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Outdoor courtyard  - Orto Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Orto Santa Monica

4.7
4.7
778 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 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

    Parking is available daily for $7 at 1413 5th Street. Please take the elevator to the ground floor and check in with the host.

  • 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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What 778 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Romantic

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  1. FG

    FranzG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was perfect in all aspects. Our server was attentive and the food was wonderful.
  2. FH

    FridaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food we had in a while! We are bringing friends.
  3. HD

    HelmutD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined indoor because of colder weather. It was very quiet and food was deliciously prepared. We will come back on another occasion.
  4. J

    Jeff

    Toronto

    45 reviews

    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    No thanks, never went.
  5. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My date and I loved our pastas. Service staff was kind and efficient.
  6. SG

    SamuelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, great service in a quiet setting. We could carry a conversation which is hard lately in noisy restaurants!
  7. JV

    JudithV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant! We have been coming for a few years and we are so glad they survived the pandemic. We will continue to support!
  8. SH

    StevenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe in the courtyard. Our friends had a great time and so did we.
  9. AF

    AmandaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meals were impeccable. They have a nice selection wines and creative cocktails. We loved the chocolate dome!
  10. GM

    GrentM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lively atmosphere, delicious food and drinks. We had a great time!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    We eaten a lot and enjoyed. This night was not good. An event there so it was crowded and noisy and food not very good. First time to feel this way
  12. MT

    MichaelT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    2 for me max. $35 entrees, $20 appetizers that served 2 people, stale bread and entrees were mediocre at best. drinks were very limited and expensive. Cheap table settings / menu was just a printed piece of paper inside of a wal mart plastic sleeve / dingy curtains surrounding. And the cherry on top is having a loud corporate event without giving anyone a heads up.
  13. B

    Bevhillssiren

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Orto Santa Monica was absolutely FANTASTIC last night! We had a great birthday Celebration. The food, the service, the beautiful outside area was fabulous!!! GREAT Frito Misto, great Vodka Penne Pasta, wonderful "spice me" cocktail. thank you!
  14. M

    Maxine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, extremely attentive staff. The food could not have been better!
  15. HR

    HeatherR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the carbonara and the vodka pasta. Clean flavors that danced on our palate! A perfect evening.
  16. HC

    HelmutC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After vacationing in Italy last month, this was as close as a culinary experience to the ones we had overseas.
  17. AG

    AlexG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! We loved our dining experience at Orto!
  18. D

    Dide

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We made a reservation for indoor dining and were seated outdoors which is not appealing. Our tables were old and are in need for repair The indoor dinning room was closed. Drinks quality poor and expensive. Food quality was good but overpriced. The service leaves a lot to be desired. 6 disappointed customers.
  19. WT

    WhiteTruffle

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    An ok experience, definitely not 4/5 stars. Quality not at the price paid, but perhaps that's due to Santa Monica location. Decor outdoors very nice. Service was good.
  20. AM

    AlanM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect setting and great food
  21. DW

    DennisW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful spot! Service, food and decor were very agreeable. We will bring our friends.
  22. FJ

    FelixJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. We have been at Orto a few times and we usually sit outdoor. This time because of the heat we decided to go with the air conditioned in door seating. It was charming and cozy. My date and I also enjoyed the warm service. Can't wait to come back!
  23. MK

    MichaelK

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best outdoor spaces on the west side of LA and reliably outstanding food and service!
  24. KN

    KimN

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The courtyard seating is nice.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I’ve been a longtime customer of orto and this time was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had. Firstly I ordered their filet with peppercorn sauce, the steak came out rather quickly and when I cut into it was almost completely raw. They sent the steak back in for a reheat and brought it back once it was properly cooked. Although the staff was apologetic once the bill came there was no discount, comp or a desert sent to our table. Owning a restaurant myself, if we sent a raw steak to a customer you can bet that we’d remove the item from the bill. If I had just eaten the steak without saying anything I could’ve gotten incredibly sick. I have never been to a restaurant of this level and served raw meat.
  26. e

    erikl

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good spot for dinner on the weekend!
  27. U

    Unknown

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Did not meet expectations. The food was cold, waiter fumbled on the menu. Overall would not recommend or the restaurant just had a really bad night.
  28. PB

    PhilipB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best pasta I've had in Santa Monica in 15 years.
  29. N

    Nurit

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We have been to Orto several times. We used to love it It is just getting progressively worse. The service was mediocre. The food was just ok.
  30. JG

    JasonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I visited Orto during our honeymoon. We had a fantastic meal in a cozy and intimate setting. The staff are extremely friendly and attentive. The food is outstanding and definitely one of the best during our stay.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great! Romantic setting with Italian flare. Quiet and especially nice in the open atrium, weather permitting.
  32. E

    Elle

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The thing that tuned me off the most, as there were a few issues. Upon arrival the host was very pleasant but the lobby and the steps leading to the restaurant were filthy. As we waited in the lobby to be seated we saw a full cart of food being pushed from outside on the side walk on to an elevator inside. The problem is that the plates were uncovered! Even a hotel covers food being transported. At this point I was ready to leave but did not was to inconvenience the rest of the party. Eating somewhere that walks your food from outside to upstairs with a dirty surroundings is horrible. The staff was the only decent part. The food looked like basic wedding food. Very "chicken or fish". As a suggestion, change the plastic sleeve your menu is in, and replace your paper signage around the restaurant. It feels like a random space trying to be a restaurant. I love outdoor twinkle light but the was that are hung looks a bit sloppy. Great staff!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FANTASTIC experience! We were craving Italian and weren’t familiar with any of the restaurants in Santa Monica. Booked Orto randomly. The food was AMAZING, but the service was truly exceptional! The restaurant is in a beautiful setting. I can’t recommend this place more!
  34. S

    Sandi

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The outdoor area is charming, food was excellent, service a little slow. All in all a very nice place for dinner.
  35. B

    Best

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant
  36. VG

    VictorG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would give it 6 stars if I could! Food, service and ambiance were excellent. The extra star is for being the best restaurant I have visited in Santa Monica.
  37. TR

    TrestanR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic setup. Romantic waterfall and beautiful courtyard, authentic food and attentive service.
  38. FF

    FrederickF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hotel recommended this restaurant. Top notch, thank you!
  39. NR

    NathanielR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner! Service and food were outstanding.
  40. h

    hasslosangeles

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing romantic dinner with my wife this past weekend & it was our first time to "Orto." Ambiance was on point, friendly service and the food was FATASTICO! Will be back again :) Thank you again for a wonderful nite of food, drink & experiences!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.7 stars by 778 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Orto Santa Monica

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available daily for $7 at 1413 5th Street. Please take the elevator to the ground floor and check in with the host.

  • 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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