upscale casual Italian or fresh fish/Santa Monica/Brentwood
Would appreciate suggestions for Italian or fresh fish - not seafood - in Santa monica. Meeting friends so would like it on the quieter side to allow conversation and catching up! Thanks in advance for any suggestions. One thought I had was Il Forno. Any comments?
Your choices are practically endless. Drago, Toscana, Pizzicoto, Sortino, Osteria Latini, Wilshire, Fraiche, Fig, Catch, Shutters, Via Portofino, Giorgios, La Botte, Vincenti...
On and on I could go, frankly. Some of those are in Brentwood, some in Santa Monica, all very good Italian or fresh fish (or both).
Catch is about to close for renovations for a few weeks, but if you want fresh fish, that's the place to go. I think they close mid-January. And it has a great view of the coast, with the quietest room or the list.
How about JiRaffe in Santa Monica for fish.
For old school Italian, with a dimly lit, quiet ambience... Dante's on Wilshire.
In Brentwood, for Italian, I'm a fan of Pecorino and Palmeri.
if you were willing to go down to the Marina, I think Cafe del Rey would fit the bill perfectly!