Beauty & Essex - LA

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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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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place celebrated my birthday and had the blast!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will definitely be back. The atmosphere... the food... the service... everything was top notch. I felt welcomed and as my first time I wanted to stay longer! Truly appreciate the entire staff... from the host to the bartender to the attendant in the bathroom. Excellent experience.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and amazing service! This was a five star experience and we can’t wait to go back!

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a
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! From my dirty martini to my Pearl of the Sea tower, my husband and I enjoyed every minute.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service. Average food. Will not be back.

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RG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Upon arriving at beauty and Essex we apologised for being 10 minutes late due to traffic and was told it was fine as we explained both phones had lost battery so could not call to inform I’m advance. We asked a member of staff if they could book us a taxi home or use a phone to call a taxi as we were on holiday so did not know the area, which the manager Rudely stated that this isn’t possible which then left us with no way of getting home so could not eat and dine at the restaurant as we would not be able to get home after, as this was for a 21st birthday meal it was very disappointing which we left and went to another restaurant which we told them the same situation and a staff member in the other restaurant was shocked by this also and easily called us a taxi back to the hotel which I don’t understand why beauty and Essex could not do this

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M
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. I took my fiance and her friends for her birthday and they all loved it. The service was great and the food was a very cool adventure.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I ate there about 6 months ago and it was great. There were so many things wrong it’s not worth going into. But I will never go back.

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JG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the food is good , not sure worth the price .. cocktails really good though

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BT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is absolutely amazing. The only down side to the experience was that I was hoping for a more intimate dining experience with my date. Instead, we sat at a table across from each other right next to another couple, they were so close it almost seemed as if we were joining them for dinner as well.

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n
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had reservations for a party of 8 we slowly became a party of 10 and they still managed to accommodate on such short notice. Food was great and service was speedy. There was free champagne tasting in the bathroom and there was photo ops everywhere. Glad I had my bday dinner here. Thanks for everything beauty and Essex.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Very poor menu

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c
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance and the funkiness of this place. I have been to this restaurant several times and each and every time, I have enjoyed myself. I ordered the salmon this time and I did not like it as much as the other dishes. The doughnuts are amazing and worth the calories!

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BY
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first time & the experience was quite unique! However, the noise level was not enjoyable. The food was amazing & the staff was friendly. And a bonus, the bar had Midori!!

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing first time!! Would definitely recommend to anyone!

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. From the time you enter through the back alley and then into the beautiful space, you know you are in for a treat. The food is excellent and also quite varied. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and happy to share their favorite choices for your consideration. The yellowtail sashimi is very fresh and my favorite item to start with other than the oysters which were excellent. The mexican street corn ravioli is delicious. The grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings are unique and delicious. Be sure to save room for the doughnuts for dessert. The only thing I would change if I could would be the efficiency of the bussing staff. They are a bit too quick to clear those plates away.

I definitely recommend Beauty & Essex.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 1

Horrible experience. Usually the TAO restaurants are great but my experience here on this occasion was terrible. The GM is an idiot and needs to realize the guests are the most important thing.

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RD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and delicious food, service great. The grilled cheese in tomato soup spoons thingy is terrific.

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JH
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! The manager Alex, our server Raquel & busser Julio were all lovely! (Hopefully I have remembered their names correctly!) Food was delicious, especially the tuna tacos. The cocktails were also lovely.

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

It was a great atmosphere and my friends and I all enjoyed it very much!

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

One of my new favorite restaurants. While it may seem gimmicky at first glance, the service and food were superb. From the manager immediately escorting us to our seats, to the fact that I never once had to look around for the waiter and food and drinks came out in a perfectly timed fashion, it has some of the best service I've experienced in LA. The unique food offerings straddle the line between comfort food and elevated fine dining - perfect for a large dinner sharing with friends or a fun date night trying a bunch of different things together.

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a pleasant and beautiful birthday. Thank you for making my evening special.

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EN
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very crowded & loud with lots of Jersey Shore dressed young peeps on their phones ignoring one another. :) Service was good in the beginning, but once the place turned into a night club and the music was cranked to ear piercing levels, service began to wain. The food was good and the drinks were awesome! Been here during the week with clients and it was a enjoyable experience all around, but will never go again on a Friday or Saturday night.

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DB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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

It was amazing! The food was phenomenal and the service was fantastic! Must go!

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

My first visit, very surprised with location. From the moment you go through alley and theres the doorman. Once inside theres many rooms and two bars. Food with exceptional and service the same. I didn't stay long enough for music but it looks like a great place for drinks too.

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JR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner at Beauty and Essex. Food, décor, and service - all outstanding.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went before a show, service great, ambiance wonderful overall, can’t wait to go back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Never tasted a better steak than the 24 oz ribeye. Service was great. I wish we would’ve arrived sooner, we arrived 30 mins before kitchen closed so ordered in rush. Regardless food was amazing!!!

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at B & E. Both times food was incredible. Lamb chop was cooked to perfection and the polenta aka Italian peasant food was a delicious accompaniment. Street corn ravioli, odd as it may sound is a culinary delight like nothing you've ever tasted. The staff is very accommodating and warm.
Alex, the manager, took customer service to another level. Super cool, friendly, knows what it takes to be a top notch manager. Great place......

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s family style. Food was good, atmosphere was neat!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible! We had the cheese tomato soup dumplings (a must have), mac and cheese (yummy), filet mignon (tender and flavorful), Mexican street corn dumplings (amazing), lobster croissant (great but small serving). Great presentation and ambiance was nice! Pricey but worth it.

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L
Los Angeles
157 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and the service was great. Our waiter was Brian who has waited on us on numerous visits. We started with the Tuna Wonton Tacos and then had the Kale & Apple Salad. Both dishes were great. We then had their grilled cheese, smoked bacon and Tomato Soup Dumplings along with the oven braised Chicken Meatballs both which were to die for. Finally, we finished with the Broccolini, Mexcian Street Corn Ravioli and the thick cut filet. All were perfectly prepared. Our overall experience was fantastic and we highly recommend this restaurant.

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EL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Make sure you check your receipt at the end of your meal. Waitress added 200 dollars worth of drinks “by accident” on our bill.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful ambiance for classy

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

First time coming here, service was great, genuinely friendly staff and great ambiance. We came here to celebrate friends birthdays and we had a pleasant experience savoring delicious gourmet food and desserts.

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