Casa Nostra Ristorante Downtown
Casa Nostra Ristorante Downtown

Casa Nostra Ristorante Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.casanostrala.com/
  • Phone: 2133623311x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Thu 11:30 am - 10.00 pm
    Fri 11:30 am - 11.00 pm
    Sat 5 pm - 11 pm
    Sunday Open Only for Private Event.
    Between Lunch and Dinner Kitchen is OPEN
    Happy Hour 3.00pm to 9.00pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 5pm to 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gerardo Ballesteros
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Menu
    Regular Serves 8-10 People. Large Serves 18-20 People
    Please see regular menu for item descriptions.
    Mista Salad Reg. $ 60.00 Lg. $100.00
    Caesar Salad Reg. $ 60.00 Lg. $100.00
    Farfalle Veneziana Reg. $120.00 Lg. $200.00
    Pumpkin Tortellini Reg. $100.00 Lg. $180.00
    Fusilli Gamberi e Pesto Reg. $130.00 Lg. $220.00
    Salmon Lemon and Cappers Reg. $140.00 Lg. $260.00
    Branzino alla Livornese Reg. $140.00 Lg. $260.00
    Chicken any Style Reg. $130.00 Lg. $220.00
    Homemade Tiramisu Reg. $ 50.00 Lg. $ 90.00

  • Special Events: Book your Event any time, (213.362.3311)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Just west of Figueroa Av ( Next to the famous Pantry Cafe )
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free with validation
    Entrance on 8th place just behing the TCW building
A word from Casa Nostra Ristorante Downtown
Casa Nostra - Next to the Famous Pantry Café, 7 H. Free Parking in the TCW Building.Garage Located at 930 Eight Pl. The Best Happy Hour in Downtown 3.00pm to 9.00pm
Very Convenient for your event at Staples Center, Nokia Theatre or L.A Convention Center Whether attending a Downtown event, or just want a cheap trip to Northern Italy. Established in 2013
Serving now in Downtown LA.
Casa Nostra Ristorante & Bar is a highly rated Italian restaurant from Pacific Palisades and now we are serving in Downtown L.A. at 825 W. 9th St (at Figueroa)Los Angeles
\"Our cuisine comes from the regions of Italy.
We take pride in offering only fresh ingredients blended with herbs, garlic and a selection of fresh vegetables prepared with extra virgin olive oil.
We believe these components provide the fundamentals for a simple, flavorful and healthy dining experience. Ciao.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Casa Nostra Ristorante Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (35)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (25)good for groups (23)great for lunch (23)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (15)notable wine list (14)late-night find (11)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • A good find near Staples Center
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Right next to the Pantry is a delightful dining pleasure. Food was tasty and plentiful. Ambiance was romantic. Servers were terrific. On site parking. We actually parked there for the concert and there was no charge. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Restaurant in DTLA
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is the best Italian restaurant in DTLA. It's reasonably priced for DTLA. Everyone is super friendly. The food is good. It was my assistant's birthday so we went there for lunch and they even brought us a free dessert. I can eat here everyday and the only reason that I don't is because I would probably gain 10 lbs a month eating there delicious pasta!! I love it here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JUST WONDERFUL
    extraordinary1VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We started with HH where the drinks were made to our certain specifications. We then moved to have dinner. Food was exceptional and the servers were extremely attentive, polite and thorough especially our server, Giovanni who was outstanding. A definite must to go!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staples Center area find
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great ambiance. Good Service. Lentil soup was tasty and nice. Chicken Parmesan a deliteful surprise. Tiramisu one of the best in Los Angeles area. All in all a nice find. We are going to have many pregame dinners here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    AnjuBean
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, ambience, staff was attentive. Certainly recommend if you're looking for a place to eat near Staples Center - it's only a block away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pianoman
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything about the restaurant is consistently exemplary. It is a real gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced
    bestofthebest
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was ok, nothing to be raving about nor to be excessively priced as it was. Service was ok to mediocre and unfortunately I expected more due to the previous reviews. The restaurant was almost empty for a Saturday night so I was expecting stellar service which did happen, and even though we had made birthday reservations there was not a single moment attention was brought up for the occasion we were there for. I would most likely not return or recommend this restaurant. I have high expectations if you plan to rate yourself a 4 star restaurant, pay for an over priced dinner and poor/mediocre service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LA Live
    slwdcwVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The restaurant serves relatively authentic Italian by a knowledgeable staff at incredibly reasonable prices for the quality. And, they validate parking for seven hours. it is two short block to Staples and LA Live.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta
    Foodlovers2
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The pasta dish was very good. Loved it! And the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Overall the service was excellent and the food was very good, I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CJsCritique
    CJsCritique
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent service. Very friendly and professional staff. Great ambience - classy yet comfortable. Had an early dinner on the patio on a Monday. It was quiet, but around 5:30 people came in and enjoyed drinks at the bar. Prices are reasonable. Food was very good. Parking is a breeze; there is a structure adjacent to the restaurant with a walkthrough directly to the restaurant. And there is validation so we paid nothing to park.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior Northern Italian
    duckwoodVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I go for business lunch often and I am never disappointed by their food. The quality, presentation and flavors of the dishes are what keep me coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PPXX3
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Casa Nostra -Great value for the quality and the portion. Will be back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better to be outside
    rag2105VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The is the second time we have visited. The first time (outside) was considerably better. Also, this visit was much more crowded (pre-Staples show) and the wait-staff just couldn't seem to handle the number of people in the restaurant. The drinks took 10-15 minutes to arrive and the waiter was no where to be found except when bringing out food. Still, I think their food is very good and would not hesitate to return on a less busy night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely on our return list
    Roadtrip
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Walked over based on a few reviews and found the place to be far superior to the last inhabitant. Good calamari, so so salad, excellent chicken parm and decent carbonara. I think one has to try several items on this menu then settle in on favorites. Attentive service, decent drinks and a GREAT dessert menu. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian food in DTLA
    Elle126
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We came on a Thursday night and got seated right away. My husband ordered the lasagna, and I ordered the pork leg osso buco. Good solid food, but salty. Also, the risotto that came with the osso buco tasted of minerals, like water from the tap. Other than that, the lasagna was tasty, osso buco was flavorful and tender, and the atmosphere was nice and quiet (in the patio). The inside seating was noisy, because of the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    slmtVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This is a great little restaurant that has excellent service. Everyone, from the waitstaff to the owner, were fantastic. There is free validated parking, which is a rarity downtown. The food was very good, albeit a little more costly than I am used to, but understandable, due to the location. We came in with a Groupon and were not treated any differently from others who came in. This is an excellent place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    Impressive
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We always go for business, extra nice and well worth the price of a meal. The food is very impressive!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • familytime
    MissP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I'm 30 years old... brought my older brother.. mom and dad and my 7 year old. We all had a great dinner and their pizza is just like authentic Italian kitchens. Definetly would bring my family again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alost true italian
    FeinschmeckerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The preparation of our three meals was impeccable. MY perfectly seasoned mushroom risotto was delicious. We received outstanding service and exceptional attention to detail from everyone that we encountered. I will for sure return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated!
    debbVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    At a pretentious restaurant! Their food is mediocre; certainly nothing special. Service is good, but our waiter’s accent was so heavy that we could barely understand him. Overall, an average place that’s overpriced for who and what they are.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HelenandPattifavVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Although the signage outside and the ordinary menu...preserved in lamenite...initially turned us off...the Italian waiter was very personable and a delight to go through the menu with...we ordered specials not included in the menu fare. Then the food arrived....the pasta was very delicious and fresh...but the halibut had to have been previously frozen as it was dry and fishy...the bronzino was a better choice...Our waiter left mid meal and we had no wait staff to bring the meal home. Service being part of the experience was non-existent and we would not return!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly staff and good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The reason I came to this establishment was because I purchased a Groupon. The staff was very friendly and the service excellent. The food on the other hand was too expensive at full price. It was tasty but you didn't get a salad nor any sides which I felt that you should for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • An oasis of calm near L.A. Live
    NiceVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Near staples center and right next door to the famous The Pantry, Casa Nostra has great food, a startlingly friendly ambiance, and a kicking happy hour. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foody145VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It was authentic Italian food that was great. The service was wonderful as well. We went on a Friday night and they had a magician from the Magic Castle entertain us tableside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for large events
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Hosted a large birthday party for 25 people in the outside patio here. Impeccable service and free validated parking in downtown. Couldn't ask for more~ The management was super accommodating and the food was also pretty good considering the affordable price. Will be back for happy hour before a game or concert at Staples Center!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mainguyenVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    They advertise free parking, but it isn't apparent that you have to go to the street behind the restaurant [that's correct, parking isn't located on the same street as the restaurant], which is not very helpful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but...
    TimmiGailVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a great find for dinner before the theatre and other events. The food was good although I felt that some of the servers had difficulty with the English language.... There were some simple mistakes that were made because of miscommunication.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    First time dining here and had a pleasant experience. Food was good, but we're not sure why our portions were 1/2 the size of other diners. Maybe it was because we had a coupon? 3 main dishes for 2 people seems like a lot to order, but we didn't even have any leftovers. Surprising since we don't have big appetites. My aunt came here later that night and from pictures, her dishes looked ginormous compared to ours. Not sure what happened...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    Foodlovers2
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was delicious, for once, I finished all my dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't expect me to come back!
    Irene1HBVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Absolutelly the WORSE lunch I ever had. I order grilled prawns @ $28...not cheap! It was presented with 3 grilled asparagus, 2 slices of zucchini & 6 prawns. They are so small, with the head no meat but, worse of all NOT FRESH! My friends ordered Italian Sea Bass...again, NOT FRESH!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 162 reviews are from the Casa Nostra Ristorante Downtown reviews archive.
  • Fantastic Dinner
    choosy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a lovely dinner for 4 before the theater. The food was good and the wait staff was the perfect combination of delightfully attentive without being intrusive. I had the chicken piccata and was impressed but the grilled veggies were amazingly good!!! I should have asked for the recipe. Hubby ordered the ravioli with veal and mushrooms and was rendered speechless for the whole meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    finedinningVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a great restaurant for meeting in Downtown Los Angeles, easy access, easy parking and the best part is the service and food are excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    dineoutVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This is my 3rd time at this restaurant. Love their chicken piccata. Food has been consistently grid, and we also had good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK food at a good price
    NYLACR
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Other than the convenience of being close to the Staples Center, there's no real draw to this restaurant. The staff was very pleasant but the ambiance was a bit stale. The food was very average at best - I had the roasted chicken and it was adequate / nothing special. Although, the arugula salad was pretty good and really the high point of my meal. Anyway, for a well priced , average meal in a convenient location, this place is for you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place.
    SushiSnobVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This is a great place for a terrific Italian meal. I really like the menu. The wine list, although not extensive, has some great choices. I think there's something for everyone on this wine list. The service was outstanding. I plan to return the next time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-game dinner
    Player4747VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Near Staples Center. Way better than arena food. -- I had the lasagna and my wife had the pesto fussily w/ gambieri. Both very good. The pesto fussily was especially flavorful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mi casa su casa
    pianoman
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Everything about the restaurant is first class and top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Happy Hour
    PastaloverVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had tickets to Disney Hall and wanted to try a new happy hour downtown. Casa Nostra made fabulously complex and not too sweet cocktails. Although it was busy, the waitstaff was attentive and very nice. The variety of interesting cocktails was terrific. My daughter and I stayed for dinner. The tuna tartar was exceptional and the pastas were good , though not great but properly cooked. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JillersVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Love the spaghetti neri. Have ordered it twice and will probably order it the next time I return!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet