Tanino

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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.
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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful and so sad - last night of Tanino’s storied 20 run in Westwood!

P
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

the service is always superb and the food is good, sometimes very good. Having come back from a trip to Sicily, I can say that the food could be better but 4000 miles is a long way to travel for off the charts pasta.

W
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We would definitely eat there again.

CR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Minestrone soup made with fresh vegetables, spinach tortellini with pumpkin and sage was delicious. Service was exemplary. Each of our party was pleased with his or her course.

SF
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tanino is the best restaurant in Westwood. The service is attentive and charming. There are always good specials. Mainstays on the menu are consistently good, although there are specials that vary through the season.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

In for an early dinner before going to the Geffen. Great pre-theatre location. Quiet and friendly staff. My husband loved his dish (the carbonara) mine was just okay (the pomodoro). Yes, we would go there again, but I’d order something different ;)

KF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed delicious appetizers and three different entrees. Finished the meal with gelato. All good!

NY
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my graduation And Melanie made sure that all the details were taken care of. We were set up as a party of 13 in the back room our waiter was extraordinary there was real attention to detail all the food came out at the same time the food is exquisite and it really made the night special

M
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambience and great service. Easy valet parking.

j
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Classic decor. Fun restaurant!

BT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had a bumpy start with the manager seating a 6’3 football player into a booth for a small child. The waiter MATT (Boston guy) was great and made the rest of a romantic Evening better and the food was done wonderfully.

Note: See photo with my sweetheart by herself (look behind her and the small booth seat they wanted me to sit in initially and the booth we latter had was the way it should have been.

SQ
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is nicely decorated and is beautiful. The food was good, and our waiter was friendly. I do feel it was overpriced for what we received. We asked for bottled water, and the waiter poured each of us a glass, (There were 2 of us) and did not leave the bottle on our table, and we never had anymore water. We didn't ask for more, as we thought maybe we were not being charged for water. When the bill arrived, we were charged $7.00 for our water. When I have ordered bottled water in the past, the water bottle is always placed on the table, as we bought it. To be charged that amount for 2 8 oz glasses of water does not feel fair. One shot of espresso is $4, and my pasta was $29. (Just to give an idea of what the prices are like.)

T
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality and delicious food. Prices for pasta dishes very reasonable. Some other prices were on the high side. Service was impeccable.

MP
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice menu with a variety of dishes. The green lasagna special was particularly well prepared. And they'll put together dishes if there's something you want. We had them prepare a gluten-free pasta with clams, mussels and shrimp in white (wine) sauce. Delicious. Very good service, too.

a
Central Coast
61 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service; lovely atmosphere. Bravo!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING!!

LH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the frutti di mare, lamb and linguini with clams.Every dish was excellent as usual and Alex our waiter was attentive. My favorite Italian restaurant!

KD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our family of seven went to Tanino’s for Mother’s Day. I’ve had mixed experiences at this restaurant, but we had what everyone agreed was a perfect meal - the service was impeccable and the food delicious, particularly the specials.

DM
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

It is hard to believe this is a Drago restaurant. The restaurant is beautiful. The food was awful. The pasta bolognese - small portions, pasta was cooked to the point of mush, hardly any sauce, and there was hardly any meat in the sauce. The waitstaff was more interested in hanging out at the bar chatting than providing service. Bottom line - don’t bother going.

H
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice waiter.

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J
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unusual eggplant rolled around spaghetti dish which I enjoyed very much. We will go back again.

LR
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place!!! Mushroom soup, cappalini ala checca, branzino!!! Mmmmm!!!

s
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

wonderful food, great service, all in the heart of westwood. We have eaten there many times and it has always been a wonderful experience.

A
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood Drago Italian with historic interiors and friendly service.
Walk to the Geffen for a perfect LA evening.

MG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I asked for a glass of Savignon Blanc and it was disgusting but the waiter did take it away and I was not charged

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food ( branzino fish) was overly cooked, blended.
Service ok, but seemed like they were rushing to close ( (9:39?) becouse they had only 4 tables with people...
never asked how was the food.
Last time went there the chef / owner was there, and what a difference in the food preparation....
Seems like it wasn’t a good day to eat there.

l
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We've been to Tanino many years ago and decided to try it again with some friends. We ordered a salad and soup to start. My husband's salad dressing soaked the salad. My vegetable soup was quite salty. We both ordered branzino, which had a funny aftertaste. Though the food was disappointing, the ambiance and the service was excellent.

JB
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ambiance made you feel like you’re in Italy- very historic and pretty restaurant. The calamari was my favorite part of the meal, and the truffle ravioli was delicious- very rich. The service could have been a bit more attentive, but overall it was a positive experience.

TC
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before theatre.

TG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not what it used to be.....uninspired....just going through the motions.

k
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I had learned about this restaurant earlier since we have been going to the area to meet our son, a senior at UCLA, in the past three years and we were always looking for a nice Italian restaurant nearby. Tanino was the best among the dozens of restaurants we have visited. The pasta I had was perfectly cooked and the calamari was light and tasty. We are definitely coming back.

RG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Lovely staff, food, ambiance. A top notch establishment much needed and appreciated in Westworld.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

SM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food. Great location. Fantastic wait staff. So friendly and accommodating. Very curious that the hostess is rude and indifferent to her job. Certainly doesn’t make you feel welcome.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Tanino on a night when Westwood had a power outage. We had an early reservation because of a Geffen Playhouse event. When we arrived we were told the kitchen had just opened and service would be delayed because of the outage. Within the hour though, the staff was ready to seat us and we had a marvelous dinner. We highly recommend Tanino.

KB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We absolutely loved the location and the food. Table of 6 early business dinner. Service was friendly, but forgot drink order and had to ask multiple times for more water and to take empty plates.

Overall food was AMAZING!!!

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely classic Italian restaurant in the heart of Westwood. An absolute must before the theater

RK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanino Ristorante is a great Italian restaurant.
I have never been disappointed. Service, food, ambiance Northern Italian. Think Firenze. Pumpkin tortellini in a cream sage sauce perfection risotto with porcini mushrooms excellent. Baked spagetti with eggplant amazing. Have to stop here!! Go.:))))

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was subpar. But the service of the wait staff and hostess was excellent!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good but everyone who was in there was 50+ years old