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The Tasting Kitchen
The Tasting Kitchen

The Tasting Kitchen Details

  • 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: Comfort Food, Organic, 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Boring, Uninspired, Loud, and Over Priced. Bummed...was looking forward to a nice dinner. SKIP!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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'."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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!)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Booked this place last minute, surprised to find a table! Will certainly return... thank you."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I'd heard some mixed reviews about this place but our experience was phenominal. We were greeted by a very friendly hostess and shortly escorted to our table. Service was attentive.....and then came the food. Best polenta I've ever had, and my family is Italian. Creamy, rich and the tomato compote was sweet and textured perfectly. Short rib hash was tender through-and-through which went with the perfectly poached egg. Cocktails were crisp and classic and the perfect pairing. Tough to get a table at times but would be worth a wait. Ready to go back and try some other menu items."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The first time I came with a larger group and the food was amazing despite the group size and serving sizes. The kitchen delivered again this time, though a couple of the dishes could have been better. The beets were over-cooked and the roasted chicken was tasty but not quite roasted - it lacked that crispy outside that roasted chicken can and should have. However, the radicchio salad was amazing, so was the steak, and the burger somehow moved our vegetarian friend to the dark side that evening. So this kitchen still delivers really good food in what I consider to be a very romantic setting."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Expected a lot based on recommendations of knowledgeable people. We had an inedible radicchio salad, so bitter as to be offensive, and scallops that were over cooked. The chicken was fine, but massively overpriced. The service was inattentive, although the table next to us ordering bottle after bottle of expensive wine got lots of attention."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "How can you have a restaurant in Venice that barely offers any gluten free options? Throw on top the fact that they don't share their wi-FI (again, Venice, CA in the year 2014) coupled with super slow service and a confused kitchen that couldn't manage to bring out our sides till well after we were done with the meal and I doubt I will ever return. Regardless how good the French toast is."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Sadly our food was cold and the chef could not be bothered to put it right so we left without eating. So very disappointed after all the hype. I got the impression that they could not care less whether we ate or didn't eat."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Chicken and waffles stuffed with sausage! I just moved from Dallas to Venice where I used to have chicken and waffles almost every weekend for brunch (my splurge for the week), so I have a VERY discerning palate when it comes to this dish and Tasting Kitchen nailed it! Everything from the side of gravy to the perfectly fried chicken. AMAZING!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Croque Madame is really, really good! As are the fries! Quite noisy."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had truly memorable meal here. 6 in group - all raved about their food. Great Belgian draft beer to start while we waited for companions to arrive. They had mixed specialty drinks which they said were top notch. Seated on time at lovely table by the window so noise level was perfect. Daughter is gluten intolerant but there were several entrees for her to choose from - she had fish, two of us had hangar steak (we agreed best we've tasted in the LA area), another said pasta delicious, also shared divine mussels, amazing scallops appetizers, few sides, and some good desserts. Wine corkage a bit expensive ($30) but we like to bring our own. Would have enjoyed trying chef menu but 2 in party had dietary restrictions - oh well- we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had Lunch there on the weekend. Seated upstairs where it is very laid back and chill. Recommend the burger for lunch although it did get messy with the egg that they put in there. Good drink menu. Only thing that was a pain was parking."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "After a disappointing brunch visit, I took my husband to The Tasting Kitchen for a second try. It was worth it! We had a great meal - mussels and scallops as appetizers - so delicious. Pasta with sausage and the hanger steak for main courses. We both enjoyed the food and the table. I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I really love this restaurant. I have been before and think the ambiance, menu and food are outstanding. It was very unfortunate that this past weekend our waitress was very rude. At one point she actually laughed in my face when I asked her a simple question about starters. I was so taken aback by her unfriendly attitude that I had trouble focusing on my order. I feel for such an expensive restaurant, the wait staff should be very friendly and happily answer questions about ANYTHING....no matter how simple they may be. No matter how good the food is, I cannot recommend this restaurant to any of my friends or business associates."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was overpriced and sub par. The bun they served the burger on was all wrong to begin with and it was stail; it made eating the burger very difficult. There was no complexity to the dishes. The charcuterie was sloppy and poorly put together. All of the cheeses were too similar in flavor and style. We did have scallops and they were cooked perfectly but it was $22 for two scallops with pesto and a couple ounces of beans. The fries were nice but they served them with an oddly bland aioli; it tasted like mayo with olive oil. I did not enjoy it with the fries. Overall I say it was not good and it's not likely that I will return."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This quaint neighborhood restaurant really delivers on the healthy, delicious, extra special aspects of dining. Although the dishes are very complex, the ingredients are fresh and the blends produce absolutely symphonies of flavor! Highly recommended for the foodies among us, particularly those of us that value healthy cuisine as well. Service is fabulous also!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try Tasting Kitchen for a long time. I thought the food was great. I had the cheese plate, branzino, spinach and potatoes. The fish was delicious. I would order it again. I can't wait to try the pasta on my next visit. Our server was incredibly helpful and offered ordering suggestions."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our first impression of The Tasting Kitchen was that the restaurant was snooty and we would have to put up with pompous service if we were ever to eat there. But this was before we indeed at there. You see, the restaurant has a long waiting list and it's hard to get a table as a walk-in for a reason: the food is phenomenal and one of the best values for the quality we've ever tried. Our waitress was spot on with every recommendation, including a wine pairing and dessert. The service was swift and elegant, and the entrees were artfully presented. I will definitely be returning on our next special occasion,"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our party of six were promptly seated and acknowledged quickly. We shared many of the small plates as starters. Amazing mussels with fennel, asparagus-truffle honey, house speciality of chicken wings apple cider and flax seeds, scallops. Could make a nice meal with their starters. Especially enjoyed the gigli pasta. Rigatoni not as good. Entrees included the Halibut with proseco butter,english peas, and caviar. Wonderful dish. Others had the coho salmon and hanger steak; although Halibut shined. Excellent cocktail, especially the Valkerie and extensive Wine list. Service very efficient and helpful as to food and wine. Deserts also very good."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Over-all love Tasting Kitchen -- the service was excellent, and the vibe is very "cool" and comfortable. Cheese plates are amazing -- let your server make the selection unless you know exactly what you want. Bread & butter is actually a "side" item and worth it...amazing. Veggie sides are great, chicken was only OK, but bread salad that accompanied it was great. Cocktails are excellent too."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The waiter was very kind to check on foods that I could and could not eat, I have a few dietary restrictions. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is a very different and wonderful place. The food is unusually designed and exceptionally tasty. We had the best pasta dish we had ever tasted."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is a nice special occasion restaurant. Atmosphere was great, the service staff was attentive and friendly. Some great dishes. Some mediocre dishes."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "A great spot in Venice that has a nice downstairs atrium and upstairs seating area. I went for brunch and had a hard time deciding on what to order. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering any questions on the menu. We decided the fried oyster eggs, short rib hash and scarmosa sandwich with a fried egg and everyone loved their food. The sticky bun with caramelized bacon is a must try! I would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We are big foodies and had very high expectations for this place. The porcini crusted steak was extremely salty, the bone marrow side was the worst I've had. We also got the lentils, artichoke salad, a pasta (i forgot which)...all mediocre. We wont be going back."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Had the 5 course tasting menu with some extras, and nice wines. Just an outstanding meal, with great service. The service staff couldn't have been nicer, and added to the experience. If you like great innovative food, and a vibrant dining experience you should try The Tasting Kitchen. Actually…….you HAVE to try The Tasting Kitchen!!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Charcuterie, Wings(with apple cider and flax seeds, Artichoke salad as appetizers. Salad with shaved aritichokes and light green godess dressing excellent as were Wings. Proscuitto a little dry, but gnocco fritto delicious. Did not have that nite any burrata for gnocco. Pasta's excellent. We had gigli with rapuni pesto and rigatoni with octopus. All fresh and made on site. Entrees were Sea Salted Branzino and Halibut with prosecco butter, caviar, and english peas. Very light and fresh. Good cocktails. Enjoyed the Valkyrie and Ola Tom Fizz"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Comfortable setting, service a little slow but, once food arrived the wait was well worth it. Eggs in a basket were excellent (poached egg French toast)"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I have been wanting to eat here for quite sometime, but we were disappointed with the food & service. My criteria is if I can make a dish better at home why bother dining out. I recommend Gjelina which is a few blocks away doing the same farm to table concept with greater success. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were a group of 4 business associates and were tired and just wanted to enjoy each others company and iddn't want to think - our waitress said - no problem - we'll set you up with the tasting menu and you'll be covered. It was awesome - everyone got what they wanted. the deserts were beyond amazing so I am glad they were very small portions. It is a healthy place to eat with excellent food and celebratory ambience. The wine is delicious. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "dining experience at The Tasting Kitchen. It is a FABULOUS restaurant. The food is delicious and amazing. I've eaten upstairs both times and love the ambience. This restaurant is not to be missed."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The Tasting Kitchen is clearly a local hangout and we enjoyed the energy although it was not easy to converse. We were passing through and tried the 5 course meal. If we could do it over, we would have chosen a la carte. Pasta and salad dishes were amazingly good and creative. It was a good time on Abbot Kinney."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Do not eat here if you have food allergies. They will not even leave off parmasean cheese. The waitress acted like it was a joke when I stated I had food sensitivities and asked to leave something off."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My halibut was delicious, but the portion and serving style was the size of a starter. But the price is meal priced. I think it's more of a gastronomy style of dining. If you're looking for traditional dining. I'd try something else. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014