Great food and Creative Wine List
Great food; wonderful salad and really good pasta
Lots of interesting wines on the wine list
I've had dinner here 3 times and the food and
Wine is always great and the waitstaff is terrific
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the 5 course tasting menu. lots of food! Food was delicious overall though a couple dishes were under whelming - e.g., pork loin & pasta and a couple too salty. Olive oil gelato was divine! Good service, beautiful restaurant.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food at a great price.... Flavorful and extremely fresh ingredients.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Venice Gem - Excellent food/service
One of my favorite restaruants on Abbot Kinney. Great cocktails and excellent wine list. Cozy tables and great, classy, hip ambiance. Menu apparently changes frequently, and is quite ecclectic. Waiter was great at making recommendations and explaining everything for us, and we followed his lead and were very happy with our many dishes (best were the gigli pasta, asparagus, and their fries). Food was very good and service was friendly and attentive. We will be back.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best in LA
Oustanding food, expert service, beautiful space, easily one of the best restaurants in LA (along with Piccolo, Shima, Superba in Venice - all doing very different things expertly). The tasting menu is outrageous and fun - and sometimes surprising in its pairings of dishes...all good!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best
Have been here many times now and every time there is something new and delicious. I think the key to this restaurant is to sample the pastas, they are always unique and always incredible. Everything else is very good but the pastas are phenomenal. Also, have a Braveheart (or choose from several other Mel Gibson film inspired cocktails), one of the best cocktails I have ever had anywhere, period.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time we come here, we are never disappointed. The food is always incredible, the servers are alway on point and we were very happy for our table as well! I highly recommend this for anyone that has a great appreciation for food!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better italian food than almost
Better italian food than almost anywhere in Italy and without any Italians in the kitchen. Amazing but not surprising. Innovative take on italian food and an extensive, interesting whine list. Attentive, helpful service. We sat in the patio which was super noisy for the first part of the dinner, but ok. Everyone seemed to have a really good time.
Great restaurant with trendy decoration and super food. Would easily come back.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. As
Great food and service. As disappointed as we were last time, it was that terrific this time.
Loved the server and the innovative menu.... delicious food, and great vibe.
Will go back soon!!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was with a group of 6 people and we all wanted to catch up and have good food. Tasting Kitchen was delicious and had a great bar, so we stayed after dinner and had a few more drinks. it was quiet enough to hear each other, but lively as well.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique, quaint and understated
Very good food, wine and service. Such a cool place. Took a girl I just started dating who I really started to connect with and wanted to keep the momentum going. It worked out perfectly.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly Five Star
Probably the best there is in LA. If you can get a reservation for more than six, go for the tasting menu. At $60 per person, it's a bargain. Can't wait to go back!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful dinner with my girlfriend for her birthday at the Tasting Kitchen. Our server was wonderful, the food was perfect and the atmosphere was great. We had the regular dinner and were blown away at how good every dish was!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Couldn't decide, but went with the biscuits and gravy. Topped with some fresh black pepper, potatoe seasoned with some fried rosemary, the eggs were extra-fluffy and prepared with a touch of sage. Very happy with the decision :)
And the staff -- they're all awesome!!
Also: get the banana bread. Dayum!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been eager to try this place for a while now and finally tried it for brunch. The waffles are delicious (both the sweet and savory -- amazing fried chicken), as was the sticky bun. Also tried the truffle mocha which was light on chocolate and had a strong espresso flavor. The ambiance was great -- natural lighting and a simple, clean look to it all. We will definitely be going back for dinner!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were really excited to
We were really excited to try the Tasting Kitchen. The food was wonderful. Service was good and attentive. Best thing is
to arrive at 6pm when the restaurant opens. The noise level rises as the evening goes on so for me, best to eat and run!!!
Will be back.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be thinking of you....
It would have been unimaginable to leave LA having not had our last meal there. In short, the service is just lovely; friendly and energetic. The atmosphere is very Venice (Tom Ford sunglasses meets the 10 year old muscle tank) and the food, outstanding. The pasta is truly fantastic! Just the right texture that cradles the most mouthwatering sauces and ends with the perfect chew. Be sure to try the Bread and Butter service, Castelvetrano olives and Robiola cheese....absolutely must haves. Till we return...Thanks for the great food and good times TTK!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
best. restaurant. ever.
best restaurant in la - go here and you'll be happy you did.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The four of us went to the
The four of us went to the Tasting Kitchen for the tasting menu. We brought our own wines the most notable of which was a magnum of 2001 Phelps Insignia. The staff at the Tasting Kitchen set the menu with our wines in mind. We shared our wines with them and they shared some of their wines with us. The food was terrific. They were so kind and made the evening a real pleasure. Dining there was a first rate experience all around.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
That California feeling...
My son said the restaurant epitomized CA style. Modern, earthy with a simple elegance. All our dishes were good with one horrid exception. Pasta ( forget which type) with duck ragu. This was like my mothers hamburger helper on a rushed week night Back in the 70s. No resemblance to duck was found. It was sooo not worth it. The server should have been honest and warned me against. The rest of the meal was quite good. Would have liked to have been more adventurous with appetizers but when dining with picky eaters.....
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why the rush?
Our food was delicious, it really was. However, had only just finished our appetizers when our entrees arrived. A gap of about five minutes. We were still discussing our respective appetizers!
A longer break would have been more relaxing. Although we were in the later sitting, we couldn't help but feel rushed. We will mention this next time we go and see whether we can enjoy a longer break between courses.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal I've had in a long time
Did the "tasting menu", let the kitchen decide what the four of us should eat... Amazing meal.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not many restaurants of this quality where everything is perfect.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Don't Miss Venice Gem
If you love food and you're in the area, definitely check out The Tasting Kitchen. Letting the chef select your meal - either three or five course - is simply divine. The wine list and cocktails are excellent as well.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and vibe. It took a long time to order drinks while I was waiting for our table.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, as well as the service. We had a truly great dining experience and would definitely go back for a special occasion. It was very pricey, but we felt that it was worth it for a "special" night out.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is delicious!
I highly recommend Tasting Kitchen, flavors are great. My husband and I got the chef tasting and enjoyed EVERYTHING!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great dining experience!
4 of us did the 5 course 'tasting' menu and I would highly recommend it. All the dishes were great and it gave me the opportunity to try some things I wouldnd't necessarily order on my own. They were very accommodating to any requests and each dish was thoroughly explained when brought to the table. The pasta dish we had was one of the best I've ever had! I would definitely recommend Tasting Kitchen to anyone looking for a great meal in the Venice area. It is definitely not cheap - and the wine list skews a bit high - but well worth the cost.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chic decor, buzzing bar scene,
Chic decor, buzzing bar scene, romantic ambience & incredible food!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was great. Our
Our waiter was great. Our food came out incredibly quickly, but then we waited a long time for our main course. The staff though was so on top of it, they took responsibility for the mishap, before we even had a chance to say anything. They took great care of us.. The best customer service I have experienced in a long time in a restaurant.
The food, amazing!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
best restaurant ever
I've been going to the Tasting Kitchen since it opened and it never disappoints. this is the best restaurant in LA. the food is delicious - every dish, every time. the service is impeccable without being stuffy. the atmosphere is perfect. it's probably the best restaurant on earth.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
From Brett's apologies to have kept us waiting for our table to Justin's mastering of both the menu and the wine list, we felt we were in superb hands. Not to mention the unexpected and off the menu treat from the chef; grilled artichoke hearts topped with white anchovy. Thanks for a great first visit!!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had a wonderful
My husband and I had a wonderful meal for a big wedding anniversary. Other than a side of olives (which weren't anything special), everything we ordered was superb - sardine side, butter lettuce salad, lentils & rapini, whole salted roasted branzino and sorbet. The bread that came with the meal was fantastic. I ordered wine by the glass. Our gracious server -who told us she's worked there since it opened about 4 years ago - poured samples of the wines I was contemplating - so I could try them before committing to one. When a glass of wine costs a lot, that's very much appreciated - you know you will enjoy what you get. The front room where we sat is open and airy. The staff was friendly and nice.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
this is our third visit for brunch and as always the food was excellent.
good, not obsene portions of lovely hot breakfast food, dark yolked eggs, thick toast, crisp sweet bacon, biscuits and gravy, sauted potatoes, the lists goes on..
get a jug of oj it is superb..
just a really chilled friendly place to have a great breakfast late on sunday morning..
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just plain excellent
I did a surprise BDay diiner for my spouse and had another couple meet us there. We did not know about the Abbott Kinney Festival, and would have liked to have known as parking was a mess. Otherwise, the restaurant was amazing. We did the 5 course Chef's Tasting Menu and loved all of it. Some dishes were better than others, but solely due to personal tastes. I would take the adventure again!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very busy Saturday evening but we were seated immediately at a great patio table that afforded some shielding from the loud bar area. We ordered small plates: the chicory salad with pork belly (yum), salmon crudo (quite small but good), and gnoccho (tasty airy pillows served with burrata and paper thin salamis). All were delicious. Didn't try the pastas but the table next door did, and they looked fabulous. For the beer geeks, be warned of only two taps, but some good bottles are available too. I had a draft Strand pale and great divide DIPA. Very enjoyable dinner. My only regret is skipping desert.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the Three Course Tasting Menu
We both ordered the three course tasting menu and received two differnet starters, two different entrees and two different desserts. This was a great way to go as we were able to taste food that we otherwise would not have ordered. The lentils and rapini was delicious as was the shrimp and homemade tagliatelle. The chocolate pudding was also amazing; deep, rich flavor. There are some great restaurants in Venice Beach and this is definitely one of them.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the pate, clams and lentil dishes but the lasagna bolognese was dry and made with strips of pasta, which we found to be unpleasant. Great ambience and great service.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My hubby & I had dinner last Friday night, we arrived about 10minutes before our 9pm reservation & we were kindly greatest & told by the friendly girls our table would be ready by 9 & we could wait at the bar & they would come find us when the table was ready. We headed to the bar which was busy & had a nice vibe going on. We have recently just moved from NYC & have yet to find anything in Cali that can compare to the amazing restaurants in NYC. So we were happy to be at a bar with a buzz ! We ordered a bottle of wine & waited happily for our table. As promised they came to us and showed us to our table. The place emptied out quick the bar was pretty thin by 10.30pm Unheard of in NYC. We enjoyed our experience & would return.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a fabulous experience!
We had a fabulous experience! Cynthia the hostess could not have been more lovely or accommodating. Elizabeth our server was terrific! Great Birthday brunch!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would go back FOR SURE!
In a city with so many restaurants to try, I would go back for sure! Food was delicious, full of flavor, and unique combinations that worked very well together.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best bar staff... Great good.. Secret drinks.. And not as bouji as Gjelina!
A regular haunt these days!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Innovative and great food. Missing the spicy shrimp pasta already! Wish there were restaurants like this in London, England. Please open one!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and service. Small
Good food and service. Small portions for the price. Loud and noisy with bass from stereo system pulsating
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top 3 in Venice..easy!
Since the first time I ate at this restaurant..I was sold! The food, wine, and service are top notch. I have traveled all over the US and this restaurant is in my top 10, and since it's in my backyard, I easily find myself there twice a month. Thank you Tasting Kitchen for the great ambience, food, wine and service.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tiny portions of good food
We ordered three cheeses, two salamis, butter lettus salad and chicken livers to share to start. It was difficult to share because the portions are tiny. Each cheese was really a sliver.
My husband and our friend both ordered the mullet fish. Both could have consumed their meals in a single bite. I ordered one of the pasta options. We ended the meal with carrot cake and ice cream. Overall meal was good but not memorable.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for brunch!
Took some friends here for brunch on a recommendation and we weren't disappointed.
The waffles are fantastic, as were the eggs and rib hash. The egg basket it a must try! Despite being full, we all split a sticky pecan bun as well which was to die for! The mimosas are also excellent and they do a good vegetarian selection of food as well.
The service was good but they did forget to bring a friend's drink!
Setting is great: intimate yet vibrant, with great decor. However booking is essential to guarantee a table, especially if you are a party bigger than two.
A great find and a must try for brunch.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not too crowded or too loud, pleasant service, excellent eats. French toast soaked well, short rib hash melts in your mouth, steak and eggs superb!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although the mimosas were pretty standard, the food was divine.
I had the steak and eggs, and my friend had the short rib hash.
Both were cooked to perfection and delicious!
My only critique would be the potatoes served with my steak could have been seasoned a little more, but that's it.
I got my egg over-easy, and it was perfect. So delicous, with a big chunk of crusty toasted bread.
To top off our meal, we split the sticky bun; it was diabolically good.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went here for brunch, great menu, everything we ordered was exceptional. Love the design of the restaurant and everyone was super friendly. They were out of a few things on the menu but food was incredible. Loved the 1920's Bloody Mary.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM