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La Cantina

) #2 of 29 Restaurants in Paw Paw €€ - €€€ Italian
139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
+1 269-657-7033
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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“pasta” (14 reviews)
“ribs” (13 reviews)
“minestrone” (4 reviews)
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139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Terrible service. The restaurant wasn't even busy and we couldn't get drink refills. After seeing tables with bread I asked our waiter for some (after I flagged him down) and his response was, "Oh, did you want bread?". Wow. Sauce is super gross. I couldn't...More

2  Thank p1nk_n1ghtmare
Reviewed 1 week ago

They say they pride on being "authentic". Nope, actually far from it. The best thing they offer is their bread with the olive oil pesto spread. That is their best food. Pizza is "ok". I do love their Walleye (you have to make sure it...More

3  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Residents of nearby Kalamazoo, we have enjoyed the food, service and ambiance of La Contina for more that 40 years--until last Saturday. It will be a while before we return if at all. Our party of four arrived about 6:30. We inquired about a table...More

2  Thank Bob L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family from Mexico and Arizona and Illinois were all at lacantina Sunday night. Pete our host was gracious and brought bread drinks etc so graciously. Food great. Will order pizza again. First time. Great. Highly recommend this place. Comfortable and relaxing.

Thank carol b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Folks in Paw Paw love this long-time local favorite, still run by family members of the founders. My husband and I eat there with family or friends often. The location is lovely next to the river and across from a lake. In summer, their outside...More

Thank Kathy O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In town for the night..asked desk manager where we were staying for a good suggestion on a place to eat dinner. She said hands down La Cantina. Think she got it right. Really good food with service. Waitress was spot on. We ate outside which...More

Thank fwfd335
Reviewed 15 June 2017

According to the newspaper clipping hanging on the wall as you walk in the front door, the restaurant has been there for 85 years. I am glad that it is still around. It is Italian and the food was amazing. We had a small pizza...More

Thank Netthejet
Reviewed 8 June 2017

LaCantina is a family run, long established, upscale Italian restaurant. It is located next to a small river and dam. For half of the year, dining on the outdoor patio is very calming. We live 20 miles away, but come here about once a year....More

Thank eulermi
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Good Italian food at good prices (some would consider above average prices). Some tables have a nice view of the pond / Paw Paw River flowing from Maple Lake.

Thank Experiencedwithfood
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We come here about once a month from Decatur, because we don't have as many restaurant options. La Cantina is consistently good. I usually get the Rigatoni E. my husband has gotten a variety of things, and he says they are all good. Salad and...More

Thank Moldog81
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23 July 2017|
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Response from carol b | Reviewed this property |
Not sure we didn't go with kids
Tammy H
9 December 2016|
Response from spagbender |
No, we will not be open on Christmas Day Thanks for your interest. Emilio
Robert H
10 May 2016|
Response from sbqueen | Reviewed this property |
Depends what time you are going to be arriving. They do start to get very busy around 7:30-8:00 pm. I would definitely think about reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  Paw Paw
  • Phone Number: +1 269-657-7033
At La Cantina in Paw Paw, Michigan, we pair excellent hand-crafted Italian food cooked by great chefs with a casual and fun atmosphere. We offer a great casual fine dining experience. Our homemade sauce blend compliments any of our pastas and Italian meats. We offer veal, New York strip, certified black angus filet, lobster, mussels, walleye, and other seafoods and are even known for our mouth-watering BBQ ribs. And as the first restaurant to offer pizza in the Southwest Michigan area, our hearth-baked pizzas are sure to delight. With a large selection of appetizers, dessert specials, full bar, and wine offerings, you may come in for a snack and ending up staying for the evening enjoying delicious food and great conversation. La Cantina was founded in 1936 by Amo and Rose Scotese and continued by the efforts of their grandchildren and daughter Norma, who still shows up ready to work every day-even at the age of 92. When you're here, the La Cantina staff will make your feel right at home as part of the family, and your
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