Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant

4.7
1085 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 in the lounge, Gwen delivers the highest standards of quality, taste and service.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipWildcheetah
Denver
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time. Everything was exceptional

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JoshuaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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vipSteveS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family celebration in a great environment, slow enough to savor the great quality food and wine in the right ambience. The team treated us great, so we had a lovely evening overall. Carpe diem!

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BacharE
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The meat was poor quality and was under cooked. we had to return all plates back to be cooked. the waiter didn't care much and the service was too slow

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CarlS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipChiTown23foodlover
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dined here before attending Hamilton at the Pantages Theater and we were extremely happy with our decision to dine here! Food was excellent and the service was the absolute best! Next time we are planning an evening at the Pantages this will be our choice for dinner before the show!

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Rrxxpp
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t up front with cost of off menu items. Other then that great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before Event

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vipFoodie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve ever had!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Gwens following a theater performance at the Pantages. Staff were wonderful and attentive from the moment we entered. Austin took care of us perfectly! Throughly enjoyed our experience and would love to dine with them again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ordered the wagu New York strip cane out cold

JC
JoshuaC
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food was so delicious. My only suggestion is to rethink the desserts. Pina Colada was a thumbs down.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Food was terrible. Even the expensive dishes just bland. I wouldn’t go back even if the food was super cheap. Our waitress was very rude and it made our trip there not very enjoyable. The inside is beautiful though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Worth it!!!

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vipRobert
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great, but it was extremely overpriced.

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evettea
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service. Our server had wonderful recs! We loved the culatello.

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vipUnforgettable
Los Angeles
179 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 2nd time in a week that I ate here and the food, particularly the oysters and duck fat potatoes are amazing. They are very, very expensive when it comes to their steaks (forget the Wagyu) and they may claim to have 800 bottles of wine, but this was the second time that we were told that they were out of our selection.
Lilian is very attentive and if you go, make sure you've already paid your mortgage for the month.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection from start to finish. Will be going back for sure!

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vipBusinessDiner
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been wanting to try this place for a long time.
Making reservations through OpenTable was simple.

Requested a quiet table and was seated at a booth away from the main dining area. Was pleasantly surprised.

The bread baguette was unique. Crunchy outside, soft and warm inside but the outside had like a salty crisp to it.

Started with the grilled octopus with chili glaze. Spicier than expected but well cooked and flavorful. Excellent.

Next were the A5 Wagyu NY strip and the cuttlefish ink tagliatelle with clams. The steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and well seasoned. The temperature was not hot enough. The steak may have been resting a bit too long. The tagliatelle was cooked perfectly, sauce was well balanced with the garlic, clams and pasta. Another excellent dish.
The waiter recommended the duck fat potatoes. Crispy on the outside and soft inside. Well seasoned and not too heavy on the duck fat.

Desert was the pistachio pavlova. Pistachio ice cream with dried fruits.

Overall, the food, ambiance and service was amazing.
We really appreciated the complimentary sparkling water.

Will definitely return, not only for other menu items but also the butcher shop.

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CRIDA12
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wife and I went here before a show. Good place - would return for sure.

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vipUnforgettable
Los Angeles
179 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely unbelievable food and a phenomenal vibe. A carnivore's dream of heaven with a wine list that is brilliant, eclectic and supported by a very talented sommelier. Specialty cocktails were excellent and the duck fat fries are pure home made sin. My new favorite restaurant in Hollywood.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Amanda was our server, she was on it! The food was incredibly delicious! All fresh ingredients and melted in our mouth! Drinks & dessert were also on point!

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vipAndreaS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Never disappoint.

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vipBrendaI
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gwen’s is the epitome of a fine dining experience. Beautiful ambiance, amazing craft cocktails and the meals are expertly executed. Staff are all so wonderful - friendly and helpful. A delicious evening!

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onTVinc
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Happy to support this amazing restaurant as they work hard to regain their equilibrium post lock down. The food is excellent which is what this place is all about, the front of the house staff, however, are a little green and haven’t learned subtleties like when to interrupt a diner to ask about water, etc. but we can live with that…

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Armen
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food tasted amazing everything was cooked to our liking, just wish that it came out warmer.

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BrianM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine pairing. Wagyu NY was well worth the price tag, and the service was brilliant. The gentlemen currently responsible for purchasing of wine has done a phenomenal job, and we look forward to meeting his choice of sommelier in the near future.

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vipChrisT
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went there before the show and they have option of preset menu or a la cart - we chose a la cart. The foods are wonderful and devious. The streak are juicy, perfectly cooked and simply well cut. The services is great, very attentive and well suggested what we should get. My kid love the bread and butter soo much that they gave some to go. The decor is simple and nice, yup can see how the food prepared through the big floor to ceiling window. Overall, yum…will come back again but had to be awhile, the price is high but worth it.

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Sunman
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All was amazing.
Burrata and the aged wagyu over bread was divine.
All the other items were amazing.
Pork chops and corn plus potatoes were excellent.
Service was even better than the food. And that is hard to do.
Our server was amazing.
The bussers were attentive; very diligent.
The only ding is the prices on a few items, specially the booze. That is why we give it 4 stars rather than 5. Yellowtail crudo… 5 tiny pieces… for the price, we would ignore it next time. And yes there will be a next time.
The drinks… totally overpriced. Not worth it. $18/drink. We got two bcz we wanted them… but neither was worth that. I would pay maybe $8-12 for what u get in the mini glasses. The wine list was extensive… and expensive. Some bottles that we know were ridiculously priced. Even some by the glass, were not worth what was being charged. But food n service… worth every penny.
Definitely go… but drink up beforehand. Cheers.

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vipDeniseS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fabulous staff!! Our waitress was great and made amazing suggestions.

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MonicaM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just right
Portions, flavors and ambiance
The service is also excellent and we were very pleased 😀

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Australian wagu is to die for.

JG
JasonG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - fabulous food and great ambience/service.

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Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 946-7500.

Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1085 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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