Orto Santa Monica

4.7
308 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

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

We are featuring our beautiful outdoor courtyard, with music and water fountain. The chef will prepare delicious specials for this occasion.

What 308 people are saying
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VPrice
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food. Excellent Service. Enjoyed Orto's Immensely.

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Carolina
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this restaurant without knowing what kind of place ii is and it turned out to be very good place. The food was very good and the place was beautiful!!! I will definitely recommend this restaurant to all my friends!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orto was amazing!!! Incredible food, ambiance and service. Not to mention very honest employees! I left my purse with my phone (it was small and it was very dark and had fallen on the floor) and didn’t realize until we got home. So while I was already about to leave to go look for it, I was so relieved to know they figured out how to call my emergency contact (my dad) and let me know they had it safe and sound. Thank you so much! So incredibly grateful!

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MarcelleP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere for dining, tucked away between buildings. Food was very good, worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really good food excellent service nice space

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vipJonathanw
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The outdoor courtyard is pretty, but don't get sat near the service area on the right. Food was good, but we were ignored for the first 15 minutes after sitting down. Also, parking was difficult.

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MattR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a great environment and the food was wonderful! I cannot wait to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious from start to finish. Everything was cooked to perfection. Well done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Greta outdoor set up!

RC
RCKC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service. Would definitely eat here again.

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MatS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely experience, great food, great service, and a quiet, lovely outdoor dining ambiance. The staff was attentive and congenial.

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vipNOman
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really wanted to like this restaurant but the service ruined it. We had a nice table, good food but when you have a service person who acts like it’s the last place he wants to be it does affect the whole meal. Sadly four stars is even a stretch.

JD
JeffD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, service and ambiance were all absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed everything about our dinner there.

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vipGr8diner
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent and table arraignment was appropriate for Covid seating.
Food was wonderful and the white Sicilian wine was nicely chilled.

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karenc
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at their rooftop location in DT Santa Monica. So beautiful-white sheers, market lights, etc. Food was delicious (we tried several dishes) and service was perfect. Very Covid-safe.

KB
KarlaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding! Do to covid-19, we were seated outside in a courtyard behind the restaurant. It was pleasant and bit chilly even with the heaters. However, we understand and were happy to be dining out again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ridiculously overpriced for low quality food. Extremely slow service.

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EricF
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, and wonderful staff. Really enjoyed the outdoor patio.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pasta we had was out of this world.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food
Excellent service
A lovely romantic experience
Lovely improvised courtyard dining

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Best Italian spot I’ve been in LA

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a good experience. Our server had to attend multiple tables and got our order late and made a mistake on our bill too. Food was good. Ambience also good. Overall good considering covid.

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Anthony
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. The Cavatelli tartufati alla Norcina was superb. Will definitely come again.

B
Blonddesign
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was quite good all around. I was disappointed in my artichoke/arugula salad - it was dry, the artichokes hard and in too large pieces. But my spaghetti carbonara was delicious, as was the fritto misto, lobster ravioli, and the salmon was the best I’ve ever had. Desserts brilliant, especially the tiramisu.
The outside space was not interesting. Just a few rows of twinkle lights and some foliage would have made it much more inviting.
The beginning of the evening was a disaster - they do not have good communications set up. They say on the website if you want to book more than six people to call them - we had seven and I left two messages, no one ever called back and so we ultimately had five. Then, it is a buzz-in situation where you dial the code so they will answer the phone buzz you in. No-one answers the phone - my mother and daughter waited outside for maybe 10 minutes (my mother is 103 - not cool.). My nephew had the same experience when he arrived before us, as did other tables. We got in with a delivery person! So we were unhappy for awhile. The food made it all worthwhile tho, and once they are back inside things get better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience across the board. My new favorite Italian restaurant :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Very good service

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vipElyssa
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh pastas and sauces. The filet minion was seriously incredible. This place is a great outdoor dining experience with authentic Italian food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambiance in spite of the windy evening

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vipOldtimers
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this place. Great staff. Really good food.

ER
vipElliottR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great service, great value. Beautiful outdoor setting.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect evening from the moment we arrived...

We were warmly greeted and shown to our table. Had excellent service from our waiter and the entire staff for that matter. Our food was absolutely delicious. The owner even stopped by to check on us several times. We had a wonderful evening and will certainly be back...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Incredible food and wonderful service. Going back ASAP!

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vipIawal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fresh food. Lots of flavor. Loved the outdoor dining. Intimate and enjoyable.

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Orto & it was amazing. If your in the Santa Monica area and looking for a great Italian restaurant this is the spot. The food was great, started off with the melanzane eggplant appetizer, for our entrees we had the Chilean sea bass special and the cavatapi pasta with truffles. No room for dessert. Portions are generous. The Chianti was good and the cocktails. The ambiance of the outdoor courtyard seating was unique, felt like is was in the East coast. The service was on point and were seated quickly and everything flowed smoothly.

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vipdrdon
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting for great food. The wine recommendation was perfect.

GG
GarrettG
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was exceptionally poor. The server was rarely seen, and when he was he was hovering around staring at an iPad, oblivious to all the tables attempting to get his attention. He didn’t know the menu or, apparently, the iPad he was using to record the order.

The ambience was excellent for an outdoor space, on a second story patio with lovely lighting. The food was...fine, tasty enough but not especially well-presented. Cocktails and wine by the glass only. Overall not in line with the price point.

DK
DebraK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I'll review another time after Covid is over and I visit the restaurant again. This time I was less than impressed but with the wind blowing like crazy, restaurants not able to be fully staffed, and everything else going on I want to keep an open mind. The great thing is that they are open, we felt very safe dining there, and it was a fun time to share with another couple.

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 308 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.