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“Farfalle with lobster!”
Review of La Vecchia Cucina

La Vecchia Cucina
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Ranked #16 of 691 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Ocean Park
Sherman, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Farfalle with lobster!”
Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

Great spot for inspired, reasonable fare on Main St. The farfalle with white wine sauce, tiny mushrooms and lobster was spectacular. I'm definitely going to copy it for a dinner party. As the reviews say, it's really noisy. That's because it is jam-packed, hugely popular and deservedly so. Lots of groups with young kids made it a bit deafening, but the food is so good you just grin & bear it.

Visited November 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“What a Wonderful Surprise!”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

My wife and I wanted Italian before running the Los Angeles Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon and briefly looked at listings online and chose La Vecchia Cucina. Arriving, we were promptly seated and the service was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was excellent, every course. The Squash blossoms were delicious and frankly everything was very good. When the bill arrive, I thought it might be a mistake because it was about half of what we had paid at a couple of other meals in the area. If I had any complaint, it might be the noise level but frankly most restaurants these days are a bit louder and the food was so good I did not care!

  • Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not authentic Italian food and bad service”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

I had heard so many good things about La Vecchia Cucina and I read good reviews about their food so I decided to try it for happy hour. I went on a Saturday afternoon just when they opened at 5pm to avoid the crowds and make sure I could sit at the bar. I went with a friend. When we sat, the bartender came to us to get the drinks order - we ordered a wine that was not in the happy hour but he misunderstood us so he gave us another wine. No big deal since later on the second round he said he felt bad and gave us little more of the right wine. The problem for me is that after other people sat at the bar- he seemed to know all of them and took their food order before ours. If anything, since we were the new people, he should have been more attentive to us so we might come back. He seemed to not really care about us. We proceeded to finally order a few of the happy hour selections - I had heard good things about the eggplant appetizer but as an Italian, it was NOT Italian food at all (it's not made with parmesan cheese but some other cheese so it does not taste like that) - we ordered the pizza appetizer which was still not Italian but decent and a couple of pasta plates which were ok. Overall, I did not enjoy this experience, I did not feel welcomed, and based on what I ate, I did not find it to be authentic Italian and I don't think I will ever go back.

  • Visited November 2013
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Santa Monica, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Always Great!”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

So I have lived next to and going to La Vecchia for 12+ years and this is the first review I have written so shame on me. What prompted my review was yet another less than impressive experience at Via Vento down the street. It’s twice as expensive, service staff are aloof and the meal is hardly comparable (although it is very pretty to look at). Last week was our third and last attempt there, which continues to fall short. Simply put the food at La Vecchia is delicious, always consistent (chef/owner is the key to success) and the service staff on the floor, the host stand and behind the bar are awesome. The burrata, the bolognese and faggotini pasta are the best. When we are not dining in we are ordering out. One caution, beware of the warm bread and garlic olive oil, it’s highly addictive.

  • Visited October 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Italian restaurant”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

We had a fantastic dinner here. We ate the pasta and lamb and they were perfectly cooked and we really enjoyed every bite. The restaurant is a little noisy but it didn't bother us. You're still able to talk to and hear each other just fine. The service was very good and fast too.

  • Visited August 2013
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