Osteria BIGOLI

4.5
90 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.
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
We have an intimate dining experience at Bigoli. Cozy and warm is what you will find in our dining room. The pictures on the walls are painted from our executive chef and he may even sing opera the evening you are there. If you are looking for the Italian theme restaurant look no farther.
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Private party contact
Mark Arreola: (855) 548-9056
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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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Mon - Thu 5:45PM - 6:30PM

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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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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
3 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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LM
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
15 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
44 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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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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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
14 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
25 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
2 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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b
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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J
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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PP
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LB
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked.

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AN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Homemade pasta . Got seat right away. Attentive server

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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