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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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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Too notch

Being from an area with good food I was skeptical about eating Italian. Went with family based on a friends recommendation. Glad I listen. Food was outstanding. Will repeat. Fish was fresh. Pasta was very tasteful. Go if in the area. You won't be disappointed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
Mike G
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nj
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
nj
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Being from an area with good food I was skeptical about eating Italian. Went with family based on a friends recommendation. Glad I listen. Food was outstanding. Will repeat. Fish was fresh. Pasta was very tasteful. Go if in the area. You won't be disappointed.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Don't be put off by the mini-mall exterior for it betrays a warm and inviting restaurant with great ambiance, superior service (no actors in this bunch) and best of all fantastic Italian food. It has been our go-to restaurant for the past 18 years - we know we will always be welcomed warmly and made to feel as though we... More 

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Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Yes, this restaurant is small, but it is absolutely delightful. We sat outside on the patio, which was lovely. The veal dishes are fantastic, as was the meatball appetizer. The wine list is quite extensive as well. We loved it!

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Sydney
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The pasta, oh the pasta! Such a delicious meal from one of the best known restaurants in Santa Monica. Go with a group of friends and try everything - you won't be disappointed.

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Santa Monica, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Charming neighborhood spot with consistent excellent dishes. You can never go wrong with the Bolognese or the specials. Excellent, deep wine list. Attentive service to boot. We frequent this place with friends and family. And our six-year-old loves the place and the staff always makes everyone feel welcome - it's a perfect place for elegant couples dining or dinner with... More 

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Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a small restaurant so tables are a little tight. However, the food is great, so it's worth the crowding. The staff is always friendly and will recommend their best dishes. Even my finicky daughter likes it.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We just moved to the neighborhood, and were hoping to find our new neighborhood place. Instead we want to find a new neighborhood. It's not that the food is bad. It's not. It's more that the entire experience was more akin to abuse than dining. They wanted us out, they slapped the food down as if it were a long... More 

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bangkok
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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is the top and more. I didn't expect to eat so well italian food in LA/Santa Monica. It was a big and so nice surprise. From the beginning to the dessert, every single plate was amazing. I highly recommend to both italian and local people that really want to enjoy real italian food, in a very nice and authentic... More 

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Wellington
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107 reviews 107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had to go to Santa Monica as we enjoyed it so much and this restaurant was another must visit. We were not disappointed with the food again, and sitting near the pavement was just wonderful. The service was quick and just like Rome,no conversation. The risotto and pasta dishes were delicious and well worth the five year wait. Wine... More 

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Houston, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Locanda Portofino is FABULOUS!!!! We sat outside and had a GREAT dinner! It is expensive but totally "worth it"! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would like to have dinner there every night!!!

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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

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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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