Kettle Black

4.6
227 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
Kettle Black is a rustic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Silverlake offering
an amazing craft cocktail program and a all Italian winelist.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Pizza Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday- Sunday
Opening at 5pm
Happy Hour : 5pm-7pm Daily
Dinner: 5pm – 10:30pm
Saturday- Sunday Brunch 11am-4pm
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Phone number
(323) 641-3705
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter Macias
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Edgecliff
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Kettle Black is a kind-of-casual, kind-of-fancy Italian spot in Silver Lake that knows its way around a wood-fired oven.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
Reviews from verified diners
227 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
24%
Good
3%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The food, drinks, and service were all excellent! Quiet enough to have a conversation with a beautiful ambiance. I got the mezcal cocktail. It was great. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share: panzanella salad, octopus, meatballs, cacio e pepe, parpadelle, and the budino. The only thing that was just okay was the parpadelle. Everything else was excellent! We were pretty stuffed and had leftovers (2 people). Will definitely be back!

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RB
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and service. The ambiance is lively without being too loud or distracting. The wait staff is professional and hip. Food was ample, interesting and delicious,

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OT
1.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Awful food

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Was a first time visit for all 3 of us in the party. I had seen that there were some mixed reviews - mainly based on service. But he menu was still very appealing. So I took a chance. And all 3 of really enjoyed the food. And the service was quite good, especially for Silver Lake. I’d happily go back.

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RH
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

After the original staff left the restaurant quality declined. We were pleasantly surprised during this busy with the positive experience

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OT
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

It was lovely

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OT
2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Was forced to wait an extra 15 mins even with a res, while walk-ups were seated before us. Food is over seasoned to mask the low-quality of the ingredients. This is particularly noticeable in the pizza/quality of cheese used.
Extremely loud, not particularly good value. Won't return.

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SJ
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Great food and service was fantastic. We ordered 2 frozen cocktails before we ordered food and the frozen mix machine was acting up so there was a delay in getting the frozen drinks so the manager offered to comp us 2 cocktails for the delay. That’s what I would call great customer service. Will definitely be back again

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AC
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

A fun and hip Italian restaurant with great drinks

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RR
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Very nice ambiance! Cool vibe with very good food. Pizza was great.

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l
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great bartender. Great cocktails. Great local spot--sat at the bar before heading to Dodger game.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This is my second time to eat at Kettle Black. Both times the food and service has been outstanding.

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A
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Loved the bread and clams.

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AP
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Visiting from NY. Great food & great service. On par with NYC restaurants

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GT
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food and service were very good, with an interesting wine list. Very enjoyable!

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OT
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food and service.

My son killed half the Burratta Margherita pizza and I had the citrus-cured salmon; I highly recommend both.

The doors and windows were wide open, so it was quite chilly, but I prefer it.

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C
3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Mediocre food at best. So many better options in this area. Our Baratta pizza had almost no cheese and was lukewarm and soggy.

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DH
2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

This place is beautiful, but I think they are understaffed. We ordered an appetizer and Pizza. 50 min later we asked about the Pizza. It immediately arrived - Cold and dry. The waitress comp'd the pizza.

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OT
1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was not good but the service was great and the spot was fun .we won’t be going back unfortunately

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s
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Love this place. We have been going there from the day they opened. I would say one of the best restaurants in silver lake.

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m
3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very dry chicken, everything else was great

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SL
2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Service was pretty awful. The host was super nice and we were seated right away although as I was about to sit one of the waitresses was looking at me sideways. It felt very mean girls. I almost wanted to ask why she was staring at me. Service was slow. Forgetful. Food was cold and mediocre. Overpriced. Once our food arrived no one asked if we needed any fresh pepper or fresh cheese. We had to hound the staff for it. Overall this is Los Angeles and there are several real and delicious Italian places that blow this place out of the water and offers service with a smile. This place will be replaced in a couple of years.

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AW
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I have been there a few times from 30 miles away. Food, environment is great. Price reasonable. Service is great. Nice restaurant for a night out whether its date, friends get together, couple or group - all good :-)

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OT
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Outstanding service with a very laid back, no fussy vibe. Great food and hospitality.

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W
2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Hard to review this place as the service was so bad.
The positives were the stellar cauliflower salad, the best i have ever had and the branzino was beautifully cooked, fresh and sweet.no need for the heavy tomato sauce it sat in, the lemony frisée salad was nice but would have been more appropriate beside the fish, not no top of it.

The cavatelli with muscrooms and fava beens could have been OK but was radically a dente and swimming in fat, it tasted like some type of animal fat too, pretty nasty actually

But the main negatives were the wines and the service. Admittedly we only ordered whites, but i would be hard pressed to find worse especially at the prices they charge. They were also served WAY TOO COLD. Finally i ended up with the Arneis which was acceptable. The Greco di Tufo, a wine i know well as i work for an Italian wine importer was undrinkeable.

The service, was by far the most objectionable part of the experience and the reason i will not go back. Firstly it was almost impossible to find a server, then once we had one, she was rather sullen and apparently too busy elsewhere to revisit our table. We had to ask the hostess who was roaming about for some reason to send us someome. The second server who came by was much more personable than server #1 and knew a little more about the wines on offer

The final straw however was at the very end while i was sitting at the table but getting ready to leave, server #1 comes by and drops off someones dirty half finished plate of food on the table and walks off!

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OT
4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Generally good, however the amplified music coupled with bad acoustics made it difficult to hear each other talk. Better to go alone or sit outside. Food was good and I'd go back for that....maybe to go.

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OT
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Birthday dinner

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MF
3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The first courses were good. Main courses and pastas were not. Service was average.
I don’t think we’ll go back.

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CH
5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The food was marvelous, the service - even better. A kitchen snafu that might have marred the experience really allowed the staff to shine. They refused to serve a dish they felt was sub-par, kept us regularly informed as to its replacement, and compensated us generously for the very modest inconvenience. Loved the cauliflower, eggplant, mushroom pappardelle and Mary's chicken. Can't wait to go back and try some more!

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KM
2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

we have enjoyed this restaurant in the past which is why we opted to meet our friend from Spain here. We wanted a reasonably quiet meal so that we could converse and enjoy good food. When we have eaten here in the past we have requested either outdoors or upstairs as they tend to be quieter. This meal was very stressful because the music was WAY TOO LOUD. We asked both the host and our waitress to lower the music but if they did it was negligible. I do not understand why any restaurant would expect people to pay quite a bit for a meal and then make conversation trying if not impossible.
When will restaurants learn that people enjoy music but not at the expense of conversation.

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AP
4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Fourth visit. Perfect each time. Love the Cavatelli Pasta!

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AM
3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A little disappointing. Ordered a pizza but it was so loud the waitress messed up the order. Of course we were hunry and didn't want to wait for them to fix it so we just settled. Waitress seemed outgunned. Not planning to come back.

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OT
1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was totally substandard. Pizza was edible but you can get much better in LA. Other dishes were disgusting. Cauliflower just tasted of fish. Mushroom tagliatelle was over flavored. Would never go back.

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LC
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious food and excellent service. Will definitely be back.

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OT
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

SO GOOD. SO SO GOOOOOOD.

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OT
4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Made reservation, seated quickly, tasty Manhattan and savory food.

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AR
5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Always one of my local favorites. And defiantly worth the drive if you are not a Silver Lake local. Don't miss the mushroom pizza!

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n
3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Food was okay. Decor is amazing. Service was good.

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MC
1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We arrived on a very cold evening and the table they gave us was outside. One heater in the whole patio. Not near our table. Our table was right on the sidewalk. No closure. Too cold to eat dinner so we had to leave. we should have been warned that this was our table. Had a reservation for several weeks. They didn’t seem to care

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SM
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Staying in the SilverLake area whilst on a business trip and went for dinner there with my colleagues. Excellent food, a well curated and interesting Italian wine list and great cocktails to boot!

I would highly recommend this place as a casual dining / drinking venue. Good Times.

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