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1810 Ocean Ave. (Pico Blvd.) Send to Phone
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Pared-down, orderly selection of Italian classics with a hefty price tag.
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4.5 rating over 4 reviews
Capo, Santa Monica, CA

Capo Restaurant Review

: This slender space is warm, elegant and extremely cozy. No one seems to mind sitting elbow-to-elbow as they pay top dollar --- Capo is indeed one of the city's priciest Italian restaurants --- for a pared-down, orderly selection of classics, such as risotto with porcini mushrooms (truly cooked to order for 35 minutes), gnocchi with Australian lobster and truffle, and Chilean sea bass. Chef/owner and local restaurateur Bruce Marder can sometimes be found grilling items over a wood-burning hearth in the corner of the restaurant, such as a Kansas City veal chop, an American Wagyu New York strip and rack of lamb. A dizzying array of desserts (farmers market fruit brûlée, Meyer lemon semifreddo, tiramisu) or a fine cheese plate provides a nice finale. The wine list is more like a book with selections from around the world, including a substantial number of Champagnes.

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