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Delicious , cozy and unforgettable .
Still our favorite place to dine in LA.
We have been the chi SPACCA a few times and the food and service is always excellent. We were a little disappointed during this visit. The grilled octopus (one of the best dishes) was overcooked and a bit too charred which ruined its delicate buttery taste that we have had in past visits. We also ordered the short rib. The flavor was outstanding, but there was a lot of fat and very little meat for the price you pay for the dish. The service was on point, and the setting is great- we just wished the food was as phenomenal as in our past experiences. I would highly recommend their Butterscotch Budino for dessert.
Friends in town from Wisconsin and Chicago. They loved it! Delish everything! Especially Whole Branzino alla Piastra
herb salad, lemon, olive oil, Roasted Cauliflower
crushed-lemon bagna cauda, and Toasted Pane Bianco
fett'unta with Puglia Burrata, bistecca drippings !!!
Best food in LA
Top notch service and food
Food is outstanding and our waiter was so polite, friendly and knowledgeable about the history/story of each dish. One thing that needs to be improved is having a hostess stationed in the front. We waited almost 10 mins before anyone greeted us. Our friends were inside already and waiting for us even though they showed up 2 mins before us. Very annoying and hostess didn’t seem to give a hoot.
Great food! Service was not that great. Waitress was pretty snobby and not very good.
We’ve experienced many amazing meals as a couple, but wanting to make our last trip before we expect our first born special, we booked at chi SPACCA. The food surpassed our expectations. This was by far the best meal we’ve ever had from start to finish and couldn’t think of a more special way to embark into parenthood than with this unforgettable experience.
Excellent, we sat at the counter, the chefs were super nice and fun to talk to. Our server was excellent and gave great recommendations. Highly recommend the pizza bread (not sure what it’s called) and the cream corn. Next time will definitely try the chicken, looked amazing! Can’t wait to go back.
Amazing..highly recommend it..can't wait to go there again.
Amazing. Best Italian restaurant in LA.
We had a wonderful meal. The food was exceptional. The only issue I had was that we found the table to be cramped. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we will be back. :)
I’m a regular to Chi SPACCA and I love this restaurant, Big time.
Unfortunately it was a bad experience this time. As a restaurant owner I’m not here to blame anyone. It’s more in a constructive way that I write this review.
The service was not good. When you pay 500$ for a party of 3 you’re expecting to have at least a manager greeting you or some sort of hospitality. We were placed on the top edge of the counter even if the counter was empty. We kinda felt like we were punished.
The salads were amazing, no comment. I strongly recommend the baratta & peach salad. Chi SPACCA is using the finest products on the market, however, I realized how much butter and oil was added to the meat and sides when they came. When you have the best meat which is already marbled and dry aged ($225 a piece), I find it a bit sad to add way too much oil. It becomes cloying. It was the case for the sides as well, dipping in oil or butter. Even the bread was cooked on the plancha stuffed with oil, and as if it wasn’t enough, splashed with oil. The bread was completely wet indeed. I feel like the products and ingredients should talk by themselves when they are that good. It’s also a question of respect.
It’s really not my type to write a review but I really felt frustrated as a regular.
Very good food in an upbeat space. Bring your wallet.
The food was magnificent. I relied on our servers recommendations and she delivered. Everything was so unbelievably consistent. Such an intimate experience. Next time will book the counter. Will absolutely be back.
The chicken is to die for!! Every time I eat here I leave feeling like the meal was really memorable.
Thank you! We've got lots more memorable meals to share.
I cannot say enough about this intimate restaurant but I will keep it short. Wonderful spot, magnificent food with great ambiance. I have been several times and plan on returning until I have tried everything on the menu.
We update the menu regularly with new dishes and we are often inspired by seasonal ingredients. Chances are once you've made it through the whole menu, there will be new items to try!
Third time here over the years and with the long wait time for reservation and price of food, we felt a bit disappointed this time. The cheese bread was too dark and too oily, the charcuterie plate was just ok, the Tomahawk was more fat than meat, although the seasoning still delicious. Nothing was a standout like in times prior. And these are their notable items. Too bad everything hows down hill.
It’s good. But nothing special—especially when you consider price. Much better places to get a steak. Nothing innovative here.
The best in LA! We can eat here every week. My favorite is the foccacia bread
The Focaccia di Recco is the stuff that dreams are made of. Glad to hear that you like it as much as we do!
Food was terrific as always. Interesting trade off between sitting at the counter and getting to watch the chefs and also having a lot of heat.
The counter seats certainly put you in the heart of the action. Out tables are great too! We have both seating arrangements available, and our food is consistently amazing. We hope to see you soon.
Food great , just a small cool space. Loved the open kitchen. Waiter made our meal even better. Focaccia was out of this world!! Worth coming for it alone
Glad you had a great time. We hope to see you again soon!
The food and service was mediocre. 2 beers to select from, no cocktails. Wait staff was not attentive. Go to Bestia instead.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you did not feel attended to by our wait staff. We strive to make Chi Spacca a warm and friendly place for all of our guests. Unfortunately our license does not allow us to serve spirits at, but many of our guests go next door to Osteria Mozza before or after their meal for a cocktail. I will share your feedback about our beer selection with our Beverage Director. Please reach out directly if you'd like to discuss your experience further.
It was the featured restaurant as a platinum Amex card member. Unfortunately, Amex can only book us counter seats and not a table reservation.
Counter seating is not ideal if your on a date. Both you and your date will end up smelling like food by end of the night. The smoke from the grill, oven, etc.
But, if that’s your thing, go right ahead.
The food serving is family style! Huge, shareable!
Nothing stood out for us. Everything was drenched in olive oil!!!!! Overpowering we thought! And everything was SALTY!
The entrance to the actual restaurant was a little ghetto... small door inside the “mozza to go” door.
Food was amazing. Staff was very accommodating and made great recommendations.
UNBELIEVABLE!!!! One of the best meals we have ever had. Thank you!!!
The food is amazing if you’re a caveman, which works perfectly for me. Steaks the size of Buicks, with a Ferrari price tag, perfectly prepared. The maitre d’ is more than a little chilly, and seems to enjoy telling why you can’t do what you’d like to do. But the wait staff and chefs are terrific.
Fabulous food! Great place for a special occasion, especially for carnivores.
We went there on our anniversary and brought along with us our 7-month old daughter. They accommodated us.
Octopus was amazing, as well as their house bread, but the cream corn have more flavor than the short rib.
Will go back, but staying away from the short rib.
The sides and desserts were as good as the entrees!
The food was prepared perfectly. The meat was fork tender, the creamed corn was sweet, and the focaccia was rich and flaky. The server helped us pick a delicious wine that paired perfectly with the food. It was a memorable evening.
The entire course we had was great, the only downside is the porcini rubbed short ribs. It seems out of place in the menu and the meat is tough. There is barely any fragrance of porcini despite it is the main ingredient mentioned on the menu. Perhaps I should have asked before I ordered the entree, that short ribs is not ideal to be chargrilled without softening the tough sinews first. It was a jaw dropping contrast to the magnificent octopus dish. Besides the entree, we have enjoyed every other items that we had.
LOVE THIS PLACE! My favorite GO TO steak house. Nice and cozy and oh so delicious. Everything is prepared to perfection. Must have include Tomahawk Porkchop, moorish lamb shoulder, little gems salad and their signature Focaccia di Recco. Mmmmmm,,,wish I was there now!
Food was excellent, we had a great time and will be back! Great place to be for special occasion.
Great atmosphere, delicious food, a wonderful dining experience