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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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
Goes from 5 star to Average

This was our second time coming back to Capo -- for $640 for 3 people, we were expecting to be awe-struck, we weren't. The waitress -- was surly, pretentious and of no help in deciding what to order, which wine, dessert and so on. Every time she approached our table she got something else wrong... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
MikeLudin
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Manhattan Beach, California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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80 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Manhattan Beach, California
Top Contributor
297 reviews 297 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This was our second time coming back to Capo -- for $640 for 3 people, we were expecting to be awe-struck, we weren't. The waitress -- was surly, pretentious and of no help in deciding what to order, which wine, dessert and so on. Every time she approached our table she got something else wrong and when we were asking... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

This is a special place. Wonderful ambiance, service and scary good food. The risotto porcini is delicious, the fish and meat offerings especially on the grill are a signature delight. Desserts are likewise memorable. Try this, you'll love it.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

As a true New Yorker, the one thing I struggle with in LA is finding great, traditional style Italian food and Capo has managed to do that so well! AS many of the reviews state Capo is not a place to go on a budget but maybe more for a special day or event. If you are not paying attention... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This was the third time I have dined at Capo. While the food here is very, very good, I’ve concluded the dining selections are overpriced for what is offered. I think this is due to the size of the establishment that while near the beach does not have the advantage of an ocean view. The tables in the middle of... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Ambiance, service, wine list and last but not the least the taste offered where memorable. A definite MUST if you are in the areA

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The atmosphere is gorgeous and the servers are all on the top of their game. It's going to be difficult to find a better 5 Star eatery with a menu like CAPO, in all of Los Angeles; BUT buckle up for the expense. I need to point that out, as one must be forewarned, BUT if you are in the... More 

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Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Unique dining experience. Fabulous waitstaff, whimsical atmosphere and good food. Very pricey--so choose wisely. The wood burning oven and glass enclosed kitchen really set the atmosphere. We had lobster and Dover sole--both were uniquely plated and delicious. I asked the waiter to choose my glass of wine and he did not dissapoint. If you did want a bottle, though--they have... More 

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Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Capo came recommended to us as one of the best restaurants in St Monica and I do have to say it was just ok. On the plus side, we didn't have a reservation for our party of 2 on a busy Thursday night and still got accommodated within 20 minutes. We first had drinks at the bar, near the inside... More 

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Delaware
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The service at Capo was excellent. The food at Capo was excellent. My party had 3 of the pastas as appetizers - the white corn ravioli was a highlight. They offered to split the pastas we wanted into individual servings on one plate, which was cool. Unfortunately, they were out of the wine we wanted, so they suggested something else... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Just a short walk along Ocean Avenue south from the Santa Monica Pier is Capo, one of the best restaurants LA has to offer. Try anything, and you will like it.

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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 0 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

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