Vito Restaurant

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Italian
Vito Restaurant is celebrating over 33 years of delighting its customers with the best in fine Italian cuisine. As a family-owned-and-operated restaurant located in Santa Monica, California we are dedicated to providing exquisite food and impeccable service to create the perfect dining experience. Step through the front doors and begin your journey to the heart of Italy.
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TB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another client visit her. She had a ravioli special and I had the Chicken Ceasar - she loved her's and mine was as always delcious. I love this place .

JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent (succulent veal chop). Service was excellent. Best Caesar salad maybe in the World.

RH
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Great food, great service, good ambiance. On the downside, tables are very close together and the noise level borders on unbearable. In site of the noise level, which makes conversation quite difficult, I keep coming back...this says a lot about how much I like the food and service.

MH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Caesar salad in the city (Los Angles). No kidding. Prepared table-side, as it should be - but never is anymore... except at this wonderful restaurant. No wonder they're still around after 30+ years. Also had the chicken in lemon sauce - fabulous!!!

M
Central Coast
43 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upscale authentic italian cuisine

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ilalian

GL
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love the old school Italian dining. Our pasta special with shiitake mushrooms, arugula and shrimp was fabulous! And the carrot cake was chunky and rich just like it’s supposed to be. Great service with experienced waiters. We’ll be back!

KS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good! Had the Governor of North Carolina for lunch and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service & delicious food!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Me and my wife went to celebrate our anniversary service was ok but what my wife didn’t like was that they never acknowledge or said congrats on our anniversary

B
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining at Vito. Excellent food and service. A refined atmosphere. Old-school service. Great cocktails. Desserts are fabulous.

OT
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Because we had a party of 5 we were put in the back room next to the kitchen. Not my favorite place. And it was for my birthday celebration. We've been going to this restaurant for over 20 years so that was a bit disappointing. The food was very good as usual, the service fine, but the ambiance and noise level was difficult for me to hear and enjoy. Hope all is better the next time.

PB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very small portions. Numerous waiters / servers / too loud. Too crowded. The food was good although my oyster plate included a few empty shells.

SZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Usually Vito is Great, however this time around, they were lacking their usually excellent service.
I believe, because many new waiters. Also, unfortunately we were sitting next to a large party which
was unreasonably loud - we had to change tables to hear each other. Ask and avoid seating in the room
where they are hosting any group over 4.

TC
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selebrating two good friends before they start a big, long trip to Japan.

g
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently, excellent food. Caesar salad is done table-side, and is the best in town. Veal dishes are all superb, and pay attention to daily specials. Rack of lamb and osso bucco are two standouts. And be sure to leave room for something (or somethings) from the rotating dessert cart. For me and my entire family, what makes this restaurant so special goes way beyond the food (and I'm sure from my comments that you can tell what I think of the food). The waiters--and staff in its entirety--treat you like kings and queens, without pretension. There is a genuine welcoming air and spirit to the place that is always pleasant and supremely comforting.

c
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Old style Italian restaurant with waiters in tuxedos with speedy service and great food. The restaurant is popular as the place is generally crowded with noise from patrons and staff trying to accommodate everyone.
Great wine list and desert is brought to the table to select. Neat place to dine.

RK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants when I come into town. I used to live here and every time I come back it’s a must. Everything is always good.

N
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to Vito for 20 years and it just never disappoints. Wonderful place, friendly, great good, love it!

s
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous old school Italian worth traveling for!

a
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old-fashioned Italian restaurant with great food and quick, attentive service. We had a salmon special and beef lasagna, both delicious. Lavish dessert cart with yummy lemon cake. Ask for a VIP Card to get 30% off on future visits!

b
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito’s on Ocean Park has good food for decent price. Service is alway attentive and excellent. Martinis are well portioned and Well priced. we’ve always have enjoyed dinners here and best of all you can actually have conversations without screaming and struggling to hear which is a rarity today!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always consistent. Friendly atmosphere.

BR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Best drinks! Great bar. Good foot. Comfort food. authentic Italian. Get the Cesar salad.

W
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

been to Vito's a great many times. Food always good, and table caesar is always a must. This Friday they were very crowded and service took forever. the kitchen was backed up. Would put on more waiters during high volume

O
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great old fashioned Italian restaurant of the kind that is becoming more and more rare these days. The food was excellen especially the marinara sauce. The old fashioned ambiance was an added bonus as was the surprising selection of cakes and pie for dessert.

OT
Orange County
71 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you love Italian, you will love Vito! Outstanding wine, food (veal dishes awesome), authentic pasta & dessert cart extraordinaire! Have to stop when in Santa Monica and let the guys take care of you ~ fu-git-abowd-it 🍷🍷😎

DO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The Caesar salad was very good as we had anticipated, and graciously served. The main courses (for the 2 of us) were very disappointing. We were shocked. What should have been a tasty sand dabs was smothered in a heavy, uninteresting sauce that totally obliterated the delicate flavor of this wonderful fish. The "mashed" potato was a dry-ish round blob. The other entree, the veal Marsala, was choked with an overly-salty sauce that tasted like it came out of a package. Also, the waiter brought a glass of the wrong red wine, and when he returned with the correct one, he simply poured it into the remnants of the first wine, blending them together. Tacky. We passed on the huge dessert table, which was overly- crowded with a mass of cakes, most of which looked too heavy and rich to be appetizing. All told, not like the old days.

The noise level was high, but not overwhelming. Pretty much par for the course for a Westside restaurant these days.

The servers were quick, efficient and friendly and, except for the wine incident, right on.

SB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really love the lasagna at Vito, which is why I have gone back twice, and which feels reasonably priced—especially for the portion size. I always bring half home. The bread is also delicious.

What I hate is the way that they kind of trick you into buying their expensive everything else. For example, there’s no drinks menu. If you want wine, you pick your varietal and it comes. You have no idea what it is. You also have no idea that it’s like $20 a glass. Desserts—same thing. They wheel over the dessert cart and you have no idea how much anything is. Turns out, a slice of cake (which was good, but not great) is $13. So a meal gets crazy expensive really fast. Especially when you throw in their $20 Caesar salad “for two,” which btw, actually feeds three.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great!

s
Los Angeles
337 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good CEsar salad. Veal Osso buco wonderful. Great desserts

MP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito has become our favorite place for a great date. Solid. Every time.

OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and well-prepared dishes. Wonderful ambience. What more can you ask for.

BF
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an experience each and every time and you can always expect the best food and service!

N
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very old school and always love coming here. The food is good, not stupendous, but you come for the experience.

DK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is great, the atmosphere classy and the the staff friendly and efficient.

NG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We had a reservation for 630 pm . The table had to be set and had to wait for 10 mins . Table should be ready when a reservation is made . Staff were nice and friendly . The carpet is old and had a funny funky smell . Food was ok .

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Upon being seated at our table in a small room with a large table of very loud guests, we asked if we could be seated at the bar which was much more palatable. The bartenders were very professional and were extremely helpful. The staff is great. Food is wonderful. Its pricey but worth it. If there are no large party's it would be a great date night.

MJ
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love a special date night at Vito’s and even hav ordered large take out orders for special family dinners. Alberto always takes such good care of us and recommends delicious special dishes...always so happy we dine t Vito’s

PB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it was a pure pleasure to dine at Vitos. The veal was outstanding.