Bigger isn't always better, as evidenced by delicious tapas, champion jockeys, and mercifully abridged editions of Moby Dick. Savor the superiority of miniature mouthfuls with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of tapas fare and drinks at Santino's in Santa Monica.
Santino's serves tapas and hearty entrees in an interactive social atmosphere, which boasts themed-cuisine nights and live music three days a week. The dinner menu showcases a bustling herd of tapas, packing a palatable small-plate punch. Let tongues tread over an untamed tangle of flavor with the Patagonia lamb ragu, red-wine-stewed lamb alongside red bliss potatoes ($8.50), or a choice of two empanadas Argentinas with eggplant, spinach, beef, or chicken fillings ($5.99). Sample creamy lobster ravioli tossed in homemade pink sauce and parmesan ($16.95), or swim upstream to tickle seared salmon with Moroccan-style rice, all drizzled with coconut-red-Thai curry sauce ($16.50). Omnihungry stomachs can direct their growly serenade toward delectable breakfast and lunchtime fare or toward sound-effects engineers working on a new werewolf movie.
Santino's interior dazzles diners' peepers with vibrantly colored artwork and eclectic wine-cork-constructed décor. Bust a move or sculpt a bust while listening to live music on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights, or relax while sipping one of the eatery's fruit-laden sangrias.
Santino's Tapas & Grill's friendly chefs and servers delight patrons with warm welcomes, a convivial tapas-bar atmosphere, and menu of shareable plates, delicious pastas, paninis, and steaks. The outgoing staff members pride themselves in making each guest feel at home, entertaining visitors with positive energy, witty banter, and sophisticated Vaudevillian comedy routines. As diners eagerly devour fresh salads, mouthwatering Spanish finger food, and juicy cuts of meat, a colorful display of weathered-wood accents, colorful artwork, and interesting cork sculptures excites the eyeballs.