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La Vecchia Cucina

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
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2654 Main St, Ste D, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4066 (Ocean Park)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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San Antonio, TX
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123 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a dining spot on Main in Santa Monica, we got a last-minute reservation at La Vecchia, and we were very glad we did. It reminded us of Scarpetta in NYC in terms of ambience and good Italian food. And for us that is a very good thing. The host was very accommodating and the service was cheerful. Most... More 

Thank SATXKen
Sydney, Australia
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104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a treat. Great service, even better food. The lamb chops were exceptional and I live in Aus so I know good chops. Great sizes....not too big but not small. My husband also said best tiramisu he has had in ages.

Thank Fiona S
Sydney, Australia
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156 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely meal. The restaurant had a classic Italian menu but had a modern sophisticated appearance. A busy bar added to the upbeat atmosphere. Serena served us and had a lovely welcoming manner and was helpful with recommendations. Fiona had the chops with a gorgeous balsamic glaze which she chewed to the bone. I had the penne arrabbiata... More 

Thank IanA63
Stockholm, Sweden
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68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the middle of Main St, this elegant Italian restaurant offers tasteful and well-cooked dishes. Where the typical US Italian often hesitates to go all-in when adding flavour and character to their food, La Vecchia Cucina delivers in all respects. Competent service, excellent wine list.

Thank jorrep
Herndon, Virginia
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very cute, white-linen restaurant, with large busy bar. Friendly and prompt service. Food came out extremely quickly! We arrived at 6:00 on a Tuesday evening and the tables were empty. Filled up by 7:00. Three entrees eaten - all got good reviews. Good creme brulee and chocolate molten lava cake. Enjoyed a terrific white chocolate dream martini, but my son... More 

Thank dszym
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

the food was very good and very reasonably priced on the pre- fix dinner the service was clearly 3rd rate take at least 10 minutes to get anything we asked for

Thank Don W
Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate dinner here one night. Excellent food and service. We split a pizza and salad. Bustling Italian restaurant on Main Street.

Thank datibeem
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111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

We ate in La Vecchia Cucina when we were staying in Santa Monica. In fact it was so good we ate there a second time. We enjoyed the burrata, pizza, salmon, branzino, linguine with clams, the salads and the desserts. Everything was delicious. Staff were outstanding, as was service. We really loved this restaurant, and we are used to eating... More 

Thank NyCindy
Marina del Rey, California
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109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

My husband and I went here for an anniversary dinner. We wish we had gone elsewhere because the ambience is not nice and it is very noisy with people shouting to get heard over others. However, we liked the food and will probably be back but not for a special occasion. There is a happy hour from 5-7pm and drinks... More 

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Edina, Minnesota
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358 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

A small white linen Italian Restaurant located on a street filled with great little spots. Definitely one of the better meals we had while spending a long weekend in Santa Monica. This neighborhood gem is located about a mile away from the pier and its throngs of tourists, yet was only about a 20-minute walk from our hotel on Ocean... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2654 Main St, Ste D, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4066
    (Ocean Park)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-399-7979

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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