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About C&O Trattoria
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Self-proclaimed as the happiest place on Earth, C&O Trattoria offers Italian cuisine with a rich atmosphere and unique décor. The restaurant prides itself on its unique ability to stand out in a city known for exclusive and unique venues. C&O Trattoria's honor roll wine costs just $5.95 a glass, and patrons are free to serve themselves. In the cool winter months, guests can still enjoy breakfast on the heated patio during the weekends.
C&O Trattoria's claims no one can eat just one of its famed killer garlic rolls. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm.
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm.
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 1:45pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nightly Sing Alongs
Please go to www.cotrattoria.com to review our catering menu and our in-house family style party packages for groups of 15 or more.
You may also contact our catering manager at:
Street, Parking Lot & Valet Parking after 6:00pm
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
This place remembers that customers come first. The food is good solid Italiano but the service from host to bar to wait staff is fabulous and not often encountered here in LA. Perfect place to begin or end a walking tour of the Venice canals around the holidays.
Great food, BOUNTIFUL portions, friendly staff. Love eating on the outdoor piazza. Feels like you're in Italy. And OH THOSE GARLIC ROLLS; they keep refilling them food you!
Then around 8P, the singalong starts. The whole restaurant is filled with the sound of Dean Martin singing, "Amore." The entire staff begins singing and toasting the customers. What fun!
From food, to portions, to ambience to fun, the C&O hits a home run; especially for a special occasion or entertaining out of town guests. I had my 50th birthday party on the piazza with about 75 guests back in 2002 and it's as good now as it was back then!
As soon as my party showed up, we instantly received a negative attitude from the host and were told to go to the other hostess on the patio side of the restaurant. We went to the patio and asked if we could sit inside so she walked us over to the host so that we were able to get a table. The host somewhat apologized but then stared us down the whole evening which made it a bit uncomfortable. The food was good but when we were ready to pay the bill, the waitress told us that she couldn't split up the bill and that we needed to do the math before she can process the payments. It's been years since we've been here and I don't recall ever having any issues. We don't think we'll be back.
The food is always great, and the complimentary garlic rolls are addictive. The generously sized portions mean you will likely take a "to go" container. If you're feeling generous when you leave, take note that a common occurrence in the Venice Beach area is to leave your "to go" food with the less fortunate who are a short walk away. Go to C & O's!
Food was great! However, it seems like portions have become smaller. We got the Pappardelle Pasta with Boneless Beef Short Ribs. Also, garlic knots didn't come around as often as I remember. The garlic knots are the reason to go to C&O! I will try again, I'm hoping the experience will be better.
The free garlic rolls are soooo delicious! My entrée was one of the specials of the evening, pasta with seafood, but it was just so-so, kinda bland. Wine was good, ambience was good. Service ok. I want to go back to give it another chance and order something else.
C&O has always been a good restaurant for fairly good food. Service is spotty, sometimes great, usually pretty good. Everyone in our group seemed pleased with their food, although we all agreed C&O used to be a better restaurant. My pasta was over cooked. I didn't tell our waiter since he never really came back to our table.
We have been coming here since back in the mid-90s when we lived on the Westside. It was my wife's birthday and wanted a special dinner so we drove their from the San Fernando Valley. It is not special in the way that it is elegant, because it is plastic chairs and plastic tables. It is special in that it is AMAZINGLY GREAT food, wonderful waiters/waitresses, and has just a wonderfully fun vibe! It just makes you smile. The only way I can sum it up is that it exudes happiness and fills your stomach with wonderfully great dishes!
This was my third time at the C&O Tratorria. I had invited two friends who had never been there before and I was excited for them to have the experience of good food, good service in a fun and friendly atomosphere. Unfortunately, while the food was good, the service was lacking --- beginning with the host. We had made reservations with the intention of sitting on the patio. When we checked in, we were immediately directed to the inside part ... no smiles, no choice, just follow the green steps. This unfriendly greeting put a bad taste in my and my guests mouth right off the bat (and embarassed me because we had been hyping this place to our friends.) However, I insisted on the patio and the non-smiling host said it would be about 10 minutes..... now, why she didn't say that in the first place is beyond me. Once we did get seated, (at probably the crummiest table on the patio) our server didn't greet us, didn't ask if we had been there before, just jumped right into order taking mode. Now, I can understand how they would want to turn tables over, it's a busy place, but one extra minute to warm us up would have been nice. At this point, I was a bit frustrated, but then those mouth-watering rolls came and the poor service to this point was put behind us. Our server did eventually warm up to us, wine and food was ordered and the rest of the night was enjoyable. I usually have a red pasta, but this time tried the linquine with lobster and it was delish. Lots of vegies and a good share of lobster. My fellow diners had equally delicious meals .... clams, shrimp and fish with pasta, all with lovely sauces etc. For dessert we had the spumoni, which was a perfect end to the meal. On the way out, Ms. non-smiling host, true to form, did not say a word, like thank you, or come again. Just ingnored us as we departed. At least we got the fun and good food , but it was not a complete dining experience. Prices are not exhorbatant, but high enough that you would expect a bit more.
Used to come here often when we lived in LA, but hadn't been here in years. The killer garlic knots are still great. We ordered marinara sauce to go with them, but it didn't arrive until we were out of knots and our entrees had arrived. Good wine prices, nice outdoor area. Was disappointed that there wasn't any signing like there had been in the past.
I have been coming here for about 7 years. I can honestly say, it has never failed to wow me with decadent flavors and lure my palate with such richness and freshness with every dish I have tried. The waiters are attentive,polite and knowledgeable. They work very hard to please you. Garlic balls are just a mesmerizing allure. 💗💗💗💗
I love this place! We made reservations at 5:30 on a Sunday. As soon as our party arrived, we were taken to our table promptly. The staff were very attentive. Whenever our little garlic balls ran low, a waiter was right there refilling our plates. When our food arrived, my Dad scooted his chair out of the way and accidentally knocked my Mom's drink over (her cup was filled to the rim). Within a blink of an eye, about 3 waiters came over to help clean up the mess. This place had excellent food and Staff workers. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!! <3
Great service. Excellent food at good prices and sizeable portions. Cute interior. Perfect for a graduation dinner. A little difficult to get to because of traffic. And finally, THE GARLIC KNOTS. Loved that they kept bringing warm buttery garlic knots until our entrees arrived.
I had read reviews about parking problems...and we had them, even with planning extra time.! (We had not been to the area for some time and didn't realize what we were in for...) We were WAY late for our reservation. Fortunately we were still able to be seated, but we had to hurry because of theatre tickets. The delicious garlic knots arrived and, yes, we could have made a meal of those. We took the suggestion of our waiter and had the pasta dish with lobster sauce and shrimp. Wonderful. Although we were celebrating a birthday, we had to order dessert to go, but the staff fit in a quick birthday song and treat. We wished we could have enjoyed the cannoli then, but it would be fabulous any time! A major Yum. Going again, we would head straight for the beach parking and pay the $8.50 just to be able to enjoy the food at a more leisurely, although loud, pace.
My dining outing here was Perfect Thanks to my Waitress Megan. She did not over due her job at all. She was on point with her work Ettiques and I was very satisfied. Jose brought my date and I meals out and I was impressed with his work Ettiques as well. So on point. If I'm ever in this area again....I will stop by.
Dining at C&O Trattoria was an enjoyable experience. Having a reservation made it easy to get seated quickly. The atmosphere was energetic. I had the lobster linguini which was fabulous. It was creamy but not too heavy. The waiter was very nice and provided good service. He was very knowledgeable about the menu as well and promotions. I would definitely return here with friends. And di I mention the garlic rolls? They are sooo decadent and delicious! Great place overall.
This is the place to go to celebrate something special or just to go with a group to have an interactive fun time. Love the chianti honor bar system, happy, hard working wait staff and involved management. Food a little heavy as any good Italian food should be:)
Love coming to c&o. They have a great outdoor seating area, the staff is attentive, and in the evenings everyone goes around and toasts to the song "that's amore" around 9 pm. Food is great, portions are huge and I will continue to make this a regular dinner spot.
This is my favorite restaurant of all time. I've been at least three dozen times.
Dinners at C&O's are very popular. If you don't have a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night, there will likely be at least a 30 min wait. Standing outdoors next to the ocean is a cold and hungry experience; however, the staff will bring you out warm garlic covered garlic knots to hold you over. These garlic knots alone are worth the wait in line. They are always warm and fresh. The garlic knots have just the right balance of crunchiness and softness. They are savory with bits of garlic, basil, and salt. One can definitely fill up on these rolls without even thinking about it.
C&O's Trattoria has the best ambiance both in the indoor side and patio. The outside patio has many heat lamps to keep you warm. The walls are painted with rustic images of Italian villas, trees, and windows to transport you to a small Italian town. The noise level is energetic as tables are seated close to one another for the big Italian family feel.
The food is also amazingly generous in its portions and is delicious and on point. I've tried just about every pasta on the menu at least twice. My favorites would be the pappardelle short rib, fettuccine prosciutto, and linguini with lobster.
Outside of the delicious food, C&O's also has an amazing tradition. Every night they pass out lyric sheets to the guests and the wait staff all sing That's Amore. This makes C&O's the most romantic and delicious place I know.
After dinner, you can feel free to walk to the beach or stroll around the Venice canals.
I will continue recommending this restaurant to anyone and everyone. One piece of advice is to always ask for more garlic rolls to go at the end of the night.
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