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Buona Vita

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439 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3820
+1 310-379-7626
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I amazed by the wide variety of reviews for this Italian Resturant. This was our first visit and we were a party of three. Upon entering the restaurant (without reservations) we were immediately greeted by a very friendly member of the staff. We were seated at a table of our choice, directly after making a selection. We didn't know what... More 

Thank Larry R
Morton, Washington
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This evening started with a wonderful greeting at the door. Immediately we were taken to our table we were served Capprese and it had the most creamy mozzarella. The salmon was so fresh and served so appealingly. Every aspect of service was excellent. Loved it.

Thank Terre M
Sydney, Australia
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102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Found ourselves in Hermosa Beach late in the evening looking for a place to eat. Spotted Buona Vita and decided to give it a try. Atmosphere is rustic, the staff friendly and attentive and the food {especially the seafood) excellent. Prices were midrange and there was a good selection of drinks and wines. If you are in Hermosa Beach, have... More 

Thank roamingwulff2016
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106 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Have been there every time when visiting but felt the quality and selection was not what it use to be. That was a little disappointing. Service was good

Thank Diane A
Greenville, South Carolina
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

My friend and I took our young teens (3 boys and two girls) to dinner here and had a fabulous time. We were seated easily and taken care of immediately. Nice feature: bring your own wine if celebrating and there's no corkage fee. The meals are big and authentic. I'm usually pretty good about stopping when I'm full, but I... More 

Thank sweetdanat
Millersburg, Ohio, USA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were in the mood for Italian and this restaurant was close to our hotel and had good reviews on Trip Advisor. Those reviews were right on the mark. We were greeted and seated promptly. Our waiter was attentive and took good care of us. The food was outstanding. Any time we are in this area in... More 

Thank Melodymaker53
Redondo Beach, California
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102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Good food, terrible service. Read below why it's "4 strikes and you're more than out" when it comes to service and this restaurant. I came here with my wife on a Saturday night to celebrate her birthday. It's a small, cozy restaurant a few blocks from the Hermosa Pier- far enough away to avoid the "scene", but close enough to... More 

Thank LAsnowboarder
Yorba Linda, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Great food. Service is OK. And good wine on the wine list. The problem is that the wine is served warm. We had a good bottle of pinot noir at a reasonable price. The bottle wasn't presented or else I would have touched it and determined it was not close to the serving temperature (50-55F) and drank water. Hopefully these... More 

Thank RandallMay
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016

Was not busy when we got there as it was early. Service was great. Took own wine which was nice. The pasta was really good, but wouldn't recommend the chicken. Next time would just order a pasta dish. A really nice place which allows you to bring your own wine. Nice atmosphere. Good service.

1 Thank Jonet A
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015

Loved the atmosphere of this restaurant! Staff was very friendly, interesting menu and decent wine list. The scallops with artichoke hearts dinner was creative and fabulous. My husband and I will return on our next LA visit and highly recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank Harriet D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 439 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3820
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hermosa Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 310-379-7626

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?