Orto Santa Monica

4.6
250 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.
Andre

Support Orto Santa Monica during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 250 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Luvfood
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful family dinner at Orto! You would never know what a beautiful outdoor dining patio they have from looking at the restaurant in the front but it’s extremely COVID friendly and protected from the wind and cold and have multiple outdoor heaters which made our dining experience extremely enjoyable! The food and service were wonderful too!

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vipPamelaK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have really made the best of the pandemic with their outdoor location in the courtyard. So much better than eating on the street with the traffic. And, the food is still fresh and incredibly prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Get the charcuterie board, you won’t regret it.

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EatieGourmet
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Orto is one of those restaurants that we want to see survive through the pandemic. The food is always delicious and tastes as if the ingredients had just come out of the garden, off the dock, or from the farm.

While the ambiance was always suitable for "Dining Without Shouting," the outdoor arrangement is even better... if slightly chillier. (Thankfully, there are enough heaters to make diners comfortable.) There is, though, a certain unnaturalness to the sparse attendance, but that's not unique to Orto. Yet, for anyone pondering whether it's safe to dine out -- anywhere -- the spacing of the tables should make anyone feel OK.

And the food will make up for any of the oddities of the new normal.

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vipJude
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orto made a real restaurant experience, rare today. Food yummy, good wines, charming owner who greets everyone.

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RyanB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I love this place, although last night they seemed to overbook because they made us wait outside for 20min despite our reservation

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carol3
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous outdoor dining during Covid. Excellent food. Waiter very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great service was good. The patio is tucked in a court yard like area between buildings but they did a good job creating a nice vibe

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vipCandiceZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We just picked it randomly during the weekend. The food was outstanding! will come back for sure

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vipMitch
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love the ambience which is why we came here twice in two weeks. Beautiful patio and attentive waiter. In fairness they got my main course wrong(no calamari in the Linguini de mare pasta) and heavy ice in a light ice drink request but everyone is so nice there and glitches happen. Otherwise a really nice night and would recommend for date or couples night out.
Make sure you get the coupola(sp) for dessert, it's phenomenal!

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BrianC
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service... perfect outdoor setting during this pandemic COVID-19

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vipElliottR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and ambience. Best outdoor setting in LA area. Food is terrific and service impeccable.

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HannahW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. The Italian owner came to greet us and gave us recommendations on the wines. Overall a great experience.

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vipBrianM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor patio area complete with a water feature.
Waiter Vincente was helpful, insightful and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orto has unbelievably amazing food! My friend had the lobster risotto and it was the best we’ve ever had, I had the salmon with broccolini and it was the best we’ve ever had. Seriously, this place was unbelievable!

That being said, we ordered dessert and only took a few bites of each as I didn’t think my tiramisu was very good, nor did my friend think her lava cake was great (there was no lava but the ice cream that accompanied it was exceptional!). The food server immediately removed them from the tab with a friendly smile.

Great atmosphere although the music was disturbingly loud.

That being said, we will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Only thing that took awhile to get is our food. Yet, everything was great. Definitely coming back :)

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Waited two hours for our food, server never came to touch base, and at the end was given the wrong check

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MizzC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I know that restaurants are adapting to the Covid restrictions, but I have been to a few in Santa Monica lately, and I have to say, that this was a bit of a disappointment for our group celebrating birthdays. A lot more could have been done to improve the ambiance, the service was definitely slow (there was only 1 waiter for the entire restaurant), and when we mentioned that the salad was bland, it hardly registered with the waiter , the food was inconsistent...beet salad totally bland, the best dishes were the lasagna and seafood risotto, the gnocchi was disappointing. The worst was the food was not hot which was probably because it came from the kitchen below the dining area.

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vipDRABeerGuy
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific dining experience. Andrea is a wonderful and gracious host.

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ShaneK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

It was the worst experience I can remember in a long time. I won't bore you with the details, but we were one of about 3-4 tables of guests that got up and left and refused to pay. Our appetizer came out cold, nobody was designated as our server, our dinners didn't come out for over an hour and when they did they clearly gave them to the wrong table (but that couple had waited so long they just decided to eat it anyhow). Ultimately we told a waiter walking by that we were going to leave, that our food had never come and no one came by our table to ever ask how things were. I handed him my credit card to pay for our two drinks and appetizer and HE THREW IT BACK ON THE TABLE AT ME. It was also my wife/my wedding anniversary, which we'd told them when we sat down. F this place.

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charles
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place
Good food
Good service
Nice patio
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vipMarkC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Absolutely lovely venue and atmosphere. Our server was tremendous and the food was very good.

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EatieGourmet
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

In the midst of the pandemic, Orto is doing an admirable job of keeping their standards (and their guard) up. The outdoor seating is ideal, and the tables are sufficiently far apart to exceed the prescribed six feet of separation. It's not quite as cozy as the "old days" when we could eat indoors, but it's a very good compromise.

The food remains as superb as it's always been, but the service was a little off this particular night. We attributed it to the greater distances between the staff and the patrons. It's harder to catch someone's attention from 30 feet away than it is from 10.

It's reassuring that in the midst of so much upheaval, it's still possible to dine out, dine well, and feel safe.

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Michal
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, service and dishes. Thank you!

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vipBbbZzz
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The service was a little slower, presumably due to COVID.

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vipSalarR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service and seating, definitely not COVID friendly and very rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The waiter was impatient and bothered TERRIBLE SERVICE

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vipIrv6
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed ourselves.

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vipTracieA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant did a great job with their outdoor space. We felt very comfortable and safe. The food and service were wonderful. Highly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food took a significant time but our server did a great job taking care of us. Very attentive and made sure we still had a great experience

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vipchico
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor setting, easy to get to in Santa Monica. Excellent Italian food, great service and atmosphere.

JR
vipJRNB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Not very Covid compliant.

- host holding menus and touching everything
- guests walking around restaurant without masks, no one said anything
- servers and wait staff did not have fave shields, just mask
- no one wore gloves, but this would be minor if other steps above were fully followed
- did.NOT feel safe and won’t be going back.

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Love2eat
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious authentic Italian food. Restaurant is following structural Covid guidelines.
Nice patio ambience.

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BillR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor, socially distanced setting. Plenty of staff, but the goal is an unhurried, special dining experience. Take as long as you wish for everything, as there is no attempt to rush you out to "turn over the table".

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Lulu
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was excellent. Food was great, will definitely be back!

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KurtK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Orto before and we love it even more in the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our server was pretty disinterested in us all night until the very moment our guest was opening his birthday gift, at which point the waiter decided we’d rather hear some stories about him instead of getting to watch the gift opening. Figure he realized it was almost tip time and decided to check in.
Great space, good was good, but the service really detracted from the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful layout (revamped outdoor setup for covid), Ha we liked it more than it was before. Food was amazing as always, highly recommend if you’re looking for a cute date night spot.

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vipSteveP
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Usually a very good restaurant but with only outdoor patio seating due to COVID-19. The staff is overwhelmed on a Saturday night plus food was not their typical quality as courses were very slow to be delivered. I am sure it will improve once we are back to indoor seating.

JB
JustinB
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

FAQs

Orto Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, 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 4.6 stars by 250 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.