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Caffe Pinguini

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6935 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90293-7674 (Culver Blvd)
+1 310-306-0117
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10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Mon 10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Italian restaurant Los Angeles-Playa del Rey, near LAX and Manhattan...
Italian restaurant Los Angeles-Playa del Rey, near LAX and Manhattan Beach.Authentic Italian food and wine, outdoor patio, soft music, candle light and Italian hospitality.Caffe Pinguini has been the neighborhood Italian restaurant since 1997.Located just one block from the beach and only a few minutes away from LAX airport, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Marina del Rey, Venice and Playa Vista.Healthy Italian recipes, home-made bread, pasta, seafood, steaks, pizza and plenty of daily specials, romantic atmosphere and great service will assure you a great experience every time you dine at this little Italian "colony" in Southern California, you will feel like in Italy since the moment you walk through the door!
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    Very good
  • 8
    Average
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious food and good service

My wife and I recently enjoyed a meal outside in July and had a great time. The soup with Italian sausage and tortellini was amazing. I had a filet with Gorgonzola that was perfect and my wife had the special prawns diavolo. The waiter was attentive and helpful. The only complaint was the hostess... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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English first
Los Angeles, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My wife and I along with a visiting guest had a very nice lunch today on July 30, 2015 at Caffé Pinguini. The fish specials sounded very good, but no prices were offered. Since we were treating our guest, I was reluctant to ask the price. Recalling that the highest priced entrée on the lunch menu was something like $18,... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great Italian restaurant with great atmosphere. The lobster pasta special was great and you can also get a half order which is nice. We also had the burratta which was excellent. The Pinot Noir was also very good. I enjoyed my dinner and would definitely go back. They also had options for the kids which was good.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

My wife and I love Italian from Italy to little Italies all over North America. Caffe Pinguini almost makes you feel as if you are in Italy. The pastas are all Al dente with delicious but not overstated sauces and the pizzas are A-1. Service is excellent Prices are fair

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My wife and I recently enjoyed a meal outside in July and had a great time. The soup with Italian sausage and tortellini was amazing. I had a filet with Gorgonzola that was perfect and my wife had the special prawns diavolo. The waiter was attentive and helpful. The only complaint was the hostess ignoring us while we stood in... More 

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Seattle
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We stumbled upon this place after arriving at nearby LAX. Valet parking was immediate and convenient. Good selection of entrees and salads and more. We shared a Caesar salad and a pizza. The salad was excellent and was brought to us on two plates. (Obviously the server told the kitchen we would share it.) The pizza was less successful but... More 

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I had the fettuccini with veal marinara sauce and my wife had fettuccini with cream sauce. Both were delicious. Atmosphere and service were a little off otherwise would rate an excellent.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Even though there are many, many very good Italian restaurants, I can count on one hand the number that I believe rise to this level of quality, atmosphere, and service and I've probably experienced hundreds. My wife and I went there to celebrate her milestone birthday. A friend recommended it as a very special place. I cannot say enough good... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Wonderful selection of Italian entrees, near the beach. Easy parking and very accommodating and friendly staff. Very reasonably priced. Very crowded but not noisy. We were dining with old friends and could easily and comfortably carry on a conversation.Disappointed with my wine choice. Fault on me.

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Initially very busy and noisy. Food was reasonable although the menu was limited for higher end Italian, and we felt we were an inconvenience, with drinks flung down and orders taken at the speed of light. Locals might fare better.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We tried this restaurant after seeing it in Playa del Rey and checking it out on Trip Advisor. The place is slightly upscale with both indoor and outdoor seating. Our waiter, Luca, an Italian from Milan, Italy was excellent. I knew he was Italian as soon as he pronounced my Italian last name from our reservation correctly. The food was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6935 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90293-7674
    (Culver Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Westside
  • Neighborhood: Westside
  • Phone Number: +1 310-306-0117

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic

Description

Italian restaurant Los Angeles-Playa del Rey, near LAX and Manhattan Beach.Authentic Italian food and wine, outdoor patio, soft music, candle light and Italian hospitality.Caffe Pinguini has been the neighborhood Italian restaurant since 1997.Located just one block from the beach and only a few minutes away from LAX airport, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Marina del Rey, Venice and Playa Vista.Healthy Italian recipes, home-made bread, pasta, seafood, steaks, pizza and plenty of daily specials, romantic atmosphere and great service will assure you a great experience every time you dine at this little Italian "colony" in Southern California, you will feel like in Italy since the moment you walk through the door!
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?