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$30 - $40
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Santa Monica
2.3 miles from Santa Monica State Beach
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Reviewed May 16, 2021

We had a family get together on their patio in the back and everyone in the family absolutely loved it! Service was wonderful. The atmosphere was very nice. They had a great selection of whiskies at the bar, which is always a plus for me....The food? Perfect! We ordered a very wide variety of dishes so that we could share, and each dish was more popular than the last.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 22, 2021 via mobile

Classic Italian Restaurant !!! All Dishes Are Made Fantastic !!! Really Cozy Dining Atmosphere. Great Service !

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed September 2, 2020

Share review Embed review Write an update Edit review 9/2/2020 We have been guests at Vito restaurant for many many years. I am sorry to say that I that this restaurant has lost its charm and good food. Covid-19 has another victim. Imagine they sell...you a table side Caesar salad for 22 bucks...( of course nothing can be table side in these times) and you ask them to prepare it how you like it....of course Madame. Then you get you salad as they come out with 6 others, and it is not custom made. You ask for extra dressing the way you ordered it...and they serve you a whipped dressing out of the fridge...like fast food. You ask for a wine list, by the glass and they say we do not have one...and then charge you 15 bucks for whatever it is...merlot...cab...zin..etc. Then you get the main course Carbonara pasta all filled with cream (yuck) like an Alfredo sauce...Amatriciana pasta loaded with onions...(yuck). In general the food was very mediocre. And then of course there was the arrogance of our waiter...not even qualified to be called a Server, who thinks he is doing you a favor to take your order. Hey...retire guy....and then when you go to the manager on call, JR...he was too busy on a personal call to pay attention to you. It is not like the place was busy, or the take out orders ringing the phone off the hook. Do yourself a favor, and leave this restaurant in your past, and never if you have never been there. Old school Italian, forgetting that this is a new world. Time to leave Vito to retirement. Best regards to those who have treated me well. Sorry the team can no longer live up to the standards that were so special, leaving you to look forward to the next time. Farewell Vito, and to anyone looking for a new place, this is not the place for you.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

Great Italian food and service Our go to place to celebrate for any occasion. The veal is suburb with multiple options. Homemade pastas are wonderful

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 2, 2020

Wow, the people, the atmosphere and the food are all awesome. You must order fettuccine al burino. And the deep fried mozzarella sticks and the calamari. Alberto the waiter is fantastic and made us laugh. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed December 29, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the good service in general but the main course (to follow) was a disappointment. To start we had cocktails which were excellent, then the fried calamari which was better that average but not stellar, it lacked flavor and the fried...crust was a little mushy. Caesar salad was delicious prepared at table. I ordered a veal Milanese which was so thin that the breaded part on both sides was thicker than the meat, that's not correct and the overall flavor was like old oil, no veal flavor to speak of. I was disappointed but I wasn't in the mood to complain given the holidays and they were so busy. The pasta was good, but again nothing very special. It's really too bad because this restaurant has a great atmosphere and a good authentic vibe. To be be fair I did see some other dishes being served which looked delicious so perhaps the next time we will have a better experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed August 11, 2019

This is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Small and tough to get into...but WELL worth it. Affordable, great wine list. Terrific food.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed June 18, 2019

Our dinner at Vito was wonderful from start to finish. The service was terrific with very attentive staff who brought everything in a timely manner and always paid attention to our drink levels. The food was very good - not the greatest we've ever had...but high up on the list. The pre-dinner bread looked like pita and was absolutely delicious. My kids don't usually eat everything at restaurants but both of them finished every bite of their meals. The desserts were quite good as well. It was busy on Father's Day but we never felt neglected by the staff. Excellent all around!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 7, 2019

Just celebrated a birthday and was a very nice experience. The restaurant has been around for 38 years so it has an "old school" feel. Wait staff very attentive, food was homemade and they gave us a nice Wine List too. Would definitely go for...a special occasion and I would make reservations as the place is small and crowded. Would recommend the Caesar salad and they make it fresh!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 3, 2019

Four of us went to Vito expecting great Italian dishes, but none was had. The service was poor - it took more than ten minutes to be served bread, after several requests, and we had to ask for water several times as well. My wife...ordered rack of lamb, rare, and instead was served it dry and well done. She notified the waiter, a very nice gentleman, who indicated off the record that the kitchen staff tends to overcook the meat. When she asked him why he didn't warn her, he told her he should have. We ordered the Patriota salad, radicchio and arugula, and it was tasteless even after we asked for extra balsamic dressing. My spaghetti with sauce was ordinary. Our friends ordered veal marsala and veal piccata, and the veal portions were small and sliced too thin. The room was packed, leaving us wondering whether our service and meals were an aberration or whether Vito is coasting on reputation. I'm not normally a critic and am seldom disappointed when I eat out, but our Vito experience was unpleasant.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Vito is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5