La Vecchia Cucina

4.7
1308 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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 1308 People Are Saying
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1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Spaghetti bolognese incredible as usual.
The pancakes at brunch were disappointing however, undercooked and served with imitation maple syrup.
Service excellent!

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ZR
1 review
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

On Saturday night the place was at capacity for its first seating (6:15pm) with tables lingering over coffee and iced-teas until our 8:15 reserved table was finally ready by 8:45. The host was happy to oblige my suggestion of a round of drinks for our party on the house. All the food was wonderful, melt in your mouth, light and flavorful Italian. Looking forward to going back!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night great dinner amazing service. Highly recommend.

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C
New England
13 reviews
5.0Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Vecchia has consistently had yummy, gourmet Italian food. I’ve been coming to this restaurant for more than 15 yrs and they continue to kee doing things right!! You can’t go wrong with any item on their menu😋😋

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d
Los Angeles
94 reviews
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent. Jack's service was perfect and the food was right on. I look forward to returning many times.

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EH
1 review
5.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant honored my online reservation and gave me a table on time. The food was excellent.

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R
Los Angeles
31 reviews
5.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place been here many times. Carpaccio de Tonno and Spaghetti Mondo Vecchio are what I get every time.

Can't beat it.

Really nice people great crew. Kevin at the bar is great if you come solo or just want to sit at the bar.

Absolutely love the food and the hospitality.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food

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TG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Great food. Loved the restaurant. Went with friends and enjoyed the drinks, salads, and entrees.

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JR
Los Angeles
22 reviews
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good.
The service was great and the staff extremely nice.

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C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
5.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for “the real deal,” in terms of great vibe and delicious food...it’s a no brainer!
La Vecchia “ROCKS!”

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for over 20 years. Outstanding quality and perfection. Really good staff and the food is the best northern Italian cuisine on the westside.

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R
Los Angeles
41 reviews
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent salads. The Tri-colore salad is wonderful. And best rigatoni bolognese in Los Angeles.

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AZ
London
3 reviews
3.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food but far too noisy.
Feeling to be pushed out to make as much as possible clients.

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f
Los Angeles
59 reviews
4.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a great neighborhood Italian Restaurant. Be careful not to eat too much of their freshly cooked bread before your Pasta is served. A great place to tale the family at a reasonable price.

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TL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
4.0Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never having been to the restaurant we were surprised and pleased with our dinner. Our server was knowledgeable and agreeable to any changes in menu selection, made great suggestions and was at the table often to make sure all was going well. My husband had delicious lamb chops, I had Branzino with a wonderful Puttanesca sauce and friends each had pasta dishes which they loved. Next time we find ourselves in Santa Monica (delightful and cool) we will definitely return.

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JM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our top spot in Los Angeles area. Service is always perfect -- friendly and efficient. If you love Italian food, this is the place for you. Among many outstanding dishes you can try caprese salad, linguini with clams, and the chicken picata.

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B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
5.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always good here. We are never disappointed.

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TD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
4.0Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Menu is uninspired and predictable. Wine list is weak, including few Italian whites.

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c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
3.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always satisfying and so reasonable; Sunday brunch especially so.

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NR
Los Angeles
13 reviews
4.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The service was exceptional and the food delicious, but the noise level was so extreme that it was impossible to relax and hear any conversation.

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g
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this local gem-have been going there for years and its always wonderful! I'm on a restricted diet. They are very accommodating and always willing to make my dinner with whole wheat pasta that is delicious.

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LW
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent bread/olive oil, bruschetta, and good pours from the bar. My husband enjoyed his pizza entree and I had l ham, shrimp, pesto linguini that was excellent. Nice ambiance, friendly staff and walking distance to shopping and entertainment. Fun evening.

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WL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The bread is to die for!!!

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CP
Miami
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant. We ordered carbonara and lamb that were very tasty. Good service and a beautiful Ambiance.

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!!!

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C
New England
14 reviews
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is and has always been delectable!! My favorite Italian restaurant for the past 16 years😊

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MM
1 review
2.0Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

We made early reservations and specified we wanted to be seated by the window. We were advised it was already reserved, but she did not know when they would come. We were there for an hour and a half, and no one was seated during that time by the window. We could have been enjoying that spot, as we requested. This left a bad taste in our mouth. In addition, the server seemed unfriendly and she was not attentive. She seemed snobbish and unpleasant. The food was good, but we do not understand why the mashed potatoes are not offered every day.

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GS
1 review
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good Italian restaurant, excellent setting and well cooked dishes. my carbonara was really good!

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GA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite local. Yes

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ST
Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great! Service was slow, we needed to get our waiters attention several times to order & then to get the check. The place was Very noisy/loud!

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e
Los Angeles
20 reviews
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant and for me, neighborhood gem. Consistently good. Wonderful service. I take guests and know it will be great!

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o
Los Angeles
12 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delight. We have been meeting friends there for years..it is always tasty.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food!!! Consistent for 25 years

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, comfortable atmosphere. Our waiter Matt was attentive, funny and efficient. The special lasagna was excellent. Tri Color Salad and fresh bread were delicious. Wide selection of wines, nice option to eat at the bar to watch the World Cup. Fantastic location on Main Street. Go!

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B
Los Angeles
96 reviews
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful meal, we will be returning and recommending you to our friends.

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d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! We are never let down at LaVecchia!...

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Houston
28 reviews
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love our family at La Vecchia.

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Tuscan cuisine! La Vecchia is always great!

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SF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going for years. Great service. Great Food. Never disappoints. Love the place

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