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Santa Monica
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1652 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Newcastle, Australia
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very impressed with the food and service at Bruno's. I had the Gnocchi and loved it. My husband said his pizza was great and my son devoured his lasagne! Service was friendly and fast without making you feel rushed. Good prices for the area.

Thank Lynda_e_Miller
Ridgeway, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After searching TripAdvisor,we saw good reviews for Brunos and we were not disappointed! Casual dining,good value and the food was great. Had chicken parm and spaghetti, served by Bruno himself. Service was excellent, staff was friendly and nice atmosphere. It's a short walk to the pier and worth every step!

Thank Jeff M
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant after spending the day in Santa Monica and we were not disappointed. The food was up there with the best food we had on our trip. My boyfriend loved the pizza and my spaghetti bolognese was very authentic Italian unlike other American Italian restaurants where the Marinara sauce is laced in sugar. Also ordered wine... More 

Thank Stephanie C
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely fantastic pizza! Great and friendly service, nice family run restaurant, just off the main shopping streets

Thank Joern S
Boston, Massachusetts
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636 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place reminds me of that one family restaurant you always went with your parents. It was close, not that nice inside, it was locally owned, the people were friendly and the food was pretty okay. That’s this place. Everything was pretty good. Nothing was awesome, but everything was pretty good. Highlights: Pizza with everything, the Chicken Parm, and the... More 

Thank Kipp7272
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a find. Truly a mom & pop operation (Bruno & his wife) But what an operation! Don't be fooled by the outside appearance. The food top notch. The antipasti appetizer for one is enough for two and super. Best pizza we've had in a long time.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Don't let the location fool you! Doesn't look like much from the street or even once inside but the food is amazing. Seating is limited but depending on your seat, you can watch the chef prepare your meal. Portions are large and enough to share! The Caesar salad was tasty with lots of garlic! Pizza has a thinner crust and... More 

Thank Pam J
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Brunos is a small restaurant just a couple of minutes walk from the Santa Monica Pier. This hidden gem may not look great from the outside, but don't let the looks fool you! Brunos is a welcoming restaurant which offers spectacular food. It is only a small restaurant but with a few diners in the restaurant the atmosphere is descent.... More 

Thank Barnaby G
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Brunos...old school food..old school service..old school ...great great great..go there..say hi to Bruno and savor the great taste...say hello to Bruno, his wife and watriss America.

Thank santamonica17
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Busy, noisy, unassuming Italian restaurant in a prime position on Ocean Ave. Has a family run feel to it. The staff are friendly, pizzas delicious and pasta good. As four hungry adults we had the large antipasto, followed by a large pizza and one pasta dish to share. This was plenty and really very nice.

Thank Simon C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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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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