Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant

4.7
1118 Reviews
$50 and over
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 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 a feast in the dining room or relaxing with a bite and cocktail at the bar, Gwen delivers the highest standards of quality, taste and service.
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  • Celebrate Thanksgiving with Gwen

    $90.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    We don’t think you need an excuse to gather with loved ones and enjoy a big, delicious meal but we’re ready to give thanks Thursday, November 25. Gwen’s 4-course Thanksgiving menu features: • Carrot and Apple Soup with Spiced Sunflower Seeds & Crème Fraîche •Grilled Little Gem with Poached Pears, Date Yogurt & Hazelnuts • Josper Roasted Turkey Crown with an 18-hour Braised Turkey Leg & Maple Turkey Gravy Don’t forget all the trimmings for the table! • Josper Roasted Carrots with Honey Glaze, Cashews, & Dill • Brussels Sprouts, Mole Spice & Pepitas • Butcher’s Sausage Stuffing, and Cranberry Save room for dessert — Sticky Toffee Pudding, Persimmons with Malted Milk Ice Cream.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1118 people are saying
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BethT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience from the minute we walked in the door... excellent attention to detail. And beyond all that, the food was a home run in all levels and each dish

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SFtoLA
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak was incredible. Service was impeccable. Too bad we had an annoying party right next to us otherwise it would have been perfect!

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GarrettT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary there and the service was perfect. We shared several different dishes. Our two favorites being the yellowtail crudo and the flat iron Australian wagyu. On top of the amazing service from our waiter, Jacob, we were comped a beautiful charcuterie board and two glasses of champagne. We will definitely be adding this restaurant to our normal routine. 10/10. If you are in LA you definitely need to try this place

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vipTomF
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Tables were spaced very very close to one another.....not good! Prices were a little silly....bait and switch pricing wasn't appreciated BUT overall a really cool place with great food, service and vibe ! They need to wok on a couple of things....like the 4% Health fee for their employees. Come on. I am in the trade...I own 4 different restaurants/ Bars and I don't think I would ever add on a sur-charge for that nor credit card fee...it's called "The cost of doing business"......simple ! Enough said but the space is awesome and top notch service !

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vipKeepingitreal4you
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I have dined at this restaraunt many times prior to Covid .
Whwn we arrived my friend couldn’t find her mask amd the hostess was rude amd said we would have to wait 5 minutes because she would need to go upstairs ( why isn’t tue restaraunt prepared in advance ?)
The restaraunt was absolutely freezing tue entire meal.
The staff continually came to the table during conversation trying to clear plates Whwn we weren’t finished - really disturbing and felt rushed .
They also turned off the lights along the open kitchen making us feel where we were sitting that’s the place had closed
It was an awful experience at a place of this caliber

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JasonB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Gwen is an outstanding restaurant. While not entirely perfect, it does delight and surprise. The ambiance is energetic. Lots of people talking and juat having one hell of a good time. The cocktails are exceptional and the list of wines and spirits is diverse enough that your average drinker should not have a problem finding something to enjoy. Gwen is definitely a steakhouse, as their steaks are the best option on the menu. Don't get discouraged to try the other entrées, they are delicious too (but they won't give you the oh wow reaction). Pair your meal with the duck fat fries and you'll be in for a blast. While they do offer Wagyu, it is Australian Wagyu, and as any meat aficionado will tell you, it's not the same as true Japanese wagyu. The wagyu is a tad bit overpriced for Australian wagyu. There are other steakhouses near by that offer authentic Japanese A5 cuts for a lot less and a much bigger portion (1.5 oz vs 3 oz). Overall, I would rate Gwen exceptional. So go ahead and give Gwen a try. And do try their dry aged cuts! You won't regret it.

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SolomonA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food and ambience. Steak was delicious along with delicious duck fat potatoes, beautifully charred haricot verts, tasty charcuterie. Dining room is beautiful and very interesting with the visible fire going. Definitely worth a visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My fiancée and I dined at Gwen for an anniversary dinner last night. Very unimpressive food and the service was really lacking. Long waits to get plates cleared once we were clearly finished with each course, frequently empty water glasses. We felt like an after thought the entire night, and we were at the chefs counter where I’d think we’d receive solid service. Would not recommend to anyone, and will not return for another meal. I will however, continue to buy steaks and pork here, because they are 🔥

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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ArturoR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Gwen. We were warmly greeted with complimentary champagne. The food was superb. A delightful house charcuterie, a crisp & refreshing salad, bonkers duck fat potatoes and perfectly seared and cooked steaks. We were made to feel welcomed and special on our anniversary. If we weren't headed to the theater after dinner, we would have picked up some cuts from the butcher. I can't wait to go back!

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vipGeorgeB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant is gorgeous, low light, sexy, cozy. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Our server was lovely, knowledgeable and helpful, though not well informed about the wine choices. The steaks were cooked to perfection, and were incredibly tender and delicious, really exceptional! The sides were delicious, albeit small portions. We will definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with wonderful ambience.
Service could’ve been a bit more caring.
I will return again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Staffs kept coming by and asked if we were okay. Two guys who looked like managers came by and greeted us when we sat down. Ambiance was great despite moderate noise level. DineLA menu was a great combo and we were pretty full by the end of the meal. Bread and charcuterie board was our favorite!

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CarolC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The NY strip steak was one of the best I’ve ever had and the duck fat potatoes were the perfect complement, all washed down with a glass (or two) of rose. What a fantastic meal. The service was also impeccable. I will definitely be going back.

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JeffreyL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The restaurant is obviously understaffed but the food is great. However, they charge $2.50 for extra butter, not sure why would they do that.

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AlvaP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious, our steak was cooked to perfection.
It was a bit noisy.

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vipHappyeater
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Gwen during DineLA to sample their excellent special menu. It was a five star experience. I think they have the very best charcuterie board in the city with house made meats and amazing bread and butter. Our party all had the NY steak option on the special menu and all agreed it was excellent. The whiskey chocolate dessert was amazing. There were some special unexpected surprises along the way. We can’t wait to go back. Thank you team Gwen for a wonderful dinner!

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LorAnne
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine were delicious! Our waiter and service were great. They gave a little treat to my sister for her birthday which was a nice touch. Will definitely come back to try more dishes!

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vipBenS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Surprised that this restaurant received a Michelin star. We were seated in their patio area surrounded by market items. That basically speaks volumes. Went for Dine LA. Food was very good - bread/butter, charcuterie, NY strip. The salad, duck confit potatoes and dessert were nothing special. They even failed to have our leftovers packaged up as requested before we left. But they did call to let us know it was available for us to pick up the following day. Only worth it with the Dine LA menu. Definitely will not return.

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JenniferY
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Austin gave us a great experience as we celebrated our friends who were recently married. He had great recommendations and was attentive but also gave us space to enjoy the company. We had our baby with us and appreciated that the staff was kind.

While I know this restaurant probably isn’t the best for babies, I’d would’ve liked if there was a high chair available to help contain our little one, but it was accommodating that they sat us in a space where we could bring in a stroller.

We had the aged Waygu rib eye and it was cooked perfectly at a medium rare. We had all the sides and started with the charcuterie and market salad suggested by Austin. We also tried the panna cota and honey cake which was also a recommendation and very delicious.

Thank you for a wonderful experience and meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks! Great service!

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Awes
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Great food and service. Would absolutely do it again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional.

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JLEW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands Down, the best STEAKHOUSE in LA, the Food, the Service, the Wine....easy valet parking....Looooved our meal

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was amazing to look at all for he meat and butcher shop, but unfortunately our experience and meal was a bit underwhelming. The food was good, but not anything extraordinary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about my experience here was excellent. The service, the atmosphere, and especially the food! Will definitely be back whenever I’m in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally worthy for DineLA Menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gwen never fails to satisfy. The service is attentive,friendly, and not overbearing. All the food was exceptional from the charcuterie plate, the steak and the dessert. An incredible experience that I highly recommend!

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AdamR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time my wife and I had dined out since the beginning of the 2020 pandemic. The food was outstanding. Very beautifully crafted food with quality ingredients. So much flavour!!! The staff were very pleasant and friendly. Will definitely dine here again.

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DeNyal
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was delicious and my Girlfriend loved it for her Birthday dinner.

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vipWildcheetah
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The hostess was super kind and helpful but the girl with the red hair was rude as I sat at the counter. It was bit noisy around the area and I asked kindly to change the table to elsewhere and she didn’t seem happy but the waiter who helped me through the night was great. Sauce for the NY steak was but salty for me. The wine was excellent…

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time. Everything was exceptional

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JoshuaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with a nice art deco atmosphere. I felt that while the main course, new york strip steak, was out of this world, some of the appetizers, yellow tail and burrata & tomatoes were underwhelming. Would definitely recommend overall.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such wonderful experience. Both the service and ambiance were amazing!

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vipSteveS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Dinner for one including a bad martini but no coffee or desert for $187 incl tip? These folks must be kidding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

. We were pleasantly surprised. Not sure if it was because it was a weekday that we went but the place was quiet enough that we are able to converse without being loud. We’ll definitely add this place as a favorite. Thank you for a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Lovely ambiance, average service, good food but the service needs improvement in order to really make this place special.

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StevenT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, amazing food

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Aram
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meat selection. Service was outstanding and menu selections was great!

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Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1118 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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