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Osteria BIGOLI

4.4
72 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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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Cuisines
Italian
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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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Neighborhood
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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
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food and service was excellent. 4 people with 4 different entrees. Everyone loved their choice. Tomato bread soup was excellent and so were the mussels and clams appetizer. No, I don't work there but was very happy we went.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This is our favorite West Side restaurant! It is small, intimate and makes you feel like you have your very own chef cooking just for you! The food is the best and they even added their own wine!

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked.

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5.0Dined 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 😊

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Osteria Bigoli never disappoints. The lasagna is THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!! The food is excellent, the staff is friendly and accommodating and the chef, Claudio Marchesan, is always present and eager to please! We look forward to going on a regular basis!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We enjoyed the flank steak and branzino with a side of tuscan kale and loved them both! Healthy, fresh, expertly prepared; we will try the pasta next time. The atmosphere was perfect for our little date night and the servers were very attentive and clearly cared about the food and restaurant. They also assisted with a great wine recommendation. Overall, so happy we tried this new spot on Montana and can't wait to return.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Homemade pasta . Got seat right away. Attentive server

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and service. It reminded us of the same food and ambiance we experienced from our recent 2 week journey in southern Italy.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

the food was wonderful true Italian cuisine and also creative... the wait staff is experienced and helpful. The menu is interesting. Good familiar northern italian selections. Pasta is fabulous...gargonzola...etc.

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2017

We had a nice enough meal to celebrate my husband's birthday but it was relatively expensive and nothing more than pleasant, with okay food

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1.0Dined on November 5, 2017

What a disappointment. I loved Vincenzo, the former restaurant on this spot, and hoped that Bigoli would be in the same league. The meal so a sustained exercise in mediocrity. A passable $18 caesar; a short rib papardelle that was shockingly flavorless; and a pinot grigio so awful it had to be sent back. People are nice and the room is pleasant but $100 for a shared salad, a pasta and a fish entree was mind bogglingly. This one is straight meh meh meh.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Delicious Food & Super Service!!!
A neighborhood GEM.
The Silk Hankerchiefs are to die for!!!

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. We had a porcini mushroom risotto appetizer, a pasta and the Branzino. All wonderful. I wish there were more wines by the glass.
Dessert was ok, nothing spectacular.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

This is one of my favorite Italian in LA. If you're lucky, you might have a chance to enjoy Opera time.

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Menu had few options for vegetarians. Service was slow and inattentive for not being busy. Overall, everyone enjoyed their meal. The apparent Owner sat in the rear on his computer or doing something other than help his staff. Would have been nice if he circulated. My dinner came after everyone finished their dinner. Not good! They should have complimented at least ONE dessert.
Atmosphere and vibe did not fit the pricing. Corkage was excessive at $25 per bottle. Especially, considering we had to wait over 35 minutes to get glasses and open the bottle. Lots of room for improvement.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Second time visiting LA (down for Clapton) found this after a friend recommeneded the previous restaurant that was here (Vincenzo's??). Anyhow wonderful!! It is small so definitely suggest a reservation, but great food, the staff is wonderful, personable, always with a smile! Both visits--no complaints other than we wish they were in WA!!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

Top-notch authentic Italian. Intimate and delicious! An essential stop on the westside fine dining circuit.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

A truly loved this place...what a great surprise! Looking forward to going again.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

A wonderful Italian neighborhood gem - friendly service, home made pastas, home-y feel. Caludio is a SF transplant, and had several successful restaurants there (Prego, eAngelo, Pan e Vino) and his depth of experience shows. Not fancy but quality food. A bit pricey but worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Consistently terrific! The food is good, the staff is friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

The Cuisine was 100% authentic Italian, not Italo-American. It seemed as if we were eating in an excellent restaurant in Italy or at the home of one of our family members living in Italy. The chef- owner is not only skilled, he uses the best ingredients. We talked with him at length and learned of his suppliers here in LA. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italy and the truly Italian Cuisine. I had the baked Artichoke and Branzino ( it was the real Branzino!) and my husband had two very Italian choices one if which was an excellent pasta. I am Gluten sensitive so I could not have pasta, but my dinner was excellent and I was most happy with my choice. The Panna Cotta was the best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Delicious. Th charcuterie was extravagant. Bolognese and carbonera full of flavor and savory.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Amazing food & presentation! Super service.
A true neighborhood gen!!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

LOVED Osteria Bigoli!!! Hanker chief pasta was perfect with a delicious pesto sauce. The veal medallions with prosciutto was flavorful and tender. Also, the service was friendly and attentive. In fact, we loved it so much we are going back this week.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

First time visit and thought the food was excellent!! We had dined in this spot when it was Vincenzo. The servers are still with the new owner which pleased us! We ordered the pasta specials based on the server's recommendation. We were not disappointed. This is a small restaurant so reservations are essential!! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at ever! better than when I was in Italy! food is incredible! Claudio is a wonderful! Great experience not to be missed. My new favorite restaurant forever and ever and ever. Small intimate Restaurant on Montana Avenue.

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