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Ospi, Venice, CA

Ospi

4.7
4.7
674 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. Come take a trip to Southern Italy and be a guest in our home.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 139 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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) 443-5007

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Contactless Payment, 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. Please follow the link and fill out the form online and our catering specialist will contact you shortly. (https://www.ospivenice.com/catering-orders/)

  • 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 16, 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/private-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

    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

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What 674 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Westside

    Most Booked

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  1. AB

    AlexanderB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Loved it - had a wonderful time, food was great, service was great. I'll be back soon!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food
  3. MM

    MartaM

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pizza with a the super thinnest, crunchiest crust. Delish!
  4. DG

    DavidG

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, delicious food and excellent service. Thanks
  5. BB

    BBbb

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Typically great, but service was mediocre tonight (especially in light of the mandatory 20% gratuity)
  6. FA

    FareezA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    low key racist vibes
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Price is quite expensive for a small serving of pasta.
  8. M

    Melo

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good but not mind blowingly so. They were out of gluten free pasta and not the most accommodating as several guests could not eat gluten.
  9. JS

    JulieS

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food in a chic environment. We love it.
  10. D

    Delma

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent. The service was great. The ambidextrous was casual but seeing the homeless was not great. The restaurant did a great job having security and keeping them away from the diners.
  11. f

    flo00

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food just small plates for $$$
  12. AB

    AlmaB

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The cauliflower and Japanese eggplant dish's were good but too spicy. The cannelloni and canola were excellent. Way too noisy.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch - the kale salad and salmon hash browns are amazing 10/10 recommend
  14. DC

    DawnC

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, Ricotta toast is amazing!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Need to incorporate some soft elements into the design. The noise levels are extreme bc of poor acoustics.
  16. P

    Pere

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Waiter forgot about our food other tables who sat after us ate their food before we got ours. Food was okay
  17. EL

    ELSJ

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The food itself was alright but the pasta portions way too small for the price tag.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was great. Service was below average. Had to wave people down whenever we needed anything. They could have made a lot more money on our bar tab if they ever asked if we needed more wine or cocktails.
  19. J

    Jshake

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had tried the food at a food festival and had to get to the restaurant. The food was spectacular. The cacio e pepe pizza was amazing, along with the spicy rigatoni and the crispy provolone. The vodka sauce is some of the best I have ever had. Service was great, friendly and helpful.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    the spicy rigatoni is VERY mediocre. the pasta was super over cooked and smushed like it had been pre-cooked but far too much. the crispy provolone was delicious though.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience from service to food and ambiance. The pizzas can be skipped (crust is lackluster) everything else, especially the fried provolone, pastas and fette’unta were excellent!
  22. VG

    VegGourmet

    Los Angeles

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and drink, attentive staff, and ecstatic patrons -- all in a cheerful environment so loud you can barely hear yourself think, let alone hear your dining companion speak. But it's my new favorite.
  23. RM

    RyanM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was really good and service was great! There were only two of us and we were sat in the front section. Having been before, the back section is much more of a vibe and has a better ambience, but that’s reserved for larger parties! So, I would go with a larger party and sit back there because the food and service is fantastic!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great ambiance, excellent service. We will be back!
  25. IC

    IanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    it was great. Good food, good service, good ambience. Plan for parking ahead of time
  26. BM

    BeeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thin, crust delicious pizza ! Had their signature spicy vodka rigatoni.. both were delicious and highly recommended
  27. JG

    JudyG

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    OSPI is great. Love the skinny crispy pizza. It’s very thin but good. Vodka sauce. Absolutely love it with the pasta ……Butter chicken curry. Yum yum. Glass of vino or a martini…….It’s a good restaurant. My whole family enjoys Italian. This spot is better than most. Especially better than the chains definitely Waitstaff is fine too👍
  28. A

    Ally

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ospi was honestly the best place we dined at while in LA. We began with a super impressive appetizer and everything else was absolutely delicious. I would absolutely recommend to anyone in the area.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Ospi was just… fine. We went for dinner and sat inside. The ambiance was okay, but the noise level was excessive. The dining room was cold, which we found uncomfortable, although perhaps that’s just a matter of personal preference. Out of the four dishes we ordered, we weren’t particularly impressed by any of them — flat, bland, and sometimes just off. Our waitress was nice, but didn’t clear plates between courses and plopped to-go boxes onto our table in the middle of the meal. We were excited to try Ospi but probably won’t return.
  30. BP

    BonP

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Overall the food was disappointing. Everything seems a bit heavy handed in flavor. We started with the Crispy Provolone and Cauliflower - the crispy provolone while impressively crispy, was very heavy. I could only eat half of it. The cauliflower was good but overdressed with sauce, made it feel very heavy as well. Then had Nduja pizze which we didn't care for - the sausage had a strong olive flavor and there was almost no cheese the whole thing, really just not our cup of tea. The pastas were great, we had the spicy rigatoni and raschiatelli which were both good but not great. Overall not a bad experience but was hoping for more.
  31. SW

    ShawnW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was cold and appeared to be frozen and warmed up for us.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food all around, drinks were great, service was beyond fantastic. Highly recommend!
  33. NC

    NealC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started with Margarita pizza, best ever! Then cacio & pepe pasta, amazing! Then the ribeye, just over the top. This was the best dinner date in years! This will be our go to place. We loved it.
  34. EC

    EmmaC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was really attentive and polite. Food / drinks were amazing. Great atmosphere indoor and outdoor
  35. V

    Venetian

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated outside with our dog, everything was perfect. Waitstaff was knowledgeable and attentive. The kale salad, Japanese eggplant, margarita pizza, cacio pepe, lamb cannelloni, butter chicken, garlic bread, lemon budino & cannoli were all delicious. We are fans of Jackson (Top Chef) and it did not disappoint! Our only regret was not being able to order more!
  36. MF

    MarisaF

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary. Wonderful suggestions by server and the table sitting next to us.
  37. KT

    KyTrain

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My boyfriend and I arrived on a busy Saturday night (5/28) but were seated fairly quickly. I ordered the espresso martini, but subbed the vodka for tequila. It was good, but I would have preferred a different creamer to the oat milk option. Service was essentially mach speed. Appetizers were out within 10-15 minutes of ordering, as well as the entree. Our server was kind and personable. My drink actually had the longest delay, but as I stated earlier, it was pretty busy, and bar seating was full. Our appetizer was the fried provolone with a side of vodka sauce. It's a complete upgrade from fried mozzarella. The vodka sauce was 100% the star, and the outside had the perfect crunch. We ordered the Butter Chicken, parm style, with the Spicy Rigatoni. Again, the vodka sauce in the rigatoni was the star, and fresh made pasta truly makes all the difference at restaurants, so I tip my hat to the chef. The Butter Chicken wasn't bad, it just lacked any significant seasoning or flavor outside of butter. Since I wanted a pizza but was far too full to eat it at the table, we ordered a Margherita pizza to go. It was SUPER thin and crispy and I'm happy to say that it was amazing this morning after it put it in the oven. Overall, I really enjoyed the meal and prompt service. I'd love to return and try a few other items especially the desserts.
  38. DA

    DeAnnaK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service was excellent, friendly hostesses & our server was lovely
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this restaurant - food, service and ambience were all amazing!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Food was amazing. Service was not great - a little snobby

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 443-5007.

Ospi is rated 4.7 stars by 674 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 139 times today
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

  • 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, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jackson Kalb

  • Additional

    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) 443-5007

  • 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. Please follow the link and fill out the form online and our catering specialist will contact you shortly. (https://www.ospivenice.com/catering-orders/)

  • 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 16, 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/private-dining/)

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