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Caffe Carrera

3.9
3.9
33 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Our menu boasts some of the most unique and enticing flavors of both the northern and southern region of Italy.

Since 1908 and for five generations, the Carrera Family has owned and operated restaurants, originating in Grammichele, Sicily. Like my Grandfather, we follow our traditions and cook with all our heart and soul. We use the finest ingredients for all our creations.

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3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.0Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.3Ambience

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88% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. B

    Bishsbeat

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Excellent food (Italian Italian, not American Italian). Cash Only. Impersonal service. Will go again.

  2. LA

    LAFoodie

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Caffe Carrera is located on a busy stretch of La Cienega Blvd. just south of Wilshire. It's a tiny restaurant tucked in right next to a Subway sandwich shop. But don't let that deter you - the food is worth a visit. Don't go looking for fancy presentation - the plating looks like something your mom would make. But it tastes great! I had the meatloaf, and it was moist and very tasty. And the complimentary bread is SO GOOD! We asked for a second serving. Give Caffe Carrera a try the next time you want homey Italian food.

  3. L

    Lovetoeat

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    My husband and I were going to a concert July 18th at the Saban. I found this place on Yelp. The person said the food was good. We liked that it was around the corner. We were expecting a big place. It was kinda small but seats 30 inside. I wouldn't recommend eating outside-loud and the cars kick up dirt. My husband ordered a beer and they were out but took the time to go to a liquor store to buy some. Big points! The atmosphere was casual, nothing fancy. The food was amazing and reasonably priced. We liked it so much we were back (for another concert) on July 24th and brought another couple. Again the food was great. The menu has alot of choices so I'm sure we'll be back.

  4. J

    Jbmediaman

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Caffe Carrera is just around the corner from the Saban Theatre, and is a perfect spot for an informal quick bite before a show. Ricardo, the owner-manager, is a genial and friendly host and clearly proud if his little place. Food was delicious, portions generous, service quick, prices fair. We'll absolutely be back.

  5. L

    Laurielee

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I have tried to eat at this restaurant twice. The first time we made a reservation and they decided to not even open that evening. By mistake I booked another reservation for lunch this time. It was at 11:30 the place was empty. It was for a business meeting but they sat us at the smallest two top I have ever seen out side of Paris. A Laminated notice "CASH ONLY" ATM available was inside the menu. We were sat in the back, across from the drink station. No atmosphere, unfriendly management. No idea what the food is like, We paid for our drinks and went to a different spot down a few blocks. When we left, the place was still empty.

  6. FF

    FoodFan1

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We went to dinner before a show at the Saban this past weekend...I had the Sicilian meatloaf and it was, as the waiter said, "the best." It's excellent. Service took a bit longer than expected but they had a rush before the show and it just gave us more time to catch up and have am extra glass of wine. I would definitely return. Note that it is cash only, but there is an ATM in the doorway.

  7. K

    Kari

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2014

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    Because this place is small and cozy, how good it is really depends on how many other diners are present and how much wine they've had to drink. I had been waiting a couple of years (no joke) to bring some friends, but the experience was a little marred by the very comfortable table of four who had already been eating and drinking for a period of time, so they were loud in their laughter and conversation. The two other tables (there are only 4 4-seaters) filled after I arrived with my party, but both ordered, served, ate and were gone before our dinner even arrived. Thought it was lame it is cash only and although there is an ATM machine in the restaurant, there is a fee. Was also sad my favorite dish wasn't on the menu. :(

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very good food and wonderful service!

  9. k

    keliaujam

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We had dinner here before seeing a concert at the Saban Theatre. There were reviews online about rude service and we found it EXACTLY the OPPOSITE. The owner was friendly and had a great sense of humor with us. It was like eating dinner at a close friends' house that cared about making a great meal. We started with a Calamari salad, delicious. The light dressing on the salad complimented the sauteed calamari, which was perfectly done, not overcooked. We shared a veal dish with roasted peppers and goat cheese and the lobster ravioli. Both were delicious. We brought our own wine (corkage fee). The Saban is close walking distance to Caffe Carrera and is a great start to seeing a show there.

  10. o

    omar

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2013

    overall4food5service1ambience3

    I read a lot of yelp reviews about the restaurant and they are very discouraging. They were mostly right though. The food was quite amazing, super tasty, and original. But the manager/waiter (or possibly owner) needs to learn something about customer service, good customer service makes for a good experience, the food alone is not enough. SMILE!!!!! We don't have to be friends, just a bit of courtesy would be good

  11. e

    exexdir1

    Los Angeles

    118 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    For the past 14 years when we want really good ITALIAN home cooking this is our go to spot.

  12. j

    jamesl

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2013

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    I hadn't dined at Caffe Carrera since it changed hands. What a change! Cranky, gruff owner orders patrons around. They don't take credit cards, but do have an ATM. Pretty cheesy if you ask me. They don't want to pay the small percentage on a credit card, but glad to take a piece of the ATM action. That said, don't go if you are on any kind of expense account. Food has take a nose dive. Bread that used to be great, is now overcooked and tasteless. Garlic spread is made with green garlic, making it quite distasteful. Lentil soup might have been good if it had been cooked correctly. Pasta is OK at best, but not like in the past. Al in all, don't waste your time when there are so many other great restaurants in the area.

  13. L

    Likes2eat

    Los Angeles

    78 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2013

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    I found this place on Yelp and the location was perfect for our outing at the Saban theatre. I was expecting a bigger , nicer place. The menu has a big posted page stating cash only, ATM available, and the specials were hand written and hard to read. The manager or server seemed offended when I was asking about the specials. The food was good, not great and I probably won't return unless I need a quick place to eat on the way to the theatre. I guess it's more of a lunch spot as the manager commented he only has business at night when there is something going on at the theatre.

  14. L

    Larry

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2013

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Very good italian food without the crowd and noise of other restaurants in the area. The service was great as the server was very attentive and gave us great recommendations on everything from wine pairings to what sauce to choose with our pasta. Also, I would recommend getting the pink sauce if you are getting pasta. I will be going back here again.

  15. DA

    DanAbnormal

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2013

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We made a reservation for 5:30 on a Saturday through OpenTable and after waiting ten minutes for someone to open the door for us the cooks informed us (rather rudely) that "No one is here yet." On the door, it said the restaurant opened at 5:30 for dinner.

  16. F

    Fridaynitedater

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Small , owner run Italian cafe. Good food, nice atmosphere, reasonable pricing. Never knew it was there!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Yummy Italian food in a somewhat casual bistro type setting. Perfect sized portions for a reasonable price. We had a great time!

  18. MC

    MichaelCollins

    Los Angeles

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Such amazing delicious food, this restaurant should be buzzing. Its good Italian home cooking. DON'T MISS IT!!

  19. FA

    FANTASTIC

    Los Angeles

    125 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2012

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The food was mediocar at best. Would not return

  20. AW

    AWolf

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2012

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    We had a wonderful meal here-- we told our host that we needed to leave at a particular time to catch a film at the Saban theater and we were assured it would not be a problem. They kept their promise. Our meal was good and the wait staff made us feel at home. The wine list was also good. We will definitely be back and were glad to find out about local delivery- although I am not sure we would want to give up the cafe experience.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Based on Open Table and Yelp reviews we went there before a show at the Saban theater. What a great little restaurant. The pasta dishes were very good, including the specials with spinach fettucini and black pasta. At the suggestion of the waiter, one of our group got the meatloaf (yes, meatloaf in an italian restaurant) and was blown away (this is not your mothers meatloaf). It will be my first choice of restaurants when going to the area for any shows or events.

  22. K

    Karenickie18

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Authentic Southern Italian cuisine well prepared. Ambiance is casual & unpretentious.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    The food is great! There was nobody in there when we arrived, but then again, we got there at 9 PM. The service was okay. The restaurant is sorrounded by commercial buildings so it is pretty quiet at night. I would definately go back for the food but not for the ambience.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fantastic! My friend and I were looking for a good restaurant in the area. We searched Open Table for recommendations and were very pleased with their suggestion of Cafe Carrera. The food - super-fresh artichoke salad, grilled salmon with fresh tomatoes and a side of lobster ravioli with cream sauce was outstanding. Cute clean spot with excellent service (the owner no less) makes this a rare franchise-free gem.

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    aminla

    Los Angeles

    262 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    262 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2011

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    We decided to try Carrera Cafe through DineLA fixed price 3 course meal. The food was fantastic - everything was well prepared. The homemade bread and garlic were also wonderful. Everything about the food was great. It was early in the evening, so the restaurant was on the quiet side. That said, the service was OK. I got the impression that the server was the owner or manager; either way he was somewhat laissez faire about serving us. That said, I would go back for the food and hope the service would be better.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2011

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    The food is fresh Italian food and the wine is delicious, definetely got a buzz going. The service was what was a little lacking. Owner was kind of rude and we asked the wait staff for bread and they didn't bring it even though only one other party was there and they brought it to them. Overall the food makes up for it though it was very delicious so I would go back. Portions were smaller than average American restaurant but thats probably a good thing. Free parking located in the back of the restaurant which was also nice for LA. Cant wait to try another dish

  27. e

    exexdir1

    Los Angeles

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    the lemon fetucini with tomato sauce and fillet mignon! Perfect! As always the bread is a killer. Can't stop eating it.

  28. A

    Amazing

    Los Angeles

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2011

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Ricardo will make you anything you want if he has the ingredients--it is a terrific place for a casual but tasty meal and he has a good selection of wines that are reasonably priced. No bling but a welcoming and delicious alternative.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    the food was fresh, delicious and served with enthusiasm. We had a few questions about the contents of some of the dishes we were ordering and the wait staff expertly answered them, offering suggestion on appetizers and such. EXCELLENT food and service.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2011

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    small, intimate , wonderful hospitality by the owner .... outstanding Lazagna.

  31. e

    exexdir1

    Los Angeles

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been coming here for 14 years and it never fails to delight. Everything was outstanding and now that the old manager is gone, the service is outstanding.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you want some Great Italian food Carrera is the place. Amazing food every time. Great expresso as well!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Under new management...owner introduced himself, waiter was quite helpful and friendly. Enjoyable experience all around!

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Caffe Carrera is rated 3.9 stars by 33 OpenTable diners

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