Beauty & Essex - Los Angeles

4.6
909 reviews
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$50 and over
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Global, International
The third location of Beauty & Essex occupies 10,000 square feet of space on North Cahuenga Boulevard. The menu features Chef Santos’ signature multi-ethnic dishes including: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs, and Tomato Tartare. For the first time, outdoor seating has been introduced to the brand with a ground floor courtyard and a patio on the second level. Not to be outdone, the double-height main dining room offers natural light from a 20-foot oval skylight, while an opulent private dining room that seats up to 26 allows for a more intimate dining experience.
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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience. The service was wonderful and the food was incredible.

RW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not for people who want to eat or enjoy a night out.

B
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience at the Beauty & Essex with my son. We had a dinner entirely vegan. Delicious. Our waiter, Jonathan, was the best waiter ever. Fast, clever, respectful. We’ll never forget the fabulous experience we had there.

NV
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did a girls night out at this restaurant and we loved every minute of it. The food was fantastic, great service, great ambiance. The bar area was really fun. Different than the usual restaurants, we even did a little bit of shopping at their “pawn shop “ at the end of the night.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my sisters birthday at Beauty and Essex. Food was delicious, service was excellent. Definitely will continue to visit this restaurant.

e
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very eclectic! Great food! Love the location. Atmosphere is very cool and trendy.

WF
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular from the cocktails to the food to the service to the atmosphere. We all had an amazing experience and will definitely be back during our next visit!

LW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my food at Beauty and Essex. The waiter was very high spirited, attentive and made great recommendations. My only drawback is that although we had a reservation, we waited about 40 minutes to be seated. This was due to a few tables having paid their bill but had not left yet. Being this late to sit down pretty much through a wrench in the plans that we had for after dinner. My suggestion is don't go here on the weekend if you have set plans after dinner!

JV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The venue, decor, ambiance, and food options were all excellent. The service was a bit slow and the prices pretty steep

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner in Hollywood.

M
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went before a show at the Pantages. We had oysters, ahi tacos, scallops and the mushroom dish. Amazing food, great service.

MD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous room and great ambiance. The two of us ordered 6 or 7 dishes to share (they recommend 4 but there were so many great options we couldn’t help ourselves)- they were all incredible, although the coating on the crispy Thai shrimp was too hard/a bit difficult to bite through. There’s a ton of great non-meat options. Dessert selection is great - recommend the dessert array “carousel” if there’s more than two in your group or if you’re just coming for dessert and coffee (which would be totally worth it) - it’s beautiful. My one complaint is that we were there for a bday and they don’t give you any sort of complimentary dessert. They just put a candle on whatever dessert you order.

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday, this place is beautiful inside! We tried multiple items recommended by the server, Andrew, and everything was delicious. Definitely will go back!

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service ever. Waiter and wait staff were very knowledgeable and helpful with there entrees

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a fun, beautiful venue and serves great food to boot. Over it.

l
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were staying at DREAM hotel on Saturday ,and had a bday dinner reservation @ Beauty . When we arrived to check in, the hostess was very RUDE and worst attitude ever. When we did get seated , of took about 15 minutes before anyone came up to ask for our drink orders . Over all the food was cold , late & , service was directly poor. There understaff and need to be considerate toward there customers. I doubt I’ll ever come back

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space with fun decor, the food was banging!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an great experience dining at this restaurant 💕

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at this restaurant and it looks soo pretty good tasted amazing would definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beauty & Essex is a real hot spot. Lots of cool people, dressed to impress with food that is delicious and well presented. I've only been to Beauty & Essex for brunch in NYC, and only been to the LA edition for hype parties, so this was my first dinner experience. I enjoyed the food quite a bit. Very favorable, although my chicken could have been cooked a little longer (it wasn't undercooked at all, but it was so on the edge of that, it made me question it). The cerviche was delish and our waitress/waiter (we accidentally had two at one point) were wonderful and attentive. The only thing that sucked was my dinner companion who unexpectedly got depressed during the meal so we looked like a miserable couple who just broke up as opposed to happy travelers. But that was no reflection on the staff! They're truly amazing.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, Great service for a good value. Nice atmosphere

j
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and huge portions!! Would totally recommend it to friends!

LG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took advantage of DineLA Restaurant Week menu offering. The tuna poke app was very tender and flavorful, along with the empanadas. The chicken and salmon entrees were also tasty. The asparagus, however, was undercooked. The dessert presentation was lovely and overall the portions for all courses were generous and welcomed. Alexa, our waitress, was the best!! I would definitely return to Beauty & Essex and recommend to others.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the experience from start to finish. The jewels to cocktail and delish food.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

h
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s for girls night!

TJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is above average. Service was excellent and ambiance is very desirable.

JF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional from the minute was entered the pawn shop to the restaurant and bar. I came with elderly relatives for their birthday and had the Dinela menu. We sat outside and it was charming. The food was wonderful.

AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fun, beautiful, amazing service, and different and delicious food!

J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food is not that great, definitely not coming back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

loud, and do not good, foods are salty and sour, but overall environment is pretty good.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Amazing food and service. Ambience was excellent.

G
Los Angeles
309 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and many spectacular rooms. Generous portions for Dine LA

NB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine here is excellent!! This place is not for the picky eater! Every dish is very innovative! Unexpected flavors and textures are paired together in a perfect fusion of flavorful fulfilment and ecstasy in your mouth!!

Beautiful ambiance. Fun and classy environment! Definitely coming back!

MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience here was great . Service, ambiance and food were all wonderful. The desserts were delicious and we had a great time. Will definitely be coming back again

S
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I am so glad we found Beauty & Essex! We chose to eat on the patio as the weather was lovely. There were 4 of us and we had so much fun sharing all the different delicious courses and sharing. The service was impeccable and every moment was wonderful, We have season tickets at the Pantages Theatre and we plan to always make this our place for dinner following each show.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Had reservations at 10:30 and we weren’t seated until 11:25 😫 other than that the food was fire and the service was okay!!

VH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

WM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and service. Everyone was super friendly.

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