Bestia

4.7
2780 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
A multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 12:00am

Closed on most major holidays.
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Phone number
(213) 514-5724
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ori Menashe & Genevieve Gergis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Fe Avenue
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Special events & promotions
Please email events@bestiala.com for more information.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.1

For Italian in Los Angeles, it doesn't get any better than the Arts District's Bestia, This isn't dinner, it's an experience.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 2780 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Overall food and vibe was great. Delicious Italian with amazing flavors and well prepared. Unfortunately, one in our group has food allergies and our server was unapologetically nonchalant about the policy of inability to alter even simple dishes.

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

the food is absolutely amazing. You will be impressed with everything on the menu. The staff is phenomenal and helpful and friendly. Great place to eat. But plan ahead it's reservation only and they're booked far out.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service

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TN
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced for mediocre food - don't know why it's so hard to get resy's or why it's so busy. Majordomo, Dama, Manuela all are much better and inventive.

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GG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food didn’t live up to the hype — reservations were very difficult to get. The worst part of the experience was the outrageously uncomfortable seats. They were hard, small and made us want to leave after 1/2 hour. I imagine that they were designed to discourage lingering, as many trendy new restaurants are doing. Success on that. We won’t be back

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bestia is the best. Always has been and always will be.

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L
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bestia does not disappoint on any level. It's quite noisy, but all restaurants with ceilings open to the rafters and concrete floors, are really noisy these days. Everything we ordered, even the little gem salad which looked like the only boring thing on the menu was so good! We had the muscles and clams to share, very spicy, but my husband loved it. Then the agnolliti and the lamb's neck, which was so tender and flavorful we were both swooning. Our server and the bus staff were so friendly, helpful, and all seemed engaged with their customers. Not a stuffy bone in their bodies. It is rare to feel so welcome in a hot spot in LA, but we did, and it made the night extra special for us. I highly recommend it.

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KM
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and ambiance. Decadent and delicious!

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CE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Bestia is one of the best restaurants if you are looking to enjoy a handmade cocktail with friends or dinner with your partner. The service is amazing and the ambiance is spectacular. Hidden in the arts district, Bestia offers great value by being one of LA’s newest hot spot for Italian cuisine.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service.

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OT
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our favorite restaurant since the first time we came here in 2015. Big thanks to Evan and the rest of the bartenders tonight for another great experience!!!

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding pork chops and gnocchi! The rest of the food and wine was good too. Love the vibe of this place- and the excellent service

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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

It was the most horrible dining experience. I booked well in advance and was very much looking forward to dining at bestia, however, I was gravely disappointed. The food was plainly disgusting and the way that the manager reacted to the criticism was even more disappointing.

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SL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Bestia for years, and never have we been disappointed by our experience there. The food is absolutely delicious and the staff is always amazing.

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DW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The reputation is well deserved. However, the noise level is deafening. I will return making sure I request patio seating.

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KK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ive been to Bestia several times and the latest time was the worst experience. The service was not good and they were out of 5 items on the menu (all of which we would have liked to order).

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service from knowledgeable staff.

Tomato salad - small but bursting with flavor and freshness. The acidity balanced the rest of the meal well.

Potato leek ravioli - beautifully prepared and good but underwhelming. I suppose leeks are not super favorful to begin with.

32oz bone in rib eye - exceptional. Charred on the outside, pink and so tender and juicy on the inside.

Chocolate budino tart - light and yet rich in flavor. The sweetness from the chocolate pudding was offset perfectly by the salt and olive oil. The brittle crust also provided a nice contrasting texture to the creamy chocolate.

Last but not least, the timing of dishes was perfect.

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EJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and we were all surprisingly relieved when we saw the bill and realized it wasn’t as expensive as we thought it would be. It is VERY loud and difficult to talk but we didn’t really mind that vibe. The only hiccup was finishing 5 out of our 6 dishes and then waiting 45 minutes for them to bring out a pasta dish. It seemed rather odd, great pasta though!

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CO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome food and very good service ... highly recommended !

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n
Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was clearly a top five establishments in socal. The food was great. try the lamb neck, it was out of this world. the service was great also.they made recommendations and each was very good

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place amazing food very creative menu very speacial place

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite restaurant. Unbelievable and unique creations, a genuine sense of pride to work them amongst culinary and service staff, excellent value for a superb meal. Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Took my wife out for a fun new dinner spot. Our server was great and walked us through the entire dining experience. He was very knowledgeable about the wine list and had some great recommendations. The quality of the food was excellent, flavors, quality, execution and presentation.

Looking forward to coming back

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AM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

best meal I've ever had. celebrated my son's 18th there and when we arrived, hostess had read my note in my OT reservation and wished him a happy birthday. then the food started coming. our waiter was so helpful with suggestions as was the sommelier (sp?). tomahawk pork chop was the star of the night. just the best ever. if ever given the chance, go there and eat LOTS.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about Bestia! The food was outstanding, the service impeccable, the ambiance and decor lovely! The only thing that will prohibit me from coming back for anything other than a rare special occasion is the exorbitant price and tiny portions! It's the first and only time I have ever left an Italian restaurant still hungry. It saddens me to say anything negative about this place but it's just too expensive.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Foods great
Service is good
Waited 40 minutes even with reservation
Super noisy can’t have a conversation

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l
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It is vastly overhyped. All talks about how wonderful of a place it is, or how tasty the food is. It is mediocre, especially for the price point.

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EL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Me and my boyfriend celebrated his birthday here. I booked 2 months ahead in order to get a table and our reservation was at 9:45pm. Since my boyfriend wanted to try this place for a long time and I had to take this reservation even it’s late. It’s my second time here.

The food was good and very creative not like other traditional Italian restaurants. However, the their famous bone marrow didn’t taste as Good as before. Kinda disappointed. But other dishes were really good.

Atmosphere was really bad, very crowded and table was small, very loud music, full of noise in the restaurant.

Staffs were very attentive and service was great.

Overall it’s ok. I don’t think I will go back again in the near future.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Really good place to go if your out with friends and if one likes a busy environment. Service could be better, I had to wave down my waitress to get a second cocktail instead of her checking up on our table. She also didn’t check on our table throughout each course to see how everything was tasting.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in LA!

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SD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I read reviews of Bestia before making reservations and was excited to dine here. The overall experience was okay but I honestly thought the menu was not priced correctly (too expensive). Everything was good but the value wasn't there.

Please note, if you're gluten intolerant or a vegetarian, the menu is limited for people with allergies.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Simple and great tasting. Not covered up with condiments like garlic, pepper or other typical Italian spices.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was not amazing as expected, but ambiance was on point

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HL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hip, trendy, loud, in a remote location, but worth the trip and excellent food. Has a fun, celebratory vibe.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved a table same day through open table for 9:15pm on a Tuesday. Stopped by around 6pm to see if any seats were available for my date and I, and they seated us right away at the bar! Ordered the braised oxtail pasta dish, the dungenness crab spaghetti, and the spicy sausage pizza. Everything was DELICIOUS and the portion was perfect for 2 people. I also ordered their seasonal cucumber cocktail. The bartender gave great recommendations for food and drinks. Definitely need to come back to try the other dishes!!

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CG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Only dislikes were that they charged $1 pp for TAP water and $13 to open a bottle of THEIR OWN wine.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I put into my mouth was the best thing ever.

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NS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant! I highly recommend Bestia, they have never let me down!!

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c
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Fantastic ambiance! And fantastic service!

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