La Vecchia Cucina

4.7
1370 reviews
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Italian
La Vecchia Cucina has been Santa Monica, California's finest neighborhood Italian restaurant since 1990, located by the blue Pacific on historic Main Street. Whether you're in the mood for a quick lunch, a full course dinner, an evening snack, or something in between, La Vecchia Cucina offers outstanding Italian cuisine, a great wine list, a luxurious selection of desserts, a full bar, great service and a relaxed atmosphere. News: La Vecchia Cucina is NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH all week.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends visiting from out of town. This restaurant was perfect. The restaurant was ready for us, the food was fantastic and the noise level matched the energy in the room. Great place to have dinner with friends!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful meal. Crowded on a Friday night, but the staff handled it well - great service. My pasta - spaghetti and meatballs - was perfect, and my boyfriend’s pasta with lobster was outstanding. Highly recommend!

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Vecchia is just the best!! I love having this restaurant in my walk-able, Ocean Park neighborhood! I manage to have dinner there, a few times every month!! All of the menu dishes are superb!! Wait Staff is friendly and attentive. Great House wines and beers. We are the Bandini's, when we reserve, at La Vecchia*

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IP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice venue, elegant people, delicious salad and pasta, good wine list

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finer Italian restaurants in the L.A. area. Very nice atmosphere. Terrific, friendly, knowledgeable service.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food, nice ambiance

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly fantastic Northern Italian style fare

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d say this is probably the best Italian Restaurant I’ve been to in this city. The food was excellent!!! I highly recommend this place!

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B
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and service. Been a customer for 20+ years. A bit loud and a bit crammed in but the food and wine is exceptional. Great wine list. Consistently great.

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Vecchia has consistently great food each and every time we go. Something for everyone, anything on the menu is top notch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular ambience, tasty food, excellent service. Prices moderate. Recomendabe 100%

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ausgezeichnete Küche mt top Preis Leistungsverhältniss

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C
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time. Outstanding! Wish we weren't only visiting LA. Worth the trip from anywhere. Really!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very efficient service and super friendly and attentive staff. Food as good as what was written by other reviewers, delicious!!
will def come back again!!

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JR
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark and Anthony are great hosts. The food is always outstanding and reasonable. A real treat.

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o
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always..never been for dinner, i am sure it would be great

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YM
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful dinner with LA friends! The portions were
generous. Service impeccable. Will be back again!

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved La Vecchia! Food was delicious and atmosphere great too! First time there and they gave us a seat by the window! Great table-waitress very nice too!

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S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been going to La Vecchia for Years and can not say enough about the food. It has always maintained a very high quality . I was a bit disappointed that the service was quite slow this time and hope that was a temporary problem for that evening.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hard to hear in this bustling place, but perfect otherwise - and we have been coming here for years.
Fantastic food (outstanding pastas and breads + carb heaven), great service, good wine list and all reasonably priced - better than many Italians that are twice as expensive!!

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OK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Executive Chef Mark Mollica is an outstanding Gourmet.

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m
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak with arugula is SO SO SO good! Completely delicious!

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C
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Vecchia never ceases to produce and deliver the most delectable food!! I am always so happy with a very satisfied palate after eating at La Vecchia!! The food has been this great for the past 16 years! The hosts, servers, buzzers are the best! I love La Vecchia!!!

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P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant

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GF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we do love the restaurant be aware it is noisy . Staff tries very hard to provide a nice experience.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere with attentive service. Food is good without being great but in fairness it is priced accordingly and is good value. Menu is Italian with a good selection so something for everyone. Good wine list as well.

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B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Vecchia Cucina is the best of Italian restaurants in Santa Monica. I have been a regular at La Vecchia Cucina for many years. The staff is always wonderful. The food and local neighbors, who show up for dinner are always great!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service. Too open and noisy for a romantic evening. However, the awesome foods made up for it.

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. Always a great meal.

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AW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The food was good. The waitress took our main order and the dessert order was fine. I had to order a 2nd glass of wine from a bus boy. She never came back to our table. When I tried to pay the bill with a credit card and a $100 Amex gift card? The Maitre D' jerked me around for 45 minutes with a runaround story of BS that the Amex card would only run for $50. I called Amex and the available credit was $100. To speed things up I said "fine put $50 on the card and the rest on my Visa." When they brought both receipts one for the Amex at $50 and my visa with the rest? I checked the Amex balance again. They took an extra $10 off the Amex gift card without my permission. After they lied that they could only run it for $50! I called the Maitre D' over and told him there was a remaining $40 balance instead of $50. I told him to put the $10 he took, towards the tip. This must be a scam they run any time someone shows up with a gift card. I will never go back! Too bad. Because, the food was good.

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MM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC!!!!

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R
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Fabulous salads, and best and most innovative pasta dishes. By far the absolute best rigatoni bolognese in the US. Excellent and fresh entrees and to die for desserts.
It will be one of your best meals ever

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MC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations, nice atmosphere, very good food and service, and the price typical for a nice restaurant in Santa Monica-not cheap but good value for such a nice place. Very good Specials menu!

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1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a beautiful time with my significant other celebrating my 29th birthday what a great way to feel special and fulfilled! Would recommend this establishment to all friends and family. Great times!

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n
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun, cozy yet open. Felt very local

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d
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The noise was horrendous but the food and service were excellent. I would go back alone or with someone I wanted to smile at but not talk to.

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was absolutely delicious, especially the chocolate layer cake. My only hesitation booking a reservation there is always the noise level, so loud. You have to speak over the table next to you and over the table behind you, and the one in front of you too. I don’t get it. I have seen wal panels that can be easily installed that absorb noise. Why is it that I only see these on tv and never in a noisy establishment? What a difference it could make!!!

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KB
Bedfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing restaurant- fabulous food, a great atmosphere and good service. Don’t miss it!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Upon arrival, it took a while to get acknowledged although there were many service personnel around. Waiter was very attentive.

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n
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is generally very good I was disappointed in my veal marsala and they only do mashed potatoes on Friday and Saturday. I forgot about this and i was there on a Tuesday . I find this ridiculous and if I could change one thing I would say have those mashed potatoes all the time its not the difficult . they use roasted potatoes un inspired and not crunchy just ok I make better ones at home

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