Colori Kitchen

4.7
189 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Colori Kitchen is a small neighborhood restaurant which opened in 2006. It is located in a petite storefront on 8th Street in downtown historic district, a country style dining reminiscent of a Italian "Trattoria." The restaurant chef Luigi Barducci Contessi with his wife Paola, offer top quality homemade Italian food at affordable prices, adding to people's dining experience the warmth and of course a bit of the drama, that only a real Italian family can offer.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 189 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious, very happy with the service, friendly environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Very limited wine list and out of some beers. Salad was acceptable but the ravioli tasted like it had been left over from the day before. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the meatballs as an appetizer and a caesar salad both were great sized portions and the lamb rack i order was bursting with flavor and so tender the broccoli and potatoes were both cooked to perfection

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Hospitality!!!
Thank you
Paola and Luigi!

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Anniversary
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Great food and no corkage fee, we went for our anniversary because it is such a special place. Best Italian food I've had in LA.

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HerbG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner last night and after we ordered they had a staffing problem and had to close for inside dining, however they served us as the only diners while still servicing takeout orders. The dining staff left and we were taken care of by the owner.
Not only was the service exceptional, the food was absolutely terrific. My wife had the salmon, our guest had the sole and I had the chicken parmigiana. They were all great. Often when you order chicken parmigiana the chicken is a processed piece of meat. Not here, it was a solid fresh chicken. My wife normally doesn’t particularly care for salmon but she said it was excellent. We had canopies for desert. Both the plating and the taste was excellent.
We are returning this evening and without saying many times in the future.
Herb Goodman

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better value than any popular restaurant in LA! An absolute must eat!

BJ
vipBrendaJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was not special. About 5 options of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious family dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delish! The food is very authentic Italian with natural flavors instead of flavors derived from seasonings. LOVED it

CS
vipCrisS
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem. Outstanding value.

DN
vipDanaN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome Back Colori Kitchen. I'm so happy that you are able to resume 'inside dining.' The entire evening was great - the food, atmosphere and service were all exceptional.

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Noel
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I understand that restaurants are struggling because of the pandemic. I give them a pass on service and even long wait times even though you had reservation. However, they should not get a pass on the quality of the food. Their food was subpar and I don’t think it was fit to be served.

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vipNGPjulex
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Colori is always good. Most recently, I had the Lobster Ravioli in Pink sauce and it was perfection.

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vipmiriamc
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Hole in the wall. We went in only one person sitting, think it was manager, very dark inside no lights were on . We walked right on out. No one acknowledged us, which was fine because it doesn't look like the pictures very out dated.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat! Owners Paula and Luigi make you feel like family- we come here quite often and the food is ALWAYS SUPERB AND DELICIOUS!!!

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J714
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cute hole in the wall italian place. Food is excellent.

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vipChsmiller
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Had to wait 35 minutes after reservation time. Per mngr the app was booking with restaurant as if full capacity. But I’m not sure how that could happen. I think they were under staffed. But food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always delicious and a great meal at Colori Kitchen! So happy the restaurant is still going strong through the pandemic. We love Colori Kitchen! Owners and waitstaff are fabulous, kind and the food is so delicious!

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vipEskimo
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Colori Kitchen will always hold a special place in my heart because it was where I had my first date with my boyfriend. It's cozy and intimate which I prefer over a large impersonal place. I love that you bring your own wine since that not only makes it a good value, but you know what you're drinking and can spurge on a nice bottle. The food is consistently excellent and we've now gone several times. It's perfect for an early dinner before the Taper or Disney Hall since it's a short distance from either.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for years. Still love it each time. Of course the standard Italian fare is great, I love the lingcod or specials of the evening. Bring your own bottle of wine (can buy it at the Whole Foods next door). We like to share our bottle.

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jjbooya
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love Colori Kitchen. Unpretentious. Fun. Food is great (get the Cioppino). No corkage. Excellent service. Great value. What's not to like? IT'S LOUD. Our prior visits have been early weeknights (Tuesday, Wednesday). While energetic on those nights, it was easy to communicate with our table mates and staff. Latest visit was on Friday and everyone dining there must have been hard of hearing. Because they were all speaking AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS. There are no soft surfaces... ANYWHERE. So, it was QUITE LOUD. By the end of our meal (get the Cioppino) we had to get out of there for fear of PHL (Permanent Hearing Loss). Chicken Marsala was excellent, New York steak was also near perfect. Kale Ceaser was great and not over-dressed. (But, forget all that and get the Cioppino). And unless you're playing left tackle for the Trojans, plan to share it or take some home. All dishes are large enough to be shared by mere mortals.

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mrfandsfabrics
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times and the food does not disappoint. While the location is not the most convenient for us, as we live 40 miles away, we try and go as often as possible. We love the food!

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aecs422
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Hubby wasn't sure from the outside. Pleasant surprise once we ordered from menu. Great service from our waiter. No alcohol but BYOB w/o corkage fee! All the items we ordered were delicious, pleasantly served & very generous servings, from salad to entree to dessert. Salad so generous that one serving serves two people! We will definitely return again, and next time, we will bring a bottle of wine! This place is diamond in the rough!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the tagliatelle bolognese and mushroom risotto. Perfect portion for two. Meat entrees appeared delicious and really big! Will have to try next time.

LR
vipLeslieR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grilled calamari was so tender and tasty. Pasta dishes were superb! Their specials didn't disappoint. We had spaghetti and meatballs, burrata, pasta with bolognese, their fish special. Their cheesecake was the best I ever had - light as clouds.

FM
vipFrankM
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The only negative was waiting for my reserved table. Staff we're struggling with a no-show but our server (Chip!) did his best. Food (salmon for one, striped bass for another) very tasty - we substituted broccoli for mashed potatoes, best broccoli I've had.
It's very noisy, but that's part of the price you pay for being in such a lively spot.
I'll be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place!

I've tried everything at this point and the food is always great with an amazing wait staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Is it possible the main ingredient in my risotto was canned cream of mushroom soup? That this question even occurred to me is a problem.

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vipluv2dine
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless as usual. The food in addition to our waiter is one of the reasons I continue to introduce friends to Colori.

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rebecca
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their pasta is amazing. It's a great little restaurant, and I go there every time I visit downtown LA.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just so good. The grilled calamari is a must have. It is BYOB too...can't beat it.

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vipCraigK
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Loved the grilled vegetables. Bring your own wine.

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Zacq
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. The prices were fair, the service was solid, and the food was fantastic. Will be back again as soon as I can, and I've already spread the word to several friends!

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Elle
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful meal at Colori Kitchen the other night, just a plain old Wednesday. Started with the calamari appetizer - I don't think I've ever had such perfectly prepared and tasty squid, you could cut it with a fork. I had ricotta and spinach ravioli, the mister had tagliatelle with a meat sauce. It was all absolutely delicious - flavorful, never heavy, portions just perfect. We finished up with tiramisu, which was heavenly.

The place was pleasantly busy while we were there, but I've been told that it gets quite busy and there may be waits for a table on weekend evenings. Though we didn't have to wait, I am quite sure that I would if I had to - and happily - the dinner was very much worth it!

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Steph
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I have received in a very long time. Amazing food. Calamari app was the best and so was the lasagnia! I love that you can bring your own wine too. Great prices!!!

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bellman10
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great along with the service and all of the people who work there. I had the carparcio and was great. I had the filet of sole, two people had chicken Marsala and one had the ravioli and said it was the best he ever had. The Italian cheesecake is a one of a kind and the cannoli was "give me another one please. .
Eat there before its to busy to get a reservation. We all LOVED IT

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Marc
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I live downtown and Colori Kitchen is just down the street. I'm rather partial to downtown and this didn't disappoint. We had a lovely time at this smallish place. There is no pretension, the food is very good and reasonably priced for downtown, and the ambience is quaint and the service is good. Due to the high ceilings, the noise level is a bit high, but not intolerable. The place is very good for a date, or a special occasion or if you just want a basically nice place to go out to eat at. Bring your own wine, they apparently have no liquor license, and the waiter will open your bottle for free. I will definitely go there again; I'm thinking of bringing my brother and his wife from Orange County here so they have a good taste of my neighborhood.

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jude
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic food. Love the B.Y.O.B.. The staff is always friendly . The best Italian cheescake I have ever had.

FAQs

Colori Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Colori Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 622-5950.

Colori Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 189 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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