Beauty & Essex - Los Angeles

4.6
1589 Reviews
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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, and Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs. 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 allows for a more intimate dining experience.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
What 1589 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my Birthday dinner her with my girls: vibe and food was dope. The music made the vibe! Food BOMB

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TKBodley
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice experience at Beauty & Essex. The service, ambience, and food was very good. The cocktails were good too just a bit overpriced.
Appetizers we tried the steak tar tar and the poke tacos. Both amazing!
Our entrees were the scallops, black cod, and lamb chops. For a side we had the French fries and bbq short rib Mac & cheese. The Mac & Cheese fell short. It was our least favorite. For dessert we had the butter cake and milk shake shots ALL amazing. For our first time here we left very pleased.

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vipAmazed
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always elegant, beautiful, delicious and fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always spectacular!

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NoelleG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great ambiance! The staff is very attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Drinks were 10/10

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Cynfood
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my anniversary. Both the food and service were excellent. Also great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We went for our anniversary, food wasn’t great. We had a couple appetizers and ended up leaving.

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great crowd, great location. Definitely will be back!

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PaolaD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was good, food was ok, maybe will be back. Really loved the bubbles & berries drink!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It’s terrible that they allow you to make a 10:30 dinner reservation and then tell you when you get there that last call for food and drinks are 10:45/10:50. If you have the table for me hours like the reservation says then they should allow you to eat and drink for at least an hour before closing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was good but most of our food kept arriving at our table cold. If you are short-staffed, then limit the reservations. Otherwise, hot food should not be too much to expect. B & E is on a steady decline.

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vipKathereneS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place is an experience from the moment you enter. It was beautiful and the food was tasty. Reccomend for a special occasion.

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BeeZee
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Pretty ambiance, the food is good, but I would not call the food excellent. Unfortunately, some of the staff were not wearing masks or were improperly wearing their masks under their noses. If I knew this was the case, I would not go there.
Our golden reference for small plate type of restaurants is Cleo, followed by AOC and Tar & Roses. Unfortunately Cleo closed down in LA. Beauty and Essex rates lower than these three for food taste and selection.

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BrittanyMWPMP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Don’t waste your time, energy, or money dining at this place.
I came here to celebrate my 30th birthday with my husband and the overall experience was a bust!

Food: I ordered the broccoli and lamb (well done) along with a mocktail because I’m pregnant, and the server never brought my drink (how can you celebrate your birthday without a drink?!) and the lamb came back medium. I literally specified “well done” to the waitress and she repeated it to me and yet my meat was served to me medium. Excuse me, but pregnant women cannot consume undercooked meat. It can seriously harm the baby!!

Ambiance: the lighting was nice but that’s about it! The seats were too close to other parties and it was freezing cold in there. It was 40 degrees outside, why was it so cold inside the restaurant?!

Service: service was poor. The waitress forgot my drink, she was so busy serving her father and brother at the table next to us, and she didn’t bring out the “comp” birthday dessert. My husband ordered me a cake and icecream and that was a joke. The cake was disgusting and the icecream scoop was literally the size of a silver dollar coin. $8 for one spoon of icecream is a joke, on top of that it was disgusting. It tasted like ice milk.

Quality: don’t waste your time. Although it is white table cloth, it is NOT fine dining. The meals are overpriced.

Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY!! Do NOT dine at Beauty & Essex!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated daughters birthday. Daniel, our server, was absolutely an amazing host. Food was delicious. An excellent experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful Christmas Eve. Everyone leas warm and welcoming and the food was amazing. Thank you all so much.

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Happy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This place used to be great. This time bad service, Luke warm food, way overpriced for quality and quantity. $6/ raw oyster that was the size of a quarter as an example. On the plus side the drinks, that came after our food, were very good.

Very disappointed for a Christmas eve family dinner

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CurVontrisG
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited LA for my birthday and this restaurant did not disappoint. I loved the staff and the atmosphere. Would definitely come back !!

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JAMES
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Loved everything on the menu.

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midwestvegan
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived in L.A. for 6 years and I can't believe that this was my first time dining here. The ambiance is exceptional, the service was on point, and they provided me with a separate vegan menu. The food was delicious and I'll definitely be back.

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CrystaM
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. Unorganized service. Understaffed but kind and polite service when they were available.
We shall return knowing that it might take awhile.
Ambience ... gorgeous ! Overcrowded after 7:30 ish. They kept adding larger tables for 8 in an area that was originally for 4.
They did this 3 times while we were there...guess there was no seating in the magical outside dining as it has been cold and rainy .
All and all, pretty nice.

MB
vipMikeB
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was fantastic -

The room is beautiful the service was outstanding and the appetizers are mind blowing:

Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings $19

Roasted Strawberry Ricotta Toast (basil, chili, lavender honey) $15

Croque Monsieur Bites (hickory smoked ham, gruyere mustard seed béchamel
) $19

The Frittata was also excellent (roasted tomato, goat cheese
scallion, baby green salad) $19

Dessert also outstanding:

Berries & Cream (butter cake, farm fresh berries, chantilly) $14

Chocolate Pot de Crème (salted caramel mousse malted chocolate pearls hazelnut biscotti) $16

Plus bottomless Mimosas $30

Just a terrific experience from start to finish!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere from the checkin girl. Bar area was amazing. We grabbed a drink there well we waited for our check in to be ready. We were a bit early. Seating came fast and friendly. Our waiter Broc was awesome and very attentive. Gave us great recommendations. All the food & drinks were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was amazing. The layout and decor is very rare. It’s absolutely beautiful inside. The food was great. The kale apple salad was so light and fresh. Definitely 10/10. Scallops were 10/10. I ordered the ribeye, it was so tender and juicy. It was a little fatty. So I give it a 9/10. The shrimp was huge. They had a special drink that’s not on the menu. I can’t remember the name but it had whiskey and bitters. You must order it. It’s strong, with the great flavor. AMAZING DRINK. All the food we ordered was shareable. This place did not disappoint for our anniversary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing vegan menu. amazing service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 2nd time being there and my gf 1st time and we both had an amazing experience. The host and waitress were very attentive and kind. I’d come back again. Thank you for the beautiful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and ambiance ! Love the food specially the burrata and SEABASS ! Service is great!

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Mlvclvr
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and so very welcoming from the pawn shop all the way through the end.
Food was excellent, had never been to this location but have in NY…continued to impress.

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AlanD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the overall experience. Ordered several large and small plates to share. All were excellent. Service was outstanding. Music was a little too loud and made conversation a challenge. Expect expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Guadalajara
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot in Hollywood. Come hungry and order everything. The kitchen is amazing and the bar is just as impressive. Best recommendations from tonight: the lamb, scallops, shrimp, ravioli and all of the sides

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vipMichaelS
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took employees for a Holiday Dinner and it was as great as I promised them!

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Bray
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good good, cool atmosphere. Perfect for a date or hanging with friends.

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SukhS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was fantastic and the staff were great hosts.

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BoppityBop
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Beautiful ambiance, good food, fast service, but very loud. Also, the tables are too close together to where we had to pull the table away from the party behind us because the lady kept touching me when she put her arm around her friend AND I had to find a couple, different routes just to go to the restroom.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Not what I expected

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KarimM
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente lugar y ubicación muy bien ambiente

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun and lively experience with unique plates!

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vipAmazed
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of LA’s finest restaurants, and most elegant lounges!

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Beauty & Essex - Los Angeles is rated 4.6 stars by 1589 OpenTable diners.

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