Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant

4.6
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant is the second restaurant from fine dining chef Curtis Stone (of Maude) and the first he’s opened with his brother Luke Stone. Gwen is both a European-style, chef-driven butcher shop and a restaurant that is redefining fine dining in LA, with a menu that calls on fire-based cooking techniques. Whether you’re picking up house-made charcuterie, prime and rare breed meats from the retail store, enjoying an elegant feast in the dining room or relaxing with a bite and cocktail on the patio, Gwen delivers the highest standards of quality, taste and service.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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LibbyP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service, food is delicious! Feels like a very special experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had hoped the food would have blown me away, but instead it was the service. Everyone is so professional and friendly and eager to make your night a fantastic one.

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David
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was a bit loud for a conversation

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Maroc
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, service/hospitality fantastic, food absolutely amazing, ambiance/decor 10 over 10, cool butcher shop also

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JoeJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was pretty good. I wish they cooked the steak a bit more. I like medium rare, but this was RARE.

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JohnM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, very much enjoyed our special date there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as always! Good fresh, mouth watering delicious food.

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ASeattleDiner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our five course meal! Servers were informative and the service was great. Truly an upscale dining experience - just what I expected in Hollywood.

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vip1vipeater
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Worst thing is location wish they were in West Hollywood or Beverly Hills and better valet location not garage

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MichaelB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect evening. You can tell that the chef cares for each plate. Order anything on the menu and you'll be very pleased. Service was outstanding. Recommendations for dinner and wine were perfectly paired and well thought out.

Tip: Go early and pick out some meat from the butcher shop to take home for an amazing home cooked meal

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vipSilky
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty, but not mind-blowing. A little on the pricey side. Wine list is 1-inch think... somewhat unapproachable. However... Service was FANTASTIC! Very cool tradition with the steak knives. (Don’t want to spoil it.) Curtis (owner) was there that night which was kinda cool. Front patio looked really nice. Quiet night when we are there, so it was empty. DEFINITELY worth trying. Cool for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant. It took 45min for drinks to arrive. The chicken was so dry we had to send it back. And then offered desserts and asked them to go and the host thought I wanted them cancelled. All I had was a couple pieces of bread.

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Juan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guests and I had a great experience. The food was fantastic and it was an added surprise to be able to sit at the counter. The service (from the bartender, the waiters, etc) was exceptional.

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vipAlexW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Gwen goes above and beyond With superb food and excellent service.

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viprbrianr
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of food, attentive service and very helpful sommelier made for a special birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. We did the tasting menu and everything they brought us was just fantastic. Left stuffed and happy.

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jana
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food but all stakes on the menu are large portions!16 once or more !!
Too expensive of a place
I don’t think I go back!

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eewinks
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine dining experience in the heart of Hollywood. The smell as you walk in to the restaurant is divine. The food is incredible quality and delicious.

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vipRoma
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our lunch at Gwen and the service was terrific.

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vipSaddllp
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. The steak was perfect and every bite was an experience. The salad tasted like it was straight out of the garden. The gnocchi was the perfect serving and delectable. The lamb ribs and yoghurt????? Omg. The ambiance was okay - could have been nicer but we had table neighbors who were fairly annoying. Maybe a bit more room would have helped. Even with them, it’s my new favorite restaurant

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BrittneyK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks were fabulous! We split two for a group of 5 and shared appetizers and sides. Served beautifully a cocktails on point!

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vipCatherineC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top-notch service and delicious food. This was a last-minute reservation, so we sat at the counter and could not have been more pleased with our seats from which we could watch the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.

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Upscale
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a spectacular experience! The service was impeccable and intuitive but not intrusive. The ambience was lovely, but not pretentious or snobbish in any way. The food was beautifully prepared and presented.

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SusanS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Was expecting so much more for the hype and price. I’ve had better steaks and the rest of the meal was eh at best.

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ChefBaldieri
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing! Exceeded expectations!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was really good! Server neglected us after we ordered.

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vipSVETSER
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A come back restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the chef’s counter and had a great experience. Food was amazing, watching the chefs prepare the food was great, and every thing we ate was spectacular.

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vipMatthewL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I had a great meal at Gwen once before, and decided to host my birthday dinner thereafter. What a mistake!

Despite the fact that we were the largest group at the restaurant, our waiter NEVER check-in on us throughout the meal.

He warned us that the steaks take about an hour to prepare. Nevertheless, the two steaks we ordered (Porterhouse and NY Strip) took 90+ minutes. After the serving staff delivered our knives, it took another 20 minutes for the steaks to come out.

The server simply didn't care about our experience and couldn't didn't deliver the birthday dessert until well after we had paid the bill.

After spending $800 and feeling lousy about my experience, I have no intention of going back.

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GCRaya
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We did The Taste of Gwen with the Duck Fat Potatoes. So good! Great service. Valet in the back only takes cash. But you can pay card at the restaurant and take the receipt back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

379$ for an average diner.... hated the set menu

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Spent valentines dinner on the second floor of restaurant which is suitable for sloppy joe sandwiches.

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Stewie
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Gwen for the Valentines Day prix fixe meal. Everything was wonderful, down to the bread and butter. The first course, a market greens salad was enhanced with grapes, pomegranate seeds and watermelons radishes. The dressing was subtle but tasty. The main course, Tasmanian trout was perfectly cooked. The accompanying broccolini was a surprise; I usually find it bitter but this was nicely prepared and with a subtle taste. The dessert was a revelation - woodsmoke infused chocolate cheesecake. What a stunning combo.

The service was immaculate, the restaurant is elegant. A spectacular way to celebrate VD with my wife

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FaithW
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation at Gwen for an early Valentine’s Day dinner. The thing that caught my eye when deciding to book at Gwen was the aesthetics and the decently priced menu. This place DID NOT DISAPPOINT! When we arrived the hostess asked if she could take my coat. I felt so special. Then we were able to relax in their lounge area before our reservation and enjoy an appetizer. We were checked on consistently by the bartenders wait staff. Our server was amazingly attentive and had great recommendations for each of our courses. The food was made to perfection and we ate every bite. Thank you for making our dinner amazing! We can’t wait to come back!

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JonJon
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the five course tasting menu and every course was just right - both in execution and taste!
Highly recommend this since it gives you a great way to sample the different items they have.

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ChristineC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The five-course tasting menu was a winner. Each course highlighted a unique aspect of the menu beginning with the charcuterie board. The duck fat potatoes and beets were perfect sides for our perfectly done NY Steak.

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vipCandiT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We have been to Gwen several times and have always enjoyed the food and service. This last visit, we found the restaurant to be very noisy with small children in a large party. I love kids, but at the price point of Gwen, I am not willing to sacrifice my dining experience. We chose the tasting course and found that each course was presented in a rushed manner with the explanation being delivered quickly with no eye contact. As we had a first timer to Gwen with us, the service was really disappointing. Our waiter was great, but he did not serve the food. Writing this review as constructive criticism as we love Gwen and have come to expect great service from them!

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DavidV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service top notch. I would go back again!

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raiderwife
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all.

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YasminN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was fantastic! I'm still thinking about the meal 2 days later and want to go again.

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Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 946-7500.

Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 976 OpenTable diners.

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