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Ospi, Venice, CA

Ospi

4.7
4.7
742 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Ospi is the sophomore restaurant of Jackson & Melissa Kalb, focused on Southern Italian cooking and way of life. The name derives from ospitante (“host” in Italian), with the expectation that guests will feel as comfortable at Ospi as they would at a friend’s dinner party. There will be plenty of house-made pastas as well as an expanded offering of pizzas. The beverage program crafted by Kalb features mostly Californian and Southern Italian wines and a full bar with a special negroni section. At Ospi, the pizza is inspired by the techniques of Antico Forno Roscioli which Jackson and Melissa frequented while visiting Rome. Focusing on Romana Tonda-style crusts that are cracker-thin, he is adapting a recipe that he feels will resonate with the LA diner. Jackson feels it extremely important to not take food too seriously. Come take a trip to Southern Italy and be a guest in our home.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 122 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (424) 443-5007

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jackson Kalb

  • Catering

    Ospi is now catering your favorite Italian food. We offer both an a la carte menu as well as a packaged event menu to simplify your next party. Please follow the link and fill out the form online and our catering specialist will contact you shortly. (https://www.ospivenice.com/catering-orders/)

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room available above our bar. The room features a large natural oak table to seat up to 16, a private TV and sound system hook up, fresh flowers, and of course great food and service! Please follow the link and fill out the form so that our reservationist can book your party. (https://www.ospivenice.com/private-dining/)

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Cross street

    North Venice Blvd and Pacific Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking structure across the street from the restaurant. There is also a parking lot on the corner of Pacific Ave and North Venice Blvd. Please see the attendant for more details.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 742 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Westside

    Most Booked

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  1. JS

    JulieS

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is great and the servers are super friendly. The drink service, however, is super slow. We waited and waited for our drinks -- ate our appetizer before we were served. And round two....we were almost done with our entrees and had to ask for our drinks. Once we asked, they came right out. Will not deter me from coming back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We loved it. It was great, we’ll go back again.
  3. J

    Jshake

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal at Ospi. It was a nice night and we sat outside, which was great since it can get noisy inside. The spicy rigatoni, cacio de pepe pizza, crispy provolone and the other dishes we ordered were all incredible. Our service was outstanding and we look forward to our next visit.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Be ready for a huge price markup for their automatic 20% convenience fee and tax. The food was good but not worth the price
  5. S

    Stubacca

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome blossom. Cauliflower dates tahini oh my!
  6. DN

    DanielN

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was Outstanding! So delicious. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend🥰
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Get the eggplant and the spicy rigatoni!! I was torn when ordering these because, there are so many others that looked more interesting. At the recommendation of the server, I got these and my oh my, flavor bomb!!! I’ve been back with friends 2x already. Always delicious food and excellent service.
  8. e

    emrose

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu options, cocktails were incredible! Good for a date night or dinner with friends
  9. AH

    AlexisH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    terribel server in training, the lighting was awful and the service was so slow, food came out cold. Specifically told them it was for a birthday, they didnt even try to bring a dsesert menu, just not great would not go back.
  10. LR

    LaurieR

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great salads, fantastic pizzas. The fish, the pastas, all of it, delicious. Excellent service. Definitely in the rotation.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasant experience!
  12. CD

    CharlesD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Really overrated. The drinks weren’t mixed, all the dishes were drowning in dressing or sauces, and it was so loud inside that you can’t hear your companions. And, because they automatically add 24% gratuity, there is very little incentive for the staff to pay attention to customers.
  13. RL

    RLYW

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great with our reservation, service and food. Really great meal out with my daughters and wife.
  14. t

    timas

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have been to Ospi twice now and both times I dined alone, outside. I truly believe Ospi has the BEST vodka sauce pasta of any restaurant’s version (yes, it is better than Carbone’s). The kale salad is arguably one of the best salads I have ever eaten. The garlic fett’unta was perfection but next time I will try the seasonal special fett’unta (yesterday it was Prosciutto, stone fruit mostarda, and straciatella). This is a great date night, special occasion, or take-yourself-out-to-dinner spot. I drive an hour from the SFV to get to Ospi and it’s worth every second of my time! Can’t wait to bring my friends and family. Thank you Ospi.
  15. CP

    ChloeP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, one of my favorite spots in LA. My friend even said the eggs were the best he’s ever had. Kale salad was great, and the trendy bowl too! fast service! Simone P. Was an amazing waitress.
  16. SM

    SMDiner

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I don’t like that a 20% tip is added even for a party of two. While I generally tip 20%, that should be at my discretion. 20% tip 4% employee benefit surcharge 10% tax 34% in added charges on the meal is overkill.
  17. B

    Bonnie

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great server - unfortunately the outdoor dining is right next to tons of homeless people
  18. CN

    CNCN

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Inside is really nosy and loud but high energy. Outside is great.
  19. LL

    LLLL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and ambiance. Everything was exquisite.
  20. A

    Abby

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Order the Kale Salad + Spicy Rigatoni and you wont be sorry!!!
  21. l

    lfisher56

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great! Good food, a bit loud
  22. CG

    CG53

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Vibrant place , great service and attentive. Food was aggressively spiced and different flavors
  23. AM

    AmyM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was lovely and the staff was very friendly.
  24. M

    Marty

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, attentive service, and reasonable prices!
  25. J

    Jess

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is excellent. Service was fine but nothing spectacular and since the tip is included at 20% our party did not feel the service exceeded that and no additional tip was added.
  26. JK

    JohnK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We couldn't get a table so we made reservations at the bar. Steven and the rest of the crew did a great job. We were glad we sat at the bar when we left. Very knowledgeable about the menu. Food was on point!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The raschiatelli was amazing
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Ospi! The only thing to be aware of is that the ambiance is a bit loud!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing food but European portion sizes. I could have eaten twice as much. But it tasted phenomenal
  30. JL

    JulieL

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and really special server. We will definitely be back.
  31. RC

    RyanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best Italian food I’ve had in a long time. The pizza and spicy rigatoni we had was insanely good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy & delightful
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aaron was great!
  34. T

    Tggw

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent! My husband and I split the kale salad; I had the linguine colatura and my husband had the lemon tagliolini, both dishes delicious! We sat outside and the set up was very nicely done and cozy. All wait staff was extremely attentive! A lovely dinner celebrating our anniversary. Will definitely dine there again!
  35. K

    Kann

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Fun. Excellent service. Highly recommend the cauliflower.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    20% gratuity baked in with another 4% fee and didn’t listen to dietary requirements. Otherwise fine.
  37. CB

    ClarissaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely enjoyed my time at Ospi! Definitely be back and will recommend to everyone I know!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I came here for the first time two months ago when i was in town with a friend and It was amazing and that is why I made it mandatory to came back again. We made a reservation for a special occasion celebrating business successes and it was such a letdown so many levels. As soon as we got here we checked in the hostess and she said okay please wait and then the host comes looking for us 20 minutes later addressing us by the wrong name and so we kept saying no and then she had to go check with the other house and the other hostess was like yeah it’s them anyways after a lot of confusion she seats us with a lot of attitude. Seats us in a very uncomfortable corner on a table made for two and added a third chair which barely had enough space to be pulled out. I requested to be seated somewhere else she flat out said NO. I had to get up and ask another host for a different table. She made us wait again when there was literally an empty table for four. So while we are waiting a single man comes and requests a table without his party even present and he gets seated instead of us. We waited longer and longer that same host finally seats us with a stank face and then she walks away and talks to server as she’s pointing at us our server didn’t come till 20 mins later and well after that we put in our order and I could tell the quality has gone downhill the food arrived lukewarm the colors of the sauces weren’t as vibrant as the first time i was here and they brought us other peoples food orders at-least 6 times. Our server was in an out the whole night x the whole experience was a disaster and disappointment the company o brought with me weren’t impressed one bit. Maybe this is still a good spot if they don’t decide to overbook on reservations and serve us like the dmv.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing but they don’t pay for their employees health insurance and didn’t recognize the note i put in the reservation about a birthday celebration
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Food either came out incredibly and oddly quick or cold. Strange environment.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ospi using the Order Online button. Ospi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 443-5007.

Ospi is rated 4.7 stars by 742 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 122 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Ospi

2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Venice Blvd and Pacific Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking structure across the street from the restaurant. There is also a parking lot on the corner of Pacific Ave and North Venice Blvd. Please see the attendant for more details.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jackson Kalb

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (424) 443-5007

  • Catering

    Ospi is now catering your favorite Italian food. We offer both an a la carte menu as well as a packaged event menu to simplify your next party. Please follow the link and fill out the form online and our catering specialist will contact you shortly. (https://www.ospivenice.com/catering-orders/)

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room available above our bar. The room features a large natural oak table to seat up to 16, a private TV and sound system hook up, fresh flowers, and of course great food and service! Please follow the link and fill out the form so that our reservationist can book your party. (https://www.ospivenice.com/private-dining/)

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