Permanently Closed - Gusto

4.6
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693 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Gusto is an authentic local Italian trattoria. Where friends and neighbors gather along with tourists and passers-by. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Chef Vic Casanova is not afraid to push the envelope with bold flavors and a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. The menu at Gusto is a soulful, rustic collection of seasonal and local ingredients. We proudly showcase house made artisanal pastas, fresh seafood, wood fired Neapolitan pizza, roasted & grilled meats and homemade gelato.
We offer a full bar and craft cocktail menu that celebrates Italian classics. Similarly, our wine list offers a wide selection from across Italy that pair well with our food. Presided over by Chef’s wife & General Manager, Jessa Casanova, the wine program demonstrates our love & commitment to all things Italian. We live by the Italian saying, ‘In buona salute,’ meaning, in good health and, ‘A tavola non is invecchia,’ or, at the table with good friends and family you do not become ol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Fine cuts
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(323) 951-9800
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Vic Casanova
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Cross street
Crescent Heights
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed when we arrived for our reservation. Disappointed that opentable was not aware. We walked to a different restaurant down the street.

TH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

In spite of making reservations on Open Table for Tuesday, May 7,2019, confirming those reservations through Open Table and the restaurant website and calling the restaurant on the day of the reservation, we and our guests arrived to a restaurant that was closed and dark. We were told by the parking attendant for the adjacent restaurant that Gusto was now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Their website still does not reflect that. Pretty shoddy treatment and quite embarrassing. We have crossed Gusto off our list as we can’t trust them ever again.

J
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I felt it was overpriced and not elegant

P
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was my s cond time, having liked it a lot before. This time I had the short ribs which was so fatty it was inedible. I told the waiter who was sympathetic, but did not offer something else and did not take it off the bill.

M
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the service, the flowers, the menu, the staff —— all good at GUSTO

LN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle the bartender was so friendly, perfect service, food is just downright amazing. BEST PASTA IN THE WHOLE CITY BY FAR.

AO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made reservations on OpenTable for Gusto at 10:00PM on a Friday. Upon arrival, the host actually laughed at us. We were told that the restaurant would not honor the reservations, and that they were in fact closed for the night. There was no apology, and I was told the manager would contact me to discuss the matter. I have not received a phone call. It may be a glitch in the system, but the way the restaurant handled the situation was extremely rude, unprofessional, and inexcusable. We were looking forward to eating here, and hoping to find a authentic Neapolitan Italian restaurant to frequent, as my partner is from Italy. We were hoping to add Chef Casanova and Gusto to our frequented places, as the pasta looked promising online. What a disappointment.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and service was wonderful !
Love it.
I'm going to plan my next party there

DH
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our experience was all about the service...unfocused, disorganized and slow. The food was decent. Meatballs with sughetto and cod croquettes were both very tasty. The shaved kale salad could’ve been terrific if not for the glops of blue cheese plopped on top of it. The orecchiette pasta was also quite good.

Our server was distracted. Initial drink order took 15 minutes. The house was only 50% full... it was frustrating to see a group of servers all standing by the bar while diners didn’t have drinks, bread, attention. One sliver of focaccia was carefully doled out to each of us. We ordered 5 dishes, all to share. ALL 5 five arrived at the table at the same time!

We finished around 9:00 pm. While I was waiting for our ride, near the hostess desk, several servers came up to ask her how many more reservations they had for the rest of the evening...she said zero...they were surprised...I wasn’t.

SB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants! The food is next level (the meatballs are legendary) and it's our go-to place for both random date nights and special occasions. With attentive, personal service and outstanding food, we are always thrilled by our meals there and spend the next few days afterward reminiscing over the details. There will always be a place in our hearts for Gusto.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta! Great service! A perfect date spot.

AS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, inviting, felt very East Coast as in back home. Food and service matched the feel.

JH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gusto is a great quality restaurant- excellent food and very versatile and fun vibe. Good for groups. Good for a romantic spot. Good for just a drink and appetizer.

P
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Gusto. The food is consistently good, and the prices are very reasonable. Friendly wait staff. And, very important, the pasta is always slightly el dente. Always.

CF
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are grateful to be able to walk from our home to Gusto on 3rd! Always delicious, great service, and a fun place to take out-of-town guests.

SJ
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian I have had in LA in a very long time. Great service!

CR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything is good but it’s nothing to write home about. The employees are lovely though

GS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Honestly the hosts at the front were not very friendly and kind of ruined the experience for us. We got there abit early and asked if there was a table open and they said no, then later when seating us upstairs completely alone and so many tables empty around. We felt like it was not part of the experience of the restaurant on the first floor.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time and our servers and host were accomadating and attentive. We will be back for sure

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bread was everything

MR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Could be the best Italian food in LA!
Outstanding pizza, pasta and a delicious
Chicken dish with mushrooms and mounds
Of mashed potatoes .. can’t wait to return

l
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the new location and happy to find the food to be just as good or better. The new burrata plate was delicious. Pastas were great as always. Coconut pie is still the best. Wonderful wine list was a bonus.

H
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner and our server (Susie I think) was great.

PC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best seat in the house. Service was wonderful and the food was delicious

AG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I would recommend the food, but service needs to step up - understaffed and we had to ask for everything (more water, clear empty plates, etc).

G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

You would expect a 5:30 reservation to get decent prompt service. We were sat in Siberia in an upstairs patio before they fixed the lights, turned on the heat or music. Then wasted our time fixing those issue before thinking we would like more than water to drink. It took 15 minutes for a server to appear.

We got our drinks after the appetizers, 30 minutes after we sat down. Obviously, we were the guinea pigs to prevent the tables downstairs from getting over booked. Poor planning from the management. Second rate service, and no good bye once they took our money. Does the manager know that this is the hospitality business?

AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! Loved the relaxed environment with upscale food mix. Felt really comfortable and enjoyed every second! Service was outstanding! Definitely will go here again!

TO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Vic Casanova continues to deliver exquisite cuisine. The best pasta in Los Angeles- period. Try the Bucatini Carbonara it will change your life. Chef Vic is a true master of his craft.

M
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was poor. The food was average, except the young people liked dessert. Noisy. Seats not comfortable.

A
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents here when they were visiting from out of town. We sat on the upstairs patio, shared a bottle of wine and a salad and each ordered a plate of pasta, then shared a dessert with some espressos. We were very comfortable and our server was very lovely and helpful and the food was so fantastic.

BA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gusto was incredible! The bone marrow appetizer was so delicious. The braised rib entree was to die for - I will eat here again!

IV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Magnificent food - highly recommended. We had a great birthday dinner.

j
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitress was outstanding. Food done to perfection

KM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always! Always happy and excited to dine there with friends and family.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I got the carbanaro and it was great. However my waiter (Tony) had an attitude for some reason and my dates dish was awful.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Xmas tradition dinner.

DB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The pizza was excellent and the pasta was spectacular! I give it the highest marks for the food and ambiance. The only negative part of our experience was a lifeless waiter with a bit of an attitude. But I won't let that deter me from going back. The food is that good!

z
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I've been enjoying Gusto for years but this was an extremely disappointing experience. The fault was primarily with our waitress, a surly, uncommunicative young woman who clearly wished to be somewhere else. We were seated 20 minutes before she asked if we wanted drinks. She never checked in during the meal to see if things were to our liking (which they weren't). Avoid the Squid Ink Lumache which was as tasteless as it was soggy and sad.

l
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A bit too salty for my taste but overall a good place for large groups.

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