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“Fantastic Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Caffe Delfini

Caffe Delfini
Ranked #171 of 672 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pacific Palisades, CA
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always delicious and true Italian food. Fresh fish and pasta. Great service. Good wine list and specials everyday.

Visited October 2013
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Leeds England
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104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Flashlight provided to see you pasta”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

This pleasant Italian restaurant is lit by candles on the tables... And virtually nothing else. You would not be able to read the menu without the tiny flashlight thoughtfully provided for each diner. The menu is large with fairly standard Italian fare. Our pasta Norma tasted authentically of Sicily. Service pleasant and efficient.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great little Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Nice spot in West Channel Road just off of Highway 1. Quiet and intimate dining room offers a great spot for a romantic meal. Food is good standard italian fare and price are reasonable for Santa Monica!

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Valentine's nightmare”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We went for Valentine's Day. And it was a disaster. I understand this is a premium night for restaurants and expected to pay more than normal. But the owner's simple objective was to separate diners from their money. We started with a reservation guaranteed by a credit card. We arrived and were immediately offered a glass of Proseco at $14 per. A bottle of water was delivered to our table without asking--another $7. Then I ordered an $80 bottle of wine which they did not have but they generously offered another vintage for an additional $20 in lieu of doing the right thing and giving us the other wine at the same price. And while it was drinkable--it was not great. Seriously. Think anything from Trader Joes under $10. And that pretty much describes the food too! Digestible but not really enjoyable. The stracciatella was essentially a very bland consomme with spinach. I know this is a simple soup but it should not be devoid of taste. We both ordered the veal and it was edible though the meat was essentially overwhelmed by the sauce. We skipped dessert and left, waiting 20 minutes for our car to be unearthed from valet parking. The valet parker oddly swerved into an unlit parking space--strange behavior for sure. When we got home we found out why--the valet parkers had backed into a tire wall of some sort, essentially scraping all the paint off the right rear section of the bumper. The car, previously unblemished, needs for the entire bumper to be repainted.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Monica, California
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525 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely little resto by the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Just celebrated a pals birthday here. This is a great little hideaway type restaurant with consistently good Italian. They also make any of the pastas with Zucchini strings instead of pasta which might sound odd but is very delicious and healthy - especially the arrabiata version. They are very gracious and you get the feeling of being in a neighborhood place in Italy. Interestingly - some of the items are well priced and some are on the expensive side. So if you are on a budget don't rule this little gem out - you can 'order around' the expensive stuff. It is always packed so make sure you have a reservation!!

Visited January 2013
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