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Locanda Positano
Locanda Positano

Locanda Positano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://locandapositano.com
  • Phone: (310) 526-3887
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm
    Saturday and Friday 5:30pm to 10:30pm
    Sunday 5pm to 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michelangelo Pinto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking from 6 pm
A word from Locanda Positano
Welcome to Locanda Positano, a cozy small gem in the heart of Marina Del Rey. Our Chef, , created an authentic Italian menu focusing on the seasons. Using local, fresh, and organic produces and only quality ingredients imported directly from Italy, Locanda creates a refined and sophisticated feel in a romantic setting. Our wine list offers a wide and selected variety of Italian wines and, as well of beers.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We love this wonderful Italian restaurant. It has delicious, authentic Italian food and excellent service. The chef/owner is so gracious and talented. We always enjoy our dinners at this charming restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The owner is so wonderful and kind. He was our waiter which made our meal execeptionally special. He helped guide us with our wine and then the food was amazing. Super high quality and delicious without being too rich. I loved everything. We will definitely back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We've been frequent diners at Locanda Positano since they expanded their menu. Wonderful food and great service. The Owners run the place and it shows!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Tho close andncozy the photos of Positano make the experience more spacious Home cooking comfort food feel on busy Lincoln Blvd Yay they have a valet!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food, athmostphere and service all add up to a wonderful, intimate experience transporting you to a trattoria in Italia."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I was so pleasantly suprised by Locanda Positano. The location is not 'sexy' on Lincoln Ave. But once you enter the restaurant, this is long forgotten. It is such a humble, yet wonderful, restaurant. The staff was accommodating, friendly, and attentive - not to mention the enticing Italian accents! ;) Most important, the menu was diverse and our party of three loved EVERY SINGLE MORSEL of food that was served to us. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Whenever I wish I could have a meal at that tiny Florentine osteria we love so much, I book a table at Locanda Positano. A wonderful wine list and a shifting batch of wine specials rivals anything in Italy. The kitchen continually astounds me with their authentic entrees, antipasto, pastas, sides and desserts. Mille grazi Locanda Positano, mille grazi. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Neither the quality nor quantity of the food- warrant prices charged. Service was so-so. I would not recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It if hadn't been for BlackBoardEats.com I would have never heard of this place or eaten there. Across from an IHOP on a dark street the outside is not that inspiring but once inside you are greeted by Donato and see they have a thriving restaurant. Though we were the oldest couple in the place we felt very comfortable the whole evening. The wines were a little on the higher end than we like but we found one we could enjoy. Our meal was excellent and the service was perfect. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We took advantage of a Blackboard Eats promotion, as we've been wanting to try this restaurant for a while. We've been to the other restaurants that have preceded it, and thought as locals it's worth investigating. Read reviews and saw YELP pics which were good. Nice to walk in and see a familiar face with the maitre'd who we knew from Antica Pizzaria which has closed with the new Marina Marketplace redevelopment. Tried calamari fritti and burrata speck salad, then scallops and the lasagna. All were fresh, delicious, authentic, and we were able to enjoy each of them without being rushed; well orchestrated timing; as soon as we were done with 1 course and smiling, the next would arrive. A wonderful evening with great food and service."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We're in the neighborhood and have loved this restaurant since they opened. But our visit on May 4 (for our anniversary) was disappointing. The service was inattentive and inexperienced -- for the first time ever. Our waiter seemed more interested in hanging out by the front door and checking his phone than he was in providing good service. The food was very good as usual, but the kitchen seemed less flexible than before. For example, they wouldn't make an appetizer-size portion of the scallops. The music choices were very erratic and overall disruptive -- not the sophisticated (but background) music they used to play. We'll have to think twice before we go back soon. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Great food with wonderful wine selections; consistency in all dishes--we chose an app and four different dishes for Mother's Day and all four very different dishes were wonderful. Our favs: pasta with wild boar and greens, large sea scallops on a bed of spinach with mushrooms/garlic. Yum!! Would recommend highly to anyone who loves nuanced Italian food in a small, intimate environment with attentive but unobtrusive staff!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What a nice find!! After weeks of travelling,we visited this lovely restaurant-thanks to Open Table. We felt welcome,as if we were a local. We have traveled to Italy many times-this gem made us feel as if we were spending the last night of our vacation in one of our favorite countries-Italy."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This is the second time I've been to Locanda Positano. I had a living social deal, which made it a tiny bit more affordable, but this is definitely not a quck, cheap meal out. The food is to be savored and enjoyed. Each dish was prepared beautifully, from the lovely salad with Gorgonzola to my scallops with bacon and spinach. My friend had the salmon - also excellent. A lovely end to a beautiful day."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had dinner on a recent Monday night. The restaurant was uncrowded and pleasant. (On a busy night, it would be uncomfortably cramped and very noisy.) Bronzino was very good; short rib pasta also good, although much too salty. Wine-by-the-glass list, mostly Italian, had some great choices. Service fine, if a bit aggressive. I would return, but only early on a quiet night."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Been here 3 times now and never disappointed. A charming, intimate restaurant."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I live in Marina del Rey and am very glad that we have this wonderful restaurant here."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We live in the Marina and heard about this place. The food is fresh and authentic. It was quaint and quiet. Perfect for a nice dinner. The only drawback would be the size. It is has a very small dining room that can feel a bit cramped. We will definitely be back though."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I'd spotted this little Italian restaurant on Lincoln Blvd. as we sped up and down that street so confused by the variety of retail establishments. I couldn't even remember the name but went to Open Table to see if I could find it and lo and behold...there it was, Locanda Positano. We went with another couple. I requested a quiet table and we were taken to a back wine room that was indeed quiet. Everybody loved their food choices. I had two appetizers, an excellent Caprese salad and a special seasonal polenta with porcini mushrooms and shaved truffles. I can still taste the divine blending of flavors now. We would definitely return!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We just love this little neighborhood spot. It feels like being in a small restaurant in Italy. The food and the service are outstanding. My family will be returning to this spot for years to come. It's the perfect place to get away for a quiet, delicious dinner."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had another delicious meal at Locanda. This time, we treated our family members and they really enjoyed the experience. We will keep coming back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Our first time at Locanda Positano was lovely but didn't blow me away. It is authentic Italian, everything was fresh but nothing really stood out. I had the Linguini Positano which, bearing the house name I expected it to be a notable dish but was just ... ehhh. The calamari was light and fresh, burratta was also yummy and my husband's short ribs were fine. Again, nothing was bad but nothing super memorable. The tiramisu was nice but I've had better. My rating would be higher if the prices were lower but it was $$$ for just a nice meal."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "No doubt - great food - perfect fried calamari and all pasta dishes were perfect, especially the papardelle with wild boar ragu - divine!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was very authentic. I really did feel like I was in a restaurant in Italy."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food, service, and ambience were excellent, but the restaurant was cramped. The tables were packed really tight."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We've been to Locanda Positano for many years. They serve consistently great food. We found out tonight that they opened up a new room in the rear of the restaurant. The new room is not as cozy, but the it's very nice (more modern italian). The food is equally good. The service was good."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "In this small restaurant the food is always good but the main dishes portions are small and overpriced for the location. Almost all main courses are priced in the low to mid $30. The pasta dishes and the lamb are excellent."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Neighborhood gem with wonderful service even though we came in as the last customers of the night. all dishes we ordered were excellent--wild boar osso bucco, truffle pasta, mussels and clams, and calamari and zucchini. Italian wine list was extensive."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have dined at LP for the last four years, and are never disappointed! The food is always amazing, and the service is friendly, and attentive. Thank you Paolo and staff for yet another delicious meal at LP!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Simply stated...You will not be disappointed. I have been here over 20 times and it is consistently great with the big 3's. Food, ambience, and service. And neighbor tables exclaiming, "this is incredible" after they are done chewing speaks for itself."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This place has become one of our LA favorites. It is very small, only about 12 tables, but he food is excellent and the menu contains a nice variety of choices. The service is professional and lacks the "I'm your new best friend" false attitude of so many places. The server is knowledgable and accommodating but not hovering. You can set your own pace and enjoy your meal and your companions. Because it is small it can get a bit loud, but not so much that you can't have a conversation."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Great little neighborhood Italian on busy Lincoln! No worries they have valet parking. Food is great, nice wine list. Excellent list of specials in addition to great menu! Lobster ravioli and Branzino were excellent the night we were there!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "the food was very good. Service very nice and friendly"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Thje restaurant is very small and has a charm all it's own. Food and service excellent. A welcome departure from most large, hectic others."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Restaurant is pretty small. It would fit maybe 15-20 people in it. The food is really good and well made. Very good choice of wines to choose from. We got the truffle tasting menu and it was fantastic. Ravioli and pasta were both perfectly cooked. Sauces were very well flavored and not too heavy."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We belatedly celebrated Valentine's Day with dinner at the consistently spectacular Locanda Positano. This is a tiny establishment, and very popular, so don't expect to just drop in on a whim. But if you plan ahead, you will enjoy a really lovely evening. They have an impressive wine selection, as one might expect. We both were tempted by several of the specials, but in the end opted for a meal we've had on previous occasions: the burrata alla caprese salad followed by the pappardelle al cinghiale (homemade pasta with a wild boar sauce). Both are wonderful. Yes, the prices are a bit higher than what you'll find at some other local restaurants, but entirely justified by the quality. This may be the best Italian restaurant in LA!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We tried this place for V-day and were happy to find great authentic italian food matched by equally excellent service. The only con is the pricey wine. While the wine selection itself is great (Italian imports) most are about 15$/glass. After we came back I checked the price of the bottle for the wine we had and loved (Bastianich Adriatico Sauvignon 2011) and the cost of a glass of wine here was more than the cost of the bottle itself. So the price classification of this place on OpenTable is misleading. I would put this place around 50$-75$ per person if you include wine as opposed to 30$ per person classification that OpenTable gives it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was tasty but found serval thorns in my sea bass plate that had me looking for them."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Killer, secret gem....food, service, and owners always on hand and out to please...expanding now so even more can enjoy."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Once again, we enjoyed our delicious Italian meal at Locanda. The pre-Valentine crowd made it a bit less intimate and the service a bit lacking, but overall, we enjoyed our dining experience, as usual. The lasagna was outstanding!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014