Orto Santa Monica

4.6
523 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

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 523 people are saying
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SamiG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food, great service, will definitely come back.
Try the seafood linguini and the calamari appetizer. Anddddd, the espresso martini is top notch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The staff was exemplary. They were attentive and helpful. The atmosphere is charming, but the food was just good. Nothing exciting. I had the salmon which was cooked to order, but nothing special. My husband had the seafood pasta and felt the clams were small and the octopus rubbery. He liked the shrimp and pasta. The pricing was fair.

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DerrickF
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly host. The outdoor setting was really pretty and comfortable. Our whole meal was enjoyable.

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SamuelR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and cozy space. We loved our dishes and drinks. Our waitress was kind and professional. Can't wait to come back!

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SimonJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Cozy rooftop with plenty of heaters. Solid food and service, good job!

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HarryB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Orto. The dining room was very comfortable and the food and service were up to par.

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MattW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise this was! So charming and cozy, the outdoor space was great. We loved our cocktails and food. Warm service, Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Very bad attention from the waiter; the helpers where more kind than her I arrived alone and it took me 2.5 to left the place . They tale many time to attend me to take the order. And then the first and second plate I don’t have at that time in the mood of desert or anything more so I skied for the check that takes time but arrives 150 usd account TvA based on the attitude of the waiter it was not enough to be nice attended … so I will return because of the food but not because of the service….

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we enjoyed everything about our dinner

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vipcajunfoodie
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The waiter being the first person and first impression was rude and pompous. It was our first time at the restaurant and when I said that and asked about specials he snapped back & told me "I can't sit here and chit chat with you we're short staffed tonight so read the menu and LMK when I come back" My 19 year old son immediately said "Mom that was rude! I'm asking for another waiter" Sorry, but it's not the patrons fault if you're short staffed. It's not like we get discounted meals! The food was excellent. But not going back because of the way we were treated. The staff needs to be trained better. Too bad.

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vipJrrr
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor patio. Heaters kept us warm and comfy even on a cold eve. Food was luscious. Loved the burrata and tomatoes! The homemade pasta specials were served steamy hot and were absolutely wonderful. Our service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Will definitely go back when in the Santa Monica area.

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vipmaardvark
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so many Italians, and this one is top of the line. Though everything was ideal, we must say that the carpaccio in a parmesan shell with arugula and the impressive and declicious chocolate dome dessert were beyond fantastic.

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vipEsther
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my friends pregnancy!!

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DeborahB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service ambience and everything was top rate. We went for a birthday and they made it special. Brought our own cake which they plated. We were treated like royalty in a beautiful courtyard. They even gave us cushions for our seats.

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buzz
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Owner came over to make sure everything was fine. Suggested bottle of wine that was exactly what we were looking for and reasonably priced. Outdoor patio gave European feel. Definitely will keep this in our rotation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

They lost our order and the meal took about 2.5 hours. Free desserts but this was not great.

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DonnaS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Ravioli di gamberi allo zafferano (shrimp ravioli) was amazing. Linguine alle vongole con zafferano e zucchini was also delicious. Manager was circulating and very attentive. Courtyard has a fabulous atmosphere. Will be our go to place in Santa Monica.

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Kingsfan
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our dinner at Orto. Although not inexpensive, the food, the atmosphere, and the service were excellent. We would definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so cute! Food is good and service was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The service was too fast. We had our food within 5 minutes of ordering it. Bizarre experience. Risotto takes precision timing and mine was way overcooked to the point that it stuck to my teeth. This was puzzling considering that the food arrived so quickly. $150 for two people for a 45 minute experience. Nah.

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Newcomer
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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vipLindaK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Orto. The ambience, food and service were all top notch. The setting outside is just stunning. The homemade pastas and prep are perfect Italian. The creative cocktail menu is fun and innovative. Our server Ariel T was incredible helpful and Diego helped to make us comfortable and never missed a beat.
The salads are also creative and farm to table fresh. Save room for deserts too. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was excellent, both ambience and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside seating with COVID-19 compliant staff. The lm chops were absolute heaven and the tagliatelle was to die for! Worth every bit of money and time!

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PaulB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic Italian a little off the main strip. Excellent.

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vipmonicah
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very slow service; servers uninformed on wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing pasta outside of Italy and the service was impeccable!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The place is a hidden treasure in Santa Mónica, very nice and cozy. The food was very good and the attention was excellent!

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vipAdrienneF
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Eat at Orto often when attending shows at the Broad Stage.

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Nicki
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Otto has such a great dining area, beautiful ambiance under the stars. Food was very delicious, traditional Italian with a variety of options. Dessert is not to be missed!

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TammyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Meal was not coursed out properly, brought the salad and the main at the same time. Food was really tasty, but not cheap. Enjoyed it overall though.

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BuonOrto
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orto has a creative Italian menu and the food is delicious. Their outdoor patio is between two buildings and is well protected from the wind and they have sufficient heaters to allow you to stay cozy while outdoors.

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vipMarathononlooker
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant surprised with the overall experience. Open air dining in a 2nd floor courtyard. Service was impeccable and food was excellent. Very interesting and delicious menu. All on all a great evening enjoyed by all

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is in a beautiful setting. The food is amazing and the wine list is superb! My new favorite place! Thank you.

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vipRoss
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant location in a rather unusual setting. We will go back with friends

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vipGary
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outside space was very comfortable. Several dishes were forgotten at each course. Food quality was average.

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BenjaminB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner inside, the dining room was beautiful and peaceful, we really enjoyed it and will definitely coma back.

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orto is one of the most special places to dine in Santa Monica! The food is exquisite and their outside dining area is a gem. The waiters are attentive and friendly. It is the perfect place for a special occasion. I can’t say enough great things about Orto!

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 4.6 stars by 523 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.