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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Beach Cities

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Beach Cities? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Gravina Malibu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (434)
$31 to $50
Italian
Malibu
About the restaurant
***** Pick up and delivery options are still available. Thank you customers! *****

Family owned and managed Italian eatery serving authentic multi regional Italian cuisine in a cozy home-like atmosphere on the coast of Malibu, California
Top review
MarcieB
Dined 3 days ago
The food was very authentic Italian and tasted wonderful. Our servers were efficient and very kind. We will definitely be back!
A photo of Gaetano's Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2279)
$30 and under
Italian
Torrance / Carson
About the restaurant
Back to back winner of the Daily Breeze's "Best Italian Restaurant in the South Bay", Gaetano's Restaurant is a family owned operation that emphasizes food quality and radiant guest service. We feel the most important part of Gaetano's is the experience. From the second you walk through our door, it is our duty to make your visit memorable.

All of our food is handmade from the Butternut Squash Ravioli to the Tagliatelle and Chianti Ribs. Our Authentic Italian dishes with a modern touch sends guests home happy and wanting more.
Top review
Kepivip
Dined 5 days ago
Always great service and great food, would definitely be back!
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4.9
4.9 (1836)
$30 and under
Italian
Hermosa Beach
About the restaurant
The Bottle Inn is a neighborhood gem nestled in the residential seaside community of Hermosa Beach, just south of LAX Airport. We have been catering to our regular patrons, guests, tourists and celebrities for 50 years. Our restaurant is known for it's romantic, cozy ambiance and it's consistently outstanding classical Italian Cuisine. In addition to our recently renovated ocean-view patio, wine bar & cozy dining room, our intimate wine cellar is available for parties of 2 up to 20 guests. Our menu features a variety of authentic Italian entree & pasta dishes, fresh seafood & appetizers. Top off your meal with one of our signature homemade cheesecake & desserts. We are conveniently open nightly for dinner @ 5:00pm. We also offer facilities for private dining & events. ~ A little corner of Italy in your neighborhood! Salute!
Top review
AdeleCvip
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious food, wonderful staff, awesome location. It is a great neighborhood restaurant. I go there for special occasions or when I need good comfort food.
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4.7
4.7 (1291)
$31 to $50
Italian
Playa del Rey
About the restaurant
Bacari PDR is a Venetian-inspired small plates restaurant featuring Mediterranean-influenced dishes by Chef Lior Hillel. We are the 2nd restaurant of Kronfli Brothers, a family-owned, growing group of restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Offering a rotating curation of small-production wines, unique cocktails, and eclectic beers from around the world, we are also known for our one-of-a-kind 90-minute open bar special. We welcome but do not require reservations — we love to accommodate walk-ins and large parties, even on busy nights.

Top review
TerryD
Dined 1 day ago
Delicious and creative food. Very friendly service.plates are small but the food has so much flavor, sea bass was a favorite .Music was a bit loud in the indoor area but when asked it was turned down lower with no hesitation. Will return to try more items on the menu
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4.8
4.8 (1600)
$31 to $50
Italian
Manhattan Beach
About the restaurant
Mangiamo Restaurant, serving traditional Italian cuisine through a California lens, is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Manhattan Beach, one block west of Manhattan Beach's historic pier. Mangiamo has been serving the South Bay since 1984. Mangiamo is currently serving indoors and outdoors on our heated decks with epic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Top review
MichelleBvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food and service! Highly recommend for any occassion.
A photo of Caffe Pinguini restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1567)
$31 to $50
Italian
Playa del Rey
About the restaurant
We are open for curbside pickup, takeout and delivery and offering a 10% discount on all orders! Lunch will be open from 12pm-2:30pm & Dinner from 5:30pm-9:30pm.

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 awarded with the "Marchio Ospitalita" Italiana - Seal of Authenticity". The seal distinguishes those restaurants with the highest quality of Italian hospitality.
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ValeriePvip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
My husband, daughter and I had another great meal at this neighborhood gem last night. We are never disappointed when we dine here. The lovely patio, great service, and mouth watering food keep us coming back again and again. The fettuccini bolognese was pure perfection, and my husband loved the seafood pasta. The asparagus soup was so creamy and delicious. The desserts were a wonderful way to end a great evening. Pistachio cheesecake and apple pie with vanilla gelato. I can’t wait till our next chance to dine here.
A photo of Avenue Italy Trattoria Italiana - Redondo Beach restaurant
4.6
4.6 (141)
$30 and under
Italian
Redondo Beach
About the restaurant
Avenue Italy Trattoria Italiana offers Italian fare and pizza in Redondo Beach.
Top review
PVRayvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
First Time Dining at Avenue Italy Trattoria. I've dined at the Main restaurant Avenue Italy in Rancho Palos Verdes which is 5 minutes from our Home. I have to start by stating how happy I was to have encountered my long time friend, Chef Vittorio Novelli. I have known Vittorio from the days when he owned Il Toscano restaurant on Hawthorne Blvd. I had not seen Vittorio in years and was looking forward to his traditional dishes. We began the night by ordering a couple of glasses of Barolo and the bruschetta which is prepared with amazing freshly baked bread, ripe roman tomatoes, Prosciutto, and a generous slice of fresh mozzarella. my wife ordered the market green salad which she loved ! for the main course she ordered the veal with a red wine reduction and roasted potatoes all cooked to perfection. I had the New York steak medium cooked to perfection. For the grand finally we had Vittorio's famous tiramisu, to be honest I could eat a whole tray...... is sooo good. Our server was excellent and please forgive me for not remembering her name. She was sweet, kind, attentive and amazing server. Vittorio you are doing an amazing job, will be back soon for the ossobuco.
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4.8
4.8 (2600)
$30 and under
Italian
Redondo Beach
About the restaurant
Housed inside an unassuming strip mall, Bettolino Kitchen aims to give you an unexpected experience that rivals those of the big guns. Owned and operated by 4th generation South Bay Restaurateurs, Bettolino Kitchen takes a modern spin on dishes you would come to expect in a classic Italian restaurant.
All pastas are homemade, desserts are freshly baked, cocktails are scratch-made and decor is a breath of fresh air.
Top review
kck2022
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding service. Food was delicious. Handmade pasta was excellent.
A photo of Love and Salt restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1934)
$30 and under
Italian
Manhattan Beach
About the restaurant
Love and Salt is a story that begins with Cafe Pierre, a restaurant birthed by Guy Gabriele in 1977 to bring a taste of France to Los Angeles’ South Bay. While Cafe Pierre was a beloved part of the community for nearly 37 years, in 2014, Guy and his daughter Sylvie Gabriele, now the owner of Love and Salt, closed the restaurant to bring new life to the iconic space.

Love and Salt is a philosophy: that food needs only two ingredients to be great. It’s a sensibility that informs the feeling in the restaurant and the dishes on the menu — Italian-inspired with Southern California soul. An approachable wine list and classic cocktail program similarly reflect the vibrant SoCal setting of the restaurant, located just steps from the Manhattan Beach pier.
Top review
GrantH
Dined 4 days ago
The 2nd time here, food and service is great. The noise level is a little loud but it's a small place. Definitely will be back!
A photo of Jame restaurant
4.8
4.8 (971)
$30 and under
Italian
El Segundo
About the restaurant
Jame is Jackson and Melissa Kalb's first restaurant, focused on Southern Italian cooking and way of life. Jame's vision is to use local, market-driven ingredients to create delicious and unique Italian dishes. This is particularly true in the hand-rolled pastas, but is also seen in other popular dishes like the crispy brussels sprouts, kale salad, and Crispy Braised "Coop's" pork shank. Join us next door at John Thomas Bar where Chef Jackson highlights sophisticated twists on classic cocktails for those who are looking for some late night fun. Take a quick trip to Southern Italy and be a guest in our home.
Top review
JoyceNvip
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely recommend this restaurant. All of their food was exceptional - from the salad, pasta, and dessert. All of the pasta is made in their kitchen and the fresh pasta elevates their dishes. Their Meyer Lemon tart is a take on Key Lime Pie, but so much better since it is not so tart.
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