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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 #1,632 of 8,564 restaurants in Los Angeles
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Price range: $21 - $30
Mon 10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Venice / Beach Areas
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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25 reviews from our community

68% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
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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230 reviews 230 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Los Angeles
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Our first time. We were very well taken care of by Meo, even though the restaurant was very busy. The food reminded us of our recent vacation in Italy, authentic, well seasoned generous portions and a Tiramisu that was elegant and light. Excellent meal, we'll be back.

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New York City, New York
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127 reviews 127 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Charming outdoor space. Had a great experience on our recent visit with my family. Our waiter was very gracious and attentive. We appreciated the fact that he was Italian and shared stories about his hometown. The appetizers, entrees and wine were great. I'd definitely return to this restaurant.

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Berlin, Germany
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142 reviews 142 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This place prides itself on being particularly and authentically Italian. I get it, but he food was not particularly unique and it was overpriced. Come on: $7.50 for a couple of scoops of chocolate sherbert and a couple of berries? I've been to Italy tons of times and I've paid a lot more for food there in tops places, but... More

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Houston, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Caffe Pinguini is a truly delightful authentic Italian owned and operated restaurant. Lovely quiet and romantic atmosphere. We had soup and pizza. The soup was really outstanding, reminded me of the soup we had in Italy! Pizza was delicious. They also have homemade Gelatto. The best I have had in U.S. I had cappuccino flavored and my husband had salted... More

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playa del rey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Great romantic cafe on Playa del Rey beach intersection.Food is fantastic if not pricey. Extensive wine list and wine tasting events. Great place for anniversary, birthday, special event in a cozy atmosphere with outdoor garden.

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Sydney, Australia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We selected Pinguini on the recommendation on the playa del ray inn and were not disappointed. We dined in the outdoor section and as the night cooled they turned on the gas heaters which kept us comfortable. While it was a bit on the pricey side, we did order some of the premium seafood including a very good special of... More

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San Diego, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Restaurant is very dark inside, especially the center of the room. I had to hold the menu up in front of my face trying to read it. The waiter came along and pushed the candle from the center of the table towards me which did not help any. He then brought some bread and olive oil but no balsamic vinegar... More

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