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Caffe Pinguini

6935 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90293-7674 (Venice / Beach Areas)
+1 310-306-0117
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Ranked #1,021 of 8,645 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Mon 10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Neighborhood: Venice / Beach Areas
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Culver Blvd
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!
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English first
San Diego, Ca
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We have eaten at this cafe one other time (a few years ago) and by the end of the evening we were reminded that our feelings had not changed. This is a restaurant that just gets by with being good but not great. No one there seems to be striving (as they are across the street and in so many... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is my second time visiting this restaurant and I was even more impressed by the atmosphere, service and food than the first time. Tucked away on an unassuming corner of Culver Blvd just as it ends at the Pacific is a transplanted piece of Italy. I used to ravel extensively to Rome and Milan and was always amazed at... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My husband and I recently celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary and decided to go to Café Pinguini in Playa Del Rey. It was a wonderful evening of delicious food and extremely friendly and courteous staff. We arrived at 7:00p.m. and had 6 courses, we split each one to have a kind of tasting menu, and left at 10:00p.m. We tried... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Delightful authentic Italian restaurant just a block from the ocean. Came here for dinner with family (who are regulars) on a Saturday evening for dinner. The regulars we were with gave us excellent recommendations and they ordered up the wine. We were very satisfied with the before dinner bread, our pasta dishes, the wine, and the service. Would highly recommend... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Wow. One of the best meals I've had in a while. We ordered the salad of the day, which we shared, and the chicken piccata (thin, not overcooked pieces of chicken breast in white wine, lemon and butter sauce - yum!) and the fettuccine contadina (homemade fettuccine - light, delicate, delicious - with peas, mushrooms, pancetta and a cream sauce).... More 

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This little cozy and romantic restaurant located a block from the beach in LA’s quaint Playa Del Rey, just 15 minutes from LAX is real gem. With nice outside patio is delightful place to enjoy pleasant California weather for lunch or dinner. If you have more than 3 hours layover at LAX, it is worth a trip. Italian food at... More 

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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Three of us ate here one Tuesday evening and all of us thought this was very good. We didn't drink alcohol, so it cost about $35/head which I thought was good value. I had veal with lemon and it was very good indeed - very light and exactly what I wanted. Would definitely visit again.

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Southampton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

The best meal we have eaten yet, on a three week trip across California. Attentive service and delicious pasta. Not the cheapest place to eat; $55 per head with wine and coffee, but the quality of food was worth it.

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Malibu, California
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321 reviews 321 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Really good. Excellent service. Food that matches the service. Surprisingly large inside. A bit expensive...4 instead of 5 stars. I'll certainly return to this secret spot. Can't go wrong with this authentic food.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The food is always great here. The service is also good. They have a take away service if you are on the run.

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Additional Information about Caffe Pinguini

Address: 6935 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90293-7674
Phone Number: +1 310-306-0117
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Venice / Beach Areas
Open Hours:
Monday 10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30

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