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About Tanino

You will feel as if you've traveled back in time to Old Italy. Tanino Drago grew up in a small town in Sicily. His father made the family's wine, cheese and olive oil. His mother made the fresh pasta and bread. Tanino it seems was destined to master the art of fine Italian cuisine. He worked at his uncle's trattoria and studied at the Giarre Culinary School. It all comes together beautifully at Tanino's in Westwood. The Renaissance-style building was designed by Paul Williams and built in 1929.

1043 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Open For Dinner: Monday - Friday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 4:00pm

Cross Street:
Weyburn/ Kinross

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 208-0444

Website:
http://www.tanino.com/

Catering:
Our professionally trained staff is prepared to take care of all your needs in planning the perfect party.

Parking Details:
$5.00 per car

Executive Chef:
Tanino Drago

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Tanino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Tanino is a nice neighborhood Italian restaurant, but in my previous experiences, the food was better. Tonight, however, it really wasn't great. More concerning was the fact that no one seemed to notice. Twice my orders were prepared wrong. My artichoke and arugula salad was drowned in dressing, but when I asked to have it done again, it came back identical. The issue seemed to be the communication between server and chef because my request for light sauce on the chicken scallopini resulted in "extra sauce." Yet no one bothered to check in and see how it tasted.

The food was average and not prepared as requested, the service was impersonal, and the ambience was depressing. All this for fine dining prices. Only one of the five of us left happy and he had the spaghetti bolognese. All in all, not worth the $$$.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great dinner before The Geffen Theatre event. Love the spinach ravioli and the carpaccio salad. Felt like being in Rome with the inner decor. And we found street parking only a block away. Love to come back for a birthday party or something like that.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Tanino is always a great choice for authentic Sourhern Italian cuisine. Excellent food, service and wine list. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

In an area sorely lacking in great restaurants, Tanino is like an oasis. Wonderful food, great service. If you come to Westwood for the Geffen theater, live in the area or simply want to explore an unsung high quality restaurant, this is the place.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The private room was perfect for our holiday gathering.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Absolutely love Tanino! The food, service and atmosphere are fantastic!

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Tapas, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It's good, solid Italian food. We return regularly.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Food was very good but the service was not up to the high-priced standards.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Wonderful, as always!! Delicious food, great service and in such a beautiful building. Bella Bella!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The flavors of all the dishes and all the sauces are fantastic😀
Only a well trained chef with years of experience could master this type of consistency.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Tanino is our favorite restaurant, because each time the experience is uplifting. We celebrated a friend's birthday on 12/6/17. The atmosphere is authentic Italian, very cozy and romantic. My sister and I had a superb scallop pasta with green pesto. The team serving the guests is outstanding. Very attentive, pleasant and accommodating. We much appreciated the beautiful, delicious and complimentary birthday dessert. Try Tanino and see and taste for yourself...

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

When I saw a sign for the Italian Cultural Institute, I joked with my husband that there must be a good Italian restaurant around. Tanino turned out to be everything you'd expect in an authentic Italian experience. The olive oil (100% Italian) was golden green and nutty (imported by Drago), the carciofi and baby arugula salad was generously sized with thin, moist shavings of parmesan. My husband's lamb chops entree was a perfect medium rare/medium, pink and tender with a lightly charred crust and a hint of sweet (I suppose from the white balsamic with which the caponata was prepared); and my penne with prosciutto and vodka was creamy and rich, perfectly al dente (and plenty of it), the minced prosciutto retained its flavor without overpowering the dish. We were first seated in the bustling main dining room but when we requested a quieter corner, they immediately accommodated our wish and let us to a table by the elegant bar where we had a view of the high ceiling with its understated, intricate wood carving and chandeliers. The waiter was attentive and the service was well paced. My husband had just attended the UCLA student body president reunion and the meal at Tanino completed a special weekend for us. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food and ambience. NOT HAPPY about their policy of allowing only 2 samples of wine per table per request by guest. 4 of us, only 2 drinking and that was his response to that request? Never happened in any 4 star restaurant I have been to. Not good business when people are spending hundreds at a meal and the wine bottles are already open. Had to ask for the manager which prompted the waiter to bring another small taste on request. Not cool for such a fine restaurant.
Other then that, I will eat there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had the private room. Service was a little slow given that restaurant was not busy. Food was very tasty per my other visits. Bill was about $60 per person including tip and people had a few drinks, so not too expensive.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

it had been quite awhile since I had gone to this restaurant, but it confirmed why I don't. Very limited menu and the portions and prices are way out of line for what is given (salads are truly expensive and not only can they not be split, but bare ok for one person....at $18 for arrugula and/or cut tomato's and very little else I feel it is awful!

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food3
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wonderful Italian food and the most incredible cream of mushroom soup!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

SUPERB Italian food in the heart of Westwood. Great staff, excellent food, great ambience.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food was good. We reserved ahead, and the place was nearly empty, but somehow we were placed in a corner with an unpleasant view of the messy back corner near kitchen. I asked to sit elsewhere, and the waiter said nothing and didn't respond. Also, when the check came, I asked for it twice, but it had been presented to our guests in error, but the waiter didn't honor my requests for it, to the extent that the evening became uncomfortable and embarrassing instead of what we had planned.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

my artichoke arugula parmesan salad was excellent in taste but miniscule, especially in view of the $17 price tag. I had to ask for a refill on my iced tea.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

REAL restauranteurs. Excellent food. Excellent service (smiles from even the polite bus boys). Very quiet NOT ONE thrown piece of silverware or clanking or shouting from the kitchen. My new favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food is prepared well and I eat here often when going to the Geffen theater, however they have a new abbreviated menu and the high prices do not add value and I don't feel the price is worth what you get. I had the seafood linguine but they did it with Risotto for me. It was tasty but not enough seafood. The beet salad with goat cheese was very good and their bartender is great. I probably will go back for the convince , but I may hesitate because of the prices. Dinner for 2 with 2 drinks, sharing a salad, 2 espressos and the main dish with tip was $155.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

terrific lasagne and calamari. very friendly and though busy accommodated us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were there for dinner with friends. We had the Rigatoni Bolognese and a pasta with vodka and prosciutto. Both were excellent. The service was good and our reservation was honored on time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

When we arrived at the restaurant I noticed some empty tables of 4 and asked to be seated at one of them even tho we were a party of 2. I did this because there were other couples seated at tables for 4. I was told the empty tables were reserved for 4. We were then given a table for 2 in the bar side of the restaurant. Shortly afterward a party of 2 entered the restaurant and were given one of the tables for 4 that I had requested. I don't mind playing by the rules when everyone else is but this really bothered me. It's unfortunate that something like this can mar what would have been an otherwise delightful dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Absolutely divine Pasta dish, Vodka sauce with Prosciutto - lovely wine list, deliciousi Ceasar salad... my friend and I try to eat "light" so we shared both single items and it was absolutely enough for our supper meal! Servers were delightful, attentive, and caring.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Eating at Tanino's was one of the poorest business lunch experiences I have ever had. The food was way over priced and just mediocre. Even though the place was empty, the service was also mediocre. My guest and I split an appetizer, each had an entrée, coffee, and split dessert. The total bill with tip was $131.00. Good place to experience not much value for cost and hide during the lunch hour!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Pasta sauce was heavy and tasteless. Bronzino was bland. Caesar salad was very good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Tanino has been our long-time favorite in the Westwood area. Great Italian food and great service are its hallmarks. They can accommodate special dietary requests quite well. We go there for both lunch and dinner - they never disappoint.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Tanino has been around for a while and happily maintains excellent food and service. The pasta is perfectly cooked and the sauces are flavorful but not too spicy . The wine list is interesting and nit budget busting. Try the pasta with proscuito or the veal marsala. Portions are generous and the staff is friendly. If you have elderly people in your party, please note that the restrooms are up a flight of stairs. We will definitely go back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The smell was musty when I walked in, smelled old and not clean, not like good food smells when you walk into a restaurant..

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The pumpkin raviolis we're incredible!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

food was very good but service can be improved since the restaurant was not busy and the servers were not busy it is a nice restaurant and will come back again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 23, 2017

It was so hot and they kept turning the air conditioner on only once in a while which seems outrageous for how hot it was. We were sweating. Portions are small for the prices. No good baked bread to serve like you'd expect at an Italian restaurant -just raw bread they stick in a basket. Not worth the $$

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The hostess didn't seem very happy to see us even though the restaurant was empty when we arrived. She tried to seat us in a tiny table in a corner so we asked to be seated outside. The special salad $17 we split. We each received 4 tablespoons of salad that was very good but scant for the price. The prosciutto in Vodka sauce reminded me of ground beef in tomato soup maybe slightly spicy tomato soup. The Lasagna with spinach noodles was probably over cooked as it was closer to soup with an odd taste. The staff is stuffy and made no connection.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Bit over priced for portions (salad and fish) but food and service was good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Service very attentive. Very good food. Prices commensurate with quality of food. I would recommend and return. I felt tables were too close together and having a conversation with my party was difficult.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2017

A bit pricey. Food OK..portions less than I would have expected. $42 for a Dover sole seems high to me.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I cannot remember our server's name but, along with the exceptional food, we received wonderful service last Saturday evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Nice option before going to the theater. Both entrees were very good and we're authentic Italian. Service level was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We came here after graduating from UCLA and we had the best meal and service! It's too bad we didn't try it before graduation. Great Italian food 😊

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