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Brunos

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1652 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
310-395-5589
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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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
Best Old School Pizzeria in Santa Monica

I work within walking distance of Brunos and my colleagues and I come here quite often. It's a wonderful, small, owner operated institution in Santa Monica. Bruno is the real deal -- old school italian from the old country that just does food the good old fashioned way -- and has been doing so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Bruno and his wife are fantastic hosts. They made my family feel like we were part of their family. The food was amazing, the house wine was great, and the service was second to none. I highly recommend Brunos to anyone looking for great Italian food,

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I work within walking distance of Brunos and my colleagues and I come here quite often. It's a wonderful, small, owner operated institution in Santa Monica. Bruno is the real deal -- old school italian from the old country that just does food the good old fashioned way -- and has been doing so for about 20 years. I grew... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

We ordered pizza and pasta from Bruno's while vacationing in Santa Monica. I relied on TripAdvisor reviews to find a good pizza place and was unfortunately misled. There was so little sauce on the pasta that I couldn't finish eating it because it was so dry. I paid extra for meat sauce and there was hardly any meat in the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It should have rating 2 for me. But I always thought a lot before giving such a bad review for any place. My sister took me to this restaurant saying they have excellent dessert menu. But everything was a disaster from the main dishes (we ordered 3, nothing really good, one dish was even undercooked) to the dessert dishes (we... More 

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Totowa, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Good meal here every time. The pizza is the best in Santa Monica and the rest of the menu is equally good. Not long on style or amenities but for sure if you like a good Italian meal you'll get one here. Seems to be family owned which is a plus when it comes to taste and quality for authentic... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Neat Italian place close to Santa Monica Pier. We got the pizza which was pretty good. We wish they had more topping options or some specialty pizza choices but what we got was still good as was the garlic bread. Service was also good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I am a New Yorker, so I know good pizza and this place has it!! definitely a must try if you haven't been here already!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Great New York style Italian food, not fine dinning more like home cooking. The place has had a make over since my last visit, new booths and some great pictures on the wall, still retains the same good old style though. Been coming here since my daughter was 12 weeks old she's now 22 yrs old and still loves it.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

First, the negative -- the service when we were there during our vacation on a Saturday night was slow. Like, glacial. Seems they were understaffed, and it seemed stressful. That said, the food was great and, since we weren't in a rush, it was not a big deal to us. But we detected other diners' frustration. I spoke to several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

While in town for the LA marathon on March 14th and 15th we ate dinner their twice. I had the chicken cacciatore one night and shrimp scampi (both served with a side of spaghetti) and cannoli for dessert (oh! la la). All the food was great, atmosphere was very comfortable and clean and the prices are reasonable. I loved our... More 

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Additional Information about Brunos

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

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  • 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, Pizza

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