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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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (105)
Fit for Foodies (103)
Hot Spot (90)
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Special Occasion (81)
Creative Cuisine (76)
Worth the Drive (69)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Fun (58)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Handcrafted Cocktails (51)
Vibrant Bar Scene (49)
People Watching (45)
Good for Groups (45)
Bar Seating (43)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Casual (39)
Romantic (38)
Notable Wine List (37)
Authentic (35)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Comfort Food (23)
Late-night Find (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Business Meals (20)
Tasting Menu (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Tapas (15)
Seasonal (13)
Cozy (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Healthy (8)
Great Beer (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Organic (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Spicy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Bestia was an interesting experience. I felt that I may have came in with too high of expectations but the ambiance left me feeling slightly exhausted. The close quarters was a little hard to maneuver around as the venue got busier.
Food wise I enjoyed most of our selections. We had the bone marrow, yogurt salad, dungeoness crab pasta and sausage pasta. My personal favorite was the dungeoness crab pasta. Some may complain that the pasta may Be undercooked, but I feel like it’s near perfect for al dente. I really enjoyed the citrus notes that cut the fishyness of the crab. The coveted bone marrow was quite pleasant served on top of a spinach pasta.
For dessert we had the persimmon Pana cotta and the ricotto. We both agreed that the pana cotta was delicious. The ricotto was nothing special it was just a nice ricotto but nothing really stuck out as I had to have to it.
Overall, Bestia was a delicious endeavor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This place came recommended but I was somewhat disappointed. The food was generally tasty but uneven and a bit overpriced. The seating is a mixed bag - felt like we were jammed in with next tables. Still, the vibe was fun and energetic. I would give it another try.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Traveling alone and was able to put in a reservation last minute. Showed up early and had a wonderful set of cocktails that they invented on the fly. Super impressed with the service and especially the food. Each dish is thoughtfully put together, usually one or two ingredients stand out as a surprise that gives it a little extra. Wine suggestions were on point and the knowledge the somm carries with him is evident. Thank you!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Great energy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Bestia always has great service and delicious, flavorful food. The dishes are a bit small, considering they encourage you to share, but the quality is top notch. The only thing I would say is that the music is quite loud, my partner and I always had to repeat ourselves and raise our voices to have a conversation. But overall, this place is a good time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

My European friends visited us in LA so we searched for restaurants with good reviews online. We found Bestia and reserved. It's quite tough finding words right now, as Bestia has been our joke of the week! We honestly don't know how they bought the internet, or if people just have no idea what gastronomy means. Tasteless charcuterie and cocktails, gross soggy pizza with too much dough, super salty pasta (and when it's too salty...) I could care less about the rude waitress and the insanely loud atmosphere (club-level sound). That comes second to food, but hey here it is. The desert menu was uncreative so after our disappointing meal we decided to pass and go elsewhere. We were truly disappointed after bragging about LA's amazing multi-cultural food scene to my foreign friends.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Another amazing dinner at Bestia and already can’t wait to go back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Get the ribeye. You will not be disappointed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Bestia night of my life

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Was recommended by a colleague so I decided to try. Only table I could get was a counter table. Surprisingly it was a good spot to check out all the action. The place was vibrant at 5:30 pm. Service was outstanding and wait staff was very attentive. We had lobster tostini and salad to start and piazza for main course which was very good. The cocktails were also very well done. I would definitely return

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Absolutely one of the best meals ever!!!I️ surprised my husband w a flight to La from SF just for 24 hours. We had a blast at Bestia bc of the food, music, ambience and cocktails/wine. The tomahawk pork chop was so bomb and I️m glad we were there on a Monday to get it. Since tickets aren’t that expensive to fly to La I️ will for sure go back just to eat there!!! Good job Bestia!! Our server Harrison was the best and very knowledgeable.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was fantastic, the service was professional, and the ambience was super cool.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This was our first time at Bestia - such a fun, lively atmosphere with delicious, unique food. The real winner, we all felt, was the Roasted Marrow Bone with Spinach Gnocchetti! We would go back for that ANYTIME!! The wait staff was superb.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great restaurant. We had a late 10pm reservation but did not feel rushed at all. Service was great - waiters always made sure to fill up our water and cleaned up our tables. Food was also incredible. I would go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Loved the food and ambiance at Bestia, however, our server wasn't the greatest. It was my birthday and he hardly said happy birthday. He literally just said in the most non-chalant voice "oh happy birthday". That was it. The server was even a UCF grad, and everyone at the table was also a UCF grad so we were trying to make conversation with him, and be like "hey UCF grad!" and connect. He was not the least bit interested in talking with us. Felt like we were more of a nuisance to him. When you are spending good money at a restaurant that you had booked two months in advance, you expect great service. That was definitely not the case in my opinion.

However, the food and ambiance and music was incredible. The host was also very wonderful and sweet which I appreciated.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Was expecting attitude and so-so food, instead received great service and smiles and an amazing meal. Bravo to the entire staff and a tireless kitchen that puts out one great dish after another.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a fantastic time. Loved the ambiance, the food, and my server!! Will be back, for sure!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great good. Seated us 30 minutes after reservations and had limited popular dishes for reservation.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a reservation for 6 at 8:30pm. Showed up early and waited until 9:30pm to be seated. They made a make shift table for us outside on the patio which wasn't ideal. The waiter pushed family style plates on us, but when the plates came out the portions were tiny and barely enough for 2 people. We left leaving hungry and somewhat frustrated at 12:30am!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was expecting so much more... to loud... uncomfortable seating, cramped.... the pate was tasteless.... pastas were ok,but needed more spices... pretty bland... the meat selection was nice ,but some cheese paring would be nice.... desserts were nice, great service..... thanks

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was amazing! Service was exceptional! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great! Been here several times now, but keep coming back for the food and ambiance. Awesome service as well :)

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Unpleasant smell in entrance, very noisy inside of the restaurant. Food is a ok not great. Three entrees only on menu on Thursday night, except pizza and pasta. Very expensive wine and the wine list is complicated.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

It's one of the places we like when we come to LA for business

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful evening at Bestia, again...3rd time. Food always amazing, service excellent. Good to sit outdoors (b/c is a bit quieter and easier to talk). We'll be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service, atmosphere and all the dishes we ordered were amazing! It was my second time visiting and both times I was so satisfied with food & services as well :) Higly recommended! (Favorite dishes: Grilled octopus and calamari, bone marrow, lamb neck)

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Bestia is perfection. Our table was ready and waiting when we arrived. All of the staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Our server helped us choose the right amount of entrees/apps for the 6 of us, aware of our tastes, making great suggestions. Everything was delicious. The Bone Marrow is amazing! Best we've ever had. All of the food is fresh, unique and just plain delicious. The little gems salad and the citrus yogurt salad were full of amazing flavors...more than you'd expect from salad. The venue is also great. It's not a quiet place, but I'm not young any more, and I could still hear everyone at our table. I love the brick. We were inside at a high top table, but either inside or outside would be a great place for a group of friends or a date night. Highly recommend Bestia.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I had an excellent time at Bestia. Our waitress and sommelier were excellent and had perfect suggestions. We tried the veal tartare and the amazing mussels for starters. The mussels are fantastic and our waitress was right...all you want to do is mop up the sauce with bread. I would highly recommend the pork chop as an entree to share as that was fantastic - she let us know they also have a smaller portion than what is on the menu and that was perfect for just two. We finished it off with some amaro and panna cotta. It was probably one of the highest quality dessert dishes I’ve tasted in a while. Highly impressed and I would recommend it although keep in mind it’s noisy if it is a special occasion.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I love the food at Bestia!
Every dish is fresh, flavorful and fantastic.
The space and energy are great as are the servers.
Do not miss the lamb belly or the lamb neck.
The pizzas and pastas are delectable.
I want to return every time I am in L.A.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Bestia never disappoints. Have been here a couple of times and the food is just as good as I remember it every time. This time around we had a persimmon and panchetta salad which was good, the lamb neck which was cooked perfectly to fall off bone-ness. But the highlight, as always, is the pasta. We had the lamb pasta and it was amazing. The noodles themselves are just made and cooked to perfection. Highly recommended!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Wonderful as always! The lamb belly this time was particularly noteworthy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Server was rude and lacked understanding of the menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a bit of a service break on Saturday night. Apparently, tickets weren't printing in the kitchen and several of our appetizers never materialized. Long breaks between food, our server was awol most of the evening and we eventually had to flag someone down to find out what was going on. Bestia is one of my favorite restaurants and this was an unusual occurrence. Once staff was informed, they did their best to make up for the issues we identified. I've made a return reservation in late January with the same group that was with me on Saturday because I want to exorcise this last visit from our collective memory.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Consistently excellent. The bone marrow gnocchetti is great.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The best Italian restaurant in LA. Always amazing!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Everything about our experience at Bestia was fantastic - from the service to the recommendations and order/pace in which the food came out. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

It had taken me about two months to get a reservation at Bestia and I was excited to surprise my boyfriend with this dinning experience. Him and I are foodie's and we have an active page on Instagram (Califoodiegirl and Tampagourmand) and we are always seeking new places to try. He had his mind on coming to Bestia to taste all the delicious food and was excited to know we were going.

This was my boyfriend's third trip to Los Angeles and this was an opportunity to celebrate our 11th month anniversary as a long distance relationship. We met in Chicago and have been dating ever since. I wanted him to have a great experience at Bestia one of L.A. Finest places.

When we arrived at Bestia we we're greeted graciously and we're asked to wait as we had arrived 30 minutes early. My boyfriend went to the bar and when he came back he said he was given a "Snooty L.A. treatment" from one of the bartenders. The bartender was apologetic with his attitude but the damage had been done.

We were seated shortly after but disappointed where we were sat which was on the side corridor of the restaurant unable to fully see the main dining area. The waitress came and introduced herself and we felt she rushed through the explanation of the menu and she was very pushy making suggestions. When my boyfriend asked that we wanted the Bone Marrow dish she immediately made it a point to tell us that we needed to "have a plan" so she would put all the food in at once as the chef had suggested to get the full experience. From the point on we had horrible service and a bad experience. This waitress seemed rushed and had attitude and tried to be nice.

It's important that the customer feels welcome and free to make the best of out of their dining experience. It would have been a total fail if the food would have not been as great as. I hope this gets to the right hands and brought to the attention of those who care about us the customers. We both wish you Bestia continual success.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The staff were so attentive and helpful. We sat at the bar because my friend got there 20 minutes late and that was the only space they had when she arrived (past the grace period). It worked out fine. The bartenders were both really cool, which added to the dining experience. And the food... *eyes rolling back in my head* So delicious!!! This was my fourth time here but my first time with my palate twin, which made it so much better. We loved it so much, we licked several plates (no shame). So much depth of flavor in the citrus salad and rich deliciousness in the pork belly with salsa verde! The menu changes frquently so don’t get mad if they don’t have them when you go. They’re bound to have something else that’ll wow you. Thanks to Bestia for a great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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