Bestia

4.7
3555 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.1

For Italian in Los Angeles, it doesn't get any better than the Arts District's Bestia, This isn't dinner, it's an experience.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bestia is simply the best. Always an amazing experience. Our waiter Harrison was the man.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, EVEN BETTER this time! I love this place. The best food and drinks, super fun vibe and really lovely staff. They pace out the course delivery so perfectly too!

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu with lots of great dishes - can't wait to go back

BH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. The flavors are unparalleled and the service is friendly yet refined. Will absolutely return in the future.

B
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything from the bar to dessert that I had was fantastic! The aged rib eye was amazing and made for 3 more excellent meals afterwards. My wife's experience was not the same as mine. She had the pasta and lobster and was less than thrilled.
Service was excellent!
Seats and chairs a tad bit too small/tight even though I felt the design itself of the interior and exterior was well executed!
I would definitely come back and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy (if you can finagle a reservation)!
Bravo and keep up the great work!
Thank you!

IF
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything, from the crudo to the salads to the branzino, was vibrant and packed with flavor! Also really enjoyed the burrata pizza and shishito peppers. Always happy to return here when we have the opportunity

R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Shalimar was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique food and great flavors. Service is exceptional

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience. Bestia never disappoints

j
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for a birthday dinner and my experience was wonderful. I’ve been here many times and is one of my favorite restaurants.

Valet parking recommended. Not any self parking anywhere as it’s LA or just Uber/Lyft/carpool.

Ordered their:

beef tartare - crunchy, beefy, mustard mixture sauce was fabulous and interesting 5/5

Bone marrow - is a must, spinach pasta done right. 5/5

Cavatelli alla norcina - love the black truffle, great, but a bit too salty on the pork sausage 4/5

She know spritz - vodka mix cocktail 4/5

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Fantastic food and drink. Pricey but well worth it!

KT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible food and horrible service

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Roasted Chicken Liver was great. Pasta was salty and kinda disappointing.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

We had a table reservation for 10:00 pm, unfortunately, they turn off the music around 11:30 and wants to be out of the restaurant, very disappointed 🙁

MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic as was the service. Booking a reservation was difficult, but if you call, there is a good chance they can make the time more convenient for you. Very friendly and fun!

DG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place deserves its 5-star reputation. Make sure you go with the right attitude, i.e., family style dining is the way to go, be prepared to experiment just a little bit, and none of this comes cheaply. But, the food is fantastic and the vibe is very good. I have only sat outside (front or back patio) -- which I highly recommend -- and have never noticed any noise whatsoever. Very easy to hear everyone (a huge plus). I don't have a good feel if the inside acoustics are good. I even had a celebrity-sighting! AOC was in the house!

DB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food quality - though quite why it has become such an “it” spot in LA, I don’t understand. Still, we had a very pleasant meal.

Service was excellent - attentive but not overbearing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience always!!!

JC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Miserable, rude and just plain hostile hostess that set the tone of the dinner. Rudely clipped off a convo in mid conversation with "is your entire party here" and "you have to wait outside with your drinks" pretty much ruined any expectations we had.

Whilst we weren't the most elegantly dressed denizens of your restaurant, we certainly did spend $900 for 5 hungry chefs. Although we did arrive 30 minutes early, we were treated less than human (what do you expect, we've been in LA for 14 days building a kitchen) and barked at "you can't sit there" when one of us tried to sit on the bar. Seriously, graciousness and tact aren't part of your greeting staff's DNA.

I'd love to recommend you to another, but we unanimously award you the Yet Another Pretentious Los Angeles Restaurant for the way we were treated. We did see that every one of your other perfumed and coiffed customers dealt with courteously and with deference. Should I have worn my little black dress?

Food was underwhelmingly seasoned and unfathomably coursed with long pauses between dishes and at times, we ran out of space to put a fork down.

Drinks were awesome, bartender rocked.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My review comes with a caveat because my friend and I are pescatarians and the menu is primarily meat-based. I think maybe for meat eaters this place is worth it but for vegetarians or seafood lovers the food is mediocre. We split the kampachi crudo, dungeness salad, margherita pizza and lobster spaghetti. Our take: crudo didn’t wow us (we prefer the hamachi crudo at Sawyer’s in Silverlake); Highly recommend the dungeness salad. It had a lovely umami flavor and depth. Pizza was meh. The flavors didn’t quite come together. I’d recommend pizza at Roberta’s in Culver City instead. Finally, lobster pasta: upon first bite we turned to each other and wondered if they just used dried boxed spaghetti you get at your local grocery store. If it was homemade it definitely didn’t taste like it. I mean for $29 we felt taken. Don’t recommend Bestia. Overpriced for mediocre food.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Unbeviably overrated place. Pasta was bang average, and tasted like it was out of the can. For $34 pasta dishes, wouldn’t you think the portion would be a little bigger? I’ve genuinely had better pasta at Olive Garden. The waitress seemed like she was at pains to answer our questions about the menu. Silver lining was that the bartender was nice as we waited for our table and the drinks were great. Will not be returning.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!! Literally everything came out so good except for the chicken liver pate. I made a reservation like 3 weeks in advance but got seated at the counter bar by the kitchen. I could feel the heat from the kitchen but it was very nice seeing them cook.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration of daughter going to college

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Amazing food and attentive service. The gnocchi and bone marrow is second to none. The suggested wine was exactly what i wanted. The beer selection could be better.

j
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I heard this restaurant was “the best Italian restaurant in LA” so I found a very late reservation at 11PM and went. I immediately got sick after one appetizer, and couldn’t even finish my entree. Portions are small and overpriced. Definitely overhyped.

KK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Bestia and they proved that they can nail it every time. We’re from Vancouver BC and our first experience was so great that we had to come back the next time we were in town!

EH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been many times. I wish they would have more non pork options.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Bustling place in a cool part of DTLA with a great atmosphere but maybe a bit too loud at times making it difficult to hold conversation.
The pasta dishes were fantastic and the pizza tasted great and authentic, no room for pudding but I’m sure they were also yummy!

MN
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything that everyone has said about this place is true! The food was deliciously amazing. The bone marrow is a must! The only thing that was a little disappointing was the pork porterhouse, but then again I don’t like to eat pork too often. Service was okay. Our server didn’t seem like she wanted to serve us anymore after we kept turning down her upsale suggestions. We felt like she was being a little too pushy and aggressive.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Very crowded and super loud.
Portions are tiny.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible incredible incredible food. Had 8 dishes, all were amazing

l
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You've heard the buzz. You've tried, but failed, to get a reservation because they are hard to get. So the question has to be asked: Is Bestia worth all the praise, the time and money? The answer is simple: absolutely. I had been trying to land my first reservation for weeks and finally settled for an early time on a Wednesday evening. It's summer, so we sat outside (where, by the way, it's much quieter than inside). The restaurant is in an old warehouse in the former industrial Arts District, so you don't go there for the view. But, oh, the food. Everything my wife and I ate - from the Tomato Salad with whipped burrata to the pastas (we had the unbelievably delicious Cavatelli alla Norcina and Pici al Sugo di Agnello) to the downright sinful Bar au Chocolat Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart (I think the name says it all) - was great, like when after every bite the world stops for a second and you say to yourself, "Oh my god that's good." They also have an outstanding wine selection (though they ain't cheap!). All in all, Bestia lived up to its hype. And that's rare.

VP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always the best overall in LA for pasta

V
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, terrific service and delightful ambiance. We enjoyed very much and liked the fact that it was open until midnight. For sure one of the best dinning experiences in LA

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

👏 awesome

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great space

RB
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service.

JK
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome New York open kitchen vibe. Roasted bone marrow and chicken liver toast is a must. Calamari was wonderful and refreshing. We loved our cherries and tomatoes salad. The pasta on the other hand was okay. We had the spaghetti rustichella which I would give a 5/10. The agnolotti i would give a 7/10. Tomahawk pork chop was great. The rib eye I would say 6.5/10. I had better 28 days dry aged at other places. But overall experience and service was a 12/10.

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