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Capo

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1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3216 (Pico)
Big Blue Bus on Pacific and Ocean Park Blvd.
310-394-5550
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Capo faire, a modern Italian style cuisine, offers a rustic yet elegant...
Capo faire, a modern Italian style cuisine, offers a rustic yet elegant dining room with high-beamed ceilings, flickering candles and a brightly burning corner fireplace. Capo has an extensive wine list of over 130 bottles as well as a full bar.
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  • 57
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Culinary highlight of our trip to Santa Monica

You could easily walk past this gem, it is very understated on the,outside. Inside is a smallish finish area with unusual and sometimes quirky art works with a well designed bar area stocked high with different wines plus fire with wood fired oven. Sophisticated yet cosy. Service was impeccable on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Deena63
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

You could easily walk past this gem, it is very understated on the,outside. Inside is a smallish finish area with unusual and sometimes quirky art works with a well designed bar area stocked high with different wines plus fire with wood fired oven. Sophisticated yet cosy. Service was impeccable on both our visits. Wine list is unbelievably long with outstanding... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Capo was on my list as a "fine dining" experience". We arrived for a 6:15 reservation and were promptly seated. My first observation was the openness of the floor plan and the eclectic yet well curated art. Our service was professional/consistent throughout the evening. Details count: as in an amazing bread basket full of homemade specialties. Their thin, crispy rosemary... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We've had several marvelous dinners here and decided to take a very important client who was visiting with his wife. We were warmly greeted and told there was a short wait. The host asked if we wanted to sit near the fire, as the bar was full. I also noticed every table was booked--obviously a busy night. We fully understood... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Very lousy attitude at their desk. Pushy and rude, weird rules about how long you can sit at a table and this after you have spent hundreds of $$$ on their food!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This was my second time there. the calamari appetizer is excellent and the beef rigatoni pasta was amazing! Would go again but be prepared to spend a lot. Corkage fee was 50.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

An intimate restaurant that seems to be a place for the people in the know (yes, we saw celebrities)it has a charming atmosphere. The truffle ravioli was the "best I have ever eaten", my veal scaloppine was prepared to perfection. This restaurant is small so reservations in advance might be a gapped idea.

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East Coast, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

While the food is excellent - tippy top notch, the service is what sets it apart. Flawless. Attentive, but not overly so; thoughtful, but not fawning. The dining room is warm and cozy, and the menu is fairly traditional Italian. We had an exceptional meal - spit roasted chicken, farmer's salad, apple tart and chocolate volcano. Breads are very good... More 

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Capo is a relatively small restaurant offering food well prepared and well presented. My only negative comment concerns the way that waiters describe the dishes on the menu. Too much enphasis on describing how the food preparation and cooking..... . That may appeal to some customers but to me it seemed too syrupy...a bit like a lesson to kindergarten children.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The only thing good is a nice dining room. The food was horrible. We started with appetizers. The sweet corn ravioli with white truffles was average. It used to be much better. The raviolis were very doughy. The sweet corn wasn't very sweet and the truffles tasted like they were just out the freezer. The salads were so salty it... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Beautiful restaurant near three expensive hotels. They must to grease the concierges because the place th place is always busy in spite of rude staff and overpriced food. A true tourist trap !

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Additional Information about Capo

Address: 1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3216
Phone Number: 310-394-5550
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 80
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3216
    (Pico)
  • Public Transportation: Big Blue Bus on Pacific and Ocean Park Blvd.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-394-5550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 80
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Capo faire, a modern Italian style cuisine, offers a rustic yet elegant dining room with high-beamed ceilings, flickering candles and a brightly burning corner fireplace. Capo has an extensive wine list of over 130 bottles as well as a full bar.
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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