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“Excellent +++ (most days)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Cucina Italian Grill

La Cucina Italian Grill
Ranked #2 of 17 Restaurants in Sunset Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent +++ (most days)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

My very favorite Italian restaurant. We have eaten here dozens of times... and did not have a less than exceptional meal except for two times, both being "special" menu holidays. My very favorite dish is the chicken carbonara, but EVERY sauce is exquisite. All of their traditional Italian dishes are fantastic also, if you prefer red sauce. Also the very best bread ever.
The only negative about this place is their special menu (i.e Mothers Day). Stick with this place the other 360 days of the year.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cary, North Carolina
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181 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Good service and good food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

We tried this restaurant in the past and gave it excellent reviews. We ate here this weekend and found the food to be average. My husband had his usual Chicken Parmesan and I had the Stuffed Shells. The sauce was good and the portion size was large. The food quality was not as good as we had previously. I understand this restaurant does get crowded. We ate at 4:30 and left at 5:30. There were quite a few open tables. The staff reports it does get crowded around 6:30, so a reservation is recommended for a later dining time.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Located in a strip mall behind a grocery store this place is special. Excellent garlic toast to begin and THEN Cesar Salad offered with anchovies. Two excellent veal dishes where the veal was tender enough to cut with a fork. Pork chop Marsala was not as tasty. The waiter was attentive and has a great memory. Dress can be very casual.

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Thank Ken R
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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75 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“VERY good Italian at the beach!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

We ate at La Cucina last evening and found it a real treat! Both the chicken dishes and the pasta are delightful, and the bread is some of the best I have ever eaten! Salads are crisp, and dressings are homemade. The Caesar salad is especially good. Prices are very reasonable, making it the best Italian in the Sunset/Ocean Isle/Calabash areas. Highly recommended!!!

Visited April 2014
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North Carolina
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Service and Food just great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

John, our waiter was so professional and attentive. Wine, meal and service could not be beat. Had lasagne and my wife had flounder francese and both were delicious. A regular stop but be mindful that because of its present popularity, reservations a must particularly on weekends and in season.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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