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La Vecchia Cucina

4.7
1236 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm.

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 399-7979
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Mollica
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Private party facilities
Please contact us for more details about your private event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ocean Park
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Parking details
City Metered Parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1236 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food, service and ambience was amazing. I would definitely be back wben in town again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved everything but the acoustics aren’t great it’s hard to hear because it’s so loud

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I took my boyfriend there for dinner on his bday. They upgraded us to the best table, the food was great as was the service and vibe. They brought out a plate with a huge piece of tiramisu with strawberries and mint, Bday candle and happy birthday written in chocolate. Perfect ending to the perfect dinner. We will absolutely return! Thank you Tao and all involved!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

This was our third or fourth dinner at La Vecchia. The atmosphere and the food is always excellent. The bread is amazing! The portions are large and everything we had was fresh, tasty, and well prepared. Always a great experience!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food!! The Special Trout Fish is out of this world! We had delish pizza for appetizers, all four had seafood and all loved their meals! Feels like a fabulous neighborhood gem! Dessert was chocolate mousse w raspberries and enough four four to share. Super busy and can get noisy ... worth it!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food and service was great! The noise level was a bit high to have much conversation across the table with a party of six guests. We all enjoyed dinner and the diverse menu lended quite a few food choices.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The evening was wonderful because of the occasion and the company. Our waiter seemed like we were a bit of an intrusion into his evening. I wouldn’t return or recommend; not because the food is bad, but there are equally great restaurants in the area, based on meal quality, with better service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We have eaten at La Vecchia many times. It never disappoints. It’s superb Italian food at very reasonable prices. I cannot say enough positive things about this little gem.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We were visiting Santa Monica and looking for great italian pasta. La veccia cucina is so perfect for us! Nice place, good food . We will recomend to friends who come to SanTa Mónica

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love this restaurant. We received excellent service on Easter.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Too loud. Everything else was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The pizza we ordered (fungi with prosciutto) was excellent. I ordered for 2 visits in a row the "fargalla la Vecchia" with lobster, asparagus and Alba mushrooms in a delightfully briny pomodoro sauce. Nice bottle of Sartori Amarone, the lemon hazelnut meringue dessert - excellent dervice!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Love the lamb chop salad & lemon hazelnut torte. One of my favorite places for lunch!!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This restaurant has excellent food. The bread is incredible with the olive oil, garlic and basil.
The portions are nice size for what you are paying for. Everything was very tasty and well presented on the plate! We all eat with our "eyes", and they do a very nice job at presenting the food! The ambiance inside the restaurant is very nice and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this place. It is a great find and not overly pricey either!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, always a fun spot with good service!! Perfect date spot.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great service, the staff is lovely. Delicious gluten free pasta!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always FABULOUS!

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very disappointing. The food was awful, but the waiter was excellent. After checking in early, they asked us to go shopping next door. Food was inedible - more than one dish was left untouched. The wait staff was the best part of this place. As a foodie, I would never go back. The Maitre 'D specifically sent us to the shoe store next door and then told us he almost marked us as a no show / had no recollection of speaking to us and then tried to seat us next to the bathroom.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Crowded, Noisy , no intimacy.
Good food and service.
Nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Quintessential neighborhood restaurant...a menu everyone will love. Friendly, longtime staff make sure you have a memorable meal every time.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We had a lovely evening with good food and especially good service. Love the old Italian look.
Would surely go back there. Yes, it does get a bit noisy.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

One of the best restaurants on the westside. A true culinary gem!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The family went for my wife’s birthday dinner. The food was great. The ambience and service were very good. We will go back time and time again!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Consistent good food and service

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We made our reservation using open table and the restaurant called us to confirm.
The atmosphere is very open and inviting
The food is outstanding and the restaurant had many Italian people eating there as well.
The focchia bread was great with olive oil and garlic.
The soup special was delicious and we shared a pizza Marguerita and had two different pastas that we shared that were delicious.
The cannolis were great too.
Great service great food a bit noisy but really authentic Italian cuisine.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Loved being at La Vecchia as usual. Been there several times and always invite new people to join us. Host super friendly at the door, sat us immediately at a great table in front! Service people amazingly nice and helpful. Always a great vibe in there and super busy. Food is always fantastic. We love this place!!~ what else can I say?

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was very good. However, the service was not so great. Had to wait quite a long time between courses, and the waiter was nowhere to be found. Also had to wait a long time for the check.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always a lovely experience. Food is amazing

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Good food ! Beware the noise level however!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We have dined at La Vecchia for over a few years and have found it very charming with great food and ambiance; however, last Saturday while we were there, the noise level actually hurt my ears. It was impossible to carry on a meaningful conversation due to the number of guests and the acoustics.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food and experience.

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Awful. The restaurant was not busy but the waiter only came by to take the order and to get the payment. No service whatsoever. Sad

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

without a doubt...this restaurant is in a class of its own....we enjoy dining here as often as time permits.....outstanding Italian dishes, appropriate prices and most important, service without parallel.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Spectacular as always, in every possible way!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Best genuine Italian food in town !!! House chianti is great !

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Family getting together from out of town. We all loved our dinner. Second time at this restaurant. We have already made another reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Made a reservation. Got seated right away. Asked for a quiet table. Got a really nice, quiet window table away from center of noise. Very professional yet very friendly servers. Food was delicious. Brought my friend, who's birthday it was, a lovely plated dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Love, love, love this place - I've been coming here since moving to Santa Monica - that was in 1987! Still the absolute best Italian - and happy hour there is, bar none. But, don't read this because I still want to be able to get a seat!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Good food. Good service. But the tables are too close together

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great food, nice menu loved the food! Great wine list

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