Love it here but the waiter was in a super bad mood. We've had him serve us in the past and he was great. It was strange. I know we tipped him properly so not sure if it was us. Other than that everyone else was welcoming.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful service, REAL Italians running an Italian restaurant! Food is delicious. Great neighborhood place to have dinner. Love their warm seafood salad!! This restaurant is A Favorite!
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We ALWAYS love Pinquini. The food is fabulous, the waiters are great.. Anyone looking for some great Italian food, go to Pinguini's.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place. It's a hidden
Love this place. It's a hidden gem tucked away in Playa Del Rey. The owners (real Paisanos fromRoma) will personally great you at the door and the staff is excellent..... the food is consistently delicious .. I have my favorite dishes.. But you'll have to explore.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
My boyfriend and I dined here
My boyfriend and I dined here for the first time and truly enjoyed the ambiance on the patio outside. The service and food were excellent as well.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food. Service needs adjustment
I have been to Caffe Pinguini many times. It is one of few great restaurants in PDR. My only issue is with the staff. The waiters have at attitude that is annoying: rushes, snobby, and Strong accents that may be fitting for Italy but I could not understand a word he said and did not find it charming.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
It never disappoints!
The food and service always make Caffe Pinguini a pleasure - it's a find!
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fish done right
Delicious execution of a "simple" dish speaks volumes about the quality of the ingredients and the talent of the chef. Three of us met for a business lunch and all got the grilled fish special -- one salmon, two sea bass. The fish was cooked to perfection with a delicious, crisp outside, and a juicy, just-done interior. The vegetables and roasted potatoes were amazing as well. Not cheap, but worth the expense.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have lived here in the South
Have lived here in the South Bay for 8 years, didn't know of this place! 3 unconnected people mentioned it in the last couple of weeks, so we went to find it! Excellent food, great service - lots of servers and bus boys. Even the valet parking were in restaurant uniform. Living in downtown manhattan beach, it is easy to just walk to a good restaurant. However this one is worth getting on the bike or driving out to!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our fav restaurants..
One of our fav restaurants.. cllose to LAX, we usually dine there before taking off or landing in LA. I love its Fettuccine al Radicchio and the Insalata di Carciofi. They often have the Burrata as a special, which is to die for.
I love this place
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great experience
We've live in the neighborhood for more than a decade and this place is a landmark of Playa Del Rey. Outstanding linguine Mare in red sauce ( my son's favorite), risotto with pancetta and Caesar salad, and don't forget their warm bread! Service is excellent, wait staff is always attentive and knowledgable. Love this place!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a tried and true fantastic restaurant-the food is always great and they always work with us if we want to have more pasta instead of our veggies :-). Service is impeccable and the staff makes you feel as if you are in Italy enjoying yummy Italian food.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great as always
I had a couple of visitors from Japan who were here for a short time. Il Pinguini is really only minutes from LAX, but out near the water, so it feels like a different world. After a short walk on the beach, we were seated outdoors, treated to some fine Italian food (The Oso Buco and the Chilean Sea Bass were excellent, and I had my usual gorgonzola pasta -- incredible!) all this after the seafood salad. Top this off with oustanding service, a shared dessert, and well-prepared coffees, and you have one of the best places to take a visitor for a taste of LA.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Six of us sat in a comfortable
Six of us sat in a comfortable round table in the corner. Quiet enough for conversation. We also enjoy the outside patio, but chose inside because we wanted a conversational round table for 6.
The Sea Bass is the best I have ever had anywhere. We brought our own wine, but they do have a wonderful selection as I noticed most patrons drinking delicious wines at their tables. Desserts were delicious. Salted Caramel Gelato, Dark ChocolateLava Cake, and the Chocolate Sorbet was served frozen in a Cacao shell. We spent almost 3 hours there enjoying the evening. Never did we feel rushed. The staff are professional, yet friendly. Love Caffe Penguini!!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Favorite Restaurant
My husband and I LOVE Pinguini's. The food is fabulous! The service is outstanding, and the ambiance is very romantic.
One aspect of the restaurant I really like is that it is low key and not pretentious. It's very upscale but relaxing. It's a gem. I would highly recommend this restaurant, it's a must for anyone who loves italian food.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A neighborhood gem.
My " to go to place"
The owners are Roman, very authentic, but a little "off"...very good food, lovely patio atmosphere. Go back every time for special occasions
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lazio vs Roma.........ROMA WINS
We are Bostonian Italians with a Rome connection. The food was fabulous...we know good Italian... I cook great Italian and Caffe Pinguini is EXCELLENT AND AUTHENTIC ITALIAN. The service is impeccable, the ambiance ...friendly and even family friendly. The owner came over to introduce himself... very gracious in engaging our party. . FABULOUS FOOD
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Is like you are eating in Tuscany!
Eating in Caffe Pinguini is an amazing experience we feel like we are back eating in Tuscany. Their ingredients are the freshest...
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sea Bass - Spectacular
The sea bass was cooked to perfection with a simple but wonderful lemon caper preparation. Just make sure you request a table not under one of the stereo speakers. We simply asked to be moved. The vegetables in the Penne Siciliana Arrabbiata couldn't have been more fresh. Great "prime" course. $24 corkage fee was a bit steep and frankly discourages locals. I would request they reconsider that pricing. Maybe only charge that high corkage on Saturday nights.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Second time here
This is my second time here, much better overall experience than my first time. Had the same table, same water, food was still good. I will come back again.
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Never been disappointed. Excellent
Never been disappointed. Excellent management, service and FOOD. Everytime I'm in LA I eat at Caffe Pinguini. DFS
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We love this place. There is such a warmth here, a true Italian vibrancy from the staff. We've been coming for years, they always make us feel special. The food is always excellent and hot when it comes to your table! It's one of our favorite places.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great restaurant - authentic Italian, not too expensive, food was very good, service perfect!
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
I've been to Caffe Pinguini many times over the years, but last Friday night I was reminded again what a special place it is. Knowing that my daughter was only going to be in town for 48 hours, and that her two siblings had complicated weekend plans, we picked her up at 7:00 from LAX and made it to the restaurant on time for our 7:30 reservation. It felt like a holiday for all 5 of us the minute we arrived. We had a corner table, a leisurely meal, excellent food, and wonderful service. Sea bass and salmon were big hits, as was the the night's special ravioli. My husband also loved his asparagus soup, and at least four of us admit to enjoying dessert!
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
I come to Playa Vista twice a year and bring family to dinner outside at Pinquini. The food is fabulous: NY Strip au poivre, Chicken Parm, Raviolis, etc., lovely wines, and excellent service.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Heather's Birthday Party
We had a very enjoyable evening at the Caffe Pinguini. The service was very good!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service, atmosphere, food
This quaint little restaurant by the shore will not disappoint. Authentic food, great service and a beautifully quaint atmosphere. Try it out, you will not be disappointed.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had dinner the night before Thanksgiving -- so it was quiet. This was perfect! We were able to enjoy each other's company before the craziness of the holidays. The food was very good, and the waiter was a gem. We will go back again, soon1
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM