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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)
11:00 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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498 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Perry, Ohio, United States
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was so excited to try this restaurant. Except I ordered half orders on two dishes yet didn't get charged half. I was given some half-baked answer however that I received "a little more than half." I couldn't keep a straight face. Are you serious?! Offer half, serve half, charge half. This isn't rocket science.

Thank Melissa V
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189 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is very busy Friday night. We didn't have reservations so senate at the bar in front of the pizza oven. It was nice and private and we were able to talk. We made it for the last five minutes of happy hour (4-7 pm). The food is good, it is on the high side but generally worth the... More 

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San Antonio, TX
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121 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 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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164 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 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 August 7, 2016 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 August 4, 2016

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 

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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, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
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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