Heroic Italian

4.5
107 reviews
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Our Italian cuisine features a menu built around local sourcing of in season ingredients like Santa Barbara seafood, meats and organic produce from local California farms.

Safety precautions

Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 107 People Are Saying
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time - will definitely go back again soon!

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vipNonny
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasantly surprised by this cute wine bar/restaurant - good ambience - really good food and wine - good service - attentive - overall liked it a lot and would go back!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thank you, Nonny! We hope to see you again.

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vipDanSM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, you have to try the OMG sandwich!!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thank you, Dan! Glad you enjoyed our OMG

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every bit. The food was amazing

Heroic Italian
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thank you so much!

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vipLdef
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Incredible food. One of our favorites in SM

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great selection of wine, and you are never disappointed with the service. Its so good to be back

Heroic Italian
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you so much!

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LindsayP
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

For me a sandwich is all about the quality of the bread. I found out the owner buys his bread from BreadLounge in DTLA. It's kind of like a ciabatta roll, but he puts it through a special toaster and the crust gets so crisp it shatters when you bite into it. They have about a dozen different sandwiches, and we had two of them, the OMG and Chicken Tetrazzini, both on that wonderful bread. Now we've got to come back for dinner - they have roast suckling pig on the menu!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you, Lindsay!

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AaronD
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. I have been to Italy over forty times. Best carbonara I have ever had.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you so much, Aaron! Glad you enjoyed our carbonara.

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Brooke
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! It's my go to for lunch in Santa Monica. You can taste the quality of ingredients. The setting is stunning and the staff is pleasant. Can't wait to go back for many more lunches and try dinner!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you, Brooke! We appreciate you.

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vipLioness1
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The order came out terrible. The entrée came first. The sandwiches came out second. The appetizer came out third (which should have been first). The salad which should have been along with the entrée came out last.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Lioness1, I am so sorry to hear your service did not meet expectations. We appreciate your feedback, and will work on this in the future.

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DanF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was terrible, our food came out at random times with the entrees before the appetizers and the staff was unprofessional. Upon complaint they were quick to make excuses; we were at the restaurant for 2.5 hours with long waits between any attention, this was the worst dining experiences I've had in Santa Monica

Heroic Italian
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Dan, I am so sorry your time at Heroic did not meet expectations. We value your feedback, and will work to improve our customer experience in the future.

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EricP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was next level. The OMG was an Italian sub on steroids. The meshing of flavors was very well thought out. Service was great! Greeted and seated very quickly. Also ordered the meatball sub, equally impressive. True quality is a wonderful thing.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thank you so much, Eric! Hope to see you again soon.

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NickB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is legit!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thank you so much, Nick!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and delightful service. Very homey but elevated!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thank you so much for this review! We appreciate you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, it wasn’t super busy when we arrived and we got to choose where we want to sit. The server was very helpful and answered questions on the menu. We were able to order through her instead of via the phone.
All our dishes are super tasty! Will def come back.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hello! Thank you for your kind words, we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Was a super cute place with nice outdoor seating and fantastic food. The service was okay, I understand the tables were really spread out and it made it difficult for the servers. Either way was still a great place for a date night.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi! I am so glad you enjoyed the food, but I am sorry the service did not meet your expectations. I hope you visit us again soon so that we can correct this!

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Brian
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made a good choice and am planning to go again this coming week.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you, Brian! We look forward to seeing you again.

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HallyC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food, very reasonably priced. We went there because we liked the private outdoor setting and Covid measures. For that reason it was fantastic. Unfortunately, their outdoor dining is on a very busy street. Overall though, the staff was incredible, the food was great, and the seclusion was perfect.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you for your review, Hally! I am so glad you enjoyed your experience despite any street noise.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with my cousins and we had a great time. We were seated in one of the outdoor booths and it was very pretty and cozy. I had the tipsy tiramisu for dessert and it was very good and looks great.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hello, Thank you for your review! We appreciate you.

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LoveBC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not a great value - Bay Cities is better and cheaper

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi, LoveBC! We import all of our ingredients from Italy, which raises our prices a little. We love our neighbors, Bay Cities, and definitely recommend them for domestic deli cut sandwiches.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from start to finish. The food was fantastic. We had excellent wine chosen by our waiter. He went above and beyond to make our lunch outstanding. We were in a hurry to go look at apartments but everything was ready on time. I believe our waiter could sense we were in a hurry and gave us completely garlic bread and panettone for dessert. I would highly recommend this restaurant in all levels.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you so much for this review! I am so glad you enjoyed your time at Heroic.

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vtrfoodie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Off chance lunch. In the city, read about this spot on Instagram, decided to give it a try.
Surroundings: cool, simple and clean .
Food: very good, especially the house chips, stellar! Their signature sandwich (OMG) good. Bread was amazing, assorted deli meats good, but textures where tough. Almost felt like deli paper was left in the middle, but not. House spread really nice with a little zing! A good sandwich.
Had Raspberry Linzer Tart, served still frozen, so really hard to cut, and filling, sticky. Flavor good.
Service was great. Along with the chips, would come back and try them again.
All in all, good visit.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi vtrfoodie! Thank you for your review. I hope you revisit and try some of our other gourmet sandwiches with the house chips.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummiest food and lovely experience in outdoor booth!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you so much! Come again soon.

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vipUlfarE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food in busy outdoor covid-appropriate seating

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi UlfarE, Thank you for your review!

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AlinaH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Fresh ingredients. Menu full of choices. Comfy ambiance and European vibe. Tasty food -slight mishap with extremely overcooked fish. Thankfully had a bite of my husbands incredible sandwich to hold me over while I waited for something else. Overall yummy -will come back for sire. Loved the various canned goodies they sell behind bar-regret not buying any.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you so much, Alina! I am sorry your dish was not perfect the first time around, but we appreciate your patience and kind words. Hope to see you again soon for some of those canned goodies!

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vipTracyG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful menu, attentive staff. Really nice Saturday lunch out with the family

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi, Tracy! We so appreciate your review and I am so glad your family had a nice time.

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JacquesJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place, delicious meals, and nice ambiance. recomendable.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you, Jacques! We appreciate you.

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ToniC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I don't believe any review during COVID is a fair take on a restaurant, but the staff was very nice and the lasagna and caesar salad were great.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi, Toni! Thank you for your kind words. It has been difficult for the restaurant industry during COVID, but we really appreciate all of our customers like you!

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VERONICAG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 65th 🎂 i chose this resturant because i wanted to try something new and i love seafood and italian. My reservation was for 12:30 and due to traffic and an accident i was 30minutes late and was still able to be accomodated with smiles and a table for our group of four.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi, Veronica! Thank you for your review, I am so glad you had a great 65th birthday!

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AlbaV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall! Good food, good service, good ambience.. we really want to go back again!

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Thank you so much, Alba! We can't wait to see you again soon.

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vipTommyH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience. Laud and obnoxious people surrounded our table inside the restaurant. The rack of lamb is not a rack of lam chops. It was an overall disappointing experience!

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Ilovefood80
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was not as enjoyable as it was described to be. I wasn't impressed.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 1 May 2021

I am very sorry your expectations were not met!

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vipCindyR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The night we went was a service mess, people were vacating tables , food came out cold. Understaffed for sure. Our waitress was kind but really clueless and after our soup and eggplants both came out cold we decided to leave. We were sold on some Ciabatta artisan bread which came out as a plain loaf of bread . it was unfortunate experience as I heard the takeout was delish.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 30 April 2021

Hi, Cindy! I am so sorry you did not enjoy your meal. We have since worked on our service experience and appreciate your feedback.

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christopherp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the basics , the carbonara & Lasagna were great. Excellent service.

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Taryn
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

On what was a windy, outdoor, COVID dining experience, I think the staff was polite, the service/food was speedy, and everything was delicious. The partitions afforded privacy and the heat lamps plus individual candles at each table helped with the wind chill. Was it pricey? Yes. But we knew that going in. And was it on the noisier side? It got there- some was from street noise, but whether it was passers by or other diners drinking wine, waiting to be seated, toward the end of our experience it did get a little more energetic. As were we on our way out it wasn’t a huge deal but had we just been sitting down, the noise would’ve been a little more problematic when speaking at our table.

But overall, we all had a great time and enjoyed every sip and bite we were afforded.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 1 May 2021

Thank you for the review, Taryn! We hope you visit us again sometime now that we can offer a variety of dining options.

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vipgaryh
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The pasta was fine but the $45 steak looked like burnt horse meat and the server was a nice person but the whole place is very unprofessional. If you can’t get reservations anywhere else than this is a place of last resort and I would stick to the pastas. They have built about five nice outdoor booths and then they’ve placed about five or six tables in the street/gutter which are not a great place to eat with buses whizzing by and the tables are slanted. We were so far from the restaurant that we probably got the worst service of anybody but don’t expect much. Ordered a Caprese salad which never actually showed up at the table. Oddly expensive as well.

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WendyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open Table says they checked is in and say is which in fact never happened. We had a reservation for Valentine’s Day and there were open tables and one waitress. She ignored us as did anyone and everyone inside. We mentioned to them three times that we had a reservation, were they seating wtc. Then a group without a reservation walked up and they sat them so we walked away. Hours later we got a notice that they’d just seated us and hours after that one asking how it was. Hello. We have eaten there before and k is the food is good but we can’t review the Valentine’s Day actual dining experience because there wasn’t one.

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vipGBDRES
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food

Heroic Italian
Responded on 1 May 2021

Thank you for coming in! - Jeffrey (Owner and Executive Chef)

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Jivanto
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Phenomenal food, delectable wine pairing, and stellar service-- I look forward to returning and bringing my friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sitting in the outdoor seating and a homeless man was harassing us. The restaurant called the police but they weren’t able to remove him.

Heroic Italian
Responded on 17 November 2020

Wow - Are we now responsible for the Homless problem in California along with simply struggling to stay open?

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Heroic Italian using the Order Online button. Heroic Italian also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Heroic Italian also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 691-8278.

Heroic Italian is rated 4.5 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.