Gwen

4.6
471 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday – Saturday, 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(323) 946-7500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Curtis Stone
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Catering
Off Site events are handled on a case by case basis. Please contact Gwen at info@gwenla.com for any catering inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Seward St
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Parking details
Valet parking is available behind Gwen off Seward St. and is a $10 flat rate.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

While general reservations can only accommodate parties up to ten, our private dining options are available for group sizes of 11 up to 90 seated and 120 standing.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM

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471 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
74%
Very Good
16%
Good
6%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Not unhappy with our experience, but based on website photos and menu description it was way overrated. Service was ok, food was nothing special at all... regular diner food.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Very good steak house. The main dining room or the bar is the place to go for the full experience. Although a little noisy for my taste the alternative is the patio or the upstairs dining room.
Everything we enjoyed this night was on point down to the bread and butter. Their cuts are of very good quality but not the best I’ve ever had this my very good rating is adequate. I will definitely return to revisit the experience and try a few new dishes.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Went here on a date with my girlfriend. We had the kampachi, oysters, and charcuterie board to start the meal. The oysters were fresh and had a great flavor. Nice selection on the charcuterie board which included a side of pickles. The kampachi was our favorite and this was actually provided free by the kitchen. Very gracious of them. Glad we were able to try it.

For the main course we had the kurobuta pork and the New York strip steak. Both were great. I liked the pork better and she liked the steak better. Really can’t go wrong with either choice though.

We sat at the chefs counter which lets you see behind the scenes inside the kitchen. It’s a small area, six seats, so not great for large groups but perfect for a couple people. One thing though it can get a little loud which was completely fine for us but just a heads up for anyone thinking of sitting there. It’s pretty fun watching the food being prepared.

Service throughout the night was excellent and I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a good meal.

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EP
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great atmosphere, incredible cocktails and a steak that was the best any of us had eaten in a long time. Totally worth the splurge.

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DD
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The whole experience was great. The bar, the bartender. The hostess and the waiters. Food was outstanding. Best steak I've ever eaten. Really. (The Strip steak) The side dishes were original and excellent. The pasta dish (Agnolotti) was.. I'm running out of superlatives. I had a cocktail and 2 different glasses of wine... all excellent, great selection. I was a little put off by having to put up a credit card to hold my reservation, 50 bucks per person, but I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. My new favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

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IF
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Service and food were fantastic. This was my third time there and I can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We did the tasting menu and added an additional appetizer; so glad we did because the Wagyu beef tartare is to die for!!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We ate upstairs near the bar which is way cozier and fun. We started off with the Culatello, Kampachi Ceviche and Agnolotti - all 3 were awesome. For our entree, we had the monster Porterhouse split among the 4 of us along with the duck fat roasted potatoes - absolutely incredible. One of the coolest things was that we each got to pick out our steak knives from a case and then were told about each knife. You definitely get what you pay for here - attentive, knowledgeable service and exquisite food. Top top top notch.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

A fantastic meal
Beginning to end
From the moment we walked in the Hostess did everything to make us comfortable.
Wait staff was great.
Best of all food outstanding.
Bread incredible.
The steak best in California.
Don’t skip the Carrot cake!
Raves for Gwen

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

What a great meal. Outstanding charcuterie plate. Lobster roll is good, but the buttery brioche roll is too rich for the lobster. Pork chop is amazing. Hangar steak is incredible. Duck fat potatoes were delicious. Only hiccup was it took some time for us to get menus. But overall, the staff is excellent. Decent sound quality - not terribly loud. Prices are a bit steep, but the food is really incredible.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

everything exceeded expectations. The maitre d, Victoria was as welcoming and gracious as ever. Our server was top notch. Shout out to the magnetic Amanda. Food and Beverage all beyond beautiful in taste and presentation. The lobster rolls, kanpachi, and pork chop were the table favorites. The only slight complaint was the room temp. it was the hottest night in Los Angeles this summer...so what can you do though?

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Exquisite meat; service exceptional, especially given it was 116 F outside and pretty warm inside.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Yay! The tasting menu is back! Always a treat to eat here, spectacular rib-eye, great scallops, delicious charcuterie and an amazing cream brûlée. Go, you’ll thank me.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We really enjoyed Gwen overall and thought it was a very cool place. That said they could tighten up their service and get a bit more creative with the food. We had to remind the staff to shave the truffles over our meal and had to wait for a paired wine when the food was already on the table. This is not a big deal else where but when you are paying $400 for a meal for two, everything must be perfect! It also seems that’s what the restaurant would want.
All that said we loved the ambience and concept of the restaurant, and enjoyed the food overall. The staff was also very friendly and we felt welcomed and almost at hone which was really nice.
We will recommend it to friends, and plan to go back!

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TH
2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Not nearly as inventive and varied as previously. Tasting dinner is limited to one 5 course version and the dishes were not noteworthy. The main dish was a steak and it was nothing special - much less than what we have come to expect from Gwen. Rather disappointing.

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C
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Everyone at Gwen made this a memorable experience.
Fantastic charcuterie and meats.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The quality and taste of the desserts(except the tart not on the menu) were extremely disappointing. Service was spotty and not worthy of 5 stars.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My husband and his brother had a steak. It was excellent. I do not eat meat and had the chicken. The portion was small and I was served a wing, leg, and maybe a small thigh. All had bones. And I felt in a restaurant like Gwen you couldn’t use your fingers. However to cut meat off a wing and leg is not easy. It needs to be boned.
The over all look was beautiful. Service was wonderful.

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AM
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Upon arriving in LA from Melbourne Australia we did some research and found that Curtis had opened a new restaurant and we just had to try it. So impressed with the impeccable service, ambience and quality of the produce. Wish we could go back again! Highly recommend Gwen.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Beyond expectations. Food was delightful and staff accommodating. I highly suggest a trip to Gwen for a wonderful experience.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The Food was surprisingly good; even the non-meat dishes like the whole fish. Some of the entrees are family style and can be shared by 2-3 people. The bread and the hand churned butter are a must.

Very notable wine list with plenty notable houses from France, Italy, and America. Most of the wines were on the higher end of the price list. Recommendation: Order the Australian wines.

Noise level is on the louder side. If you're looking for a quiet dinner, go somewhere else.

The Hostesses were really good and paid attention to our requests; our Server wasn't the best but good enough to not hinder the overall dining experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Best restaurant I’ve been to in 16 years of living in LA.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Great Pre concert dinner, great for foodies, really enjoyed our counter seating less formal. Excellent dinner

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Things were overall pretty great, but it did feel like we got up-sold often. When asking for recommendations, we were consistently recommended the 3 most expensive items in our list. I understand you get what you pay for, and I wouldn’t much blink about it had it happened only once, but it happened twice. I think in the end the quality was all great but I didn’t feel like I really got my value’s worth after dropping $514 for girls night (2 girls). I would come again though.

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KS
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

GWENS WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS IN EVERY WAY! CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN.

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JG
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

4 of us were in LA for a week and decided to check out Gwen in Hollywood! Very nice restaurant with a modern twist on a butcher shop. The food is delicious, the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. My only negative is how long it took to get a drink. 10-15min is too long. Try to keep it under 7min and your good!

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HL
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Gwen was my first dry aged beef experience and it won’t be my last. The meal and service was outstanding. My belly thanks the staff at Gwen.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I've had lunch there a couple of times and while the sandwiches were a bit pricey they were entirely made in house and incredibly delicious. I finally ventured there for dinner with a friend. The oysters were superb, as was every other course we had (the lamb ribs were particularly tasty)- our main mistake was in trying to have too many courses and we were stuffed before we were able to finish our main entrees and vegetables. Next time I think I'll just have one appetizer and splurge on the waygu with a salad on the side. The simple hanger steak (pictured) I had for my entree though was incredibly tasty - just a hint of char from their fire-pit.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We love Gwen! Eating dinner at the counter with Jason was exceptional. We look forward to our next dining experience.

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MS
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Celebrated 20th Anniversary and chose Gwen because of Chef\Owner Australian connection. We had the 10 course tasting menu and 9 out of 10 dishes were superb (10/10). Would have been nice to have had one additional meat dish. Excellent service and atmosphere for the occasion (could not fault). We ate and drank and had a great time for the 2.5hrs that we were there.

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ST
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Wonderful place, great staff, excellent food, we’ll be back next year. Thanks

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D
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food was stupendous but the service was the opposite and quite disappointing.

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JK
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Perhaps too expensive for most people, Gwen is a spectacular special occasion for a date night! The food is exquisite and the service is unparalleled. I would recommend it to anyone looking to splurge on a good night.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Fantastic food & service. Staff was friendly & upbeat. A little on the noisy side due to small space, but not too bad. Great wine list.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food and drinks were excellent. We ordered the 80 day dry aged ribeye. Really wish they had packed the bone as part of our take-home. That’s the best part!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The experience you expect from a high dinning establishment. The food, service, and ambiance was excellent. Everything from the freshly baked warm bread to the perfectly made black espresso was superb.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Top dining experiences of our lives

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CB
2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Way over priced and pretentious. We were seated in a corner upstairs, with broken floorboards and uncomfortable chairs. The service was great and the food tasted good but no value or realistic portions could be found on our table. Our farfalla pasta was literally 4 teaspoons/ 4 bites- rediculously tiny portion. Next time I’ll buy some meat from the wonderful butchers downstairs and cook it myself.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The appetizers and pasta are uninspiring and not worth the money. The steak is outstanding. Then again, as long as the quality of the meat is top notch, anyone can create a great steak.

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AT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always a great meal at Gwen. A bit disappointed that the tasting menus are gone, but still a great place to have an incredible meal.

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