Vito Restaurant

4.7
1026 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Vito Restaurant is celebrating over 40 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.

Vito is proud to offer customers our new outdoor dining experience that follows all local and national guidelines for safety and cleanliness. We've taken every measure to make your experience enjoyable, safe, and of course, as delicious as always. Come experience it for yourself, nightly starting at 5pm.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1026 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food, will definitely coming back soon!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious entrees and great service. My go to, must go to, Italian restaurant when I am visiting Santa Monica!

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LisaC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, we've been going for years -- but this is the first time for lunch, and sitting outside in their gorgeous patio. Food was perfect, as always. Service attentive and helpful, but never obtrusive. Couldn't have been better!

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PatriciaE
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito is always excellent! However, I have been going there for over 30 years and am sad to find on this last visit (my first since the pandemic) that a few special touches I always loved are no longer provided, such as the wonderful garlic toasts served warm and the mandarin oranges in the cream with dessert. These are small things, but they made Vito more special. The food is as great as ever and the service very good.

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RochelleB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and great value. Will be going back soon

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viptaylorf
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I barfed when I got home. That bolognese was no bueno.

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GabrielaC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had an excellent time here. The food was AMAZING and the ambience was perfect. This is our new spot!

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside patio very nice. Lots of heaters. Peer and staff very friendly. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipLAURAH
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food and lovely patio setting.

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TrrkMol
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I used to frequent Vito’s many years ago. The ambiance hasn’t changed. The waiters are still dressed in uniform and are very friendly. There was no host so we went outside and seated ourselves. The food we ordered was tasty and big portions. Good value for the money. I will come back again.

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vipMichele
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! We loved everything! The delicious food, the wonderful service! Everything was perfect!

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ColleenS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the Martinis to the White Chocolate Lemon Cake, everything was delicious and served with style. The Ceasar Salad for two was dressed and sized perfectly to not overwhelm. We split on the pasta specials with sea scallops - divine! This was my first experience with Vito's, but won't be my last!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and time every time

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vipslwdcw
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classis go-to restaurant has nicely pivoted to outdoor dining.

Same great menu, same professional staff.

Do yourself a favor and visit.

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JamesS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito's is always a pleasure to dine at. Good food, excellent service, friendly staff. I have been eating at Vito's ever since it opened, and will continue to do so. Often come here with my family to celebrate events. EXCELLENT!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I decided to make reservations for dinner to end the evening with my children for a day at Venice Beach. The location was convent and the kids wanted Italian. Restaurant had great reviews on the food. Upon arriving I noticed we were the only minorities. I also observed I was the only one dining with children. Party of 6 (17,17,12,11,3) We did not receive the same service as the other guest. Once seated we were not offered water immediately like other guests. We also didn’t have one set server so I was found having to ask different serving staff for different things throughout the entire dinner. (extra plate twice, more bread, twice, desert menus 3 times and was never asked if we would like a refill on waters or if everything was to our satisfaction. I spent $164.00 total on dinner. I wrote a note regarding my experience on the back of my ticket. I then left a $10.00 tip in cash and took it to the owner. I advised her I left a note about my experience I would like her to read and told her the reason the tip was only $10.00 is because of the service I received vs the service I witnessed other guest receiving. On the bright side the food was delicious and the atmosphere was pleasant. I enjoy treating my children to dinners at restaurants like this one to practice table educate and different dining experiences. My children are well behaved and even the 3 year old used her inside voice. Train them up and away they shall go and will not part from it.

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TIMO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best authentic italian restaurant in all of LA!

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vipHappyDiners
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old Italian. If that’s what you like, you will find it here. Dark, quietish old school restaurant. My wild king salmon special was delicious as was my husband’s linguini with clams. Just right portions too. Our caprese salad came with no dressing but they provided oil and vinegar to apply to our liking. Just when you think you are finished, they roll out a huge dessert cart! Help!

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vipjayh
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is super consistent and accommodating. A must for old line italian and a great bar to go with it. The servers have great memory and remember my likes.

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vipAndrianaM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Delicious! The Best! Vito is Always consistent. The food, service, presentation, everything is Always perfect.
We love Vito.

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vipBarbaraD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the red booths. They have the outdoor setting quite appealing also. I could really eat here every night

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was awful. Salad was limp, my carbonara came out as a cream soup. Said they didn’t have a wine list or ANY Italian wines at this ‘authentic’ Italian restaurant, wtf, and the wine they did recommend was terrible. 100% don’t go here, unless you have no tastebuds and enjoy the waiter throwing dirty silverware on you and walking away without apologizing. TWO THUMBS DOWN!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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jamess
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice place outside open air seating our waiter the best Alberto!!! We go all the time.

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vipVickiA
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice surprise. Lovely patio dining with wonderful service and delicious food. First time in a year and a half and well worth it. Very safe feeling. Thank you Vitos family

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SueC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Enrique - very friendly. Lasagna was delicious! I was hoping the caesars salad would be tossed table side. All in all - great experience!

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Badpuppydog1
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic as usual, the food, the service, the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated outside on the patio and had to wait 10 minutes before we had to chase a waiter down to take our order. The food was average but quite honestly the Olive Garden is just as good. Service was average an hour the patio was a little loud. I certainly would not recommend this for any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Clearly an institution. Very popular. Good old school vibe. Food was just not that great, in my humble opinion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible place would not recommend

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vipMichael
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Vito us a classic. The bar is magical, the food traditional Italian, and a welcome outdoor patio.

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vipNeils
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best! Great food excellent service an old school favorite of ours for the past 20 years

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Babs
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor patio was very pleasant and cool. Our service was excellent. It was a pleasant experience.

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MelitaPita
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This classic Italian restaurant has lots of character, with dark lighting ambiance and dark wood panels and fixtures harkening back to traditional times. The waiters are friendly and hustle in a professional manner, and are dressed in classic uniform. The food service was somewhat slow, but unless I'm in a hurry, I don't mind going through the bread and wine or apps while having good convo in anticipation of the fine food to be served.

This go-around, the food was mediocre. The price premium here would demand to quality meats and pastas but they did not deliver. The pasta itself was a bit underdone; not al dente, just underdone. The sauces were plain and lacked creativity, with flavors that one might get from a first-year cooking class graduate. Not bad, just plain.

I would come back if I found that my experience was for some reason an aberrancy, but I am not sure...

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vipgtaylor57
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great stuff!

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ReginaB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely environment. Wonderful attentive service. Perfect place for special occasions or just to pamper yourself.

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Mayra
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great service, great food. Would recommend.

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Gerrycc02
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere is excellent and service magnificent by attentive staff delicious food and desert the same. Beautiful decor.

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vipSusanH
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here. One of the best Caesar salads in the city. Food and drinks are all wonderful. We always feel welcome.

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vipPaul
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place , Nice staff old school vibe you can actually have a conversation with someone without yelling. All our orders were good, three starters, three main courses , drinks , Wine all good. Reasonably priced

FAQs

Vito Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Vito Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 450-4999.

Vito Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1026 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.