La Mia Cucina

4.9
681 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 681 people are saying
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vipNorCalGal
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our second visit. We loved it the first time. The second time was not as good. Soup bland. Salmon bland. Love the place and staff. I fear the pandemic has been hard on them.

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StephenW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit 1-2 times per year when in Pacific Grove for special occasions. Paula and the entire staff are superstars and make us feel like we are family. So nice to visit again since our last visit in February 2020. They are taking covid precautions and its very comfortable. Can't recommend them enough!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with fresh, quality food.
Server was excellent, with full knowledge
of menu. The bread pudding with Nutella was superb.

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vipReed
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place EVER!

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vipShellyT
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to have a nice dinner when visiting the Monterey/Pacific Grove area. Small family owned and operated with amazing food and service. Would highly recommend!

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vipHankP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals from Pebble Beach. LMC is owned by a wonderful family - Chef Michael and Host Paula Scanlon. The food and service are always exceptional and reasonably priced. It’s our “go to” for great local Italian. It’s the most welcoming restaurant in the area.

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Steve
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating there, we will be back. It was fantastic. Thank you!

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vipJules
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came back for a Father's Day dinner. Food, wine, dessert and service were excellent. Will be back again. One of our faves in PG.

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vipMicheleA
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent.
Friendly, beautiful spot w terrific menu & delicious
Perfect service.
Always at top of our list for a terrific dinner
ma

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was great owners were great the chef was great who’s an owner they gave us impeccable service and I gave them an impeccable tip

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vipluv2travel
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Ravioli for an appetizer to share, dinner was chicken piccata and chocolate brownie for dessert...all were exceptional as always!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was beyond anything expected! Amazing food, well served, perfectly arranged to meet social distance requirements. Absolute delight! Thank you!

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JimH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and experience here. The service was excellent and so was the food.

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BestLocalStop
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Must go to Restaurant! I will definitely return!

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vipReed
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food, great service and elegant environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Mia Cucina is our new go-to for local Italian dining. The food, and service is always incredible!

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BrianE
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service with a very friendly vibe and great ambiance to boot! Highly recommended.

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Janet95
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Homemade sauces, a few fresh specials (fish and pasta), interesting salads. Crab-shrimp cakes were delicious; the accompanying coleslaw was average. Spicy sausage tomato sauce was outstanding. All meals come with either the soup of the day or the house salad. Generous portions.

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Fred
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at La Mia Cucina is second to none. Friendly courteous and professional. We spend several weeks a year in Pebble and never miss a chance to dine at this fine establishment. We are always greeted as if we are old friends. Thanks to the great folks who always provide us with a great evening.

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Will return and try other dishes. Bruschetta perfect. Wine list prices fair. Only disappointment pastas - puttanesca and bolognese too heavily sauced for our taste. We’ll adjust request in future !

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vipTimR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit, this time in a party of 4, last June with a party of 6. In both instances all of us were delighted with our meals -- specifically enjoyed the Veal Marsala, the in-house-made raviolis ("angel pillows") both the Lobster and Mushroom versions, the spicy sausage w/pasta, etc. Staff is super friendly and helpful navigating the menu options . Notably they make you feel like THEY are truly delighted you are there (what a concept!). Can get a bit noisy, until the food arrives and then it gets quiet in a hurry. Looking forward to our next visit.

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PattyT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous experience. One of our favorite places in Pacific Grove. We love the food, the staff and the ambiance!

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vipLINDAH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful treat to dine at La Mia Cucina. The staff is wonderful and the food is always sublime.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal, always excellent service.this is definitely our favorite restaurant

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Jill
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding!!! Fresh and homemade. The staff and owners are wonderful and make you feel welcome.

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Michael
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and service were wonderful. It was busy but not noisy. One of our favorite restaurants.

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wesg
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Food was pretty good but for the price it wasn’t quite worth it

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vipBruceL
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Highly recommend the lobster ravioli. Ownership has directed a very successful business.

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SallyR
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed our evening. The hostess, maybe the owner greeted us warmly. The food was ample and very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here for special occasions. The staff always makes you feel welcome and like family. Best of all the food is phenomenal.

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MoniqueG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Fantastic service and fabulous food. This place never disappoints!!

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vipKlrduks
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at our favorite restaurant. The food and service are 2nd to none. Thank you!!

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EricW
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, Fantastic service, great atmosphere. Really enjoyable, and have already recommended to a number of different people

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner here. Everyone here cares tremendously about the experience. The food is top notch and the service caring and attentive

If you are sitting in Carmel thinking about dinner at IL Fornaio or Luca get in the car and drive 15 minutes for a MUCH better experience.

We hope to come back soon and often.

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Masamits
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience at La Mia Cucina. Staff is very welcoming and made sure we understood the menu and specials. Food was terrific. Considering how busy they were with the Christmas and New Year holidays they made us feel special and were attentive to our requests. Highly recommend La Mia Cucina.

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RickF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for bringing our Grandmother's cooking back to a great evening.

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vipcallmemochelle
Orange County
81 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden gem located off a tiny side street in the downtown Pacific Grove. We had a party of 5 for 8:30 pm and thought we’d be rushed since they close at 9. Nothing of the sort!! Staff was friendly and even wished my parents a happy anniversary.

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rjesq
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a cute, family-run Italian place right in the heart of Pacific Grove. It's clearly got a lot of regulars, because the hostess (owner?) was greeting a lot of people by name. Their wine list is pretty good, and they have rotating daily specials. Sunday is spaghetti and meatballs night. Warning: the meatballs are enormous. The two meatballs combined must have been at least half a pound of meat. It was overwhelming. But delicious. Would come here again the next time we're in town.

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John
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Pasta noodle was so cold. Not that impressive

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Raja
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent Italian dishes. Very hospitable owners. Cute place with nice ambience.

FAQs

La Mia Cucina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 373-2416.

La Mia Cucina is rated 4.9 stars by 681 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.