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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
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.
Great food. Good waiters.
Great food and service! Just a bit noisy. Always fun!
Excellent food, excellent service. Pleasant atmosphere.
Great outdoor patio, friendly service. Their specials are always wonderful.
Always consistent in quality and cozy!
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!
Excellent food. Loved the sea bass. Recommend. Will be back.
Always excellent food and service. I recommend Caffe Pinguini for every occasion. Nacho and John Franco are wonderful hosts.
Lovely atmosphere and delicious food.
Fantastic Restaurant excellent service and food!
Best Restaurant in Playa Del Rey, great management and ownership!
Thanks from Gus SF
We had a delicious dinner with excellent service!
Wonderful evening at Caffe Pinguini, as usual. Great food and service.
What a great find. This is a local GEM that driving to it from anywhere in in SoCal.... Great food, great service, just great!
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.
Service was great. Charming ambience in patio. Wonderful olive oil on table. Food cooked just right.
Good environment and food
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.
The food was amazing and authentic Italian cuisine. I really loved the minestrone soup! Overall, it was great.
Lovely outdoor dining
The homemade orange ice cream is incredible
The food is delicious and the atmosphere is cozy and quiet.
Our waiter, Jon Franco, made this birthday celebration an event to remember! Everything was perfect! Thank you so much.
Absolute best; food, service, ambience, everything fantastic
As always perfect
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.
Great dinner. So happy they had house made gnocchi!!’
The service was wonderful and the food matched
You cannot go wrong with this restaurant. It's fabulous all the way around!
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.
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.
Best place. Always taken care of.
Excellent every way !!!
We love going to dinner at Pinguini. It is wonderful food and a family atmosphere
My favorite restaurant!
Our Server , Gianfranco was AMAZING !
We look forward to our return .
A day to remember , Thank you
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.
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!
Best food at the beach!
Great food and service. Will definitely return!
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.