Caffe Delfini

4.7
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108 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian

Tucked in the Santa Monica Canyon, Caffe Delfini is an upscale restaurant that serves seafood and authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, inviting ambiance. The restaurant specializes in pasta, with a wide variety of familiar recipes cooked with a unique twist for a savory finish. Enjoy some sliced steak, dressed with balsamic sauce or a delicious serving of linguine pasta with homemade sauce. The menu also offers gluten-free fare for diners. Round off your meal with Caffe Delfini's famous chocolate chip cheesecake, a decadent mouthful of cheesecake, chocolate chips and chocolate flakes.

In addition to a fine selection of Italian and California wines, Caffe Delifni offers a tea menu that features everything from organic earl grays to green tea to caffeine-free herbal infusions. This restaurant is open all through the week.

What 108 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

had a great night/meal, went back two days later for round 2

NB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very enjoyable dining experience for a special occasion dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

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TT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Traditional neighborhood Italian restaurant. Excellent wine list. Il cibo è delizioso!

SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a beautiful experience every time.

S
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Haven't been here in years...and it hasn't changed. Small local place...very dark but nice.

Food is excellent. everything had at our table was thoroughly enjoyed. The service was pretty good but when they got busy it sort of tapered off...which can happen at any restaurant.

If you have never been, I would definitely recommend!

DF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family reunion

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HC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant, very accommodating when it comes to special orders or smaller portions.

KM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVE Café Delfini! GianPietro and Alex always make it such a special evening. Squid ink pasta with shrimp and calamari! Delicious!

LL
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service! Very pleasant quaint atmosphere!

JS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely and excellent neighborhood Italian restaurant, cozy on a cold winter's night ... pasta and seafood to your heart's content, with seasonal special dishes and an excellent wine list. Attentive staff make an intimate dining room function smoothly, and low noise/light levels are a comforting departure from current design trends. A real treasure ...

MH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fun and charming ambience plus great Italian food.

BR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best thing about Caffe Delfini is that it's a restaurant where - especially in the back room - you can actually have a conversation. It's my favorite neighborhood place to go.

SP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and ambiance was great food a little pricey
, but loved the place and the food. Definitely for special occasions. And a romantic dinner.

NL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love the lowkey, italian vibe and love the food even more. Some of the best gluten free pasta in LA too!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Average at best. Loud. Dark and a bit cramped. Food was ok. Nothing special.

a
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Branzino was incredible!

MJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our waiter, Hector, answered all our endless questions patiently and knowledgeably. He was there when needed. Terrific service and good food, too!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the best, warmest italia

TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We have had a few dinners at Cafe Delfini. This experience was an off night for the staff. We waited 15 minutes after being seated for water. Then had to ask for menus. They gave us 1 and 3 wine lists??? I then had to ask for another menu. Waited 20
minutes for our waiter to come and take order. Then waited almost an hour for our food. Not the best experience although other visits have been fine.

n
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Local neighborhood restaurant with great food and service

D
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Pleasant restaurant. Not too fancy or stuffy. Traditional Italian menu with good variety. Fresh fish special was really good. Modest-sized wine list but enough choices to satisfy. We all had different main dishes and they were all good. Appetizers were also good. Only thing mediocre was the bread!

LT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Caffe Delfini. The food is incredible, atmosphere is intimate and friendly, staff is attentive and prompt. Highly recommend

D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food and service were quite mediocre. SO much money for what you get. I live 5 minute walk away, hadn't been there for a long time and now remember why I hadn't gone back.

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to Caffe Delfini for years, and it never disappoints. They are always welcoming, and the food is delicious, whether you would like to eat healthier or splurge on pasta. Caffe Delfini is great for a quiet dinner or for take out. They even have delivery.

F
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated three birthdays and two anniversaries with our friends. The food and the service was wonderful. It was a beautiful evening.

J
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I took a date to Caffe Delphine and we both thoroughly enjoyed the dinner, the ambiance and the food!
The service was attentive just enough. I recommend this cute little Italian restaurant steps away from the beach.

p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

love this place. cozy. great food. wonderful service.

RV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

I had been to Caffe Delfini many times in the past but not for awhile and I was very disappointed. I ordered vegetable soup as an appetizer and it took a half an hour and then was completely watery. It was as if they cooked the soup up fresh to order but you can't make a good vegetable soup in twenty-five minutes! The entrees (I got branzino and my friend got salmon) were delicious but then we were left languishing without being offered a desert menu or our check. We finally went up to the front with our credit card and told them we needed to leave. The bill, with a 20% tip, was $77/person for the ONE appetizer (the watery soup), ONE glass of wine total (no other alcohol), two fish entrees with a half-order of plain spaghetti w/ olive oil, and one bottle of flat water. That is OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive. I won't be going back anytime soon, sadly.

K
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We love this restaurant for it's neighborhood low key feeling yet elegant with excellent choices.
I had the home made pasta with shrimp with a marinara sauce - delicious!
The sea bass is also excellent! Service was friendly and unobtrusive! Overall, it's a very good choice
for a lovely evening out!

R
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

As usual this local spot hits the spot. Cozy space, good food, attentive service with the extra attention of owners JonPierro and Alex make this a special night out. Local regular crowd myself included speaks to “the boys” great touch.

AB
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food in a setting that feels like you're in an old neighborhood favorite. Great service and ambiance. Super for any occasion - from special night or just a quick quite dinner.

RP
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the West Side of LA. The Branzino is consistently delicious. The service is impeccable and the ambiance is very confortable and cozy.

NB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this has become one of most favorite local restaurants

s
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Mediocre. Food was fine but service was not great. Staff not very accommodating.

Y
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating daughter’s 6th birthday here

CL
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Delfini. It's my favorite place to go for a quiet, relaxed meal with friends. The food is good and the service is excellent. I've had one weird issue the last two times though which is after I make the reservation, they call the day of the dinner and ask if we can come fifteen minutes earlier or later. Both times I said that I'd have to check with the other people and they said, "I guess it's okay, just come at 7" and then when we came at 7, there were NO issues whatsoever. So I have no idea why they keep doing this and I wish they wouldn't--once I've made the reservation, the plan should be set. But that's a minor quibble--the place is a gem.

DK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been eating at Cafe Delfini since 2003, and I believe it is the best Italian restaurant in the country. I’ve been all over the US and I’ve been to Italy several times. This is as close as you can get to the real thing without actually being there. The staff is always wonderful. It doesn’t matter if you are all dolled up for an anniversary or rolling in flip flops and a hoodie, you get the same great service, the amazing food, and the same satisfying experience.

S
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great but the loud slamming of dirty dishes in the bin by the kitchen left a lot to be desired for an otherwise romantic experience. Food and staff as well as the ambience we were excellent.

RP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly, courteous staff and the pasta was some of the best in the city