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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
All hours
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly Amazing food and service! I couldn't chose on the menu because everything looked so delicious! I will have to go back to try all the dishes!

Thank Badgal L
Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend took me to this nice place for a lunch. We started with a burrata which was lovely. The olive oil with garlic was tasty. We shared a pasta and a pizza and they were really good as well. Sorry that we couldn't eat tiramisu since we were so full. The prices are around 30 per person, without wine.

Thank portinarius
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and atmosphere. The vongole is great! Go there! We sat at the bar and ate even though didnt have to and the service was as good as any seat dining.

Thank tigerov
Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

LA is full of amazing authentic Italian restaurants, but this one should not be there 4.5 star along some of the best in town. As a food critic, I would put it at 3.5 for a good neighborhood stop. So if you know your food, don’t go in there with high expectations. The service was great!

Thank Mare A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 9 days in LA and ate here 3 times. Kept coming back for the food and great service. Really tasty food and friendly staff. Prices are unbeatable for the quality.

Thank RejsendeOnkelMack
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner at La Vecchia Cucina on Main Street in Santa Monica with our son, his fiance and her parents. The dinner had been highly-anticipated because it was the initial meeting of the parents. To add some interest, our future daughter-in-law's parents had just returned from Italy where they enjoyed some wonderful Italian food and wine. The Good: food... More 

Thank Jerry P
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of four ate at La Vecchia a little while back, and while we were very happy with the food and the service, heed the warnings about the garlic!!!! OMG, did we come out of there sweating garlic from our pores, and for the next day or two! The food was so worth it though. We ate way too... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I managed to get a table when we arrived in the weekday evening however the restaurant is obviously popular so if you were visiting on a weekend or with a larger group then a reservation may be advisable. We received complimentary warm bread and oil whilst browsing the menu which was very tasty. Our main courses were... More 

Thank missyrach
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Friday night , make reservation. Front desk and waitstaff on top of their game.large menu, and all our dishes were very good , as was dessert.Nice wine list with a nice wine glass. We are from the East Coast but always enjoy this restaurant.

Thank Budmanri
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Great food and excellent staff and management! Just celebrated my birthday here. This place has been here since the early 90s and the quality and atmosphere have always stayed the same as has most of the staff. Which says A LOT. Filled with regulars and newbies alike...it is always full, convivial and smells heavenly. Food and drinks are served with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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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