Bestia

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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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4.7
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bustling restaurant, great food and service

SF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It takes forever to get a reservation; once you have one you have to wait forever to get seated; and while you're waiting to get seated you have to wait forever to get a drink at the bar. Moreover, the place is so ridiculously loud and the service is just a notch above dutiful. But somehow the vibe feels inviting rather than irritating, and man oh man! the food is just beyond! Every single thing we ate! I'd go through it all again tomorrow and the next day and the next, if only I could get a reservation.

W
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Wonderful staff, very good food, but way too loud with throbbing music and lots of people in one room shouting to be heard

DC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is always outstanding with the marrow bone an absolute treat. We always wait a long, long time to get a reservation. This time, the service was particularly slow and waiting a too long to receive our food. Also, the beverages did not come in a timely manner--I got my drink almost 3/4 done with my meal. When I asked for it, which of course I shouldn't have to, there was some kind of " made up" answer. We don't expect this of Bestia.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent an amazing birthday night with great food! Recommend!

CD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service4ambience2

Bestia has some unbelievably tasty fare. Really--it's hard to come down from this. That said, even with reservations, the seating process was graceless and chaotic. The venue is extremely loud, making conversation with your party almost impossible. And while the food is reasonably priced considering its extraordinary quality, the wine list doesn't provide options for those who aren't among the 1%.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. The food was incredible but the service was spectacular. The entire experience was fantastic.

ME
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything is good. Some items are great. My personal opinion is that the appetizers way outperform the entrees. And listen. Olives, grilled bread and tomato salads are nice, but it’s like watching a good trailer. If the actual movie isn’t good, then the trailer being good doesn’t matter that much.

M
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, and amazing cocktails. Had a lot of fun there. Sat by the open kitchen and enjoyed watching the team do their thing!

EH
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

A typical energetic (loud) hip LA restaurant. The service was amazing and our waitress made great recommendations. The only disappointing thing to us was the food. Was it good? Yes. Was it great? No. We had a great time but for the price I wanted the food to be better than it really was.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An experience.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our table was just next to the kitchen, so we where able to experience the extreme organization awesome communication they have to make magic happen!
Cant wait to come back soon!!
Almost forgot... desserts are to DIE also 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MELANIE IS THE BEST EVERRRRRR so good I came back two days in a row

M
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. Dishes were good, The Ambiance was nice. I highly recommend to order Marrow Bone!! but Amount of each dishes was quite small. That's it. I really want to go again If I have a chance

JL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance and service are excellent. The staff came around and cleared the plates like clockwork. The party I attended with were split on the different dishes we tried —

Tomato Salad: 5/5
Bone Marrow: 4/5
Squid Ink Salad: 5/5
Margarita Pizza: 4/5
Lobster Pasta: 5/5 (everyone’s fave!)
Rigatoni Pasta: 3/5 (too spicy for most of us)
Lamb Neck: 5/5 taste; 2/5 gastric effect (this unfortunately upset someone’s stomach)

All of the desserts were amazing. Worth trying at least once. Would I go back? Probably only for an event/party, especially because my feeling of putting the cost of employees’ health insurance on a customer just leaves a bad taste.

T
Cincinnati
61 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Everything was great, and the service was attentive and helpful.

IS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ambience and FOOD at Bestia. I have never tasted any Italian food like this! I can't wait to go back an try their desserts. We were so full that did not have space for dessert.

Great experience!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Arrived 30 before reservation and was told that we’d be seated closer to our reservation time (10:30p). Was seated past 11. Food was mediocre.

KC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The most overrated, overpriced meal.
The portions were tiny for the price. Which I wouldn’t mind if it tasted good.
The food is too oily and extremely salty. The quality does not reflect the price.
We both left feeling very ill.
This place is all hype for no reason.
Would not recommend.

CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff is absolutely amazing and very attentive to our needs.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in all the lines (black cod, rigatoni, pork)

NS
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We came from UK for our 30th Wedding Anniversary and had booked this weeks in advance and were still only given a table in a courtyard overlooking a warehouse wall. My wife was told there was no cheese in her dish yet it was mega cheesy. The positives were our waiter was super helpful and the food was very good.

CF
Hawaii
64 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was so excited to finally get a reservation here, only to feel as though the restaurant was “fine,” and no more than that. Very loud and smelly from the open kitchen. (Have To have my clothes dry cleaned.” The shishito peppers, pizza and pasta were quite average. The dessert was a real highlight. The waiter was friendly but once our order was taken, we never saw him.

EP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a delicious meal at Bestia! allways perfect.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal overall experience. Only constructive criticism would be to better facilitate waiting for a table (bar get some crowded and there isn’t anywhere to properly wait).
Design, decor, food, drink, service are all gold standards for LA.

JD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Sat at a small table by windows to outside patio. Noisy, active dining room. Took a while for waiter to approach table. Dishes came out too quickly, serving utensils not included. Wines extremely over priced. Food was good but, over ra

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The mussels and clams were extremely small and not good quality. The pizza was tasteless. The pastas were good, especially the pasta in the amatriciano and the gnocchi. A simple salad was the hit of the evening. On the positive side, we ate 5 dishes and were ready to go in just under an hour. Guess that’s good for them as they can move people through faster. Totally don’t get the fuss . Don’t buy into the hype and wait a month to get in on a Tuesday night. There are better Italian restaurants in LA.

TM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come to Bestia anytime Im in the Los Angeles area. Why? Bc the food is just THAT good and the service is always on point

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I love Bestia’s food but when we arrived we tried to order drinks at the bar. The bar had 4 open seats, so it wasn’t full. We didn’t try to sit, we just tried to get one of the servers attention. They totally ignored us for five minutes despite several Excuse me and hello call outs. They talked to people seated next to me and to someone else at the end of the bar. I understand they are busy but an acknowledgment would have been really appreciated. We ended up with drinks at our table. Our waiter was very nice but they missed a dish we ordered.

RT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Over priced. If you want bread, they charge $6 for four slices.

SK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bestia is very loud and lively in a way you want it to be. It is a hot spot with professional people enjoying themselves. The food is eclectic the best way, not fancy or contrived to be unique and then just ending up being too rich or salty. I absolutely recommend this restaurant for anyone with an appetite that is with people they are close to and want to have spirited conversation. First dates may have a little cool factor, but tough to be intimate or get to know each other.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food3service4ambience4

We dine out every night and do not mind paying more for quality. The food was good not great, nor reflective of the prices. I don’t get the hoopla over this restaurant. We will not be going back. Mozza and North both provide a much better dining experience at a fair price. Lastly these owners add a 4% wellness fee for their employees which Is fine had they not already over charged for average food.

TM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food overall except the desserts which were all pretty blah...

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a memorable birthday dinner here! The food was outstanding. Really liked the crostino and bone marrow although every dish was amazing.

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Un restorán que se ha mantenido por más de siete años dentro de las preferencias de los Angelinos modernos y no es para menos... la comida excepcional y el ambiente inmejorable... el servicio dejó un poco de desear... no dejen de pedir la entra de pasta con tuétano; excepcional!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever been

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely became one of our new LA favorites! Food was delicious, recommend going with people who like to share, because you will want to taste everything. We especially liked the tomato salad, the mussels and clams (save the broth/sauce to dip your pizza crust in), the pizza and the chocolate dessert. Service was amazing and their sommelier was incredibly nice and knowledgeable.

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love when a restaurant lives up to the hype, and Bestia sure does! The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was exciting. It was very very busy, but we had a reservation so they sat us right away. Our server explained the menu to us and helped us plan out the courses for our meal. She was a little pushy, for example she tried to up-sell us on a sherry shooter for the bone marrow we ordered. It was a little strange, but she was pleasant for the most part. The food was truly incredible and some of the best pasta I have ever had. Save room for dessert, because with a dedicated pastry chef their desserts are definitely worth a try!

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We had an amazing foodie experience for our wedding anniversary. Small plates to share but we’re just enough. I would definitely go back just for the chicken lover pate. We were very pleased with the bone in rib-eye, it was cooked a perfect medium rare (the only way they cook it) and the flavor was delicious. The service was great, I forgot our servers name but she had great recommendations, as it was our first time dining there, and we were not disappointed.

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bestia was absolutely incredible. I made a reservation at 10:45 at night, 15 minutes until last call and the food was still amazing. I’ve been to so many places where that’s not the case, so I was really impressed. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente. Me and my family ordered four different ones and we had no complaints about either. And the service was great too, my glass never went empty. I’m from New York, but I’d definitely be here again.

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