Vitello's

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Vitello's Italian Restaurant has been tucked away in the quaint Tujunga Village of Studio City, CA. for more than 50 years. Vitello's serves contemporary Italian fare, from saucy favorites and fresh seafood dishes to tasty appetizers and home-made desserts. Locals and tourists alike share the good times and great food that has made Vitello's famous. A Studio City staple, Vitello's is a warm and welcoming establishment. Star-seekers beware, Vitello's is a favorite among its local celebrity residents. And if you're looking for great entertainment visit us nightly at Upstairs at Vitello's for Live Music in our supper club or at our piano bar each evening.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

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j
Los Angeles
324 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

First time at Vitello's for lunch and the food was great as always, but the service was really sub-par. Server was nice enough but I'm guessing he was working alone because he'd disappear for long periods of time. Asked for sugar for coffee and he never came back, so I had to retrieve it myself. Had to ask for a refill later on coffee and water after empty cup and glasses were completely ignored. Simply not the level we've had at dinner service in the past.

It's a solid choice for brunch, though, as the food delivered. Three of the four in our party got the Huevos Rancheros and raved. I opted for linguine with clams that was very good.

GF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Humerus... The previous comments for Noise Level, why, because all you are left with was "Energetic". It was down right noisy. Why? We we seated (after a little while) next to a 'family' who had two daughters who were yucking it up all during our dinner. The 'parents' were on their phones and ignoring their 'darlings' as they passed behind us, tried to get our attention, and, well, you get the picture. That 'family' instantly ruined the entire time we were attempting to enjoy our evening out. If we were not with another couple, I would have rather have gone to McD's or Carl's to receive the same treatment. The food arrived warm. It seems that it didn't matter where the host sat us, nor did anyone come by to ask if everything was okay with the table or the meal. The restaurant is busy and the live music sounded like something we could enjoyed. The difficult part of it, the evening (and, might I add our first time at Vitello's) was thoroughly ruined by the insensitive 'parents' who allowed their children to act like they most likely do at Shakey's Pizza or Chucky Cheese. Shame on them for not considering us at all. It appeared it was far more important to see what was on their phone then to have any common courtesy for others who were dining next to them. The odd thing was, there were other tables available. There were others who had children. Why couldn't the host seat them next to that 'family'? Don't know. We wanted to enjoy Vitello's, but I suppose it was not meant to be. I hope that 'family' will awake some day and find that dining manners matter.

LV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely in my top list of restaurants for the Valley. The staff is amazingly attentive to accommodating you. They are precise with details of your order to make sure it is what you want. The ambience is striking, the location is easy access, Valet parking service offered, value galore in the portions you receive. I highly recommend this restaurant as I've not been disappointed in any food or beverage item I have eaten.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Someone recommended this restaurant so I thought it would be nice to celebrate my best friends engagement here. The server ruined the surprise. He was not very transparent and honest about the items on the menu and how they were prepared. Maybe he wasn’t knowledgeable. The food was horrible. My husband said it was the worst branzino he has ever had. The cauliflower was showered in garlic. The side of eggplant wasn’t even cooked. The server didn’t even care that we didn’t eat many of the items we ordered. I don’t mind paying for our meals but I do mind paying for nasty food. It was horrible. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

AZ
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I had an issue at first. When making this reservation here I was asked if I preferred outside our inside and I selected inside. I also mentioned it was my wife’s Bday. Upon arrival a couple mins before my reservation time we were seated outside. I specifically chose to dine at Vitello’s for her bday because of the atmosphere & live piano player inside & I specifically reserved the inside for a Romantic dinner for 2, but we were seated outside in the cold which is basically the sidewalk & pretty empty. It felt like where they stick walk ins who do not have a reservation. I asked if we could move inside and was told it’s a 25 minute wait but I had a reservation for inside! After saying that the hostess went in to check if there was anything inside and never came back but instead sent a server out to see us. We told the server we wanted to wait for something inside and so we had drinks on the sidewalk waiting in the cold for approximately 30-40 mins. As the servers go in and out they make sure to close the patio door so that the cold does not get in to their patrons dining inside and I felt like we were dogs left outside in the cold. Not exactly the special evening I had in mind. I did not make a big deal about it to not ruin our evening even more. We were eventually sat inside which is night and day difference if planing a romantic evening. Normally I don’t mind to sit outside on a regular day if I did not have reservations but this was a special occasion which I told them about prior to arrival. A man whom I assume was a manager came up to our table to thank us for our patients but that’s about all we got. They did provide a piece of cake on the house which I think they do for birthdays anyway, it would have been a nice gesture to comp our drinks we had while sitting outside waiting. Overall the food is really good, although seems like they are steering away from Italian but I do appreciate the vegan options.

FC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy Vitello’s...food is delicious, service very good, but if you want a quiet evening, this isn’t the place. Noise level, even for what we thought would be an early Sunday night dinner, was out of this world. We could barely hear one another speak.

LW
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband's 60th birthday. The service was excellent. We arrived early, and were seated right away by the friendly hostess. Jordan was our amazing waiter. He was attentive and made sure we had our drinks and bread while we awaited the other guests. When they arrived he was right there to serve them as well. Jordan made the evening fun with his great personality, and his suggestions for food choices were superb! (However, I think everything here would be delicious!) I had the salmon which was excellent! I would highly recomment this place for a celebration or date night!

KC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A nice quiet Italian place in North Hollywood/Studio City area. Great neighborhood for poking around and food better than average, though not as good as your Italian grandmother's cooking. One terrific thing is that there is a parking lot! Valet at night but open parking in day time.

KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For New Years Eve

r
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we will be back! Food and service excellent!

SR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The restaurant was very busy and the restaurant manager swung by our table to let us know the food would be out just a few minutes later. It didn’t take very long after his visit for our food to arrive, and the transparency was very much appreciated.

S
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I enjoy Vitello’s but it is loud at times. We always try to get a booth in the back where it is much quieter. Food and service are excellent. They also have vegetarian/vegan options.

EJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and they set up our table in a special room. Everything was great!

m
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were a party of 6 and they would not give us separate checks. They did not tell us there was a charge for garlic bread. They charged $6.00 for four pieces of garlic bread. So our bill for 3 orders o garlic bread 12 pieces was 18 dollars. They charged $5.00 for splitting an order. Didn't tell us of the charge. There was a $5.50 charge for kitchen help, and a 20% tip was added to the bill. We definitely felt we were nickel and dime. We have eaten there many times, and this is our first bad experience. We will not be going back.

DK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was very good. Had the lasagna and arugula salad and tiramisu .

LS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vitello's is one of my family's favorite places. From the Rendition Room (which is super cool) to the main dining room with outdoor patio and live music its great for people watching in Studio City. Not to mention Feinstein's at Vitello's great shows. The new menu rocks and the service is always good. Pretty sure there are few other restaurants that offer what Vitello's does. After 50 years, though completely transformed, it remains a "go-to" staple of the area.

MW
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love Vitello’s even going back before the remodel years ago. Great neighborhood favorite in a cute part of the Valley. Plus live entertainment and a nice open patio area.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by the manager who came by our table twice to check and make sure everything was perfect

EV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great time had by all. We’ll be back.

WL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. I meet every month with my friends for a night at Vitellos, and for years now we have enjoyed it every single time. The food is delicious and perfectly prepared, however, not happy that they recently took many Italian dishes off the menu and made it more eclectic tastings. Still can ask for the chef to prepare the favorite Italian dishes but if you are new to Vitellos, then you will be missing out as Italian is the best here. Staff is always amazing and on it. Try to come on a night when they have their piano/singer, she is the best.

m
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Vitellos.. We go there a lot because it’s a true neighborhood gem. From the moment you walk in you are greeted always with smiles. The staff is terrific the food is consistently good and we give it a five star for the value and the experience.

FE
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Have eaten may excellent dinners at Vitello's over the years. Brunch was just okay. Very few people in the restaurant. But still a bit noisy from a nearby boistrous table. Service was very slow. Four of us had to send back sour orange juice. The food was good and our server was very nice. It was great getting together with friends, two of whom were celebrating birthdays. But somewhat disappointed overall.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Aubrey was wonderful and the food was excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing. Such a jewel of a restaurant. Location is fantastic. Not crowded. Piano player was such a delight. For the Brady Bunch fans, it’s about 2 blocks from the Brady Bunch house.

b
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Reviewed on October 22, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

The food is great.. We especially love the salmon. It's fun to go here when there are special events

PJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on September 27, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

The food is EXCELLENT. The redo on interior...not so much.

JP
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Reviewed on September 24, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Th food was great, but we were also there for the live music which was also made it even a better time.

DP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Reviewed on September 23, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

The food and service here have always been above average!

MK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Reviewed on September 13, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

It's okay. Food is a little overpriced for what it is, but it's a decent place in every aspect. Ambiance is probably the best thing at this restaurant, otherwise i would give it 3 stars.

PB
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on August 22, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

The food was much better before the decor was upgraded... the traditional simple italian dishes tht made Vitello's great seem to have been lost, disgarded, or forgotten.

RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on July 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

My go to place in the valley. Crazy Lisa,and the Boss Brad make this Studio City spot GREAT !

ST
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Reviewed on July 3, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Not as good as it used to be when the Vitellos owned the place!

AT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Reviewed on July 2, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

When in for a quick bite, stayed longer then expected, live music!! Amazing food!

AG
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Reviewed on June 28, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Judy Carmichael's show was AMAZING! What a great talent.

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on June 6, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

No offense to the waiters, but the whole experience was an over glorified Olive Garden. Food is mediocre at best.

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Vitello's is my husband's and my new favorite restaurant. My cousin and her husband like it too. We like everything on the menu we've tried so far. It's easy to park..lot and side street parking available. Yes it is noisy!! Old Hollywood ambience, though. We haven't gone to any of the Jazz performances yet, but we want too.

D
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service. We will go back.

FA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Very kind people. They sat us down right away

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was Valentine’s Day so they had a limited menu. The hostess was not very welcoming and made a point to tell us that we had to be done with dinner within 2 hours because they were very busy. The server was very nice, but she didn’t offer to bring us any bread and brought it to the guests next to us. She also forgot to bring my glass of wine and after remembering brought us two glasses in error. My date doesn’t drink. We were done with dinner within an hour, but we felt rushed the whole time and didn’t get a chance to really relax and enjoy ourselves. The dessert we ordered was very basic for a restaurant with these prices. I would probably not come here again. I’m sure there are a lot of regular clientele at this place because of its history, but they need to treat their infrequent guests much better instead of just catering to the “regulars”

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Valentine night. Everything was great except my seabass
Look like 2 oz! I asked the waiter before l ordered it & she said it was a good 6oz size! So when the plates came by a kitcken runner so was confused which table he was going to, but my server was no where to be seem. l was so shocked & disappointed, that this happened. To besides it was $38 list price on the menu. Which maybe right but not for 2 oz!!!
Anyways, l continue with my dinner, soon after l finish, my server appeared, l explained what happened, & my compromise was that l was offered a tiramisu worth $10 for free. I took it so as not to make a fuss or spoil the evening with my husband. So they took $10 off my bill. Overall, l was disappointed about the false advertising on the menu. I wanted the correct serving of seabass fish not sugar for compromise. I am not sure l will return there.