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La Cantina

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139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Stevensville, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always enjoy coming here even if its over 50 miles from home. The view of the river and dam is just beautiful...service and food are always great!

Thank 21FlorianJ
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love their spaghetti sauce. It is slightly sweet. Food is always served hot. Portions are huge which makes for great leftovers. Can't beat the bargain on Tuesdays - spaghetti and meatball for $3.50. We add garlic bread and get a great dinner including iced tea and tip for $20.

Thank Karen S
Dyer, Indiana
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Come here for the great sweet pasta sauce, but leave because the chef over cooked my chicken Parmesan an my friend ordered the walleye which still had the skin on it and some kind of gross jell like substance , we won't go back!

Thank 1975KJY
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

The portions were large but the taste was sub par for the price. Service was fine and they had a nice patio overlooking the river/lake but I would not go there again.

Thank Michael M
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for dinner with family and friends while here for the Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival! Great Sangria, Salad and Bread w/oil! Love their red sauce too!

Thank Tara M
Frankfort, Illinois
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

The food was excellent, but the service was off a bit. After driving from Illinois to get to our families summer home, we wanted a nice dinner out. We sat for about 20 minutes before being asked for drinks. Ordered dinner with soup, only to be told that the soup was all out and needed to have salad instead. Try... More 

Thank Kevin L
Otsego, Michigan
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Craving Italian? This is an excellent choice. You can sit inside or outside. Food is very good, made from old recipes and fresh ingredients. Family owned for over 80 years.

Thank TAMMY425
Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

I've been here multiple time and each time has always been delicious. As others have mentioned the food is great, but you do pay a little more. Unless you catch the spaghetti special ($3.50? I think). We had a great time outside, the only down side was service seemed slower outside than what we've had inside. Wasn't that busy so... More 

Thank bassdocktor
Portage, Michigan
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

We went to this restaurant shortly after they opened at 5:00 on a Thursday evening. by 6:00 it was filling up. It was a very nice place to eat. We had a table by the window with a water view. It is more expensive that we usually pay but my Pasta dish with 2 large mild sausages in it was... More 

Thank Janet W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Great food and fun decor (think olive garden meets Martha's vineyard) but you are going to pay for it. The pizza is phenomenal and the sausage is fantastic. Great place for adult gathering but not too friendly for small children. They do have a really nice outdoor eating area for this who wish to dine outside.

Thank SHortonhearsawho

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  Paw Paw
  • Phone Number: 12696577033
At La Cantina in Paw Paw, Michigan, we pair excellent hand-crafted Italian food cooked by great chefs with a casual and fun atmosphere. We offer a great casual fine dining experience. Our homemade sauce blend compliments any of our pastas and Italian meats. We offer veal, New York strip, certified black angus filet, lobster, mussels, walleye, and other seafoods and are even known for our mouth-watering BBQ ribs. And as the first restaurant to offer pizza in the Southwest Michigan area, our hearth-baked pizzas are sure to delight. With a large selection of appetizers, dessert specials, full bar, and wine offerings, you may come in for a snack and ending up staying for the evening enjoying delicious food and great conversation. La Cantina was founded in 1936 by Amo and Rose Scotese and continued by the efforts of their grandchildren and daughter Norma, who still shows up ready to work every day-even at the age of 92. When you're here, the La Cantina staff will make your feel right at home as part of the family, and your

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?