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Caffe Pinguini

4.8
1007 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 1007 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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David
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food!
Fantastic service!
Fantastic for fun!

CC
ChanchaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great evening.

DS
DayleS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Tables are small if you have wine, water and appetizers. But food and service is always wonderful!

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PhilippeL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was an amazing experience. The food was so delicious. EVERYTHING was perfect. A great moment.

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vipWLA3234
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid choice for lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large plate, great seafood and pasta, hard working wait staff. Great date spot.

LC
LucyC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here for ages and it is as wonderful as ever. Outdoor seating, heaters, extended patio. Wine list is CRAZY EXPENSIVE - might be worth calling ahead re corkage fees...

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HappyToDine
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I love Caffe Pinguini. Like really love it. It is a tad over our usual price points of preference but we dine here for special occasions and when we want to show off our neighborhood to friends. Yesterday we went there for an anniversary dinner. Our first anniversary since the birth of our daughter eight months ago. We were seated promptly but then the meh began. Although water was brought to the table fairly promptly the waiter did not come for our order for nearly ten minutes. We got the burrata, a special, which was fabulous. Sayantika had a shirley temple, which was comforting, I had an Italian golden ale, which was fabulous. But then the wait began, we had to wait another ten perhaps fifteen minutes before our main course order was taken. All the while folks all around us were being served with, what seemed, alarming speed. And then we had to wait another twenty five, may be even thirty minutes before we got our mushroom risotto and my truffle fettuccine. Again, the food was high standard as expected. But the lackluster attention to service to our table was very disappointing. I left the restaurant feeling a little weird about the dining experience. This was supposed to be a special night, especially since I have been, and still am, on the fence about eating outside (my partner is far more confident in this regard), but Pinguini didn't put the kinda feather that this experience needed. P.S. We were one of the only diners of color in the restaurant apart from a black family that got seated about halfway through our meal and two Asian persons who were accompanied by white guests.

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KarenR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met two of my friends there they live in Manhattan Beach and we always choose café penguin he to meet up it’s always very special it’s cozy the waiters extend themselves and are very helpful explaining the menu the room is lovely but we sat in the patio both areas are great all I can tell you is it’s a hidden gym in Playa Delray, very very special

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JillD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The truffle pizza is excellent, as was the entire meal. Great service and wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Consistently good food, service, ambience. Our go to place for meeting friends for lunch or dinner.

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LeahS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reminds me of South Italy. The outside garden patio is delightful.

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vipPatriciaR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always our 'go to' place for great food and great company. We always try
to get Jon-Franco for our waiter (the tall guy). He's excellent.

DR
vipDeborahR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good. A neighborhood gem with great and personal service.

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vipJimW
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Not at their best service for this visit, will be awhile before I will want to return.

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prt13
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love caffe penguine! Consistently very good!

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Marc
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Soo good!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A favorite neighborhood place we frequented but we were given a table in a high traffic area and they would not accommodate a request to be moved.
Food was not to usual standard, pasta overcooked and salad swimming in dressing

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Skylord
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of shade at our table-for-two in outdoor patio. Very pleasant!

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GinaHB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time having lunch at Cafe Pinguini and it didn’t disappoint … food was excellent and the restaurant was calmer than at dinner … a lovely way to spend part of the afternoon on their lovely patio.

RK
RobertK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great specials. Outside patio is beach dining at its best.

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vipNashvilleFoodie
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here I am AGAIN! Caffe Pinguini has quickly become my favorite Italian restaurant here in LA! Love the service, atmosphere, food and let’s not forget the amazing wines the serve! Here’s a peek at dinner tonight…highly recommend BOTH dishes!

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vipJ5467
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, hands down!

MB
vipMBbeachguy
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome cozy night out for great Italian meal. Excellent service. Love the atmosphere and food at this amazing place.

MR
MikeR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place- great authentic Italian food with a great service. Everything we had was excellent! Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food and service! Feels like you were in Italy!

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vipDEESOPINION
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS! The smoked mozzarella and mushroom appetizer is to die for!

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DominickP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Three of us Chilean sea bass which was outstanding. Outdoor seating was comfortable and enjoyable.

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DonnaI
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been eating at Pinguini's for years, and the food has stayed the same, very
delicious, the bread is the best and I could just feel satisfied with only the bread if
I had to! Our staple for great Italian in our area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Terrific food!

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. The atmosphere was great. It was quiet enough to have conversations with those at my table. I would definitely go here again.

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Paul
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great dining experience overall, but very loud talking people at the next table made it hard for us to hear each other. Diners should respect the experience of others.

PR
vipPatriciaR
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends, good food, good wine,
fun waiter, and perfect ambience.

RC
ReaC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Caffe Pinguini but it won't be my last. Very enjoyable and excellent food.

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MattL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was recommended by a bartender at the Hotel Casa Del Mar. Short drive to Playa and well worth it. Quaint, homey, and friendly. The food was outstanding and authentic. An Italian restaurant run by Italians.

TM
vipTomMorel
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for families ! Good food, good wines, friendly staff and affordable.

NF
vipNashvilleFoodie
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite local spot serving up authentic Italian cuisine! Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to caffe pinguini since they opened and we have the best experience every time. Food and service is fabulous. Try the filet tartufo to get to experience one of the best dishes ever!

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SoxMom
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we LOVE Caffe Pinguini!!! Everything was extraordinary! Food, service and ambiance!!! It was a Saturday night and it was packed!! Might’ve been quieter outside!! But still, a perfect evening!!

FAQs

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

Caffe Pinguini is rated 4.8 stars by 1007 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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