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About La Vecchia Cucina

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.

2654 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Sicilian

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

Cross Street:
Ocean Park

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 399-7979

Website:
http://www.lavecchia.com/

Parking Details:
City Metered Parking.

Executive Chef:
Mark Mollica

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact us for more details about your private event.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Vecchia Cucina Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Special Occasion (25)
Authentic (24)
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Good for a Date (23)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Fun (11)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Romantic (8)
People Watching (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Really lovely restaurant.
Food was delicious. Staff welcoming and attentive and considering it was a crazy packed Saturday night, service was excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Comfort Italian excellent calamari
Good size portions
Overall tasty

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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food3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We chose this restaurant for a meeting of friends who had not seen each other for a number of years. It was recommended to us by local residents. Unfortunately, it was extremely noisy so the evening was not up to expectation since conversation was our primary interest. The food was OK but not outstanding; however, the service was very good to excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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food3
ambience2
service5
value3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Best Italian restaurant in all of Los Angeles. The tri-colore salad is excellent as is the burrata with tomatoes and basil. All of their appetizers are delicious. The rigatoni bolognese is beyond outstanding. My friend loved the linguini alla puttenesca. The bottom line is, you can not go wrong with anything you order at La Vecchia. It's hard to stop eating, but definitely save room for their fabulous desserts.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

What a wonderful Valentine dinner. My husband and I have been to La Vecchia before, but this time was extra special. From the greeting by the host when we arrived, to the farewell when we left, everything was perfect! The food and service were both amazing! The Caesar salad had great flavor. Both our entrees were tasty and were just the right portions (unlike some local restaurants where you leave hungry). The desserts were incredible. And, to top it all off, we couldn't have asked for better service. The restaurant is extremely well run with the manager being very hands on and watching everything like a hawk to ensure that all the guests' experiences were wonderful. We will definitely return soon!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always the best.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We have been eating at la vecchia since it opened, we are never disappointed. Service is excellent, food is consistently good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A delight, every bite was tasty, the right temperature and inviting ..

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We had fun and the food was delicious,?keep it up guys :))))

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

As soon as the waiter had more than 2 tables, he ignored us and we had to ask for everything. He knew it was a birthday and with the check he brought us a small dish of whipped cream with a candle! Really, just plain whipped cream ??!?No dessert would have been better!
Most of the food was good except for the chopped salad as the dressing was quite salty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We had excellent service (very attentive) and the meal was delicious from the bread service to dessert! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The ambiance was wonderful. Service was great and food was outstanding.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My only complaint is that it was a bit noisy. We were lucky enough to sit in an out of the way corner so it wasn’t as loud, but the middle of the room would have been noisy and crowded. Good value and excellent food.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food - great service - great atmosphere. Never disappointed.

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was attentive. Our only criticism is that it was difficult to hold a conversation because of the ambient noise In the restaurant. It just seems like the room acoustics bounce every sound in the room.

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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This place is a real find, from the terrific bread and olive oil at the table to every dish we've had here. Red sangria is delicious. The veal marsala and chicken with zucchini and sun dried tomatoes are 2 of my favorites. Great wait staff too!

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food, tasty, proper temperature and authentic. The service is a little rushed. The room was very noisy.

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food5
ambience4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The FRIENDLIEST STAFF! Wonderful food and atmosphere is not pretentious like at other local Italian restaurants!

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Seated on time waiter good but food did not come out at the same time. Very noise. Nice varied menu from appetizers and pizza to full entrees

Tags: Good for Groups
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food4
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service2
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful! Attentive service, great wine and cocktails and delicious food--we will return--

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best Italian food on the west side!!! Nicest people work there as well!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our "Go To" restaurant for Italian comfort food in a genial environment. Consistently delicious with high-quality ingredients, La Vecchia is one my top choice restaurants in the Los Angeles region. The casual elegant environment is perfect for every occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Legit! Always Legit!

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food5
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value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Awesome! The free birthday dessert was so special! Thank you!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants on the westside!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

La Vecchia has it all! Great classic Italian cuisine prepared to perfection, full of depth of flavor. The staff was incredible attentive and accommodating.

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 (München)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I ordered the tuna carpaccio which was not really fresh and I could not eat it. The green salad that came with it was too acidic. The ossobuco, however, was nice and tender served on a bed of rice and vegetables. The atmosphere is very lively and the staff are attentive and polite. I think the quality of the food is not up to the highest standards and could be improved.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent food & service, as usual. This place never disappoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We sat at the bar and had a great time!! Reminds one of any one of a number of family-run Italian places on the East Coast! It’s loud. It’s energetic. It’s a great place to gather with friends over a really great wine selection!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always excellent - good food, service and friendly
will adapt menu items to your requests

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our first time at La Vecchia Cucina. What a gem! From the message left to confirm the reservation to the greeting by the host, to our server, Guy and the runners to the personal hello from the chef, the evening was perfect! I so appreciated the voice mail confirming the reservation DID NOT ask me to call back to confirm! The restaurant was crowded and noisy, but the feel was warm and welcoming. Our server was pleasant, personable, knowedgable and honest about his opinions. The food was plentiful and superb! We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Another spectacular meal, all ordered off of the specials menu.We started with the scallops Crudo (can’t remember exact name) next course lobster ravioli, third course halibut. Each course was hands-down the best we have ever had, anywhere ever! Also tried the special boysenberry infused bourbon cocktail which was so festive and deliciously refreshing. Hats off to Chef and The entire team For another wonderful evening, we could not think of a better way to end 2017! Thank you and see you again soon!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Admittingly, there were slammed..A full house on a Sat eve...slow, slow service was one thing, but the four top across from the bar at the Window on a cold night... OMG..Honestly, my fault, should have called their attention to it OR we should have left..Food however, top notch..Sangria terrific... What can you do! There will be another meal another day....

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always a pleasure!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The food is excellent. The tri-colore salad is fabulous and the rigatoni bolognese is by far the best pasta dish of any Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Loved the food and the service, but even though we got there relatively early, it was so loud by 7:30 I could barely hear my companions across the table from us.
Though I give the food and service high marks, this is not an easy place to hold a conversation in.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We truly enjoyed our dinner. Every dish was fresh and different from one another. The flavors were great. We also appreciated the price point and thought the meal provided us with a good value.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent from start to finish

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I absolutely love this restaurant!!! The food is delightful, the prices are very reasonable and it feels warm and friendly. I can't wait to return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We always enjoy our dining experience @ L V & love sharing time there with friends & family!

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