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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.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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
Capo is pricy. Known for its' beef, those entrees are around $60-70, accompanied by some beans mixed with veggies. Yummy mashed potatoes are extra. But for me, it's worth it since I don't eat beef often. Mushroom soup is very tasty. Pasta is also renowned but I have celiac and haven't tried their gluten-free pasta. It's a small spot with good service. You might spot a movie star. Sister restaurant next door, Cora's is the best breakfast/lunch spot around with delectable huevos rancheros.
We have always enjoyed capo during our visits to Santa Monica and have had good food and service. However this occasion we arrived at 6:10 for a 6:30 reservation made 1 1/2 months prior there was not 1 customer in the establishment. Before seating us the maitre'd stated we would have to be done by 7:45, we were very taken back with his statement yet agreed since we live 300 miles away and wanted to enjoy a nice dinner while visiting again. By 6:40 our order had not been taken and now we felt pressured to hurry, if you have dined at Capo you are aware dinner for 3 and a bottle of wine will be well over $500.00 which is fine for good food and service. We ended up leaving without eating rather than feeling rushed to shove down the food and swig a $300.00 bottle of wine. We will not be returning during future visits to Santa Monica, after conversation with the maitre'd it was apparent it really did not matter to him. The turn n burn mentality is not what you would expect from a fine dining establishment and is very disappointing from a place we enjoyed very much in the past and have spoke highly of.
I took my husband to Capo for his birthday and it was a wonderful evening! We hadn't been to Capo before even though we live in Santa Monica. It is our favorite restaurant now! The food was delicious. We felt welcome because the waiters were so accommodating and seemed to really enjoy making the evening special. So unusual! I liked the 70's music too. Definitely order the ravioli filled with corn and the blackberry crumble.
Our meal was one of the finest I've ever experienced. The service was outstanding; all of our waiters recommendations were fantastic. The caesar salad is beyond anything I've ever tasted. We shared pasta for an appetizer along with the calamari (highly recommended). The sole, branzino, bone-in filet, and NY were amazing.
Outstanding. Everything we ate was perfect. Corn & truffle ravioli, grilled Ceasar, buratta and veggie salad, rigatoni, the bone in fillet was in the top three I've ever eaten.
Friendly and attentive service. Eclectic art on the walls.
It is expensive, but it was worth it.
They need to figure out the tables near the door. Too much draft and then when you're not in the way of the other tables it's not a great view (of the door). Not the best seat, the waiter for the other table kept hitting my chair. I ended up moving over and it was fine but was the view of the door.
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 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 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'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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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!
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