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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 1.21mi
  2. Distance: 1.33mi
  3. Distance: 1.57mi
  4. Distance: 1.66mi

About La Cava

The LA CAVA concept is based on Armando's roots. Born and raised in Florence, he greq up learning that as a local, one would go dining in the little Osterias where everything was made fresh daily, prepared with basic ingredients, simple recipes, delightful flavors and lots of love, for a fantastic experience that was also "gentle" on your wallet.

13565 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: T-Sa 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm
Dinner: Su 5:00pm-10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(818) 981-1517

Website:
http://www.lacavashermanoaks.com/Welcome.html

La Cava Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Authentic (11)
Casual (9)
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Romantic (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Cozy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a couple of the meal-sized salads for lunch. Everything was very fresh and tasty. Our waiter was very attentive and thorough. The featured wine was very good. The menu seems quite approachable for all tastes. The ambience was light and airy. We were surprised that there were not more patrons in there for lunch. It was rather quiet. There are some outdoor tables, but as you are right on Ventura Blvd., it could be a bit noisy out there. We would go back.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

La Cava is consistent with its superior food and service. Appetizers Frittura di Calamari and Scampi e fagioli continue to be amazing--we have them frequently. We will most likely have another big birthday party in April, including small children. Last year, Armando (owner) accommodated our large party to perfection. Can't wait...... Dro Amirian, Studio City

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We always get a great meal at La Cava. This visit was no different. I ordered the special Branzino which was probably the best version of the dish I have had. It was layered with very thin slices of potato that had been browned, and covered with a light tomato sauce. It was absolutely delicious. My husband had the risotto with veal stock and rosemary and was very pleased.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

What kind of restaurant could offer so small tables?! Are you insane?
Noise was incredibly high as our neighbor table customer while talking to his girlfriend was actually hurting my ears!
What idiot could possibly keep up with this punishment place in civilized area of Los Angels County?!
Wish you all the worst,
Former customer,
Rumen Georgiev
Reserved table for two on 01-06-18 at 7 pm.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We love La Cava. It’s a small neighborhood spot with yummy food and usually it’s fairly quiet there Which we appreciate. The food is consistently good and fairly priced. We went for New Year’s Eve and they offered the regular menu which I love. We ordered two bottles of wine for he six of us and two desserts, each couple shared salads and each had an entree and the total was $150 per couple before tip. For a special night with excellent service it was worth it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service and the food was amazing! I’m Italian and it felt like home 🍷

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was a very interesting first visit. The 4 top tables are tight. Not a lot of elbow room. Of course the restaurant is very small. The food was good. Wine list is limited. Service was solid, but brusk. I’m not sure if we’ll return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

La Cava has the look, feel and taste of a nice Italian trattoria. Friendly staff, intimate, casually elegant without being stuffy, and an accessible menu of salads, soups, pasta and entrees. The wooden chairs are not great for an extended evening, but for an upscale lunch or easy dinner, it's a great choice!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Good food ambiance and friendly and nice waiters. Definitely should try it and see if you like it and maybe come back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We went for our anniversary. The food was wonderful and so was the wine. The service was excellent. We will be back !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

3 great meals. Took a girlfriend for her birthday along with another friend we each ordered something different and every dish was delicious

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Enjoyable dinner except for pasta with vegetables. This dish was cooked down to mush. Pasta was so overcooked that felt like I was eating hot cereal, basically mush!! Everything else was perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

La Cava is our favorite neighborhood Italian Cucina. For Valley-ites, no reason to go into Beverly Hills. The food and service are consistently fabulous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The host of the restaurant was extremely rude. He immediately sat us at a very tiny table on the patio, without even asking if we would care to wait for an indoor seat. The patio was enclosed and they had 3 heaters on, it was like an oven in there, although they did turn them off when I requested. It just gave the evening a bad start. The service was adequate and actually the food was good, but expensive. The tables for two were so small you could barely have water and drink and a plate on them at the same time. I would not go back here despite the good food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

First time dining here, but definitely will not be the last. Wonderful food and great service. What a find!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent, as always! Mozzarella with Shaved Black Truffle pizza, and Polenta e Funghi appetizers were so good, I could only eat half of my Pappardelle with Short Rib! Took the other half home and it was just as good the next day for lunch. Service was great - we will be back soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Consistently the best Italian on Ventura Boulevard ... we lunch there every other week.
Best pizza, great wine list, great pasta, risotto, langostino, salads, fish etc.

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

Food was just ok and uninspired, pricey for what it was. Nice atmosphere, but I'd keep it simple to pastas. Also no bar, and aside from wine, only one offering of bottled beer, Peroni, no draft. Don't bother if you wish to drink anything other than wine. Would recommend only for atmosphere and simple fare.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food ok service not good they were overwhelmed they could not cope with the amount of people in the restaurant.
Probably best during the week, not Saturday night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always my go-to spot for lunch and now dinner. By far, the best authentic Italian restaurant in "the valley".

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Really nice experience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Always our perfect neighborhood restaurant. The BEST thin crust pizza and. Ira attentive service always!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Mouth watering flavors. A must return and taste everything on the menu!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Really delicious food. Loved everything we had.
It's is a bit pricey though.... but worth it occasionally, not your everyday Pasta/Pizza place.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2017

So tasty!!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The. Best. Italian. we have tried lots of Italian restaurants in Los Angeles and over the world. The cava simply the best the side of Rome!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Been a neighborhood gem for a long time, Tables and chairs are pretty dated.
My food was good, my girlfriends fish was a disappointment for the price.
The ambiance and food presentation does not warrant there high prices
Probably won't return

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was amazing one of the best Italian food I’ve had

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

This is a delightful local place for an informal dinner

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

hidden gem of the Valley. order something off the pasta menu - they make their own.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

As always, the food was delicious! Chicken Parmesan, superb!
The service was great. Very attentive.
Great local find.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Love this great neighborhood place as a go-to for Italian. Always consistently good food and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

As always, La Cava does not disappoint. This is my 4th or 5th time visiting La Cava; I've been once for lunch and the other times for dinner. The setting is always so serene and relaxing, whether you are sitting inside or on the patio. It truly is a little piece of paradise on Ventura Blvd.
On my recent trip to La Cava, I took my friend for a birthday dinner. We shared two starters; one was the Burrata special; it was served with fresh basil and roasted peppers. All I can say is wow. Heavenly! The other starter was the Polenta e Funghi, also highly recommended. For dinner we ordered Braised Short Ribs and Pollo alla Parmigiana. Delicious!!!
I would be remiss without mentioning the nice welcome & wonderful service that you receive at La Cava. Our server, Josue (who also goes by Josh) is a true gem. He is very personable, warm, efficient, and a delight to speak with. When you visit, make sure you ask for Josue/Josh! :)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Excellent Caesar, lightly dressed. Chicken Milanese was crisp, tender and not greasy BUT, I have never had chicken or veal prepared "ala Milanese" where there were no diced tomatoes and no arugula on the dish. The meal was just a chicken cutlet; a well prepared cutlet, but not Milanese.

The corkage fee of $30 seems a tad high; $20 would be nice, $25 acceptable.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Thankful that they stayed open for us. Food was pretty good. Great service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great restaurant! Authentic Italian food and really wonderful service. Not pretentious. Feels very neighborhood like and casual but also a place where you can dress up and go for a special occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always a favorite neighborhood trattoria ... food and service are impeccable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal here. Everything was delicious and service was excellent and not fussy. We were outside which was a nice temp but a bit noisy on Ventura - which they can do nothing about. We will definitely be back. :)

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We have been to La Cava before and have always had an excellent dining experience. But this time the food was off, and the restaurant was noisy. Couldn't hear our own conversation because of the table next to us. This is not usually the case.
The pasta was overcooked on two dishes and another guest had the lobster special, and said that it was bland and the lobster was chewy. We were introducing our friends to La Cava and were disappointed and a little embarrassed after having raved about the place. May have just been an off night, and we are hoping they get back on their game again soon, as it is a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

From reading the reviews, I wanted to give this neighborhood restaurant a try. One friend ordered pasta which she said was good. The other ordered the striped bass which she also said was good. I ordered the chicken milanese which came with mashed potatoes. I asked to switch the potatoes for any kind of side pasta and was told no. Surprising at an Italian restaurant. The chicken was just OK. The service was OK. Probably won't go back.

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