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Sor Tino Restaurant - 25 Reviews - 908 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (310) 442-8466

Sor Tino Restaurant

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908 S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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(310) 442-8466
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Sor Tino Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
Sor Tino Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
Sor Tino Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
Sor Tino Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
Sor Tino Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
Sor Tino Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA

Reviews

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Best

If you want authentic Italian food at reasonable prices and world class service, this is the place to go! Be sure to ask for Yuri and sit in his section. He has excellent knowled...

Worst

Service is fine; a bit overplayed with the authentic ? Italian waiters, some of whom lack sophistication, struggle in communicating the specials, and aren't attentive to the littl...

What a treat!!! 1/3/2011

If you want authentic Italian food at reasonable prices and world class service, this is the place to go! Be sure to ask for Yuri and sit in his section. He has excellent knowledge of the menu and wine pairings. A truly wonderful dining experience! more

BEST LASAGNA EVER 12/15/2009

This place was very charming. The service was great and we felt very cozy. We found this place by accident when another Italian restaurants website showed they were opened on Sunday for lunch but were not. We are so glad because I will never forget the lasagna. It was different than any other and it just melted in my mouth. It is only served on Sundays so keep that in mind. You won't be disappointed. Pros: Lasagna more

Uneven product for the price in the present economy 8/16/2009

Service is fine; a bit overplayed with the authentic ? Italian waiters, some of whom lack sophistication, struggle in communicating the specials, and aren't attentive to the little service items; Food presentation is excellent, and appetizers are tasty; main course pastas are solid, some are very good; Meat dishes as entrees are well presented but lack finish - careful prep and seasoning for flavour enhancement are missed on some items; instead extra grilling is substituted; Major issue - for the price, Pizzacoto down the street does its fish and meat entrees and its grilled salads equally or better at 15-20% lower entree price; Same problem with wine list; for a comfortable but not fashionable location in a little store front on Barrington, Sor Tino should have better pricing on wine list to engage its customers in a tough economic environment -even Brentwood diners are sensitive to value proposition; Have only tried restaurant twice - with so many good Italian choices on the west side, tough to commit to go back, although maitre'd, probably an owner, is charming and creates very convivial atmosphere that makes the dining experience pleasant Pros: Appetizers and pastas Cons: pricing, lack of flavour in main course meat and fish more

fresh pasta but something amiss 7/30/2008

located in brentwood, this unassuming casual-elegant italian restaurant has a very cozy, comfortable... more

fresh pasta but something amiss 7/30/2008

Soo Provided by Partner
located in brentwood, this unassuming casual-elegant italian restaurant has a very cozy, comfortable enclosed patio (in addition to inside dining) ... more

Good pasta, but a bit pricey 7/14/2008

Well, maybe it's not pricey considering the neighborhood, but it's a bit more than I'm used to paying for... more

Good pasta, but a bit pricey 7/14/2008

Justin Provided by Partner
Well, maybe it's not pricey considering the neighborhood, but it's a bit more than I'm used to paying for pasta. Nevertheless, the pasta was defin... more

Very charming and great food 4/8/2008

Our neighbors suggested we try Sor Tino and said it was one of their favorite restaurants. I have to say that they were so friendly and warm. They speak Italian, which was a good sign and I believe it is family-run. Our server and another server joked and chatted with us as if they had known us for a while. It was really nice. It was a very charming and cozy atmosphere. My boyfriend got a seafood ravioli (home made with sea bass filling and crab sauce) and I got the gnocchi (at the recommendation of the server). They were both really good; we liked his better!! Actually, his was amazing! They unfortunately gave my boyfriend the wrong ravioli dish at first. The manager came over a little while later with the right dish. It was not a big problem although we were surprised that they didn't offer to compensate somehow for the mistake; maybe just a glass of wine as a gesture. Regardless, we had a really nice evening on the patio (under a heat lamp!). I walked by just the other night and the place was very crowded; they seem to do a good business. We would definitely go back. more

Consistently great restaurant that I love 3/25/2008

It's been a while since anyone reviewed Sor Tino and I felt compelled to finally register for CitySearch to share my opinion. To me, this is one of the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy. \r \r My family is Italian and almost every time we get together for dinner we choose a cozy Italian restaurant to share an evening together. The thing about being Italian is that I've had the pleasure of enjoying some unbelievably good home-cooked meals from my grandmother throughout my life. Great home made pasta sauce, lasagna, cioppino, bragiola, risotto, etc...\r \r Unfortunately, this privilege comes with a price as nearly every Italian restaurant leaves me comparing taste with my grandmother's cooking; ultimately leaving me with a disappointing comparison. And then I was introduced to Sor Tino by some friends that moved to LA several years ago from New York City.\r \r Since that time I've eaten at Sor Tino at least 30 times and have never once been disappointed by the food, service, or experience. I almost never call in advance for reservations and am always greeted with Italian politeness and grace and never wait more than a few minutes for a table.\r \r The food is consistently outstanding... my favorite dish (hands down) is the Risotto Pescatora. It's absolutely outstanding. Their pizzas are fantastic as well and for starters I love the Insalata Carciofi, with shaved parmigiana, artichoke hearts, and hearts of palm.\r \r Sure I like to wine and dine at some of the best places (Mastros, Sasabune, Sushi Roku, The Wilshire, etc...) but there's nothing like having a ""sure thing"" always in your back pocket with a wonderful atmosphere, charming experience, and delightful food.\r \r Part of me almost doesn't want to share this opinion publicly since the reviews of Sor Tino on Citysearch are kind of mixed and unjust... but they deserve a true appraisal of their quality.\r \r So there you have it... enjoy Pros: Easy to enjoy, friendly, outstanding signature dishes, classy Cons: Nothing for me.. more

Pizza Great, Fish specials worth it, Cannolis ask for it.. 12/28/2007

The pizzas are really thin and Neapolitan style. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. Ask for the cannolis for dessert, they have them very rarely, but they are so wonderful and creamy, I figure, If many of us request them they will start making them more often... They told us that if we call in advance, days in advance, they will have them ready for us.. They are that good that we should be preparing our sweet-tooth days in advance. They are like a visit to Sicily, worth planning for. more

Highly Recommended for Innovative, Delicious Italian Dishes - TRY THE SPECIALS! 7/22/2007

A great casual Italian place on San Vicente's Restaurant Row, Sor Tino serves authentic Florentine cuisine. The specials are usually quite good and different -- they did a nice rabbit dish for a while, and the risotto of the day is most always excellent. The pastas are fantastic and creative: the parpadelle with wild boar sauce (hearty, stew-like) is excellent, as are the gnocchi (very lite and fluffy, served in a light mozzarella tomato sauce). I also enjoy the sea bass-filled ravioli served with a spicy crab arrabiata sauce. Pizzas are thin and crispy. Also, try the carciofi salad -- shaved parmesan with sliced artichoke hearts in a light, lemon vinaigrette. Quite yummy. Desserts are fresh and delicious -- try the creamy (with appropriately balanced bitterness) tiramisu. They have an enclosed patio-area with heat lamps -- just perfect for enjoying a nice meal, a good bottle of wine, and a cup of coffee on a Westside summer evening. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and helpful, as are the managers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Pros: Creative Dishes, Consistent Quality, Outdoor Patio, Welcoming Atmosphere more

Authentic, fabulous! 2/26/2007

On our 1st visit, we had the most fantastic waiter - who was friendly & professional. We told him it was our first time there, and he guided us through his favorites. We shared a pizza, and then had the wild boar pasta and the veal pasta. Both were truly wonderful - but we fought over the boar pasta! And the wine list is great! I love, love, love Vietti wines - and they have them! Best Barbera d'Asti you can get at a restaurant for $36. We feel we got much more than we paid for!\r \r Brava Sor Tino! Pros: More than get what you pay for more

Great ambiance 2/14/2007

My boyfriend and I go here every week. We love sitting outside because it reminds us of a cozy European cafe. They have a great selection of wines...fantastic specials...great healthy and comfort food options. The service is phenomenal. If you want a personable waitstaff then you have it here...if you want to be left alone then look no further. They are accommodating to all personalities and taste buds. \r \r Pros: Specials every night--options for all tastebuds--outdoor/indoor setting--Service more

Excellent service and food at a fair price. 7/31/2006

Very nice people, most them italians, excellent desserts, good pizza from wood burning oven.\r Pricelist fair for the food. more

Food Average, SERVICE THE WORST 7/28/2006

As I arrive to the restaurant it was nearly empty except one couple that was sitting outside. I have a smile on my face, and I'm ready to enjoy a good italian meal...my mistake that I choice Sor Tino. The overdressed host was rude, and very short with me, and I had arrived with a huge smile on my face. So I was a bit confused. I tend to be overly gracious when I go to restaurants because I understand the service industry can be tough. So I say please and thank you, constantly. So you can see why I was a bit confused on the waiters constant rudeness every time he came to my table. I immediately tell the server, that I love to eat, and I will be ordering a starter and an entree. They bring out the Seafood soup which was really bland for an Italian restaurant, even though the fish seemed to be semi fresh. As I finish my soup, the server asked me if he can get me anything else. I said yes, my entree. He walks away in a huff, as I over hear him at the next table, he also brought out the wrong entrees for them as well. Mind you there are less than 10 people at the restaurant. The server had a horrible attitude, and I will never go back there. I don't recommend this place, unless you want to wait around for 20 minutes for someone to even approach your table. Pros: The bus boys were very polite there. Cons: Service, Management, food more

Decent food, TERRIBLE SERVICE 7/16/2006

The food was slightly overpriced for what is was, authentic but uninspired standard Italian fare. Everyone dining in my general area, including myself, had to speak with the manager at least once during the time I was there because the service was so poor. An apetizer I ordered never came, then after our entrees arrived I had to argue with the waiter about removing it from my bill. There are 4 other better Italian restaurants in Brentwood that you can visit instead. Pros: Nice ambience Cons: Awful service, average food/value more

La dolce vita in Brentwood 1/6/2006

Sor Tino is one of the best italian restaurants in LA. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. The more surprised I am to see negative reviews critizizing the food, the service and the even the wine. Regarding the wine I can say for sure that there was no reason for complaint: Crystals at the bottom of a bottle of wine are tartrate crystals formed as part of the aging process and are usually a sign that the wine is of good quality. As to the food I can only repeat that it is as it should be: full of flavour and prepared with good quality ingredients, thus the higher price. Yes, quality has its price. more

Jewel of Brentwood 11/2/2005

You can not go wrong with this great find in Brentwood. This jewel gives Giorgio Baldi's and Via Veneto a run for their money! more

Real Italian Food! 10/31/2005

The Food is good! The service is welcoming and Italian. I have been there several times, and will probably go there again. The food is good, a little bit over priced though! Wine list is OK too, but no matter what you pick, the waiter suggests a more expensive one!! Pros: Good Food, Convinient Location, Good Service Cons: Litlle Overpriced, Closed early more

User review by charmbracelet 7/30/2005

been there twice. both times i enjoyed the food and service. i tried their pasta, tasty and fresh. more
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Editorial

  • Chef Agostino Sciandri of Ago fame is at the helm of this cozy Brentwood find next to Compartes Chocolatier. The restaurant's name, short for "Senor Tino," Sciandri's nickname, serves variations of...

  • 8/17/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Thu: 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun: 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    West Los Angeles, West LA
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