1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.008015 -118.491126
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
Truly ARROGANT policies – Having read many good reviews about this restaurant, I finally rounded up 10 of my family members to have a delectable dining evening at Capo. When I called to make the reservation, I was shocked to hear that in order to have a table of ten, I must ensure a minimum order of $125 per person and the value of ordering wine is not included in this minimum. What kind of so-called classy restaurant has this type of policy?!! I found it truly obnoxious and unwarranted for this kind of treatment, especially when I have no problem with spending over $1000 for the dinner. It would have been my pleasure; but to be told and required to do so is just plain rude.
Disappointing – Price isn't just a matter of what you can afford. Price also signals a level of quality and sophistication, and, whether I can afford it or not, I expect a lot from a restaurant that offers few entrees for less than $45. What I do NOT expect is a room so loud you can't hear yourself think, indifferent staff, dishes lacking in imagination, and a criminally bland blueberry pie.
I have eaten at Capo twice (fortunately, as someone else's guest) and can't understand what all the hoo-ha is about. Both times I had pasta (it IS an Italian restaurant). The mushroom risotto was very salty and the 3 pastas I had on another night were good--but not great...so, I don't get it...
Had to post our thoughts – After I read the post below i felt compeled to write our experience. My wife and I finally made the trip to this small Italian restaurant and it was worth it. The ambience was romantic and the food outstanding. What flavors. The service was personal and not stuffy like so many of the city's high priced places. Right from the get go we were treated with class and style. Dennis was great to us and really made us feel at home, not putting on some aire of superiority that we often get, which leads me to believe the poster below might be the one with the attitude problem.
Maitre'd Dennis belongs in clown college – The Maitre d' at this restaurant managed to pull of the triple crown. He insulted us on the way into the restuarant, he ignored us during the meal, and was rude on the way out. The food is in fact good here, but to be treated as a sub-human makes for a lousy experience. There is a lot of great Italian food on the Westside so don't go wasting your time here. What a jerk!
More than just great Italian – No doubt, this is a very expensive restaurant, know that going in. The steaks at Capo were outstanding, tender, delicious, perfectly grilled. The vegetables were interesting and very good. The sole and salmon were excellent too.
We started with a pasta appetizer (rigatoni with kobe beef) which was outstanding as well. You can have pasta as an entree as well, but there are other items that might be a better way to go, such as duck, lamb, etc. The cauliflour soup was good, not great.
And the desserts were superb, definitely save room. The candied bread pudding was a work of art and the chocolate creme brulee was deep, rich and satisfying.
The ambience is wonderful, the service competent. But bring your credit card -- it is not cheap!
Sumptuous Italian fare lures affluent foodies to this casually chic hideaway. – The Scene
Push aside the lush velvet curtain and enter la dolce vita. Exposed beams and a roaring fireplace call to mind an elegant ski lodge. With an extensive wine list and a knowledgeable staff expert in the dying art of service, no detail goes unnoticed.
Chef/owner Bruce Marder focuses on rustic Italian fare prepared with the most exquisite ingredients. Mushroom parpadelle is strewn with exotic morsels like porcini and wood ear mushrooms. The summer-fresh heirloom tomato salad maintains its vibrant texture and sweetness even in fall. Entree options inlcude steaks and chops, cooked over wood, and savory beef short ribs, braised in red wine. Desserts maintain the same standards of casual elegance with offerings like a creamy panna cotta and a candied bread pudding.
great place if... – inexhaustible source of income...
perfectly scaled restaurant - intimate
- easy to hold a conversation - service is top notch - waiters are very knowledgeable and know when to stay away, when to assist etc.
music choice was pretty strange - ranging from italian songs appropriate for an olive garden restaurant to polka style marriachi -
wine list is FANTASTIC - with the strange absence of top german wines - especially desert wines - mark up is pretty steep -
food - very good - but not mind blowing - which i would expect considering their prices.
Another let down was the crowd - sloppy, hunched over entertainment business type crowd.
GREAT! – After reading some of the reviews posted here, I was a little concerned about dining at Capo. Once there, all my concerns disappeared. The room is beautiful, the ambiance is romantic, and the servers are extremely nice and accomodating. Then there is the food - perfect. Great fresh flavors.
Simplicity at its best. To people who say it is too expensive - eat somewhere else. Save this place for people who appreciate fine dining and high quality food.
organic elegance – Capo is a small Tuscan style villa with a fireplace framing the well lit dining room. Great art work hangs on the walls with Italian pottery plates and French sterling silver place settings. No detail is missed. Capo is about serving the best available organic ingredients simply. When you get their food products you realize why they do not need to be masked with sauces that block their flavor. Knowledgeable waiters only, working together for a warm friendly professionalism. A wine list with over 600 choices from old vintages to highly allocated recent vintages are kept at a most desirable cellar temperature. Bruce Marder promises true hospitality.
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