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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
Good for:
Fine Dining

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 10
    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
magnifico

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
madeleine l
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Montreal, Canada
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  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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los angeles
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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nj
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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177 reviews 177 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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

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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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Santa Monica
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