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La Botte - CLOSED

Map & Directions 620 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Italian
  • Daily 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Business Dining, Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Prix Fixe, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

La Botte is named after a wine barrel, paneled with former wine casks, and is as thick with actual wine bottles as your niece’s room may be with Bratz paraphernalia. The wine list is a serious one, the kind where you feel a little like a kid whose ball has been taken away if you lack the bank balance to play around with $156 bottles of Serpico or verticals of Amarone. Antonio Mure’s cooking — hearty, wintery north Italian stuff like stuffed pheasant, taglioline with crumbles of quail sausage, fried sweetbreads with polenta, or spaghetti tossed with lentils — seems almost engineered to bring the best out of a young Brunello or a bottle of San Leonardo, a Friuli red with the muscular presence of Sassicaia. Coda alla vaccinara, the famous Roman oxtail dish, is superb, large, pillowy hunks of tail nestling into soft, yellow puddles of polenta, gooey on gooey and rich on rich — exactly what you want with a glass of Barolo if somebody else is paying. Is Mure’s cooking, which you also may have tasted at Piccolo in Venice or Wilson in Culver City, a bit severe for the sybaritic climate of Santa Monica? Perhaps. But it also may be just what we need.

Member Reviews

  • impinteriors wrote a review for La Botte
    on 02/13/13

    NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF FINE DINING, HAVE SO MANY DINERS BEEN DECEIVED BY THIS MONEY HUNGRY RESTAURANT....five of us went for dinner, three of us ordered a LAMB SHANK DINNER FOR 20.00 EACH...what we got was a small bowl of pasta with 2 OUNCES OF SHREDDED MEAT.....we complained to the waiter, he just laughed....WE GOT NO LAMB AND NO SHANK.....ordered a chocolate dessert, got a 2... More >>

  • claire85 wrote a review for La Botte
    on 07/23/09

    I thought I knew every great Italian restaurant in the city. And then I discovered La Botte on LikeMe. Don't let its location at the bottom of an apartment building fool you. La Botte offers scrumptious, progressive Italian served in an ambient setting (think wine cellar interior and handsome wait staff with thick Italian accents). They have an amazing wine selection and are... More >>

  • RachelA100 wrote a review for La Botte
    on 07/10/08

    You wouldn't guess this place is what it is just by looking from the outside. But inside it looks like an Italian wine barrel filled with Italian people. Seriously, the walls are lined with wine bottles and the waiters all have Italian accents! I once had the pleasure of trying each of the vegetarian dishes in one night. It was all delicious but a few things stood out...the... More >>

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  • Valeria K. on 07/27/13

    The fondues are out of this world...Tortellini dish in particular rocked my world with brown sugar butter reduction. Bellisima!

  • Sami B. on 09/20/12

    Respective staff - gave us much needed privacy with no pressures

  • Gigi S. on 10/04/11

    So excited to be here for dine LA week ....I was impressed with the food last time ....can't wait again....one stars Michelin ...and you can tell!

  • Christian B. on 12/14/11

    Let the chef pick what he brings. You wont regret it.

  • Nina M. on 08/23/11

    Sea urchin carpaccio was to die for!! Beef carpaccio, Fontina ravioli w truffles and filet mignon ravioli also fab!

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