Cantalini's Salerno Beach Restaurant

4.7
118 reviews
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A 50-year-old traditional Italian restaurant, Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant offers its California community a traditional Italian dining experience, with a restaurant that welcomes friends and families. Currently open with our presummer hours for dinner 4p-10p. Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant offers a diverse array of comforting and exciting flavors such as stuffed shells and eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and linguini, as well as chicken and meatballs.

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant offers a specialty in homemade ravioli, offering several topping options to their signature dish. Exotic seafood dishes are also available, as well as an extensive dessert and drink menu for the patrons’ after-dinner desires.
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K
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

cute old school Italian by the beach. Great menu options from classic lasagna and pastas to seafood. We were a party of 8 and were seated right on time and treated like family.

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J
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

they were very busy so we didn’t want to bother them although the gnocchi was raw and I could stretch it like dough and it had the consistency of raw dough. I think they forgot to cook it and just put hot sauce on top

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

20 minutes late seating us. Did not make any attempt to recover for that. Bathroom was flooded and out of order

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We made reservations on Opentable for 7pm, but our table wasn't ready until 730ish. We went next door to have a drink at the bar and wait for our table, so it wasn't bad. Food was enjoyable and so was the ambiance.

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RL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service wonderful, noise level always high. That’s to be expected. Not a problem. The blonde hostess was a bit busy on our arrival, however Lisa stepped up and took care of us. Cause she’s AMAZING! I recommend Cantalini’s to anyone who wants a perfect dinner. Ask for Rogelio, he’s the best server ever!

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a great, cozy place. Family friendly and great food!

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ST
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's great for a home like feel and big group get together - We had a great time meeting up with family! Food was great too!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining, great food, and good portion sizes. Service is excellent, we love this little Italian spot by the beach.

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M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will recommend this amazing place to anyone and everyone that hears me......
This is the BEST place for raviolis....
Melts in your mouth...like butta!
Also, the staff.... speechless. There is not enough or big enough of a word to describe how fantastic the service and staff are.
Lisa, came to our table and made us feel welcome, like family and included. It was like a BIG FAMILY DINNER...
If you want a place to feel at home... this is the place to go.
Thank you!

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l
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food and ambiance

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DD
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our meals. It was delicious as always. One of our favorite local dining spots. 😉

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NE
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love our waiter blednar and staff was amazing as was the food!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every Friday night and have been for 9 years- my bf has been for 20+ years.

We love the food, people and atmosphere! Hands down some of the best Italian food in the west side

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RN
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate our 14th year anniversary.

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CR
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot with delicious food but they need to turn up the lighting as we all needed to pull out our phones to read the menu.

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N
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It has excellent food for reasonable prices. It was my first time there. I would definitely go back.

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BB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to bring in the new year!

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L
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent classic Italian / soup terrific / service friendly and professional

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KT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT DINNER AND FRIENDLY SERVICE! WE HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED THIS RESTAURANT.

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Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Parking is tough on weekdays but the food and service made up for it. High corkage fee at $20

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j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic old school Italian! Great service, Fantastic food, Good price.

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JG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not the best Italian food I’ve had. Veal was very tender but saltimbocca tasted more like Marsala. Tartufo not at all what I am used to: have only ever had it covered in hard dark chocolate shell; this one had no coating just tasted like ice cream with cocoa powder dusting. Friends chicken parm was average & other friend’s ravioli was good not great.

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SM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly service! Great date place. It was too warm and stuffy with no air circulation and this made us and 2 tables near us feel uncomfortable. Other than that it was great!

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a
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This retsaurant was OK, but not particularly wonderful. The bread was served cold, and did not include cheesey roles that came with a salad. I had to ask for butter. There was some confusion as to my meal and it was not served at the same time as my family's dinners. I ordered chicken marsala, which was ok, but like the bread was not hot enough when finally brought to the table. The other issue with the marsala was it was much too sweet. I'm pretty sure extra sugar was added to the sauce. On the plus side, I did eat most of it that evening and finished the dish the next day at home. The beer was cold. The server friendly and apologetic concerning the mix-up with my order. The restaurant is very convenient to my apartment and I'll probably eat here again. Prices were reasonable and the pizza (which i've had here on other occasions) is awesome.

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TF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just an old standard, has been there for decades. Cute little joint that defines character. The menu was the traditional Italian fare that you would expect (fettuccini Alfredo, antipasto) from a place that's been doing it right for a very long time. And the food was spot on, really perfectly prepared. Like a lovely visit back in time.

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MM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fantastic.

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S
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cantalini’s hasn’t really changed in the 8 years since I’ve been there, and that’s a good thing. It’s small, so the tables are crowded and it’s very loud on a busy night, but the staff is friendly and the food is good. Outstanding plate this time: the fried calamari, it’s a basic dish, but the breading was crisp and light, meat was tender and not rubbery or fishy at all. Bread, especially the focaccia, was outstanding as always. Get an old man cocktail at the cash only bar next door or head down to the beach to Playa Provisions for a craft cocktail if you’d prefer. Make me miss living in Playa del Rey.

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DL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sent friend there first time...love casual atmosphere and delicious foid

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Seated 30 mins after reservation time. Food took close to 45 mins to arrive. Manager only explanation was that kitchen was really busy. But they didn’t do any comps or check in before we complained. Need to manage their kitchen and reservations better. We had hound hungry children that ended up eating dinner wayyy pass their bedtime.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - would highly recommend this lovely restaurant .

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J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the kind of cozy, Italian hideaway we wanted. The gnocchi was the highlight at our table, and highly recommended by the waiter, but my sausage and peppers were great, too.

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CJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a chicken Parmesan with a side of linguini aglio e olio. The chicken was moist, the sauce authentic and the linguine was served al dente; an excellent meal.

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Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great the food, dessert and wine 🍷 the service was great however the wait was long once seated. It was early evening and there was only 1 waiter working about 7 tables. But the waiter was great and once we ordered everything fell in place.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner with our youngest son. Great spot.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Loved it!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Salerno Beach is the place to go for delicious authentic Italian food.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved our waiter and the food was excellent! We would highly recommend eating here!

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RL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. Early is better, cause I like it a little quieter. Rogelio is the best server EVER!

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. Always eat here when I'm in Los Angeles. Visited for 18 years. Love it.

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