I was introduced to Pinguini's by a friend. I loved it so much I suggested it to my boyfriend for date night! The staff is very warm and friendly. Our waiter was Luca. The food was delicious, the ambiance was romantic, I felt like I was in a quaint romantic restaurant in Italy!
As always, Caffe Penguini does not disappoint. The lobster was perfectly done, the veal melted in your mouth. Wine list is strong and desserts are a great ending.
Excellent Italian cuisine. On the expensive side but worth it.
Always a wonderful experience! Great food service wine and ambience!
Good service, good food. A nice dinner.
Special entrees were pricey. Service was excessive.
Trace of elegance at the beach. Parking may require Valet.
The service was amazing when we asked them to help us surprise my parents with letting them know we were pregnant. They went above and beyond to make it a perfect evening. The food was also incredible!!
This is not a place for wine drinkers. The corkage is high $28 and their wine glasses are not good.
The wait staff is very pleasant and you feel as if you have stepped into a small restaurant in Italy. First impressions though can be off putting - the person running the front of the house does not have a very welcoming manner -- I felt forced to accept outside seating and he was brusque which is not how you want to start an evening out.
It's always a pleasure going to Caffe Pinguini. The warm and familiar waitstaff are like visiting old friends. The food is wonderful. My favorites are caprese salad, Risotto ai Funghi, and creme brulee. It's romantic and fun to sit outside, but inside is cozy in the winter months.
I enjoy dining at Caffe Pinguini; the food and the staff are great. The only on-going concern that I wanted to share is that it often takes a long time to get the food served. I often have business meals and I am pressed to return to the office, so it woudl be helpful to have the service expedited. Thank you.
So many great Italian restaurants in LA but didn’t think Caffe Pinguini was great. Good not great.
We love this place. Food and service is exceptional!!!
I feel taken care of whenever I approach Pinguini’s magic door on Culver,
just before you hit the beach.
Inside or outside,
both great in their own way.
20 years now, I’ve never had a bad bite.
Felt I should speak up for them as thanks for
feeding me with such warm spirit and impeachable food all these years.
Good destination dinner,
add a beach stroll.
Excellent, excellent food! Sea Bass was delicious and perfectly cooked. The pesto linguine with added shrimp was outstanding and more than I could finish. The food is very obviously homemade and the service was very attentive. Would definitely recommend.
We were returning from a trip to the East Coast and the timing was right to enjoy dinner before driving back to Santa Barbara. We really enjoyed a meal here several months ago, so returned. The second visit was as good as the first. Attentive service, excellent specials, everything was delicious.
Best Italian menu with the BEST service!! This is our favorite place in our neighborhood....it’s like family!!!
Playa Vista residents here & happy to have this great restaurant nearby. One of our true favorites!!!!
The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. It was kind of loud but I got s good vibe from everyone enjoying themselves. My food was just ok. The person I was with enjoyed there meal. Was pricy for what we received but wanted to step out of the box. I would not return for the food.
Had the Sea Bass, Filet Mignon, risotto and pizza. All delicious. The bread is delicious. The service exceptionally great. Favorite place.
Buona sera! Relaxing local (Playa) location. Small pation is nice for conversation and getting away for a meal!
Overall, it is a very nice restaurant. One area that was a little surprising was the $28 corkage fee.
An excellent Italian restaurant. Moderate prices. Great food.
love caffe pinguini - amazing bread, olive oil, wine and entrees - staff is great, too.
So over priced! My boyfriend and I went there last night for Valentines Day and we didn't really enjoy it. The Caesar salad was $18 and super small (see pic)! The lobster and shrimp on our pastas were dry and over cooked. Their cheapest bottle of wine was like $70. We then tried to pay with a gift card which had $100 on it and they decided to run it for $80 and the rest on a credit card. So ridiculous. I don't think we will come back.
Service was very lacking. We waited almost 20 mins for someone to come by our table at all and then the waiter kept forgetting our orders. Food was pretty good but the noise and the poor service really intruded on our celebration. Maybe they were just having a bad night, will try again sometime not in a weekend
Parking for lunch is a pain.
One of our favorite restaurants ♥️
Great food! Delicious warm home baked bread! Service was excellent! My husband had Risotto with Mushrooms and I had Chicken Parmesan...both were very good. We sat on the outdoor patio which was quieter than the inside restaurant...great for conversation with our friends.
What a great surprise Caffe Pinguini was. The food was outstanding as the service. I will definitely go back when I am in LA.
Sea bass was cooked perfectly, soft but cooked through. Side vegetables and salad were over-salted so we sent back the salad. The waiter apologized and removed it from the check. Professionally-handled so as to not spoil a great evening. Always a fun date spot with some families too. Valet is $5.50. Location is next to the beach - great for an after dinner walk.
We had a business meeting and they were considerate of this. Food is amazing!
The corkage is not amazing.
This was the best part of a business training trip to LA. The wine suggestion was spot on. The gnocchi was indeed soft pillows of perfection in the savory mushroom sauce. The overall meal delightful while enjoying the outdoor patio. As I was dining alone, I was able to fully absorb the ambience and the happy chatter and laughter happening around me. The other guests LOVED this place, too. Thank you, Giovanni, for the exemplary service and making me feel like a welcome guest!
Loved the food! Delicious, authentic and unique food ideas.
Great food felt like being back in Italy
The service is fabulous and the food is amazing! It’s like being in Italy
Giovanni was attentive and pleasant, went out of his way to make our dining experience great.
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.
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.