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Bestia

4.7
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4037 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4037 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRrocampo
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! This is a place continues to be my favorite restaurant!

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PatrickA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The first time we dined at Bestia, we had to make reservations 3 months in advance. When we arrived and at there, the food was memorable and amazing. This time around, it was a very average experience, but I'm not paying $150 for average. On top of the fact that due to covid, everyone has to sit outside. They've expanded their outdoor seating to the parking lot, where we sat, but it was a very hot day and there were bugs everywhere, plus the heat radiated off the ground. The food itself was a bit underwhelming. The pizza was decent, and the pasta left much to be desired. The bone marrow was not anything to talk about either. It was all decent food, but again, I'm not paying $150 for decent. The drinks were good, but I can make cocktails like that at home for a fraction of the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant and the customer service 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience as always. Their menu due to Covid was slightly more limited but still have their main dishes that are most popular.

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AngR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints!!! Had the ribeye, mussels, and branzino...everything had amazing flavor!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went with my son and we had a great time. We felt safe and the food was amazing. My son who is normally a picky eater loved the pizza and the cavatelli. It was good for a family night out.

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JacquiG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shalamar was an awesome server - which made for an overall wonderful experience for our little girls night out. The bartender on duty (didnt get his name) was super helpful also! He came to the table to make sure I got the bourbon I wanted. Will be back!

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vipCatherineR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites places to come when I need spoiling.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Best food! Great service!! Love love love.

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bruce
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bestia is always awesome. Their second night back, outside tables only. Food as good as always. Service better than usual. Noise level 1000x better than usual (quieter).

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SamM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals of my life! I was looking forward to the pizzas the most, but was most impressed by the lamb neck, bone marrow, and banana caramel ice cream bar dessert. Plus, our waiter was fantastic!! 11/10 recommend going!

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HannahL
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience despite only patio seating due to new restrictions. Love Bestia so much!

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Eyevan
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Bone Marrow dish and Cavatelli. The service is always friendly and the outside dining area was perfect.

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Petunia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing! Never need to ask for salt and pepper always seasoned well, cooked perfectly, and so delicious.

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vipocgc111
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Potions have become 1/3 if what they used to be while prices rise. Waitress takes your drink order and isn’t back till dessert and checks. Food is still good but spent $120 to leave hungry after three tiny pasta dishes. Wtf?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food is always good but this time service was terrible. Very slow and needed follow up to get food delivered

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent but we were really disappointed with our table. We even indicated on our reservation that it was a birthday.

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JoeNo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere are great. Happy with Bestia being our last dining experience for the near-term...

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waitress set the tone for the dinner, a negative one. Very inflexible and no common sense. Clam pizza was burned and terrible. Lobster was meh. Dungeness crab spaghetti was good.

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Maroc
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in LA, every dish was fantastic, great vibe, loved the open kitchen, service on point, great dessert selection, 100% all around

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MMcK
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed it

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hannahkris
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been wanting to try this place for a while and I'm so glad I did! I made reservations for my boyfriend's birthday with his parents. We tried a lot of dishes including the bone marrow, gem salad, cavatelli alla norcina, spaghetti rustichella, and margherita pizza. The bone marrow was amazing mixed in with the pasta it comes with. The gem salad was really refreshing. I preferred the cavatelli taste more than the spaghetti, especially with the shaved truffle, though both are great. The crab with spaghetti is a nice balance. We finished with the budino tarte and coffee and donuts. The budino is a little bitter while the coffee and donuts is sweeter and cinnamony, so depends on your taste which you would like more. Overall, would definitely go here again! The only drawback is it is a little pricey.

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paulsssssssss
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I was wondering why everyone raves about this, but you just have to go. We did a bottle of their Barbera, the squid ink salad, musrhoom pasta, mussels, Sausage pizza, and veal tartare. it was incredible. go and savor every bite.

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vipOttoP
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!.... Service is top notch, management is without equal... Best place in town... Can't wait to get back to that place!!!!

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Irene
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

WOW! To begin, we were attentively seated as requested, “dine in with a beautiful view”. My plus one and I had the option of sitting in front of the pizza making, the meat cutting or regular seating. We opted for by the pizza! I would like to begin by saying our server Jennifer was far more than attentive, she was super friendly and very knowledgeable on everything from the food to the cognac! I tried the cucumber speciality drink and my friend had the old fashioned. The drink I had included olive oil which I was not too crazy about - I wanted to have this drink without the oil but I was told it was already pre-made so it couldn’t be served without it. This is when I asked for Hennessy and Jennifer was able to bring me a different option of cognac. Long story shot I had 3 shots in total on this night. It was very delicious and I was happy there was an alternative. For the main dishes - my friend has the veal toast, pork belly and some green pasta. We shared a margherita pizza which was so delicious! Perfectly made. I had the crab pasta which I was not fond of. The onion seeds over power the dish with the black licorice taste that I did not like. My server noticed I did not eat the dish so she made sure to ask if there was anything wrong. I simply stated that I did not like the onion seeds. My friend simply LOVED everything she ordered especially the pork belly. I got a glimpse of the wagyu and this is the dish that I will be returning to Bestia to try! I can’t stress how amazing the service is, A+++.

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BrianYeung
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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Wayne
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a bit too loud in there. The service was exceptional. I loved 3 out of the 4 dishes, but pricing is a bit expensive. Due to the price, I can only eat here once in a while. I cannot wait to come back if the opportunity ever presents itself.

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Elijah
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good !!! Everything was great. Hen of the woods.

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vipspdiner
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Need to have the cavatelli alla nocina. Excellent. Will definitely order again. We also have the lamb neck. Second time we have ordered. Will come back again.

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Dominic
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time coming here and WOW! legit have always wanted to try this place but reservations can go as far as 2 months. with timely planning was able to get a table for my gf n i anniversary.

Reservation:
my reservation was placed in January. so plan ahead! we arrive 30 mins before our reservation n was seated 15 mins early. able to order drinks before being seated!

Service:
Service was great! put in food allergies ahead of time in reservation and marked which foods we should be were really kept us up to date with the timing our the foods.

Food:
Honestly, ive been wanting to try this place because all the wonderful things ive hear about their food.
Marinated Olive - great start. great pairing with some beer.
Roasted Bone Marrow/Shot - this was what i was waiting to try. love the spinach gnocchetti. like how it had a bit of crunch to it. bone marrow was excellent. taking the shot after was delisious as well! great pairing.
Grilled Hamachi Collar - this was my favorite of our meal by far. the flavors in the sauce were so good. hamachi was cooked perfectly, literally ate it to the bone
32oz Porcini Rubbed Wagyu Ribeye - the arugula & turnips were great to pair with the ribeye. great flavors.
Coffee & Donuts - love this. haha! you can't go went with desserts. the coffee ice cream was amazing!!! had to scoop it into the donut for the full flavor experience!

Overall:
the experience was fun. music was on point. service was great and pleasant. would come again to try more of the menu. thanks for the experience!

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LilianB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Bestia has long been my favorite restaurant in LA. However, we had one person in our party of three cancel last minute due to an illness (at a time like this when half the city is freaking out about coronavirus, I would hope we would be encouraging people to not go to crowded restaurants while sick, but what do I know). Due to "restaurant policy", the hostess forced us to give up our reserved table (because it was meant to sit three diners) and instead sit at a high top in the bar (made for two diners), directly next to the bathroom. To make things worse, all but one bathroom in the entire restaurant was out of order so we literally had a long line of people desperate to go to the bathroom standing over us during our entire meal.

This is the kind of service that might fly at a mid-range restaurant, but not something I would expect from a place like Bestia. The food was good, but frankly not worth the terrible service (and honestly, the greedy policy).

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Roger
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks speak for themselves. Everything we had was absolutely fantastic. However, what really made the night was the service we received from Erica. She gave us the true experience from start to finish. Lots of places in LA have great food. Bestia has great food, but it's the service and the way my wife and I were treated that will get us to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were seated 50 minutes past our reservation. That being said they did provide complimentary salumi. Otherwise my brother was visiting LA and this was his first time at the restaurant so it would have been nice to sit inside instead of the corner of the porch but it happens.

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IanM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bestia is always the best experience. The food is amazing. One thing we always notice most is that, even when it's pasta, we don't feel heavy after our meal.

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vipAlexC
London
59 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So excited to visit and wasn’t disappointed. Awesome food, just wish we had room to fit in more!!!

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AlexF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Finally managed to get a reservation at this popular spot. We were surprised how busy it was when we arrived at 9:30PM and there was still people arriving at 11pm when we left!

Unfortunately this is one of those over hyped popular restaurants. The food was good but nothing was amazing.

Having eaten the night before at another popular Italian restaurant, we both agreed that it was a better meal and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Flavors paired exquisitely . Great vibe and ambience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly an amazing restaurant. From the service to the food quality it exceeded all expectations. One of the best meals I have had. Every dish was perfect and of the highest quality. I will be back very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. With an 8 year old we don’t get out much so we wanted to go big for this special occasion. And Bestia did not disappoint.

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vipVagabondbk
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was FANTASTIC
But since it was my birthday I would have like a complimentary dessert
Even just a donut with a candle.
ps Corkage is very high and wine list is weird.

FAQs

Bestia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 514-5724.

Bestia is rated 4.7 stars by 4037 OpenTable diners.

Bestia does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://bestiala.com/gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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