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Vito Restaurant

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2807 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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(310) 450-4999
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Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA
Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA
Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA
Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA
Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA
Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA
Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA
Vito Restaurant - Santa Monica, CA

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The is a restaurant that has been around for many years. One has the feeling that the godfather of Santa Monica eats here every night (if there were such a thing). The atmospher...


Editorial review from GrubHub 10/7/2013

Best Italian food I've had outside of Italy. The owners are authentic Italian men from the old country that know what they're doing. Every time I walk into the dark establishment I feel like an elicit meeting between "business men" is going on in the back room. A true hidden gem for locals, the Bolognese tastes homemade and the Ceasar salad is the best I've ever had. It's made with absolutely delicious housemade dressing and croutons. I would eat here everyday if I could afford it! more

Absolutely the best! 11/8/2010

Vito's is simply my favorite restaurant in LA! I stumbled upon this Italian restaurant about 2 years ago when I moved to LA, and I haven't found a better Italian place yet. Two things make Vito's the best: 1) The food is incredible. I highly suggest giving some menu items a try that you normally wouldn't. Vito's is one of those places where you can fall in love with a dish (baked Rigatoni!), and never want to order anything else. Make sure you do though! You won't be disappointed. 2) Atmosphere. I can't stand loud restaurants that bring the noise of the kitchen into the dining area. Vito's is not like that- its quiet enough for a romantic night, and laid back enough for a dinner with friends. Can't say much more, it's one of my favorite restaurants! more

Not A Party 8/3/2008

I hosted a party for a small group of friends and I have to say the food was mediocre and the service was\r on the poor side. I ordered the fish, sand dabs and it was so over salty I could barely eat it. Also the pasta was over done. Another negative... the bathroom was not clean. yuck more

Lunch is outstanding! 6/17/2008

I used to work across the street and often visited Vito's for lunch. They also have a fun Happy Hour which I frequented with friends. This is an old school Italian place. The owner is Italian, and takes pride on the food an service provided. On a couple of unusual evenings, most of the guests looked like they were out of an episode of the Sopranos. I won't say any more about that except that if the food was good enough for them, well then its good enough for me. I've never been disappointed with their food, and recommend their salads. There valet is a little pricey and limited; however, I've always found parking across the street without any problem. The bar staff is very accommodating and friendly. The waiters are professional and offer timely service, but are a little aloof. But if you don't want to deal with any of it, then just place an oder for pick up. They also offer a discount card that can be used on the entire bill! Pros: The food Cons: The valet more

BEST Italian food in town! 3/17/2008

Very traditional and old fashioned Italian restaurant. I loved the romantic ambiance. The food is absolutely delicious and they have a really extensive wine list. I go there at least twice a month! I?d highly recommend it, but make sure to make reservations! Pros: Food, Ambiance Cons: nothing more

amazing - amazing - amazing 9/7/2007

great food, great value (get the 30% off card), great everything. Friendly staff, wide selection, easy valet parking, good wine selection. Old school ambience. Great-great-great Pros: nothing Cons: everything more

My favorite Italian in L.A! 11/9/2006

Never had a bad meal here. I celebrate every special occasion here in a comfortable booth and/or had many a plate of pasta and vino at the bar watching Laker games with the bartender ! The staff is the best-totally old school and being a VIP yields amazing deals. Try the chicken a limone, the daily fish specials and the veal piccatta. Start with the capriciossa salad or the made-at-your table caesar. ALL of their desserts are heavenly and they have amazing deals on the Italian and California bottles and 1/2 bottles on the front page of the wine menu/book. LOVE Vito and the waiters. Pros: service, food, atmosphere, reservations accepted, best bread ever Cons: limited street parking, can be a long wait if no reservations more

Funny staff and good to great food! 11/5/2006

Vito's is what you get when you cross a stereotypical snobby high-end restaurant with Americanized Italian. It's much more fun than that. Our waiter was a riot, yelling at the other waiters and clapping his hands together like you see in 1940s movies. The food has been a tad inconsistent from the several times I've been here. The Spagetti Della Casa is too rich; overpowering and so thick that it tastes almost bland. It's good for dipping bread into it though. The penne arribiata was decent but when I asked for chicken to be added onto it, I didn't get very much. Maybe next time I'll ask for more and pay the difference. Either way, you're definitely paying more for the atmosphere than the food. The valet is expensive and there's little in the way of street parking. Sometimes the host can be a bit rude, forcing you to sit at the bar even if you have reservations. Pros: terrific staff! Cons: americanized italian more

Excellent heart Italian 11/3/2006

I've been here probably 5 times, each time with a largish group, and never been disappointed with anything. The pastas are very flavorful and inventive. My favorite is the mixed seafood house specialty. They have this amazing appetizer, I think it's called posillipo, that's calimari served in a very unique way: not friend, and in an amazing tomato sauce. It's almost like a room temperature soup. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. They also serve really tasty bread while you wait, you end up eating so much you think you won't have room for your entrees but the food is so delicious you make room. The atmosphere is kitchy fun: feels like you stepped into an 1970s movie. The waiters are all characters, most of them with Italian accents, very curt and business like with a sense of humor underneath, and you can tell they know a lot about the food they're serving. There's a small parking lot in the back. more

Best Lasagna in LA plus friendly service 7/3/2006

Everything Ive had at Vito's has been extraordinary. My favorite is the lasagna as the sauce is the perfect color and texture, not to mention taste. Another plus is Vito's believes in quality not quantity. Unlike most Italian food restaurants they don't give you a massive sized dish, but enough for one person to be satisfied. The focus seems to be on the quality of the ingredients instead of how much food they can stuff on one plate.\r \r The service is always great and Vito will typically greet you himself and make sure your dinning experience is everything you want it to be.\r \r Bar is great and has many regulars to create a neighborhood like experience. \r \r Full marks to Vito and his staff. Pros: Food, Service, and neighborhood feel more

not very welcoming 3/30/2006

My son and I went there this (Thursday) evening at about 6pm. There were 3 tables occupied, the rest were empty. They showed us to a corner table, I asked if we could sit in a booth and the owner said they were all reserved. The back part was completely empty.I asked about those tables and he walked away. The waiters wanted to know why he hadn't seated us. We ate at The Counter and looked in on our way out at 7pm...the booths were still all empty. I have never before been treated this rudely. more

Excellent Italian in Los Angeles! 6/10/2005

Just tried it for the first time, and they sent me a 30% discount VIP card. That's customer service for you. The shrimp appetizer was a delicious dish that tasted exactly like a dish my Italian immigrant friends in NYC make at home. The Lasagna was the best I've had in Los Angeles. Good wine selection. Small romantic atmosphere. Classy. Very very nice for Los Angeles, and that's coming from a native New Yorker who KNOWS good Italian. Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service more

Incredible Food, Wonderful Atmosphere 6/3/2005

Vito is one of those rare restaurants where absolutely everything is in order - the food is delicious, the atmosphere perfect, the service impeccable, and the prices not astronomical. This place is a favorite with many of its patrons and with good reason. With its dim lighting, lush furnishings, and tux-appointed waiters who've been there forever, Vito envelopes you in old-world Italian charm. I've seen all types of patrons there, from familes to parties to couples young and old. And you can't beat their 30% Off VIP card! Pros: Delicious Food, Killer Caesar Salad, Great Service more

Best Italian in Los Angeles 10/18/2003

My boyfriend will request no other restaurant but Vito's. We have been going there for years and everyone we take is impressed. Not only are they impressed but it becomes one of their favorite places to eat! The waiters are ALWAYS the same...and are very attentive. I have had nothing but excellent service here and the food is just as excellent. The pasta is fresh...the caesar salad is made right at your table...and the wine list is a book of selections. I highley recommend this restaurant to all. more

Slipping in Service 8/15/2003

The is a restaurant that has been around for many years. One has the feeling that the godfather of Santa Monica eats here every night (if there were such a thing). The atmosphere is lovely. The food is more than ""average"", but the service is very lack-luster. My last visit (and I mean my last visit), I was not asked if I wanted wine, I was not asked if I wanted a second drink before the salad was brought. I had a very rushed feeling, and there seemed to be no reason for the ""rush"" as the place was half empty. The restaurant lost a lot of money, and the waiter lost a lot of tip...almost all; i.e. he got a dollar. That is bad! Pros: Food, atmosphere, parking Cons: service, service, service more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Old-school Italian restaurants are all about making patrons feel at home and Vito is no exception. Three dining areas are appointed in soothing muted mauves and tans, with fresh...

  • 12/18/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Monday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Tuesday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Wednesday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Thursday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Friday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Visa, Diner's Club, American Express, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Sunpark, West LA

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