Beauty & Essex - LA

4.7
750 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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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Over all the food was very good. Service was very good very friendly, but a little slow. It was definitely expensive but it was very good. Good environment very busy, definitely worth checking out.

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DB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and great dining experience. Please tell Jordan he's a great server and we know he will go on to do great things in this world.

Cheers,
Don B.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and attentive staff – couldn’t really have been better :-)

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AW
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late due to traffic, but the staff was so accommodating. Got us in and out on time for our show at the Panteges. Food was excellent.

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FN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good and I'm glad we came. We were told by the waiter that we should order 4-6 dishes to share and found that wasn't necessary, questioned why they told us that (i.e. trying to increase the bill?) This advice increased our bill a ton and caused us to take food home. It was not necessary. We could have easily shared a salad and ordered two dishes for our meal. Next time we go we will not order that much food. The final bill was almost $200 for two people.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Staff was amazing! They rock we will definitely go back! Carlos our server was amazing! Thanks again

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every food we ordered! The wine and cocktails were delicious as well. Service was great. Would definitely come again.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We had 9:45 pm reservation and came on time and waited 30 min to be seated. They were friendly but 30 min waiting is unacceptable when you have reservation.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, vibrant, sophisticated yet playful restaurant. Ambiance, service, location, and design are great. The food on the other hand, didn’t keep up. Tasted from about 10 or 12 different dishes and none of them blew our table away; some were good (not incredible) and some were definitely lacking in depth, balance, and overall taste.
Waitress having her hair down was a minus for us as well. But overall, a fun dining experience for people looking to “have a good time going somewhere fancy”, and less for an intricate culinary experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was beautiful and the service was fantastic. Delicious food. The valet was not helpful, and seemed to be ignoring us.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service & food. Lovely staff & conveniently located by my home. I love this place!

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KN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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IS
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Had a 9pm reservation and they kept us waiting for 50 minutes. The 1st floor bar was so packed. Standing room only. We went to go to 2nd floor bar and they said it was closed. I finally complained and the Mgr gave us a seat in the Downstairs main dining room. There was another two top next to us that was empty. After 10 Mns we asked if we could also have the other table because we had two other friends arriving. They said no.

Table still sat empty for another 10 minutes, when manager came and said “I have a four top upstairs for you”. I said “I thought it was closed”. He said that they were seating dinner guests only. We asked if the table was nice. He did “yes, upstairs is chic”. He takes us upstairs to an empty bar and a “dead room” with about 8 tables of guests and ONE waitress. Service was slow. Ambiance was dead! Not fun at all

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l
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, as usual great service, friendly staff and lively ambiance

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Overall great restaurant. Two thumbs up!

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E
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistent attentive service and the dishes are very nicely presented and very tasty.

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

Amazing experience
Great service and amazing food.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. I brought some friends here from out of town and we had a fantastic time. The staff was friendly, attentive and very helpful. The food and drinks were delicious and the upstairs patio is a great place to hang out and have a few more drinks after dinner. 10/10 would recommend and will definitely be coming back!

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KL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried five different small plates and four different cocktails. Reordered both the poke and the tomato dumplings - outstanding dishes. The ravioli was great as was the duck salad. The BLT slider was the only thing that didn't really do it for us. The drinks are a little pricey at $17/each, but very creative craft cocktails. It always comes down to personal taste on cocktails - we liked some more than others, but all were good. The waitstaff was very knowledgeable and attentive. The ambiance is terrific.

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MF
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Menu...Love the food...so many good choices. It is always on the "healthy" side...so fresh and creative.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go here for a great time! Never disappoints! Great people all around

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JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and ambience was great but I felt the service was rushed where I felt they wanted us out of there as soon as possible even though there were plenty of available tables. The dessert menu was dropped onto our table before we finished our dinner and they did not ask if we wanted anything else from the main menu. Then the bill was dropped onto our table before we finished our dessert and drinks and they did not ask if we wanted anything else. The server said no rush on paying the bill so while we were still finishing our dessert and drinks they stopped by our table again and asked if the bill was ready to be paid before we finished our drinks and dessert.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was inattentive, defensive and unpleasant to interact with

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A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service!! Thank you for great evening

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CR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved all of dishes; especially the tomato soup and grilled cheese. I bought a cookbook that has lots of recipes from Chris Santos for shared plates.

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

We decided to go to Beauty and Essex LA to celebrate my wife new job. Everything from beginning to end was amazing. The setting, the food (must try the bacon/cheese and tomato dumplings) were up to the standards. The service and the experience were above everything. We were offered a complementary dish (brocoli mac and cheese) and our champagne glasses were not invoiced. Nice attentions that made this evening unforgettable. Finally, the music is at the better level than the NY location.

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OS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in LA. Great food, beautiful interior, always great service

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Beauty & Essex last weekend. Everything we ordered to eat & drink was great but the service was really the star. Our server, Sarah, was outstanding as were all the bus persons, runners, etc. The Manager, RC, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. He even sent over some of his favorite dishes. Go here and have a great night!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All nice & smooth

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SS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kevin and his crew are simply said... top notch!
Really can’t say enough good things especially so about the service. From walking through the pawn shop, in and to the front desk, the bars and the restaurant. Every employee is on their game and you can tell.
I’ve been here several times before and it has been consistently like this.
Thanks.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Waiter was only so so. Had to ask for water several times.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant has a horrible smell. Music was awful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice time. The food was great & the restaurant overall was beautiful.

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FM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just dined here for my wedding anniversary and had the best experience! When I made the reservation online it asked for the occasion and I answered wondering if they would even use that info. Well, they completely exceeded our expectations. Mario, our server, acknowledged it and gave us great dinner recommendations - try the rib-eye, grilled cheese dumplings, kale & apple salad, and the banh-mi sliders! Then RC, the manager, stop by the table to check on us and wish us well. RC and Mario were just the best! RC even treated us to the Wonder Wheel from the dessert menu. We had a wonderful meal and experience. Definitely going back.

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RL
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there before the Pantages. Food was delicious, service was great, wish we had more time. Will definitely go back.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and food and ambience

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VL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beauty and Essex is more than a just a nice restaurant to go have dinner! It is a major dining experience! From the beautifully lighted alley-vintage pawn shop entrance, to the glamorous staircase and chandelier as you make your way into this well hidden gem! The variety of dining room settings are amazing! The service is top notch! While you feel underdressed in "dressy casual" you really are not... The servers look nice but definitely not formal which makes for a more relaxed feel. The menu options are quite extensive and it is family style so you order to share everything. We loved everything that touched our lips from the drinks to every bite of food! Highly recommend their signature items GRILLED CHEESE, SMOKED BACON & TOMATO SOUP DUMPLINGS! We also loved from the raw bar, the little neck clams OH SO YUMMY! (Be sure to order 1 doz) Also, the crispy thai style shrimp, and the MEXICAN STREET CORN RAVIOLI with roasted poblano crema, jalapeño, cotija, cilantro is the bomb! We also loved the GRILLED DOUBLE CUT LAMB CHOP
creamy polenta, port wine glaze! Recommend medium well (my husband loves rare and we had to send it back to be cooked a little more) tasted much better! A must try located in the heart of Hollywood! Plan to spend a lot! But worth every penny!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here everytime we are in town and it NEVER disappoints. Every dish is absolutely delicious.

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