restaurant to create traditional Italian recipes. At our bar you’ll find a cocktail list created from fresh herbs and premium spirits, and our wine list focuses on sustainable and organic producers.
You’ll often find my wife and kids in the restaurant, continuing the culinary legacy of our Italian family. We welcome you with open arms and hope you’ll join us to experience our restaurant.
Andrea Inio

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We are the perfect spot to celebrate mothers. Quiet and cozy, perfect for large parties also with our two levels of dining space.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 48 People Are Saying
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SL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My crab pasta was excellent and so as ahi tuna which was done right. I will go back to Orto.

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D
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined as a group of four and it was our first time at Orto. The service was gracious and attentive and all of our dishes were wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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ES
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian in town

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with good staff. They were nice with kids too. Desserts are great too.

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AF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Serene and welcoming, Orto is a solid choice for Italian food a cut above the usual.

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BC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was unbelievably slow. We left after waiting for our meal for over an hour. The Management did invite us back for an opportunity to make it right. Not sure if well go back, to many things went wrong. We gave our waiter several chances to make it right before we walked out.

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RL
Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Orto has never disappointed and our friends are always happy to be introduced to the
restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Yummy. Thank you. Will be back

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

Great food, great service. The only thing missing is valet parking. They really need to have it.

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BO
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, nice family run Italian restaurant – – excellent ambience and moderate noise. A wonderful place for a date where are you wish to engage in conversation print

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LS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Amazing lunch special during the week.

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f
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were early but seated immediately. Many specials not on the menu. Wine selection fair

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l
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to Orto and the ambience is really nice. We had the "special" sea bass and it was delicious. The branzino was very good as well. It was a really relaxed evening, and we didn't feel rushed at all. It did get a big noisy which made it difficult to hear our conversation at times. We will definitely go back again for another meal.

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F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was attentive. Food delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great crew. Meatballs very good Salmon very good Asparagus salad very good. Chocolate dessert fantastic.

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MF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hesitate to review them because it’s going to soon be impossible to get in... right now it’s a hidden Gem!
Listen, we go to Italy a LOT, we know great food.
Orto is on par or better than Nerano, EBaldi, and many of our faves in Roma, Positano,etc.
Forget the Drago Brothers (il Pastaio, etc) ... they’re the McDonalds of dining.
Go Orto!

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AJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious - every
Single thing we ordered. Great service, beautiful room. Loved Orto.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was courteous. Food was delicious. We were served in a reasonable amount of time. Nice ambiance too. My husband and I were visiting from the east coast. Our 22 year old son joined us and we all enjoyed the entire meal. For appetizers we got the sea scallops unfortunately this dish only had 2 scallops and we got the Mediterranean smelt, calamari and shrimp with vegetables which was good. For our main dishes we had the filet mignon, veal chop and cavatelli. Although my medium steak came out medium-rare, it was delicious. Everyone enjoyed the meal. When we return for another visit we would love to come back to this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, dinner was fantastic. Make sure you order the special Tagliata (New York steak with arugula and Parmesan) and for dessert don’t forget the chocolate dome. Service was also up to par, The wine list and cocktail list are both outstanding. I will definitely go back.

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LD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 4th time coming to this restaurant! We love everything about it. The food is amazing and the owner is a doll. Can't wait to go back. My veal Chop was superb.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food with a wonderful ambiance to match. The negronis, wine and basil gelato were delicious as well!

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BO
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a veryAuthentic Italian restaurant, with superior cuisine. The Pastas were Beautiful flavored. The file was one of the most tender and excellent cuts of meat for it

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentines dinner and my date is a foodie. She did not know about this place and I heard good things. She was very pleased and I loved the food. Oso Buco Ravioli and Veil chops were amazing. The eggplant Parma was great. I recommend this place.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great food! Will come back!

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O
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great neighborhood gem, amazing and fresh food. Happily surprise.

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A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my friends decided to check out this Italian spot in SM. Pasta was delicious and Burrata was amazing. My Italian friends approved 🤞🏻 the service was a bit slow, and after we left, the restaurant charged me a wrong amount. I was supposed to pay 30$, but they charged me 70$. When I called in to figure out what happened, the host told me to fix this problem with the bank?? These people really need a better customer service

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DI
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice dinner. I will definitely come back. Nice gesture...free dessert!

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M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus and pastas were amazing. Love the main dining room with big windows. Andres has nailed it.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS AN AMAZING MEAL AND LOVELY ATMOSPHERE. ONE OF MY FAVORITE DINING PLACES

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent farm-fresh Italian, beautiful setting and professional service. It's one of our favorite places in town!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The waiter didn’t seem attentive to us. Waited too long to order and rarely checked on us but the food was amazing

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DA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, intimate fine dining. I especially recommend the artichoke and arugula salad with pecorino!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but service was very slow. A couple next to us sat, ate bread and 45 mins later we’re not able to even get a wine list, so they got up and just walked out. Our res was at 7:15 and we didn’t even order till 8:00.

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m
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Superb branzino. Terrific service

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary and they surprised us with desert! Very thankful! Excellent atmosphere!

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s
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our New Years Eve at Otto. The food was outstanding as was the service. We will definitely be back.

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and incredible service! We can't wait to go back!

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BB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food based on traditional Italian dishes

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there three times and will continue tothere. Friendly and delicious.

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CY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had not been to this restaurant before and did not know what to expect. I booked it primarily because it was open for Xmas in Santa Monica and close to beach, which I wanted. It turned out to be a wonderful and delicious experience, and I would drive to there from Pasadena, where I live, to have dinner any time.

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