Tesse

4.5
330 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Tesse is a collaboration between restauranteur Bill Chait, Michelin-starred
Chef Raphael Francois, pastry guru Sally Camacho, and managing partner & wine director, Jordan Ogron. Tesse marries contemporary French cuisine with innovative cocktails and a unique wine program, to create a truly singular dining experience.
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JK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and traditional offerings on an extensive menu in a beautiful sleek space with an adjacent wine shop. Impressive wine list.

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k
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food overall, but varies by menu item. Strongly recommend hamachi, pasta with bone marrow and white soufflé. Found caviar and other meat pasta disappointing. Chicken liver pate just ok.
Really do not like the cocktails, not well balanced. Wine is good but smaller pours for the price of full pour.
If you find the right dishes very much worth it but otherwise not worth the money

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All fantastic from start to end.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was extremely slow, I sat bar for 10 mins before someone helped me. 2 of our dishes were undercooked. They could care less that our dinner was ruined. We returned the undercooked. They didn’t offer us anything for messing up our meal.

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JH
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It's a huge disappointment to get dressed up on a Friday night, just to be treat poorly by restaurant staff. Shouldn't a restaurant be a fun experience? The greeting staff at door were dismissive, already souring the upcoming experience. The young lady waiting on our table made it clear she didn't care for us, making us very uncomfortable. The menu is so complicated it's work to figure out what to order. By the time we ordered and the food came we just wanted to get it over with. Not fun, not inviting, the food is mediocre and the staff don't know how to make your visit enjoyable. I'd Never go back here nor recommend it. Try hiring staff that enjoy working with people and maybe the food will taste better.

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LA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best restaurant in Los Angeles. If you haven't experienced Tesse, it is a must. The chef is amazing, service wonderful and the food is memorable. I dream about my next visit...

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L
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not French but new style american. Complicated dishes at high prices in a boisterous environment. Full of people enjoying the experience.

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v
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing.
I’ll go back just for the dessert - outstanding

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J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had driven by this place and it looked appealing so I figured out its name and made a reservation. Once we got inside there wasn’t as much ambiance I was expecting. Crowd was eclectic. Service was good. we asked for bread while we were waiting for our food to come and was told they bake fresh bread. Few minutes later the same waitress we asked for bread from brought us a platter with bread and cheese. We assumed this was it and started to eat it. About ten minutes later a plate or bread and butter was brought out. We were confused. Then our own waiter came by and said the first plate was not intended for us and was brought in error. We apologized and felt bad for eating it but we really didn’t know. When bill came we were charged for that bread and cheese platter and for the bread and butter ($6). We didn’t have a problem paying for it but I would think restaurant would’ve covered it since it was their error and we didn’t know.

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g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous ambience and food . loved everything we ordered. Desserts were spectacular. we will definitely be back.

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SM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wowww wowwwww what an incredible experience. The drinks were spot on and the mixologist made it to my liking. The food was such high quality and flavorful. I couldn’t recommend this place enough. Our mixologist also happened to be our waiter and he made the whole dining experience impeccable.

My only complaint was the slightly overweight hostess at the front who wasn’t very friendly and made us feel unwelcome on initial arrival. However all that dissipated with the quality of the service our waiter/mixologist provided

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JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First of all easy to get reservation, they do have some items similar to Bestia. The beef sirloin kabob dish wasn’t that great, we do like the hamachi crudo and the Souffle very much. Nice service and great interior decor

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Awful experience! All dishes were terrible salty, even though we asked not to ....
Pretentious attitude.... not really welcoming and warm... we expected to have a great birthday dinner with my husband yet we got a miserable one... don’t waste your time or money. This town has so many truly nice restaurants - go have fun there ... Tesse is not one of them

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

Excelente!!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative and delicious food, helpful service, parking space, fair-priced. I'll come back for sure.

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M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Hubby & I were excited to try this based on recent positive reviews & the chef. We were put off by being told that we needed to order all our food at once & that they recommend you order 3-4 3 oz glasses of wine to taste, which gets pretty expensive. What if they just welcomed you tasting a wine or two that you were interested in (for free!) prior to your ordering by the glass? Plus were asked 2x to order our food before our drinks even arrived. So tired of being told by a restaurant the way we're going to order, "enjoy" & even pay for a meal, especially for an expensive night out. On top of this, our server recommended too many dishes--because, you know, family style & meant to share. If we could have ordered an appetizer or two when we ordered our drinks then we could have gauged the rest of our meal from that point, instead of feeling both rushed and overwhelmed by all the diff servers and the converging plates. I will say that portion size is generous, so you truly do not need to order more than 4 dishes total. Food was good not great.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect!!!! I’ll be back 100%

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a
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed very much ! Food great and service great only draw back a bit noisy in restaurant.

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y
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food and great ambiance. You can tell the menu is designed for drinking with large charcuterie board options and heavy seasoning. Only thing that we were unhappy about is the $40 scallop dish had 2 scallops. That was significantly over-priced.

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MG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Tesse 4 times since they opened and the food, drinks and service has been top notch on every occasion. Some of my favorite starter items are the endive salad, beef tartare, hamachi crudo and chicken liver parfait. The meat and cheese selections are delish as well. The whole daurade and T-bone steak are stand out main courses. And don't miss the deconstructed snicker bar for dessert. The Cardi Beet and Melon Degeneres are great cocktails and they have an impressive wine selection as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Don’t sell half pours just dumb people feel cheated. Been in fine dining biz 30 years

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f
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had at any restaurant in LA.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blown away. Above and beyond my expectations!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The cauliflower was fabulous as was the charcuterie we ordered, but we found the oysters on the steak off-putting. Our server was great until he left early — which seemed odd for this type of restaurant. I appreciated the 3-ounce-pour option and enjoyed trying different wines.

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H
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We were looking forward to a birthday celebration at Tesse, and the evening started out promising, with a lively energetic ambience and attractive decor. We were seated promptly by friendly staff, and our waiter was enthusiastic and personable. He recommended their specialty dessert (soufflé) which required that we order it with dinner, so we took him up on his suggestion. The shared small plates we ordered should have been delicious by their description, but all three were surprisingly bland and uninspired (roasted cauliflower, beef tartare and fried artichoke with gazpacho). After 2 hours and 2 requests/reminders, we still didn’t have our soufflé, despite having finished dinner an hour earlier. It turned out they had never even placed the order. We won’t be going back, and can’t recommend Tesse, sadly.

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A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Had high hopes. There were a few standouts - the cocktails; the chicken liver parfait; the vanilla soufflé. But overall the food is quite rich (why smother the delicious chicken in a thick butter sage sauce?). Portions are also quite large (the server recommended 6-7 dishes; we wish we’d only ordered 3-4). We’d go back and stick to a few appetizers. Service was excellent however. And the sommelier made great suggestions.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tesse was amazing! From the service to the food to the cocktails -everything was perfect. The only noticeable lag in service was when it got busy and we had to wait for our check for a while. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable experience.

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DW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to go to Tesse because the food is not only delicious but so creatively conceived. This makes for a very unique dining experience.

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Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When we arrived, we almost left because the music was so loud. We decided to stay.
Our waitress Kate was terrific. Friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Greeted us with champagne for our anniversary.
Food was delicious if a bit pricy as were drinks.
A good place to go for a special occasion.
In the end, I was glad I stayed, even got used to the loud music.

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SO
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious but overpriced compared to similar places like Bestia or Republique. We were also seated 20mins after the reservation time and there were empty tables. I find this pretentious and rude, if they are doing this to show off demand, they should stop it. The hostess wouldn’t even apologize for the wait time, she wouldn’t even talk to us/smile. Considering we went there for my partner’s birthday, it was definitely a vibe-killer.

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KB
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The artichoke and cauliflower appetizers are innovative and delicious. The bucatini with bone marrow and salmon are excellent. Have tried several drinks and desserts - all good. Cannot go wrong with any of the dishes. Becoming one of our go to restaurants.

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MS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I love Bestia and was disappointed by my experience at Tesse. The hostess was very polite and attentive. It took several minutes before our server came over, but it was Saturday night so it's OK. But we were crammed next to another table and it was very loud. The food was pretty good but the main problem is -- my girlfriend went to the bathroom and when she left the stall, a Tesse Staff Member almost ran into her holding a bunch of chairs. Not a big deal, but he didn't apologize and even gave her a long, mean look.

I was disappointed by the experience. The wine menu is great and the food was pretty good (but not stellar). Someone also called the next day to ask how the experience was, which I appreciate.

I don't think we will be going back. I'm sure others will like it more. In fact, a gentleman sitting next to us kept raving about the restaurant, how much he loved the food and the wine. To each is own.

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DB
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved, loved, loved this restaurant. It's been on my radar since it opened and so happy we finally did it. Service was fun, super friendly and on game. The food was portioned out perfectly. The Some was the Bomb and lastly the desert wine tasting was an adventure in and of it's self. My only regret was not ordering the souffle. I'll Be back!! 5 star.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific for 2 but too loud if you’re more than two to have a conversation

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my bday at Tesse and I highly recommend! The food was delicious, service amazing, and the restaurant itself is beautiful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is good but priced high. Also we didn’t care for our dish and we told our waiter and we thought we would get something a complimentary dessert or any acknowledgement. But other then a polite I’m sorry nothing additional. Which is typical at restaurant with these prices.

Best dishes are the most simple ones

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E
Los Angeles
133 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was really good, so was our waitress. But the restaurant was so loud we had to shout at each other, I was hoarse when we left. And people kept cramming into the bar until they were standing right next to our table, very unpleasant. The hostesses were useless about trying to move the people at the bar further from the faces of people eating dinner next to it. Expensive and the wine glasses are 3 oz pours for regular size prices. I wouldn't go back.

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EG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very creative food with attractive presentation. The servers helped us select among the small and large plates for a very satisfying meal.

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TT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out in a beautiful space on sunset. The food was more contemporary than French but I had no problem with that. Standouts were the chicken liver parfait and garlic and short ribs. It should be noted that my table mates and I didn’t move past the small courses as they were large enough to share and we ordered a lot of them. Only misfire was the lobster sausage and duck fat fries. Maybe this was because it came out after the richer short ribs and it’s subtleties were perhaps undetectable to my palate at that point. I can’t really say. Other than that, everything was excellent - especially our patient, attentive, and charming server. Do yourself a favor and check out Tesse for a fun, tasty, and sophisticated night out.

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CK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Tesse. Fun, approachable and easily shred menu makes for one of the best restaurant experiences in LA. Great wine list, knowledgeable staff, parking is a breeze out front. Great little wine shop attached as well. Looking forward to multiple visits to explore the large menu, can't say enough great things about the food and service, great decor too.

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