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Vito Restaurant

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785 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Vito Restaurant is celebrating over 40 years of delighting its customers with the best in fine Italian cuisine. As a family-owned-and-operated restaurant located in Santa Monica, California we are dedicated to providing exquisite food and impeccable service to create the perfect dining experience. Step through the front doors and begin your journey to the heart of Italy.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 785 People Are Saying
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vipRachel
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito really hit it out of the park this weekend! They set up extra area on the patio where there was social distancing and everything felt comfortable and safe. The service was excellent as usual and the kitchen put out delicious food! Can't wait to go back.

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swissmissinLA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I'm usually a bar goer and have enjoyed Vito's bar in the past. It has always been decent, never great. We experienced a dinner in the "patio" and the food was very average. My friend had the spaghetti alle vongole, or linguine and they were swimming in oil unfortunately and had no flavor. She very nicely explained that she did not enjoy her food and was told that the pasta was bland because she asked for no butter. Most of us are and were in hospitality and are very much aware that you don't need butter in Italian Cuisine to add taste, especially not a fish or seafood pasta. It's very straight forward: garlic, olive oil a touch of white wine, salt and pepper...that's your "alle vongole" condiments ;). The server did not offer to replace the dish nor offer a dolce at the end. We are not big complainers and got charged the full price. I personally just thought it was a bit rude.

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vipSusanH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are repeating customers and really enjoy the experience at Vito, however, we were disappointed at how they tried to have another party sit back to back within 3 feet of us. The waiter snidely said he would be happy to pull out details of what they are and are not required to do regarding seating to satisfy us but ultimately we had them move the other party into another room and were frustrated at their lack of concern over our feelings. Probably won’t return during this pandemic based on how they handled it.

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vipItalian
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular but this is my First time here since Covid began and I was nervous as I wanted to bring an older family member as an evening out with good food. Everything was stellar and we felt safe. Proper social distancing and the staff was careful and considerate. Don't hesitate.

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vipRico
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a wonderful feeling to return back into our dinning experience to revisit our friendly staff who are absolutely phenomenal.

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michaeld
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic classic italian . great service , great food a santa monica treasure

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our first time with Vito’s. Terrific service and tremendous food. Go!

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JamesW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always!! Fresh bread..perfect ambiance. Drinks were phenomenal. Social distancing is being taken seriously as well as measures to make sure Covid-19 does not spread!!

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Badpuppydog1
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Vito’s is a wonderful place to eat. I’m glad that they’ve reopened!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for 5 years we truly love it

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vipcloth
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was great to dine out after the "lockdown" and the restaurant attracted a lot of people which provided the atmosphere and the social distancing.

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lolly
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We've been going to Vitos for about 20 years. It used to be one of my favorites. But lately I've been very disappointed. The food is still good but the service and attention paid by management, servers, busboys etc has been awful. This latest experience was no exception. When we arrived the restaurant was half empty. Plenty of lovely booths available in the main dining room. The host brought us to a tiny cramped table in the back room which was freezing. We asked to move. He then moved us to the other back room and sat us at a table for 3 (we were 4 people)...the table literally only had 3 chairs. When we inquired about all of the wonderful empty booths in the warm main dining room he said 'oh yes, of course you can choose whichever you like'. So why weren't we given that treatment or one of those options from the start? We then sat at our table for about 30 minutes (no exaggeration) without menus, drinks or any attention paid at all. I finally asked a busboy if he could please bring us some water. The restaurant was not busy enough to be ignored the way we were. We had a lovely waiter when he finally discovered us but the initial inhospitality made for an underwhelming dining experience.

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guyw
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great like always. Thanks for the great food and service

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vipSarah
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic restaurant and service you just can't find anymore. Food and drink are excellent!!!

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vipRobbo
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a charming, Italian restaurant! Food, Service, ambiance all great! So wonderful not to be a "modern" noisy restaurant.We will definitely return! Our friends who introduced us have been goin there for years.

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vipbooboo24
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Sergio is my favorite waiter. It is a classic restaurant with consistently great food and service. You may also spot a celebrity here or there on the weekends. We did.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VITO's has stayed a consistently good old-school Italian restaurant for the 25 odd years I've been going.
The service is excellent, the cocktails are not frilly, just made as they should be. The pastas, salads, meats, and fish are all fresh, with flavor as the forte, and are consistently well prepared. The atmosphere is inviting to young adults, families, older guests and anyone who wants a good Italian meal in a comfortably elegant Italian "joint". When I tell friends about it, they mention that they've driven by many times and "wondered how it was". Well, I'd like to keep it the best kept secret to keep the crowds away, but it's too good a place not to share. Go enjoy Vito's!

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vipbooboo24
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classic Italian favorite! Consistently great food and great service. I have been here many times and have not been disappointed ever. It is great for couple, dates, families, and celebrations. Valet in the back is convenient as well. They have meat and fish lovers alike. If you haven't been, it is time!

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vipLeilaL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vito is always delightful. We went for our anniversary, and had the tableside Caesar, Spaghetti de la Casa, and Cioppino. Everything was excellent, including the service. Oh, and the cocktails are strong and delicious!

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vipHowardR
Los Angeles
455 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have frequented this restaurant for years. Love the room to the left as you enter with booths and it is not as noisy. Alberto and Robert make great Caesar salads and we shared one on this visit. We also shared a spaghetti marinara and one glass of sauvignon blanc. Service and food were very good/excellent.

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vipjeanneg
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We go to Vito's frequently. Our visit on Tuesday was not up to the standards we have come to expect.
Service was off & slow.
Our beautiful table side Ceasar Salad had so much vinegar we couldn't eat it. A huge disappointment, as that is one of our favorite reasons for going to dinner at Vito's.
Ordered special Lamb, was good
Sand Dabs were OK
Veal was tough, overcooked.
We will go back, as it is one of our neighborhood gems.
But something was clearly OFF on Tuesday evening.

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LuisM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent can’t wait ton come back with the rest of my family

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KathyM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classic Italian with great service!

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ChelseaF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual. No wonder this is my favorite restaurant in LA!

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howardg
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will return as it was better then expected and great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from North Carolina and we were LA for a family gathering. This was our 2nd visit to Vito. The food is absolutely fabulous old world Italian! The service is wonderfully attentive without being over bearing. We have been there as a party of 3 and as a party of 7. The level of service never altered away from greatness. We highly recommend this restaurant for a truly wonderful dining experience!

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JonW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent old school service...food is good but not great. The waiters will treat you well and its a very enjoyable experience. Great deals on bottles of decent wines. Be sure to sit in front room...booths and quieter.

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vipSarah
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and amazing food. Most welcoming owners ever!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

They brought out our entrees without knowing we never were served our salads or appetizers. They took them back, brought our salads and then served us our clearly reheated entrees while saying they were fresh. We keep coming here because we like the vibe and the food is very good but the service half the time is crap.
They need to tighten up their staff.

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robertk
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at a traditional Italian restaurant...great service, generous menu and delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was perfection excellent customer service and the food is quality thank you Noella Baci

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vipWendie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Old School Italian. Food was fine but nothing stood out. Somewhat lacking in overall flavor. Ambiance is very dated. Service is old school which is a good thing in LA! Very attentive.