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Orsa & Winston
Orsa & Winston

Orsa & Winston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.orsaandwinston.com
  • Phone: (213) 687-7000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner

    Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Josef Centeno
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site event inquiries may contact catering@orsaandwinston.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: Event inquiries may contact info@orsaandwinston.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking as well as non-affiliated paid lots/structures in close proximity to restaurant.
A word from Orsa & Winston
Orsa & Winston is the third downtown restaurant from Chef-Owner Josef Centeno, of Bäco Mercat and Bar Amá. Featuring nightly-changing tasting menus, as well as family-style options, the restaurant incorporates sensibilities of both Italian and Japanese cuisines in an intimate 32-seat dining room and open kitchen. A "super-omakase" tasting menu of 20+ courses is available with advance reservations at our 4-seat chef's counter. Due to the small size of our restaurant, reservations are highly recommended.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were delighted surprised in the best way possible, A truly imaginative chef delighting our sense with every course."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Our recent visit here for an amazing dinner brought to mind the French Laundry. Exquisitely prepared food presented by a team of cordial, well-informed servers. Great place to celebrate my wife's birthday. We' ll be back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We didn't get the individual prix fixe dinners, but I would have thought that the family-style still what have been amazing. The savory dish wasn't glorious. I did the paired wines and didn't get one of them. Some of this was my party's fault. One member was quite hopeless and very late. May try it again but with less volatile dinner companions."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Celebrated an anniversary here the food was excellent and the service was great. Everything served was very high quality food and tasted great. I would say that the portions were a little bit small for a Prix fix menu but still tasted wonderful."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We did a 5 course omakase and wine pairing and added the squid ink pasta w/ uni. It was more than enough food for us, and so many fun interesting flavors and presentations. Definitely perfect for a special night out. Service was fantastic, the waitstaff was very knowledgeable."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Impeccable ingredients impeccably prepared. The 5 course dinner was well constructed with each course leading into the next including some small and tasty extras! A few usual ingredients and combinations added to the interest resulting in a very enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went here for the first time last week, had their tasting menu with a couple of extras. The French/Asian hybrid works to perfection here, including a particularly memorable eggplant dish (I normally dislike eggplant). Often these kinds of high-end places end up giving me a new perception of dishes / ingredients I wouldn't normally have or put together. When it's done well, it's great, and when it's done poorly, it's awful! Fortunately, it is the former with this superb restaurant. We will be back for the Super Omakase (20 courses!). Service was impeccable throughout, one minor complaint is that our waitress did not say goodbye to us before she left, which was a surprise for a restaurant of this quality."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "food taste was excellent however, I am not certain if a lamb belly is an entree for healthy eating. there is menu to select from and the 5 or 8 course menu is presented without telling the guests what the elements are. next time I will ask."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "small restaurant, doubtful you can get in w/ out resvs, but perhaps possible. they do have seats at a bar facing the kitchen, but those are not comfortable for extended time five/eight course meals could take. our menu did not list any food. our choices were five courses, eight courses and with or without wine pairing. so the idea is; chef controls your meal, just trust everything will be right. in fact, i had no idea what i would be eating. they will make changes due to allergies, etc. everything we had was amazing, but just be aware the diner is not choosing. it's all up to chef. do you like that? don't like it? it's up to you."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Simply outstanding. Very unique dining experience: you basically put yourself in the chefs hands and go along for the journey. Everything was so flavorful and the presentation was notably innovative. The staff was incredibly friendly and explained every course in detail. We did the wine pairings as well, which I definitely recommend. It would be a pity to pick just one wine to accompany every course. If allergies are a concern- they were very accommodating and worked around my mom's shellfish allergy to the point that I didn't feel like she was missing out at all. All in all, if you want a true EXPERIENCE as opposed to just another meal, you've got to come here. I could not have been more impressed. This is what dining is all about."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Delicious food, beautifully presented. Wine pairings were excellent. Worth the splurge."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We sat at the bar next to the kitchen and was amazed by every course !!! such a fun evening to celebrate my birthday! thank you for the great food!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I took Dr. Aneesah Smith there for dinner and tried the 5 Course meal. The courses are tini tiny and good. I'd recommend it if you're trying to enjoy a nice meal with various flavors to slap your palette."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. Most of the seafood dishes including the sea urchin was great. The meat dishes were okay. The restaurants interior and the way the tables were setup was rather simple and not what I personally prefer, we however got a seat right by the kitchen at what you could call "bar seating" almost and that was quite nice. Sitting next to your date is what I prefer anyways if possible ;-)"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Gone to all of Josef's places starting with Lazy Ox in Little Tokyo. This one was disappointing. We had the omakase. I have sent back perhaps once before in my life and I had to send back the main (duck confit with pasta) because it was TOO salty and I usually salt my food. The host came out and said that he did taste it and, "I thought it was a little salty too." Questions then arises, why did you serve it? and how did you taste it? Nonetheless they asked if we would want another course or dessert (stupid question), we chose another course, which was fine. However after returning the duck dish, I felt a frost come over the restaurant and upon leaving no one apologized, and one did thank us for coming. Not planning to rec or go back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "One of the more attentive restaurants I went to. There weren't designated servers or bussers, seemed like every wait staff on the floor dropped by our table to either serve food and water or clear dishes; a total team operation. We sit at our table, a woman comes over and begins to share with us the layout of the evening which is Japanese/Italian small plates; it's pretty much a chef's choice tasting menu, great for me being an adventurous foodie willing to try anything. My mom, however, is very particular; I begin to think it will be a bad night for her. The server provides hope that for a $12 fee, mom can 'Customize' her menu (no raw, no 'gamey' meat); surprisingly, both of us leave O&W as one of the best dinners we've had."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you like all kinds of food, (don't have a lot of dietary restrictions) and want to experience a kaleidoscope of wonderful flavors, textures and temperatures, Orsa and Winston is a place that you will want to experience. The menu is primarily "chefs' choice, so you are putting yourself in the hands of a wonderful and thoughtful chef. The wine pairings that accompany the 5 or 8 courses are truly inspired. It's the only restaurant where I've eaten that I find myself thinking a few days later--that was an unusual choice, but it makes perfect sense, now that I've eaten it. The master chef at Orsa and Winston is a thinker and an aesthetic wizard!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Now with Valet parking out front anyone can easily access Orsa and Winston. The entire experience is spot on. The creativity of the food, the pace of the serving is just right. Exceeds all expectations and is getting to be a very busy location."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had the 5 course menu. You come to this restaurant for the food- everything is carefully prepared with excellent quality ingredients. Service is very professional and attentive without being intrusive. I particularly loved the crudo, so fresh!, and the corn soup with generous pieces of lobster, and the orso with uni, and, and....everything. This is Centeno at his best. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Amazing food, breath-taking presentation-- this is the reason why tasting menu's exist-- a chef's impeccable palate and understanding of what dishes work together. Masterful service & food."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We eat often and have sampled fabulous food in Los Angeles, New Orleans, the Highlands of Scotland, Oaxaca, Tokyo, Florence, Rome and Venice. Although Orsa and Winston does not have the ambience of a local trattoria in Florence, an island hotel in Scotland, or a courtyard in an old house in New Orleans, it is not about the ambience but the food! Orsa and Winston stands out for its delicious and creative tasting menu, lovely wine pairings, and its outstanding service. I can't see it getting any better than this."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Delicious food with excellent service! We had the 8 course omakase with wine pairings which was more than enough food but would love to try the Super Omakase on our next venture there. Great addition to downtown LA!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went there for our 10th anniversary dinner. We got a "menu" with a course option. You choose 5 or 8. We started with 5 and saw the sizes of the portions and changed to 8 which the kitchen staff completely accommodated. Either 5 or 8 would have been plenty. We had no choice or info on each course which for us was kind of exciting. If that's not your thing, you won't be overly thrilled. It forced us to try new things (i.e. Quail, lamb underbelly). Our waiter was awesome but I feel like the other staff that delivered our courses were hurried."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great place to take your foodie friends, particularly the 8 course dinner. The pace of the meal & the different textures & flavors of the dishes make this a perfect place to take someone who appreciates food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "But my husband kept complaining the food came out too slow. We went with our sister in law who expected to eat raw fish Omakase style. She came out dissapointed."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We live around the corner and definitely had to experience it once! With wine pairing it is expensive (>=$100 per person) The menu is innovative and prepared beautifully. Some of the items were "wow" and some were just good. I am glad we went but it is not likely to be somewhere we go often."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had the 8-course omakase. Most dishes were delicious, particularly the hamachi, the salmon, and the quail. Service was excellent and the place was nice."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful spot to celebrate our anniversary. Each dish was better than the next, culminating in a carmelized banana chocolate tort that blew our socks off."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "After reading good reviews, we had high expectations. The food was overall just too salty, our mouths were puckered by the second of our eight courses. The service was so slow we gave up on the last two courses. Even dessert was below expectations. Our advise is to skip this one and go next door to Bar AMA instead."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I love the food here. It's good experience. This time was my 2nd time. Normally I don't give grading to any restaurant until I go there 2nd time or 3rd time, it's because I think it's when I really truly know if the food is constantly good. I like the food and the portion of it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Amazing food fantastic flavors. Simply delicious."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The service was probably my favorite part of it all. The waiters very well versed and knowledgable about the food being presented for the night. We got the 5-course meal with the wine pairing option and I was STUFFED by the end of the night. So good!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Three of us went here and enjoyed the 5-course option. We're excited to return and try the 8-course option. Delicious!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The restaurant lived up to the billing and more. The 5 course prefix selection was complimented with two chef choices at no additional cost. The wine selection may require a small boost."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We just had dinner here this evening and we are already planning a return date to this restaurant. My husband and I ordered the five course and with the bonus courses, it was actually an 8-course dinner. Every course from the beginning to the end was absolutely delicious! The service was impeccable. The noise level was energetic. We brought a bottle of 2011 Lacrima di Morro d' Alba (with a $35 corkage fee) which matched every course that the chef prepared. Looking forward to returning!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This place is amazing. Food and plating was phenomenal. Everyone in the restaurant knew everything about all dishes and wine. Stunning pairings. One of my favorite meals of my life, easily. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our third visit. This time we did the family style menu and it was great! Each visit has been an amazing experience. The wine pairings hav always been unique and unusual wines. The only call out we had, was the acid rock background music was inappropriate and did not seem to match the ambience and vibe of the place. It was annoying and a bit load."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We love tasting menus and eat out a lot and like high end food fit for foodies - and there were certainly a lot of extras thrown in here with attentive/friendly service, but each item had what seemed to be 20 ingredients and they did not always mesh well. Just no dish that really wowed us- complicated combos, flavors were OK, but nothing that really made uswant to come back. Compared to eating at Alma, this was disappointing. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "A truly gourmet experience with an associated lofty price tag. But, very worth it! A first time paying a "surcharge" for a vegetarian/pescaterian. $12 penalty for dietary restrictions."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at this fine restaurant and had a splendid time. We ordered the five-course dinner with the wine pairing and found it to be a wonderfully balanced and delicious meal. The wait staff was accommodating-we were somewhat late for our reservation-but we did not feel at all rushed to get through our dinner. They even had a special anniversary message for us on the dessert. The ambient noise level was also quite low, a welcome change from that of some of the newer restaurants in Los Angeles where one has to shout to be heard. Since we had an early reservation, we wanted to have an after-dinner drink downtown, and one of the staff made some excellent suggestions as to where to go. All in all, a spectacular evening!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014