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jgoblu Dec 31, 2006 03:12 AM

anybody have thoughts about capo on ocean ave. in santa monica?

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    vinosnob Feb 25, 2008 08:28 AM

    Charming, intimate room, amusing people-watching, solid steaks/chops & seafood grilled over almond wood, but like everyone has said, it's pricey. Perfect for a client dinner that you can expense, but I wouldn't go otherwise.

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      Eat Me Los Angeles Feb 24, 2008 04:25 PM

      The bartender is seriously a magician of wines....I've never had anyone pair wines to food the way he does. He's great!!


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        maudies5 Feb 11, 2007 10:08 PM

        I will never understand why people are so willing to be fleeced for undistinguished food. Perhaps, more of owner Bruce Marder's hubris and disdain for the public. If you like the ravioli get it at Coras's the coffee shop next door. (same ownership without the attitude).

        1. roxhills Jan 1, 2007 02:26 AM

          A good meal-- not great and unbelieveably expensive. We went for my husband's birthday and then a week later took a client and his wife to mastro's (Mastro's was expensed) and Capo for 2 came in $20 less than Mastro's for 4.

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            surferbettygal Jan 1, 2007 12:45 AM

            My husband loved this italian place. I thought it was mediocre at best. I remember the prices were on the pricey side. I've from Boston and very spoiled with the North End.

            Hey, after you eat at Capo's, you can take a nice stroll around Sant Monica and the Pier.

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              WLA_gal Jan 1, 2007 12:24 AM

              I'll echo the "over priced for what you get" theme... I've only eaten there once, but was underwhelmed. At those prices, food should be truly outstanding. My steak was good, but no better than what I've had at the high end chain places. There was a bit of attitude about the place which I can do without. We ordered a less-expensive wine, since theirs are priced in the stratosphere.

              I can't imagine that the rent is THAT high... I think that they are just fleecing the customers... and since the customers keep coming, they keep charging the high prices! (Think "Ivy" - high prices, a bit of a scene, and food that doesn't justify the prices.)

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                wideeyedraven Jan 1, 2007 12:08 AM

                Agreed, this place is over-priced and under delivers on the food. Nothing is so memorable as to prevent your eyes from popping at the bill. I don't mind (like anyone on these boards) dropping good money on great food. There are many times when I've dropped twice what I've dropped at Capo and felt the meals were excellent, well worth what I paid and I left happy. Not at Capo. The entrees are unfocused, the grilled meats are very average for a restaurant in this price range. Wine prices are absurd-- easily 20-50 dollars too much per bottle. I guess the rent on the place is high, so they have to charge over their heads. There are much better places for less. To avoid.

                1. wilafur Dec 31, 2006 05:24 PM

                  good food but not cheap. their burrata salad and any of their grilled meats are a must try. their wine list is definitely above average.

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                    RicRios Dec 31, 2006 11:40 PM

                    Shared owners with Wally's wines, foolish wine markups up to 10 times retail, no BYOB (1 btl per PARTY)! Their tasting menu is the only way to avoid being robbed. Used to falsely anounce (still there today?) "pata negra" ham on the menu. Too many good alternatives out there, this is a yuppie trap. To avoid.

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                      woofer Feb 25, 2008 09:15 AM

                      second the burrata and heirloom tomato and any grilled meats. true though about the price, luckily my in-laws footed the bill

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