Italian >Caffe Carrera
235 S La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA | Directions 9021134.064062 -118.376175
Neighborhoods: Beverly Hills
Abdolutely delicious! – I'm Gluten Intolerant and really didn't think I'd be able to enjoy a tradionally Italian restaurant the way I used to before finding out that all my favorite dishes were now off limits - forever. But because Caffe Carrera will whip up pretty much anything you want and they encourage substituations and creative changes to their menu - bliss for a problem diner like me - (they want you to be very pleased even if you're fussy), I went to town and had the most delicious Italian meal I've had ever since finding out I no longer could have most Italian dishes. I basically subsituted and removed/added until I very happily couldn't eat a thing more. My friend who was with me and doesn't have food allergies was face down in her mouthwatering pasta also, saying it was the best she had all year. Inconspicuous and small, this place packs a huge flavor punch. Not to be missed!
big change in all the right ways – Caffe Carrera used to be a great place to dine.... and it's back! The food was always a treat, but Armondo, the pseudo manager/owner, became unbearable and my wife and I stopped going.
This is the same fairly small place with fantastic food but now under the ownership, a welcome change that the place was so in need of. Antonio has brought the prices back down to reality and added some of his own special dishes while keeping the best of what used to be. The cooks are all the same and the quality is even better! There are more and better wines available as well.
You'll walk out feeling full but not feeling better. – Caffe Carrerra is just what one hopes for in a little neighborhood restaurant but what you don't get. The owner is always surly and unaccommodating. He makes a point to invite special food requests but will pan you for them. If you are a party of two, you are penalized by being put at a tiny table across from the kitchen in the only narrow, single-file walkway between the front door and back bathroom. The owner makes clear that he regards a party of two to be a low-profit, nuisance factor and won't even take reservations for two. He will monitor your conversation and interject when he wants; and not in a pleasant way. With that in mind, having not been there in years, we opted for a take-out meal hoping to avoid all that. But, it was surprisingly very poorly packaged. Soup was put in a Styrofoam soda container, like a take-out Diet Coke at McDonald's, that leaked over everything. And, true to form, the owner wasn't partial to holding down the garlic on one dish and he sure let us know as we placed the take-out order over the phone.
Parking is limited, food average and the prices high. In fact, I could find no on-line menu that had prices posted. He wants to get you to order blindly. When I asked a few prices, he wanted to discourage me by asking if I had the patience while he tallied the tab. Real nice.
To be honest, nothing is worth the condescending, grumpy attitude, hassle and angst of this restaurant; especially in this economy. Perhaps he gets a lunch crowd from the area but as for dinner there is nothing around there to make this a go-to or combined evening. And since it's like a luncheonette setting, you won't want to linger over coffee even if the manager/owner allowed. Outdoor seating is on a sidewalk right on La Cienega with all it's traffic and Cedars/Sinai ambulances and sirens roaring by.
You, your money and your stomachs are worth way more than this.
You might walk out feeling full but you won't walk out feeling better.
Extremely rude manager! – I had been to this place twice before, once to pick up a sandwich and the other time for lunch with co-workers. I won't even go into how slooow the service was and the rude response we got from the manager, I'll just skip to the evening a friend and myself wanted to eat a little something before heading home.
The owner's wife told us that normally they don't serve the meatball sandwich on the evening menu, but since we were having other things as well it would be fine. However when we got to the place, the manager yelled at us that his establishment was a classy place and under no circumstances were we allowed to eat a sandwich at dinner time and basically kicked us out. He said the owner's wife didn't know what she was talking about and he didn't care what she said. The guy went completely agro on us. So weird... Needless to say I will NEVER be going back. Too bad too, cause the meatball sandwich was pretty tasty.
Worst Service in Beverly Hills – Worried about the waiter spitting into your food? With a simple question regarding the menu, dining at Cafe Carerra will turn into the most unpleasent experience ever. The waiter, an arrogant man who unkindly corrected the guest when they incorrectly ordered a plates of oily salad and dry tasteless chicken and used sarcasm to verbally abuse his guest. The sarcastic verbal abuse would not have been so bad if the waiter, I believe to be the most uncooth unpleasent argentinian had it not been coupled with a lack of personal hygiene and dripping brillantine from his forehead. During the entire meal each time he came to the table he would say something abuse in a sarcastic passive aggressive way or just plain agressive. The impression that my food would have remains of his bodily fluids was overwhelming. No one wants to eat under those conditions. I waiter should never make you even have a sneaking susspicion of that. Wouldn't you agree?
Great for Romantic Dining. Incredible food, wine, champagne, tiramisu, and service. – Delightful food, wine, ambience, personal service by the owner who will cater to you like you are family. Romantic. Quiet place for that celebrity that is looking for a moment away. The food, wine, and champagne is heavenly. The best tiramisu in all of the country. NYC included.
By A Yahoo! User from Since 1996 I lived in ATL, NYC, MIAMI and now LA.
Last Visit:June 2007Great for:Romantic DiningI lived in ATL for 6 yrs and had an office next door on Wilshire and La Cienga and would spend 1 week a month in Beverly hills and by far this was my favorite Italian restaurant, it rivaled my favs in NYC. I came to know the owner really well and he treats his customers to an experience they wont forget. I have been going there for 6 yrs now. I ate there so often that the owner now recognizes my voice on the phone. The food is consistant. I highly recommend it. I took my future wife there on our first date back in 1996 and we would and still continue to go at least once a month including those specials days that a boyfriend or husband shouldn't forget. The owner will even be catering my wedding next month. If you want to be treated with a personal touch and enjoy an incredible meal tailored just for you, an excellent wine and champagne list and tiramisu that is to die for then look no further, Cafe Carrera is the place.
Thanks, Armando for everything!
Amazing authentic Scicilian dining – This is the best Italian restaurant in town, specializing in Scicilian food. The atmosphere is cozy and familiar, the staff is entertaining and remember you each time you visit, and the food is out of this world. They also cater and I've had lunch delivered numerous times for my staff. Caffe Carrera is always my first choice when choosing a night out!
Amazing food, so fresh! – I have never tasted such delicious pasta before! It's homemade and prepared to your liking. The service is wonderful too! It is an extremely small restaurant (maybe 10 tables) so the owner does it all and he seems to really care, he makes you feel like you're a guest at his house. Worth every penny!
10 tables but 100% great service/ food ! – My girlfriend and I were looking for something nice and quick nearby the Wilshire Theatre/ Beverly hills to eat. We started walking and ended up at Caffe Carrera. Quickly we were seated by host/ owner . He ensured amazing Service we had our food in less then 10minutes and it was amazing, from the authentically Italian Bread ( Italian country style) to the caper sauce on my Tilapia fish entree (the owner comically added, that White Fish did'nt swim 'in' that day!) But really , I dont usually leave reviews for restaurants.This place was great, Intimate, Amazing service. Price wise they were about typical for high end italian, I'd say about 20-25/ person for dinner (Sans Vino- Without Wine ) I'd say a 10 spot for a date, or dinner before a concert at the wilshire theatre, I'll be back for the Fish really soon! ( I literally thought i was in Italy for about 45 minutes ) That is my 2cent -review :)
like eating at home! – Armondo and his staff ALWAYS treat us like family . Our meal is never rushed , the wine selection and Food is always great! the mussels are amazing as are the lamb chops! They have a great wine selelction too. Parking is easy considering they are only a block from the maddness of Restaurant row, theri fresh warm bread is enough to make you come back! we love this place and eat there as often as we can!
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