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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

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for a Date (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
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Authentic (18)
Special Occasion (16)
Romantic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Cozy (14)
Casual (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Waterfront (3)
Scenic View (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Loved the food! Delicious, authentic and unique food ideas.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food felt like being back in Italy

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food5
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

The service is fabulous and the food is amazing! It’s like being in Italy

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Giovanni was attentive and pleasant, went out of his way to make our dining experience great.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been enjoying Caffe Pinguini for 20 years as we recall and unfortunately, this dinner was one to forget. From the inappropriately dressed hostess who didn't greet us with other than "Name?," to the busboy who addressed us as "amigos" and rushed to noisily clear our plates before or as soon as we took the last bite, we felt anything but the relaxed, warm Italian atmosphere one would expect. The food was good quality but came out too quickly to digest between courses. For the prices, we would expect more of a fine dining experience, not fast food. We encourage the management to address these issues and return to better standards.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everyone is so welcoming... the restaurant is beautiful and looks like a lot of locals frequent this place as it seems that everyone is familiar with all staff. Food was amazing and can't wait to return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful food. Fabulous service

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great place to end an celebration of the Rose Bowl visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is a great restaurant for Italian food and the service was great. Unfortunately I cannot say the same about the manager/owner. They were not very friendly upon our arrival and gave us no option other than sitting in the outside patio when there were plenty of open tables inside. They should tell you in advance before arrival that your only option is outside so you can plan accordingly and bring a jacket.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I have lived in the neighborhood since the restaurant opened and it's quality and dependability has never disappointed. Great food, service and location. One of my favorite go to's.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Just love the fact that one can have a delicious meal, great service in a wonderful peaceful atmosphere that you can hear your friends without shouting.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and even better service. Was the perfect come choice for a birthday celebration.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great friends and great food! It does not get any better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2017

UTTER PERFECTION! Love this spot! Perfect for all occasions, business, casual, date nite, Birthday, Anniversary, ...everything!

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·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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