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Bistro of Santa Monica

2301 Santa Monica Blvd. (Cloverfield Ave.) Send to Phone
310-453-5442 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Despite the name, this is almost exclusively an Italian restaurant, with a long menu of pasta, osso buco, veal Marsala and more.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
Features
  • Valet parking
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Entertainment nightly (piano or jazz)
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 4.5 star rating
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4.5 rating over 3 reviews

Bistro of Santa Monica Restaurant Review

: This restaurant is called a bistro --- it even looks like a bistro --- but is, in fact, a trattoria, with only occasional nods to French cuisine on its extensive menu. Set in a historic brick building, circa 1890, the dining room is casually elegant, decked out in its original stamped tin ceiling and leaded glass, with tables nicely dressed with linen and flowers. Starters include involtini (eggplant stuffed with mozzarella and tomato sauce), shrimp simmered in garlic and tomato, and a traditional gold and red beet salad with goat cheese. There's a long list of risotto, gnocchi and pasta dishes, like the chicken lasagna; entrées include veal scallopine with mushrooms and Marsala, a surf ‘n’ turf of filet and lobster tail, and chicken Parmigiana. For dessert, there is the predictable tiramisu or bread pudding, but if you're really missing the authentic bistro experience, go for the chocolate soufflé. Wines range the world, from California Chardonnay to Australian Shiraz.

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New Attitude needed.
by steakluvR on Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:22 pm
 
The restaurant had an atmosphere that gave hope for a wonderful meal. Indeed that would have been the case, except for the main course steak disaster. I asked for my steak to be medium rare so as to avoid the meat being well done. Nonetheless the steak was well done when it came out as part of a surf and turf dish. I pointed it out to the manager. He took the steak and brought it to the kitchen. When he returned with a new piece of meat I cut into it, and took a bite. I WAS SHOCKED that the steak was fridge cold in the middle. I pointed out the problem with the meat to the manager. When he finally returned with the same piece of meat cooked the way I had asked, I had already finished the rest of my meal. Not only was there not so much as a gesture of complimentary coffee, there was 18% gratuity added in print at the end of the bill, with no warning prior. There were only 3 of us at the table. When we pointed out that there had been no attempt to compensate for the ruined main course, we were told that a new piece of meat was used to replace the overcooked steak... what was the alternative, un-cook the meat? ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL!
 
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