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Outdoor courtyard  - Orto Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Orto Santa Monica

4.7
4.7
731 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 16 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 731 people are saying

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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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Romantic

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  1. MI

    MICAELAB

    Milan

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Finalmente un ristorante italiano che può fregiarsi di tale nome ! La cena è stata ottima e il proprietario italiano molto cordiale con due connazionali. Sicuramente il miglior ristorante italiano nel quale siamo stati durante la nostra vacanza in California
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    literally terrible do not go here
  3. DR

    DanielaR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was very good. I will just check the smell on the
  4. JS

    JenniferS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Santa Monica and decided to check this restaurant out. Frankly, their claim that they have fresh made Italian pasta every single day is what sold me. At first we asked for an indoor table but when they suggested the outside seating we went for it. What a great decision. The ambience was amazing, the setting was lovely, loved the courtyard/rooftop feel, the service was wonderful, and the food was amazing. Absolutely would go here again
  5. CR

    CesarR

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The host, the maître and the waiter were all very kind. Not to mention the food, very good. Their signature drinks are wonderful as well.
  6. r

    rabenbru

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    while everyone was eating on the roof patio, we ate inside on the ground floor and it was superb. great ambiance. the food was superb. i had a burrata with tomatoes to start and then a pasta with sausage and black truffles; amazing. had a great italian red and just a lovely evening. felt like i was back in new york
  7. LR

    LR1980

    Los Angeles

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the cavatelli with truffles and mushrooms and the cauliflower soufflé as appetizers-they were outstanding! I had the crab cakes, which were crispy outside and moist inside. My husband loved the bolognese. Going back!
  8. m

    maardvark

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor comfort, excellent service, and love the truffled carpaccio and chocolate dome
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Great food. Average service. Very cool spot. But just dead. No customers. A bit sad if an experience for a Friday night.
  10. AD

    AlexD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner! We had so much fun. Impeccable service and recommendations!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We consistently look forward to dining at Orto. Whether it’s date night, fun with friends, a business dinner or special occasion, the restaurant is warm and inviting. The management and staff make certain every detail is perfection.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Muy buena comida
  13. LF

    LianaF

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great! First time here and only came based on other reviews which did not lead me wrong. Glad we came...food, service and ambiance were wonderful. Sat outside (plenty of heat lamps for those who tend to get chilly) and so glad we did...patio is darling. Definitely a "do over"
  14. C

    Claudia

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent, we, a family had four different dishes and all were tasty. The service very attentive and friendly. The restaurant is a bit hidden. As the outdoor is in a courtyard it was nice to sit outdoors (not windy as in other places)
  15. AB

    ArnieB

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their outside patio, which is almost on the rooftop, is reminiscent of New York or Europe. It is surrounded by an old brick building; it has a fountain and is just beautiful. The service and food have always been great at Orto, but the inside space was always a bit cramped and overcrowded to my taste. The addition of this outdoor terrace has transformed the restaurant into a great place to have a great dinner. The service is always attentive and the homemade pasta dishes and fish are wonderful.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    Food is very good but prices were very high to the point that it made for a subpar value overall
  17. B

    Best

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Food Wine Service Outdoor dining
  18. c

    cristenk

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter had her 22nd birthday dinner there with 8 of her friends and said it was really lovely.
  19. AF

    AlexF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! Great ambiance, excellent service and authentic Italian food.
  20. PL

    PareshL

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They made my brothers’ 49th birthday extra special. The best Italian restaurant in LA. And one of the top restaurants overall.
  21. a

    aquaeyes4

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This place was just ok. I wouldn’t go back. The food was fine, not great. The service was spotty and took a long time for our appetizers and check. The food gets wheeled around on a very large loud metal cart- not exactly fine dining ambiance. But overall of the dishes we ordered only one was good enough to order again.
  22. SF

    SamanthaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was authentic, we have been fortunate to have traveled to Italy several times and this was it! The staff were very attentive but not overbearing. A perfect night.
  23. MS

    MaxineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. Service, management, presentation of dishes were all a 10!
  24. HM

    HelmutM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Nice flavors and excellent service.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Food was delicious but with small servings. Way overloaded themselves with more than they can handle. Was offered the option of an indoor seat via open table, but none existed. We were either cold or overheating because of the warmers outside. We had 8 in the party but they served 7 plates when dinner arrived. Our son waited another 5-10min before receiving his meal after already waiting an hour and a half. We waited over 20-30min just to get our drinks and when it arrived Margarita had sugar mixed with salt, confronted teenage bar tender and discovered the issue; awful just like the rest of the staffs’ inability to provide appropriate service. Waited 30 minutes for our appetizers and we were sat 1.5 hours before getting our food. Manager was useless pouring water for his servers instead of managing the flow of the restaurant. Trying to fake it till they make it with a hole in between 4 buildings. Even though you have the space physically, if you don’t have the means to provide service the is above subpar, you should make the bigger decision of not allowing more customers to be promised service. Then waited another 20min for dessert. Expo should know to expedite certain things before others. This experience took OUR ENTIRE evening up. Our last night with our family from out of state that we met here. Such a disappointment. We even decided on this restaurant after looking over dozens and deciding on this one after seeing how close we were to it with numerous good reviews and a great menu. Avoid this place.. such a disappointment It is 10pm now. Take note, we arrived promptly and were sat at out 7:30pm reservation time
  26. JM

    JonM

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor courtyard. Friendly professional service and delicious food
  27. KN

    KimN

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Orto was great. We sat in the courtyard which was tucked away from street noise and pedestrians. Our appetizers were the burrata and baked eggplant. For entrees, the shrimp ravioli and penne vodka. Dessert was the chocolate dome with vanilla gelato. Food was fantastic. The entire staff starting with host, gave us excellent service.
  28. MS

    MaryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a romantic spot. Ideal for a date, will be back!
  29. RR

    RogerR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening under the stars. Food and service in the outdoor venue was great!
  30. MR

    MaxR

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The share platter was generous. The spaghetti with the bottarga were excellent. I liked the location as it was original
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Odd location. Food was mediocre at best
  32. C

    Carluca

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, delicious pasta, nice patio, portions are kind of small but that’s ok, you can enjoy your pasta without feeling full. Burrata appetizer is the best ever.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best services we have ever experienced
  34. R

    Raghda

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my team for dinner, we were a big group, everything was perfect and the setup was great. The food was delicious and the service was really good.
  35. m

    musicman

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and excellent service, but quite pricey. We didn't think the food was good enough to warrant the expense though we had a pleasant dinner.
  36. PS

    PaulS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food , setting and hospitality. Lovely wine as well. Loved the restaurant
  37. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I hosted a dinner for 8 people at Orto. It was easy to get a reservation and the host I spoke to by phone was very polite! This restaurant is great for large groups! The outdoor dining was large and pleasant; all my guests enjoyed the urban look and lighting ! There were many heaters available in case the weather turned chilly. My only negative issue was the noise factor; it was difficult to hear and chat with guests unless they were seated across from or next to me.
  38. J

    Joachim

    Stuttgart

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Das Essen ist gut, aber nicht außergewöhnlich Das Ambiente in einem offenen Innenhof ist ansprechend.
  39. D

    Dell

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, great choices on the menu and then on top of that great specials. Service was great too. The outdoor patio is beautiful
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellente adresse. Véritable cuisine italienne. Établissement tenu par un italien originaire du lac de Garde. Le patron est partout et au petits soins de ses clients. Adresse que nous recommandons vivement!

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 731 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 16 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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