Orto Santa Monica

4.7
26 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
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
24 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 2, 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
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 30, 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 21, 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 20, 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 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Superb branzino. Terrific service

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 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
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
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
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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 26, 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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KD
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Christmas Eve dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Orto’s cuisine is authentic and delicious and the servic

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great amatriciana!

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BB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
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
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
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 on December 13, 2018
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
63 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
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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