BRERA Ristorante

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
BRERA Ristorante is a TRATTORIA inspired by the -Cucina Povera- typical of the Country Side along the River Po Valley in Northern Italy and the second concept
from restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, Chef Angelo Auriana and Sommelier/Beverage Director Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi.
For private dining & catering please contact Bryan Marn at email: bryan@factoryplacehospitality.com phone: (213) 553-8006.
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Sun 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 10:45PM

What 1252 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

BRERA is an absolute marvel to dine at. The service is beyond five stars and the food was delicious. What else could you ask for?! I wish there was a bit more distance between tables on the bench area but it wasn't too bad. Just a preference.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day was ruined , the food was atrocious and the menu was small and vague , staff was very friendly

RV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good restaurant, I would definitely go back again

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, Gnocchi was awesome along with Wagu and Lobster.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was all great except that there was cold draft coming in each time the door opens. A restaurant this caliber should have double doors or a curtain to ensure this doesn’t happen.

ML
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff. Our server knew his stuff and made excellent recommendations. Also he clearly and concisely gave quality descriptions of foods and wines when were trying to pick between a few options.

The bussers took great care of us too. It always felt timely when they came to the table. We even asked one of them a question about the food and he also knew the answer.

It matters to me when staff really knows the menu. It helped us have an incredible meal with my mom on Valentine’s Day.

The swordfish. Get the swordfish. I didn’t know I liked swordfish. And I really I don’t. I LOVE it. (So the chef was top notch too, obviously.)

The setting is well appointed and romantic too. But not overly so- I could do a work dinner and it would still be perfect.

Anyway, Brera made my very short list.

We will absolutely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, great ambience, could be better on service, our waitress wasn’t that great but overall a good experience. Will go there again, maybe on different table area though.

TM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic evening, all around. Great cocktails to start the evening , before moving on to the wine list. Knowledgable staff helped us pair with our mains (I dont know much about Italian wines). Our starters were so good we ended up ordering g more before our main courses came out. Desert was also a tremendous success. So good we already have reservations for a fixed menu whiskey pairing next week!

TW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, innovative restaurant in the Arts District. Service, food quality, atmosphere, valet and overall design all high. Strong recommend.

RP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded my expectations. Everything from the service to the food was outstanding.

RJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, nice restaurant. Just nice overall, nothing amazing. Had reservations at 7:30, but didn't get seated until 7:50. Drinks were good, but very overpriced. Food flavor was very good, but portions were small. They also ran out of spaghetti so we had to order something else we didn't really want. Steak was cooked perfect. Waitress was attentive and nice.

EG
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Start with this: I needed lozenges the following morning. That's because it was impossible for the couple on one side of the table to hear us on the other side a mere two feet away, so shouting was essential. I hate that. Nothing ruins a meal more quickly than noise that makes a jet taking off sound subdued.

As for the food, it didn't come close to the hype. And, with such a limited menu, it would make sense to make certain that everything is truly exceptional. It wasn't. It was all single tastes -- the same when you swallowed as when you put it in your mouth. No shift at all in making its way from your lips, over your tongue, and after chewing. Purely one dimensional.

And I do better plating when I make things at home... for myself. I don't believe in photographing food and posting it online but, if I did, this would be an example of what not to do.

Our server was accommodating, but she tended to favor the far side of the table. So, because of the noise level, the people close to her had to lean over and tell me what she said. That's frustrating.

Then there's the pricing. No. It's not at all reflective of the experience of the food, the surroundings, or the service. Maybe if I still was in my 20s, I'd feel differently (because I'd have so few bases of comparison). But I've been in too many great restaurants to feel that this was worth the money.

SD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Most of us loved our food, the service was outstanding as was the ambience. I would definitely recommend Brera to anyone looking for a good restaurant in DTLA.

TP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot with a sleek warehouse vibe.
Amazing dishes.
Beautiful staff.
Only downside is it’s off the beaten path and in a bit of Sketchy location.

OT
Los Angeles
186 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brera is one of our favorite LA restaurants. Definitely not the typical red sauce Italian! Several very interest and delicious preparations and do order the farinata (an off the menu surprise). I could make a meal of the bread alone, certainly among the best anywhere. Drinks and wine are also great. Service is always first-rate. Just a terrific spot!

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Food was delicious with original flavors and excellent presentation. Service was faultless - attentive, sociable and they catered to our special occasion. The restaurant is based in an old industrial building, sympathetically renovated to create a visually interesting space with a feeling of high quality yet maintains an intimate vibe.

NC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

We were seated 45 mins after our reservation time. Management was great and made it up for it by providing an appetizer on the house and champagne. Our waitress on the other hand was a bit condescending. Food was mediocre. One meal had to be sent back after they neglected our allergy request. Two of the meals came out after everyone at the table had already finished their meal. Not a single apology from our server. It’s a beautiful restaurant with great atmosphere. Maybe our experience would have been different with a different server.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience! Food was SO GOOD - definitely will be coming back again.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, beautiful ambiance.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests loved everything from the food to the drinks. Always a great spot for a business dinner.

SD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brera and Factory Kitchen prove themselves over and over to be some of the best food and service in all of Los Angeles. Excellent value for your dollar.

JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall very good experience but we were a party of 6 and one of our group lamb came out 10 minutes after everyone was served only to be very undercooked. They comped us one dessert but truly should of comped the meal.

P
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

A bike.

Made reservariam through ópera-balé for lunch which was confirmed biut when hit there was overcharles as lunch

A chego blow

1
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As most reviews note, service here is outstanding. Very professional staff with the appropriate level of attention & thorough menu knowledge. For brevity not going to list our order but taste & presentation all in the very good to outstanding range.
Will return.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Rude manger upfront

RR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience, Awesome Service, Great Ownership and Staff

HD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The restaurant atmosphere and noise level were very good as were some of the dishes. However, the food and service consistency were not great.

M
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic on all levels. A true delight to eat here and be here.

E
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere

GF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Food was fantastic as well as the ambiance. We had the grilled octopus, chicken liver mousse to start and two pasta dishes for the main course. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Overall, great experience.

CG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all round

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The first time I ate at BRERA, I really enjoyed it. It seems to have been going downhill since then. This past visit was a case in point. The cocktail I ordered (brutto negroni) was great and the bar service was friendly. Once we were seated at table, tho, things didn’t go so well. The crudo plate was dumped on the table without explanation. When we asked our server to let us know what was what, she couldn’t do so correctly. (Both apps we ordered were okay and the fritelle was the best dish of the night imo.) For entrées, one of our party ordered the seafood pasta and didn’t like mussels so asked for them on the side so others could enjoy. The pasta was overcooked and the mussels came cold. (I know they didn’t have to accommodate by sending them separately, but still... And it wasn’t particularly busy at the time so not sure why this would happen.) The rest of us had the ossu buco. The meat was okay but came in a lot of sauce that drowned the flavor of the meat itself and tasted a bit too much like bbq sauce to me. Desserts were okay but not wow. I keep wishing for the kind of great experience I had on my first visit and may yet return, even if just for cocktails and apps, but this wasn’t as good as it used to be.

J
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very good here and service is great. It's got to be hard to keep a restaurant running in Los Angeles. However I've always had great service here and the ingredients and food are great. Kudos to the management and staff.

DE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Nothing good to say - Had a reservation, was using 10,000 points and was looking forward to discovering another downtown restaurant - Disappointed overall.

G
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excelente lugar para cenar, la comida es muy buena sin salirse de lo normal!

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FF
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Normally a fantastic restaurant with great food. On NYE we both ordered the fish stew. The soup portion was just incredibly fishy and off despite the fish pieces tasting OK. Clearly the dish was “assembled” and the soup portion was stale or old. We sent the dishes back to the kitchen and they credited our bill but that was that.....hmmmm

C
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome. Good was great! Love the layout of the restaurant.

JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place food is outstanding! Also love the bar

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We hade higher expectations for a Michelin 2019 restaurant. A bit disappointed of three dishes we ordered. Specially the Veal, flavor is not outstanding and tasted like sitting in a slow cooker more than a day. Love the interior design and services.