Bestia

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

At this price point one would expect something better than mediocre food, which was pretty disappointing. There are definitely so much better restaurants in LA. We didn’t what was all buzz about this place!?

MD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were everything it should be. We were not disappointed.

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was a little awkward but I think someone was training. I also don’t think it’s necessary to not only announce every dish but also all the ingredients in the dish- I ordered it so I know what’s coming. Simply saying “the cavatelli” is sufficient. It interrupts too much of the conversation otherwise. You were out of the main thing I was coming for- the beef tartare but it happens so I understand. Overall the food was good but nothing outstanding. Portions were small for everything except dessert. No milk alternatives or stevia for the coffee seems a little weird especially for Los Angeles. The best thing about our meal was the wine which was recommended by the somm. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is worth the trip downtown again.

YB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. Loved the food, vibe and service. I’ll def be back.

M
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to eat in DTLA, especially for celebrating special occasions. Enjoyed the beef tartare toast the most, but the pasta were all outstanding. Drinks and desserts were all incredible and perfectly balanced. Everything we had had the right amount of sweetness and flavor.

TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Believe the hype. This is how I would summarize my feelings after finally eating at Bestia. It is upper echelon.

A
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible server was very judgemental and downright rude for my friends birthday. Avoid this hip not worth place

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helped us bring in our marriage with proseco and the best pizza + pasta treats we could ask for.

a
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my daughters 16th birthday and put that on the reservation notes. When we checked in, the hostess automatically wished her a happy birthday. The beer selections were really nice ! Loud, vibrant atmosphere. It was packed on a Saturday night. The wait staff was amazing. Everything we ordered was utterly superb!!!!!!! Kudos to the chef!!! Amazing experience. We would definitely return!!

OV
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here was delicious. The pasta portions are a little on the small side but they are amazing and worth the money.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bestia may be one of, if not the best restaurant in LA. They just understood food. And they really understand the full culinary experience. Everything about Bestia is perfect. Book whatever ressie is available, and follow your heart when you order, and you can’t go wrong. Peace and love.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slower than expected but it was busy. This placed slowed down with popularity, used to be 3 months wait when first open- now it’s about 7 days for prime time.

They are more accommodating now with food menu alterations; like extra Parmesan cheese to salad or medium well with rib bye steak. Before the chiefs and waiters were pretty smug about alterations.

Value has decreased over the years, only one bone marrow now with order. Decreased portions without changes in price- but times are tough.

Want I never liked was the forced 4% tax for health care and the option to remove it. It’s kinda like extortion, who would ask to remove it?

Tip: plenty to street parking on side streets off 7th. Don’t need to pay $9 plus tip for valet parking. They messed my rims with curb rash before.

GF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service in a hip LA restaurant

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v
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! A must visit when in LA

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food quality and presentation was good but not exceptional. The reservation system is alright. Valet system is not good. Overall ambiance is ok.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Too noisy. 4 menue items were out by 10pm while the restaurant is completley full. Not worth the mony.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impossibly good food in a very lively and hip atmosphere. We always look forward to going even though it’s hard to justify the cost. I guess that’s why we wait 6 months between visits- it gives us time to forget the sting of $260 for a dinner for two!

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It's pretty good, but it's VERY rich. Got the gnocchi and my boyfriend got the lamb, both were good but I was sick for the rest of the evening.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must dine! Every aspect was amazing!

OT
Cancun
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would not recommend Bestia is over Rated we had to wait 3 mo. then we waited 30 min then they seated us in a small table in a hallway . the staff kept passing by hitting our chair and the club music was so loud. I couldn't have a conversation with my husband and he was sitting across from me. The food was not worth going thru all this . then we got the bill and the said we had to pay 4% on top of our bill.
we left to go get our car from valet payed $9.00 and the valet guys locked our keys inside the car they said it was accidentally . so No we would NOT go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience1

We had a late reservation and were sat right away and was able to sit in front of the kitchen, which I really enjoy. Ordered the gizzards, bone marrow, salumi, cavatelli, and crab crostini. The crab crostini was very unique and delicious. Overall everything was really good; the cavetelli wasn’t as unique as the other dishes but still tasty, would probably get something different next time. Great selection of Amaro!!

BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! EVERYTHING is sooo good. I love how they are always changing up a few items on the menu so you don't get tired of things. Best pork chop ever!

AG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Service left a lot to be desired. Shift change ten minutes before we were to pay our bill.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner.
Service was good. Nice ambience. Great food. A little on the pricey side but an overall nice experience.

NM
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors and great service! Definitely recommend making reservations. Its a hidden gem!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, but one of the cooks had dirty nails and was not wearing gloves

M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Very loud- blaring music and everyone trying to shout over it. Interesting menu meant to be shared and no denying food was delicious, but very overpriced - $32 for a half cup of pasta??? Wait staff very friendly and helpful for the most part-one waiter pushed a wine $20 out of the price range we had just suggested and then gave me a disgusted look when I said I needed to think about it. Worth the scramble & wait for a reservation - I'd say no.

OT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great experience!

RC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Went for my 30th birthday with 7 friends and family. Tried almost everything and nothing was a disappointment. Waitress and service were amazing

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grilled Branzino and dry aged steak is a must. Bine marrow is delicious too

MH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Melanie made our dinner such a pleasant experience. She would drop by to give us tips on how to eat our dishes so it’ll taste at its best. The food spoke for itself on the quality and taste but Melanie made our 4 year anniversary that much better! If you see this, you rock!

As for dishes, the winner of the night was the Roasted Marrow Bone.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Padrísima con el amor de mi vida!!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend and I had a wonderful time dining at Bestia. We made our reservations two months in advance, and it was well worth the wait! Of course, the food was amazing however I found that the defining points in the night were served up by such an amazing crew and staff. From our drinks made by Austin, to our lovely server Mel, to being bid goodbye by Noel... every individual working at Bestia solidified our decision regarding coming back. Thank you again and see you soon!

SD
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved all of the food. Gwen provided excellent service!
Drinks are a tad expensive and the dining room is way too loud we were barely able to speak at times.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the bartenders to the wait staff everybody was knowledgeable and friendly. That alone makes Bestia exceptional. Oh yeah, the food was fantastic too.

We ordered pâté, gnocchi, bone marrow and lamb neck. All were tasty without trying too hard. Highly recommend the restaurant and everything we ordered.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loud music but great food and service

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely LOVE Bestia. It is one of the best meals in LA and I recommend everyone to go there. I love it every single time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything we tried! Each dish was a conversation starter and the server was an excellent guide through our choices.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I’ve been wanting to go to Bestia for awhile now, while the food was good unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype for me. Definitely wasn’t wow’d but overall it’s really good food. Worth trying

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience as usual and great way to celebrate my birthday.

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