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Caffe Pinguini

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6935 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90293-7674 (Culver Blvd)
+1 310-306-0117
Mon 22:30 - 18:00
Tue 22:30 - 17:30
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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450 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

This restaurant is off the beaten path near the beach and quite unassuming from the outside. Once inside it is cosy but a delight. The staff are very accommodating and available at anytime. The menu has all you would expect in a good Italian restaurant. The food is perfectly prepared. The prices are very reasonable. This place is worth a... More 

Thank Ian B
Los Angeles, California
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Cafe Penguini is located in Playa Del Rey, steps from the beach, across from Playa Provisions. Look for the adorable penguin signs...and don't let the unassuming outside of the restaurant fool you! Inside the restaurant is a delight for the eyes, and immediately communicates fine dining. The restaurant is small and intimate, conducive to conversation. The staff is welcoming and... More 

Thank Lois V
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

If you like Italian food, you try Caffe Pinguini in Play del Rey, California. While the location of the restaurant is a little off the beaten path, it is a gem hidden near the beach. Owned by two owner from Rome, the food is excellent. The four of us at dinner each had something different: risotto, linguini mare, veal piccata,... More 

Thank breton l
Syracuse, New York
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

It's safe to eat pasta here. It's the real deal. The waiter, from Rome, possibly the owner, was amazing, humorous and ultimately gracious. You're safely in the hands of a professional. I ordered the sea bass and a side of pasta aglio olio. It was perfectly cooked. The fish though was better than perfect. It was golden on the outside,... More 

Thank joeyrockets
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

If you are a real foodie you'll probably fall in love with this restaurant, everything is made from scratch and it's clear, you can smell the deliciousness of the food, before you even start eating. The Chilean Sea Bass is unbelievably good, probably their signature dish.

Thank Luca P
Fort Collins, Colorado
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125 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We got here pretty early for a Saturday evening. Had two kiddos with us. Staff was wonderful, supplying pens and scrap paper so the kids could draw while my friend and I caught up. Delicious potato and leek soup. They specially prepared pasta for the kids, and the children loved the desserts. I pride myself on eating out with kids... More 

Thank Satisfaction7
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Great burrata and Prosciutto appetizer, nice atmosphere. Fresh pasta fra diavolo with prawns and sea bass were excellent.

Thank murdock007
San Diego, California
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764 reviews
419 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

From the outside it looks like an awesome restaurant. Nice ambience and location. I think they try to make it a little too fancy sometimes. Prices are a bit high for what you get.

Thank CaribbeanFan79
Brisbane, Australia
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638 reviews
379 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Visiting our friend in Playa Del Rey and decided to all cruise around. As luck would have it, we found Caffe Penguini and somehow we were seated within 10 minutes on a Friday evening. Every table was occupied but you can still converse without shouting. Why so dark? A little more light would be appreciated. We were impressed with the... More 

Thank Pauline K
Playa Vista, CA.
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118 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The staff makes this place A+ but the dishes are divine...yes heavenly. The portions are substantial but one does not partake for the size of the meal on the plate. Your palate will get a most welcomed workout! Close your eyes take a bite and fall into complete bliss.

Thank Dar B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
22:30 - 18:00
22:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6935 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90293-7674
    (Culver Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Westside
  • Neighbourhood: Westside
  • Phone Number: +1 310-306-0117
Italian restaurant Los Angeles-Playa del Rey, near LAX and Manhattan Beach.Authentic Italian food and wine, outdoor patio, soft music, candle light and Italian hospitality.Caffe Pinguini has been the neighborhood Italian restaurant since 1997.Located just one block from the beach and only a few minutes away from LAX airport, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Marina del Rey, Venice and Playa Vista.Healthy Italian recipes, home-made bread, pasta, seafood, steaks, pizza and plenty of daily specials, romantic atmosphere and great service will assure you a great experience every time you dine at this little Italian "colony" in Southern California, you will feel like in Italy since the moment you walk through the door!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?