Orsa & Winston

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$50 and over
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Japanese
Orsa & Winston is the third downtown restaurant from Chef-Owner Josef Centeno, of Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá & P.Y.T.. Featuring nightly-changing tasting menus and a new SNACKS menu, the restaurant incorporates sensibilities of both Italian and Japanese cuisines in an intimate 32-seat dining room and open kitchen. Due to the small size of our restaurant, reservations are highly recommended.
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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we entered, the staff was exceptional. We had the perfect amount of interplay between us.

Every single dish, including the snacks we ordered, was balanced, thoughtful, executed perfectly and fit into the overall journey of the meal.

At no point, did I say, or even think, "this is good, but..." Each dish showed the care and skill invested in it.

Do get the wine pairing. That alone was worth the educational experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very impressed with Orsa & Winston. The set menu was great and well paced and the matched wine was also excellent. The staff were attentive and the general ambiance was very relaxing. A really good choice for a date night or special occasion if the cost doesn’t put you off.

ZW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Testing menu is really delicious and definitely worth a try!

EF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Most dishes were great but the dessert failed to impress and the added on pasta botarga was not great at all.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday dinner, remarkable experience

R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service. Excellent menu, my date was so impressed!

G
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time at O&W. the first was for an extravagant 17 (or was it 20?) course tasting menu years ago, the second was for a weekday lunch, and this time I brought a girlfriend from SF to have a weekend brunch.

I love the delicate and refined execution of their menu - complex pairings with an elegant ease, at very affordable prices.

Will highly recommend O&W, and will definitely be returning. Thank you to the kind, happy, and knowledgeable staff for their grace and service.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bonus dessert!

LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu along with the wine pairings is at the highest standards for L.A. dining -- which means world-class.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The service is excellent and the environment is nice and quiet. However, the food doesn’t meet my expectation. I tried the tasting menu, none of it really surprises me at all. The lamb is too savory with a bit of gamy flavor. Besides, For a tasting menu, the dessert is just a tart with berries which is quite disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice, casual, comfy dinner w the fam and great wines

p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Loved the mushrooms, grain bowl with chicken, and souffle pancakes.

DI
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu O&W offers is very select based on tastes of Asia (Japan) and Italy. How these combinations of flavors were conceived is beyond me, but what a wonderful place to explore these combinations that enhance each other so unexpectedly.

KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday

ML
London
62 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My coworkers and I ate here for lunch recently. There were only a couple other people in the restaurant while we were there. The server seemed a little new so I'll cut him some slack. The 4 of us ordered mains and 3 came out at the same time with about a 5-7 minute wait for the 4th meal so we all waited to eat so as not to be rude. It seemed a bit strange that the dishes were not fired at the appropriate times to allow all of us to receive our food at once. The place wasn't busy and others were wrapping up their meals when we came in. The server also removed silverware without replacing for two of us so we had to request replacements. All in all, the food was quite good and the space is modern and beautiful. But the service could have been improved just a bit!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Best beef tartare we had ever had.

KJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food and service was amazing, parking a breeze

FB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and the staff is professional and welcoming

TJ
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and excellent value esp during restaurant week - fresh ingredients and it was nice that they explained each dish prior to us digging into our dinner. They also give you the option to pair the meals with different glasses of wine. Would come back - was delish!

l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is creative and delicious. We normally bring our wines to restaurants, but not to this restaurant. The wine pairings are creative, well matched to the food, and an introduction to lesser known grapes from small producers. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable. The Michelin star is well deserved.

KL
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good but not great for the price. The seafood porridge was a highlight but the rest didn’t really feel as elevated.

SR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, great service, the most amazing Bloody Mary I’ve ever had, everything was so beautifully presented, we had to take pictures and ask other tables what they ordered because each dish was more amazing than the next, loved it all!

LA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An incredible value at $39, I opted for the DineLa menu. Gorgeous food -- every detail was beautiful. And as inventive as the food was, it was also delicious, proving you don't have to sacrifice flavor for beauty if you know what you're doing in the kitchen. Too many chefs are trying to prove how innovative they are by throwing esoteric ingredients together in an avant-garde design - but their food is ultimately not satisfying. Not at O&W. The chefs at Orsa & Winston really have all the bases covered. I will definitely be back.

KJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, excellent service. Portions are decent..

BD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and great value. My only complaint, if I have to be picky, is that the restaurant is a bit small and feels somewhat crowded. But it is one of the best I've had.

c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were late but were made very welcome. Excellent good value menu and wine pairings. Informed, polite and responsive service.

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The decor and ambiance of the restaurant was nice and romantic. The food was great, the porridge definitely stood out. Would ideally come back to try the full course meal next time.

KT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Porchetta alla Kakuni: First and foremost, the plating presentation is beautiful. Consisting of porchetta (slow simmered pork belly cooked in shoyu [soy sauce] and black sugar), ume koshihikari rice (short grained rice), shoyu egg, assorted vegetables and topped with sesame, strips of nori and edible flowers. As for the taste, it was delicious. A tiny pork rice bowl that packs a flavorful punch. The porchetta itself was succulent, meaty and didn't tasted greasy at all. However, I wished the pieces was a little bigger, especially, since this protein dish is the main star and namesake of the dish. Luckily, the shoyu egg came to the rescue. Turns out, I actually preferred the shoyu egg more than the porchetta. The soft-boiled egg was fantastic, especially, when breaking it apart and letting the yolk ooze all over the ume koshihikari rice and mixing it up together, yum! The assorted veggies (cauliflower, snap peas, daikon, yellow and green squashes) provided that healthy dose of greens to compliment the proteins. Topped with sesame and edible flowers to finalize the beautiful plating presentation. Would I get this dish again? For DineLA, yes. However, for a regular $19 dish, probably not because of the preview that I got with the porchetta size.

Sudachi Tart: A small dessert that also packs a powerful, sweet punch. The sudachi (lime juice) flavor was light and aromatic. The tart itself was sweet, creamy and melts-in-your-perfection. The crust on the bottom was nutty and crunchy (I detected chocolate and toffee). Topped with a generous dollop of light and fluffy whipped cream, little white chocolate balls and edible flowers, yum!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here for a birthday and the food was fantastic. Service was impeccable as well.

Y
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience. Comfortable, intimate ambience. Inventive cuisine, fresh and utterly delicious. Go with the wine pairing!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Nice vibe. Friendly service.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique dishes impeccably prepared and gorgeously presented with a caring wait staff. Bravo!

RT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting menu with the option to add on a smaller dish to share, as well as a wine pairing that complemented each course. The ambiance was very cozy but not cramped. The noise was louder than expected but it is a small space that didn’t take away from the overall experience.

OC
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wow...such vibrant, energetic and delicious flavours that were phenomenal. My husband "wow"ed and "mmmm"ed throughout each course. The Japanese influence was apparent in both taste and plating. The atmoshphere and staff were approachable, relaxed and professional; our water was constantly being refilled. And for those of you who Yelp, you can toss those sub-four star reviews out the window; this place is a solid four+ stars. If you're even just thinking about dining here @ O&W, just make your res and GO!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orsa & Winston is the best dinner in town by every metric. The menu is constantly changing/evolving but consistently exciting, delicious and full of surprises. Front of house is perfect too.

DN
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a necessary restaurant for anyone who wants a memorable meal in Los Angeles. If any restaurant in the city deserved a Michelin star, this is it, and, in real terms, it's a bargain of sorts. As Jonathan Gold wrote, Josef Centno's food "tastes like Los Angeles," and at least one course on the tasting menu will be something you've never had before.

JC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I’m really disappointed that they didn’t study wine matching. Pairing.. food and wine doesn’t match at all.
Not recommended wine pairing menu.

Second, after the dinner i went to toilet 5 times. I guess something is wrong in food.

Third, i love to have experience drinks from overseas. But not from Fukushima Japan... still high radioactive region making Sake and they put in the menu “this sake from Fukushima” are you serious?

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing chicken sandwich & soufflé pancakes for brunch! Can’t wait to go back for dinner!

j
Los Angeles
107 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic meal. The food combinations were innovative and delicious. The chef was accommodating as to food allergies or dislikes. The service was fabulous, friendly, and interesting. We will come back regularly.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service staff & an excellent meal!

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