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About La Mia Cucina

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.

208 17th Street
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Lighthouse & Laurel

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 373-2416

Website:
http://www.lamiacucinaristorante.com/

Parking Details:
Large, free parking lot across from restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Michael Scanlon

Private Party Facilities:
La Mia Cucina offers two different rooms for parties.
The smallest is the Bacchis which holds up to 24 in the upstairs dining room.
For large parties the restaurant can seat up to 58.

Private Party Contact:
Michael Scanlon: (831) 373-2416

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Mia Cucina Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Special Occasion (19)
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Romantic (16)
Cozy (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Casual (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Healthy (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a very enjoyable evening, the owners were there and made everyone feel welcome. A very pleasant ambiance, tables nice spaced so even though everyone was occupied we didn't feel squeezed at all, attentive server. Food was excellent, two of us had the lasagna special, one a vegetarian pasta and the fourth a steak. The deserts looked wonderful, but we were all full and passed. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always great food! We dine here a couple of times a year, and it is never a disappointment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always stop here when in Pacific Grove. Never disappointed. Always friendly and fabulous!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

very good food, interesting menu, excellent service, fun continental ambience

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We found this place online and liked the reviews. The food is delicious! The staff is friendly and welcoming!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Took my wife for our anniversary. Food in general was quite good. Italian sausage, red sauce, salad with heirloom tomatoes were all fantastic. Creme brulee was average. Our server Giovanni was also spectacular. You could tell he has been doing this a while and made our special night even better.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Best Italian food that I have ever had at a restaurant. I am Italian and I lived my Nonna's the best. But your food was amazing...from salad to dessert. DELICIOUS!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

What a fantastic experience! Gracious hosts Paula and Michael made for an incredibly warm and lovely time. The vibe is incredible in that it is casual yet elegant, not stuffy and yet super special, like a true Italian table. Our family (yes, including our young son) were welcomed with open arms and treated with such respect and joy for my husband's birthday dinner for three. That doesn't even touch on how incredible the meal was. As delicious and pure as anything I had in Italy. The lobster bisque is still haunting me with its allure. Thank you, La Mia Cucina! We can't wait to return! :-)

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Consistently good food and service. We’ve been here numerous times and experience is consistently outstanding. One of the gems of Pacific Grove, not often mentioned in the food apps and guides but well worth your time. Their pizza place next door is also great.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We found this restaurant on the last night of a girls' vacation. Had we found it earlier, we would have been every night. We were treated like we were friends. The owner, chef owner and waiters could not have been more friendly and attentive. Not to mention the food was delicious from the bruschetta, homemade forcaccia with olive oil and balsamic to the delicious entrees. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area. Unfortunately I live on the east coast!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Good Italian food--especially enjoyed the Caesar salad. Eggplant parmigiana was very tasty, though the presentation--solid, on a plate with some other items--was not as appealing or delicious as in the soupy, traditional oval pan or ramekin. Waiter was very friendly and accommodating. Only serious complaint was the corkage, truly excessive at $25!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent spot. Wonderful hosts ...Paula & Michael. Terrific wine list & menu. Everyone time we introduce friends, they add it to their fav spots to dine. Love it’s close by
Michele

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Ambiance, food, service was wonderful. A delightful Pacific Grove gem!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

La Mia Cucina is a must-do every time we visit the Monterey Peninsula. Chef Michael never fails to please us with his offerings, and the seafood bolognese special last night was amazing! And we never pass up the strawberry shortcake, either! Thank you, Michael, for everything.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

loved both meals we enjoyed there this summer ,and we will definitely look forward to returning in the months ahead. The absolute best strawberry shortcake in America ! and I am not a big dessert eater .....delicious salads, fresh fish, and perfect pastas . The owners are adorable ,and you feel they really want you to have a lovely time - there is a wonderful ambiance in this small, well-rn dining room with all the wait staff wearing professional white aprons . Very nice touch !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Michael and Paula do an amazing job of making their patrons feel welcome, well cared for and comfortable. The food is top notch, the service impeccable, and the entire dining experience is fabulous. Highest recommendations!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was very good, prices were more than we are accustomed too. Very friendly staff.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Read about the outstanding italian here...For those visiting from the east...this is strictly west-coast Italian... Veggies everywhere...I get it...but...

Whatever happened to garlic? the dipping oil had olive oil and BALSAMIC VINEGARETE...???
The red sauce was bland...little character...

Otherwise is was a good try...nice staff...clean...

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The cheese ravioli was to die for.. it was very light. My husband had the shrimp scampi and is still talking about it 3 days later! Tiramisu was excellent! Bravo to the chef!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Extremely good service. Friendly staff. Accommodating to special dietary restrictions and needs. Very reasonably priced. Quiet--able to enjoy the atmosphere, food, and conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Every dish is delicious.. waiters are accommodating and friendly. The owners make you feel at home.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We went here for a birthday dinner. We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to seat us early. The service was great. The wine was excellent. The menu has a lot to choose from, and we all had different items, all of which were wonderful! We will be back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Casual, Spicy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Lovely people own this place. Food is consistent and excellent. Friendly atmosphere. Great pasta and calamari steak.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our visit to La Mia Cucina was for a birthday celebration. The restaurant sits on a side street of downtown Pacific Grove, with a very cute interior. It is intimate, but adequate for our group of 6. The hostess was sweet and chatty, the waiter was engaging and we found that his daughter lived near our home town. The food was authentic, Sand Dabs were delic, as was the Sausage pasta dish, Meat sauce and as I recall, everyone's plates were empty. Desert was delightful and the wine list had many of our favorites. Thanks for helping us celebrate Gma's birthday

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Best authentic Italian food in PG or maybe Monterey!

All dishes well planned in portion and taste. Great prices and beautiful environment to celebrate!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The lasagna was great. Friday night special. Sells out early

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I was excited to try this place after reading the reviews. Unfortunately, there was must left to be desired. One could tell the owners have built up a regular base of customers, so the atmosphere was friendly and vibrant. We started with the arancini and burrata, both pretty good (you really can't go wrong with burrata). We ordered the veal piccata and the farfalle bolognese, and both were bland and one-noted (and I've never seen so many capers in a piccata dish). The service was lacking in attentiveness. The server asked for our water preference, but never actually asked us if we wanted anything else to drink (which we thought was a bit odd). Only midway did I realize we hadn't ordered wine, but by that time, it wasn't worth it.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The hostess was rude to us. We had reservation at 5 pm and hostess wanted us to leave at 6.45 since she booked the table for other people. We will not go back to this restaurant, although the food was good and the waiter was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

New visit to Pacific Grove, researched on-line and was interested in this small family venue and was overly happily surprised. Raved about it afterwards to patrons I ran into. Food was homemade and over the top delicious, service was impeccable. So so so impressed '

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everyone in our party of 5 loved their meal. The salads were exceptional, the wine delicious and a good value, and the main courses were to die for. My son who lives in LA even said he might drive the five hours back up at some point just to have dinner. The chef stopped by our table several times to see how we were enjoying the food, and the staff was very accommodating to our bringing in a birthday cake for our celebration! Will definitely dine again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We enjoyed the setting-an uncrowded dining room with vintage posters beautifully framing the room. Good service and atmosphere-food was average Italian, a bit pricey for the quality, though serving size was generous. Perhaps we would return and order other items- it was actually still a pleasant experience.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We love this restaurant and the food. We were visiting for a week and ate there twice. The owners are very friendly and this is definitely a local place since everyone knows everyone. The pasta is home made and delicious--very rich . We had the lobster ravioli and the meat/spinach ravioli--both were delicious and the pasta is so light. This is always on our list of restaurants to visit when in town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Key West)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had a delicious dinner with excellent and friendly service. The food was hot and delicious. We will be back the next time we are in Pacific Grove!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant on the Peninsula. Food is always awesome along with the service. Paula and Michael make your feel like family.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very nice as usual. Great service and very good food selections. We have brought several friends here and they raved about it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

An absolute must if you live with 75 miles of PG. great food.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We go to La Mia Cucina every time we are in Pacific Grove, which is often. It never disappoints! The food is delicious & the staff is friendly & efficient! I highly recommend it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great dinner as always! Ambience and excellent food make this restaurant a great value in Pacific Grove.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Fabulous restaurant and food! Very kind service and owners. This is our favorite place in the Carmel area!😄

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We are from the East Coast but lived here in the 70's. Been coming every year to PG to visit for the last 6 years. Enjoyed La Mia Cucina last year and wanted to return. We were not disappointed. The owners and staff are so friendly and professional. The food is amazing and the wine list was great. Definitely make reservations as it's very popular!

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