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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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for a Date (22)
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Authentic (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Casual (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

Excellent from start to finish

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 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 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The restaurant was recommended by a friend of our son's. It's one of his favorite haunts. The food was beautifully presented, and tasted as good as it looked. I started with tomato and mozzarella - which is on most Italian menus. This was an amazing and buttery cheese, with vine ripened tomatoes, basil and a delicious dressing. My son got the carpaccio, which was terrific. Mains were the truffle and mushroom risotto, lasagna and steak. All were amazing. A chocolate fudge cake and lemon tart rounded out the meal. Great service, delicious food and reasonably priced. We had bottles of wine, fairly reasonably priced. A great find!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is at least our 20th visit here in the last few years. La Vecchia is sensational from A to Z.

The welcome is always warm and the service attentive, prompt and friendly, but not smarmy.

This time we led with Caprese salad and Minestrone soup. The caprese here consistently has the freshest tomatoes and mozzarella and is even better than the caprese at Monte's Trattoria in Greenwich Village. The minestrone has a hint of panchetta in the broth and is outstanding.

The Spaghetti Bolognese was terrific as usual and my wife had the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli in a slightly spicy sauce which she really liked. She has had the Veal Picatta on previous visits which is excellent. My usual here is Linguini and Clams which is better here than Johnny Costa's in Palm Springs where it was Frank Sinatra's favorite dish.

Atmosphere here is like the best New York Italian restaurants. High ceilings, but not noisy. Seating is cozy but you are not overhearing anyone.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I got the tri-colore salad. It was excellent. Just the right amount of dressing to compliment the three different types of lettuce. The tagliata salad was best that my friend had every eaten and the caesar salad was classic but delicious as well. I am adddicted to their rigatoni bolognese. By far the best in all of LA. The mushroom risotto was very hardy and deliciousand the linguine alla zingara was favored by my friend. He didn't leave a morsel on his plate. The food is outstanding and it never disappoints. And last, the chocolate raspberry terrine is to die for.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great restaurant. We love this place. Mark and Anthony are wonderful people.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

La Vecchia Cucina is a wonderful place to dine. Everything about the restaurant emits class. Matthew, our waiter, is a perfect representative of the level of class we enjoy here.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Have been to this restaurant many times and it is always consistent. Very good food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

La Vecchia is by far the best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles and they have the best rigatoni bolognese in Los Angeles. Best! Hands down. They also have the best warm bread served with gar,licky olive oil. Their menu is very extensive. They have many delicious salads and appetizers and excellent fish, chicken and fish dishes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome - will be back - happy hour was amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

wonderful fresh classic/modern Italian; satisfying; nice service

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Honestly, this was not as good as I remember, food or service. Maybe it was an off day.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Herd some good reviews so thought we would check it out. There was liverly buzz and that made for a great atmosphere. Food was really good and the hot bread and garlic olive oil was a nice change. Generous portions and attentive waiting staff made sure you were looked after. Will be going back soon 😀😀😀

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Everything was excellent, food service and value except the fast paced pop music was way too loud

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Loved the authentic Italian cuisine, the ambiance! Ask for Matthew - he was an awesome waiter! He went above and beyond for our anniversary celebration!! He brought us a delicious Italian vanilla flan for dessert. He was very accommodating and friendly! We went back the next night again, but he was not working. He is excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food and service are great. Only complaint is the noise - between the clanging pots and pans in the open kitchen and tables packed close together, it's difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Wonderful Italian restaurant with large selection of reasonably priced meals. We tried the tri-colori salad and the Osso Buco alla romano. All very good and the Osso Buca very authentic and delightful. We also tried a special appetizer... Zuchini blossoms stuffed with cheese, wonderful. Wine list was reasonably priced and included half bottles. I chose one of my favorites.. Seghesio Zin

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Love the food and ambiance. It's authentic Italian food!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always awesome food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Waiter was fabulous... made a special effort when they found out it was friend's birthday. staff was accommodating. & prices not too steep.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Always a pleasure to eat here. Lunch or dinner. Excellent food and value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I like their lasagna, shrimp scampi and lobster farfalle. The bread with olive oil and garlic is great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

What a wonderful evening once again at La Vecchia! From Tao the consummate host, to Oliver's impeccable service, to the delicious gnocchi special with zucchini flowers made vegetarian style on request, lobster ravioli special, and the ever consistently delicious Branzino and mushroom risotto..... this is why we come back again and again and again. Thank you team La Vecchia!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service good and friendly. Our pizzas cold and the taste was ordinary. The restaurant was extremely noisy, wich made the conversation impossible.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Thought the pasta that I had was overpriced and the chicken that my GF had was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great as always. Carpaccio de Tonno was very fresh. Pasta with meatballs very good, you can tell an Italian restaurant's quality by its meatballs. Salads are always good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always, good food, attentive staff and energetic atmosphere.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Santa Monica! Drove from downtown LA just to eat here every chance I get! Amazing food and a place you can actually have a conversation while you eat because it's not loud!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Everything about La Vecchia was very good, even the homeless crazy guy dancing outside of our window table location.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Everything was great except the restaurant was too warm and the table was too small.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Have enjoyed La Vecchia on many visits to Santa Monica over the years. But not last night. Great server though. Reserved table for 5 several weeks ago, arrived on time yet kept waiting for the table and finally seated in a corner at the back with some of us staring at a wall and the hall to the washrooms. Food was tasty except the oysters which were far from fresh. Very disappointed.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This place never disappoints. The food is delicious and the service is very good. One thing I would change is the limited "wine by the glass" selection. Not only are there few to choose from, but the choices are bad. I don't mind paying a little more for a quality glass of wine, hopefully they'll upgrade that soon. I'm coming back either way, but I might not drink any wine.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Once again, outstanding. Great service, especially appreciated as a single diner. Menu is so extensive of great Italian classics. Hard to chose.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good Mediterranean spot, friendly people and authentic food. My child had a good pizza, we choosed two different pasta receipts well cocked. Bravi!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

my wife and i went there 10 years ago and it hasn't changed since. great food; great atmosphere and great service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 24, 2017

For vegans. Wheat pasta. Lots of vegetables added !!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everything was okay. Pasta and pizza Alright, but prior to ordering a bottle of wine we asked to taste it & our waiter's response was "you can taste it once we open it for you". Maybe it was the tone in which he responded in, but it was just interesting to hear him say that. Anyway, ambiance was probably the best part of the experience. Everything else was kind of Blah

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