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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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Mon 10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Playa Vista, CA.
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91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff makes this place A+ but the dishes are divine...yes heavenly. The portions are substantial but one does not partake for the size of the meal on the plate. Your palate will get a most welcomed workout! Close your eyes take a bite and fall into complete bliss.

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Thank Dar B
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I dined at this restaurant for lunch after visiting the beach in Playa Del Rey. We are on the patio since we were still wet from the beach. It was a very comfortable atmosphere. Our waiter had a very thick Italian accent and it was obvious that he knew the menu and how everything was prepared. We... More 

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Thank Brennan W
USA
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108 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding menu! Gracious Staff! Authentic Italian ambiance as well as superb presentation, prepared to perfection. Lovely experience after a long journey to beautiful Playa del Rey! Several repeat visits during our two week stay, including placing orders for take away as well :-) .

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Thank clearbrook6
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Our best meal treat. Small little authentic Italian restaurant near the beach. Wonderful pastas, salads, desserts.

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1 Thank cynthiabH654FV
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

This was our first visit to Caffe Pinguini, and we discovered a real gem. The restaurant has a very comfortable vibe and the sense of a long-established restaurant. The service was excellent. Wine list had an nice variety of both American and Italian wines. My wife and I were there with 5 other people, and everyone thought their entrees were... More 

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1 Thank wiscbill2014
Spicewood, Texas
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231 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016 via mobile

Three of us had dinner on January 26. Our pasta dishes were excellent. We all agreed that this was Italian at it's best. It was better than restaurants we recently visited in Vienna and Florance. Service was very friendly and helpful with excellent suggestions. I highly recommend this restaurant and we will return

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1 Thank Jerry G
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Good food and ambiance. Ask to be in the main dining room or patio for best experience. Takes reservations and has valet service. Better than some of the other trendy places in Playa del Rey.

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Thank grammy723
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

No need to cook when this little gem is down the street. Small children at home moved us to opt for takeout. Called ahead and the food was ready in 20 minutes. Delicious! We had Bolognaise, Pesto, Arrabiata, and A La Vodka sauces on various pastas. Get extra bread....they make it themselves and is so good.

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1 Thank Peg H
Auckland, New Zealand
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

caffe Pinguini came highly recommended by an Italian work colleague. Lived up to all our high expectations. The waiter recommended the bacon pasta and it was superb. Lovely cafe with indoors and outdoors and close to the airport at Palaya del Rey. Must go. definitely will go again.

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1 Thank Alan G
Marina del Rey, California
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Four of us went to dinner and we all truly enjoyed the meal and restaurant. Service was excellent, as were the dishes we ordered. Had the rack of lamb and pasta dishes.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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
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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