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Brunos

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1652 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
310-395-5589
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
This place offers great dine-in or take-out italian food.

I have been to Bruno's many times. Most often I drop by with my clients there after their tour. Usually for their Supreme pizza, I often buy an extra pizza to take to some of the homeless in the park near the pier. A few days ago, I walked in to order for me and my co-workers and he refused... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
TonyTobey
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Los Angeles, California
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I have been to Bruno's many times. Most often I drop by with my clients there after their tour. Usually for their Supreme pizza, I often buy an extra pizza to take to some of the homeless in the park near the pier. A few days ago, I walked in to order for me and my co-workers and he refused... More 

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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

we had dinner here last nite, based on Yelp reviews. Very small kind of hole in the wall place, were the Italian owners, husband and wife, treat everyone as their favorite customer. I had a great bowl of Minestrone soup as appetizer, which was great, fresh, and I highly recommend. Daughter had the lasagna which was also ver good. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We enjoyed two great meals as a family when we stayed in Santa Monica over six days. The waitresses were very friendly, the service efficient and our meals extremely satisfying on account of the garlic tomato-ness. :D

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San Diego, California
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3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Gave it a try. Ordered chicken and it tasted old. Had called in my order to avoid waiting and I still had to wait.

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Tulare, Ca
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We were in Santa Monica for the night and asked one of the employees of our hotel for dinner suggestions. He gave us several different options with Bruno's being one of his favorites. It was a cold, rainy night and we were freezing when we ducked into this quaint old school Italian cafe. The delicious odors when you first walk... More 

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Earby, United Kingdom
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35 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Small discreet and good food. It's like going back 30 years, old fashioned Italian food run by a couple who are warm and lovely to their customers.i had pizza 2 nights and it was delicious my husband had pasta and so did his mother,who are both Italian. Really loved it.if want good Italian old fashioned food with no frills then... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The service was good and friendly but the pizza crust was soggy and my husband did not enjoy the chicken cacciatore.

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Brisbane, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Ate there several times while staying at Santa Monica.Pasta and shrimp dishes very good as was Carbonara.Staff and host friendly.Wine list limited but good value as was house Pinot Grigio.

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Santa Monica, California
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

If one wants great Italian good that tastes like home made, visit Bruno's just south of the Santa Monica Pier. Terrific food, nice atmosphere, and great value

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Madison, Wisconsin
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60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I would have given this 5 stars except no A/C. Just fans and door open to outside. A bit warm when we first arrived for dinner. The atmosphere otherwise is nice. Cool red booths. The service was very good. The food was excellent. One of the best Caesar salads we have ever had. They have one for 2 you can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1652 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-395-5589

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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