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Locanda Portofino

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1110 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1610 (11th Street)
310-394-2070
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent italian restaurant in Santa Monica

We had a wonderful dinner at Locanda Portofino in Santa Monica. It's real italian cuisine outside Italy! Outstanding.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Milano
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful dinner at Locanda Portofino in Santa Monica. It's real italian cuisine outside Italy! Outstanding.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We went to have dinner at Locanda Portifino with our teenage daughters. It's a nice restaurant and it seems like people dress up when they go there. It is authentic Italian food so don't expect large portions. The girls had pasta dishes with different seafood. I had lamb chops. And of course tiramisu for dessert. The food and service was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We really enjoy the food quality. I loved the vegan soup and delicious sword fish. My husband had a great buratta appetizer and steak. The wine was good. The ambiance is cute but the patio is in a parking lot on Montana. Nice place for a quiet dinner with high quality food. Has been here for as long as I... More 

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Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The restaurant is on the corner right in the middle of the Santa Monica action. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Our group of five each ordered something different, and all meals were absolutely delicious. They are known for their pastas, and deserve that reputation. The atmosphere is comfortable and quiet. Business could easily be discussed.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Very outrageously, I guess, we asked for a different noodle (the fresh one of the night) on the sauce of our choice, namely one that one of us wasn't allergic to....was this all that demanding? Apparently, according to our waiter, who refused to relay such an aberrational request to the kitchen. He seemed offended. We didn't understand. We mostly ordered... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

There are many great places to eat in Santa Monica, especially in the hot Montana area. We were staying around the corner and trying to eat somewhere new within walking distance. I do not mean that I set my sights low! This place is a traditional Italian restaurant -- the waiters and bus staff -- all men -- wearing black... More 

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LOS ANGELES
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

There are waiters who are actually Italian at Locanda Portofino. Very unusual in LA. Food is good. Wine pour of a glass of wine is generous. Service was attentive. Prices are very expensive, and pasta as a main dish is a very small serving. Keanu Reeves was there, so maybe you'll see a star.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A little hidden gem! Great service, great food and great wine. A menu that covers pretty much anything you could wsh for and daily specials explaned nicely by a waiter who looks lke George Clooney :-). Not cheap but reasonable for the quality.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a little restaurant sort of hidden away but right in the middle of Montana Avenue. It is mostly frequented by locals.Great authentic Italian food, you can't go wrong no matter what you choose. My personal favorite is the Rigatoni Melanzane. I don't really recommend this place for children as the food is quite pricey, and the portions are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This was our first visit to this tiny neighborhood restaurant. We sat on the patio overlooking Montana ave - always a good people watching venue. Waiters were amiable and prompt. I started with a lovely tangy salad of arugula and walnuts - very fresh. Chicken with mozzarella and prosciutto in a light sauce was also delicious. Finished with chocolate mousse... More 

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Additional Information about Locanda Portofino

Address: 1110 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1610
Phone Number: 310-394-2070
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1110 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1610
    (11th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-394-2070

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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

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