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

Anniversary

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

Amazing! Loved it!

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

Great food and beautiful restaurant!

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

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

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

nice setting and good tasting food - cant ask for more

LK
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
10 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.

M
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Very bad costumer service. Our table was not ready and we had to Waite about 1.5 hrs. The ladies in the front desk were very rude.

DK
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came in from NYC/NJ area to celebrate our 1-Year Anniversary. Brian was a gracious host. The chicken slider, while yummy, left us unsatisfied (should’ve been 3 sliders), but overall, an AMAZING TIME! Brian was AWESOME! I love the LA location better than NYC! But ssshhh... don’t tell NYC that. Hahahahahahah! My husband was very impressed!

KS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Loved eating downstairs, then went upstairs for drinks and enjoy the DJ and patio.

RW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not for people who want to eat or enjoy a night out.

B
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience at the Beauty & Essex with my son. We had a dinner entirely vegan. Delicious. Our waiter, Jonathan, was the best waiter ever. Fast, clever, respectful. We’ll never forget the fabulous experience we had there.

NV
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did a girls night out at this restaurant and we loved every minute of it. The food was fantastic, great service, great ambiance. The bar area was really fun. Different than the usual restaurants, we even did a little bit of shopping at their “pawn shop “ at the end of the night.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my sisters birthday at Beauty and Essex. Food was delicious, service was excellent. Definitely will continue to visit this restaurant.

e
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very eclectic! Great food! Love the location. Atmosphere is very cool and trendy.

WF
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular from the cocktails to the food to the service to the atmosphere. We all had an amazing experience and will definitely be back during our next visit!

LW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my food at Beauty and Essex. The waiter was very high spirited, attentive and made great recommendations. My only drawback is that although we had a reservation, we waited about 40 minutes to be seated. This was due to a few tables having paid their bill but had not left yet. Being this late to sit down pretty much through a wrench in the plans that we had for after dinner. My suggestion is don't go here on the weekend if you have set plans after dinner!

JV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The venue, decor, ambiance, and food options were all excellent. The service was a bit slow and the prices pretty steep

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner in Hollywood.

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