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Bestia

4.7
2309 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2309 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 10 hours ago

Excellent service. Melanie our server was awesome!!! Everything on the menu was delicious. Can’t wait to
Come back!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 12 hours ago

It was great

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

One of my favorite spots in LA. The only i don't like about Bestia is how difficult it is to get a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Bestia is amazing. If you’re thinking about going but can’t get a reservation for a couple months, please know it’s worth it.

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vipEat45allthefod (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 2 days ago

Very underwhelmed by the food. My wife and I were excited to celebrate our 1 year anniversary here and booked 2 months in advance. Unfortunately we have had much better food elsewhere. The food here was fine, but not anything special. No truly unique or interesting flavors or prep with the dishes we ordered. Perhaps other dishes have that uniqueness. And they make you cut your own pizza? Too busy to just cut it for you before serving? Just a bit annoying. Definitely would recommend pizza mozza or osteria mozza instead, or South End in Venice for truly spectacular food. Overall Bestia was way overhyped and failed to deliver.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely wonderful - the flavors are amazing. We had 7 different dishes between the 3 of us and each one was beyond our expectations. Definitely order the Bone Marrow. The pasta dishes are excellent and every vegetable dish brought an unexpected delicious flavor. The service was great - Joe made the meal fun and entertaining.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Hands down still the best complete dinner I've had. Ribeye steak is a must every time.

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vipDinewithJB (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent in every way - Foie, service, ambience.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Everything was outstanding:Food, drinks, service, atmosphere. The only thing that is underwhelming is the dessert. We ordered 3 different desserts and all of them were not that great. Everything else was outstanding.

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JosephA 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Got a coveted reservation 1.5 months before the dinner. Got to the restaurant 10 minutes earlier but got seated after 30 minutes. Was pretty unhappy about that but what can you expect when you're going to one of the hottest restaurants in LA? With that all said, the food was AMAZING. Everything dish we had was packed with interesting flavors. Was an amazing food experience.

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bendynx (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

we,ve came here due to the foods it,s very consistent good, this time we ordered salumi, clam and muscle in spicy sauce,cavatelli ala norcine, papardelle, and the main meat it was steak 32 ounce bone in...and everting it is very good and tasty

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Everyone should try This place, it’s one of my favorite restaurants , the bone marrow is amazing. If you are in downtown also try these two spots as well.
OTIUM, FAITH & FLOWER. And BLACKSMITHS

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CalvinM 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Delicious! Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

I came with my parents, and we sat outside on the terrace. We asked our waitress for recommendations, which she did a great job delivering: the food was delicious, as were the cocktails. The service, in particular, stood out: we asked our waitress to box our (mostly eaten) bone marrow so that we could take it home for our own. Upon hearing that, she actually gave us extra bone marrow pieces!

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JamesC (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The quality and taste of food was similar to Cheesecake Factory. But Cheesecake is cheaper.
The presentation of the food was great.
More than half the customers got pizza and beer.
Service was amazing. Didn't live up to the hype, not worth making reservations a month in advanced when walk-ins are allowed.

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Josh90404 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Have been meaning to try this restaurant for a couple of years now, but reservations at a decent hour is very hard to come by. Needless to say, we had very high expectations. Luckily, our expectations were met.

Given the hype about this restaurant, I thought it would be more of a fine dining establishment. However, it turned out to be more of a bar/ open-kitchen restaurant with an industrial-design and a lively, casual vibe.

Given the upscale prices of the menu, we opted for only four dishes between the two of us, though I had my eye on way more dishes. We ordered the smoked chicken liver pate and the bone marrow for antipasti, and the spaghetti rustichella and the pici sugo al agnello for our main courses.

The pici sugo al agnello was our favorite dish. The lamb was tender and flavorful, without being “gamey”, the sauce was unctuous, & the fresh pasta perfectly al dente. The roasted bone marrow was a close second favorite. I’ve never had bone marrow serve as the pasta sauce before. Genius! It was rich, flavorful, and complemented the spinach gnochetti really well. We really appreciated the crispy parts of the gnochetti for texture.

I really enjoyed the spaghetti rustichella as well, though my husband didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. It did not have traditional Italian flavors - it was more Asian than Italian, which may be why I enjoyed it more than my husband. The sauce had bold enough flavors, without overpowering the delicate Dungeness crab, and the sweet Thai basil was a pleasant flavor surprise.

As delicious as the smoked liver pate was, it was our least favorite dish, only because you can get much cheaper but equally delicious pate at Westside Tavern.

Since our reservation was at a pretty late hour, I was famished that evening and had room for dessert. I ordered the coffee and donuts. It was delicious: not too sweet, perfect portion size, bold coffee flavor on the ice cream.

Overall, I really enjoyed the food and the service. It was as I had hoped.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Waited over 20 minutes to be seated...they didn't serve bread. We ordered 6 different menu items as well as two desserts. The portions were small and pricey.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

This place is packed, given I made a reservation for a Monday night. Our reservation was not till 10pm however my friend and I took out chance and went at 730pm. The host was very accommodating and gave us options to sit in the bar which we gladly took. The bartender is very accommodating and the servers gladly explained what food their bringing in... they have extensive wine list however bummed that they don't carry Chilean wine. But the drink that the bartender made for us is very refreshing. The bone marrow is definitely highly recommended from the menu.

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HeatherEO (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Service was fantastic and the food was stellar! The roasted bone marrow dish and snap peas dish were my two favorites. Definitely worth booking your reservation in advance and waiting, but we went on a weeknight right after open so it was easier to find open reservations.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing food and aura

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The food is consistent as is the noise level. You trade one for the other. Service is simply amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

As always a great place with great food. A Saturday evening was a bit much loud guests yelling at each other and standing up at their tables encroaching on my dinner tables space. Not a fault from the restaurant but more in the tacky classless people there to celebrate.
But the god and service were SUPERB

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing. No words just love

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vipLovepaso (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was outstanding as always. Everything here tastes amazing. However after dropping $1000 on dinner with our friends we were shocked when we were told to leave bc the next reservation needs our table. Seriously, no lingering conversations allowed here. Eat your delicious food and then move on!! It was so rude.

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Joebeast (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Waited a month for an available spot, dissapointed in the food. It was good, a bit above average, but nothing spectacular. Wont come back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great place! One complain: there too many itens on the menu that was missing. Besides that, everything was brilliant!

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JordanV (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

From start to finish it was an amazing experience, we were greeted warmly by the host as soon as we arrived and we were seated quickly (we did have a reservation). Our server was by our side in moments getting us water and explaining the menu. The food was to die for, everything we ordered was mouth watering good. I never felt like I was being up-sold. The ambience is trendy and hip and we really enjoyed ourselves. Would recommend!

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FmCalifornia (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Five stars on all fronts. What was unique and exceptional was the use of fresh herbs from the cocktails, to appetizers and entrees. The fresh taste of these herbs was definitely palette pleasing!

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food and ambience! Definitely coming back. The bone marrow is a must! All the food is made fresh and for the day so try to arrive early because the best gets sold out.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

food was good
too loud

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