Orsa & Winston

4.7
505 reviews
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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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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KT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Y
Los Angeles
4 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!

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

Great food. Nice vibe. Friendly service.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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DN
Los Angeles
43 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.

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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?

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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!

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j
Los Angeles
102 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.

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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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OT
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful - from the first moment to the end - what a find! The cuisine was so delicate and yet powerful, and the service was so professional and yet friendly. Our server Craig (I hope I have his correct name) was so nice and accommodating, and all others so comfortably dedicated. We will definitely return - over and over again. Thank you!

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite meal in LA.

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v
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE it here, and are so happy about their Michelin star! Michael the manager is fabulous, as is all their staff.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my boyfriend and my first date, and he had never experienced a tasting. He thought the food was fresh, different and delicious. The ambiance was fantastic, and our date was magical. Thank you !

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LT
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

chefs menu was delicious. great service. unique flavors.

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JP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu is amazing. Worth the money. A great little find in towntown LA.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

little salty

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LA
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Tasty food, but very small volume. If you are going to come, be sure you eat before or plan to eat after. I walked over to Grand Central Market after. Also no full bar, so I also coudn't have a cocktail.

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TS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch and meal of my entire trip. We had the Japanese omakase breakfast and everything we had was amazing. Everything paired together well, the rice is well seasoned and the uni on top elevated the whole dish and made the meal so worth the price. This is my new favorite restaurant

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RD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really, really good; smallish plates, high quality ingredients, well prepared and excellent service. The food was also imaginative, with nuanced tastes/flavors. I don't know why the web sites said Italian Japanese; it has elements of Japanese, but I would call this Calif. Fusion food, and very good at that.

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GR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a special treat dining at Orsa & Winston. The amazing food is beautifully prepared and enhanced by optional carefully selected wine pairings served with each course of the prix-fixe tasting menu. You now have the option of dining a la carte from the Snacks menu, or adding to the 5 course meal. The proficient staff greets you warmly when you arrive and makes the entire dining experience relaxing and enjoyable - they also remember you when you return. This intimate restaurant has an upscale but casual vibe and consistently delivers an outstanding dining experience.

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YL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and service!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food are wonderful. Great for date night.

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KM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun Mother’s Day tasting lunch. Excellent wine pairings.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We went with our friends last Sunday for Mother’s Day brunch. they have a table next to our friends but don’t allow us to sat with them even thought nobody sit there till we left. Also the food was a little bit different than our friends even though we ordered the same kinds of brunch!! So disappointed.

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JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a small, intimate space and the service and food were lovely. Thoroughly enjoyed my experience here and can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was good, although the pace at which the tasting menu came out was a bit fast. We hadn’t finished our paired wine before the next glass was poured. Felt a bit rushed. Having said that, the staff was pleasant and attentive. The food was good and the paired wine was great.

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MP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great creative cuisine, with fresh ingredient great service

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A
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a bday celebration and our expectations were far exceeded. The food and service were incredible. They were delightfully accommodating of my dietary restrictions and couldn't have asked for a better meal. The place is beautiful and was overall a beautiful night. Highly recommend!!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

L.A. prices, so not necessarily overpriced in relation to other local restaurants but the tasting menu alone isn’t a lot of food without additional a la carte items. Very interesting and offbeat natural wine selection with some real gems.

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OL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the reasons that LA is the culinary capitol for the US!

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MA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful ambiance

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic choices in the tasting menu with wonderful wine pairings. Thank you so much for an excellent dining experience!

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FF
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is delicious food and strongly recommend.

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A
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The tasting menu is the best buy in LA since Spring closed. The snack of rice spagghetini was a wonderful extra. Wines are affordable. Service was courteous and informative.

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