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La Mia Cucina, Pacific Grove, CA
La Mia Cucina, Pacific Grove, CA
La Mia Cucina, Pacific Grove, CA
La Mia Cucina, Pacific Grove, CA
La Mia Cucina, Pacific Grove, CA

La Mia Cucina

5.0
5
886 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 373-2416
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Michael Scanlon
  • Private party facilities
    La Mia Cucina offers two different rooms for parties.The smaller is the Bacchis which holds up to 36 in the upstairs dining room. For large parties the restaurant can seat up to 48.
  • Private party contact
    Michael Scanlon: (831) 373-2416
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Cross street
    Lighthouse & Laurel
  • Parking details
    Large, free parking lot in front of restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 886 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Best Overall

  • California Central Coast

    Best Food

  • California Central Coast

    Best Service

  • California Central Coast

    Best Ambiance

  • California Central Coast

    Best Value

  • California Central Coast

    Neighborhood gem

  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Overall

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Food

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Service

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Ambiance

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Neighborhood gem

886 Reviews
  1. PastaFan

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. A welcoming and artistic interior decor. Staff are friendly and courteous.

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  2. Sjblessed

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have fallen in love with La Mia Cucina. Even when the staff is short handed we were never lacking or waiting for our next course. Our waiter Luis was amazing. The food was delicious and the chef accommodated our change in his preparation (not something you can get in those chain restaurants). This is our now favorite Italian in the Monterey/PG area.

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  3. Topherert

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a great meal, great traditional Italian dishes

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  4. RSeater

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible family-owned restaurant! What a special spot and a locals secret!

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  5. TXDogLover

    Dallas

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We have a very pleasant dining experience at La Mia Cucina. This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. The owner/host and wait staff are excellent. They are very flexible with their menu, making substitutions and adjustments without batting an eye. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and upbeat.

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  6. ThomasL

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian meals we have had. Everything tasted so fresh. The wine was delicious, and the service was impeccable! The sausage appetizer was the absolute star!

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  7. RuthB

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the 2nd time I visited, last time was a year ago. The service and food were excellent The one improvement might be seat cushions!!

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  8. AlisonL

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most outstanding birthday meal here. The strawberry arugula salad was perfect! I also had the portobello mushroom ravioli which I would highly recommend. Their wine list had some great Italian selections and the wait staff were all right there assisting before you knew you needed something. Thank you for a memorable meal.

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  9. GrantM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Pacific Grove. Superb service and great food, lobster ravioli and the Friday special Lasagna were excellent.

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  10. SherryS

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, the service was great and personal!

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  11. dbat

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant when we visit Pacific Grove. We loved the special salad. And the crème brûlée. However, In the linguine the white fish was very fishy and the clams were grainy and tough. Gabriel was a wonderful server. Our welcome wasn’t as attentive as in previous years.

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  12. LyndaJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a warm and friendly restaurant with very accommodating owners/hosts. Sunday night spaghetti and meatballs are the best.

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  13. AHAH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with fantastic service! We were surprised how small our bill was considering all the food and wine.

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  14. Owen

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's always a pleasure dining here. The mushroom ravioli is out of this world. The sausage and pasta dish is also a must-have. We highly recommend you try it as you won't have any regrets!

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  15. 10is34677

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent a must try! You will not be disappointed!!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owners and staff made us feel welcome and special.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was great! Service and food were outstanding. We’ll be back!

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  18. HBD2Me

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of the nicest resturants on the Monterey peninsula. Owners and staff are the greatest - truely make you feel welcome and well attended to. Limited menue has all the right choices to make from their kitchen prepared selections. We had the veal and the sandabs with a split order of mushroom ravioli to start and a canoli and coffees to end the wonderful night out. We will be back more frequently.

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  19. JackS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want an unpretentious evening with stellar food and you want to feel like you had a special evening, this is the place for you. This was our second time visiting La Mia and it will not be our last.

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  20. Res42

    Central Coast

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. The owners are so kind and welcoming and it is the perfect spot for a special dinner. 

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  21. Ggwjmw

    Sacramento

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service, romantic atmosphere. My husband and I celebrated our 44th anniversary. The owners and staff wished us a Happy Anniversary several times. I had the lobster ravioli….to die for!!! And my husband had the special of spaghetti and meatballs….huge meatballs! I had their special salad of arugula and nectarines which was excellent and my husband loved the mushroom soup. Highly recommend this place! We will return the next time we’re in town.

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  22. MikeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Monterey for the Women's US Open which is a busy weekend. La Mia Cucina was able to fit us in. The wait staff was top notch and our server gave us good information and recommendations. Our friends had the salmon and really liked it. I had the Sanddaps since you don't see them on many menus. It was excellent. My daughter had the mushroom ravioli and that was great too. I will recommend this restaurant to friends in the future.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from out of state for an event and this place absolutely was the best. The owners greeted us and checked in several times while we were there to make sure everything was okay. I was able to easily modify my order based on dietary needs. Contrast to other reviews, the waitstaff was attentive and pleasant. The food was fantastic… so great that we went back a few days later with more of our friends and the best part is they remembers us ! In summary, if you are trying to pick between two restaurants, the answer is simple … choose La Mia Cucina!

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  24. DavidT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From the hostess to the busser, the experience was fabulous. Superior menu and wine list. My go to Italian restaurant in Pacific Grove. Looking forward to my next visit.

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  25. DawnNewDay

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The menu was fairly basic Italian fare but prepared impeccably. The service was top notch. The waiter and wait staff timed our meal very well. The waiter intuited just the right amount of attention we wanted at our table. The Maitre d came by to make sure we enjoyed our meal. The room was lovely with vibrant, vintage posters and acoustic, ceiling tiles to dampen sound. We will certainly be returning.

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  26. Steve

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’re locals and had a party of 8 last Thursday. There was no delay in getting our drinks, apprizers or entrees in a timely manner and the food was served hot, which is difficult at some places. Owners checked-in with us; very friendly. We had lots of fun enjoying our food, drinking great wine and catching up. Highly recommend La Mia Cucina.

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  27. DamienK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great pastas and deserts. Service is very good as well.

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  28. MTBB

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We love the food (house cabernet, bruschetta, salad, lobster ravioli, veal marsala, stuffed sole, strawberry shortbread). Service was great! It's now our favorite restaurant in PG :-)

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  29. FrankD

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ricotta ravioli are spot on Italian authentic. I couldn’t make it better myself.

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  30. MarkD

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! The food was amazing and the wine list was equally as good. The service was fantastic. The team at La Mia Cucina made us feel so welcome and appreciated. Michael was so friendly and came outside to say thank you and goodbye when we were leaving. We will be back and I highly recommend visiting them!

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  31. WilliamA

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a very enjoyable experience. Very good food and service. Also enjoyed the wine from Italy. The chef comes out to greet his guests and to ensure they are completely satisfied with the meal. We have been to the restaurant everytime we visit Pacific Grove, and that included during the COVID pandemic. We look forward to our next visit.

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  32. juergy

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delightful and delish pasta. The Service was attentive. Very nice to speak with the owner who came around to see how everything was going. Would definitely return.

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  33. Poppy

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do you want fine Italian food prepared right and plate cleaning good? Do you like it when the executive chef and owner visits your table? This is the place for you!

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  34. TomH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was very pleasant and inviting for dinner. The staff were accommodating to whatever request you had. The food was authentic and delicious.

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  35. BradE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with good service in a timely manner. Will definitely be back.

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  36. PBdiners

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you enjoy authentic Italian food I know you will love the ambiance, courtesy, and delicious food at La Mia Cucina. From the moment you enter the restaurant and get a friendly greeting from co-owner hostess Paula Scanlon you know you are in the right place for a tasty meal. The wait staff are attentive, and knowledgeable about the food, and are friendly, too. When my husband mentioned he preferred a spaghetti, instead of a rigatoni type dish, they were willing to use his preferred pasta in the dish. The focaccia was simply superb with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as was the tasty bruschetta. Salad selections are delicious, and the specials are usually just that, quite special. This evening I had the special seared Oregon Salmon, and it was over the top good, flaky, not over cooked and delicate. Save some room for dessert, as theirs are quite tasty. If you like spumoni, theirs is yummy, but then their chocolate brownie topped with ice cream and seasonal fruit is a must for a chocolate lover. Their wines are reasonably priced, and pair well with the food. We return often.

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  37. JonB

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there, will certainly be coming back.

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  38. WilliamL

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waiters and hostess, made you feel like you were a part of Pacific Grove town. Food was excellent, I had the lasagne and it was amazing!

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  39. KenZ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful restaurant!!! Could not have had a better dinner, better service, or more wonderful owners watching over our care. The food was delicious, the prices per entree were very reasonable, and I'm anxious to return.

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  40. patrickj

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    been here many times and always a nice italian experience with white tablecloths and tables not too close together. hostess (wife?) and chef (husband?) check in nicely as well as servers , but not overdoing it. small place, making it more intimate and easy to have a conversation. prices are very reasonable, including wine prices. very authentic italian dishes, some requiring clear explanation, but prepared well. i consider it one of those undiscovered gems that stay under the radar for some unknown reason.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

La Mia Cucina is rated 5 stars by 886 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Mia Cucina

208 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lighthouse & Laurel
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Grove
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Large, free parking lot in front of restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Scanlon
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 373-2416
  • Private party facilities
    La Mia Cucina offers two different rooms for parties.The smaller is the Bacchis which holds up to 36 in the upstairs dining room. For large parties the restaurant can seat up to 48.
  • Private party contact
    Michael Scanlon: (831) 373-2416
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