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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: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
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  • 3
    Terrible
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
Bellisimo

They will have you speaking Italian before you leave. What a great place to stumble upon The BEST Eggplant Parmigiana I have tasted. My partner somehow managed to eat ALL of his Lasagne plus side order of Two HUGE meatballs. Might have to return for Caesar Salad, Pizza and dessert tonight... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Judi K
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129 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They will have you speaking Italian before you leave. What a great place to stumble upon The BEST Eggplant Parmigiana I have tasted. My partner somehow managed to eat ALL of his Lasagne plus side order of Two HUGE meatballs. Might have to return for Caesar Salad, Pizza and dessert tonight ???!!! Had a table that allowed us to watch... More 

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Thank Judi K
Austin, Texas
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121 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brunos is so discreet! It is a family gem in the heart of Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica about a block from The Lobster - two doors from the Segway shop. It is incredibly homey. The waitresses have been there for years and the family atmosphere socks through everything, especially the wonderful food. Don't mss it.

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Thank QuincyKid
Western Springs, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old school place/joint. Very good food. Nothing fancy. Friendly service. Short walk from Santa Monica Pier.

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Thank Jim K
Des Moines, Iowa
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wish we were in town longer because we would be back. Really enjoyed our meals. The bread was perfect. Fresh, that nice crusty crust. Nice family type business. They have a small counter up front and they also prepare meals in the front. Tables and booths in the back. Friendly place. Very reasonably priced. So nice to eat at an... More 

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Western Springs, Illinois
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our family was looking for something cozy and less expensive and we found it at Brunos. Excellent italian food. Excellent!

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Thank WSFamily050
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a small Resturant at Santa Monica beach which might not be seen. However, you will enjoy the real Italian dishes from a family who are working together. Their pizza is fabulous in which I had to order it twice. Don't miss it if you are looking for real Italian food.

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Thank Andejani
Ghent, Belgium
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

If you see the building in the street or check the price list, you would not immediately be impressed but this one was a true surprise! True and genuine Italian food, not expensive but extremely good! What a surprise! I

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Thank Niels-V-88
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We stopped in for dinner one evening and tried the pizza. Crust is medium thickness. Pizza was properly cooked and tasty. It's not the best pizza I've ever had, but I would order it again. Service was okay; no complaints. Go here for the food, not the ambience.

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Perth
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This is a very casual, relaxed, no frills restaurant and we loved it. Great meals and cheap wine that was good wine. If you want to go somewhere you can just kick back and relax this is the place. Very friendly staff too.

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Thank msjess4444
Merriam, Kansas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

My wife and I wanted pizza and someplace close to our hotel. We googled pizza and found Bruno's just down the street from our hotel and close to the Santa Monica Pier. It is a more traditional style Italian restaurant with booths and larger tables for families. It also has seating outside around the back of the restaurant which is... 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, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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