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Vincenzo Ristorante

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714 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1404
310-395-6619
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Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Our "go to" Italian restaurant

A small quite place that will shock your taste buds. Fresh, yummy ingredients are the key to the flavor. Along with the wonderful atmosphere that the owner/chef provides, you will be sure to go home more than satisfied.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Elizabethrap
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Santa Monica, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
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23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Monica, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A small quite place that will shock your taste buds. Fresh, yummy ingredients are the key to the flavor. Along with the wonderful atmosphere that the owner/chef provides, you will be sure to go home more than satisfied.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A very small and intimate italian restaurant on Montana Ave in Santa Monica. The owner, a real italian, likes to talk to all guests and tell them the specials of the day. Great pasta selection.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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128 reviews 128 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A very small obscure restaurant on Montana Ave in Santa Monica - you'd miss it if you weren't trying to find it. Chef/owner comes around to let you know what tonight's specials are. I had a thinly sliced steak with arugula in the center of the plate (served artistically) and quite good. I would definitely order it again. Tasted some... More 

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Malibu, California
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532 reviews 532 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Tabels are quite close together--not for romance or private conversations. Service was above average. Prices were reasonable for Montana. Our food was really good. We had salmon and saltimbuco specials. Bummer that the burrata appetizer was really really cold. It tasted great once it warmed up half hour later! Owner seemed unsure if he wanted to be friendly or rude.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We live in area and tried Vincenzo for the first time. Discovered it's been around for years. A nice surprise. It was a quiet evening so service was excellent, owner chatted with us a bit, not intrusive. Food was great. Will return.

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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Small place on Montana, run by a grumpy old guy. The food is fine, the prices are OK (not great, but OK), but unless you are one of the "in crowd" you do not get received as you deserve. We ate there twice, and will not return.

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Vernon Hills, IL
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Make sure to make a reservation because it is small and a little cramped. I had some of the freshest, best pasta I have had in a very long time.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

During our week long stay in Santa Monica we chose to eat here twice because the Vincenzo Ristorante is that good! Great selection of dishes, wines, authentic taste, not too heavy, with wonderful specials and a quiet lovely small town atmosphere which makes you feel at home. Located on one of the best neighborhood streets in Santa Monica, Montana Ave.,... More 

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United States
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301 reviews 301 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We have driven by here countless times and quite frankly did not realize that this was a separate restaurant. We dropped in without reservations and were seated immediately; but a table of 11 had come in before us and their order beat us to the kitchen so we had a much longer wait for food then we imagine is normal.... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

The food is totally high quality, there is no question on that, the place is really small and the owner is such a character. I come from an Italian family and found him funny but I understand that others can see him as rude. We went with kids but I wouldn't recommend Is exexpensive and hasn't kids menu

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 714 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-395-6619

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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