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La Vecchia Cucina
La Vecchia Cucina

La Vecchia Cucina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.LaVecchia.com
  • Phone: (310) 399-7979
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Mark Mollica
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for more details about your private event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ocean Park
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: City Metered Parking.
A word from La Vecchia Cucina
La Vecchia Cucina has been Santa Monica, California's finest neighborhood Italian restaurant since 1990, located by the blue Pacific on historic Main Street. Whether you're in the mood for a quick lunch, a full course dinner, an evening snack, or something in between, La Vecchia Cucina offers outstanding Italian cuisine, a great wine list, a luxurious selection of desserts, a full bar, great service and a relaxed atmosphere. News: La Vecchia Cucina is NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH all week. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I love it here, good food, great service, and good price point"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Been here many times, still pleases after all these years. Yep, a few thing's have been changed around and some dishes are a couple of dollars more but not too expensive. Not sure if they still have it since I am a light weight and didnt have it last week, however, liked the rosemary-infused vodka on the rocks. A girlfriend and I dropped by early eve. and had it and a delicious leisurely meal. Favorite dis is Farfalla La Veccia. Bow-tie pasta with lobster, soo good. It gets busy from about 7 p.m. until closing so make reservations."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Visiting LA from New York, a friend recommended this restaurant to us. We were a large group and they were able to accommodate us no problem. We had such a fantastic dinner that we came back again with another group of people a few days later and had an equally amazing meal. Everyone in our party enjoyed it so much..I highly recommend the pizza which my kids loved! the pastas were delicious..and the lasagne superb! A great scene..and excellent wine list. We definitely will be back when we visit LA again."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent Italian food, the bus staff was very attentive but the wait staff didn't check back very much. All together the food made up for the service short comings."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to La Vecchia for 23 year. This restaurant still our favorite, we are what one might considered "foodies". La Vecchia is the baseline for any restaurant that we go to. We have been to many 5 stars restaurant in Europe, Canada and Mexico - La Vecchia is always #1. Our favorite dishes are the lamb chops(Costelette D'Agnello) and the filet mignon (Filetto Al Porto) and for dessert the lemon curt tart with almonds."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Although a bit noisy and crowded, this Italian serves perfect old-school food. We eat here very time we visit Santa Monica. The kitchen is sure-handed and efficient. Salads are wonderful. Ceasar is bursting with garlic and lemon. My husband's caprese featured outstanding and creamy mozzarella. Pastas are done perfectly al dente. The veal piccata is unparalleled, perfectly cooked in a zingy lemon sauce with capers. Lasagna is delicious. The tiramisu is one of the best I've had. Shout out to Nico for running a smooth house. See you next time!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Always good food, but a very high noise level. Good waitstaff, but too long to take orders. Not exceptional bartenders? Lots of little kids until about 7:30."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Every time I go to La Vecchia, before the check arrives I'm already making plans to come back. The service was top notch, the food was spectacular and the portions perfect. Because it was a special occasion, the manager sent over a dessert on the house which was a wonderful way to end a fabulous meal. They've got a patron for life!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent service, white table cloths, great food. Fantastic place for special occasion, but I could eat there a couple times a week."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was very good, but would agree with others who said that they do not know how to handle the weekend business. Our 3rd person on party of 3 was a half hour late. Since we walked in the Manager at the computer made a big deal about wanting the table yet at no time did they absolutely need to seat it. After taking the table away, we told our party not to come. The two they sat bought two glasses of wine and entrees. Our 3rd party, who was bringing a 4th, would have spent over $200 as we did. When we ask for someone who might care, the guy who came over just wanted to argue our point. Our waiter Matt did a great job. As busy as they were, he read that we wanted to take our time. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great Italian food and generous portions. Everything our table had was excellent The service was attentive."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Had the cappelini and marinara. It was great. I highly recommend it"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Every time my family and I visit from the Boston area we have dinner at La Vecchia Cucina. It's one of our favorite places to eat in Santa Monica. The food and service are always outstanding and there is always a vibrant scene in the restaurant no matter which night of the week we visit. We can't wait for our next visit to Santa Monica and our next dinner at this Santa Monica gem."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "As the title says, this was my first time dining at La Vecchia Cucina and I will definitely return. I loved everything about the restaurant. Inviting ambiance, friendly host, great service and oh my, the food was superb. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Very good food that is well priced. Our reservation was Saturday at 7:45. We were finally seated after more than a 30 minute wait without any apology. Once we were seated the service was good. The noise level was pretty unbearable. There are very good ceiling sound absorption panels out there...would really help. Would definitely go back but on an off night. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Loved everything about the experience. Best Old Fashioned cocktail I've ever had. Misto salad was best of this type I've ever had. My wife had the ocean trout (closer to a salmon than a trout) and I had the Branzinni (sic?) fish... wow what flavors.... mine had a bit much butter but heck..why care when the taste buds were singing! Dessert was an amazing light, delicate, hazelnut crusted meringue with lemon cream inside dusted with powder.... OMG.... also the cappucino was one of the finest I've ever had. We were 10 minutes late for our 6:30pm reservation but they seated us immediately anyway."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The pastas and fish were very fresh and well-prepared, a small but good and reasonably priced wine list, and professional service."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We've dined at La Vecchia many times over the past many years but haven't been lately as it's typically pretty jammed unless you make a reservation sufficiently in advance. I made a reservation on Open Table on a last minute whim for a Friday night. We were greeted promptly, our table was ready when we arrived despite the fact that there were several parties waiting (probably didn't use Open Table), and the service was top notch - very attentive. The food was terrific and each in our party of 3 ordered different appetizers and main courses and all were pleased. Definitely going to put La Vecchia back in my dining rotation. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had noticed La Vecchia on Main St. and 3 of us decided to come here for a birthday celebration. We each ordered from the Specials Menu and we each loved our meal. I had an excellent seafood tagliatelle! The regular menu is extensive--and so is the wine list--and there is a large choice of daily specials. The service is friendly and it's easy to talk over a meal. The prices are reasonable for this kind of dining. We're definitely coming back! "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "La Vecchia is consistently excellent. Superb fried calamari with marinara sauce, wonderful pizzas and excellent wine selections. Professional wait service who make guests feel welcome and appreciated. Also a value that can't be beat."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "One of the best west of 405. We eat here once or twice a month. A place you can take just about everyone."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "As usual, excellent service, food and ambience. We always have a great time there. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went to la Cecconis cucina on recommendation of friends. The food was very good, for children portions were halved and we loved the fact that we could look in the kitchen and see the food being prepared. The price was very reasonable for the quality and there is a real buzz in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I were staying in Santa Monica and asked the concierge for a recommendation for a great Italian restaurant. He told us about La Vecchia Cucina. What a delight!! Great service, unbelievable food. The Burrata salad was exquisite. Homemade Limoncello was to die for. Definitely a new favourite. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Thank you for taking such great care of us..I used to send clients when I was a concierge at Shutters and they are the best staff and food is incredibly delicious! ALWAYS amazing. Thank you!!! We will be back very soon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A great neighborhood haunt that we frequent often. Everyone is very nice. Their penne arrabiata and burrata salad are both yummy! Also, a very well-priced happy hour with good wines and a nice selection."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food and service consistently excellent. good preparation always results in a real treat. service is just right."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "For years I made La Vecchia a regular stop whenever I was in Santa Monica (about 6 times a year) . I enjoyed the lively ambiance, the food and the service. All were top shelf. I hadn't been to SM for about 4 years now but my wife and I decided to celebrate a bit with an extended weekend and first stop was back to LV. The service remained exceptional and the restaurant once again had a lively vibe to it even after 8 on a Wednesday. The food was excellent. I had to try my old favorite pasta, penne arrabiata and was happy to find it was still delicious - spicy and tasty, as well as properly al dente. My wife had spaghetti and garlic and oil and thought it was perfect. She paired it with a caprese salad that featured excellent fresh mozzarella"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food was ok, table was not great, service was ok. The olive oil that came with the bread was way too garlicky"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Best spaghetti and meatballs in So CAL. Their Porterhouse steak cannot be beat by the best steakhouses in LA."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My family and I were on vacation for Spring Break. We researched dinner spots in the Venice Beach area and, thanks to the reviews on Open Table, we made a great choice! The food and service were amazing. One of our favorite dining experiences in Southern California..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been going to la Vecchia for years and it is still one of my favorites. When the owner works in the kitchen with the staff daily you know there will be consistency! Great menu and great quality."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been coming here for years and it never disappoints! The foccaccia is beyond fresh and every dish that I've had - salads, pizzas, pastas, meats and seafood is well-prepared and fresh. Love this place. The only slight criticism I have is that it can be very noisy so definitely not romantic or a place to have a serious discussion."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This is still my favorite Italian restaurant in LA. However, I have learned my lesson not to go there on a Friday night and I am guessing Saturday would be more of the same. The food was great as always, but the service was just fair. It took three times of asking to bring more bread and drinks. And, every time I eat there, I request the same table, which I am always granted. This time, not so. Their reason, too busy. So again, lesson learned. I will not go there on a Friday or Saturday night again, They don't accommodate table requests and once again, the service was just adequate. Every other night, for sure, for sure."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was good, but the tables are a bit too close together. If you don't want to overhear your neighbors conversation, nor wish to engage in chit chat with them, not the place to go to. On the other hand.... may be just what you're looking for.... Our server was very good and personable, not an easy thing when a place is hopping. Obviously popular with the locals, at least from our experience."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I met 2 friends for lunch. The waiter recommended the pre-fix lunch. The food was great price was very reasonable. I would highly recommend for lunch."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We go to La Vecchia whenever we want a fabulous meal, great bread, great service and friendly atmosphere. It's by far the best Italian food in Los Angeles. The servers are the best and the pastas are fantastic. We are there once a week!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal. Thank you for the welcome and the great service"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Once again the meal was wonderful!!!! My nephew from NY said it was the best penne in pinks sauce that he ever had....."
    Dined on 2/20/2014