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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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
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Authentic (20)
Special Occasion (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Cozy (13)
Romantic (13)
Casual (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Great for Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Buona sera! Relaxing local (Playa) location. Small pation is nice for conversation and getting away for a meal!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall, it is a very nice restaurant. One area that was a little surprising was the $28 corkage fee.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

An excellent Italian restaurant. Moderate prices. Great food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

love caffe pinguini - amazing bread, olive oil, wine and entrees - staff is great, too.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Parking for lunch is a pain.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants ♥️

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

What a great surprise Caffe Pinguini was. The food was outstanding as the service. I will definitely go back when I am in LA.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a business meeting and they were considerate of this. Food is amazing!
The corkage is not amazing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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 on January 20, 2018

Great food felt like being back in Italy

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 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 6, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 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 5, 2018

Wonderful food. Fabulous service

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 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 December 31, 2017

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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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 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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food3
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 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 15, 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 12, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 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 8, 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 8, 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 2, 2017

Exceptional food.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 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 1, 2017

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 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 25, 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 22, 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 11, 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 5, 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 4, 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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