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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
Fresh Fish of the Day
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Fantastic for fun!
Had a great evening.
Tables are small if you have wine, water and appetizers. But food and service is always wonderful!
It was an amazing experience. The food was so delicious. EVERYTHING was perfect. A great moment.
Always a solid choice for lunch or dinner.
Large plate, great seafood and pasta, hard working wait staff. Great date spot.
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...
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.
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
The truffle pizza is excellent, as was the entire meal. Great service and wine.
Consistently good food, service, ambience. Our go to place for meeting friends for lunch or dinner.
Reminds me of South Italy. The outside garden patio is delightful.
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.
Consistently good. A neighborhood gem with great and personal service.
Not at their best service for this visit, will be awhile before I will want to return.
Love caffe penguine! Consistently very good!
Superb! Excellent food and service.
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
Plenty of shade at our table-for-two in outdoor patio. Very pleasant!
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.
Great food. Great specials. Outside patio is beach dining at its best.
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!
The best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, hands down!
Awesome cozy night out for great Italian meal. Excellent service. Love the atmosphere and food at this amazing place.
I love this place- great authentic Italian food with a great service. Everything we had was excellent! Highly recommended.
wonderful food and service! Feels like you were in Italy!
DELICIOUS! The smoked mozzarella and mushroom appetizer is to die for!
Three of us Chilean sea bass which was outstanding. Outdoor seating was comfortable and enjoyable.
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.
Great service. Terrific food!
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.
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.
We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends, good food, good wine,
fun waiter, and perfect ambience.
My first time at Caffe Pinguini but it won't be my last. Very enjoyable and excellent food.
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.
Great for families ! Good food, good wines, friendly staff and affordable.
Favorite local spot serving up authentic Italian cuisine! Love this place!
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!
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!!
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.