La Locanda

4.6
148 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Hailed by Zagat for its excellent service & delectable home-made cuisine, La Locanda reinvents itself relocating to a renovated space, boasting a sleek, stylish interior with ceiling-high stone walls, dark wood, white linen table-tops, fresh flowers, & candlelight, creating the ultimate cool, intimate ambiance to indulge in sumptuous Italian cuisine while enjoying a great selection of wines and a full service bar. LCD Flat screens will entice loyal "Heat" fans for prime-time game watching. "The small gem is where local folks go for terrific Italian food with a low-key friendly vibe. Don't miss the Penne dell'Appennino, an aphrodisiac mix of wild mushrooms with a touch of truffle oil," says Globe Magazine. Charming locals for years with hallmark dishes like the Fiochetti (tiny purse pastas filled with cheese & hints of crunchy pear in a cream sauce with fresh arugula) this "Poor Man's Ciprianis" has added the tastiest gourmet wood-oven Pizza. Then, finally Dessert Bliss: Tiramisu
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(305) 538-6277
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Accommodations can be made for large parties and the option of a prefixed menu depending on size of the party. Please call restaurant directly for more information.
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Cross street
Fifth Street
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Parking details
Parking options: Valet parking, Public Parking Lot in the rear of restaurant, and Street parking.
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Public transit
Public bus on the corner of 5th street and Washington Ave.
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Entertainment
Full-service bar and outdoor seating for "scenesters" to people watch. A pre-party spot for clubgoers or those seeking night-time entertainment, who enjoy hearing a little Reggae or sultry beats of Theivery Corporation while sipping a cocktail or a glass of wine. Some even come to relax, read a book and sit on the side-walk patio to enjoy the company of the friendly staff and owners, Francesco and Massimo.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

When ever I’m in Miami La Locanda is definitely on the list. Went here my last evening in Miami with my manager and his mom. It’s a favorite restaurant of her’s. Food was excellent! The waiter who has waited on my numerous times in the past, this time seemed very distracted. He didn’t know what a vodka gimlet was! You’re a waiter in a restaurant! Google it for sake! The rest of the evening was good. The owner came over to our table it was so great to see him. Been eating at this place for 15 years or more. He sent over an amazing pana cotta on the house. The only other annoying thing was when the waiter took my credit card I waited forever for him to return and then I watched as he went outside with my card! Not cool.
Other than the waiters bs it was terrific.

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PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super accueil, super plats ... je recommande à 200% ce restaurant au caractère authentique ! Forza Italia !

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my parents and kids.. we had a range of dishes.. pizza was awesome.. some of the best we’ve had anywhere.. Salads perfectly seasoned and served fast.. server memorized our order and everything came out perfectly!

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KG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here 13 years ago and we went back a 2nd time. This past weekend we took 4 friends to experience the “small purse” of homemade pasta filled with 4 cheeses and pear in a sage cream sauce. It was as amazing as it was years ago! Great waiter and staff! Very attentive. We will go back and recommend it to our friends!

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BZ
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and they were able to accommodate our group. The service was friendly, attentive, and we weren't at all rushed, but the food - the food was out of this world. Each and everyone in our party raved about the dishes they ordered - no two the same - and each bite worth savoring. We would definitely recommend and will absolutely return!

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MS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited this restaurant several times now and the food and service never disappoints. We actually live in West Palm Beach and when we have to meet up with friends or family members in the Miami Beach area, we always recommend La Locanda. We have tried many dishes, from pasta to fish. We look forward to returning to sample a few of their pizzas, which look delicious. Always a great experience.

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R
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always great! The service and food are top notch. The pizza is some of the best in Miami

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JP
Miami
155 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our third visit to this restaurant and we were not disappointed.
We had a very good meal and excellent service.
The restaurant is great for a family get-together as the prices are very fair and the menu is
extensive where you will find something you like.

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f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner!! So many choices and each of our six meals were delicious!!! Server was very helpful with recommendations. Very friendly restaurant with delicious food that would be good for a date or a family dinner!

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AS
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great, especially the pasta with mushroom, the sauces in all dishes also tasted very authentic. The services put a damper on the experience. They were clearly operating short staffed or were not investing in staffing at appropriate levels. Though out wait staff was very pleasant, they were running around for multiple tables and we had to wait long periods before getting her attention. I would recommend the restaurant for its food, but the service was far from even acceptable.

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CB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The menu was heavy on the pasta dishes, and light on the meat entrees. But the pasta was excellent, and the service was great. My water glass was filled every time it got to half full.
Nice view of the art deco building across the street.

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RB
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as was the service. Felt like we were transported to Italy. Very authentic!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to dinner with friends and my girlfriend.

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NB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We chose this restaurant as it offered vegan options - we are a mixed crowd of meat eaters and vegans. As it turned out the vegan options was the vegetarian pasta courses made with glutenfree pasta. Fair enough - but not good enough to emphazise the wish for vegan food and to be offered mushroom truffle gluten free pasta only to receive a dish swimming in butter. The dish was replaced when we complained, but the vegan had to eat alone as it took 30 minutes to make a new one with olive oil.

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G
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely old world restaurant one block off Ocean Drive in trendy South Beach. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The atmosphere is very cozy but not crowded. Well worth a visit.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a group of 6 & we were we’ll accommodated:. Service was very good. Our waitress Vanessa was friendly & helpful with our choices. Food was very good from the focaccia in the beginning to the seafood risotto, porcini risotto, tagliatelle with porcini. For dessert we had italian cheesecake which was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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LB
Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great friendly service, delicious varied food choices, never disappoints.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They greet you like you're an old friend coming for dinner. The food is delicious and the pizza is fantastic! Neighborhood gem! One of my favorites on the beach.

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best genuine Italian restaurant in Miami Beach

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh made Pasta and Pizza. The Special SeaFood risotto was outstanding. Very nice wine selection too.

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FF
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Authentic Italian, really good food, pizza baker just needs to watch out he doesn't grill his pizza to black burned

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great atmosphere.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Used to be our favorite Italian... but this time food was late and bad... drinks were watery and tasteless. Something had changed since last summer

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MS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous fresh, handcrafted pasta! The young woman who waited on us was delightful! It was worth the drive from West Palm Beach. We are looking forward to returning to enjoy another meal.

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BB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was not very good. The Fruita de mar was way too salty, the pear tortellini was good but the cheese sauce was lumping and cold, and the lobster ravioli was tasteless. Sorry.

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BY
Caribbean
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We found this restaurant about a year ago and just love the atmosphere and food.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal and the service was excellent. The staff was very nice and accommodating to all our needs.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Was good. Good Italian food

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H
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere, very friendly waiting staff. Felt welcome and well served. The best experience I had in Miami in terms of quality of service.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The was good. However, the bread and the dipping sauce were cold. The service was also good. I did like the place and I would recommend it.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great great food

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R
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for places to eat in Miami Beach, as our daughter just over there. This place was highly rated by several sources, and did not disappoint in any way. Terrific pastas, authentic pizza, great appetizers, and a very good wine selection. The staff was also a standout, for their warmth, sense of humor, and helpfulness. We even got a few Italian lessons. All in all a great evening. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaLocanda is my favorite local walk to Italian restaurant. It was my birthday and family came to town to celebrate. They all loved their food, the wine, the service!!!

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J
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food we sometimes drive 2 hours just for dinner here. Best Italian you will find. Owner is almost always there great staff. Fantastic lasagne. Very reasonable pricing for the area. I recommend it to all y friends. DEFINITELY worth a stop or the drive to find it

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P
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great food!

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J
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

College roommate & her 2 friends in Miami enroute to Cuba - I've enjoyed la Locanda's authentic Italian Menu in the past and it was a hit once again.. I didn't care much for the wine recommended by helpful proprietor but didn't realize that til after it was poured for all. My error! Everything else was perfect- especially the pear-purses and fennel salad.outside ambiance noisy- close to street.-:

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BI
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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BT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, friendly, welcoming and accommodating staff! Bene! Molte Bene!

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BI
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual, great neighbourhood gem, great staff, great food.

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l
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for 9pm. Got there 5 minutes early. No table ready until 9:30pm. Finally went to a neighboring restaurant which was full but they made up a table for us to accommodate us immediately!!

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