Bestia

4.8
4384 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4384 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Good food. Just don’t take last reservations as items run out. Like all of them.

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pizzahog
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, every detail was captured and delivered effortlessly. The whole team works together as a wondrous machine which enhances the special dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I cannot believe this is defined one of the best Italian restaurant in LA...a real rip off
The food was expensive and they served us a small plate of pasta with total irrelevant generic flavor.. a mix between a decent ragu with some truffle flavor ... even my 13 years old daughter makes it better
For the saffron gnocchi.... we are still looking for the saffron they were decently made home made gnocchi with some sort of stew ... maybe a decent version of a ‘spezzatino’... with some gnocchi around
I went to so many other Italian restaurants in USA including gusto in NY even Terroni in LA ... wayyyy much better
The music was way too loud
Anyway never again ...
one good thing very interesting crowd of people

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bestia is undeniably delicious. I could of done without the 45 minute wait to get seated, reservations were for 930pm and we got seated at 10:15/10:20 but the food was amazing as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always.

MI
MarcoIsa
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The experience with the stuff and the food was amazing. We loved our selection and everyone was super nice. Unfortunately, the tables were located almost in the street due to Covid, but will be back to enjoy the wonderful place and food.

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JessicaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious, the portions are small that make it pricy because you have to order a few dishes in order to have a full meal

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vipPeterG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such original dishes - all chock full of flavor. Outdoor seating works very well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant in downtown Los Ángeles. Had a fantastic birthday dinner with my GF.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was very noisy. But we were outside, and that’s not unusual.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was amazing. Food portion was very small for the price but had good flavor.

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vipJoeyF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was amazing! Just a totally wonderful night out!

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NubinNaruto
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in LA! Took my girlfriend here for the first time and she loved it as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a transplant from NYC and I was told I'll never find NY quality food in LA. Whoever told me that was 100% wrong. Consistent quality every time I go there.

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vipjennifert
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible as always! We started with scallops - a melt in your mouth explosion of taste. Then we had the squid ink pasta - sooooo mouth watering good! For our third course we had the Lamb Neck - we were digging out what ever remaining morsels we could find! And lastly we ended with the Mango Cake - to die for!

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LilithB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went on a date to Bestia on our anniversary. They were accommodating on the time at the last moment. we appreciated it since this is a busy place. the service was outstanding, so was the food. The meals were creative and one of the kind. It's not for the people with a child's palate. If you wish to experience an extraordinary meal, then this is a great LA option. Bestia provides a great experience on all levels.

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DallasJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews of Bestia it was an obvious choice for the first night of our "we're fully covid vaccinated" vacation in LA. The evening started out promising. We were seated at a table in the tented area outside, which was lively and energetic, even at 6:30 pm on a Wednesday. We ordered the homemade ricotta which was heavenly, along with a cocktail.

I ordered the Saffron Gnocchi and my sister chose the Chestnut and Mushroom Agnolotti. My dish was served in a timely manner but it was 15-plus minutes before the Agnolotti appeared. When asked why there was such a delay, the waitress, who was training another waiter (in tow), said that they have a process that requires they serve the food only when completely and properly prepared. Because I didn't want to eat while my sister had no food, my pasta got cold.

We asked to speak with a manager. He said basically the same thing- the process dictates that dishes not go out until they're precisely prepared, even if that means the dishes don't arrive together. He added that we evidently weren't aware of their process (it felt like we were being blamed for not "getting it"). He also offered as an excuse that they were extremely busy that night.

I have dined in chef-driven, high-end restaurants for decades and have NEVER been on the receiving end of such lame excuses for a poor dining experience. I politely but firmly said so. He offered to remove the charge for my sister's pasta from the bill even though both of our dishes go cold during the course of the discussion. I should also note that the pasta, while acceptable, wasn't noteworthy.

Mainly because we were just kicking off our trip, we accepted the offer and let it go. The good news is, we dined out several times subsequently and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful, varied cuisine that epitomizes the LA dining experience.

We concluded that Bestia, which only recently reopened to on-site dining, wasn't yet up to the task.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. COVID 19 preparation was excellent. Food amazing as always

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TanyaA
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

hi,
was really excited to try out Bestia as the reviews are generally fantastic - was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, everything we wanted to try was already unavailable / sold out, like the bone marrow, the crab pasta and a few others.

i'm sure the food would have been delicious - what we tried was pretty good but definitely not exceptional.
service was amazing and i loved the music.
the chocolate dessert was unbelievable!!

would suggest booking an early table to make sure you get the option to eat everything on the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome from start to finish. One of my top restaurant experiences. Strongly suggest bestia!

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MariaP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. The service was so great. This was our 4th time at Bestia and we have never left disappointed. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my graduation dinner here. The food was AMAZING!!! The staff were very friendly and I loved the atmosphere:)

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food here!

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vipLocalLosGatosDiner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was every bit as good pre-COVID. Still worth a special trip to LA as we exit the Pandemic. Service and layout followed all protocols, ensuring a safe environment. Pasta and branzino were ethereal. Exceptional cocktails.

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Toni
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was ok but definitely worth the $210 I paid. Ordered an appetizer (bone marrow) which was the best tasting, a pizza which was mediocre at best, pretty soggy & I ordered 3 pastas including the crab chitarra which wasn’t too bad. I will say that their drinks did impress. Ordered 2 alcoholic drinks and it all amounted to $210 which I don’t mind paying as long as the food is pretty damn good. I’ve had better while in the wall italian food. I’m not usually one to complain but I’m also not one to return if the food isn’t what it was made to be. In all honesty, seems like an average joint that is trendy and that is why people say it’s so amazing. It’s definitely a one and done for me.

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beerrobot
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Covid sucks, Bestia is wonderful, but eating in a parking lot is not great. Service—WONDERFUL! Food—AS ADVERTISED! Ambiance—temporarily not ideal, but not forever!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Servers were super pushy to get us out ASAP but food was delicious and perfectly prepared

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thecheese
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your cheapest meal, but the quality is worth every buck

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The place was buzzing, our server was excellent. Ha made the experience better. Some of the food are just ok. I always expect my crostini to be crispy and ours was soggy. I couldn’t taste the lobster on the dish. Same apply to their squid ink pasta. I love their mussels, enough to get me back there. The marrows were too little to be spread on the pasta for flavor. Their pizzas are better than other Italian resto that I’ve been to except for mozza. The ribeye was way overpriced but delicious. Their desserts were too limited for my liking but taste superb. Overall, it’s a good way to celebrate my birthday but was it truly worth the long wait for a reservation, it think it was way too hype for that long wait. Otherwise, I’ll see what they have to offer for summer and might head back there.

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m258
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a good time, dishes were great but the food didn't stand out to me as much. Bavel is far superior.

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Matt
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

EXTREMELY mediocre food,discriminatory server, horrible music and screaming children. disgusting ANTI-ASIAN service from jonathan who treated us like CORONAVIRUS. parking lot setup looked like a COVID testing site.

gnocchi was overcooked and gross. jonathan did not greet us, no smile (fine). he asked us if we had dined at bestia before and we smiled and said no. he then said “WELL I am not going to explain the menu to you” and walked away. ive received bad service at my places but this was the worst ever in my life. he obviously went out of his way to mock us and get a power trip. he rushed us to order and made faces and wiggled his hips and pressured us to order more (we ordered a full course with drinks. he refused to explain the menu.) he never once checked on us (fine), showed despise and disgust, made us feel disgusted in our own skin we lost our appetite immediately. he purposely avoided our table- we saw him serve all the tables around us better. also, we saw no other asian people except for another asian couple and they didn’t seem happy but they had a different waiter. i was so upset i was shaking during dinner. he also purposely cleared the plates carelessly and loudly in our faces. he then tossed the check at us while we still had a lot of food left. no goodbye or thank you or anything. not a single word, he refused to look at us. just tossed the check and turned away.

management condones this discrimination and abuse,we still paid incl OPTIONAL service charge and 15% tip bc we were scared.unacceptable

i have no idea what everyone is talking about. they have so many yelp reviews and the most filtered reviews i have ever seen, which means that they filter out bad reviews and pay for good reviews. appalling and classless

WORST-ia experience all around. people really need to know. got one canned email from theodore who is no longer responding. obviously they don’t care. will be telling everyone i can NOT to patronize discriminatory ANTI-ASIAN businesses

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vipetkt
Milwaukee
52 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Very cool vibe. Music was a bit loud. Overall setting was amazing and very hip. Everything was just delicious and server was friendly. Great experience.

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StaceyG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uggghhhhhhh. The pasta. I am a fast eater and I had to force myself to slow down at Bestia and enjoy each bite because it is just. That. Good. I was told they were a “must try” while visiting the east side of LA and they did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful family dinner at Bestia for Easter!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

phenomenal & helpful staff, delicious food, the best playlist! definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience and food. Love this place and want to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect

FAQs

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

Bestia is rated 4.8 stars by 4384 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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