Beauty & Essex - Los Angeles

4.7
874 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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G
Los Angeles
302 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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!!

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VH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

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WM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and service. Everyone was super friendly.

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LS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went with a group for wedding anniversary. I did feel that they could have done more to acknowledge the occasion.

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DP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were great! Great food and ambience! I will definitely be back!

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food options are a bit limited but overall what we did order was good. Ambiance is fun and lively. Cocktail list is decent.

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C
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends from Chicago & SF loved it, as we did in NYC . Great location, too!

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RD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was really amazed by the Beauty & Essex experience! Very minor critiques which did not prevent it from being Outstanding! I don't like the fact that the address is not where the entrance is. Made it a little embarrassing that we talked to the "back door". Not a fan bathroom attendants or the bathrooms only being on the 1st floor. Other than that, OUTSTANDING!

There are some distinct different feels from the garden to the bar/lounge to the downstairs dining room to the upstairs dining room. When you enter, you enter an eclectic shop. A little weird as you don't know if that's where you should check in & they try to sell you things, but kind of a speakeasy type vibe so kind of cool. The foyer and hostess stand is at the foot of a glorious staircase with an amazing chandelier & unique & elegant decor. I didn't get to check out the ladies bathroom but supposedly fantastic looking and they serve Rose wine for free after 8pm in the ladies bathroom.

Our server, Jordan was the perfect blend of great service, great food guide, & an enjoyable person to be around. Him & his team worked together seemlessly to give us a great experience. When they found out it was our first time, they treated us to an extra dish & there are some great options for celebrating birthdays. The hostess stand accommodated out requests and the food was delicious!

We had Oysters, Kale salad, some sort of tacos, and much much more! LOVED IT!
And we ordered a lot and much to my surprise the bill didn't break the bank like it could have!

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P
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing customer service. Excellent quality of food. Would return and recommend again.

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S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I feel it was a bit expensive, I could’ve went to Mastro’s for the price I paid. Overall the food was ok not excellent not gross but I don’t think I would go back. The broccoli Mac & cheese was good

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for before or after Theater. Upstairs is a bit "heavy" and more intimate ambiance - prefer downstairs which is more open and airy. Food was very tasty and well-spiced. Server was friendly and made good recommendations.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I start? From the moment you walk in the front door you feel like it’s going to be a special experience. Everyone is friendly and the restaurant is inviting. The service and the food, superb! I can’t wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INSANE! Great food, crazy decor and did the LA dine menu option which allowed us to try many different things! Would definitely come back.

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KW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time there with a big group. It’s good to know before hand though that even though the portions are large, they recommend you split each entree and appetizer with your group and it’s sort of like tapas style but not tiny portions. We went with a group of 7 and it was lovely! We’d never eaten like that before and really enjoyed it. And a super short walk to the Pantages.

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AE
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grilled cheese dumplings and Mexican corn ravioli are
INCREDIBLE! Amazing service as well.

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J
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE food was outstandingly phenomenal. The service was very attentive to our needs and very great throughout our time there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The lamb chops and tomato soup and grilled cheese were amazing. Be prepared for small portions. We were told the dishes are family style but each item feeds 2-3 people

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I decided to take my partner to celebrate her birthday on a Saturday night. Our waiter Andrew was super informative and we were happy with his recommendations. We started off with the dumplings and shared the asparagus, potatoes and filet!!! We were not disappointed. My girlfriend raved about the filet(one of the best she’s had). The signature drinks were good but I would have liked less ice and more alcohol. We had the Devil’s Cake for desert and even though it was brought out with a candle, it wasn’t lit 🥺 (I really wanted her to blow the candle and make a wish)

All in all, it was a 4 out of 5 experience. We would definitely come back...very curious to try other items on the menu and maybe some other cocktails.

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DD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Fun walking through the little shop to get into the upscale room. Pricey, but a fun date night!

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EA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is ok however not filling if it’s two or more guests unless you purchase a full entree not worth the price for some of the meals

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

Have gone to The Vegas location over a dozen times always grade A on every level . Never a let down! Took a party with me for a birthday occasion to a LA location and sent the food back for being cold 2 times then had to the sides go back for being cold because waiting on main course by the time sides came back main course was done. We even had to send 2 of the meals back we do want it and they still brought it back the wrong way. We just eat it because we Felt like they just didn’t wanna take anything off the bill. The manager tried to make up for it by sending Dessert because it was a birthday. But it went so wrong so bad so many times I felt like something more should’ve been done especially after paying $1000 for a dinner bill and I still left a 20% tip because it’s not the money But the principle of it. I looked horrible and for other people I brought.

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

Great experience and excellent food. We would attend again when in Los Angeles.

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

We shared appetizers and main course. The kitchen gives enough portions for each person at your table, even if you have 3/4/5 which was perfect. My favorite was the Mexican corn ravioli, empanadas, tomato soup and dumpling. Drinks were really good, loved the berries and bubbly.

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

This was a cool - very LA restaurant. We went before an 8:00 show at the Pantages and were nervous that the service would be too slow causing us to be late to the show. I called to cancel our reservation, but they assured me that they would give the host and my service the note that we had a show to get to, and didn't make me feel bad about us being late to our reservation with traffic. We used the valet to park for the dinner and the show and actually made it back to our car before the 4 hours were up - so it was only $10 - a great value and very convenient. The restaurant was classy and nice - making for a special dinner before a show. We arrived at 7PM on a Wednesday so it was pretty empty, but they served us fast (as promised) and were attentive. The food was SO good. My sister and I split 3 small dishes - the empanadas, the shrimp, and the spicy chicken sliders. They were all so good and we were stuffed by the end. The food came out really quickly so that we had time to enjoy it and not rush to get to our 8PM show. It's a nice restaurant - but the prices are reasonable for the amazing food and experience you get. I think our bill was $100 for 3 small dishes and 2 cocktails. I would love to go back on a weekend night and stay for a few hours to really enjoy the whole restaurant for longer.

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HC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A fabulous experience and we’ll be back. The food was exactly as explained and nearly everything we ordered was very tasty. They treated our guests with pleasure and the food was beautifully presented. Bar, restaurant lovely design and booth seating perfect for our group. The shop at entrance was not to be missed! An one-of a kind experience. Fun and too service in all areas. Thank you we will definitely recommend it

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JP
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved their food, and great ambiance. I had been here for drinks before but dinner is totally a different experience that I would definitely go back again pretty soon.

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PL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest venues I’ve been to in LA. Staff was very friendly & accommodating. Definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn’t gone there yet.

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JH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Never a dull moment. Every time we’re there we all leave with great joy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordan was excellent! The mood, energy and music is consistently good there.

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BT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a fun night out. Drinks were on point and so was the food. I would argue this location is better than the one in Las Vegas. Food actually came out hot instead of luke warm warm like one in Vegas. Definitely going back!

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VM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The hostesses at the front desk were super nice and got out their way to make sure our experience from the door to the table was great . They were outstanding. I was really happy that they were there to greet us.

In contrast, at the table, the waiter was not very attentive nor friendly. He did not seem to care about providing good customer service nor taking care of the table. He seem to just want to get the food to the table and that was about it. Thus, the table service was less than average.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trip to la

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be returning to Beauty & Essex. Took my boyfriend here for a surprise birthday dinner and we were pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent and the place has a great ambiance. The lamb was cooked perfectly and the Poke Tacos were to die for. As far as service, Jonathan was very attentive and made sure everything was taken care of. We received a complimentary birthday dessert dish with an assortment of different items to try. After dinner, I asked what was upstairs and without asking we were taken upstairs to view the extra dining room and the terrace outside. After seeing upstairs we will probably book privately for a party! Can't forget the gentlemen in the front who greeted us then talked about music and zodiac signs while we were taking pictures. You guys truly made our night special! Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can not tell you how yummy the food is. You really must experience it for yourself! Love the consignment shop.m and made a purchase. Ambiance, dining and shopping. What more could ask for?

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jordan, was SO kind and lovely. He made our meal such a wonderful experience, without being over bearing it too intrusive. He was knowledgeable and witty... we were so tired from a long, crazy day and his energy pepped us right up! The grilled cheese dumplings were awesome, as was my Mexican Street Corn Ravioli!!! Always assumed this place was too scene’y for me, especially on a Saturday, but we had a nice little table tucked away and were able to hear our conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was amazing and beyond accommodating for our special occasion. Everything - service, food, drinks were delicious.

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