I Cugini

1501 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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The daily - changing menu promotes sharing, with whole-cooked fish dishes, pasta and light portions of antipasti. Extensive server interaction enhances the dining experience, encouraging guests to try an array of different items and savor the varying tastes of Europe. Indigenous to the Italian culinary culture is the whole fish dish. Whether it is oven roasted in a rock salt crust or wood-oven roasted Adriatic Style, with potatoes and olives, fish, such as Black Back Sole or Striped Bass, is cooked whole on the bone. Guests are "reeled" into the process as the server bones and arranges the fish beautifully on a platter for the entire table.
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Top Sentiments among I Cugini Reviewers

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Customer Reviews (44 reviews)


on Citysearch Apr 23, 2009
I went to I Cugini last Saturday night for dinner and the food was pretty awful. My date and I shared the grilled Calamari and it was gross. I've had grilled Calamari before and although nothing compares to it being... (more)


on Citysearch Jan 11, 2009
Went there Saturday night with one of the restaurant's investor's no less. The place looked nice, then we sat down with the menus, and they looked the menu's at a ridiculous family restaurant, with illustrations and... (more)


on Citysearch Jan 02, 2009
To give a star to these guys would be an extravagance..... based on today's experience. We felt ashamed to treat our guests from Italy to such a poor quality food. All was substandard ...we might as well hvae taken them... (more)


on Citysearch Jul 23, 2008
Obviously, no one here has ever been to the East Coast. Does anyone know real seafood in California? I have yet to find a good seafood restaurant in this entire state, and I Cugini continues that quest. I went with a... (more)


on Citysearch Feb 03, 2008
Brunch is great! Service is outstanding! When the weather is nice get the patio seating with the view. (more)


on Yahoo Jan 06, 2008
My husband & I have listened to the radio broadcasts of the Sunday Brunches of the I Cugini for two years now, so when we decided to catch a flick in the Santa Monica Promenade, I insisted on us having lunch at I Cugini. We... (more)


on Citysearch Oct 30, 2007
Fantastic atmosphere, both inside and out on the patio. I first dined here for my friend?s rehearsal dinner, I had such a great time that I came back with my family. Great view of the Santa Monica pier :) We started the... (more)


on Citysearch Sep 08, 2007
I had the best brunch food, quality is superb, choices are great service, very friendly and curtious decor, the most beautiful patio music and the band were great I could'nt have had a better Sunday afternoon... (more)


on Citysearch Aug 26, 2007
This is our favorit Italian restaurant, it never fails us with there quality of food, service, presentation and atmoshere and specialy the fresh whole fish that they offer, the wine list is wonderfull with... (more)


on Yahoo Aug 14, 2007
Very expensive food. We were sitting outside in the porch area facing the beach. The view is incredible. The dinner was very relaxing and enjoyable. The server was super courteous and informative. I had the... (more)
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