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About Cafe Verona

Cafe Verona is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Los Angeles. A quiet Trattoria with Al Fresco unique garden offering culinary delights and the freshness of products imported from Italy weekly. Executive chef-owner Celestino Elice’s culinary delightful Cafe Verona is located amidst a canopy of green and pleasant sounds of a bubbling waterfall on the corner of South La Brea Ave and West 2nd St. Enclosed and heated patio is available for private events.

201 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 8:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
W 2nd Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(323) 934-6188

Website:
http://www.cafeveronala.com/

Parking Details:
Cafe Verona has a customer parking lot on W 2nd St., just behind our Italian restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Celestino Elice with Chef Nicholas Lamb

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Cafe Verona Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (3)
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Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent, service was excellent
Truly lives up to the name neighborhood gem

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was my mother's birthday, and they were very nice and accommodating to ensure a great evening and meal.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very nice restaurant with authentic Italian food (for the most part). Very quite and cozy. The only downside is the value for some plates. I think most plates are reasonably priced but there are a few plates, mostly appetizers, that are a little too expensive for what they are.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The location, busy La Brea Avenue and 2nd, adjacent Valvoline Oil Change, kept me driving by until a friend recommended a try. Small sidewalk tables and others "inside" sheer curtained enclosures. The atmosphere is kind of rustic-funky al fresco. The offerings are sophisticated home-style Italian classics... Very ambitious but not well enough executed to justify prices appropriate elsewhere. Octopus salad, shared, was our starter; it was more than ample, but the large chunks were overcooked and salt overwhelmed otherwise excellent seasoning. Tagliatelle, unevenly cooked, came with well-prepared mushrooms, in all, bland and much too oily. Gnocchi, the best thing at our table, was excellent, except, it too, was so oily. Service was inattentive and perfunctory. Portions are enormous and should be reduced by at least one third... likewise, the prices. A disappointment because there is talent in the kitchen.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

According to the menu, Cafe Verona has been operating for 18 years, and apparently it didn't need A/C until the nearly 100-degree day we last visited (our second meal there). It is basically a hard-working kitchen with two enclosed patios on either side of a corner property. You can tell how good the food is, as even on the sweltering Tuesday there were plenty of patrons who were dining there instead of watching World Series Game 1 somewhere. There was also, inexplicably, an open flame heater outside the entrance as we left. All this aside, the four of us were enchanted by the food; every dish was excellent, well made and presented in a lovely manner. Don't go by the photos of the desserts; the two we tried looked much better in real life and were delicious (peach tart and some chocolate concoction). Wait service and busing service were timely, efficient and gracious. We will definitely visit again, probably when it is cooler.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

What a great place! From the food all the way to the outstanding service. Would definitely meet and eat there again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was frozen on the inside - completely undercooked. Pasta with salmon also undercooked. Part of it was cold. I was very disappointed. I liked the ambiance.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Mediocre food, absolutely no ambiance. You have to walk through the kitchen to get to the patio and not in the cool LA trendy way. Everything was over salted. It looked so charming from the street but I was very disappointed and will not be coming back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Nice ambiance but sadly the pasta a bland. Their sauces were disapointing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I made an online reservation. The restaurant was closed for vacation. I am from Chicago, I ate here the last time I was in town and it was an excellent dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Closed until Sept 11 but OpenTable lets you make phantom reservations.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great food service and atmosphere

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We ate early dinner at Cafe Verona on Sunday on our way to the Hollywood Bowl. It is a neighborhood gem. A small, Italian cafe with excellent service and great food. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Charming setting, comfortable and low-key. Food agreeable and attractively served. Good-sized glasses of wine. Unhurried, easy to talk across table. Enthusiastic servers. Tempting, varied menu. Altogether, a most pleasant experience.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Specials were amazing

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The food was really great and the ambiance was super cute!
There were a ton of flies on the garden side so we switched to the other side and it was much better

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Outstanding food and wonderful environment

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great experience

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Neighborhood Italian restaurant that is relatively inexpensive and easy standby. Great secluded patio space.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Wish there were more menu choices, especially vegetarian.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Momo went above and beyond with his service, and I basically licked my plate clean

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I've been here 3 times. Always delicious food, and beautiful patio space. The service can be a bit slow if they are busy, so if you go at a popular time, don't be in a hurry.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Terrible food -- rubbery chicken breast on a small bed of spinach, with the other promised ingredients mostly missing. Slow service, with too few servers, and no one who knew how to answer questions. Barely any patrons, and still the kitchen couldn't handle our orders and took over 45 minutes to make a salad. Dessert menu is frozen items from a national Italian dessert supplier. Skip dessert -- and skip Cafe Verona.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Service was fantastic.
Seafood pasta had good flavor but was served lukewarm rather than hot and fresh.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Had a delicious dinner, my wife and I shared mussels and clams for an appetizer and our main was chicken parmagiana and veal piccata. our waitress Tiffany could not have been any better.
Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Our server was unbelievably rude and abrasive toward us from when we walked in to the end of the meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 26, 2017

I really have no idea what is going on with this restaurant - previously, lovely meals, especially breakfast / brunch on the weekends. Absolutely downhill - server who barely spoke English, two people dining and breakfast foods brought out 10 minutes apart, food was cold and had to be sent back - twice, check brought (or a version thereof) without it being added up or printed out - just the orders handwritten with the prices. We actually had to explain this to the server. There were only two other diners in the restaurant at the time. Will absolutely never go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2016

This place is not cozy nor ideal for any type of special occasion/date. My wife and I were sat on the outside, on New Year's Eve, in 50 degree whether, mind you. While it was freezing, we figured we'd stay because the amount of seating available was not up to them, so we overlooked that. We also overlooked the noise level that carries over from vehicles speeding down La Brea, we gave this place the benefit of the doubt anyway. And that was our mistake. After being seated, we waited 20 minutes for anyone to come around and even ask us for drinks. We were sat and for 20 minutes, no one came around. Not a single soul. Really? The worst service. We asked the couple next to us (we were the only 2 couples sitting outside) how their service was and they proceeded to say their service was extremely slow, too. Unacceptable. My wife and I got up, and we walked out without saying a word and we went somewhere else. We definitely won't be trying this place again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went there for New Year's Eve dinner. Loved the style of the place with all the plants, makes for a cool experience. Small/tight space but that didn't really bother me. I think only one waitress was there, didn't check on us much or ask if we needed anything and I think they forgot to give us the bill, had a hard time flagging someone down. I mean it was decently busy for one waitress to be working. Even though service was slow, I'd still go back the food was amazing!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2016

My favorite Italian in LA! Amazing food, the staff are the quintessential charismatic Italian type! Our waiter was hilarious and gave us great service. The fried zucchini is to die for as is the fettuccini I've had twice here. Tiramisu for dessert was amazing. Casual atmosphere with Twinkly string lights for ambiance. Love!!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Great food and great staff! Will definitely be a regular spot for us from now on!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 15, 2016

I loved this restaurant! The food was fantastic! Reminded me so much of our trip to Italy this summer. Our service was wonderful. I just wish we had more time to spend lingering over our dinner as we had a show we had to get off to. We will come again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Very personal, very friendly. The food was fresh and well made. I would go here again on a regular basis.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2016

This restaurant was a last minute choice when another option didn't work out. Went in pretty much blind and was blown away. Food was fantastic and the service was top notch. Very pleased.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Absolutely loved it! Food and service were great. Can't wait
to go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2016

A true neighborhood gem, attached seemingly inauspiciously to a quick-change oil franchise, but which quickly immerses patrons in intimate greenery. Have always been able to count on a personable, skilled and dedicated chef. One disclosure is that, being hard at the corner of LaBrea at 2nd, traffic (notably from a nearby fire station and LAPD's Wilshire Division) can sometimes be intrusive.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Thanks to Open Table, we discovered this little gem. It's a bit noisy, but the outside area is
quite lovely and the food was definitely worth going back for. It's a long time since I' ve
had such a problem deciding what to eat - so many great choices. We were there for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2016

I have been going to Cafe Verona for ever, and it never disappoints, great food, great value, excellent service.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 5, 2016

Cafe Verona is truly a neigborhood gem. Every dish I've had has been superb. The service is personal and friendly. It's not the quietest place, but provides a sense of real seclusion off La Brea.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Great little spot to sit outside! Went we three friends - they loved their Cioppino and I really liked my salad with grilled shrimp. The wine and service was nice and it was quiet enough to have a conversation which is a nice change!! Would go back for sure and frequent if it was closer to home!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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