Cantalini's Salerno Beach Restaurant

4.7
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195 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We are OPEN for DINE-IN with socially distant seating. (So please call for Reservations~ online reservations not available) Carry-Out, Delivery, Curbside. LUNCH & DINNER 7 Days (during Covid-19). Simply call us at 310-821-0018 or Order Online thru any of our delivery partners: Grubhub, Ubereats, Postmates, Doordash, (Chownow - delivery direct from the Restaurant staff)
Lunch 11:30a - 3p, Dinner 3p-9:30p. We offer wine by bottle & beers (available on Grubhub or Call us 310-821-0018.
We remain diligent in our commitment to your health and safety during Covid-19.
Thank you for your support & understanding - We look forward to seeing you soon!
~Lisa and the Cantalini's Staff
We offer a diverse array of exciting flavors: our signature house-made ravioli, tortellini, stuffed shells with made to order sauces top the local favorites. Fresh Seafood daily, Call for chef specials, along with NY style hand-tossed pizza and calzone and of course classic spaghetti with meatballs.

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vipIreneR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Lots of character and history, the hostess was lovely, so we were happy to be there. Unfortunately the food was surprisingly mediocre for a place with such good reviews. From the oily, lackluster salad, to the pizza crust that tasted like wonder bread, to the gelato that was grainy from having melted and been refrozen, it was a disappointing meal. But the live music was lots of fun, and at least we weren’t tempted to overeat!

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vipstitches
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

does it get better... nope. some of the best food in LA.

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JPMagic
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Waited an hour for a table with a 6:30 reservation.
Service was extremely chaotic throughout the evening.

Busy but organized is fine but this was chaos.
Our table was physically moved while we were eating to allow an extra person next to us.
We ordered a 2nd drink as our pizza was brought to the table but didn’t receive those drinks until we were both done eating.

The couple next to us asked for a basket of bread but they were told “sorry, we’re out of bread”.

Food was completely fine but the vibe tonight was not enjoyable.

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AliceB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa and her team are always welcoming. The food quality and amount is well worth the reasonable price.

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BobH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

not quite sure how the bill got to be so high, I think it was 275ish, we had 3 bottles of wine, one fettuccine alfredo, one angel hair pasta, two stuffed shells, large antipasta and one spumoni...seems like the food couldn't have added up to more than 150, so 125 for 3 bottles of wine?

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Stacy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and the server, while old school, had a lot of character, as did the ambiance.
We will be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this place is always magical to us. It was a pleasure spending our Valentines Day at our special place. The food is always excellent as is the service. We highly recommend this quirky but romantic place.

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vipfoodie
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

First time dinning at this establishment. I was not impressed with taste of food or service. I had the Ribeye and my husband had Lasagna. Steak lack seasoning and lasagna was not what I would expect from an Italian restaurant. A little salt can fix taste. However, we only saw our server when he took order and brought check. Perhaps it was the busy Valentine's Day that threw everyone off.

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ChristineW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my husband's favorite Italian Restaurant. Were there to celebrate his birthday with our 3 young adult children. Food is great and service is outstanding. Love the decor. Truly a neighborhood gem. Very reasonably priced for what you get. Highly recommend.

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vipShellyb
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of our go to spots, food is always great and service is wonderful

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vipJenC
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rogelio is am amazing server! The food is delicious, the neighborhood super-fun beachy ... a fun night.

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Kittymat
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! We were on a trip to LA and wanted a REAL experience and my travel buddy chose Cantalini's in Playa del Rey. Wow, authentic family Italian... nice people, great wine and fabulous old fashioned Italian cuisine. Great atmosphere, especially after the overdone crap at the beach!!! Would HIGHLY recommend!

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vipRobinL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service amazing as usual!

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DaveP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday evenings are the best at this place with live music to add to an already great ambiance.

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vipgordonW
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cantalini's is a gem. It has been around over 30 years. The staff are great and the bonus of live music on a Sunday night makes it a fun place for a party.

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AngelG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Place to Dine! the folks there treat you like family!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just outside the trendy garbage of Santa Monica and Venice is an oasis of quality and class. Food is great people running it are great as well. And the little secret next door? Find it yourself.

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NormaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience2

This is one of those places I REALLY wanted to love. Mainly because of all of the times we've attempted to go, and didn't make it. The good reviews and pictures of food weren't always a match BUT friends also said it was good.

The stars lined up ... or so we thought. It started with having to wait for the hostess, who then sat us in the far corner. The alternative was to wait 30 to 40 minutes because of the lack of a reservation. There were no openings. After a few people coming in and out of the restroom and staring at the back of a fridge I decided to check open table, where plenty of options appeared.

By this point we had been asked about drinks and appetizers by our server at which time we pointed out we were never given menus. He promptly put some in our hands.

I went to the hostess to see if we could change our table based on the reservation I made on opentable and the table tops that were open far from the restroom. She denied my reservation with some "I'm a person in front of you telling you what it is" nonsense. I call it nonsense because the argument itself is ridiculous given she would not give me a tabletop on the other side of the room even though I too was a person in front of her with a reservation.

At this point she was trying to argue her point further but I told her to stop not wanting to ruin my dinner and trying to make the best of the situation. We ordered our food because I was determined to find out what this place was all about.

Our server was great, the busboys 5 stars BUT the food was just as nasty as the hostess. This says a lot given I am a good person and really it takes a lot for me to go to this stretch. It was what I call Italian Cafeteria food. I tried to love it and even go through the bad service of the hostess to try it; only to find out I could have skipped this place from day one.

The live music was nice but not worth the cafeteria style ravioli and lasagna, and the rude hostess. Pass it up and say NEXT!

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vipStephenM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit. We absolutely love the food here. We drove an hour each way to get here, and it is worth it.

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vipMisterVC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Much better than average food. But not haut cuisine. Very nice old fashioned beach restaurant feel. Old time style service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flat out the BEST authentic Italian restaurant in Playa del Rey/Westchester!

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vipAudrey
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stuffed shells were amazing, live music was a nice touch. Great Italian food!

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prettipoodle
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Must dine there again.

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MDDB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! It feels like it could be in Greenwich Village, not blocks away from a Southern California beach. Huge menu, food ALWAYS prepared well and served piping hot by their excellent servers. Water glasses are perpetually filled, and the bread keeps coming. It’s cozy in the winter, a party in the summer and the playlists are fabulous too.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite go-to for great Italian food, wine and music! Love, love, love it!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely write reviews but have no make an exception for this place. I travel to LA several times a year from Toronto and Cantalini's Salerno Beach is the first restaurant I visit during every Playa del Rey stay.

Their portobello ravioli with porcini sauce is my favourite dish. Period. Never disappoints.

The service is always friendly and attentive. Already can't wait to be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I discovered this place when I rented an Air BnB nearby. What a wonderful and cool vibe old Italian restaurant. It’s like stepping back in time to the late 1950’s! During the week I spent in Playa Del Rey I visited twice. Once to dine in and once for take out. Both times everything was perfect! They are friendly and have fantastic food! Best food in Playa Del Rey!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really cool spot. Great food and love the conjoined bar.

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Dantes
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Great food quality and still family owned and operated = much better service and food than most places.

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vipTiff
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Food was pretty good as usual, but the atmosphere was just awful.
The lighting was terrible...very dark inside and very hard to read the menu or see your food! Why not turn the lamp/lights on above the table? saving money? who knows?
Secondly, there was an obnoxious party of 4 who must have rc'd 10 phone calls with a very loud "old style rotary phone" ring tone. The entire restaurant could hear their phone ringing and the constant yapping. I asked the staff to at least ask them to silent their phone, but nothing was done. Very sad! I'm guessing this party of 4 was related to someone in the restaurant which was why it was allowed.
Newsflash- folks come to your restaurant to enjoy your food...not have to listen to phones ringing!

pretty much done with this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent, a great value and attentive service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5