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Bruno's on Ocean in Santa Monica?

I live in SM and I have been invited to dinner at Bruno's. I have never heard of this place and I am wondering if any chowhounds have been there of late. I looked it up and did not find any recent posts...what does the board think?

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  1. i think PaulF rec'd this joint for old school italian, very cool wiseguy vibe supposedly too, it's about a block or so away from the SM Pier along Ocean Ave.

    red sauce italian, nothing noveau here.

    1. i'm just saying what someone else on these boards has said before.

      have not been there myself. (in the same way that Rao's in East Harlem has a wiseguy atmosphere).

      1. I cannot find a Web site for them. Do you know where I can see their menu?

        1. Went to Bruno's last night. The place is charming, old school italian cafe. The ceasar salad was good, authentic enough that there were egg whites on the bottom of my bowl, kinda gross. I ordered the eggplant parm with a side of spaghetti. the tomatoe sauce was bitter, not good at all. The bread was fresh. I didn't order the antipasto salad beause our waiter said it was mostly cold cuts which I do not like. My husband said his linguine with clam sauce was not particularly memorable and our host had veal which he boasted about but he was the one who invited us here and seems to love it. Will I be rushing back? Probably never.

          1. Bruno runs the joint-old school Italian;very low key, locals love, great pizza-no real wine list, but a well established locals, easy in- easy out, carafe wine...I eat there alot!

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            1. re: barbara Rose

              We used to eat there weekly. We would see the same diners each week and got to know the wait staff (like two people!). We found it to be a good neighborhood restaurant with good pizza and pasta with red sauces. In recent years, it has not seemed as good to me and in fact, we have stopped going there. It is unfortunate because Bruno was always so nice and accomodating with our kids who we started taking there when they were very little.