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main room - Orto Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Orto Santa Monica

4.8
4.8
1041 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
  • Romantic
  • Good for special occasions
  • Great for fine wines
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.
Andre

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (424) 433-8100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Andrea Inio
  • Private party facilities
    We can host private parties up to 90 people
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    5th street
  • Parking details
    We recommend parking at 501 Santa Monica blvd, behind the Citibank.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,041 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Great for fine wines

  • Westside

    Romantic

1,041 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food all around. Can’t go wrong with any plate.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular . I had shrimp ravioli and everything about this dish was amazing but the sauce in particular was incredible. I'd go back for this dish alone. My husband had the salmon also delicious. We had crab cakes and salad to start and the chocolate dome to finish. I think I'd try a different dessert but the presentation of the dome was fun. Our waiter was very personable. Attentive yet not invasive. I haven't had a dinner this memorable in a very long time.

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  3. joannr

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter made the meal- he was knowledgeable, polite, and efficient. Grazie milled, Luigi! Yummy food.

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  4. Tony23

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and incredible food 👌🇮🇹 highly recommend this place for a date night.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my wife for our anniversary. It was wonderful, romantic and good spot for conversation! We highly recommend it.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We looked forward to our meal and it did not live up to expectations. The first waiter we had was condescending and not interested in meeting our needs. He took us to a table where we were jammed into a corner were one chair couldn’t be pulled out fully. I asked what they had for non-alcoholic drinks and he offered me a Shirley Temple or Rob Roy. When pressed, he said they had a NA specialty cocktail. My daughter tried to order a glass of wine and an appetizer while I was using the ladies room and was told that they don’t like to take 2 orders. We ordered our appetizer and meals and had everything brought to the table all at once. The arancini was tender but tasteless. The calamari fritti was so salty, we could barely eat it but the waiter (a second one) was no where to be seen as he had a number of large tables on a different floor. When we told him that it was difficult to eat because it was so salty, he said he would tell the kitchen. Hopefully that helped a diner with a later reservation but it didn’t help us. Our main meal was the special was a pasta with truffles that was supposedly lit on fire. The waiter never told us how much it was but I doubt I would have ordered it if I had known it was $68. It was good but quite dry and really not worth the hype they gave us. We weren’t offered dessert or coffee and for a fairly expensive meal we felt like we were given inadequate service and rushed out the door. We had a far superior Italian meal nearby the night before. I wouldn’t go back to Orto. Mediocre food and service with an attitude.

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  7. AlexanderT

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great thespian of a waiter. Service was excellent as was food quality.

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  8. Italiana

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, fresh ingredients, well prepared. Outstanding service!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was researching romantic restaurants in Santa Monica- looking for cozy, simple ambiance and great food, not too expensive. I am delighted to have found this lovely restaurant! I noted in the reservation details that my brother and spouse were celebrating their anniversary. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting the restaurant to pick up on that note. We were delighted that the server commented on the occasion and the dessert came with a heart shaped sparkler- such an unexpected little touch. The servers were professional, friendly and graciously accommodating for a special request of a simple bowl of linguini and olive oil. Everything we ordered was delicious and beautifully presented. We met up an hour early to Orto, planning to hang out in their bar and enjoy a cocktail and get “caught up” before our reservation. Their bar only has two stools- misleading from the website photos. So just heads up on that! It was certainly no issue; we were able to choose the table we wanted and we enjoyed a leisurely cocktail anyway!!

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  10. Junior

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere, food and service! Would definitely return!

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FAQs

Orto Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Orto Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 433-8100.

Orto Santa Monica is rated 4.8 stars by 1041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Orto Santa Monica

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    5th street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We recommend parking at 501 Santa Monica blvd, behind the Citibank.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrea Inio
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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