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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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Hours:
Mon 10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dining options: 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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Italian Cuisine by the Beach

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Steve N
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Reservations
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37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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430 reviews 430 reviews
327 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
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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Manhattan Beach, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We have been dining at this restaurant for over 15 years. Never had less than a great meal here. Highly recommended.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Seeking great Italian food, cooked and delivered by true, authentic Italians- this is the place. Went there for our New Year's Eve Dinner and it was molta bene (very good). As true Italians it is hard to eat good Italian food out, but this is worth the time and money. And the service is great also. Once again, a nice... More 

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San Diego, Ca
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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?