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Italian: Locando del Lago, or "Lago Santa Monica" as the locals call it, has been a mainstay of that beach community since it opened in 1991. Located just steps from the sand and right on the Third Street Promenade, Lago draws first-time tourists as well as longtime fans to its inviting patio and warm interior. Chef Gianfranco Minuz and his crack staff offer Northern Italian specialties, many gleaned from the foods served on the shores of Lake Como. So start with Vitello Tonnato or Calamari Fritti and continue on with a creamy risotto or a fresh, house-made pasta. Main courses range from spectacular seafood dishes including sea bass, salmon or whitefish to a mouth-watering veal osso bucco or beef short ribs.

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Local Expert Jenny Peters Says:

Italian: "Ask for the market specials, as the chef buys his ingredients fresh at the famed Santa Monica Farmer's Market a couple of times a week."

Best for Italian Because: One of L.A.'s consistently best places to find fresh, flavorful Italian food, Lago caters to locals and tourists alike in the heart of Santa Monica.

Dinner Menu

Salad & Soup
Pizza & Schiacciata - Italian Flatbread
Housemade Burrata
Famous Euro Burger***
Risotto / Pasta
Main Course

Happy Hour

Happy Hour
Pizza & Schiacciata - Italian Flatbread
Housemade Burrata
Famous Euro Burger

Lunch Menu

Antipasto Buffet
Small Plate
Large Salad
Salad Add-Ons
Big Plate

Brunch Menu

From the Bar
From the Kitchen
On the Side

Kids Menu


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