La Vecchia Cucina
Rigatoni tossed with our signature meat sauce
Fried squid served with our spicy marinara sauce and lemon on the side
Romaine lettuce hearts and croutons tossed in our classic creamy Caesar dressing topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants. Our waiter was very attentive. We enjoyed our meals and the service. Will come again soon!
Each and every year 5 days in Venice, CA. For now 15 years. Each and every year at least 4 evenings in La Vecchia. Preferably at the bar. Food is very very good, and service is equally good. From manager to 'doormen' (male/female) to cooks to waiters to bartender: it all works perfectly. A perfect coordination of everything, a smoothly running 'machine' and at the same time attendance to customers. And not least: a variegated crowd of guests, both in terms of age and gender and style. Mostly dressed in the required 'business casual', however. Great not too have too many shorts around you for dinner and also so grown up adults rather than teenagers.
This was my first time here - I'll definitely come back. The food was very good. The service was REALLY good!! Large enough selection so all could get what they
wanted. HOWEVER, do think adding $3.00 to take OUT the clams from the
mussels, is pretty stingy!!!
Always wonderful! Delicious food! Great service! Wonderful warm staff!
We always love coming to La Vecchia!
The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was excellent. We were super happy with our experience at La Vecchia Cucina.
Meal was delicious with friendly and efficient service. Will definitely return.
Excellent food with good service. New patio is great.
The food is always amazing. And the ambience is great. The drinks are perfect and the food is just spectacular
The management team (male) was too uptight for our vibe. The outdoor dining space was too toasty (heaters) for our comfort.
Overall the pasta dish and entree (Marsala) were excellent. The wine selection is subpar to the cuisine and recommend a review of offerings to enhance the meal experience. We ended up with a Chianti versus the Nebbiolo and they charged us for both glasses.
great prefix lunch menu with live jazz band on most Sundays with professional and accomplished trio.
Average food not anything special
First time coming here and was not disappointed! Our server, Cathy I believe, was so attentive and had some great recommendations.
The food was delicious and I’m excited to come back :)
Food and service are excellent. Great location and nice outdoor dining available.
Looking for an Italian restaurant and this came up on a search. My cousin's last name is La Vecchia so it had to be very good. It was! Started out with cocktails. Old-fashioned and Vodka martini. Impressed, they can make a drink. Delivered exactly as ordered. For an appetizer, we ordered the Pasta Cabonara entrée size and shared it . They brought it in 2 plates. Authentic made with egg and not cream. I perused the menu and each pasta dish had the true ingredients.
I got the Osso Bucco with angel hair. Its usually served over risotto but they accommodated my request to serve over pasta. Outstanding flavors. My friend got the veal marsala, again so tasty. House Cabernet was nice. We sat outside. They did a great job creating a pleasant outdoor space. Service was excellent. Waiter was well-versed in the menu and how items are prepared. Very personable. Ready to fly back to California just to eat here.
My favorite Italian restaurant in all of LA! I’ve been going to this restaurant for nearly 20 yrs! I am so happy they survived the pandemic!! Best food hands down!!
Such a beautiful experience.
Always simple, good, Italian with good service and I value and commend them for their super-safe Covid protocols. That’s why i was taken aback and annoyed that the server in training refused to wear her mask over her nose… even after i asked her to please wear hear mask properly. She adjusted it, but then, less than five minutes later, it was down again.
It’s not only wrong, but it felt like a big FU.
It was a business meeting with birthday celebration too. They made it really special for my college best friend and business attorney. Significan business matters with celebration too - La Vecchia was an excellent choice.
The food was delicious well presented and prepared. The window table was ideal as it was away from the front door breeze yet the views of Main Street and the outdoor dining was unobstructed.
Good: Bruschetta crust and prep was beautiful and scrumptious too. The cream brûlée was phenomenal just wished it was larger for the price of it. The meatballs and sauce were so amazing it took me back to Italy bite after bite.
Great restaurant. Great food.
Absolutely fantastic food, service, experience!
Fantastic experience great staff great food great atmosphere great place! Highly recommend
One of the best restaurants. We had a wonderful time
Always consistent - great food and service. Our go to Italian restaurant.
We love this restaurant! Last night one of our friends had a health emergency and our server could not have been kinder or more thoughtful. Highly recommend him and this restaurant. Our favorite restaurant in Santa Monica for many years…
First time I visited this local restaurant since the pandemic. Much to my Delight the Food, Service, and atmosphere was delightful. The general manager came over to our table to introduce himself and told us of future nuances. I definitely will return shortly.
Great Food, great for special occasions, everyone friendly. Chef/owner Mark made special effort with our meal.
Great dinner with friends really love this place. They do a great job with outside dining.
Of the four of us two, who had pasta, liked the meals. The other two, who did not get pasta thought it was ok but definitely not worth the price. I got a seafood appetizer that was immersed in oil. Some garlic or balsamic vinegar would have gone a long way to add to the taste.
Glad to finally make it back to La Vecchia. I just don't remember it being so NOISY.
Fantastic food and service (waiter/server’s name was Brian I think, thank you!). Great vibes, including some relaxing live music. Definitely recommend, just be patient as it can get a bit busy (luckily wait time for food was not too bad).
Had a very nice dinner with a couple friends. We sat outside in the very large parklet on Main St. It was nice to be outside on a nice pleasant night. For me, I always found the inside restaurant a bit loud when crowded, so the outside was good for noise volume. There were plenty of heaters outside but they were barely needed (of course this is a night by night weather issue). The food and service was very good as always. We enjoyed the experience and the outdoor dining.
Our host was very friendly and helpful. And the food was scrumptious. One of our very favorite restaurants.
Love the outdoor seating!!!! Same yummy food but a new general manager!
It's always a pleasure to dine here--my favorite Italian restaurant.
The food was amazing. I have no complaints whatsoever. It's always a slam dunk there. The service was ok. Long wait times to order. Luckily I was with a friend catching up so it wasn't too bad. The food arrived quickly though. I was happy to see outdoor seating. However, I did feel unsafe a few times with solicitors/mentally ill/homeless person who came by a few times. Definitely very uncomfortable, and it a little frightening. Staff did come and remove this person but it was not easy, and was just uncomfortable. If I decide to go back I will eat indoor instead.I would recommend La Vecchia to a friend because the food is fantastic. However, I would warn them about the outdoor seating.
The food is always amazing and the service is wonderful
Great authentic Italian.
Excellent wait staff.
Mark, the chef, is a genius!
Been here plenty of times pre-pandemic so it was great to be back. The new patio is lovely. And, as always, the Rotolo Alla Brace is fantastic!
Best Italian in Santa Monica. So happy to be back after they were closed during the pandemic. Reasonable prices. Great menu. Cute outdoor area now too. Can’t wait to go back!
La Vecchia Cucina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 399-7979.
La Vecchia Cucina is rated 4.8 stars by 1618 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.