La Vecchia Cucina
La Vecchia Cucina

La Vecchia Cucina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lavecchia.com/
  • Phone: 3103997979
  • 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.
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La Vecchia Cucina reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (42)special occasion (41)romantic (28)great for lunch (25)vibrant bar scene (21)notable wine list (21)hot spot (20)good for groups (17)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Good Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was great, grabbed an appetizer that consisted of steamed clams and mussels, and a ragu of lamb!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and servive
    Jason
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food and service were both great. We had a couple of the salads (my wife and I shared the Wedge Salad), the Lasagna, a couple of pastas and Salmon. All of it was very good. It came out timely and was hot. The bread was excellent. It came with some oil with a little garlic/basil, very tasty. Go early if you can. Went for dinner with my daughter and her friend at 6:30 on a Friday night and it was a little busy, but by 7:15 it was packed. Service was still very good though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great place to celebrate!
    Kristine314
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Celebrated a friend's birthday here the other night and it was fantastic! Service was great, food incredible, wine affordable. I highly recommend this for a smaller celebration of 8 or less and it's a small restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have sworn off reviews for open table but cant resist giving this restaurant it's due. The food was really delicious and in an area that abounds with restaurants this one has been going for so long and continues to keep the quality of the food and the menu tops. I would have dinner there anytime as opposed to some of the trendier spots nearby. Definitely a "must go".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food With Plenty of Noise
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I like this restaurant very much.....service is always accommodating, bread is good, ambiance is pleasant (tables are very close to one another), mixed green salad was enjoyable and my Chicken Milanaise was outstanding. Other in our party enjoyed their pasta dishes. We are older so the noise was a factor in our liking the place rather than loving it. The acoustics are such that we would either go very early or late in hopes that we could tolerate the din. The style of the day is NOISE!!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fred13da
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Can always count on good food and service. Nice vibe but too loud!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian crowd-pleaser
    ChuckT
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were looking for a good restaurant close to where we are staying in Venice. Found LVC based on online reviews and our group of 5 adults gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. We were seated within 15 minutes of our actual res. time on a busy Friday night. Waitress was attentive, engaging, and helpful. We had a wide variety of dishes and everyone said their food was excellent. Good wine selection. Definitely an "energetic" noise level. We enjoyed it, were glad we went, and would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still great but
    visitfromvan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    visiting from vancouver I often stop at Levecchia and have always looked forward to taking friends and family with me. Still a great spot but found on this trip it had slipped a notch . Portions seemed to be larger, took longer and didn't quite live up to the hype i'd given them . I felt like i was at cheesecake factory when the salad arrived. Still a good four out of five for me but first few times I was there it was a full on five . Tasty and great service
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good start, but too much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Hate to be a downer, but after a decent start with the apps (burratta special was the only real lone standout of the night) the meal crashed and burned with the entrees. In a party of 8 different plates, not a one was beyond merely just OK. The kitchen seems to lack a deft touch with the garlic, the truffles, the salt, you name it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful spot for lunch
    MamaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    La Vecchia Cucina is a great lunch spot. Dinner there can be rather frenetic. Lunch is serene, food is sublime and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The prix fixe lunch at $14.00 is a true bargain. One can choose from a long list of appetizers (including the best fried calamari around) and a half portion of any of the delicious pastas, or perhaps a pizza or sandwich. Service is attentive. I look forward to returning for dinner in the near future. Something quite lovable about this restaurant. Perhaps, it is the utter lack of pretentiousness.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local spot
    DScott
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Has fabulous bread and dipping oil with crushed garlic and herbs yummy! Pizza's are amazing, pasta withe lobster was delicious. Tables are pretty close together, good people watching but if I were to say something negative it would be the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Home Away From Home
    FromagerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love La Vecchia!!! The food is top notch, superb service, amazing happy hour, and decent prices!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner Success
    OYLFREE
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We needed a last-minute table for 4 for our 18th Wedding Anniversary. Open Table came through and we had an amazing evening. Jordi was easily the best waiter I have ever been served by - he was friendly but not intrusive, extremely knowledgable about the menu and the restaurant and an overall great guy. Because of Open Table's "notes" section they knew it was our anniversary ahead if time and brought out a celebratory dessert which a shocked my husband! Highly recommend La Vecchia Cucina.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service !
    OK99
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The authentic Cicilian cuisine, with outstanding quality of ingedients by Chef Mark, is unmatched. The ambience is energetic and yet romantic. The service is impecable. A real treat for Lunch as well, if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in S. Monica -maybe LA
    Yummyfoodonlypls
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was off the charts. Had the Caprese Salad, Rigatone Bolognese, Filet Mignon all perfect. It was my birthday & they brought dessert on the house. The service is impeccable. Would dine there anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Try
    LoveEatingOut
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food quality excellent. Fresh pasta and seafood was beyond delicious. Service was attentive, and helpful with regard to menu choices. Caesar salad a great choice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    bradjstkVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Very nice atmosphere, reasonably priced and extensive wine list, good service and food. Had a very enjoyable dinner
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find!
    NicoleS
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went here as part of the DineLA deal and was pleasantly surprised! The calamari in particular was absolutely delicious. The cocktails were fantastic as well. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastico!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After discovering this restaurant at the LA Food&Wine 2013, it had been on my list of places to try this year. Luckily there was DineLA going on, SUCH great value. Regular menu is quite vast so this helped make an easy decision on what to try first, next time I can go a la carte and get adventurous. Burrata to start which was perfection. I had the Sea Urchin Spaghetti, sooo yummy finished the whole plate! My husband had the Alla Checca Pizza, cooked perfectly! Mom had Seabass, huge portion and delicious. Rest of the table had Lamb Ragu, which they all finished aswell. Desserts were either Panna Cotta or Tiramisu - DELISH. All 3 course meals were $35 each. Amazing. I cant wait to go back and try the rest f the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistingly good
    Mack
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Reservation time respected. Good bar. Good service. Excellent kitchen. Basic Italian with a modern twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night with the wife!
    RevBad
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Excellently prepared food! The fried zucchini blossoms served with the lightly spiced marinara sauce made me think of the ones I had in Rome. Definitely looking to go again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    Ricki
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    One of my two favorite Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. The food is always consistently good. Their rigatoni bolognese is in my opinion the best in LA. They also have a burrata, tomato, basil and procuitto salad that is out of this world. You can't go wrong with any of their dishes, but their pasta dishes are especially outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect restaurant
    RonFVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food & service is top rate. Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. There were 4 of us and each ordered different things and each dish was great. The deserts were super.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We all agreed it was great
    laminva
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    There were 4 in our party and we all agreed that this was a great restaurant. We had the fixed price menu that was part of LA restaurant week. The ravioli first course was delicious and so was the seafood salad. We all had the filet for our main course. It was tender and flavorful. The vegetables that accompanied the main course were excellent. And the desserts were terrific. I had the Tiramasu that was the best I have had. We loved this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Neighborhood Italian Resto
    PJFW
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were treated by our daughter during restaurant week (extremely reasonable prices - $35.00 for 3-course meal). We expected dinner selections/service might not be as good as at other times, but to the contrary, on Friday eve we had a delightful relaxed meal. Seated on time, our waiter was friendly & helpful, menu choices were varied: at least 5 items for each course and in our party of four, we all had delicious food (outstanding tomato & burrata salads, seafood salad also very good, delicious pasta main as well as steak filets cooked just right and stuffed chicken that was to die for! Desserts were light and tasty - panna cotta and tiramisu). Corkage was $20. We will definitely return to this lively charming dining spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La V
    CorbycorbVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food is always excellent and service is above par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food
    DietSchmiet
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Some amazing dishes, made to perfection every time. I highly recommend the Tagliata Di Manzo, Capriccio Imperiale and the Melanzane.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb Chop is Good
    Anne
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The lamb shop is good! My mom wanted it well done and it was still juicy and delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian on Main Street!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A total neighborhood gem! Love dining at the bar (awesome bartenders). Any item I have ever tried on this menu is outstanding. The pizzas, pastas (they have gluten free…just ask), salads, fish & chicken entrees are well rounded and I am convinced can meet anyones liking. The best arriabiata tomato sauce I have ever had. Great wine selection. The staff is always warm and coming into this restaurant always feels like eating amongst family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LA VECCHIA
    SUFOODIE
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    WONDERFUL FOOD AND SERVICE ALL ENTREES WERE VERY GOOD ALL FOUR OF US ENJOYED THE DINNER
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, wonderful location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I love it here, good food, great service, and good price point
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So great we went there twice!
    windywoo
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Santa Monaca
    Eljohn
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 23 Years and still our favorite
    23stillinlove
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dee74
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food - LOUD
    Mack
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic with impeccable service
    HappyDiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Pleased!
    MangiaMadness
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 620 reviews are from the La Vecchia Cucina reviews archive.