Orto Santa Monica

5.0
5 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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(424) 433-8100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrea Inio
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Private party facilities
We can host private parties up to 90 people
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th street
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Parking details
Public parking at 1411 5th street
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We have are serving classic Italian winter dishes with truffles to celebrate the holidays. 2 private sections for events that are great for families or business dinners.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We have are serving classic Italian winter dishes with truffles to celebrate the holidays. 2 private sections for events that are great for families or business dinners.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We have are serving classic Italian winter dishes with truffles to celebrate the holidays. 2 private sections for events that are great for families or business dinners.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What People Are Saying
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BB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food Great service have had great meals every time I went there

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T
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great new high end Italian in Santa Monica. Perhaps the best on the Westsde.

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c
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best carbonaras in the city, certainly in Santa Monica, brought us back for our annual holiday lunch and Orto continues to impress. One of the most prominently placed best kept secrets in town, the owner/host, Andrea Inio, exudes old world hospitality while providing seamless service. Since our last visit he's even introduced a bargain two course lunch for $19. After all, few are spending $80 a couple for lunch these days and this Dine L.A. style opportunity is a smart introduction to this fine restaurant. Save room for the luxurious tiramisu.

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PW
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food, outstanding & personable service, an excellent owner who’s involved in both the kitchen and with the diners. Always a treat to dine here!

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AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orto is my favorite restaurant. I have been there a dozen times and each time the food and service are wonderful. The veal chop is fantastic and the mushroom salad is to die for. The other night my wife had the sea bass which I would highly recommend. The owner is on top of everything and won't go home happy unless his customers have a great experience. Our friends and family now regard Orto as one of their favorites. Highly recommend it to everyone!

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