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Locanda del Lago

231 Arizona Ave. (3rd St.) Send to Phone
310-451-3525 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Intriguing menu featuring specialties from the Lake District of northern Italy.
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Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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  • 3.5 star rating
3.5 rating over 2 reviews
Dining room at Locanda del Lago, Santa Monica, CA

Locanda del Lago Restaurant Review

: Located amid the hustle and bustle of the Third Street Promenade (and with ringside seats to the Santa Monica Farmers Market), Locanda del Lago has been serving specialties from the Lake District of northern Italy for more than 20 years. A lively bar scene and communal table contribute to the friendly, neighborhood feel. The kitchen adds a creative touch to classics, as in the burrata with basil sorbetto and cherry tomato "confit." Cauliflower gnocchi is dusted with squid ink breadcrumbs, while Trio di Jidori features herb-roasted chicken breast, crispy chicken leg and prosciutto-chicken terrine. End your meal with fresh gelato from sister outlet Caffe Bellagio. Meal deals include a lunchtime $14 antipasti buffet and two-course menu for $15 or $19, as well as dinner prix-fixe menus. The serious wine list expectedly shows a big Italian influence. If you have occasion to linger --- particularly on the patio overlooking the crowds --- consider sharing the grolla, a traditional communal after-dinner beverage from the Italian Alps. Served in a hand-carved wooden bowl, it's an espresso drink infused with brandy, grappa and Sambuca, served flambé. There's also a savory Caprese martini and cocktails named after Lake Como's celebrity vacationers. The last Thursday of every month, Lago hosts a communal meal featuring animal roasts and traditional, rustic dishes.

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