Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant

4.6
748 reviews
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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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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome !!

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Great food. Pricey but for a special occasion a great spot.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from the moment we stepped in the door. Complimentary champagne for our honeymoon, amazing staff who knew the menu like the back of their hand and food that brought me to tears. Absolute recommendation for anyone coming to LA.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Obscenely overpriced.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Looks that the waiter knew the menu by memory, they took long in each level of service.

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LK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in LA. Excellent service. One of my favorites.

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JP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions. The food is always great! Although, all waiters should speak more slowly, when explaining the specials, & detailing the menu items.

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MT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our anniversary, and we're welcomed with champagne by our server. The food was fantastic, the service was great. It takes a bbut of time to cook a steak, but it's well worth it. We loved this place.

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BC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely evening at this Sunset eatery: appealing atmosphere and decor (Art Deco meets industrial light chic), innovative and delicious dishes, and a well-trained and professional staff made our dinner a special occasion. Kudos to Morgan the Wine Director for an excellent recommendation of a Spanish red (Mencia) that was literally singing that night!

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Pretentious and over-priced with an extremely rude manager. Never going back, would not recommend it to anyone.

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C
Los Angeles
145 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really loved it. If there is a concern it is that some of the appetizer and side portions are on the small side for the price. All delicious and portions more suited for 2 than 4

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Hi there,

had a nice time on Saturday, great drinks and ambiance. Food was a bit underwhelming. We got the bone in ribeye and were told the chef's recommendation was med-rare. Unfortunately it came more rare than we expected... kind of disappointing considering the price point..

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B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was fine. They specialize in fresh cut meats from the butcher shop in front of the restaurant. Our server was horrible. He never checked on us. Never refilled our glasses and just disappeared at the end of the meal.

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AS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A meat lovers haven. “The best lamb I have ever had” per my hubby. My sea bream was also delicious and made to perfection.

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JZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was sporadic ... the wine service was practically non existent ... the food was good ...
I wouldn't tell someone they must go there.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Noisy. Understaffed. Slow service. Good meat though but it is the second time i am disappointed in tjem

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L
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful as was all the attention we received from the staff. I'd go back "early and often".

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GR
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Too noisy, could not carry on a conversation. Food was good but not exceptional.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinarily delicious, everything, especially the cocktails and the incredible steak.

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience.
They gave sparking wine as compliments for our anniversary celebration.

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1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Meat really wasn’t amazing. Sides were rather poor too. Waiter had no clue about the meats, what I would expect for a butcher shop. Spare this one.

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Best steak ever! Not enough gluten free options and waiter should have been aware of birthday and gluten allergy since someone called the day before for that information. I would have preferred that knowledge over the steak knife presentation

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

From the food to the service everything was on point. Visiting LA from Seattle and Gwen blows restaurants like Canlis, and Daniel’s Broiler out of the water. I’ll go as far and say that Gwen is on my list of top 5 restaurants I have ever visited. I’m looking forward to visiting Gwen’s sister restaurant, Maude soon. Thank you to the incredible waitstaff!!

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at Gwen twice. Both times have been absolutely outstanding. Great service from Austin the first time and Allen the second. One of our favorite places to eat in LA.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved the joint super friendly and very attentive to guests. I wish the owner would make his presence more known at least pass by the tables and wave or greet some guests since he’s the main reason for visiting. Give 10 ⭐️ ⭐️

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EA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food!!

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CM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely gorgeous interior and a truly incredible dining experience. If you're a fine of cured meats and high-end food, then this is the place for you!

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

The food was delicious and excellent service. Great dinner date with my wife.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

VERY disappointing! I would not recommend Gwen for a special occasion! My husband and I came here to celebrate my birthday, which I noted when making the reservation, however, no one from the staff acknowledged this in any way or wished me a happy birthday.

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JY
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The set menu for the evening was absolutely delicious!

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HT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Beautiful restaurant. Definitely one of my top 5 restaurants as the food here is consistently good.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner

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BA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taste of Gwen was fantastic! Perfect for date night.

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TS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible steak. Incredible service. You will absolutely not regret coming here. Must visit in LA!

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p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food and ambiance. Service was great but our server felt like a robot. Didn't emit any personality, not a smile, it was odd.

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

If you like Wagu, this seems to be the place. But the rest of the menu was limited!!

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R
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely incredible, our server helped us with great recommendations and went above and beyond for us. Chef Juan and his crew blew us away with how incredible the food was. Definitely going back

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JD
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff. Fabulous food. Impressive wine list. A perfect special occasion place!

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JE
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have ever had. Steak was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend the carrots and duck fat potatoes as a side. The ceviche and rice cracker was the best I've ever had. The lobster roll was incredible... Also the bread and butter... Wow. Can not say enough good things about it.

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CF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! All of the food is made in-house and everything (including the flatware and steak knives) has a "story" to them. Our server was incredibly knowledgable (Australian brunette, can't remember her name!) and for any question we had for her, she had the answer. We ordered the Taste of Gwen pre-fixe 5 course dinner and were blown away by each dish. They have an extensive wine list as well that begins in the $80 range and goes up from there.

Overall, we had an incredible time and will be back in the near future. We definitely recommend!

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