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1652 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
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Ranked #57 of 565 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Mesa, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We had decided we were going to have dinner at Venice Beach but after taking in some of the sights we decided against it. We used our TripAdvisor app and came across Brunos. We very much enjoyed our meal Bruno himself was our waiter and I believe it was his wife who was also working that night. The inside is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We are from CT and have frequented Bruno's Italian Restaurant a few times over the past 7 years. EVERY time we enjoy the warm inviting atmosphere, we are never disappointed in the wonderful food served at this location. One of our favorites is the Shrimp Fra diavlo. It is the best by far from any we have tried on the... More

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Vineland, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Food was excellent! Don't let the looks of the place turn you away! Great Italian food. Gnocchi's, clams & spaghetti, chicken parm!!

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Agree on lack of ambiance but great food and very good service. Had lunch with 5 of us and all enjoyed the food.

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Totowa, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Not much on décor (inside or out) but the food is excellent. Its one waitress is very friendly and super efficient given its a one woman show to host that many tables. Surprisingly good service. Typical real Italians, hard working and know how to cook a great meal. Very reasonable prices/

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Kind of hole in the wall looking and small- maybe 10-12 tables total? But the food was excellent! We will definitely be back next time we are in town! Definitely authentic! The real deal!

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Los Angeles, California
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359 reviews 359 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

I love this place and have given it high marks in the past. It is still one of my favorite go-to Italian Restaurants on the West Side of L.A. It's just a hole-in-the-wall on Ocean Ave., just south of the Santa Monica Pier. Great little dining room with a number of plush red booths. Great service all the way around... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We were in search of some place casual and close to the Santa Monica Pier, but without the big price tag. Found a nice little Italian place called Bruno's on Ocean Ave., half a block from the Pier. Bruno himself served our group. The Amatriciana Spaghetti was great! Service was fun. Bruno kidded with us and kept things hopping. It's... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

If your after great italian food, look no further than Bruno's. Don't be turned off by the appearance of the restaurant.

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Cohasset, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Found Brunos as it was near our hotel, walked in and nobody was there...which was a concern, but it was an odd time (3 o'clock). Split a pizza with my 14 year old son, who is an expert on Pizza's. he was very pleased, as was I. A very good Pizza, at a very good price. I'd go back!

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