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Osteria BIGOLI

64 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Casual (13)
  • Neighborhood Gem (12)
  • Good for a Date (10)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm-Sunday 5:00pm to 9:pm
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Phone number
(310) 395-6619
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vincenzo Nicoletta
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Private party facilities
Coming Soon.
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Private party contact
vincenzo: (310) 395-6619
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Cross street
Lincoln and Montana Ave.
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Parking details
on the rear, access from 7th street south east of montana
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 64 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 2 days ago

Before the change in ownership, this was one of our favorite Italians in Santa Monica. It is now our least favorite in the world.

We arrived about 5 minutes before our reservation and the gentleman (who we know now is the managing partner) pulled out his cell phone to look at a screen shot of reservations. There seemed to be an issue as there were multiple people turning up at once, and not a lot of tables turning. We sat at the tiny bar briefly until a table was ready.

The first misstep was when we ordered a bottle of wine, the server came over and showed the bottle to us, we thought it was the wrong one, but couldn’t find the wine list to verify so we said okay. After he opened the bottle and we tasted it, we realized it was not correct. The server seemed so overwhelmed with basically serving the whole place we just decided to keep it. It was terrible.

Moving on, we ordered a few courses, which took so long to come out we were starving... when the waiter checked on us we ordered bread, which was dropped off so quickly we didn’t even have time to ask for olive oil. So we ate dry bread and waited 30 minutes for our salad.

Thank god we didn’t order many courses, because all total, we spent 100 minutes to get a salad, fritto misto, bolognese and agnolotti, served in two courses.

This would have been fine had their been decent ambiance, but we were packed in like sardines and couldn’t even converse over the loud conversations around us. A trip to the restroom revealed Chef Marchesan eating dessert in a hallway while the staff argued with each other. The restroom itself had a shower curtain covering up supplies that probably should not be kept in a bathroom.

If the food had been amazing, all could be forgiven, but it was not. The food was sloppily prepared (there was a large chunk of plastic in the bolognese), and lacked flavor.

Long story short, avoid.

1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Worst Italian I’ve had in LA. They have fake plastic meats hanging as decoration and their bread tastes like they put a roll from the grocery store in the microwave for 5 seconds.

BigAl (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Service was eager and helpful. Caesar Salad was excellent and served very artistically. Tagliatelle Bolognese was best I've every had. Perfectly cooked pasta and rich, delicious sauce. Wine list varied and prices reasonable. Minor gripes: tiny, inappropriate wine glasses and somewhat uncomfortable chairs.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

delicious pasta!! mamma mia!! go! delicious caesar salad.... we had bucatini and lasagna. really fresh... I highly recommend for homemade pasta in Santa Monica. yum!

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Good food, pasta specials of the day and the works tortellini amazing!
The owner was very friendly

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Claudio and his staff did an outstanding job. The waiter, Hugo, had only worked there a short while, but was excellent and knew the menu. The owner and chef took the time to visit our table and say hi. The food was just wonderful. You must try the Buratta. The menu is not extensive but offers the perfect selection for everyone. Highly recommend you visit this wonderful spot.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Good time, good food, good ambience and chef Claudio spent some time with us and other patron. Very nice, thank you 😊

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

I'm so disappointed. I came here with my parents who were visiting from out of town for my birthday. First, our server's command of the English language was insufficient. When I asked if I could substitute the Gorgonzola cheese for goat cheese on the spinach salad he said he needed to go check. He came back and said yes, they had Gorgonzola cheese. When I reiterated that I did NOT want Gorgonzola cheese but goat cheese, he went back again to check and said yes, they could substitute the goat cheese. The salad arrived and it was tasty but so incredibly overdressed - just swimming in balsamic vinaigrette. Yuck. When our entrees arrived, our server brought my father Tortellini alla Vodka. However he had ordered Saltimbocca. Again, command of English was insufficient. So, by the time my mother and I had finished our entrees, my father was just beginning his. When I made the reservation on Open Table, I specifically stated that it was a birthday dinner. The restaurant did not even offer a birthday dessert. Nor did they offer any retribution for bringing the wrong entree for my father. BTW, I had the Bigoli with Wild Boar Ragu and the only flavor I could taste was salt. I will never come back here again. Save your money and go 10 blocks up the street to Forma which is fantastic.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Delicious food like you would get in Italy and excellent service in a beautiful quiet setting. Our new go-to for Italian.