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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
8:30 PM
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Tanino

4.6
881 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Open For Dinner: Monday - Friday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 4:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 208-0444
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tanino Drago
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Catering
Our professionally trained staff is prepared to take care of all your needs in planning the perfect party.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Weyburn/ Kinross
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Parking details
$5.00 per car
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 881 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

a very enjoyable dinner, would definitely go back again
the pasta is especially good

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food, service, and ambience. The best place to meet for lunch in Westwood...central for meeting others since it's close to 405.

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Artz (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing experience...from the service to the ambience & the food was simply delicious

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We requested with the waiter to order our salad first, and then we’d put in the order for our entree. The waiter said that the chef only wanted to have the full order received at the same time. Shouldn’t it be what the customer wants?

The food (lasagna) was very bland - no flavor at all, and a very small, flat portion. SO not worth the cost no matter how nice the restaurant is. We had to fill-up on the bread. We also got far more table service from the busman than from the waiter.

I was told on the phone that they could “squeeze us in” for a reservation, but the place was not at all busy when we got there. I understand marketing tactics, but not plain misrepresentation.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Delicious food great service

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Diner2 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Outstanding Italian menu in a lovely historic Westwood Village space. We enjoyed linguine mare and mushroom risotto but on other occasions have ordered grilled branzino and paparadelle with lamb ragu. All up to the Drago family standard.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excelent the best in Westwood
great for any ocassion

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Love the food wine service and ambiance can’t wait to come back again

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vipExcellent (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Papardelle homemade and delicious! Had to try a couple wines but did find one we liked. No valet parking so be aware. Otherwise food and ambiance great!

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abcd (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

What a wonderful find for Westwood village. Terrific space with historic overtones, great food and terrific service. A find - and worth the journey across town.

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vipFoodieMom (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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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DigiRob (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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.

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PosiBlonde (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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vipDedicatedFan (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 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.

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vipLisaG (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

The private room was perfect for our holiday gathering.

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LNinLALALand (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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vipBusinessfoodies (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was superb and every bit as good and genuine as some of the finest in Italy. My wife ordered the lasagna and it tasted like a cloud with just the right mixture of filling and seasoning, nothing like the usual firm and chewy version offered at "traditional American Italian" venues. The last time we tasted lasagna this well prepared was at a top notch restaurant in Milan.
My linguine bolognese exhibited Chef Tanino's brilliance in making a simple dish taste alive.
Our server was impeccable in his mixture of attentiveness and bon homie. Chef Tanino himself was equally engaging by coming out to speak with his guests and gauging their reaction to his offerings.
The wine list was well selected to pair with the food.
The overall experience was wonderful. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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PickyDiner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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Hshapi (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 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.

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2relax (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 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...

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Xiaoyan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 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.

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vipfrequentdinefam (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 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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vipsusie (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 7, 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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vipTedC (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

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

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vipGreat (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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EastCoastGirl (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 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.

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vipeatwell (Los Angeles)
2.0  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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