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About Caffe Pinguini

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 recently awarded with the "Marchio Ospitalita" Italiana - Seal of Authenticity". The seal distinguishes those restaurants with the highest quality of Italian hospitality.

6935 Pacific ave
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm -10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Culver Blvd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 306-0117

Website:
http://www.caffepinguini.com/

Catering:
We do different kinds of catering from buffet to a full dining experience.

Parking Details:
Choose of street or valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Gerardo

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Caffe Pinguini Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for a Date (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
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Authentic (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Casual (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Fun (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Groups (5)
Waterfront (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Great ambiance. Sitting out in the patio is much quieter than sitting inside. The servers are great and the food is great as well.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Great ambiance and authentic food. Our neighborhood in Hermosa loves this place

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Exceptional food.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We love this authentic Italian restaurant. We visit LA often as a respite from rainy Portland and always look forward to a meal at Caffe Pinguini. The service is almost as wonderful as the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

What can I say. Same O, same O!!! Always Great!!!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My favorite place - neighborhood spot, great food, cozy, really nice people

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Waterfront, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Fun, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Neighborhood gem for delicious and Italian cuisine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is one of our "go to" restaurants. The food and service are always top notch. Cannot beat the cozy romantic outdoor patio.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I went there with a small group of family and friends for my sister's birthday, and LOVED IT. The food was perfect. Everyone devoured their meals (and there are a few of us who habitually leave half the plate). The waitstaff was just right - friendly and fun. My sister had the filet and it melted in hermouth. My friend had the gorgonzola pasta and was in heaven. The Chilean Sea Bass was spot on. We all can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my third dinner at Caffe Pinguini, but will be my last. Prices are high relative to portion and quality. The noise level inside the main dining room makes conversation virtually impossible. After shouting at my two dinner companions throughout the appetizer and main course, we left immediately afterwards and had dessert and espresso at Salerno Beach Italian restaurant , which is a short walk away.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

It was a table for four. The two ladies each had the Chilean Sea Bass on the " specials tonight" menu, the other gentleman also ordered a special Oso Boco. I was the only one to order off their regular menu, and I had a really good veal dish. All the food was very good, the only problem was a slow kitchen and luke warm vegetables.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Caffe Pinguini is always a wonderful experience, delicious food, romantic atmosphere, and the friendliest wait staff imaginable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Enjoyed a tasty dinner Saturday night - the place was really busy. We sat inside for the first time
and found it way too loud for normal conversation. This could have been due to the two large Birthday celebrations taking place next to us...the guests were very animated and loud. Will request outdoor seating next time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We enjoyed the food and our waiter was amazing. However, while we were waiting to be seated, a fight almost broke out between patrons and the staff. There was much yelling, swearing, and loudness . While are waiter apologized, we literally had to wait to be seated until the fighting died down and the people left. I think we could have been offered something complimentary to know the owner (who was in the fight) was regretful about the situation. Also, this was our first wedding anniversary and my request on the online booking was ignored and not accommodated.

Tags: Authentic
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Warm, friendly service from bar, to food to valet. REALLY tasty food. Super wine. Great selection. A fun dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Waterfront, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our dinner was excellent. The staff is warm and accommodating, and our meal was amazing as always

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was great. Our server was friendly. Had a glass of Cab, it was delicious.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Terrific food and service. Outdoor seating had a few too many flies buzzing around.

Tags: Business Meals
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Dedicated owners, provide excellent meals, with an Italian flair.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great waiters and cool ambience. Food is hearty and bread is excellent

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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food4
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Being Italian I must say Well done to the chef and the owner. Really typical. Maybe a bit expensive but definitely worth of it. We will be back 100%.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Pizza was tasteless. Fish of the day super expensive........

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

we discovered this restaurant about a year ago because it is hidden away a bit. Very frankly it has become our local favorite restaurant. their daily soup, appetizer, pasta, fish and meat specials have all been terrific and are a great enhancement to the regular outstanding menu. Just last Saturday night I thouroughly enjoyed their white bean with vegetable soup before their osso bucco served on a wonderful rissotto while my wife and a friend shared an arrugala salad followed by a simple linguini pesto. The fresh homemade bread is wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Always a wonderful experience with good service and food.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Absolutely amazing! My last visit was about 10 years ago and it was just as I remember!!!

Love this place!!! Hidden Gem!!!

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

3 shrimp specials. Home run!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We came back to this restaurant for the delicious food and ambience. The branzino and the sauce were perfect together. Pasta and calimari were cooked perfectly. Wow. Next time in Los Angeles, we're coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I come here often but this time I brought a new group of friends. They loved the atmosphere and delicious home made pasta dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Love this restaurant - just off sand in Playa del Rey. Food is always delicious.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Caffé Pinguini is wonderful...the cuisine is exquisite (the Italian creations are so good and the wine suggested was perfect)....the ambiance reminds one of Italy (gracious, eclectic and fun).....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This was our first visit to Cafe Pinguini. The casual vibe was nice. We sat on the outdoor patio which was comfortable. Our Italian server was friendly and efficient and his accent added to the Italian atmosphere. My caesar salad was so so, but the Linguini with calamari was very good. Wine list is decent and not too expensive. We will go back for sure!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent as usual

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Best Italian in Southbay. Authentic cuisine in quaint atmosphere near the beach. Indoor and outdoor dining for any occasion. Great service too!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We love the ambiance, inside and outside and the location is quite unique, especially so close to the beach. The staff is very friendly and their timing is excellent. The food is extremely delicious, and I feel like I am sitting in a trendy and comfortable restaurant in one of the pleasant locations in Italy. We are planning to spend another delightful evening at our " new favorite place" very soon. Pearl and Henry

Tags: Waterfront, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great Italian neighborhood find! Would recommend it to all Italian fans.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Best veal scallopini I've had in a long time!! Great wines. Very Italian! Service was not great as the staff was very busy, but everyone was nice.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The restaurant was so loud we could not talk. If they could work on this that would be great

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The burrata appetizer was excellent. It was extremely fresh. However the chicken parmigiana was very disappointing. For the price they take a tiny chicken breast and cut it two ridiculously small pieces. The cheese was barely melted and the sauce was so salty I couldn't tell you if it was good or not. This restaurant was highly recommended. I was disappointed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Fantastic meal as always. Highly recommended.

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