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Capo

1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3216
310-394-5550
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Ranked #40 of 561 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Pico
Transit: Big Blue Bus on Pacific and Ocean Park Blvd.
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.
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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Brisbane
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We had a late flight out and our luggage was still at the Viceroy hotel so we decided to go for a stroll and get dinner before we left for the airport. Right across the road we noticed a fairly nondescript place and made an enquiry, as we walk in we were surprised to find a intimate dining room filled... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

While visiting my daughter, granddaughter in Santa Monica, she took me there. We were promptly seated and Elliott was our server. He graciously welcomed us and took our drink orders, I prefer bourbon, however, the wine selection is amazing. He brought two samples for tasting and then shared the specials of the evening with us. We chose the grilled lobster... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I made a reservation for 2 at this restaurant based on positive mentions from the LA wine community. One glance at the online wine list showed me it has a carefully selected 1,000 positions, mostly younger, with wines ranging from domestic rose to four figure Bordeauxs and Burgundies, and a nice collection of Harlan, Screaming Eagle, Diamond Creek, Kistler, Moraga,... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Although this restaurant is on a Main Street in Santa Monica, the small sign makes it hard to find. Fortunately, it has valet parking as Ocean Blvd is very busy. It is small and intimate, although the tables are close together. We found the service to be average, but not up to what one should expect at this price. The... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This place is special. Food is delicious and special. But it's pricey so I wouldn't take kids unless you know they will behave and enjoy the fine cuisine . It's a small place so get a reservation.

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Hoboken
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Loved the pasta sampler starter - a taste of 3 different pastas. I've never seen this before and thought it was such a great idea! We shared the porterhouse steak and it was well prepared. Great taste and texture. A nice place. Celebs but not at all obnoxious. Advertising industry folks. Would recommend.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

From the moment you walk through the drapes and inside you will be most impressed. The menu is awesome from top to bottom. The wine list is most impressive but also $$$$$$$$$$. Take a wallet or 2 but you will enjoy

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Visalia, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Grilled octopus was amazing, wine was delish. Waiter was so helpful. This place is small, but the flavors are huge.

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Virginia US
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Wife's 65th birthday. Some of the best Italian food I've had here or in Italy, but don't go there for a quiet dinner. Lovely interior. Service good but not fantastic.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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181 reviews 181 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Make your reservation now. And if you want to go back-to-back nights, make them now since you will not get in otherwise. Located a block from Shutters, Capo is a tiny farmhouse restaurant that does Italian right. The secret: A little wood-burning fireplace in the back corner in which they put succulent meats, Wagyu chicken ($42 and most amazing), even... More

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