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Cafe Carolina

$$ - $$$
South San Fernando Valley
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17934 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91316-3632 (Zelzah Ave.)
+1 818-881-8600
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:30 - 21:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We originally tried this hidden gem because they offered gluten free choices for my celiac diagnosed granddaughter. Our entire family loves this family run restaurant. Not unusual for 8 or more orders of their gnocchi for our group of 12! My very Italian husband passed away some years ago and he would've loved this charming restaurant so my kids and... More 

Thank DesertRatCalifornia
Los Angeles, California
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573 reviews
464 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I absolutely love this place! The best italian restaurant in the valley! The food is absolutely delicious and the service is phenomenal! I highly recommend this place. There's really nothing for me to complain about. There is metered street parking available.

Thank nlee1220
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I have been wanting to try this restaurant for quite some time...for years, as I drove down Ventura Blvd and passed it I would tell my husband, "Oh man, I want to try that place...". Saturday night was the night. We drove by, pulled over, looked at the menu online (wow, times have changed) and saw homemade gnocchi on the... More 

Thank Chachairis
Saratoga Springs, New York
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Our group of ten enjoyed a great dinner last night. Red sauce was excellent. Salads good too. Pastas and pizza all above average. Prices are reasonable for the area. Recommend without hesitation.

Thank ef10s2
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
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87 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Our Anniversary - My daughters treated us to this wonderful culinary experience. The food was prepared so well. I am Sicilian and , Wow, there were wonderful spices and flavors combined for superbness upon my palate. Linguine Adriatico [Fresh Shrimp] was a delight. Funghi Linguine - Linguine Lobster , all of these dishes were prepared so well. Our table of... More 

Thank kaatok
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269 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

Family members enjoyed multiple layer lasagna and pasta with bolognese sauce. Am huge homemade gnocchi fan and was not disappointed with my gnocchi selection which I had with delicious pesto sauce. Homemade apple strudel and the carob coconut torte were tasty treats at end too!

Thank kkr67
Los Angeles, California
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

My wife and I love this little neighborhood gem in Encino. They have an excellent regional Italian menu, which has new offerings all the time, and a warm and friendly staff. The quality of the food is excellent and the corkage fee is marginal. We've brought many friends here for the first time and they've all loved it. They don't... More 

Thank rnewcomb33
Brooklyn, NY
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115 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

Not sure what everyone is talking about. We went there and the server didn't really check up on us - she did with the big party next to us. The food was ok. The rice balls were the highlight of the meal. Also there was a weird smell in the restaurant that night. Won't return.

Thank GivemeaTfortravel
Henderson, Nevada, United States
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Cafe Carolina is a small italian restaurant located on ventura blvd in Encino. The make all their gnocchi from scratch. They have good ravioli. Their soups and salads are good.

Thank Jason S
Bozeman, Montana
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015

Fantastic and simple food! Chef Guiseppe Dossi has passed down his family's Italian heritage beautifully! The salads are awesome (love the Beet and Lentil Salad), soups are simple and clean, and the pastas are lovely! The Gnocchi dishes are some of the best, especially the Spinach and Ricotta dumplings! I have been going to Cafe Carolina for about 10 years,... More 

Thank rangaperera

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17934 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91316-3632
    (Zelzah Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Ventura Blvd at Zelzah Ave. (west of White Oak.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > South San Fernando Valley
  • Neighbourhood: South San Fernando Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 818-881-8600

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