La Cava

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
The LA CAVA concept is based on Armando's roots. Born and raised in Florence, he grew up learning that as a local, one would go dining in the little Osterias where everything was made fresh daily, prepared with basic ingredients, simple recipes, delightful flavors and lots of love, for a fantastic experience that was also "gentle" on your wallet.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
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4.1
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L
Los Angeles
228 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just ate here about two weeks ago, and everyone liked more than I did. Service and ambiance were great, but food was just OK. Much better this time. And the bread and salad were still great to go with a much better dish this time around. And tiramisu was still terrific, too. Still a bit expensive, but really a great environment. So glad I gave it another chance.

ML
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good but the special pasta with brisket was amazing!!!!!

MK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cava was amazing!!! The homemade pasta was the best pasta Iv ever had. Its a great restaurant for a special occasion. My friend and I shared the tiramisu and it was so good and creamy and it was the best Iv had in a very long time!!!
If you have a chance to go definitely have the pasta!!!

SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a wonderful dinner. Armando runs one of the best Italian restaurants in LA. A real hidden gem.

g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Order any of the pastas.

L
Los Angeles
229 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My dining companions all enjoyed their food that I did. I had a branzino special which wasn't bad, just odd. Tricolore salad was perfect, and warm bread brought to table was excellent. Wine was enjoyed by those who drank. Pizza received high marks, and the chicken parmigiana was also popular. Shared a tiramisu for dessert, and all agreed it was excellent. Really warm, inviting atmosphere, and all staff was tremendous. Seemed a bit expensive for what it was, but I am looking forward to returning.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there last night for my sisters bday. I thought the food was really good. But the prices to me were a little to high I thought. But all in all good restaurant I will return

g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent but beware of the nightly "specials". Our server recommended the risotto with white truffles which I foolishly ordered without asking the price. I was shocked when the bill arrived to find the white truffle special was $90! The server never bothered to forewarn me and my bad for not asking in advance. I will never make that mistake again.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never once had a bad meal here. Food is amazing. Service is impeccable. It’s my neighborhood restaurant and the whole family loves going here.

BC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience. Terrific service and the yummiest Italian fare I've had since my last trip to Italy! Prices are just a tad bit too high but the overall experience makes up for it. Chef not willing to create a child's plate for my 6 year old grandson so I shared my meal with him. Portion sizes are generous and the wine (house Chianti) was excellent.
Will be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I wouldn’t go back due to the noise level. They even have panels on the ceiling to minimize the noise. If you want to have a conversation with anyone, not happening here.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Rude owner, rude staff. Will NEVER go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food never disappoints. The waiters all have exotic accents, so you know it’s good.

S
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a nice dinner with my sons and son GF, before my younger went back to east coast. The food was great, better than I remembered but had only been there once before. The pastas were all very fresh and tasty. The place is small and quite loud but we will definitely be back !

ML
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food at La Cava! Great choices on and off the menu in specials and on their wine list.
I haven't been in a while, but i am sure glad I brought my wife and 2 additional friends!
Go! Enjoy!

FT
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing for dinner but a great spot for a quiet romantic or business lunch with farm to table fresh food and ingredients and an impressive and reasonable wine by the glass and wine list. One of our favorites!

a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience3

The first impression was bad , the owner was so round , I had my reservation confirmation but he didn’t give me a chance to even talk to him , he just said it was for 11/9/19 and I didn’t call to cancel , thanks God the waiter was goo and the food , we had a guest and it was very embracing front of them .

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner is great. Food is fantastic. Best restaurant in San Fernando Valley.

AF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good menu and food. Nice local place. A good place to meet up with friends

D
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always.

L
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service by Luis and excellent paparadelle and chicken ragu. Was told only serve this every 2-3 months!! Make it more often. It’s fabulous. I
Bought one extra to take home! Delicious. Nice occasion.
Birthday. Maybe a slice of cake rather than cookies but they really were enough we love sitting on patio. A great choice. Our second time and not the last. A bit pricey but ok once in a while for homemade pasta.

SR
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service are always excellent at this great neighborhood eatery

R
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service.

G
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little gem in the neighborhood. But they are not flexible on potatoes versus pasta substitutions. Just a note that what you see is what you get and nothing else unless you pay extra.

DE
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great ambiance

AP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently great. So glad to have found this place! Everything fresh, cooked perfectly. Highly recommend!

s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The staff was very attentive and top notch however the food was blah and extremely overpriced. Will not be going back.

d
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Great service!

EG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level is much higher if you sit inside, I rated it normal because we sat on the patio

SB
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

The atmosphere and service were excellent. The food was good, nothing special and over-priced. When you order a filet, you don’t expect a flat steak that looks like a pancake for over $35. The pasta was good, not enough chicken and veggies, and too heavy on the sauce. Beware, the actual prices on the menu were $8-10 more than indicated on-line. High potential and very disappointing.

FT
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love La Cava for dinner but great for a nice quiet lunch or lunch meeting. Great staff and owner. Authentic Italian with the freshest ingredients!

FF
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always

s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and my pasta was to die for!

RC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were very good. But I do tire of Caesar salads that are dressed with a too typical and not very good mayo-based dressing that leaves much to be desired and not reflective of a more genuine, made at your table Caesar dressing. I make a tastier dressing and would be happy to share it and improve the taste and response of their customers!

BG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great restaurant to go to. Great entrees and pasta dishes. Terrific service and reasonable prices for the quality of food. Italian gem in the middle of Sherman Oaks!

LS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, as always!

SR
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are always excellent. Great place to have a bite or a full dinner

RB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good but not outstanding. The menu is large and a little daunting. Perhaps a smaller selection might be helpful. The Papardelle with brazed ribs was mostly noodles, sauce and shredded meat instead of what we thought it would be. Service was outstanding and friendly. I brought a very excellent boutique Cabernet and the $27 corkage is high for a restaurant with a good but limited wine list. Might I humbly suggest a more moderate corkage when a patron brings a fine wine and is willing to share with the wait staff or sommelier. The place is cozy and very inviting. Will try it again and ask the waiter whether he would recommend a specific dish.

J
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We ordered the four cheese pizza which was absolutely delicious and a salad, for two of us to share. The pizza came out first and it was really big. We kept waiting and waiting for the salad but it never came. When the server finally came he asked if we were ready for our salad. At that point we said we were not really interested if he didn’t make it yet. He was nice about it. The house wine was good. Except for one other party we were the only ones there at lunchtime. The mango sorbet was great and he gave us free cookies which was nice but not very tasty.