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
Food was great but a bit overpriced. Not ...
Food was great but a bit overpriced. Not sure the prices are justified for the level of food you get. Not sure I'd go there again. Enjoyed but didn't blow me away for the price we paid. Service was excellent though. Very friendly staff.
Capo is perfection. The food, the atmosp ...
Capo is perfection. The food, the atmosphere and especially the staff make every dinner there memorable.
Capo never disappoints.
Capo never disappoints.
Hidden Gem at the Beach
Capo has been around since 1999 and it only took me 17 years to finally have the opportunity to experience this unassuming pricey high-end Italian eatery with a neighborhood beach vibe. What a hidden gem that you may simply have driven by without even noticing the place! Capo is a wonderful treat and great for special occasions or simply for incredible Italian food. Each dish is well executed and presented. The white corn ravioli with black truffles is absolutely heavenly; the osso buco with the truffle vegetable sauce is one of the best I've ever had; and the Maple Leaf duck breast were all clear standouts of their menu. Hard to believe, but their desserts are even made from scratch to order on site so you have to order it in advance with the rest of your meal. Service is also first rate. . .very professional and accommodating. Ambiance - Check! Food - Double Check! Service - Triple Check! The only criticism is their choice and volume in background music. It would have been fine without it. Also, as a Wine Spectator award recipient with their award winning wine list, be sure to bring the Brinks truck with you if you order any of their fine wines. In such a competitive market, Capo has outlived many of the fine dining restaurants in Los Angeles that have come and gone and I have happily just discovered why!
A special treat and my new favorite rest ...
A special treat and my new favorite restaurant in Santa Monica.
Spectaucar food / ambience / service. HU ...
Spectaucar food / ambience / service. HUGE wine selection. Very expensive. Very ...
Had dinner her Thursday night with friends. The food was amazing , service was excellent - the staff was very friendly, unlike some of the reviews we read before going. So glad we chose this restaurant to start off our 4 day vacation in LA!
Well-rounded Italian, fresh & exquisitely prepared
Candle lighting (check), cheeky chochskis (check), friendly servers (check), spacious tables and seating (check). Took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner and it was a perfectly executed meal: octopus that was perfectly tender and well-seasoned, the creamiest burratta salad, with amazing fresh tomato and basil, and the fantastic veal chop - medium rare - which melts in your mouth, brick oven baked to a perfect shade of pink consistent through its body. The blackberry crumble to finish was outstanding. The birthday girl enjoyed the soufflé, though I found this to be the most pedestrian part of the meal.
Super high prices-gnocchi so over cooked ...
Super high prices-gnocchi so over cooked it was mush -had to send it back-the room was the best thing about the restaurant- Would not return-
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service.
Quaint upscale "hole in the wall" Italian
Lovely restaurant nestled in an unassuming building. Very interesting artwork and small sculptures that don't quite go along with the Italian restaurant; yet it works. Overall, service is not what I would expect at this price point. However, the food does speak for itself. Sweet corn ravioli with truffles was a highlight. The tasting menu allows you to sample a little bit of everything. Some were spot on (ravioli, Octopus, al forno Caesar, branzino), while others just missed the mark (scottish salmon, NY strip). Also great for Hollywood type sightings.
Capo is a very special restaurant. It is expensive, and worth every penny as the food and service are impeccable. I took my partner there for his birthday and it was remarkable. Order the caprese, Branzini, and the gnochi, you won't be disappointed!
Capo always delights!
Capo never fails! Always an amazing experience-- superior food, outstanding service, fabulous wine!
Exceptional food and service, as always.
Exceptional food and service, as always.
Never disappoints!! Always a wonderful ...
Never disappoints!! Always a wonderful meal/experience, sometimes fell a bit rushed.
A Special Dinner
Capo is that special place you go to for any reason. Food is amazing, great wine list, and strong service.
We had to wait on our reservation and the manager bought our first glass of wine, wonderful. The place is crowded so a bit loud. Food was really good. We had pasta which was very reasonably priced, the meats were much more pricey. Great service, a book of wines (some reasonable, some not). I highly recommend to those looking for great italian food.
Perfection. They had the wrong date (a week later than the real reservation) for some reason.
Amazing food, best grill chef ever- Grea ...
Amazing food, best grill chef ever- Great service, a wine list to die for and don't forget to order the blackberry crisp for dessert- Thank you Brian (bartender) and Josh (waiter).
Third time not so charming.
This was our third visit to Capo, and we went there for a special occasion. On our previous two visits both the service and the food were outstanding. The entire staff has always been warm and welcoming...which is why we go to Capo for special dinners. While the food this time was once again amazing, we were really disappointed with the service. It was very crowded, so that may have been the reason, (tho it's usually packed, so that shouldn't have been a problem) and our server was also attending to table of 8, but it seemed we had to flag her down when we were ready to order, when we needed more water, etc...she never came by to check on us unless we called her over. After we finished dinner, she brought us our pre-ordered dessert and then just left. We had to flag her down to ask if we could have some coffee. I understand she was probably overwhelmed by the large party, but it just sort of put a damper on our special night. We will still go back, I'm sure, the food is too delicious not to, but hopefully next time, we will once again have the great service we've come to expect at Capo.
Price sets high expectations that were n ...
Price sets high expectations that were not met.
Mixed bag this visit .... Had to send B ...
Mixed bag this visit .... Had to send Burrata heirloom tomato salad back as tomatoes were flavorless and like rocks, but the Burrata was amazing usual. No big deal, but the chef made the server come to our table with the whole tomato to prove it was ok for the re-do... Then when they send out the new salad, it was a totally different tomato. All-in-all the food was off from what we experienced in December. Everyone is bound to have a bad night, but not when you're paying these prices!
Just returned from Rome I wanted another good Italian meal. The food was good at Capo but also pretentious, trying too hard and over the top. I had meals three times as good for one third the price in Italy. Other than Nobu this may be the most expensive restaurant in Los Angeles and I can't really see why. I would never waste my money there again.
My favorite restaurant ever
Thank you for always making every dining experience a delightful one. The first thing I do when I know I am coming to LA is make a reservation at Capo. The most recent dining experience was for my mom's 75th birthday and it was wonderful.
Food was the best we've ever tried but...
Food was the best we've ever tried so far.The only thing is that we ordered corn ravioli and they brought it cold twice
Hands down the best restuarant in Los Angeles. Been going there for 15 years. Tough to beat. Don't tell anyone it's already hard enough to get a reservation.
Like to Eat
CAPO is a great restaurant. The staff pays attention to detail. My lemon drop martini was too tart and they gladly fixed it. The pork chop was so succulent I wanted eat the bone but did not out of respect. I would diffently go back to this restaurant.
Worth every dollar!
Have a need to splurge? Your money will be well spent here. Our group shared several plates and all were an experience and exceptional. One of my favorites was the veal. Slightly crispy on the outside and juicy and flavorful inside for a lip licking indulgence. Be brave and try something out of the ordinary.
We had dinner in Santa Monica and decided to try Capo on a friend's recommendation. Although a bit pricey, we had a superlative dining experience. The menu was interesting, the food delightfully prepared and the service was beyond attentive -- gracious! We shall return!
Worth the splurge
Order a side car - delicious way to start. Later we ordered our wines by the glass to pair with our orders & took their recommendations per our tastes. Not all the wines were on the menu so do ask. Know you can order the pastas as a smaller portion, then you can taste more dishes! Santa Barbara prawns were scrumptious but only a few bites so wish there more on the plate. One guest requested anchovies on his burrata caprese & they did not disappoint. Duck was tender as were the pastas. Order the special desserts in advance - chocolate souffle & apple tartatin & warm pear tart. Complimentary plate of sweets - we did our best to eat them all. Tawny port to finish - all in all a good night! Spot on service throughout!
My husband and I go to Capo for special occasions. We're never disappointed by the food. The roasted artichoke appetizer is amazing! The rigatoni pasta with truffle meat sauce is my absolute favorite dish. My husband loves the sweet corn ravioli. We never get the meats because we're always full by then.
Capo Santa Monica
I live out of state and when I visit Southern California I always go to Capo. This restaurant never disappoints. It is small ( so I recommend a reservation) but the service and food are always good. The wine list is incredible. Many courses are cooked over a wood fired grill that adds incredible flavor (try the grilled Caesar salad, yum). My wife and I had steak and sea bass this trip. Both cooked to perfection. Topped off the meal with a chocolate souffle. Will be back on our next trip.
Be prepared to spend $$$
Capo is a very small and charming place with a nice atmosphere and some fun art pieces to look at while dining. The wine list is huge! Think phone book sized and the prices were a bit daunting. We decided not to order the $6800 bottle and opt for a $70 bottle which was kindly recommended by our server. It was wonderful and we also had a great bottle of champagne . I wish I could remember the name of our choices. We Added oysters and the grilled ceasar as our starters...both did not disappoint. For the main courses we tried the lobster risotto and the grilled salmon; both were good but nothing to write home about. On the other hand, the corn ravioli with the truffles was a flavor explosion! Absolutely delicious. I would go back just for that!! I would give this restaurant 5 stars except for the prices; a bit ridiculous but suited the special occasion.
This restaurant is a joke. Not very far from being the kind of Italian that would call the sauce red. Oh, and they kept us waiting for our table and offered us champagne while we waited and then put it on our bill. A class act.
One of the most outstanding meals I've e ...
One of the most outstanding meals I've ever had. Phenomenal service, food is to die for. The truffle ravioli was divine. Excellent wines as well. Looking forward to returning again soon!
Gem in Santa Monica
Just a marvelous, small, interesting restaurant with awesome and very interesting food, lovely, low key staff, superb wine and funky, fun ambience and soundtrack!
World class but you are going to pay for it.
A must if you want to impress in Santa Monica and go on an experience of food and wine. Bring your best client or the love of your life - works great.
Best pasta I've eaten outside Italy!
What an exceptional meal! I've been wanting to go here for years. Can't believe I wasted all this time! It is beautiful on the inside. They had some rare wine that made my boyfriend delighted because it is an alleged "excellent vintage." I speak reasonably good Italian and thought this location would give me a chance to practice, so the only draw-back is that our perfect, poised, helpful and cheerful waiter said he only speaks...Hawaiian! (That was kind of amusing!) We intend to go back. It was sumptuous. Even the valet guys were unusually positive, fluent and enthusiastic about the restaurant! How cool is that?!?!
Disappointed in Service
Food and decor were excellent as this was among several visits to this restaurant However our waitress' service was subpar lacking attentivness. It was extremely uninspired.
Amazing Dining Experience - Worth the $$$$
Yes it is expensive but if you like a full dining experience served at a perfect pace, I highly recommend the tasting menu. You will get to try perfect portions of 7 courses of their signature dishes and they were all amazing. And they mix them up so you can share different dishes with your tablemates and try even more. From their Octopus and Calamari appetizers to a caesar salad that is roasted on their open flame BBQ in the restaurant to Salmon, Branzino and Steak to die for finished with amazing deserts. And we still ordered their Souffle to finish the meal - a real Souffle - not a lava cake or flourless cake. The service is superior and the ambiance is outstanding for such a small place. Great for special occasions!
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