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La Cantina

139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
+1 269-657-7033
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“spaghetti” (14 reviews)
“pizza” (42 reviews)
“ribs” (16 reviews)
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped here tonight on the recommendation of friends who have lived in Paw Paw. It’s right off the road on way home from Chicago....easy to get to. It has a rather dated decor, but has an updated menu and is very clean and well lit....More

Thank DebAW16
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Took the family to La Cantina for dinner and were very disappointing. Have been going on and off for 50 years ( since I was a kid). Family owned with a great history. They put us at a table that the tablecloth hadn’t been changed...More

Thank Richard I
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

While having a three day getaway to Paw Paw, Michigan. Our friends took us to La Cantina. They were extremely busy. The service was excellent and the dishes came out in a timely manner. Appetizers: Calamari and Antipasto plate paired with Placido Pinot Grigio. House...More

Thank Patrick C
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Menu has something for everyone offering huge portions and friendly efficient service...Beautiful water view, red and white checker table cloths. Ribs are tasty and nice wine list. Visiting from northern California it was the perfect spot for our family dinner. Highly recommend

Thank lawton212
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

I come here every year for a few weeks Great food. Lovely people meat fiah pasta. This stupid app forces me to type 100 characters. Its just good good good good good

Thank Ger K
Reviewed 5 July 2018

We have eaten at La Cantina in the past and the food was very good and they had a great outdoor eating area. We recently went and the food was horrible and the service was just as bad. We went for an early dinner and...More

Thank LovingTheLake327
Reviewed 20 June 2018

We visit this area every year with a large group and I wanted to host a lunch for our group of 45 people. Susan Wojcik, the owner of Oak Cove Resort (a gem of a resort nearby) connected me with Ava at La Cantina. They...More

1  Thank larry218
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Spaghetti w/meatballs for $3 on Tuesdays-the whole town must have been there when we arrived about 5:30pm, difficult finding a place to park; they seated us next to the kitchen door which the busy waitstaff kept slamming into our table, then apologizing. The eggplant Parmesan...More

Thank TravelinGal1029
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

The highlight of our meal was a a red wine vinaigrette dressing on a nice bed of lettuce. A simple delicious salad. The meal went downhill after that. Well, actually before that. The server couldn’t pronounce some of the entrees on the menu, the service...More

Thank Foodstudy
Reviewed 12 May 2018

We had a reservation and were promptly seated. The evening was chilly and we were all set for a nice dinner. We first made our drink order and then the order for for dinner. Two of us asked for pasta dishes and two had seafood....More

1  Thank Ron W
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Questions & Answers
24 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from carol b | Reviewed this property |
Not sure we didn't go with kids
Tammy H
10 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
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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