Dono

Santa Monica
Tapas Restaurant
$$$$
Available for Reservations

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Los Angeles is head over heels in its current love affair with the Iberian peninsula—home to Spain and Portugal, with plenty of North African and Mediterranean influence. Landing next to Fia Steak and Fia, chef Brendan Collins is also behind Dono, which serves as a celebration of all things Spanish, with a sun-washed dining room that features a custom stained glass window in honor of St. Sebastian and a partitioned patio deck with heaters to stave off the evening wind. The menu is heavy on tapas like Sweet and Spicy Marcona Almonds, Spanish Olives, Croquetas Jamon, and plenty of conservas, plus large-format dishes like Spatchcock Piri Piri Chicken and Whole Grilled Sea Bass, in addition to a sizzling seafood paella, as well as a vegan version. Don’t disregard the dessert menu either, which presents Churros, Pastel de Nata, and Burnt Basque Cheesecake as worthwhile options. The cocktail menu is gin- and sherry-driven, with a trio of specialty sangrias on order. With a subtly smiling mural of Anthony Bourdain on its outside wall, Dono is definitely the sort of place that the late chef would have appreciated.

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