Bestia
Bestia

Bestia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bestiala.com/
  • Phone: 2135145724
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    NOW OPEN at 5pm!!!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ori Menashe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Fe Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bestia
Ori and Genevieve's signature style shines on the Bestia menu with a plethora of seasonal dishes that have been sourced from local purveyors. The emphasis on nose to tail cooking can be found in dishes such as Coppa di Testa comprised of housemade headcheese and Cassoela Milanese with braised pork, veal ribs and pork sausage. From housemade mustard for the charcuterie to skillfully crafted squid ink bottarga, the menu reflects the attention to detail that the duo pays to only seasonal ingredients. The emphasis on sustainable ingredients and products can be found not only on the menu, but in the design of the space as well. Working with designer Greg Bleier, Genevieve sourced the contemporary elements from local artisans, who rely on reclaimed materials to create the unique elements found within Bestia, from the light fixtures to the stools and tables.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Bestia reviews from OpenTable diners
355 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (290)hot spot (236)special occasion (165)neighborhood gem (133)vibrant bar scene (123)great for outdoor dining (100)good for groups (95)notable wine list (86)late-night find (63)romantic (59)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (8)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Eric Thigpen
    RiveraRev
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Upon entering the restaurant, I was shocked to be greeted by the host who literally looked like she rolled out of bed, I showered, unkempt hair and a dirty t-shirt. I thought she was about to ask me for spare change. The clientele clearly were all dressed upscale casual, so it was rather shocking to be 'greeted' (barely looked up from the reservation book, seemed it was just too much of an effort). Drinks at the bar were very weak and overpriced. Bartenders might want to try saying thank you when giving the bill; may earn them a few extra dollars in tips. Clearly, the food is what carries this place as everything was delicious (which is why some of the staff don't feel the need to provide decent service as the place was packed. And noisy).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    David
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I knew that having to make a reservation several weeks in advance must mean it was going to be good, I wasn't disappointed. This is an amazing restaurant. Great food, great service, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Flavorful and inventive. Pizza was as good as any Brooklyn pizza!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Bestia!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love that place. Amazing food, great atmosphere, good service. I've been there several times and never got disappointed. The food is super unique, creative and absurdly delicious! I can highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    DavidLA
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent and interesting food; we found every dish notable. Excellent staff. The noise level is pretty extreme, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OfmascheroniVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Simply amazing. I absolutely recommend Bestia to anyone and everyone who has the opportunity to go. It is worth it no matter what time you go! We had a 5 PM dinner reservation and had a great time. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Worth Our 2 Hour Drive
    Dinner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Outstanding food and service during our second visit. Way too loud, and we had another visit from the resident fly to our table which does impact the ambiance. But the food is amazing and service top notch. If not into the inside decibel level, you might want to sit outside. That's our Plan for our next, much anticipated visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best-ia.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I think our waiter had just been fired from Chuckee Cheese. Soooo disappointed in the service. The food was good but not what is was hyped up to be. I ordered the spaghetti with bottarga and uni and I was sooo excited until I took my first bite. There was so much chili spice in it that you completely missed the nuances of the fish. Blah!!!!! Sooo bummed about this place as it took me over 2 months to get the resie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terribly rude waitor
    ladygabriella
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Have been here before and the service was mind-blowing and awesome - this time it was really not a good experience. Our waiter was rude and fell overall fake and bothered with serving us. But as always the food was fabulous!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    mofau
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Truly outstanding food. I've had two perfect meals there. Service is friendly. The restaurant is loud so I prefer to sit on the terrace. It would be loud with all the activity and people but the blasting music makes it all a bit too much. I cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and so so service
    Ladypasta
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food at Bestia (and their fantastic wine list) never disappoint. We had family in town and took them to Bestia as a way to show them the area and experience the amazing food. Overall it was amazing- only thing that was a bit of a bummer was that although I'd made reservations a good month in advance, we arrived to have the host try to seat us at a 2 top saying that they had a 2 top only ready. I had received a phone call AND open table reminder for a table for 4 and I just wish Bestia had been more gracious (and apologized) rather than make it seem like the fact that there were indeed 4 of us was them doing us a favor (considering they 'only have a 2 person table now'). The food and waitress, though made up for it completely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Amazing food, service was a little slow. And waiting for our table which we'd booked, but no where to stand around bar with a drink. Definitely worth a visit for the food and cool space
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good
    BbbbVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved every dish, so flavorful and fun. Always a great dinner. Most definatley will be back agin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    DJ2432
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great Food! We started with the charcuterie platter which was amazing. Then had the Roasted Bone Marrow - Awesome! Then the Pork Tomahawk Chop served with polenta and spinach...incredible. That was probably the biggest chop I've ever laid eyes on for one table but it is something you would share, which we did. The place is really loud, so loud you can't even hear the music they are playing but it was part of the experience. We had a view of the kitchen and it looked really crowded but everyone seemed to know what they were doing and how to manage without being in each other's way. Overall...a great dinner and well worth the wait for a table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and great service. We had the salami plate, mussels and clams and lamb sausage pizza. Everything was phenomenal as always. Make reservations well in advance and if you aren't cool enough - as I am not apparently - don't expect to be seated well even with your res. just sayin...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect 30th Birthday
    NayNay
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Overall I had an amazing dining experience. Not my first time here and definitely not my last. One of my friends I was dining with tried to order a surprise drink for me and the guy seating us kind of ruined the surprise but the food, ambience and scene was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • even better than before
    JoycdVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    we ate at Bestia for a second time and were shocked that it was even better than the first time. New menu items were superb and the staff is nice and attentive. can't wait to go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food not so great outside
    foodie21VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had a wonderful meal but being seated outside next to the valet made for an uncomfortable evening with car fumes. This was probably exacerbated by the hot temperature outside but they should really consider having some sort of block so that the outside ambiance does not deter from the enjoyment of the dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Probably expected too much
    PhilandHeatherVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had heard great things about Bestia so i was really excited to have a chance to sample the food. First impressions were OK, but I was immediately struck by how noisy and hot the place was. Even with windows and doors open the restaurant was uncomfortably hot and I had to shout to be heard over the background noise. The food was very good although vegetarian options were limited. My veal tartare was excellent and the lamb neck was fall off the bone delicious. The roasted vegetables were also a highlight. However, the quality of the food wasn't able to overcome the shortcomings of the hot and noisy environment and the fact that our clothes stank of cooked food when we left. I just expected more. Glad we tried it but wouldn't rush to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Electrifying atmosphere
    gimmemore
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is one of the rare places where the staff seems to be having as much of a great time as the customers. Loved the energy of the space, the vibrant staff, the modern industrial decor, and the grown-up party feel. Everyone seemed to be having a great time! The food was good, not great, but the electrifying atmosphere made it worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Put the Special in Special Occasion
    dinerfromthesuburbs
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After a tour of DTLA, we stopped for an early dinner at Bestia for an anniversary dinner celebration. The service was remarkable. Upon arriving we requested a quiet table and they found us a wonderful spot outside on the front patio. We were treated to some champagne and thanked for joining them on our special night. The outstanding service continued throughout the evening. The wait staff constantly filled water, adjusted heaters, and checked in on us. When one dish was not to our liking it was whisked off the table and off our bill. The food was solid (the dessert was delicious!) but the service the real stand out, and would be the reason I would encourage everyone to try for a reservation at this hot spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 👍
    Harmonyandsteved1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Bestia was amazing and exceeded our expectations! Brett was an awesome server and atmosphere was friendly. Sommelier was very knowledge. Food was exquisite and when paired with the suggested wines everything was even better. Bestia is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.................
    VEEEEVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Simply amazing.. must try the bone marrow and the aged steak
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and Tasty
    Marc
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing, unique menu selection. Squid appetizer was truly wonderful, as were all of the main courses we tried. Family style servings enable the group to sample many items from the menu, and each items was impeccably prepared and served by a very attentive, friendly hip staff. Industrial location and décor makes a great setting, ideal for a group of friends looking for a great meal in a lively environment. But sit outside if you can unless your hearing is truly excellent, I couldn't hear myself think inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    illuminate
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I live in the neighborhood & am extremely proud to have Bestia to experience & share with friends. This last dinner reservation was even more amazing than ever. Thank you ALL again for the memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unique
    Lanciafood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was superb. Very tasty Italian food. Changed plates each time for appetizer, main course, and dessert. Very attentive and well organized. It was very satisfying dinner experience. Will return to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Besia Lover!
    Glendale
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was an experience all 6 of us will not forget! the food was so exceptional ! the service was perfect and the energy in the restaurant is so fun - we were mesmerized by watching the kitchen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service, loud
    Variety
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food lived up to the hype, though the appetizer and small plates were more impressive than the pasta dishes, and the desserts, while decent, were not much to write home about. Service was very attentive, timing of dishes was perfect. All in all a great experience. Indoors was very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location for date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bestia is a great place to take your friends or your significant other to. Everything we tried there was great and the service was outstanding. My cup was never half empty and the alcoholic drinks were delicious! I'd definitely like to go back with my friends, but the only downside to dining at this restaurant is the reservations! The restaurant is very popular and it's hard to get a good time slot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2eat2live
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was disappointed in the food tastes I found that there wasn't really a distinct taste. the heart was the best of the five dishes we ordered. even the famous marrow was little off. the pastas were unremarkable. Staff was great, wine selection very good, as were the margaritas..
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome laid back service
    ladygabriella
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The staff was really great, knowing when to approach and how to approach. And just order the Alla‘nduja pizza - just do it. Do it now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem in the Arts District
    JRCarol
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Who would suspect this most wonderful restaurant in an alley of a commercial area in the Arts District ? Reservations must be done way ahead of time since the place is so popular The food was outstanding and such different selections. The service was excellent.....friendly and very knowledgeable with a pace that fit the night. We loved the whole evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, hot and loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food. Open, un-ventilated kitchen that made it hot and smokey at times. Super loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok, but staff need pole removed
    swallace
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I honestly thought the food was just OK, but the service brought it down a couple notches. The wait staff were condescending and I'd like to say that just because I am from another country does not mean I am not intelligent and know what a sommelier is. I get that this restaurant is something different for downtown LA in relation to it's location and style, but that is not enough to make me drive from Venice again for a second chance... I think i'd rather go Gjelina.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    jocoVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was excellent. We ordered the Burrata (A+), Roasted Marrow Bone (A), Cavatelli alla Norcina (A), charcuterie (B), Agnolotti alla Vaccinara (A-), Grilled Beef Meatballs (B), and 22 oz. Kurobuta Pork Chop (A-). Make a reservation now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip spot in Downtown LA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I had heard great things about this restaurant. Definitely a hip vibe and dining on the patio allowed for a moderate noise level. I highly recommend the burrata salad, lamb sausage pizza and whole fish. The lamb shoulder was very fatty but flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bestia
    travellerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If artificially loud, bar scene type of place with a bunch of 30s and under, along with 65+ who pretend they are still in theiir 30s is your type of dinner spit, then this is the place for. Food is a huge disappointment. Pizza is watery, pasta is undercooked and hard, pork chop oversalted to the point it more resembles bacon. To top it off, the waiter insisted on no dialing down on salt by request because their food is "petfect". Mozza has far better italian food by several miles. This place is more of a pretender when it comes to cilinary skill.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overhyped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As I had expected, Bestia couldn't live up to the hype. Mediocre and overpriced, with the pizza far undercooked on the top and burned on the bottom. Yuck!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Bday Dinner
    SoCalFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had been wanting to give Bestia a try for months and finally was able to make a reservation. My friend and I arrived and were instantly greeted by the friendly staff and shown to our table. We ordered the Octopus & Calamari salad to start which was a perfect combination of flavors followed by the Roasted Marrow Bone (was good to try, but wouldn't need to re-order). We then moved onto the Cavatelli alla Norcina and the Tagliatelle alla Zafferano. We couldn't figure out which one we liked best, both were fantastic! We finished the superb meal with the "Coffee and Donuts" which brought the final smiles to our faces. Overall great dining experience. We'll definitely be making reservations to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Perfect Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We loved everything about this place, except the decibel level. Will request outdoor seating next time, but can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.