Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant

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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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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best bread ever tastes like movie theater popcorn, crispy duck fat potatoes in a delicious vinegar dipping sauce.

SB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Great until we were hustled out after spending nearly $1000, while other tables were empty.

HH
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went during DineLA week and ordered the lunch on the DineLA menu. Delicious salad with a light vinegarette dressing with pomegranate seeds. Main entree was half roasted chicken with potatoes fried in duck fat. The potatoes were piping hot and crispy! Dessert was a delicious pear sorbet. Would definitely go back to Gwen!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

AK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Taste is fine nothing really stimulating the taste buds. NY steak fine although ( bearnaise I believe was lacking and totally not enjoyable) Also wonder why tomatoes are featured in a Dorade in January. Dessert, Frangipane and Blackberry Tart while sounds fine was really ordinary and lacking any excitement.

Lamb Ribs were Excellent.

M
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as usual. My server, Amanda, was amazing! She was on top of her game with ensuring my guest and I were happy. She also made great drink suggestions! I will absolutely recommend Gwen to everyone.

p
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beside it was a bit fresh in the Restaurant, everything was very good.

SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time there and it was outstanding as was the first. Highly recommend for Carnivores!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible waiter, delicious food. Great table as well. The only negative was that we were chilled most of our meal. Overall a top notch experience.

AD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was spectacular. We celebrated our four year anniversary.
Highly recommend Gwen for any occasion.

Make sure you know you will be a paying a few bucks before you go otherwise worth every dollar.

Awesome.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food s amazing!! Truly one of the best steak places I've ever been to.
I've been quite often and adore it. The waiters -- some are great, som not so much, which is usual for anywhere these days. Even the not so much are better than most.
This is very expensive but worth it.

ML
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Service and ambiance. Will definitely be back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always!

RM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great NYE dinner experience. That Wagyu was to die for! Highly recommended

f
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the loveliest restaurant spaces in Los Angeles. The food is creative, thoughtfully prepared, and absolutely delicious. The service is excellent. It is not inexpensive, but for any special occasion, it’s my first choice.

LW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Thank you for an enjoyable holiday season dinner. Pleasant, helpful & efficient staff.

PR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Food and service was great as usual. The lamb ribs, oysters, steak, and blackberry frangipane were the highlights.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant Christmas meal offering for the holiday season. Very memorable food

EH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It's fine. There are better steak places in LA but this one has a nice Bearnaise sauce .

OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

K
Western NC
59 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Not really. Expensive and lttle effort to justify the expense.

M
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic first visit! We wanted to try something new and it was great. Beautiful inside. Great vibe. The attention to details from choice of glassware all the way through to the restrooms was phenomenal. Food great. Pork chop was unbelievable, short rib ravioli was great would be a nice starter. Lamb porterhouse was delish. Do NOT skip dessert. Will definitely return.

MP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent 10/10

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Gwen for the first time on our anniversary last year and were completely blown away by everything. Quality, Taste, Presentation, Atmosphere, Service - everything! The meat (and everything else) is among the most flavorful and tender we've ever tasted and the staff is so warm and inviting, and conscientious. We went again this year for our anniversary (a new tradition?!) with high expectations, and they were surpassed! We tried-out the Chef's Counter this time instead of standard seating to see if the experience would be different. Both years we ordered the "Taste of Gwen" 5-course meal (a great value!) and while the food was excellent, there didn't seem to be anything more special or different about the Chef's Counter in comparison to standard seating. We've been to other restaurants that offer a Chef's Counter experience (at a prix fixe rate) and the courses were very custom-created for us and served to us direct from the kitchen across the counter. So I was probably hoping for something along those lines, which the Chef's Counter seating at Gwen does not provide. It was fun and entertaining to watch everyone working with such precision and efficiency in the kitchen and to see all the cuts of meat being grilled on the open charcoal fire, but we decided that the Chef's Counter seating is not a 'must' - unless you just really enjoy watching professionals at work in a kitchen.
We will certainly be back to Gwen in the future for their excellent hospitality and phenomenal cuisine!

EM
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and experience were all over the top!! We did the 5 Course tasting menu and it was pure joy. Can’t say enough about how much I love the restaurant and the happiness that emanates from my being when celebrating at Gwen!

j
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing experience. This was our second visit to GWEN because we loved it so much the first time. This time not so great. We were seated at the far end of the restaurant on the corner of the kitchen counter. It was cold and lacked any atmosphere in this area. The wait staff did not deliver my cocktail. It was delivered to the wrong party.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A serious contender for steak - and Steakhouse - of the year. Now if we can only get the butcher shop to deliver . . .

PR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Tasty food, but service was subpar. We were seated 20 minutes past our reservation and it seemed as if the host had forgotten we were there. Once seated the server was rigid, he basically told us how the evening would go with no room for how we wanted our experience to go. Once we ordered, the server rarely checked in on us unless it was to deliver food.

j
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best meal ever!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food,great service,I'll definatly go back

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service.

VV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is outstanding food and service at a price consistent with outstanding food and service.
There is just no way around it: if you want this quality of food and this quality of service, it is expensive. Just is, unfortunately, since it means it can only be afforded a few times a year.

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Host nice pleasant gentleman
Bartender male not very friendly very cold told him that it was my first time he couldn’t care less
Female bartender very nice ...
Waiter good enough
Surprised we ask for a little birthday candle and they said we don’t use candles here ... answering in a way like we were asking them for something not very glamorous... it’s a steak house in Hollywood....
I could go back just because the food ....

They can improve a bit the service... we have a lot of restaurants closing around... we need more customers we need more business... let’s make our guess feel welcome !!!

KS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice appertizers. Main course not so good we had 80day ribeye and kurobuta pork chop.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our dinner was good, but for the price we expected mind blowing which is was not. Seemed magnificently over priced.

GO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food’s absolutely incredible!

DR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We are here before and loved it. This time was very disappointing. The steak was very fatty. The cauliflower had a gross thick sauce on it. On a positive note the waiter and Somalier were excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is fabulous. I love the art deco style and architecture. We went for Thanksgiving dinner and it was so delicious. There’s not a thing I would change except I think the stuffing and cranberry sauce should have been given to each of the diners rather than shared. My only critique. I loved how they brought me out a beautiful and soft cashmere shawl so I didn’t have to wear my jacket in the dining room which was on the cool side. Staff was very accommodating polite and willing to meet every need. Would love to come back here next year for Thanksgiving again.

DL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had lunch on Thanksgiving, so it was set menu. Food quality good and service attentive. We would have appreciated a bit more time in between courses.

SF
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Great service, food and drinks.

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