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Caffe Pinguini

4.8
1058 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 1058 people are saying
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Foodie
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ambiance is ideal for the most intimate dinner but also perfect for larger parties. Laid back but attentive staff and delicious food. A must go for those who pine for the days before every restaurant was owned by a corporation. A place where the owner seats you and makes sure your evening is a special one.

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vipAnnA
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good waiters.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Just a bit noisy. Always fun!

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DougL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Pleasant atmosphere.

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vipEIlo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio, friendly service. Their specials are always wonderful.

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vipAnne
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always consistent in quality and cozy!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony, the owner, was so much fun to talk to. I have been coming here since 2013, but this was the first time I sat at the bar. Had fun! Food was fantastic, like always. Do yourself a favor and pay this little gem a visit!

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TedC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Loved the sea bass. Recommend. Will be back.

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vipLunch
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. I recommend Caffe Pinguini for every occasion. Nacho and John Franco are wonderful hosts.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food.

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vipGusA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Restaurant excellent service and food!
Best Restaurant in Playa Del Rey, great management and ownership!
Thanks from Gus SF

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Steve
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner with excellent service!

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BigAl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful evening at Caffe Pinguini, as usual. Great food and service.

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vipMarty
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find. This is a local GEM that driving to it from anywhere in in SoCal.... Great food, great service, just great!

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vipLunch
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is dependably amazing. I’ve never been disappointed with the wonderful selections off the menu and the specials offered. The staff is terrific.

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KarenK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Charming ambience in patio. Wonderful olive oil on table. Food cooked just right.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good environment and food

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vipNaochan
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is wonderful. And they gave a nice desert w a candle for my daughter on a house. It was her birthday dinner.
However we had to wait for our food 70-80min! It was full and looked busy but you couldn’t make your customer wait more than 60min for pasta...
We just ate bread on the table while waiting.
It is very popular restaurant and busy Saturday.
We love to
Come back but hope no long wait.

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AmbarG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and authentic Italian cuisine. I really loved the minestrone soup! Overall, it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining
The homemade orange ice cream is incredible

LG
LoraG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is delicious and the atmosphere is cozy and quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jon Franco, made this birthday celebration an event to remember! Everything was perfect! Thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute best; food, service, ambience, everything fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was virtually perfect. Service was a bit rushed. Was not offered/asked about dessert, although two adjacent tables sat at the same time, were. Ambiance would be better with less noise. Will request patio next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. So happy they had house made gnocchi!!’

MJ
vipMarianneJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was wonderful and the food matched

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vipMoniqueL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot go wrong with this restaurant. It's fabulous all the way around!

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vipTicantTrout
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

This was always our 'go to' place for relaxed quite evenings of great food and soft ambiance. Last night it was not. Tables are quite close together, and by 7pm every one was filled, leaving little space in between. Way, way too loud. Service, which is normally great was very slow. The Veal Piccata, did not taste of veal.

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HowardH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Way too overcrowded, noisy. Long wait for table service, food. Waiters not available. Had to get manager to obtain check. Food was delicious, though my husband's was lukewarm. Will wait longer to return to a local favorite of ours.

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AndrewW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place. Always taken care of.

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CarolynS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent every way !!!

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Nikki
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love going to dinner at Pinguini. It is wonderful food and a family atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!

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mikewaugh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server , Gianfranco was AMAZING !
We look forward to our return .
A day to remember , Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall

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vipsfleah
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a short visit to LA to help our son move into his apartment at LMU so decided to have lunch here. Finding parking was a bit of a challenge due to construction work in surrounding area, but the food, service and ambiance was simply wonderful.

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CalvinB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family of 5 made a reservation a couple hours ahead of time. Sat directly when we approached the host stand! Great traditional Italian wine list! Service was spot on! I would recommend the tortellini sausage soup to start! Worth the price! All 5 of our entrees were great! Zero complaints! Salmon pizza, Veal, Calamari pasta, pasta di mare and rigatoni. The pistachio cheesecake, tiramisu and salted caramel gelato were all amazing. This is going to be our new place for Italian!

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NiceDin
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food at the beach!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely return!

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 1058 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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