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6935 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90293-7674 (Venice / Beach Areas)
+1 310-306-0117
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Ranked #723 of 8,696 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $21 - $30
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
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English first
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
Top Contributor
416 reviews 416 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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
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
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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