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“Warm welcoming atmosphere with local food prepared beautifully” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Monte Grappa

Osteria Monte Grappa
242 E Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023-2642
805-640-6767
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Ranked #6 of 80 restaurants in Ojai
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Warm welcoming atmosphere with local food prepared beautifully”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

If you went to Italy you would look for a warm relaxed atmosphere with fresh local ingredients prepared simply. That's what your get here. We got thee early so didn't have to wait. There were many families, but the tables are spread so you don't feel cramped. All the vegetables were local and many picked that day in Ojai. The fish was Pacific snapper. The bread was very good. The eggplant parmigiana was the best eve, grilled eggplant with smoked mozzarella and a nice fresh sauce. The sides included a sautéed mixed veggie, mostly chard with roasted garlic, and a polenta cake, which was bland and dry. The salad with prosciutto, spinach, apple, pear and nuts was very good. The desserts were nicely presented. The crime caramel was Italian style with gelatin, the panettone with whipped cream was excellent. A very reasonable meal.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Osteria Monte Grappa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This was the best dining experience--food and service--we had in 5 days in Ojai. Very nice ambiance without being pretentious. The food was well prepared, homemade pasta was excellent. Our waitress was wonderful, again, not pretentious but at the same time knowledgeable and professional.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Barbara, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“The wonderful italian aroma when you walk in the door is amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

We were in Ojai for the holidays and had been told by a friend that we HAD to pop in.

We had the mussels and sausage soup and squash spaghetti.
EVERYTHING was prepared to perfection. Absolute perfection.

Visited December 2012
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LA, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“new location, mediocre lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Loved the new location, but found the lunch offerings to be mediocre. Service very limited- sat on the patio and had to walk inside to find our waiter to get more salad dressing.

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Midwest
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful Ojai restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We ate at OMG our first night in Ojai. The food is fresh and very good. The staff is helpful and attentive. We had fresh mussels for an appetizer. They were very good. My husband had linguini with clams. I had the fresh fish of the day. Both were tasty and well prepared. The portions were large - maybe too large. NIce wine selection. And, like most Ojai restaurants. the effort is in the food, not in a pretentious atmosphere. Good food. Not the best in Ojai. But well worth a visit.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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