Bestia

4.8
5228 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 5228 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It doesnt get any better

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Amazing! My daughter is visiting for the Holidays and we wanted somewhere very LA. It was just what we wanted!

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vipBandb
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent excellent food! Hadn’t been since they opened, nine years ago… it was better than I remembered. Delicious and great lively vibes

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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VanessaD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and we absolutely loved it!

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EthanG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad we went. Lamb neck, chicken gizzards, and pizza were all amazing. The two bartenders serving us were great too. A little too pricey for me to justify going again but a great experience.

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vipLissaG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service. Crazy busy and loud so its great if you love the buzz.

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vipAnnaS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, and service were exceptional. Our party enjoyed our dinner and we were definitely impressed with the food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sons visiting from out of town. My 3rd time at Bestia and it never disappoints! Food and service are always outstanding!

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EdwardL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside to the left at 5:15 pm and we’re given the most incredible service by our waitress. Knowledgable, friendly and attentive. The food was delicious, too. Really memorable dining experience. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was superb!!! We had a great time!

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Pizza was the best. Amazing ambiance!

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LoveFood
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is spectacular. The noise level is ridiculously loud. You cannot have any normal conversation at the restaurant.

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RJFgirl
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, but service was even better! A bit expensive for every day dining for me, so once or twice a year for me going forward.

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SheilaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! The restaurant is always very busy and lively. Just FYI, It's on the loud side so if you have a larger group, it's hard to have conversations.

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RenatoB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Waiter was extremely nice and cordial. the variations of food was unique

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Naschr
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Made reservation 60days in advance for 5
Needed to add 1 person
Tried to add the one person repeatedly for 3 weeks both online and via email.
Spoke to someone on the phone day before and was assured I would be notified if 1 extra seat became available . No notification was received .
Thus our added person could not attend.
Upon arrival we were asked if our entire party of 6 ( not 5) was present . Then we found our table set for 6 people . Very disappointed .
We then WAITED 20 min for a waiter and to order drinks .

Food was creative, tasty but over rated .
$160 32 oz wagu wasn’t worth it . Could have been just a quality cut of beef vs a wagu.

Found extra dishes we didn’t order on our final bill
Which we caught and needed correction .

Restaurant was VERY LOUD , couldn’t easily understand servers when describing dishes. Due to volume and their heavy accents . But they were otherwise excellent support wait staff .

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vipTony
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Took 15+ minutes for waiter to visit the table and only after I went to the front desk to ask where our waiter was. So a bad start. Mussels and pizza and wine were very good. Gnocchi was luke warm and was eventually comped. For relatively high prices, you expect flawless service and food, particularly for early reservation. After slow start, service of waiter and sommelier was friendly and knowledgeable. Valet parking is a plus. Great ambiance.

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AnnSan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience. Food was excellent. The ambiance was great. Excellent service. Felt safe knowing vaccination required for in room dining. Definitely coming back.

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HildaNoveloPadilla
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience, we really enjoy every dish.

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AdamL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic. Service top notch. Co-Host, Waitress and runners were great. I would just strongly recommend not sitting anywhere by the bar or even indoors. Stick to outdoors. Really loud in there. The hip hop is blaring. Not fun when sitting right under the speaker. We had to move outside to another table as we could not hear each other talking. Also - if sitting at a hi-top by the bar - that's a mistake too - as so many people trying to get to the bar - while waiting for their table - that they end up hovering over your table. That is no good in the best of times- and not good at all during cover.
We had a 8:45 reservation. Took 20 minutes to be seated. Then had to be moved 20 minutes later as our evening was being ruined. Once outside - it was another world. So good. Quiet. Calm. Great food and service. So - strongly recommend sitting out there if want to talk to your friend/date. The restaurant is full of 30-somethings with new money. Kind of the vibe. Not a place I would take mom.
All that said - staff was great at dealing with the problem and the food was great. I will go back for sure. Maybe not on a Thirsty Thursday. I'll try a chill Monday or Tuesday - or go later when maybe not so busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great and enthusiastic about the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service messed up one of our orders but totally made up for it. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was great but the restaurant was extremely loud and tables were very close together. It was hard to hear the conversation across the table since surrounding parties were boisterous.

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VineetS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service. The vibe was great for a party of 8.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have heard only great things about their food so I had to try it myself! My family really enjoyed every dish we ordered and we plan to go back again soon.

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vipTESLOV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They sat us 25 minutes past our reservation time. Some of the food came before our drinks. The drinks and food were good as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Incredibleeeee

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great music , very cool vibe

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Fonso
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice restaurant with hard-working staff in the kitchen particularly. Some super nice and attentive people busing the tables and always checking that everything is A-ok. I think most ingredients were of good quality yet in comparison with my wife's previous birthday at this same place, things were not as good. To start, the mussels were not as rich and they tasted extra fishy. The Old Fashioned was not as good either and didn't even give her a buzz, and she gets buzzed easily. I had also asked in the reservation process for a little surprise dessert with a candle at the end to celebrate the wife's birthday but instead, and despite the reminders, the waitress came and asked us both if we wanted a dessert with a candle, ruining the little surprise. We did not try the Branzino nor the roasted bone marrow this time for they were not our favorite last time. The scallop crudo came in tasty lemongrass-infused coconut milk and it had a pleasant consistency and a mild flavor. As for other cocktails, the Ginger Messiah cocktail was interesting, but I did not care for the Radio Listener. It's a good restaurant and I am sure many folks had a wonderful time. We did not, as much.

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SPatel
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

(1) Waitress was not friendly and pushy.

(2) The food was ok, really heavy on the meats and carbs with very few fresh vegetable options.

(3) It was so crowded there was no distancing of any sort.

(4) It was so loud we were losing our voices trying to talk so we could hear one another and then they turned on music as well.

(5) Honestly unimpressed after being one of the must go to places in LA for so long its lost its charm and innovation with food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down a must visit when in LA. Worth every moment of painful traffic to DTLA. Pastas are so refined hard to overlook. Chitarra w lobster a must. Pizza... you can’t choose wrong. House salumi— divine. Service - exceptional. Just go already.

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Sp93
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were very friendly and eager to take you on an experience with recommendations and good insight on portion sizing and getting the best experience out the menu. The drinks were tasty, the old fashioned was very strong but the sours were ok point. The squid ink chitara with the poached lobster was my favorite but the tartare was delicious and the Hokkaido scallops a delight with the fresh strawberries.

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KarriC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Food was amazing but very disappointing overall. Our reservation was inside, yet they gave us an outside table right by the entrance. From our perspective, the worst table in the house. The waiter took our order and barely paid attention to us otherwise. Half of the fun of a restaurant like Bestia is the service and ambiance and it could honestly not have been worse.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 amazing!

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vipAlfredoH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.. love the food and ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The menu is much smaller than it was a year or two ago. Further the food was just ok whereas it used to be amazing. The service was absolutely horrible. The waitress cut my friends finger when carelessly serving one of the meat dishes. While mistakes happen, the waitress brought a bandaid but never apologized or checked back in with us to see how my friend was doing. Further nothing was reflected on the bill.
Bestia used to be our favorite restaurant in LA and after this experience I don’t think I’ll be going back and further I will definitely not recommend this restaurant to friends family or coworkers in the future.

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Andrew
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizzas were not great. Pastas were decent. The star of the show was definitely the bone marrow and the salad.

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Seeal
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've been to Bestia a couple times, and I really like their Italian cuisine. Just with that their food can all be consistently served at the right temperature (specifically the mussels were a bit on the cold side this time).

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Jessicam
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bestia surpasses the Dine In experience. Everything about them is beyond attentive and informative. Food is 110% flavorful, and they honor special requests. The crew made our anniversary one to remember ❤ thank you for the outstanding hospitality Bestia & Crew.

FAQs

Bestia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 514-5724.

Bestia is rated 4.8 stars by 5228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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