Santa Monica, CA 90401
Capo faire, a modern Italian style cuisine, offers a rustic yet elegant dining room with high-beamed ceilings, flickering candles and a brightly burning corner fireplace. Capo has an extensive wine list as well as a full bar.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Closed Sunday – Monday
$31 to $50
Street parking available.
Big Blue Bus on Pacific and Ocean Park Blvd.
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wine
Capo Ratings and Reviews
This is an expensive but flawed restaura ...
This is an expensive but flawed restaurant which does not quite live up to the cost. Attractive room and good service. But the most important part - the food - was spotty. The chocolate soufflé was superb; the fois gras appetizer of appropriate size and well cooked. The main courses were, however, poor. The osso bucco was off the bone and chopped up as if it were hamburger. Strange and inappropriate herbal flavors were added. Not good. The dover sole was cooked properly if a bit dry but it was accompanied not by potatoes and a soft creamed vegetable but by dried out roasted vegetables. At these prices quite disappointing!
This was my favorite place! But last ni ...
This was my favorite place! But last night was a bit off! I split the Spaghetti Carbonara and it wasn't what I had In The past! Big chunks of onions a soup sauce not you creamy egg dish with pancetta and peas🙄 They offered me something else and I order the Cesar salad! It came charred which was ok but overly smoked in taste! the sole was split too and was good but so thin that we should have never split it! Our friends ordered the Florentina steak which was huge and very tasty and flavorful!
The food was out-of-this-world good. And ...
The food was out-of-this-world good. And the service very attentive without being cloying. As first-time diners there we had a lot of questions about the menu, which they patiently answered. Every dish was perfection. It's very expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Go!
Everything superb, even though New Year' ...
Everything superb, even though New Year's Eve. Our server Vanessa was as perfect as our divine 5 course meal. Service
and excellent quality, chef never disappoints, if you are looking for a Fabulous good experience both classy and not pretentious
than go to Capo you will be amazed with every scrumptious morsel., Truffles abound .
Paid 600 dollars to sit next to the door ...
Paid 600 dollars to sit next to the door where we had people standing over us the entire time while we ate and we could not even speak to each other because it was so noisy. The people were waiting for a table even though there was a small waiting room the stood right in top of us. Staff did not ask them to kindly move so instead my husband had someone behind in his face for the meal. Tasting menu is a rip off. Salad choice is charred romaine!!! For 120 a person I expect more fine cuisine. Pasta and steak were amazing though. Next time i would just order a pasta and steak. Skip the tasting. White corn ravioli is the best. Waiter and staff were good.
My husband and I always come here for ou ...
My husband and I always come here for our birthdays and it never disappoints! We went earlier this week for my birthday and had the best time. Our server, Glen, was super knowledgeable, funny and attentive. The food is simply fantastic. We had the artichoke, burrata caprese, and octopus al forno to start. All were phenomenal and fresh. For entrees, I split two pastas (truffle Bolognese rigatoni and uni/calamari spaghetti) and my husband had the filet mignon - both dishes were fabulous. Then we had the blackberry crisp and chocolate volcano cake for dessert. All the food was truly delicious. Our Capo birthday tradition will continue for years to come - we love this place!
One of the very few truly upscale restau ...
One of the very few truly upscale restaurants left in WLA in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Wonderful staff with 'no attitude' anywhere. One of the best steaks in memory. Highly recomended. We had to run home home because of our alarm going off, which made us 45 minutes late, but they held our reservation and could not have been more gracious and accommodating.
Capo is one of the best restaurants in a ...
Capo is one of the best restaurants in all of LA. The food and service are both amazing. The atmosphere is perfect for just about anything. It consistently delivers on a great night out. It is our "go to" when friends/family come to LA to visit. It is always what we recommend to people when they ask. Bravo!!
The food is quite good, but the non- tra ...
The food is quite good, but the non- traditional Italian meals, that they push are very expensive and I do not go to an Italian restaurant for steak. I attempted to make a small change on a vegetable but they resisted. Good wine list- extensive.
The food is beyond excellent so price do ...
The food is beyond excellent so price doesn't matter. The wine list is outrageously expensive and the prices do not match the quality. The server tried to make me feel bad since I only wanted to spend $150 - she kept suggesting $200 bottles of wine that I know are overpriced. I have a deep knowledge of wine and was not intimidated!
Unfortunately, I sat on this review for ...
Unfortunately, I sat on this review for two weeks to see if the restaurant would fix their shortcomings. But after failing to return calls that were promised from the owner... here we go.
I dined at Capo on December 3rd to kick off my girlfriend's birthday weekend. It was our first time and we were both ecstatic. The host that greeted us was exceptional and definitely the highlight of Capo.
The problems began once we were seated at our table. It became apparent we were to be treated like children for the rest of the evening. Of course, we received one of the worst seats in the house, despite my notes that it was a special occasion, that's okay, we can work with this. Then our server arrived (I didn't catch her name, because she never introduced herself) - she simply walked over and asked deadpan, "what wine do you want?", I selected a beautiful Gevrey Chambertin, no response, just walked off. Maybe 15 minutes later our wine arrived, maybe 15 minutes later yet she returned to ask, "what do you want?" no explanation of food, no help with the menu, it was service I would have expected at McDonald's.
This continued until at one point the host reemerged to remind our server that there was a birthday at the table, again deadpan "oh, which one?" Night was ruined at that point. $300+ for some seriously delicious food that was overshadowed by some of the most disrespectful and utterly bizarre attitudes from a server I've had in LA.
My girlfriend called and spoke with the manager the following day, he was apologetic and claimed he would call back with the owner to right what had happened... shocker, that call never came.
Not impressed. Came in on a Friday night ...
Not impressed. Came in on a Friday night. Ordered mushroom soup it tasted terrible. Had them change it to a garden salad, which tasted like dirt. We had pasta, which was ok, but tasted store bought. Rack of lamb was under seasoned and came a bit burned. I asked for medium well, it was medium... Chicken Parmesan was nothing special. The dessert - blueberry pie was way to sweet. We couldn't eat it... So we ate the complementary dessert that they serve in the end of every meal, I assume made outside of the restaurant because it was edible...
Overall I would never come back to this restaurant, however the local crowd seems to like it. So maybe we just choose the wrong dishes or came on the off night...
Ok I have been to Capo a few times over ...
Ok I have been to Capo a few times over the years. Always remember it when I am in Santa Monica. I always remember I love the food and ambiance. In fact on this visit sat next to Jerry Seinfeld which was a premium LA experience. I guess the only thing I didn't like was the cost. I eat at a lot of expensive places but must say 28 for a grilled Caesar Salad was intrusive. Looking at a plate with less than $1 in ingredients seemed well just wrong. They must have 20+ appetizers ranging from the low $20's to more than $100. My lamb chops were $74 I think. I would just tell the management its great that you can get the price but please consider being more rational!
Overall , Pretentious and Overly Expensi ...
Overall , Pretentious and Overly Expensive.
No accommodations made for a nut allergy or recommendations on the menu - dishes with nuts were still served.
The food and service did not meet with prices charged , a very disappointing evening .
We do not recommend this establishment. ...
We do not recommend this establishment. Service was average. Noise level was extreme. Table for two was so crowded the waiter could not get through to serve the food or drinks. For the food.. very average. The Zucchini Appetizer was of low quality. The Spaghetti ‘Jean Paul Belmondo’ was nothing special as it was about the same as you'd get any any "mall" Sarpino's Pizzeria. And wine by the glass is way to expensive. A single glass of Chianti at $25.00 or a single glass of Vouray at $30.00 don't waste your money. Sorry their are much better Italian restaurants in the area.
Our reservation was at 10 pm, yet they w ...
Our reservation was at 10 pm, yet they were rushing us the entire meal/experience. They were literally begging us to order everything (including dessert!) when we first sat down. This was our anniversary dinner that turned into a disaster. Huge bummer.
One of the best restaurants in LA. Top ...
One of the best restaurants in LA. Top 5 in my book. And the best steak cooked to perfection over an open wood burning grill. A must for any foodie. And the octopus is also amazing. Oh yeah and don't forget all those amazing pastas.
The menu and food at Capo is absolutely ...
The menu and food at Capo is absolutely phenomenal, but is not inexpensive. In fact, it is very pricey. With that said, if you can afford it, I can't think of a better place to go. It's a hot spot among people who are okay with those prices and you will not be the least bit disappointed in the menu, food, service, drinks, etc.
Plan to drop at least a couple of hundred dollars or more for a dinner of two.
We were appalled at the price of the men ...
We were appalled at the price of the menu. We were a party of three who have eaten at numerous top priced restaurants around the world and could not believe the cost of the entries. The service was fair and with the prices that were being charged you should have had over the top service. It was a most disappointing experience.
Capo was recommended to us by a friend a ...
Capo was recommended to us by a friend and we were so happy we went! My sisters and I celebrated our September birthdays at Capo. The atmosphere was unique (like a small house with lots to see on the walls). They have an extensive appetizer menu that was wonderful. We especially enjoyed the sweet corn raviolis. The service was outstanding and the pasta was excellent. (I had the rigatoni with meat sauce). It was a very memorable evening and we will definitely be back!
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