La Cucina Ristorante

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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La Cucina located in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL is an authentic Italian Restaurant where the best of Italy comes alive. Our menu changes every few days and features a wide selection of items, including fresh pasta, seafood, meats, cheeses, salads, soups and pizza. Everything is made fresh daily from premium ingredients, and we have a nice collection of wines and cocktails for your pleasure.

We have been making authentic Italian dishes for the past 30 years and look forward to serving you at our location in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida.
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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Atlantic City
28 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Read reviews online and was Impressed. Food was absolutely fabulous! We started with the Pasta Fagioli soup burrata salad and the most tasty meatballs I have ever tasted!!! My bride had the purses with pear she was very happy and I head the carbonara light and absolutely delicious. This place is a gem and we will definitely be back!!

BR
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far my absolute favorite restaurant in Lauderdale by the Sea! Everything is so fresh and the quality is the best. I had the special Spaghetti Fra Diavole Con Gambaretti and my husband had the Pasta Con Salmone E Arugula...both were delicious! I can’t wait to go there again next week.

BR
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was highly recommended to me and it did not disappoint. The eggplant Parmesan was so good. The purse stuffed ricotta and pear pasta in a sage butter sauce was crazy good and went so well with the white wine that was recommended to us. Recommend making a reservation for dinner.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious food, made and served by lovely people! if you have not had the opportunity to try La Cucina, Go! Homemade bread, pasta, delicious seafood, my favorite is the spicy spaghetti arribbiata with shrimp! My favorite!!

R
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family , Service and food , we frequent La Cucinna as often as we can

AC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I ordered the meatballs to start. It was a nice big portion and the meatballs were so moist and tender. Then I had the ravioli bolognese, they were delicious.

KS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and amazing staff! I will definitely be going back! Pesto gnocchi is amazing!!!

b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect for us - great food, soft music, lighting just right - pricing is competitive

b
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

owners are so accommodating - restaurant has nice lighting and low music - best of all excellent home cooked dinners

T
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Food and service!!! Will definately eat there again

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem! Great food and such a nice owner. Definitely coming back!

f
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful chef with incredible food.Service is great and restaurant is very amendable to special requests.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and exceeded our expectation. Go try it and see for yourself, you will be amazed how good the food is.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ever since we found this gem, we have become regulars.
Everything is homemade — delicious. Would highly recommend.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly and food was over the top good. Would highly recommend.

OT
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town visiting- went to dinner every night out and this was by far the best place. Impressive attention to detail and beautifully crafted dishes.

IF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food. Amazing. Delicious. Lovely atmosphere. Small, intimate, inviting decor. Shhh, don’t tell everyone. We’ll never get a table. (The Boyfriend)

m
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

This place has great food, but the staff is not. I made a mistake in booking a reservation for a Thursday when I meant to book for a Friday. Friday morning, realized my mistake and booked again. Filled out the form from OpenTable indicating my mistake. My anniversary - Wife, myself and 4 mo old baby.

Showed up on Friday for my reservation. I was promptly told that I had no reservation and did not show up last night. Explained my mistake and owned it. She said that OpenTable probably blocked my account. I showed the host/waitress my reservation on my phone. Again, she indicated no reservation. Said she could seat me, but WOULD NOT wait on us for 45 min.. we could sit though. Discussion ensued w/out resolve. Again, she said NO RESERVATION was received. 45 min. Then after our 5-10 min discussion she said we were 15 min late and we do not hold reservation. It was NOW 15 min after our reservation, but we had been talking for 5-10 min.

We declined to wait 45 min to look at each other with a 4 mo old baby. Left and went to Serafina's (very nice on the water). When I checked my email Saturday, there was an email from OpenTable - La Cucina indicated that we did not show up for our reservation on Friday - which we did. They did in fact have the reservation for they marked it in open table as a now show - they just refused to honor it for whatever reason. They seemed to be extremely understaffed as well for she indicated several times there was someone else who had been waiting to be served for 30 min.

Previous time eating there was very pleasant.. This time - the hostess/waitress was rude, untruthful and overall unpleasant, which sucks for I really liked the place. Do not care how good the food is.. if the staff is rude and disrespectful.. cannot do it..

g
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food .. homemade pasta and truly Italian recipes served with passion and competence. A gem!

WG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual! One of our favorites in Lauderdale By The Sea and SoFlo in general.

C
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our "go to" restaurant in South Florida. Small, family owned and operated that competes with any "fine dining" experience.

J
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around, this was my second time at La Cucina....first time was lunch with a client (veal Marsala - outstanding!). Enrico the owner is a very gracious host and truly goes out of his way to make sure that everything is taken care of just right. For dinner I had the pappardelle with porcini mushrooms, wife had the cheese ravioli in tomato sauce...both were homemade and excellent. I also highly recommend the calamari fritti....reminded me of being on the Amalfi Coast!

P
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food, fantastic service and quaint atmosphere. Great for any occasion!

j
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Home made pastas - amazing. Lobster spaghetti - phenomenal. My kids loved it and so did we. Fresh well presented and all dishes we had were delicious. Highly recommend. Definitely will go back.

F
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Small but good overall place for a good authentic meal