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Gwen

4.6
415 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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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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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.
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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

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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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What 415 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined 6 days ago

The arrival was great; the host was very polite and professional. Our waiter was okay. The value and quality of our meals were very poor. I don’t mind expensive restaurants if the food taste good. Our meals were bland and the portions were very small; child size plates.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful service! Amazing flavors!!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great experience!

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2.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We had ordered the 30-day aged Ribeye with a few sides. Noteworthy items were the bread. Salad and side dishes were heavily dressed. The 30-day aged ribeye steak was chewy for the most part. Steak, drinks, sides for two came to almost $400 after tax and tip.

Ambience was noisy, but the decor was nicely frozen in a 1970's rail-car dining expierence.

Service and attentiveness can be better.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fabulous food and impeccable service. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Attentive service. Incredible food. Overall, one of our best evenings dining out.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Got the 80 day aged steak. It was just ok. For $200 for just the steak, I would have expected spectacular. The portions of the other items were tiny for the price. Underwhelming.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was terrific. Had a great hanger steak and sides and the food was great. Little pricey for the area but we could see the dry aged meats And preparation was all great.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

From the bread to the waygu, every morsel was seasoned and cooked to perfection! We had a lovely anniversary celebration, letting our server plan out the perfect meal.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very different menu, incredible service, amazing food. Buckle up and get ready to eat an enormous quantity of quality food!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Fantastic restaurant - Great food, great service. Recommended for people who are "foodies"

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food was fantastic, highly recommend to sit at the counter. The chefs are fascinating and love to talk about how they prepare the food.
Staff were super friendly and had a fantastic dinner!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We were disappointed in our lamb and scallop entrees. Both seemed quite average - not bad, not good - but certainly not up to the reviews I'd read online.

Noisy. Very good service from hostess, bar and wait staff.

Eye popping prices for some cuts of meat.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Gwen is a solid character in a city with lots of wanna-be candidates. It was perhaps a bit over hyped but definitely a very good restaurant. The regimen they put the meats through is interesting and effective. The kitchen scene was fun to watch with all the various fires going on.

The thinly sliced scallops decorated with interesting flavorful garnishes was subtle and light and left room for the gargantuan steaks on offer. The duck fat potatoes were a disappointment. Not unlike any ordinary deep fried potato cubes.

The wine list was rather annoying to deal with as it came in an envelope with individual folded pages. Hard to keep them in order and refer to other pages quickly. I hope nobody else adopts the inconvenience. Too cutesy.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I went to Gwen again this week after having the most incredible experience. I must admit that my return visit wasn’t the same experience unfortunately. Lamb shank was a bit too tangy and there was a mix up with cocktails which was surprising given prior exemplary experience.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Live the room the food the service. A bit chaffed that even thought we bought a very good bottle of wine order d and several individual glasses we were charged an exorbitant corkage for our vintage wine. Never had corkage be more than $30 and this was $50.
Other than that, great food and a great evening

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Wasn’t as amazing as It used to be.
Was going there to show friends a good place in LA but it kind of flopped.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Great service, knowledgeable server staff, good food, beautiful restaraunt decor.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

One of the best dinners I have ever had. Superb!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Best Meal!! Everything was great!
Loved all the little details, like vintage plates and you pick your own steak knife!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The service and atmosphere are awesome. We sat at the counter which I highly recommend, as you can watch everything being prepared. The charcuterie was probably the best part of the meal, followed by the scallops and the duck fat potatoes. The bread and butter were incredible. Oddly, the thing we liked the least was my husband's steak. It was ok, but kind of bland and not what I would expect for 100$ steak. Just ok at best.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great room. Great concept (on paper). That said, we found our meal to be uniformly average-at-best, and way overpriced for what is ultimately served. As a “foodie,” we were very disappointed and would not go back to dine at GWEN.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Fabulous food, excellent service, quality ingredients and lots of special touches that make this restaurant experience worth the $$. The macadamias to finish were mind blowingly good. Thanks for a great night. M

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

This was my birthday dinner (oddly, the folks to our left and right were also celebrating their birthday!)! From the service to the food, the place was amazing! It's pricey but totally worth it. I don't usually look forward to turning older, but if this is what a birthday meal is like, then I can't wait to turn another year older!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Superb in every way.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was very good but apps and sides were tiny. For all the meat and pate in the cases, they should be available for the customer. Not enough choice. Small menu. You can have a hanger steak or a New York steak or a giant 32 ounce rib eye. Nothing in between.
We all wanted dessert but truly limited and not terribly exciting choices. So we passed.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful food, service and wine. It is a bit pricey, but the food is definitely superb. Strongly recommend the steak and asparagus.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I'd recommended this place to many folks before going based on other peoples reviews. My expectation was high, but I was disappointed. The Vodka selection is limited. We are Belvedere or Grey Goose Martini drinkers. They had neither. Went with Tito's (an acceptable alternative) but disappointed with lack of choice. The waitress didn't have an understanding the other vodka's, maybe one of these would have been a good choice had she been able to guide us. Had the charcuterie been suggested would have tried. Both tables next to ours ordered and it looked great. We ordered mixed greens and asparagus appetizers. These were very disappointing. Hated, really hated the mixed greens! The dressing was an overpowering Rye seed flavor. This is noted as part of the dressing, but didn't expect that the flavor would've been so overpowering. Neither of us liked this. The asparagus was bland. It was covered with an abundance of pine nuts which didn't complement it at all. The inclusion of caper berry was interesting, but all in all the dish really lacked flavor. Maybe it needed salt and pepper, but I don't think that would have made much difference. I ordered the NY steak (medium) It came to the table cold and rare. It also had an abundance of gristle, and was tough! I ate the top and bottom of each slice as I felt awkward about sending it back for heat and doneness being pre sliced. My husbands choice was scallops. He said he liked them, but he didn't finish them, so I'm not too sure he did. We also ordered the creamed leeks. They were sickeningly sweet. Is sugar an ingredient? Someone must have noticed my displeasure at the meal as a manager came over to apologize. He was wonderful and listened to feedback and removed the steak, salad, asparagus and creamed leeks from our bill. This went above and beyond to call of duty, so I will recommend and try again. I do hope I was just making the wrong choices!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Best food in LA right now!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food, service and nice restrooms lol
Will come back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Definitely, Gwen is one of the best restaurants in LA today. Creative and absolutely amazing food! Especially I would like to praise the side dishes and deserts.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Steaks were 30% fat, over salted, and precut (which is good because the knives they provide are a gimmick and don't work well). Service was very poor and didn't understand why until we realized that they include 18% on the bill, which gives servers no incentive to do well. No intention on ever going back.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The decor was the best part about this place, that and service. The food was not worth the exorbitant prices, and we're foodies and used to paying a premium for a good meal. The steak was just a little undercooked (overly pink and chewy) and the pasta was nothing special. The trout, too, was good but for those prices it should have been jaw-dropping. The bread was the best part of the meal!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We had a great night celebrating my husband's birthday- cocktails + food delish. Gwen had been on our list for a very long time. Only thing I was surprised about was the fact that the small plates were very small and the entrees were very big- nothing really inbetween! We did "family style" as it was a group of 7 and perhaps that is why the food seemed a little on the cold side... but we would highly recommend and return!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was excellent as well as the service. It was a very pricey meal, but it was for my birthday and as busy working parents of 2, we don't get out much. Very nice staff. A very pleasant experience, but we spent $500 for 2 ppl! Granted, we did the chef's tasting meal. I do feel fir $185 a head, you should get one complimentary drink though.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Gwen is now in my top 5 in LA. Try the pork chop. The somm is quite good.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food and service were great. Wine was excellent with great help from the wine steward.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

There were three of us, and we ordered the charcuterie and lobster rolls for the appetizer. Superb! For entrée, we split the lamb shank and new York strip steak, which was more than enough for 3 people. We loved the duck fat potatoes and dill carrots. Divine! We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

An amazing spin on some standard staples… We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Fabulous food! Of course, with an adjacent butcher shop, the meat was superb...both in quality and preparation. My friends and I shared the lamb riblets, the flank steak, and NY strip. Not to say that the vegetables weren't splendid as well. The Brussels sprouts were somewhat less stellar than some of the other dishes (good, but not transcendent). The real surprise was the stunning bread, accompanied by house-churned butter and herbed lardo. We also enjoyed the Pavlova (a somewhat deconstructed version) and panna cotta. The service was efficient, professional, yet friendly. Expensive for every day, but the quality was undeniable.

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