La Vecchia Cucina

4.8
1619 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 bite, 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.
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vipChicagotransplant
Kansas City
61 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice Italian restaurant with an exception staff. Great bread and salad, really good martinis!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants. Our waiter was very attentive. We enjoyed our meals and the service. Will come again soon!

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TimJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each and every year 5 days in Venice, CA. For now 15 years. Each and every year at least 4 evenings in La Vecchia. Preferably at the bar. Food is very very good, and service is equally good. From manager to 'doormen' (male/female) to cooks to waiters to bartender: it all works perfectly. A perfect coordination of everything, a smoothly running 'machine' and at the same time attendance to customers. And not least: a variegated crowd of guests, both in terms of age and gender and style. Mostly dressed in the required 'business casual', however. Great not too have too many shorts around you for dinner and also so grown up adults rather than teenagers.

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vipevie
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my first time here - I'll definitely come back. The food was very good. The service was REALLY good!! Large enough selection so all could get what they
wanted. HOWEVER, do think adding $3.00 to take OUT the clams from the
mussels, is pretty stingy!!!

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vipmaate
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Delicious food! Great service! Wonderful warm staff!
We always love coming to La Vecchia!

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vipPatrickH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was excellent. We were super happy with our experience at La Vecchia Cucina.

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CarolS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Meal was delicious with friendly and efficient service. Will definitely return.

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AliceC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with good service. New patio is great.

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vipMychaelM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing. And the ambience is great. The drinks are perfect and the food is just spectacular

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PatrickC
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The management team (male) was too uptight for our vibe. The outdoor dining space was too toasty (heaters) for our comfort.

Overall the pasta dish and entree (Marsala) were excellent. The wine selection is subpar to the cuisine and recommend a review of offerings to enhance the meal experience. We ended up with a Chianti versus the Nebbiolo and they charged us for both glasses.

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dekojane
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great prefix lunch menu with live jazz band on most Sundays with professional and accomplished trio.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Average food not anything special

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming here and was not disappointed! Our server, Cathy I believe, was so attentive and had some great recommendations.

The food was delicious and I’m excited to come back :)

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vipCorbycorb
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are excellent. Great location and nice outdoor dining available.

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vipGreatRestaurant
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for an Italian restaurant and this came up on a search. My cousin's last name is La Vecchia so it had to be very good. It was! Started out with cocktails. Old-fashioned and Vodka martini. Impressed, they can make a drink. Delivered exactly as ordered. For an appetizer, we ordered the Pasta Cabonara entrée size and shared it . They brought it in 2 plates. Authentic made with egg and not cream. I perused the menu and each pasta dish had the true ingredients.
I got the Osso Bucco with angel hair. Its usually served over risotto but they accommodated my request to serve over pasta. Outstanding flavors. My friend got the veal marsala, again so tasty. House Cabernet was nice. We sat outside. They did a great job creating a pleasant outdoor space. Service was excellent. Waiter was well-versed in the menu and how items are prepared. Very personable. Ready to fly back to California just to eat here.

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vipCheriedh
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in all of LA! I’ve been going to this restaurant for nearly 20 yrs! I am so happy they survived the pandemic!! Best food hands down!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful experience.

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vipTomf
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always simple, good, Italian with good service and I value and commend them for their super-safe Covid protocols. That’s why i was taken aback and annoyed that the server in training refused to wear her mask over her nose… even after i asked her to please wear hear mask properly. She adjusted it, but then, less than five minutes later, it was down again.

It’s not only wrong, but it felt like a big FU.

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ElizabethG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a business meeting with birthday celebration too. They made it really special for my college best friend and business attorney. Significan business matters with celebration too - La Vecchia was an excellent choice.

The food was delicious well presented and prepared. The window table was ideal as it was away from the front door breeze yet the views of Main Street and the outdoor dining was unobstructed.

Good: Bruschetta crust and prep was beautiful and scrumptious too. The cream brûlée was phenomenal just wished it was larger for the price of it. The meatballs and sauce were so amazing it took me back to Italy bite after bite.

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vipJohnny
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, service, experience!

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vipDiner2
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience great staff great food great atmosphere great place! Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants. We had a wonderful time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always consistent - great food and service. Our go to Italian restaurant.

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JaneM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Last night one of our friends had a health emergency and our server could not have been kinder or more thoughtful. Highly recommend him and this restaurant. Our favorite restaurant in Santa Monica for many years…

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vipnotamuncher
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time I visited this local restaurant since the pandemic. Much to my Delight the Food, Service, and atmosphere was delightful. The general manager came over to our table to introduce himself and told us of future nuances. I definitely will return shortly.

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SharonE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, great for special occasions, everyone friendly. Chef/owner Mark made special effort with our meal.

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sweetrasa
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner with friends really love this place. They do a great job with outside dining.

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vipDenisC
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Of the four of us two, who had pasta, liked the meals. The other two, who did not get pasta thought it was ok but definitely not worth the price. I got a seafood appetizer that was immersed in oil. Some garlic or balsamic vinegar would have gone a long way to add to the taste.

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SilverFox
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Glad to finally make it back to La Vecchia. I just don't remember it being so NOISY.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service (waiter/server’s name was Brian I think, thank you!). Great vibes, including some relaxing live music. Definitely recommend, just be patient as it can get a bit busy (luckily wait time for food was not too bad).

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Stamiam
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very nice dinner with a couple friends. We sat outside in the very large parklet on Main St. It was nice to be outside on a nice pleasant night. For me, I always found the inside restaurant a bit loud when crowded, so the outside was good for noise volume. There were plenty of heaters outside but they were barely needed (of course this is a night by night weather issue). The food and service was very good as always. We enjoyed the experience and the outdoor dining.

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GregoryS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our host was very friendly and helpful. And the food was scrumptious. One of our very favorite restaurants.

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vipgtaylor57
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating!!!! Same yummy food but a new general manager!

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roberto627
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice experience

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Salome90
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure to dine here--my favorite Italian restaurant.

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vipDtlagirl
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food was amazing. I have no complaints whatsoever. It's always a slam dunk there. The service was ok. Long wait times to order. Luckily I was with a friend catching up so it wasn't too bad. The food arrived quickly though. I was happy to see outdoor seating. However, I did feel unsafe a few times with solicitors/mentally ill/homeless person who came by a few times. Definitely very uncomfortable, and it a little frightening. Staff did come and remove this person but it was not easy, and was just uncomfortable. If I decide to go back I will eat indoor instead.I would recommend La Vecchia to a friend because the food is fantastic. However, I would warn them about the outdoor seating.

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janet
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing and the service is wonderful

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vipSteveF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian.
Excellent wait staff.
Mark, the chef, is a genius!

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charlasu
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here plenty of times pre-pandemic so it was great to be back. The new patio is lovely. And, as always, the Rotolo Alla Brace is fantastic!

FAQs

La Vecchia Cucina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 399-7979.

La Vecchia Cucina is rated 4.8 stars by 1619 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.