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About Bestia

A multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles

2121 E. 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Closed on most major holidays

Cross Street:
Santa Fe Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 514-5724

Website:
http://bestiala.com/

Executive Chef:
Ori Menashe

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please email events@bestiala.com for more information.

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Bestia Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (111)
Good for a Date (98)
Hot Spot (94)
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Special Occasion (87)
Creative Cuisine (86)
Good for Birthdays (73)
Worth the Drive (69)
Handcrafted Cocktails (68)
Fun (58)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Bar Seating (49)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
Neighborhood Gem (47)
People Watching (45)
Good for Groups (41)
Romantic (40)
Authentic (39)
Notable Wine List (37)
Casual (30)
Local Ingredients (25)
Business Meals (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Cozy (20)
Late-night Find (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Tapas (14)
Seasonal (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Healthy (10)
Great Beer (9)
Organic (8)
Spicy (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 16 hours 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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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Montreal)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food and aura

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing. No words just love

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 9, 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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 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!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 8, 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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 (London)·Dined on February 8, 2018

food was good
too loud

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

I will say the service and ambience were great. We sat outside as to avoid the heightened noise level inside the restaurant. I was disappointed in the food. I had high expectations from this place. The best thing we ordered was the snap peas and burrata. We also got the calamari and faro salad (pretty good) and the kale pizza (a bit of a soggy crust on the bottom) and very al dente spaghetti. Maybe the food was just too rich because we all left feeling a little "off".

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Top spot LA

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Probably have had some of my best meals at Bestia. I highly recommend you try it at least once .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Fantastic. Lived up to the hype.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Bestia never disappoints. Always in excellent, superb experience when dining there. Took my in-laws there for the first time and they simply loved it. Kudos to the entire staff.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Wonderful experience to celebrate two birthdays. Server was super knowledgeable in describing the dishes and even made suggestions of off the menu drinks. After leaving the restaurant, they called to inform we left a wallet and would hold in manager’s office safety box for pickup whenever convenient for us. Great service and food! No wonder Bestia remains one of the best restaurants in LA after all these years.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great fusion of culinary tastes, yet maintaining the basics. Enjoyed sharing the dishes with friends.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Everything was goodddddd~^^

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Each dish was perfect, portions were just right, the menu varied & exciting, and the service friendly, attentive and efficient. If you're going to pay restaurant prices for a good bottle of wine, this is the place because the sommelier is as accommodating as he is knowledgeable. An expensive restaurant, to be sure, but worth every penny (and not nearly as expensive as many in this area and of this class). Do not pass up the zabaglione with blood-orange sorbet for dessert - lighter and creamier than any zabaglione you've ever tasted!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Seat inside only. Terrace has no ambience

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Waitress was totally disinterested and told us how we had to order our food and in what order because that’s the way the chef does it. Really? Food was nothing special which was a shame because it used to be amazing. Very disappointing. Won’t return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, great management and servers. Always a favorite for us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Met up with a friend on a Friday night and we shared a few dishes -- everything was delicious.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was delicious, overall service was good. I wish they would-be have told us what they were out of when giving us the menus. Instead of when I was trying to place an order only to be told everything I wanted, they were out of ( mussels, pork belly and lamb).

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A girlfriend’s LA farewell

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good was excellent and the service was outstanding.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food is always excellent and the place is great looking. Noisy and the tables are crowded but there is a reason for that. As good as Italian gets in LA.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 31, 2018

It was mine & daughters Birthday celebration. We tried a lot of different items. Everything was delicious. There was an explosion of flavor with every bite. Lobster crustini, Salad, mushroom pizza, pork ragu pasta. AMAZING. Everyone must try. Corkage was high but they decant for you in over sized wine bottles, kind of a fun twist.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Loved it! Can’t wait to go back to try more dishes!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I can't say enough about Bestia! From the patience and friendliness of the hostess to waiter who was knowledgeable, and attentive. The food was nothing short of amazing! A must try if you've never been!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

felt rushed to order and finish

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We had an amazing experience at Bestia on our trip to LA from Vancouver. The server guided us through the menu and helped us make excellent choices. Lobster crostino, burrata pizza and crab spaghetti were the favourites. Cocktails did not disappoint and the wine list is very good. Would definitely recommend Bestia and we are so glad it was reccomened to us.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Disappointing experience for my girlfriends birthday. Our first server was great. But we were passed off to a different server mid dinner and it was all downhill from there unfortunately.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food at Bestia is absolutely awesome! No complaints whatsoever. However, I am very UNIMPRESSED with their selection of wines. Although there are many interesting selections, such as txakolina, the wines aren NOT the best representation of the varietal. I have tasted many more txakolis that are much more flavorful and go better with Chef Menache's menu. Actually, an arinto/vino verde(Dom Diogo) would go better with most of his food. In my humble opinion, the wines DETRACT from the chef's most excellent cooking. It is worth paying the $30 corkage fee just to bring a bottle that better pairs with the food!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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