La Vecchia Cucina

4.7
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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.
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DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing and consistent!

SB
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!!! The food is always great and the service is attentive. It feels like a cozy neighborhood restaurant. We come back every three months when we are in town.

AD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was INCREDIBLE! The service was great - waitress was so helpful in making a decision on what to order and really touted how amazing the chef was. the food was delicious and affordable, which is so hard to find!

s
Los Angeles
166 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to this restaurant. I must say that it did not disappoint
either time. The atmosphere is pleasant and the food was excellent both times.

After our favorite Italian restaurant closed in our neighborhood, we had to find
another to replace it. This is the place we decided on. We will now go there
whenever we want Italian food.

It is a warm and cozy place and the service is great.
I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys good Italian food.

T
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb. Truly. The food was incredible, hearty and very italian in a classy place, AND completely warm and friendly. Buzz and atmos, but in a inviting way. Great experience and one of my best outside Italy itself. The pasta. OOOH the pasta!

DO
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here at least half a dozen times. Everything is perfect. My favorite spot

GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to La Vecchia for 10 years. It’s my wife and I’s favorite special occasion restaurant. Strong recommendation across the board.

L
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early reservation (5:30) and were promptly seated. The service was very good and the food excellent and well priced. All in all a great experience.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service entire restaurant experience is always great!!

F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Dinner with friends. The waitress was disconnected at Best. Took forever to get drinks. Also to have our order taken. The waitress the whole time was not very friendly and inattentive.

DA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food
Great ambience
Amazing consistency

DG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

love the restaurant but much too noisy. Hard to have a conversation.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food as always. Great wine selection and manager was helpful in picking the right one for our meal. Noise levels were pretty high though as more people rolled in so if you are sensitive to the noise this is probably not your restaurant.

T
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid old school (not trendy) place. Just good ol’ Italian comfort food. Perfect for when doing battle with a menu is too tiring.

JF
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem. Never disappointingly. Also great for Happy Hour.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Great , one of our favorite places in Santa Monica

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was better than expected. Wonderful service and delicious food!

l
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food.

MT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love La Vecchia! We've been here a few times since we moved to LA from NYC and are grateful to have found Italian food as awesome as you'd find on the East Coast. Delicious dishes, great for sharing, reasonable prices, lively atmosphere. Our favorite restaurant in LA!

g
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great-Been coming here now for over 30 years!

s
New England
44 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent in every way. We had an early reservation so the restaurant was only about 1/3 full, at most. Once full to capacity though, we could barely hear each other (2 top) for any conversation at all.

The food was excellent as well and I loved the extensive menu!!

I do recommend this restaurant, but I also recommend not going at prime time!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great birthday dinner

ES
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere and great service.

R
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

La Vecchia is my all time favorite Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. I go there quite often. However, I learnt something that I hadn't experienced before, because I usually go with one person. As excellent as this restaurant is, it is way way way too noisy if your more than four people. It's almost impossible to have a conversation. I would never dine there again with more than four people, and even that is a 50/50. Aside from that, the food, everything on their menu is outstanding. No one in your party will have a bad meal whatever they order.

C
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our early Valentines dinner did not disappoint! Attended to by the delightful Oliver, we started with the best fried calamari in town. The mushroom ravioli special was delicious, as well as the branzino which is a favorite of ours, accompanied by perfectly prepared creamy mashed potatoes, baby carrots and sautéed spinach. We look forward to another visit soon, thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good

JR
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Love this restaurant. Wonderful menu -everything is great.

MH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday for 4th times here! We all enjoyed our dinner and our celebration. Thanks 😎

N
Los Angeles
186 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful in every way!

B
Toronto
64 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting my family in Santa Monica, we always come for dinner to La Vecchia. Always enjoy!!

JG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious but it is very noisy. Anything that can be done about the noise leve?

S
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, just fabulous.

k
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Best italian on Main st/ Santa Monica for sure:)

JP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food

JP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. Excellent service, great ambience and delicious food! Love this place!

MF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from the staff. Very nice and attentive as we enjoyed dinner. The food was also great. We received a complementary birthday desert to go with our meal. We felt pampered as the staff refilled our wine glasses and promptly brought us our food and drinks. They checked in on us without seeking to intrusive. Definitely will go back soon.

b
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

From the hot bread, great pasta to the helpful and attentive waiters, it was a wonderful meal. Meal was served steaming hot, never had to ask for anything including beverages.

JD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great neighborhood gem with delicious food and splendid service.

J
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner. There was a mix up with the appetizer so we didn’t get it. The waiter was very apologetic. The food was delicious!