La Cava

4.7
515 reviews
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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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BG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, as always!

SR
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

RB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

KS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was great. I’d just say the chicken parmigiana was round. It tasted fine but the shape was a bit off putting to me.

Ken

JC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food is awesome this place is my favorite for any occasion, the service is second to none Thank You guys

S
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and pleasant atmosphere for a business lunch.

SR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service continues to be excellent. Great Place to have a quite dinner, with really good food

M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem! The food and staff and intimate environment make it a winner for all kinds of dinners with friends I've had there over the years. I need to go more often and will! Matt

JH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little neighborhood gem. Very good Italian food.

GB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had a great experience. We sat outside on the patio. The staff was attentive and the food was delicious.

TG
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good Italian food. Service was quite nice as well.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been in a few years & this dinner reminded me why I loved it. Delicious food, lovely friendly service. Feels like a friendly local restaurant that makes you feel right at home. Can’t wait to go back again.

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's very small, so can get a bit noisy, but overall was a lovely experience! A little pricey for kids, but they'll love what they eat!

SR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They continue have present excellent Chicken and Fish dishes, but don't forget the Pasta, it's great

HK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good. I sat outside hence the noise rating. This is a wonderful restaurant with great service and well trained staff.

I can't wait to go back!

K
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful service, the chef made a requested dish that is not on the menu - to perfection!

SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always. This is our favorite restaurant in the Valley.

JP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service very friendly staff.
my party of six was very happy with the food and atmosphere

E
Las Vegas
42 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The staff is charming but was a bit rushed the night we were there. The food was delicious. The only thing that precluded 5 stars was the noise level. The couples next to us and in back of us were quite loud and distracting. I would recommend going on a weeknight rather than weekend, as this a very much a small "hard surfaces" restaurant where nothing absorbs the noise. Otherwise, a top choice for authentic Italian dishes and a wide selection.

SR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Roasted Chicken special was outstanding

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overpriced and very mediocre food.

JM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we enjoyed our dinner. Service was friendly and attentive. Food is good not great.

H
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. I had a special, branzino ravioli in marinara with chopped shrimp. So different, but excellent a memorable meal.

C
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch Italian food and service

TH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant! Armando and his staff are top notch!!!

JB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love La Cava! Everything is perfect— classy, but lovely for a family meal too. Friendly service and exquisite authentic Italian food. The best!

SR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always first class. Best Salmon in the City

p
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little neighborhood Italian restaurant. Not fancy but pleasant. Above average food.

B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of my favorite go to places in the valley for business and personal.

D
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, as always. One of my favorites!

OL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love La Cava. Food is good. Service is amazing. Such a great Italian restaurant in the valley.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Our server was amazing! Had him before and he was amazing then too. The consistency of the experience is a huge plus. The food is delicious! And I really appreciate the flexibility in accommodating my no dairy diet in some of the dishes. It makes a huge difference. We had a wonderful experience. Everyone loved their food and drinks and the service. A+!!!!!

O
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, very original, service was great. Overall, a great dining experience.

DR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Cava is a favorite of my family for a long time. The food is consistently good with very few exceptions. One year we celebrated my daughter's birthday at La Cava and we were provided first class accommodations for young children. Once or twice my daughter ordered an entree off the menu, which the chef prepared without any fuss (I think it was chicken piccata.) Finally, the service is always attentive and very accommodating. D.A. Studio City

SR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always excellent food and service. Always nice to have a quite meal.

TG
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Absolutely horrible acoustics & seats very uncomfortable
A bit of an attitude from everyone to be honest. The food was good not great
Wouldn’t go back due to the attitude, loudness, bad seats and average food

SG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food in the Valley ... if not all of LA! The owner Armando is as charming as can be and the staff are excellent!

GG
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistent food and service Great neighborhood spot

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