Osteria BIGOLI

4.6
106 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Welcome to Osteria BIGOLI
Executive Chef Claudio Marchesan has done it again, former chef of famous restaurant Pane e Vino! He has been quietly turning out some of the most refined Italian dishes on the Westside for twenty years, combining his native Italian sensibilities with a good deal of contemporary flair.
His former restaurant on Beverly Blvd., Pane e Vino, was a standard for fine Italian cuisine for years.
Now, step inside the new Montana restaurant and serenity reigns in the spare yet stylish interior. It is remarkably comfortable.
The emphasis is on the food. The cuisine"s strength lies in the use of local ingredients with minimal fuss, stressing the seasonal flavors.
The menu features salads and pasta, as well as pesce del giorno; fresh pastas are offered daily. The bread is freshly baked daily on the premises.
Wine lovers will feel right at home with the featured wine list of Italian and California varietals.

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Osteria Bigoli is another Italian spot on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica. Except this one's actually worth it.

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What 106 People Are Saying
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D
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great house made pasta with pesto sauce...definitely going back

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Both of our fresh pastas were very very good and both ragus were good. The panna cotta was terrific. But the bill (with tax + tip) came to $100 for one salad, two pastas, one dessert, one glass of wine, one cappuccino ... quite a lot of money. We will go again but not often at those prices.

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R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant with two other couples. We tasted many appetizers and entrees and it was all delicious.

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AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Super nice staff, but not particularly timely. Pasta had too much oil on it, spinach salad had way too much dressing, and the salmon tasted fishy and dry. Sorry. Wanted to really like the place, but it was just so-so.

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B
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most authentic and wonderful Italian food that I have ever had. It is cozy and wonderful and the owner/chef Claude will make you feel like you are a guest in his home. We had the BEST meal last night! What a fantastic neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Great for everybody.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, authentic Italian food. Homemade pasta; best lasagne I have had outside of Italy. On selected weeknights there is no corkage fee, so bring your own Italian wine to go with this outstanding food and cozy atmosphere.

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z
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. All the dishes were prepared carefully and with a great bit of expertise. We will be back, soon!

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EE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First the good. The white bean soup was the best I've ever had. The pasta dishes were also very good (as reported by my friends with whom my wife and I had dinner.) The atmosphere is very nice. It is an authentic neighborhood Italian restaurant and quiet enough so you can actually hear the people a your table talk. Now the bad. The veal parmigiana was the worst I've ever had. It was a thick veal loin and it was so tough I couldn't even chew it. I ended up just eating the cheese on top which was very good. Now, if they could just put the cheese on a thin, tender veal cutlet, they would have a good dish. Also, they do not offer decaf coffee, a big disappointment.

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B
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem! With only 12 tables, this is an intimate and charming restaurant. Outstanding beet and arugula salad, veal parmesan, and bread pudding. Great service.

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m
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were happy with the ambience and the waiter, but the food left a little to be desired. Perhaps their specialty is pasta dishes, but since my wife and I aren't eating pasta now that was not an option. we had a delicious Caesar salad with Little Gem lettuce (home-made croutons, I think, and lots of anchovies in the dressing). For the entree we chose the "loin lamb chops" for $38. They came overcooked, and were a cheaper cut of lamb chop. Not what we expected for the price, but they tasted very good.
Free corkage 3 nights a week, nice! And nice Italian beer.

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CC
Los Angeles
190 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

One of the worst restaurant experiences ever. One overworked waiter, owner/ chef talking loudly to a “ friend” most of the night- never acknowledged most tables ( including us) never inquired how dinner was ( it was awful) rigatoni carbonara a greasy mess, lasagna tasted like Shepard’s pie.. the 4 of us were deeply disappointed- will never return

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JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was very well prepared and delicious. The owner takes pride in preparing seasonal freshly ingredients. The service was perfect. This is a quiet, intimate neighborhood restaurant that offers a lovely dining experience.

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j
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a great, cozy little spot. Perfectly lit, cozy but spacious (not on top of other parties' tables), and the waiter was very nice and funny too. Everyone really enjoyed the food, and they surprised us with a free tiramisu!

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HS
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic food

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HS
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food served in an unpretentious setting by people who care.

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f
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a very nice neighborhood restaurant. We often go there for a quick, tasty, well priced dinner.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and quality food. We will be back.

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SG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, good service, quiet atmosphere. One of the best meals we have had in Los Angeles.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Would love something new on the menu. Maybe seasonal fare.

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C
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My girlfriends Branzino and vegetables was terrific. My spaghetti Bolognese not so much.

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MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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LB
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love eating at this cozy, old school, traditional Italian restaurant. the artichokes are perfection, as is saltimbocca... and everything else I have tasted here. fresh ingredients, gluten free options, and specials that change seasonally - braised beef cheeks melt in your mouth...

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

First time to Bigoli. We have fond memories of the other restaurants that this chef has been involved with and it was a pleasure to see him while we were having our dinner. The food is classic, simple and delicious. It does not quite have the vibe of a old Italian diner, and its definitely not hipster. It feels a bit old but not "cool old" if that makes sense.

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RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With Claudio Marchesan in the kitchen you cannot go wrong.

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J
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot when entertaining or just out to grab a delicious meal! Always a treat!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu and great staff

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r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Good food. Zero ambiance. The owner completely ignored us. When I mentioned this after the meal he got defensive and stopped listening. Would not return even though the food was pretty good.

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DS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The saltimbocca was terrific, as were the mussels. The atmosphere on a Saturday night was friendly and not too loud. On balance, a quite enjoyable experience.

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J
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always the best! Nice to be able to just drop in our neighborhood gem! Great food made per order by Claudio, friendly atmosphere and great service by Philippe. Always a dining joy!

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Naples
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dining at Osteria Bigoli was a very good experience. Food and service were very good. I will likely go back when in Santa Monica..😊

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KL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this pace. Always reliably good food, service, ambiance.

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C
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time in two weeks; will probably go again. Excellent Caesar salad; very tasty linguine vongole (more clams than I've ever had before with that dish).

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J
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant on the West Side! It is like having your own private chef!
He cooks to order and stops at the table to make sure everyone is pleased with their meal choice.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh pasta, barrata, good wine, and bread pudding for desert what is not to love!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! It is a small, friendly place with a delicious menu. It is our first choice for Italian food.

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L
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We really enjoyed our meal. I felt like we were eating at home but with a fabulous menu. The food is authentic Italian and delicious!

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l
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Really amazing pasta! I highly recommend this spot. The short rib tagliatelle was amazing as was the tiramisu! My only complaint was the 2 seater in the back has a seat just facing down the back of the restaurant which isn't the nicest view during a nice meal. But otherwise lovely.

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KB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spectacular find on the westside. Everything about it is wonderful.

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KB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bigoli is a truly authentic italian gem! The cooking is very traditional and always delicious.
The lasagna is outstanding. The owner, Claudio Marchesan, is always accommodating and the real deal!
Bigoli is my very favorite italian restaurant in Los Angeles!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and fantastic service!!! Loved it, we’ll be back 😊

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