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Locanda Portofino

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€€ - €€€
Santa Monica
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1110 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1610 (11th Street)
+1 310-394-2070
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
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Scranton PA
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113 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good but well overpriced. I ordered an $18 caprese salad and it was one very small tomato sliced in 3 pieces with less than 2 ounces mozzarella total. Past was very good but again way overpriced for the approximate 1 cup of pasta you received. Good is good but don't go hungry.

Thank LoBoexp
Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like the real italian food this is a place to go. They have excellent pasta and other dishes. Not too oily. Service can be chaotic but the food and niceness compensate for it.

Thank ferrosario66
Beverly Hills, California
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200 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

I hate places that have higher prices on the bill than for the same item on the menu- in other words fraud. Pasta that should cost $14 is $22 on the menu and higher on the bill. Appetizers that should be $12-$14 are $19 on the menu and higher when they gave me the bill. On top of that the... More 

Thank james90211
Kenwood, California
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90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Loved the lively environment, the friendly "buona sera!" on entering, and the cordial, efficient service. The food, however was just so-so: Gluppy sauce on the 2 pasta dishes we ordered - like they had been sitting around. The branzino - which was supposed to have been grilled - was mushy and lying in a soupy puddle; swordfish thin and dried... More 

Thank SonomaValleyWoman
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I had the opportunity to visit the restaurant after many years in Santa Monica. I am sorry We did not go sooner. It is a small non descript place with indoor and outdoor seating. The staff is always helpful and accommodating and we had not had a bad meal yet. I think it is one of the better Italian restaurants... More 

Thank Kent B
Boston, Massachusetts
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639 reviews
430 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

It’s a quaint little spot. It feels homey. The food got mixed reviews from our party, but I thought everything was excellent. We sampled the Chicken Parm, the Truffles with White Egg Noodles, the Burrata and the Meatballs with a Pinot Noir. Everything was delicious.

Thank Kipp7272
Lincoln, Rhode Island
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357 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This was recommended by a local and what a find it was. Great wine list with multiple price points and great wine glasses. Male waiters who knew there trade.much outdoor seating and you can you can easily miss this location.. Veal was great , this is where the locals go .much better than the tourists spots .

Thank Budmanri
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The broccoli and also the pea soup was average, nothing special. The homemade pastas are not very impressive, the tomatoes and herbs do not blend very wel, we found nothing fantastic. Seafood pasta was okay but not great. The saffron risotto with seafood was also average and doughy, we have tasted much better then that. The oil they use for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

How is it possible I have not found this restaurant before? Its tucked away in a little strip mall on 11th street and Montana in Santa Monica. Its pure momma's recipes from the old country. The pasta is fresh and tastes as if it was just made and the sauces are brilliant without a touch of too much garlic, salt... More 

Thank Lew S
Los Angeles, California
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60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Restaurants may come and go but Portofino is a rock amid the fluidity in the category - a testament to the quality and service they consistently deliver at the corner of 11th and Montano, next to The Duck Blind. The dishes are fresh, flavorful and as close to what you'll find in the Italian homeland as you can imagine. If... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1110 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1610
    (11th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-394-2070

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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