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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: Sunday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The Croque Madame is really, really good! As are the fries! Quite noisy."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Every dish was faultless as was the service. The chef elected to serve the crudo, chicory salad, fusilli, halibut and hangar steak for our 5-course tasting menu. The fusilli and chicory salad didn't wow us as much as the others - more a reflection of how superlative they were as well as what carnivores we are. The trio of chocolate: panna cotta, touillé and hazelnut cookies was the perfect ending. We elected to match wines by the glass with each course and the recommendations were as sublime as the food. Of course we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We started w/ great bread and $10 balsamic. We ordered and twice the waiter came back saying they were out of our items, 8:30. The beet salad was dull and I settled on wings which were boring - only are 1. My friends chicken was dry and when I was told they were out of the pork chop - the waiter just stood there waiting til I figured out a pasta without any help ( it was good, but not spectacular) - the waiter ended up sitting with two girls while we wanted to get him over to order dessert and go (pretty noisy) - the dessert was good, but tiny. Overall more hype than quality. I was really up for a good experience, but the emperor has no clothes, but lots of attitude."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I had the Golden Ticket cocktail and highly suggest it! Pisco with honey and lime. Their cheese selection is out of this world, the service was fantastic, and the ambiance and music selection was very sexy (darkside - huge thumbs up), which all added to out wonderful experience."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Good restaurant for the young. Not good for a peaceful dinner experience. The noise was too high for conversation."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Delicious, well executed dishes. Lots of energy. Really fun evening. We have ordered the three course tasting menu twice and loved it!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food is wonderful - although the coffee is not good! Service was really slow and inattentive. I actually never received my diet coke! As there were four of us dining we each received our entree at a different time with about 5 to 8 minutes between the arrival of each of our orders. The coffee is too strong - and there is no sugar substitute -- only small cubes of sugar. And, since the coffee is served in small tea cup - one finishes the coffee quickly - but, no servers to be found to offer refills. The mimosas arrive in the smallest glass ever -- not worth the money! I know this place is named the Tasting Table - but should be named the Tasting Mimosa."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I'd been looking forward to visiting this restaurant, my partner liked the food - I wasn't so thrilled. We went for the tasting menu which was $60 pp for 3 courses. To be fair, when asked if there was anything we didn't eat, I didn't think to mention rabbit which I wasn't keen on eating at anytime. My favorite was the Amuse Bouche. Perhaps the rabbit was not a great start...The alternate was tuna and artichoke. The next course included a fish which was lovely and a Pasta dish which again was good but again just a little small in it's portion size. The dessert was one that we had to share and 2 petit fours. I would go back for the atmosphere but not do the tasting menu. I guess with any tasting menu, you accept that you take your chances."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We loved our food at this spot as well as the thoughtful layout and design of the space. The service was prompt and with a smile. Nothing too fancy we felt comfortable and well treated across the board."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I ate brunch here for the first time this weekend, and man was it soooo good. We ordered a spread of food - biscuits, bacon, pepper quiche, croque madame, biscuits and gray with sausage, eggs in a basket - and ALL of it was delicious. Also, when my 6 year old wanted something that wasn't on the menu - an egg over easy with a side of toast, they happily made it for him."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Fantastic evening - First time there and food and serve were incredible."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I found brunch a bit underwhelming. I had high hopes but the food was mediocre at best. Perhaps dinner is better. I haven't completely lost faith in this restaurant. I'll give it one more shot. A side note: I did not care for the No Modifications or Substitions element. I have severe food allergies and this made it difficult to select and entree. I am happy to pay for modifications to fit my special needs, but this wasn't even an option."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Phenomenal food, tremendous experience but can be pricey (not likely a place to frequent weekly or monthly). Service was great, discrete, and really allowed for my party to take our time and enjoy the moment. Highly recommend the corner table upstairs!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Breakfast was good. I didn't order anything adventurous on the menu, but what I did order (eggs, bacons) were delicious. The waiter was very attentive and the bus boys were also great!! My only complaint is the coffee and cappuccino. Both were very lukewarm. We thought ordering a second round would be better, but no so much! We asked one of the busboys for a hot cup and the third one was decent. A hot cup of joe is A REQUIREMENT for a good breakfast!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014