Beauty & Essex - Los Angeles

4.6
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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
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Been there to celebrate a birthday. It was nice, the ambience is amazing. Although, we ordered 2 different wines and they had rub out of both. Had to choose a 3rd one. The girl taking care of our table was apathic.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good tapas experience

KL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

My first experience was years ago and I absolutely loved it. This time the script was completely flipped and I left with a bad taste in my mouth. The hostess sat us in the pearl room/bar. I asked to be moved and was met with, “but the DJ is right here!” Uh... I was there for dinner and ambiance, not a DJ and a din of noise. Next, the food was lack luster. Everything had a ton of pepper- from the broccolini to the crust on my filet. The noise level was absurd and eventually pushed us out the door before we could even consider desert. What was supposed to be a classy night out quickly turned to a dining experience that grated our nerves. So much for a pleasant birthday dinner on vacation...

H
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious....... the service was horrible.n they kept trying to rush us. They put the dessert menu on the table and reminded us it was there when we were not even halfway through our dinber.
The busboy came and tried to clear our plates while we were still eating. All in all, not a v. Good experienxe.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This place is good if you’re not picky about the servers and hostesses having their s*** together. I made a reservation 3 weeks in advance and requested outside seating, when I arrived to the restaurant at the time of my reservation they gave us a buzzer and told us we would have to wait for a table. Which would’ve been fine if they actually gave us the table outside that was requested. So we went upstairs and grabbed a drink and then our buzzer rang so we were seated inside without the drinks we ordered and were told they would be brought to us. We told the hostess that we requested and outside table and she informed us there was nothing available and wouldn’t be for a while. We insisted on sitting outside as we were here for my 30th birthday and it was a beautiful night and also, I reserved this table 3 weeks in advance. We were given another buzzer and waited at the bar for another hour before we were seated outside. Our drinks that we ordered before our initial seating were brought to us about 30 minuets after we were told we would have to wait again for the outside table. So pretty much they can’t guarantee you’ll get a table for the area you requested and you’ll still have to wait regardless of making a reservation. The food was pretty good, and the server we had at our table outside was phenomenal. He was busy with other large groups and stayed on top of it. The server we had when we were seated inside asked me my drink order 3 times and forgot what it was so the bartender had to ask again, this drink was paid for before we ever sat down. All in all I would probably come back here but not for a special occasion.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and first time there. Everything was amazing.

DF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way, high quality innovative food great vibe and really attentive service 10/10 would recommend

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food. Very dark and extremely loud. Seems to cater to large groups. Would not recommend for business but would recommend for less engaged larger occasions.

ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Location is a bit cavernous. Not sure the menu suits share plates.

XS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. We were there with clients so we wanted to go somewhere special. One of them has celiac disease so it was great that they have a whole menu with just gluten free options. Everything was really delicious it was nice that it was shareable’s and we left there very full and happy. The venue and decor is beautiful and would be back again.

CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. You walk through a little store and then through the door which leads to the beautiful restaurant. The server was terrific and so was the rest of the staff. They are very attentive and yet you don't even know they are around...and yet they are always there when you need something. They serve all of the food family style. But the dishes are elegant and well thought out. It's not like sitting down at a casual place and sharing food. Beautiful plating and just the right size portions.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food is delicious except the pasta😂 service and ambience are excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Loved it!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and beautiful restaurant!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great experience! Great service and nice people! Thank you

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had no idea they seat you in increments.... They should say that somewhere… Or let you know when you make the reservation. It felt so rushed and I just think that’s ridiculous when you’re at a place that is so expensive. I will never go there again.

AA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went there with my dear friend for the first time for his birthday celebration. We liked the place, service, and most importantly food. We both got the lamb chops and for the sides we shared broccoli mac & cheese and crispy shrimps! The chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream was bomb!
Will recommend my friends to go there for sure !
Thank you

JM
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice setting and good tasting food - cant ask for more

LK
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding. We have never been treated so kindly before. The staff went above and beyond. We were having an Airbnb issue and they tried to help us out in so many ways.
They treated us to a couple appies which made our day.
The manger came over a few times to make sure we would have a safe place to stay. Super kind!!!
The food was so delicious. The energy of the people and the place was so warm, kind and friendly.
You should be very proud of all your staff.
Cant wait to go back.
Thanks so much
Laura-lee

ST
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t wait to write this review! This place is fabulous! Nick was our server and he deserves a 5 Star rating!! We tried it all! Lobster croissant-loved! Meatballs- great! Cheese dumplings/tomato soup- great! Salmon-great! Filet-perfect! Atmosphere is so cool! Will return many times!

P
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was so empty! Seemed that we picked the wrong restaurant..

EG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My reservation was at 10 and they didn’t seat me down till 11:15pm. By the time we ordered the kitchen was about to close and they were out of everything! Worst birthday dinner ever .

RS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday and she loved it. Thank you

c
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. The food. The desert. The Service. The energy. Thank you

R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary experience at Beauty & Essex was exceptional from the 5 star service, delightful cocktails, and exquisite dishes. Highly recommend!

KF
Baja California
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, delicious dinner and great ambiance .!!! Service 5

C
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The location is great. The music and ambience and decor is good. Drinks were okay. We went there twice, Friday night and a year prior. Two appetizers were ok. The main courses we ordered were not very good. The fusion theme of the food does not translate to the food tasting good. Go for appetizers and drinks only. Skip the rest of the menu.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was surprisingly disappointing. Sashimi was not fresh in the slightest, and many dishes were lacking in flavor.

Server was very professional and poised, team was very helpful in trying to resolve issues.

i
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Avid fan of upscale dining in Los Angeles. Having been a fan of Tao Group, I wanted to try Beauty and Essex. I was disappointment by the experience. The food and service are both wonderful but the ambience is average (at best). No jaw dropping interior design or architecture like Tao next door. No sweeping views like Highlight Room upstairs. Just an average dim restaurant. I would recommend the food, but if you are looking for a wow factor, this place doesn’t have it.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday , not bad , good good but way overpriced , small portions.

HD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service - our waiter was exceptional. He made great recommendations and even recommended portion sizes too, so as not to order too much. Drinks were great and quickly delivered. All in all a fabulous experience.

M
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is great, the server was great with all the recommendations given. However the receptionists were all rude. They did not greet us when we walked in, when asked for a table the woman was told we had to pay the bar tab first. No one in my party had a tab open to begin with. I told her we did not have one open and she said she would have to go check. 15 minutes passed by and we were taken to get seated.

r
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible. Our server preferred waiting on the table adjacent to us that had only guys. Ours was a table of 8 women & she spent a lot of time st their table & was very inattentive to our party. The food was mediocre at best. The Las Vegas location that I have gone to a few times is much much better - food & service wise! Will not be going back there!

SJ
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 7 and sat at the outside area. The service was really good, the ambiance was a lot of fun, and the food and drinks were great! It was a really fun time on the patio area. Th inside seating was more intimate and would be a great place for a date.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was wonderful! From the accommodations (our party was running late and they held our table), to the service (our server was super friendly and knowledgeable), to the food which was DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to go back!

NS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service! Waiter and food were excellent!

L
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beauty & Essex was the highlight of my birthday weekend! The food was flavorful, the beverages were made with care & a heavy hand, the service was outstanding, and the ambiance was elegant! I would recommend this spot to anyone living or traveling to Los Angles!

s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Impromptu local spot that we like to go to. So we hopped over for our 27th Anniversary. The surprise dessert treats were tasty!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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