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La Vecchia Cucina

4.7
4.7
1795 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 42 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 399-7979

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mark Mollica

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for more details about your private event.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Ocean Park Blvd

  • Parking details

    City Metered Parking.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,795 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. e

    ekkis

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were late arriving as they had no valet and had to walk 4 blocks from parking lot. Host said he needed the table in 50 minutes - totally untrue. Plenty of tables freed up in that time period. Unnecessary babble to start the evening off on a sour note. Perhaps to make himself seem important? We just shrugged it off but others might not be as generous.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, close to home , and we love the place
  3. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When compared to other Italian restaurants in the area at the same price point, it easily wins out. The food is amazing, and the service is excellent. The outdoor seating that opened during the pandemic is very nice and I hope it's here to stay.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable service was outstanding
  5. CS

    CharlesS

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT - we rarely venture out to Santa Monica - but this was definitely worth the jaunt. We went with some friends who had been going for years and they literally wanted to order the whole menu - I saw why - it was all so good!
  6. s

    shopper

    Los Angeles

    213 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    213 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. I think it is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. The food is always excellent--never waivers always consistently good. Both my partner and I had veal. Both dishes were outstanding. We started with calamari which was fresh, tender, hot and crisp. Our server was very helpful and checked back often. There is an outdoor area which is extremely large, as well as the indoor area. I will continue going here forever!
  7. F

    Fromager

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Santa Monica!
  8. i

    ireneo

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was great. Our server was very attentive. The AC was not working. It made it hard to enjoy the evening. I will return on cooler day.
  9. VB

    ValerieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to LA Vecchia for many years until I moved. I am so happy I spent my birthday at LA Vecchia. Food and service excellent as always. My nephew and girlfriend recently tried it and they love it. Our waiter Juan Carlos really made my Birthday special! I shared pictures with My friends, they want to try your superb food!
  10. EG

    EatieGourmet

    Los Angeles

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    La Vecchia has been a neighborhood fixture for decades, but its popularity was, for us at least, a drawback. The noise was so oppressive that it was a shortcut to indigestion. And I always needed lozenges after eating because my voice had gotten hoarse from having to shout to be heard. This time, we ate outdoors. In traffic. Not literally but, in the wake of the pandemic, Main Street became the site of al fresco dining in space that once accommodated parked cars. So we were literally feet from passing busses, cars, and motorcycles, all of which exceeded the prescribed noise limits. The food, though, was delicious, well-presented, and ample -- far more ample than our appetite allows (we now have two more meals sitting in a container in the fridge). Ample, however, may be responsible for the prices, which are somewhat higher than they could be. But, hey, it's Santa Monica, two blocks from the beach, and the fenced in area around the tables is probably still being paid for.
  11. P

    Pasadenafoodie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! I look forward to returning for another evening.
  12. OJ

    Only1JJM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really had a great experience from start to finish and look for this to be our go-to Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. The food was prepared exceptionally well and the service was equally impressive. I just wish we had given it a shot sooner!
  13. LB

    LindaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The lasagna was delicious, the antipasto remains a go to for me. I dined at La Vecchia on a Saturday and Monday. It was busy both nights, but a little less hectic on Monday. The service was very slow both times. If you go, you will need to be patient with the lack of attentive service. Nonetheless, the food, when it arrived, was quite good.
  14. LB

    LindaB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very good food, service took a long time. I wouldn’t recommend Saturday. The were swamped and it was noisy.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    En voyage avec mon mari, après 8h de route, arrivée tardive, on a pu trouver ce lieu à la dernière minute, très agréable et très accueillant, parfaite fin de voyage pour savourer de bonnes pâtes comme on les aime !
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Très bonne table italienne !
  17. MM

    MissMoo

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious, consistent, great service, fair portions, yummy specials, good wines.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local gem, food is incredible. The seafood is fresh and delicious. Can’t say enough positive things about this restaurant.
  19. CM

    ClioMead

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night was our second time dining at La Vecchia Cucina, and both times have been fantastic. Great food, wonderful service. Highly recommend.
  20. n

    nicoleg

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my husband and my favorite restaurants. Perfect choice for our 15th anniversary. First time back since the pandemic. Love the new outdoor seating. Burrito, bread, lobster farfalle, ossobuca, tiramisu-outstanding
  21. DL

    DebbieL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Italian Restaurant in SM. Their marinara sauce is so good, lol could eat it alone.
  22. B

    Barb

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Mostly street noise was the issue - hadn’t had that before and it can’t be helped. Lovely place - will certainly return
  23. AM

    AnneM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tastiest friendliest place in the area. A true neighborhood restaurant.
  24. U

    Urbanmom

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal and great service. So many places are struggling with service, but here the food came out fast but not rushed. Friendly and efficient. Everything was delicious!
  25. KM

    KasumiM

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, fantastic service as always. This Santa Monica staple never disappoints. Everyone I bring here falls in love and comes back so that's a great sign!
  26. MG

    MarciaG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is consistent and excellent! Everything is great!
  27. C

    Cathy

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Vecchia is one of the Best Restaurants in Santa Monica! We have enjoyed dining there for over 10 years. The staff, especially Oliver are fantastic. Thank You!
  28. SH

    SusanH

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We keep coming back and are never disappointed with this fabulous gem of a restaurant. From management to servers, 5 stars all the way!
  29. MT

    MillieT

    Las Vegas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad La Vecchia Cucina has re-opened. They have an outside area (on Main Street) if you don't want to eat inside. Daily specials as well as their regular menu. Our waiter, Mike, was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely be back.
  30. AL

    AryanaL

    Phoenix

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love everything about this restaurant! We dine there once or twice a month when we’re in town. Great wine snd beer list, appetizers are delicious and you can’t bear the service. Once again, thank you!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    We ordered 2 types of pastas both were extremely salty and hot. The pastas were most definitely heated in the microwave (so extremely hot only a microwave can do). No real flavor in the pastas. We ordered the arrbiata and putanesca. The Tricolor salad was decent. Not worth eating there too f you want good Italian food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Malgré une réservation, l’accueil a été plutôt froid, nous avons été installé sur une table en terrasse au bord de route : très bruyante, agrémenté d’une incartade très sonore entre le responsable et un passant …. Sans commentaire. Pour cette catégorie de restaurent, je trouve inadmissible que les sodas soient servis en canettes métal !! La préparation des plats était plutôt simpliste pour un budget très élevé.. Vraiment sans plus : Nous n’y reviendrons pas.
  33. VL

    VeniceLocal

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is very good, we ordered a variety of chicken and pasta dishes. The portions are quite large, next time we will share. The outdoor patio is quite pleasant and large, as well as somewhat walled off from the craziness of Main Street. Staff was very caring and helpful and we never felt rushed.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LaVecchia is my favorite Italian restaurant! The food is excellent and the waitstaff is kind, professional and attentive. I ordered aglio olio with shrimp. It was as divine! I may go back tonight 😀
  35. RI

    RubenI

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and exceptional food!
  36. JT

    JoyceT

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a great place. The staff was great and very attentive. The food was was great as well. We had the Pizza, Chicken Parm and salads....Nice wine list. We had 6pm reservations! On the weekends...it gets really busy so if your hungry go early!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Didn’t get what I ordered and they wouldn’t exchange it so I had to pay extra for what I did want and ended up eating what I didn’t want anyway. Otherwise amazing food and great service. I just think at an establishment of this magnitude exchanging a $50 steak for the correct plate should be an issue.
  38. MM

    MarinaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great evening in La Vecchia. The food was delicious.
  39. MP

    MarkusP

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Almost wanna call this a hidden gem. Really clean nice place. Very friendly service. Very original Italian menu AND kitchen 👌
  40. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful as always and we were happy to have Michael take care of us with such a friendly vibe and attentive service.

Safety precautions

  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Vecchia Cucina does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. La Vecchia Cucina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 399-7979.

La Vecchia Cucina is rated 4.7 stars by 1795 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for La Vecchia Cucina

2654 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ocean Park Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    City Metered Parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mark Mollica

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 399-7979

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for more details about your private event.

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