Orto Santa Monica

4.7
274 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 274 people are saying
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vipIawal
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMistral
Los Angeles
12 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
46 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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.

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YummyEater
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food. Outdoor seating in a unique New York like between buildings setting. A little pricey, but what isn’t for good food. I’d go back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! I think I would rate it as one if the best, if not best Italian in Santa Monica.
Thanks for a lovely and delicious dinner!

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vipAlexD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was great. It was lovely to sit at the outdoor tables on the mezzanine floor of the building.

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AlexandraI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Very chilly outdoors with the virus parameters. Happened to be a particularly windy night. Would come back again once indoor dining is reinstated.

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vipPeterS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is always tremendous and the patio is a great place to eat

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JDLAIR
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere were top notch. Service could have been more attentive, but it was Valentines Day, so understandable in this case.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 8 year old daughter and I visited for Valentines Day. Josh gave us his special table overlooking the entire restaurant. We enjoyed every aspect of the evening from the service to the exquisite food. I highly recommend dinner here a MUST!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Valentines

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEAUTIFUL EVERYTHING
Ambiance, food, service. 5 star everything.
Order all the specials, all the appetizers.
Thank me later.

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

Valentines date

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massieh
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. They had all the COVID measures in place. Food and service were great. We had a very nice time and will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Galentines day with besties!!

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Alexvd
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The pasta was fantastic, the main entrees we got were a bit overpriced for how little food was served. But overall a good experience. Just get one of the pastas, they are great.

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vipscottw
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time at Orto. Their temporary patio space is a hidden gem in Santa Monica By far, the star of the show was their shrimp ravioli. Simply awesome. We shared many dishes between the five of us and every dish was delicious. The prices are on the high side, but we all felt that the entire experience was worth it. Job well done Orto.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The owner is always walking around to converse with his customers. He’s always on hand to make a wine or food recommendation. The entrees are just the right size and you’re never disappointed by the quality of food! Love love the ambiance...it’s so romantic

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, perfect place for beautiful peaceful date

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vipPeterS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great setting. Always a good experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance was great but they didn’t have proper spacing and not wearing double masks as asked by the state.

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Luvfood
San Francisco
6 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
57 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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vipMitch
Los Angeles
50 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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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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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
6 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 :)

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 4.7 stars by 274 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.