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Ospi, Venice, CA

Ospi

4.8
4.8
1470 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Ospi is the sophomore restaurant of Jackson & Melissa Kalb, focused on Southern Italian cooking and way of life. The name derives from ospitante (“host” in Italian), with the expectation that guests will feel as comfortable at Ospi as they would at a friend’s dinner party. There will be plenty of house-made pastas as well as an expanded offering of pizzas. The beverage program crafted by Kalb features mostly Californian and Southern Italian wines and a full bar with a special negroni section. At Ospi, the pizza is inspired by the techniques of Antico Forno Roscioli which Jackson and Melissa frequented while visiting Rome. Focusing on Romana Tonda-style crusts that are cracker-thin, he is adapting a recipe that he feels will resonate with the LA diner. Jackson feels it extremely important to not take food too seriously. Take a trip to Southern Italy and be a guest in our home.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (424) 407-1957
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jackson Kalb
  • Catering
    Ospi is now catering your favorite Italian food. We offer both an a la carte menu as well as a packaged event menu to simplify your next party. We can also custom cater your wedding, dinner party, and more with an Ospi Private Chef! Please fill out the form and our catering specialist will contact you shortly. (https://www.ospivenice.com/catering)
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room available above our bar. The room features a large natural oak table to seat up to 18, a private TV and sound system hook up, fresh flowers, and of course great food and service! Please follow the link and fill out the form so that our reservationist can book your party. (https://www.ospivenice.com/group-dining)
  • Neighborhood
    Venice
  • Cross street
    North Venice Blvd and Pacific Ave
  • Parking details
    Parking structure across the street from the restaurant. There is also a parking lot on the corner of Pacific Ave and North Venice Blvd. Please see the attendant for more details.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lunch Special: Chef Jackson's Favorites

    $25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy Chef Jackson Kalb's favorite Lunch items at $25.00 per person (+ an alcoholic beverage at $10 per person!) Available weekdays from 11:30am-3:00pm. (Fine print: Does not include tax & gratuity. Limit one $10 alcoholic beverage per guest. Additional beverages available at regular price. Not valid during Dinner service - after 3:00pm or weekend Brunch service. A 4% employee benefit fee added to all checks.)
    Lunch Special: Chef Jackson's Favorites Photo

What 1,470 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Italian

1,470 Reviews
  1. Jasm

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Ospi during lunch and got Chef Jackson’s Favorites Lunch Special (1 app + 1 entree for $25). I got the meat balls and a margherita pizza while my sister got the Japanese eggplant and spicy rigatoni. All items were very good but the spicy rigatoni was the top favorite! It wasn’t spicy in my opinion but the sauce was delicious! I even scooped up the left over sauce with pizza. I also love that the pasta was freshly made. Service was also good! Our server was nice and friendly. Would definitely come back!!!

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  2. mtl2219

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious pasta & great ambience!! Just hard to find parking nearby but pay with InKind for a discount.

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  3. Nini

    Los Angeles

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and impeccable service. Our waiter, Cody, was super knowledgeable regarding the menu and how the dishes were prepared. He was very attentive and couldn't have been nicer.

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  4. Jessica

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian food I’ve had in years!! The crispy provolone, kale salad, rigatoni and the chili honey pizza!!!!! AND the Lemoncello martini - SO GOOD.

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  5. Hmmmm

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great, thin crispy pizza. Great kale salad. Very nice. A must try. We will be back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Let’s get to the point. Made an indoor reservation and was told my reservation wasn’t in the system. One of the hostess proceeded to walk us to a table outdoor and informed her we requested an indoor table. She leaves us then comes back to tell us that we have to leave by 6:15. Mind you it’s fairly empty inside. I understand things happen, but theres a way to deliver messages. My husband and I planned to have a nice dinner and honestly I probably didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have due to that. The food was good but nothing amazing to where I can get same or better quality at a place like a chain such as North Italia. Words matter.

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  7. Gary

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We've eaten at Ospi a few times. The food is usually very good. The atmosphere is nice and energetic-- particularly on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The last couple of times the service has been mediocre to awful. To be clear, service was efficient. However this time, and the two times before, the servers (people bringing food, drinks & taking away) have been rude & indifferent. This was the consensus of our entire party. Probably not returning anytime soon.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy the food at Ospi. This past visit I will say the service was a bit off. We had dirty plates piled up on our table the entire meal that no one cleared between courses etc.

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  9. Mimi

    London

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great - food, cocktails, ambiance. Our server, Grace, made the evening extra special with her warmth and attention to detail. Highly recommend Ospi.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love ospi! Every time I go it’s the best! Our server (I think his name was Conor) was so friendly and helpful and fun. Food was to die for as always.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the cheese appetizer! Also the kale salad is great, pizza and pasta!

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  12. Bayley

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have great experiences here. The vodka, pasta and pizza are both delicious as well as the kale salad. The service is excellent as well.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it amazing place amazing service can’t go wrong with this place food is amazing drinks as well.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great we will be going back! From drinks to food to service!

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  15. MelissaM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was definitely sumptuous and well flavored. The staff is courteous and well-trained.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I recently dined at the restaurant with a reservation, but my experience raised concerns about transparency and honesty. Despite having a reservation, my seated table was very small and tight. When I observed larger tables available, the server claimed they were reserved. Strangely, even after finishing my dinner, those tables remained unoccupied. Transparency in table allocation is essential for customer satisfaction, and I hope the restaurant addresses this issue

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  17. MelissaM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is gratifying and sumptuous! The service was great and the servers were very accommodating. I will definitely come back soon.

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  18. DevonR

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian in Los Angeles, I go here at least once a month!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is soo delicious!! Great ambiance right next to Venice beach! One of my favorite Italian cuisines

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my absolute favorite place! The food is amazing and the service is excellent.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding meal at this lively Abbott Kinney/Venice area. This was the second time dining there. Our waitperson Bella was terrific. Everything was fabulous from the crispy provolone and the spicy cauliflower to the lobster pasta to the chocolate mousse. Prepare for some noise even in the back room. There is an outside section if you want a quieter area. Thank you to the Manager for checking with us throughout the meal.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 6 on Saturday night. We had a great time. I believe our server’s name was tucker and he was fantastic. He was on top of everything and gave great suggestions! Everything was delicious!

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  23. sjaffman

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had great food and our server was fantastic. She made suggestions mid meal to pivot to a different pasta - she was spot on

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was subpar so unfortunate because was really looking forward to it but our server Grace was amazing

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing time! Food was incredible and the service was perfect

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  26. Corey

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Favorite Italian in L.A. so far for this former NYer used to quality Italian food.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Cacio y Pepe in the city. Greeters are professional and friendly, service on point and the pastas are amazing. We love the Cacio, Beef Cheek Ragu and Linguine Colatura. Super consistent!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to get a good food. The best Italian food

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  29. AimeeL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff - wonderful food, beautiful environment!

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  30. PatriciaB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely date night and my husband really enjoyed it as it was his first visit to Ospi. The pasta was delicious as always. I found the garlic bread saltier than usual, but it was still very tasty.. It wasn't as cold outside as I had expected so sitting on the "patio" was a nice change and it wasn't as loud. Jasper was GREAT! Fun, friendly, knows his stuff and definitely a highlight of the evening along with my rigatoni.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my fave Italian restaurants - best on west side

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing customer service, amazing company!

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  33. JannaG

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience! The food was fantastic. The service was excellent. I love the outdoor patio. Get the fortunnato. We will be back!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. All the pasta’s and pizza were very tasty. Service was perfect. Recommendations were spot on. Can’t wait to come back.

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  35. LV42

    Los Angeles

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant! Incredible service, menu and absolutely delicious food! We had one of the best dinners we've had in a very long time!

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  36. MichelleP

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant and go there often!! Delicious food and excellent service! Highest of recommendations!!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Really great food but they had us out within 50 minutes of sitting down ! Starters arrived immediately, mains at the 25 minute mark and then the check without being offered dessert and without asking! We arrived at 8 for an 8 pm booking and were in an Uber at 8.55! So great food but it's run like an assembly line and they finished with us super quickly.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is out of this world amazing. Service is really good too.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Connor was amazing! He went above and beyond for us. Food was delicious, larger than expected portion sizes, friendly staff. Will definitely return!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best pizza I have ever had (outside 1, maybe 2 spots in NY). Super thin and crispy

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ospi using the Order Online button. Ospi also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ospi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 407-1957.

Ospi is rated 4.8 stars by 1470 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ospi

2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    North Venice Blvd and Pacific Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Venice
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking structure across the street from the restaurant. There is also a parking lot on the corner of Pacific Ave and North Venice Blvd. Please see the attendant for more details.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jackson Kalb
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (424) 407-1957
  • Catering
    Ospi is now catering your favorite Italian food. We offer both an a la carte menu as well as a packaged event menu to simplify your next party. We can also custom cater your wedding, dinner party, and more with an Ospi Private Chef! Please fill out the form and our catering specialist will contact you shortly. (https://www.ospivenice.com/catering)
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room available above our bar. The room features a large natural oak table to seat up to 18, a private TV and sound system hook up, fresh flowers, and of course great food and service! Please follow the link and fill out the form so that our reservationist can book your party. (https://www.ospivenice.com/group-dining)
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