Orto Santa Monica

4.7
566 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Growing up in Italy, my family cooked at home and had the most extraordinary experiences with ingredients grown in our backyard, paired with the wines my chef/restaurateur stepfather would bring back from regions throughout Italy. I fell in love with food as a child watching my stepfather, once nominated a top chef in Italy, work in restaurant kitchens and floors. Moving to California in 1991 and subsequently to Santa Monica and experiencing the Farmers Market inspired me to start Orto - Italian for “vegetable garden” - where I meld local ingredients and organic herbs grown here at the restaurant to create traditional Italian recipes. At our bar you’ll find a cocktail list created from fresh herbs and premium spirits, and our wine list focuses on sustainable and organic producers.
You’ll often find my wife and kids in the restaurant, continuing the culinary legacy of our Italian family. We welcome you with open arms and hope you’ll join us to experience our restaurant.
Andrea Inio

Support Orto Santa Monica during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 566 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Love coming here and the outdoor patio is excellent.

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TomW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. From start to dessert, all courses were delicious!

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JoshuaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great drinks and good wine list. We loved our experience. Cant wait to come back.

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MariannaD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my husband. Get a babysitter, it's so worth it here!

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vipGr8diner
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Restaurant missing staff and should have restricted patrons.
Did not receive ordered appetizer.
Food not up to prior standards.
Staff tried their best but minimal success.
Too bad but recommend try later.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They were a bit short staffed in the kitchen on the night we were there, so the food took a while to arrive but once we got it, it was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cocktails were great, the food was pretty good, and the tiramisu was amazing, probably one of the best tiramisus I’ve ever had. The ambiance was really nice and the service was good. My only issue is that the pastas we ordered were good but not great and the portions were pretty small, therefore I think the prices for each dish were quite high. Otherwise, we had a good time here and I would definitely come again.

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Best
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Italian restaurant in Santa Monica.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend’s birthday :-) We had an amazing time!

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CharlieC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Will make it one of my go-to places.

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SimmyD
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Day reservation did not disappoint. Friends had recommended the place and we were pleasantly surprised by the care that food and service came together.

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AmyZ
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing indoor dining. Safe and cozy. Great food and service too!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was just okay, unfortunately it wasn’t anything special about it. Our first waiter, never came back to take our order for drinks or food, not quite sure what happened, but then another gentleman came and asked if we would like something to drink. The wait was pretty long. The Fritto Misto was quite salty and that was the smallest calamari I’ve ever seen. Not to mention that the waiters were keep bumping into my mom’s chair and it was quite disturbing. Overall, an okay experience.
I was also asked about the occasion for the reservation and it was my birthday, but nobody mentioned anything about it, so not quite sure why they were asking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely romantic spot for dinner. Owner came out to provide assistance with food choices for dietary restrictions.

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vipLynC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came here for our NYE Eve dinner and we sat outside. The ambiance was nice and quiet. We had about 7 people in our group and everyone enjoyed the outdoor seating. It was spaced out well and we felt safe.

The food was great, I liked that they are able to split the pasta if you asked them too. My bf and I had carbonara and lamb. Both were great, we loved the lamb a lot.

We will definitely be back, the service was great.

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vipPoppyV
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Orto. The food was outstanding! Our Carpaccio Beet Salad was artful and flavorful. For entrees, we had the Chicken Scallopini & Ravioli with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Both were some of the finest we've eaten. The service was excellent. We appreciated our servers recommendation when we asked about the pasta dishes. She did an attentive and lovely job that, combined with the delicious Italian food, made our meal memorable. We would happily return!

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OanaM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Orto on New Year's Eve and had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and they were so good to our kids!

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SanyaT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular meal with my date. Good wine selection and cocktails. The food was as expected for this level restaurant.

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SamI
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem. We loved the warm service and food. Even though it was December :) We are going back!

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JimS
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner in the outdoor section of the restaurant. Food was delicious and service very attentive.

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vipAngh
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing and we had a great time. The pace is beautiful drinks and wine were really good and the service was really good. We had a great time and it was a great experience. The bread is a must.

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HaleyS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Stopped by after taking someone to the airport on Christmas night. Glad they were open! We had a good experience. Tasty food and friendly staff.

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Dave
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Authentic Italian food. Amazing too

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viplidodiner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The doorman at the entrance on Santa Monica Blvd asked us to wait, stating no tables were available. Although we were a few minutes early, there was no where to wait other than the street. So, we went to the entrance to the roof on 5th, where the attendant there was very pleasant, accompanied us to the roof, and there was no wait since tables were available. It was our first try at Orto, we would come again. It would be nice if there were a second fish, like halibut, dover sole, or branzino, and a lamb dish, to give a larger selection particularly since we often go with a party of 8-10 and it would be easier to accommodate everyone. The salmon and the chocolate dessert were both excellent.

Orto Santa Monica
Responded on 26 December 2021

Thanks for your visit. We look forward to seeing you soon. We will have branzino today :). Too soon? Also we do serve lamb every day, maybe you missed it on the menu, nevertheless we want to thank you very much for choosing Orto. Grazie

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RosalindS
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavors. Highly recommend the mushroom appetizer.

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vipKBnJR
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Staff had a hard time keeping up with the previous course plates etc.
when you say “rare” they mean Pittsburg black and blue and unfortunately the filet was not prime.
Rare meet always tells the quality of the cut, and this filet was among the toughest I have ever had.

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vipMike
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xmas lunch, exquisite dining experience, delicious food, great service.

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Mamallama2005
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place away from it all. This is a charming rooftop spot, romantic and beautiful. The lights and decorations are lovely. The food was amazing. All the salads were fresh and inventive. The staff was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. We felt safe and had plenty of space between tables to be on our own. Ample patio heaters made the December night cozy. The waterfall was a great addition for ambiance. I would visit again for a special occasion or a fun night out with friends.

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RobertS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent overall

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening celebrating my birthday!! Ambience was beautiful, service was great and food was outstanding :)

Wonderful for a date, family night or any occasion!

JD
JesseD
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrea, the owner was very attentive to our table even on a very busy night. The chef cooked my filet mignon to perfection.

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DianaS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining in December. We are glad we are in Southern California. Plus when you find a beautiful restaurant...then it is just perfect.

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FrancescaG
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has a been a while since we have traveled to Italy. We felt like being in a piazza in Italy when we dined at this restaurant. We will back for sure!

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JeremyS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit at Orto. Rodney was great, great ambiance!

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time in Santa Monica, especially because we found this beautiful Italian restaurant. Good food and service! The beef carpaccio was outstanding.

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SylW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had a wonderful time at this Orto. Food and ambiance were top notch.

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Trina
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Orto Santa Monica was delicious! We went for a celebration dinner and the vibe was perfect - twinkly lights and a waterfall feature with outdoor dining between two sets of brick buildings created an intimate and fun atmosphere.

Drinks - we had three martinis between the two of us: Basilini, Rosmarino, and La Perla, all lived up to the hype.

Appetizer - Burrata Con Pere with pear, almonds, and honey. A fun twist on the traditional presentation.

Mains - filet mignon and shrimp ravioli. Both fabulous.

Bread - an added charge of $3, but well worth it. The olive oil for dipping was excellent.

Dessert - Cupola Dell'Orto, which is essentially vanilla gelato w strawberries under a hard chocolate shell. The server pours hot caramel sauce on top and the dessert deflates into a delicious mess.

Dinner wasn't without disappointment - we were charged for an item we didn't order (make sure you check your bill), service was cheerful but slow (no offer of refill for our coffees with dessert; long wait for our bill), and worst of all, I informed the restaurant that this was a special occaision, but no one recognized it or mentioned it in any way.

The food and the vibe are the reasons I'd return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!
Really good experience.

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vipjerryO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overcooked my veal chop even tho I asked for rare as chef thought okay, waiters English was very challenged but rest of food was great

FAQs

Orto Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Orto Santa Monica also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 433-8100.

Orto Santa Monica is rated 4.7 stars by 566 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.