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Caffe Pinguini

4.8
1117 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We are open for curbside pickup, takeout and delivery and offering a 10% discount on all orders! Lunch will be open from 12pm-2:30pm & Dinner from 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Italian owners, Tony Cotrufo and Enrico Fiorentini, both hail from Rome and have been serving fresh authentic Italian cuisine at their Playa Del Rey location since 1997. They offer homemade pastas, an excellent wine list, outdoor seating and daily specials.


Caffe Pinguini was awarded with the "Marchio Ospitalita" Italiana - Seal of Authenticity". The seal distinguishes those restaurants with the highest quality of Italian hospitality.
What 1117 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful little quiet place if you dine indoors. Loved it. We will go back. 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food

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ChristianH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

CP is always a great time and a Special Occasion. It's a long time neighborhood gem. Miss the days when you might run into Dr. Jerry Buss more often than not. Keep up the good work!

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BeverlyB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu with delicious asparagus soup, smoked mozzarella with shiitake, fish entrees! I will return. Say hello to Tony!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best orso bucco’s I ever had. A+

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vipnini
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the people working there are so friendly.

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viptwebbmd
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good, as always. Attentive service and excellent food and drink.

MJ
vipMJD2inPDR
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love and appreciate the service and great food at Cafe Penguini….

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Thom
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. Only negative was they allow people to smoke outside the patio and it wafts into the seating area.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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FWSmith
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great intimate dinner with excellence service.

KD
vipKatyD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The New Years Eve atmosphere was excellent. The service, the food, the ambiance.
One on the best filets ever. Outstanding Chilean Sea Bass, beautiful homemade pasta with short rib ragu❤️
They were quite busy and the staff was working very hard. Thank you to the entire team for your all around excellence!!

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vipMary
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service on New Years Eve! The staff was really hustling and the menu selections were spot on. Festive decorations made for a more lively than usual atmosphere...which was really great for NYE. We had the pappardelle with short ribs, spaghetti with lobster tail and the filet...all were superb and portions were generous enough that we had a few leftovers. Love that this Italian gem is in Playa Del Rey. Can't wait to go back!

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VictorT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local italian Restaurant. Great people, great food. Our weekly spot and also for special occasion, including this past NYE celebration dinner.

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vipJackA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decrease in quality of food increase in prices a little disappointed

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ErinF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

“why are not more people coming to this fabulous neighborhood italian restaurant”? i said to my friends yesterday. the food was outstanding and so was the service! i highly highly recommend from an italophile and a foodie!

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vipDeborahR
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood gem. Food and service is always exceptional.

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OliviaG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and all the employees it’s always a wonderful experience

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MichaelM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal!!

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LeeP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their pasta is the freshest and best pasta I have ever had. Order any of their specials, they are to die for. The waiters and whole staff is so friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Bread was excellent.. Soup was good but over salted. Linguini al mare was not al dente. Risotto was OK. Pasta Ala vodka was very good. Spaghetti with lobster was very good. Too pricey for the uninspiring food. Friendly waiter, but slow service, probably because the place was understaffed. VERY expensive wine list. We wanted this place to be our go to dine out restaurant, but we were disappointed. Sorry.

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vipLuvMalibudinning
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, great wine list, friendly staff and formidable ambiance. A hidden gem in Playa del Rey.

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CathyK
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Pinguini never disappoints...the food and service is always excellent!

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vipPatriciaR
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a very nice time for my boyfriends 30th birthday dinner. They were very busy, but the service was pretty good and they were welcoming. The food was tasty as well.

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PattiT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly attentive service and delicious food!

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DonaldD
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere and a true hidden gem of Los Angeles

KC
vipKimC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Marco was amazing! The whole staff was wonderful and made the evening festive! We really had a great experience. The food is always very good-- The dessert was fantastic!!

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vipJayO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Visiting from out of state. Found this place on OpenTable a few miles from the hotel. Food was good, not great. Our server started pretty good, then disappeared for 25 minutes. We literally sat alone and unapproached for 25 minutes. No waiter, no water glass refills, no plate clearing. I’ve been fortunate to have never had that happen before. Place was tight and loud. Wouldn’t go again.

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, great neighborhood spot. We always feel at home here.

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vipLindaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my very favorite restaurants. All four of us enjoyed our choices, each one different. The waiter was so nice and helpful. Everything was clean and attactive.

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vipJenzie
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious but the service was not great. Our waiter acted like we were a nuisance, and we waited a really long time to order. The noise level was also pretty loud, so not very relaxing.

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly knowledgeable staff. Great authentic Italian food, which is hard to find in the US! Highly recommend.

TC
vipTCal333
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this hidden gem in Playa Del Rey. Please don't tell anyone else about it. ;-)

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RSKR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second time here. Service and food again was very good, Just a great place to go for an evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration.
Overall a great dinner.
Wine was pricey.
Could use some more options under $50.
Cabernets in particular.

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JonathanL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this neighborhood gem. Fantastic place with good food and great service. The outdoor patio was warm, very well lit, and a nice romantic night with my wife.

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Maxx
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Sorry to say that the last 3 times we dined here the food has been very mediocre. Used to love this place but not anymore. Maybe a new chef? Anyway, after 3 strikes, we will not return.

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vipBetty
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a family favorite for celebrating birthdays, etc due to great food, lovely ambience, well placed tables, caring service.

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Caffe Pinguini offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 306-0117.

Caffe Pinguini is rated 4.8 stars by 1117 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.

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