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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.
tomato sauce, mozzarella, red and yellow bell peppers, onions and basil
Grilled shrimp served with mixed greens and garlic in an olive oil and lemon dressing
Classic Caesar salad topped with homemade croutons
Beautiful little quiet place if you dine indoors. Loved it. We will go back. 😊
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!
Excellent menu with delicious asparagus soup, smoked mozzarella with shiitake, fish entrees! I will return. Say hello to Tony!
One of the best orso bucco’s I ever had. A+
Amazing food and the people working there are so friendly.
It was very good, as always. Attentive service and excellent food and drink.
We love and appreciate the service and great food at Cafe Penguini….
Great overall experience. Only negative was they allow people to smoke outside the patio and it wafts into the seating area.
Great intimate dinner with excellence service.
Amazing food and service!
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!!
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!
Our favorite local italian Restaurant. Great people, great food. Our weekly spot and also for special occasion, including this past NYE celebration dinner.
Decrease in quality of food increase in prices a little disappointed
“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!
Love this neighborhood gem. Food and service is always exceptional.
Love this restaurant and all the employees it’s always a wonderful experience
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.
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.
Terrific food, great wine list, friendly staff and formidable ambiance. A hidden gem in Playa del Rey.
Caffe Pinguini never disappoints...the food and service is always excellent!
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.
Friendly attentive service and delicious food!
One of my favorite restaurants anywhere and a true hidden gem of Los Angeles
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!!
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.
I love this place, great neighborhood spot. We always feel at home here.
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.
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.
Super friendly knowledgeable staff. Great authentic Italian food, which is hard to find in the US! Highly recommend.
Love this hidden gem in Playa Del Rey. Please don't tell anyone else about it. ;-)
Our second time here. Service and food again was very good, Just a great place to go for an evening out.
Overall a great dinner.
Wine was pricey.
Could use some more options under $50.
Cabernets in particular.
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.
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.
This place is a family favorite for celebrating birthdays, etc due to great food, lovely ambience, well placed tables, caring service.
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.