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“Pretend you are in Italy on Montana Ave!”
Review of Locanda Portofino

Locanda Portofino
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Ranked #118 of 719 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: 11th Street
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Locanda Portofino is FABULOUS!!!! We sat outside and had a GREAT dinner! It is expensive but totally "worth it"! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would like to have dinner there every night!!!

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Reviewed June 21, 2014

We visited this restaurant while staying with friends in Santa Monica and really enjoyed our meal, food very good and portions not too large. The waiters are typically Italian but what else would you expect in an authentic Italian Restaurant. It was very busy with locals which means it's popular so booking would be advisable.

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Each time I eat here I wonder, am I in Italy or Santa Monica?
The outside tables on a parking lot and view of a street,
Professional wait staff that can be excellent or moody, (helps if you speak Italian)
Relaxed food service that borders on did they forget us but totally encourages conversation and a meal celebration (Opposite of lets turn this table restaurants)

It's expensive but worth the price. Locanda has been around forever because of the whole vibe as well as the outstanding food. You can imagine you're back in Italia enjoying a long meal with really, really good food. Relax, take your time and and enjoy your meal experience.

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Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Been going to this place for God knows how long! Their Calamari, Prosciutto and Burrata, Sea Urchin Pasta and Spaghetti Portofino are too die for! The waiters though might get a little moody at times- but really, dont mind them. Best Italian restaurant in town!! Or at least, right after Madeo!

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Went with GF and family for my birthday dinner, it was spectacular! My gf's brother is Italian, so he and the waiter spoke Italian... we had great wine, great service, great apps, and great mains! The the pasta's we had were "delicioso", we ended up, by design with a "tri-colore" and shared among five of us... the veal was "off the rails" good.... we really didn't order off the menu, we just did a little give and take with the waiter, and molto bene, abumdanzo, delicious things showed up. I'd recommend for about anything, a casual dinner with friends, date night, something special, a family meal... good stuff. **Thank you to Dominick, my NJ Italian neighbor for hooking us up! Enjoy, "Francisco"

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1  Thank Frank M
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