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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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "A wonderful find! The food was amazing and each dish was a taste unto its own. We had the five course dinner and was surprised to receive a chef's additional dish. The kampachi, English pea soup, luscious egg dish, Japanese rice with clam and lobster, and the tender lamb with morels were a perfect mix of flavors, textures and presentation. To top the evening off, the dark chocolate tart with bananas (Happy Birthday written in chocolate on the plate) was a treat for my boyfriend's 60th. Other than the deafening noise from a very rude and obnoxiously large party, the evening was perfect. The group would not sit down and were standing almost on top of the other guests, completely ignoring the wait staff who were trying to deliver dishes."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This restaurant had excellent service. I was really impressed with the menu because there is no menu. The chef changes the dishes by the hour and you are always wondering what is next on the menu. We chose the 5 course meal for $60 and it ranged from appetizers to dessert. They asked us to pair it with wine, but we declined (I like beer) and order beer. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The greatest meal I've ever had. And they make the greatest meal right next to you, almost in the same room. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful meal. From beginning to end, everything was wonderfully cooked. And dessert was fabulous. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great meal. Staff was friendly. Everything was great!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Fantastic meal. I can't name what we had since you can only order from a fixed menu that has no description. A server said she would email me the details of what we had but I never got it. The quality of the food was outstanding. We had the 8 course tasting menu. Added on the liver mouse. Great option."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, unique, and beautifully presented, wine pairings were interesting and excellent, staff could not have been nicer or more attentive."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had high hopes for O&W since there were so many favorable reviews. With 8 courses our meal started strong but the last savory course was underwhelming. Pork sous vide, 2 ways. The crunchy pork wasn't that crunchy not to mention there was just 1 crunchy piece. The other pork was very dry and the lentils were too salty. I couldn't eat that dish. Stand out dish was the satsuki rice w/ celtuce chowder. I felt some ingredients in the other courses were repeated too often...pickled honshimeji & cara cara in at least 2 dishes. Olive oil poached tomato felt like it was something thrown together at the last minute. The dishes had good strong flavors but I would've liked more meat. Did I mention service was great?"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Did the 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing. first 3 courses great, all others nothing special. wine they offered as pairing were not good, and they offered almost all white wines, and when they did offer red, it was average at best. i would not go back, as therer are much better restaurants in that price range in LA. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We have loved this place each time we have gone. The food is inventive and exquisitely prepared. One of the things that we have mentioned to friends until our most recent visit is that Josef Centeno is marvelous at adapting the dishes on the multi-course menus to suit individual eating habits/preferences (e.g., no red meat or no seafood) within a given group at a table. This time, there was a $12 surcharge for adapting for those of us who did not eat red meat (which, as far as I know, only appeared in one dish), and then the red meat eaters at the table did not get the meat either (although the surcharge was at least not levied on them). This amounts to a 20% price increase and left us with a bit of a sour taste in our mouths."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We went to Orsa and Winston for a birthday and had the five-course meal with wine pairing. Every small plate was delightful, complicated, and delicious, and of course with palate cleansers and little surprises it was more like ten courses. We were more than satisfied but not stuffed. The service was warm and attentive. Ambience is slightly austere but very elegant and simple. One of the best local restaurant experiences we've had in years, and we eat out a lot!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The menu gives no clues as to what you might be served, and for once I wish I had been less trusting. The five course menus served on either side of us looked pretty good actually, and unlike our 8 course meal, seemed to represent a variety of textures. Our meal, while delicious, was one creamy course after another. Once you start with panna cotta, does it really make sense to follow with a custard, a creamy soup, a creamy risotto, a creamy pasta, and a creamy dessert? Even the bread was accompanied by a creamy tonnato sauce. Of our eight courses, I would say only one required teeth (as opposed to just gums). It may have just been an off night for the restaurant, but we left a bit disappointed. Don't expect much protein. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Just had O&W's 5 course $60 tasting menu driven by what's fresh, which included Tasmanian sea trout crudo; a creamy egg dish in its shell; a wondrous pale green soup with bits of spinach leaf and tiny beautiful "jewels"; a light risotto w/ fresh uni; a pink grapefruit granita palate cleanser; a delicate meat ravioli; and a tiny plum tart. Outstanding food well priced! Visually stunning (ckout web pix), and exquisite, creative flavors that seduce. Attentive service. Good range of wines. They also offer a family style 4-course $50 plan, an $85 8-course tasting menu (next time!), a blow-your-sox-off omakase for $165, plus various a la carte choices. If you haven't eaten here yet, put it on your list! Foodie heaven in downtown LA. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "What a treat! This is a dining experience. Josef Centeno likes to call this casual fine dining but the only thing casual about this restaurant is the ambience and the play list. The food is seriously inventive, prepared and served. Don't waste an evening here with non-foodies because there is so much joy in discussing and savoring every dish. I saw a few people sitting at the bar having a few dishes and wine -- I would like to try that too, sometime."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Terrific Chef choice fixed menu in stylish small location amidst a slew of other cool newish eateries, galleries, and bars. DTLA is a thing. Great service save for the guy who first greeted. He seemed a bit put off by us and wandered off (Perhaps we did not seem stylish enough?). Once seated, all was good and the food and wine flowed effortlessly. Just the right timing between courses, great explanations of the dishes and wines. and everything was delectable. We did the 8 course with wine pairing (Or the double Ocho as I want it to be called). 2.5 hour meal and it felt just right. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "You will enjoy this restaurant as long as you are ready to relinquish control to the chef. His choices on the night I dined there were outstanding. The 5 course meal is satisfying without adding an antipasti, though we did add one just to try the squid ink pasta."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The sign for the restaurant is rather obscure, so much so that even local bike patrolling officers didn't know where the place was. The restaurant follows a pre-fixe menu with about 3 options for courses. As has been noted elsewhere, this place is about flavors and the combinations are simply terrific. Unfortunately, the wine list is rather small, there is no choice with wine pairing and there is a limited selection of coffees, teas and dessert wines. Worth a trip, but not a must-return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Everything was spot on. Eight dishes all hit a home run. Lots of small plates. Perfect. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Josef Centeno is a star of the L.A. food scene. Baco Mercat, Bar Ama, Alma, and now Orsa & Winston. This latest edition is proof that the best just keep getting better. This is a tasting menu format, with 4, 5, and 8 course tastings, along with additional items that can be added to enhance the experiece. We chose the 8 course and added fresh oysters and sauteed bone marrow, which is a must try item. Each course was better than the last, and there was a wide variety of wines to pair with the meal. The staff and sommelier were very attentive and even provided us a bonus dessert wine and extra dessert at the end of the meal. It's not a cheap night out, but you get what you pay for, and it was worth every penny. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Orsa and Winston, located in downtown L.A. is an unusual, but unique dining experience. Chef and owner Centeno, who owns two other busy restaurants in the same neighborhood, has created an unfussy atmosphere, but has not sacrificed on food concepts and service. Four of us had the 8-course omakase dinner and, although pricey, was quite satisfying. His composed dishes have wonderful tastes and subtleties and often, unexpected surprises. The service is attentive, professional and unobtrusive."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Had the 5 course meal and contrary to the yelpers who mentioned they left hungry we left full and satisfied! There is actually more than 5 courses if you count the "bonus" courses that the chef throws in between courses. Food had an Indian flare to some courses and everything was well prepared. My only complaint was the scallop course because the portion was about 1/4 of 1 scallop! C'mon let everyone have 1 scallop they're not that expensive!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Chef Josef and his team have created a neighborhood downtown LA that welcomes people for any occasion. Be it drinks and Queso after work with Margaritas at Bar Ama, Lunch at Baco Mercat with the best sandwich in the country (Oxtail Baco was voted the best) or to enjoy what feels like having a tasting menu prepared specially for you in a dining room where you can see all the chefs working at Orsa and Winston. There is no question that traveling to the block between 4th and 5th, Main and Spring that single handedly they have created a magical destination within Downtown and are only going to continue raising the bar. Go here, then get drinks next door or vice versa, just go."
    Dined on 4/5/2014