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Bestia, Los Angeles, CA

Bestia

4.7
4.7
6258 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 189 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 514-5724

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ori Menashe & Genevieve Gergis

  • Catering

    Please email events@bestiala.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@bestiala.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe Avenue

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,258 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Los Angeles

    Most Booked

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Overall

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Hot Spot

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Italian

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked

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  1. EG

    EddieG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Food was out of this world! the Scallop Crudo was our favorite dish of the night. Definitely coming back and recommending.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! The whole place was pretty awesome.
  3. p

    pcark

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great and amazing. Had to wait 10-15 min for someone to get our cocktails order. Really expensive and pricey.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Bestia never disappoints. Ever
  5. TD

    TDub

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Fun sitting at the counter watching ask the action in the work space. Top of the menu is best. Entrees we’re just ok.
  6. M

    Marc

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible experience and insanely overpriced for mediocre food and rude service. Avoid going there. It gave us the impression that they're just trying to overbook their restaurant to make more money at the expense of compromising the food and service quality. Will definitely never return and I'd advise anyone to not go.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It’s nice that you guys are open late. We had fun! Servers are all great! We love the food except it’s a little bit salty for me . Busboy just a little too fast picking up plates even though my son still trying to finish his plate. But everything is good . Also we waited maybe 20 mins even though we have reservation , but it’s alright
  8. B

    Brandon

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere at a reasonable price.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal food and great service. You can see why for ten years this is such a popular place. All the dishes had their own unique flavor. Will come back again many times.
  10. RT

    RTWM

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Still fantastic! We were glad to sit outside as it remains a very busy & trendy spot. Inside is crowded & loud. Our server was lovely & kind enough to bring several wines to taste. Drinks came fast & so did the food (maybe a little too fast). Every dish was delicious! Highly recommend.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    5 star for the food, and the service However, they need to hire a new hostess. It was BRUTAL, and inexperienced for a such busy restaurant. Me and my friend had a 10:10PM reservation, we showed up at 8:10 due to booking mistakes. We joined the walk-in list because we didn't want to wait for too long. We checked in with the hostess at 8:15, she told us the walk-in wait time would be about 40 mins. We decided to wait. They seated everyone else, even more walk-ins guests, and completely ignored us for 2.5 hours. We checked back with her multiple times, she just kept responding with, "just a few more minutes". Around 10:35PM (which was pass our original reservation time), the front courtyard was empty besides my friend and I, we walked up to her and she finally seated us. As a guest, we were treated poorly by her, not only that we waited 2.5 hours standing outside... even with walk-in waitlist, it should've not been nearly 3 hours long and passing our original reservation time, giving us a false information that it was only going to take up to 40 mins. She allowed walk-in guests arrived after us to be seated at the bar and didn't direct us to do so. Otherwise, the food and service was REALLY REALLY exceptional.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    It’s was ok. The crowd was very weird. It’s the rude self centered Hollywood crowd who all think they are someone. Food was good. Bone marrow and scallops were very good. Main courses were ok. Appetizers we’re the best part of the meal. Desert was ok. Kinda bland. Overall a cool place to go to once but I don’t see myself coming back again
  13. RD

    RoxDine

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Will be back with friends. Their cook book is also a great purchase.
  14. GC

    GiadaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic reinterpratations of Italian food. The appetizers were phenomenal, Mussels and tartare were my favorite part of the meal. Pasta was good as well. Great ambience and welcoming service.
  15. Y

    Yokoash

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bestia is a staple. One of the tried and true that will always have me coming back. The changing menus are exciting but heartbreaking at the same time. In the sense that when you fall in love with something, you have to worry for when it falls off the seasonal menu. The food is always satisfying and never disappoints. They course out the menu items according to how they should be served and each plate you finish has you waiting for the next. A definite recommendation is their pizzas, once you try it you will understand why. There is something for everyone on the menu and I will continue to come back not only every year but every couple of months or so.
  16. J

    Jjjj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and the calamari was to die for. The pizza and pastas are excellent.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! Uufffff!!!! Love it!!!! Fav 4ever!
  18. FD

    FooDee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food left me speechless it was so good, and then to see how inexpensive it was?! Outstanding!!!
  19. AM

    AlonzoM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a vibe nice seat we had food was really good and staff was awesome will def be back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was fabulous - the burrata, the scallop crudo, the mussels and the quid ink pasta So happy we were able to secure an almost impossible reservation
  21. H

    Henrik

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Poor sevice and overpriced food. Some of the pasta dishes were undercooked, not al dente.
  22. RE

    REGINAJ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Waitress sucked
  23. G

    Guest

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience, nice crowd and friendly service
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    非常に活気があり、サービスもすばらしく、味は最高でした。 大人気の店のため早めの予約は必須。時間通りにお店についても多少待つことは覚悟した方が良い。
  25. AM

    AngelM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    It’s one of the top Italian spots in LA for a reason. The food is delicious. Flavorful. The ambience is… ALOT. If you have anxiety like I do be warned. I dined with my partner on a Monday night at 7:30 and it felt like a restaurant would on a Saturday night. It felt cramped inside. Choose outdoor seating if possible. Also the way they do dinner service was a bit off putting for me. They ask/require you to order everything all at once I guess because wait times for entrées can be excessive. As a first time diner it was a bit intimidating. Our waitress also didn’t take the time to show us around the menu as first timers so we were a bit lost. We settled on the margherita pizze, the squid ink chitarra, and the cavatelli I think it was. All superb! Would have loved to order more but we felt rushed. Go for the food.
  26. JF

    JonathanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, great and knowledgeable wait staff. It can be a bit noisy, but its worth it for the deliciously cooked food. Highly recommend the lamb neck.
  27. T

    Tdd1960

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Used a gift card. Food certainly met all expectations and they were high!
  28. b

    betsy8here

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    I had heard excellent things about Bestia so perhaps that was to blame for not meeting my very high expectations. The first seat I was offered was in front of the pizza oven: interesting view but the same temperature as dining on the sun. The seat at the bar I got ultimately was at the very end, closest to the steady stream of traffic to the restroom. The service was excellent and the food was fine, I just expected… more.
  29. NO

    NOTHANKS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    It's probably not advisable to commit to the "open kitchen" concept when your entire staff seem as overworked and miserable as those here. It's also probably not advisable to so greedily force in extra seating that there are counter chairs positioned at what seems to be the only pass in the whole kitchen, causing non-stop bumping and spills as waiters try to reach over diners to grab their orders (literally entire cocktails and appetizers spilled over our place setting in the under-two hours we spent there). Every subsequent visit to this restaurant has become more miserable than the last. Horrible seating options, blasting music, and the worst service of any restaurant in Los Angeles. The place is too crowded and too understaffed for anyone to do a good job, but waiting a half hour after seating to put in an order is wild. Having plates delivered out of order and without utensils, then whisked away while still covered in plenty of food despite our protests is a nightmare. Some of the food is good, but no better than literally dozens of other restaurants within a few miles. Those ones are all probably cheaper, hipper, and have better ambience, too. This place is a good guide for how hot restaurants shouldn't handle their transition to legacy establishments.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Hostesses are disrespectful and rude. Staff only cares about turning the tables rather than giving decent service. Disappointed.
  31. EM

    EstebanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining that does not disappoint. I recommend ordering multiple courses and not passing on the meats.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the chefs counter. Very cool experience watching the kitchen in action. Food was stellar. Service was fantastic.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    One of my pet peeves is when waiters/waitresses constantly fill up your waters after every sip. That happened here, interrupting conversation and just annoyingly not necessary, especially when it’s not only your own server but every server that walked by. Otherwise, exceptional food. Very noisy so not good if you haven’t caught up with a friend in awhile!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I honestly thought this place was very overrated. Nothing truly stuck out as amazing and I may even venture to say I just didn't like a couple of the dishes we tried. The servers recommend that you order 4 to 6 different dishes to share between two people, so we got a really good idea of how the food is. To be so highly rated, it was pretty disappointing.
  35. RS

    RajS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside and had a great time and would go back
  36. A

    Ahlenwasahlen

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    nice place for first time dining, food good, drinks ok, lot of noise, need to talk louder to make a conversation, plus can't understand the waitress when talking because of the noise.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. From the food, to service, the ambiance I couldn’t have asked for a better night. Everything with lovely.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!
  39. A

    Ashtyn

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The somm made the experience so amazing. Happy we sat outside as the inside seemed very loud. Better food than expected, extremely well executed. Sort of felt like the waitstaff was hovering at every moment but really appreciate the service. Would absolutely go back
  40. B

    Bini

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Soooo salty and way overpriced. Not going back. Was very disappointed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Bestia is rated 4.7 stars by 6258 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 189 times today
Google Map for Bestia

2121 E. 7th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ori Menashe & Genevieve Gergis

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 514-5724

  • Catering

    Please email events@bestiala.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@bestiala.com for more information.

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