The Tasting Kitchen
The Tasting Kitchen

The Tasting Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thetastingkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (310) 392-6644
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:30pm - 11:30pm
    brunch Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Comfort Food, International
  • Executive Chef: Casey Lane
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact The Tasting Kitchen.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Venice
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free and paid parking is available on adjacent streets and lots.
A word from The Tasting Kitchen
The Tasting Kitchen is an eclectic mix of food, atmosphere and clientele, capturing the heart & soul of New American dining. The dimly lit dining room is the ultimate in intimate upscale dining while remaining a place you would be comfortable finishing a bottle of wine with friends until closing time.
The menu changes daily and exemplifies our scratch kitchen philosophy, with pastas made by hand daily, meats cured
in-house, produce from the local farmers' market, and everything made and sold the same day.
We offer handcrafted neo-classical food, epic design and atmosphere, and service that is both guide and companion throughout the experience. Come, ask questions, and enjoy
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Tasting Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (90)hot spot (66)neighborhood gem (62)vibrant bar scene (49)special occasion (47)notable wine list (36)good for groups (31)romantic (31)great for brunch (28)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (15)great for lunch (12)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Ah Tasting Kitchen, you have faltered...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Ballistically loud, so be it. Food not like it used to be. Had chicories with pork belly, pork belly was cold and fat had solidified, just not good at all. Steak was very tough and chewy, flavors were decent, but not what waiter stated, no salsa verde, no marrow, no potatoes, but a balsamic sauce. Pasta quoted with shrimp was pasta with squid, had to send it back. Brought spicy pasta with pork, pork smelled a bit like a wet dog (?). TK used to be so good...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A long wait
    LaDolceVita
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had a reservation for Sunday brunch here and were seated right away which was a good start. Then we waited nearly an hour for our food with no explanation until we asked our waitress after 40 minutes. I had French toast which was a big 2" deep slab of very boring stodgy bread, in a bowl, swimming in butter and syrup (so you can't decide how much to put on it yourself) with not even a leaf or a berry to make it look good. Perhaps I chose the wrong dish. My companion had an oyster/egg dish that she liked. Yes, it's a very lively, fun atmosphere and a cool space but otherwise . . . meh. And super noisy, but that's pretty much everywhere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • occdocVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    food exciting but management of saving potential reservations and leaving no room for open table left restaurant partly open. SERVICE however the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FORAGING FORK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I have been eating at this location for a number of years and have yet a bad experience. In all situations that food, your company, and perfect dining atmospheres need to be accomplished, this is the spot for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALH930VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Some hits and misses. The wings were giant, tough, and a stick mess. Impossible to break apart or eat neatly----skip these! Mussels had a lot of cream in the broth? Menu mentioned an aioli... Steak and Branzino are priced to be larger entrees to "share." The size of the steak and marrow bone was extremely small for the cost. It was also very tough and bland. Branzino was cooked perfectly and flavorful. It was plenty to split at the table. Bread was excellent, but what is up with charging for plain bread everywhere in LA?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to celebrate Birthday
    GettingOlderinstyle
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We have a lovely evening. The food was amazing and the atmosphere very lovely. This is a great "special occasion" place to go and I enjoyed my birthday with my husband and two sons immensely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A keeper!
    Linny
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Would definitely go back - again and again! Have only eaten brunch here so now interested to see how it is for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Tresbien
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The Tasting Kitchen was a warm, welcoming place with terrific service and wonderful food. For such a busy, popular place in Venice, this was a wonderful establishment where the service was helpful, but also got out of our way for an enjoyable dinner. Great suggestions for what to order and help with the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I miss The Parish
    JayFagnanoVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The Parish was one of our favorite restaurants downtown so when friends were staying in Santa Monica, I was excited to try The Tasting Kitchen. Enjoyed it very much - seating for 5 was a little cramped but the food did not disappoint at all. Service was spot on and, unlike many reviews, did not find it overly loud. Maybe because we were there on a weeknight. A lot of good choices on Abbot Kinney, I certainly would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I had expected
    Venicefoodie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I've been here 2 previous times and the food this time around was not great. Great service, small portions, very expensive. Not sure what all the hype was about. It's always hard to get a reservation unless you use open table.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Every dish from appetizer to entrée is unique and prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELISH
    Gail
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Loved food and vibe. GREAT. Had the steak which was great. Had great cocktails too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Loud Place
    Ryan
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Exercise your vocal cords before going in. Best place to bring your in-laws so you can scream right in thier face, "what do you want?" We ordered a $40 Branzino fish that tastes like being revived from being frozen for a while. We asked to skip the butter, butter was deliberately used in cooking and sprayed artistically around the dehydrated fish. The sweet and energetic waitress compensated with good suggestion of dessert(which my wife enjoyed so much). I insisted to pay for the fish. They insisted free wine and dessert for two not very satisfied couple.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just off the menu! Just perfevt!
    doylie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    First time had the chefs dinner paired w wine, excellent. This time casual, ordered what we wanted and our own wine and even more excellent. Great fun and fantastic food. Ordered way less then isuggested and we were stuffed. Red snapper was our of this world and mussels & fries the best. Lots of moaning at our table. Of course said no room for desert but one chocolate panacetya was perfect for the 4 of us. Loved every bite and every sip . Can't wait to go back. Its a true dining experience!
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic service
    stltex
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    we had great recommendations and service all night. A minor service error was quickly addressed before I even said anything. The good was really outstanding. Get the hanger steak - it's over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only a Taste.
    CrowcornVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The name of the restaurant is spot on: The Tasting Kitchen. Because that is all you get: A taste. This was my special birthday dinner. I thought I would splurge and order a $40 pasta entree that was a small stuffed pillow pasta (I can't remember the name of it) filled with squash and topped with white truffles. When it arrived they had given me 8 pasta pillows (the pasta was barely bigger than a quarter). So basically, $6 a piece of pasta. I couldn't believe it. And, trust me, they weren't heaping on the truffle shavings so you couldn't justify that this was why it was so expensive. Now if this place was a "fine dining" experience I would have understood the portion, but it wasn't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Pasta was disappointing. Charcuterie and cheese plate wonderful and the bread is to die for
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level
    DougZVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The noise level in this restaurant makes it nearly impossible to converse at dinner. The crowd is fairly loud, but that is becasue everybody has to talk over the music, which is quite loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • impressive!
    ccdinesVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    So delicious. An amazing surprise. Awesome tasting menu, cool vibe. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All in all a great foodie night
    IzHKG
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Buzzing atmosphere, great service, fantastic wine list and great food. Perfect spot for friends, first dates and fun couples. Love the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's all the fuss about?
    ORD2LAX
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was totally underwhelmed by my first experience at the Tasting Kitchen despite years of anticipation. My biggest issue was with the service. It was a Friday night and it was abundantly clear they were more interested in moving tables than making sure their guests had a good experience. The wait staff was surprisingly rude and condescending about the menu, almost shaming you if didn't know what one of the obscure menu items was (and there are many). In addition to all of this, the food was amazingly average, especially for the price. Without looking too far you can easily find better branzino, pastas and pork chops on the west side. I'm sure something on their menu is redeeming, but I'm not sure what it is. Food for thought.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming Venue
    piamomia
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went here for Brunch while Abbot Kinney Festival Event was happening on the main street. Charming venue and staff but they condensed the menu that day, I'm assuming bec of the Abbot Kinney Event that day. So that was disappointing being our first time at this place we did not get to try the food we really want to try (eg. Fig & Cheddar Melted & Grilled Sandwich). I will definitely come back to try their dinner menu and will make sure they have the regular menu available before going.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting Table
    greengirl75
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I haven't been here for dinner yet, but people rave about it. I love it for Brunch. I have been several times. Everything I have had is good. Good cocktails too. I am close enough to walk from home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YanaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I think the restaurant is overrated! The food didn't meet our expectations and was not worth the money paid. Also, there was a piece of foil in one dish, the waiter took it away to re-make it, so one of our party waited for his meal really long. No one even apologized for that.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Small portions, nice atmosphere
    Caroline
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The portions were quite small. I had the spaghetti pomodoro which was a bit salty and the halibut which was excellent. I also had spinach which was not very good. The portions were small. The atmosphere was very nice with candles on the tables and nice decor. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    yproject
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Third time here and it's always great. This time I brought my own bottle of wine since it was a special occasion though I found the corkage fee to be pretty high. Aside from that it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    SandyG
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The ambiance was cool and urban trendy. My favorite part of the meal was dessert. The chocolate panna cotta was amazing. Dinner for two was very expensive and service was as acceptable. The waitress either didn't know much about the individual plates or was too busy to explain what we were ordering. I'd go back to explore more of the menu items. Corkage fee is $30 and valet is quick and affordable so no need to hunt down parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to focus on service
    ChristiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the moment we stepped up to the hostess stand, I knew this place had a tude. Hostess RUDE. Server nice but not attentive. Wasn't welcomed for ages. Didn't take a drink order. Water glasses not filled. Asked for a recommendation after telling waiter preference and received exactly what I don't like. Meal finished, wasn't presented after dinner choices, and had to ask for check after waiting forever! Never saw our waiter again. That said, pasta was amazing and would try again. But they definitely need to address some staff issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unimpressed unfortunately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    was very excited to come to this restaurant after hearing amazing reviews, but the food unfortunately did not pair up. nothing was spectactular, and most foods were either under or very much over seasoned. will not return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous in every way
    NormandoVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There is just something about this place that sets it out as a great place to dine. From the olives and cheese to the highly designed entrees. Just the best. And terrific service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of our favorites for brunch!
    vanessa
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had brunch here with our baby and sat in the semi-outdoor area. We have been here before and love the ambiance. The semi-outdoor area is so lovely. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Brunch is fantastic. We shared the french toast (I believe a brioche) which is unlike any other we've had -- it was several inches thick and you slice it up... so good..and also shared the savory waffles which is served with fried chicken (perfectly spiced) and slices of bacon (it tastes like fried pancetta). My husband isn't the type to eat a lot of bacon (weird, right?) and he LOVED it. The brewed coffee was great and the cocktails even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wowsa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Most awesome food and service. Best in LA as far as I'm concerned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AVOID
    JDSRPMVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Boring, Uninspired, Loud, and Over Priced. Bummed...was looking forward to a nice dinner. SKIP!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • everything was good cept the burger
    ChauncedeLeon
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Heard and read many great things about the restaurant so we decided to take some out of towners for dinner here. We ordered a bunch of items from the menu so everyone can try a little of everything...for my main, I ordered the burger and unfortunately it was one of the worst burgers I have tasted. Disappointed. The bread wasn't good, the bell peppers were slimy and overpowering. The strip of thick pancetta or pork belly tasted very briny and didn't compliment the beef. I had one bite and couldn't finish the rest. Not sure if I would go back unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting Kitchen is tasty!
    Table4two
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The menu is imaginative, beautiful presentation and perfectly balanced flavors. The wait staff is well informed, appropriate and charming. I would recommend to anyone---maybe not for 'littles'.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious brunch
    katk
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Came on a Saturday around 11a with a reservation. Street parking around Venice at this time was no problem. House bloody was refreshing. We shared Eggs in a Basket, Fried Chicken&Waffles, Short Rib Hash. As popular as Eggs in a Basket seemed to be (1 at every table) it was just a touch too sweet for me. Fried Chicken and Short Rib Hash was delicious. The portions are good. I left sated but not at food coma status. I would definitely come back to try more items off the menu. Also, their tableware is super cute and great contrast to their decor. Our server was really nice, we had one person come really late and he was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 courses bring it on
    doylie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My son treated my husband and I to the 5 course tasting menu. I never thought we would eat it all but over 3 hours we ate and drank and had the best time. One of the best meals of my life and way worth the $80 per person charge. Highlights mussels in saffron, scallops in bacon, sun cucumber / tuscan melon salad , whole barnzino. That was just half of it! Great for a special occasion and definitely a memorable experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    KathleenLVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The menu doesn't do its items justice as descriptions are spare, but our server did - describing the ingredients tantalizingly well. Fresh, tasty, novel cuisine, from small plates to desserts. A great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food please
    GoodEatsPlease
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great space, cool design, tea in a real tea cup, excellent food, creative aesthetic and taste, good portion size. Loved it! Will go back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food!
    Mohere
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Enjoyed the food, but the noise level too high...we sat upstairs as we were told it was "quieter"...not the case, so we moved to the covered outdoor patio downstairs, which was a tad better. Beautiful, modern decor surrounded by a beautiful tree. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. A little pricey for the amount of food you get, but still very enjoyable. Be sure to order the fresh bread and butter - AMAZING (butter is sprinkled w/sea salt - soooooo good!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 87 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 555 reviews are from the The Tasting Kitchen reviews archive.