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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: 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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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice Italian place by the beach

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
44Boppa
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Seattle
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  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Seattle
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112 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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486 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 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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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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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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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>  > Westside
Open Hours:
Monday 10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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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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