The Tasting Kitchen

4.6
1358 reviews
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The Tasting Kitchen is an eclectic mix of food, atmosphere and clientele, capturing the heart & soul of New American dining. The dimly lit dining room is the ultimate in intimate upscale dining while remaining a place you would be comfortable finishing a bottle of wine with friends until closing time.
The menu changes daily and exemplifies our scratch kitchen philosophy, with pastas made by hand daily, meats cured
in-house, produce from the local farmers' market, and everything made and sold the same day.
We offer handcrafted neo-classical food, epic design and atmosphere, and service that is both a guide and companion throughout the experience. Come, ask questions, and enjoy
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the casual, upscale vibe, delicious food and refreshing cocktails. Service was excellent. Will return again the next time we’re in LA.

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A
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very average. Not very much choice.

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Friend of mine who is a longtime Venice local said this place was overrated. I ignored him and took clients here anyway. Even they commented that the food didn't live up to the crowd or the ambiance.

Don't get me wrong the food isn't bad, everyone just expected it to be quite a bit better. Drinks were good, service was good, physical space is great. If it's busy, expect to wait in line for the bathroom.

We ordered the cheese plate - it's chintzy on crackers, but otherwise good. Salads were decent. One client stated that she didn't like hers and only ate a small amount of it. It may have had too much dressing as it was pungent from a distance. Steak, Pork, Salmon. We asked if the salmon could be cooked differently and were told it only comes one way. All of it was just "meh" especially for ~350 dollars for four people, 2 drinks each.

There are lots of better restaurants in the area, not sure why this place is so crowded all the time. Probably the ambiance and location. I think the bar in the back is popular. A man in the line for the restroom was visibly drunk and attempted to convince the woman in front of him to go into the restroom together. Way to keep it classy Abbot Kinney.

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic beautiful meal. Got the tasting menu which is a wonderful present of food pearls. Had the expertly done wine pairings too. Would highly recommend.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Great place and great vibe but poor service took the 'shine' off. Our waitress was disinterested at best. She was never around and when she was she was very poor. She took half finished drinks when we were not looking. Was she working on the premise that a group in conversation did not notice?? When my husband ordered a second glass of wine - she poured a half glass of wine at the table with the end of the bottle and never came back to fill it up (never mind the fact that she poured it into the previous glass which had some wine left!!). She then gave us an incorrect bill which included multiple cocktails not consumed by us. Thankfully one of us checked it. Despite her - still a great place...

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JC
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is fantastic. One of the best and most consistent. My only complaint and it’s a big one, the acoustics are terrible. I couldn’t hear the waiter or my companion sitting two feet away from me and I have good hearing. Hopefully they will address this issue soon. Will be back

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AL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This place is very overpriced. The food would have been great if it wasn’t all over-salted.

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

It took a long time to get order in , but overall food was good.

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EA
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting LA, was looking for a nice place to catch-up which a friend. Great atmosphere, food and supper professional service.

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d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met expectations and did not disappoint!

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

I had friends in town and we were looking for something upscale and delicious and this completely fit the bill!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely incredible food and wonderful service. Only downside - the dining room was very chilly - had to keep my jacket on the whole time.

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v
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special night. Great wine recommended and always amazing food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

Terrible service as usual, when will I learn?

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food/drinks/service are always great here. Definitely on the expensive side as you would expect from Abbott Kinney.

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

did the 5 course tasting as this was the first time trying out the restaurant. love it! but be aware that it is a LOT of food, some of the courses are multi dish, so technically it is more like an 8-9 course meal.

can't wait to go back.

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

Service was excellent !! Food not as good as previous visit.

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LS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm sure that The Tasting Kitchen doesn't need another out of this world review, but....IT REALLY IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Food, delicious & fresh. Service, perfect. Atmosphere, relaxing & comfortable. Please, Tasting Kitchen, stay just the way you are!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

For the vegetarian tasting menu it felt like the items were repetitive (eggs) and heavy with cheese and sauce. There was no variety with the options. We had expected more creative and healthier options .

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

Amazing!!! Will be back no question.

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VC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food great, service great just too noisy for us. Look perfect for any one under 60 :-) if you can afford it. Great to see lots of young people at The Tasting Kitchen joying some wine and good food.

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JS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant meal with extraordinary service in a lovely environment.

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PE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance of the environment was beautiful. Shelves were filled with wine and books. The staff, from the front reception to the waitress to the bus boy, were all professional and polite. Their menu is a bit eclectic and my guest and I had numerous questions. However, the waitress was patient and super knowledgeable and friendly. Her recommendations on food choice were spot on. The meal was excellent. Make sure to order bread and any of their homemade pastas.

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K
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice brunch, food & cocktails were really good ,

Nicely designed space, we’ll definitely try get back for dinner , I imagine it would be great ...

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

looooove this place but by 8pm they run out of most of the popular menu items ALL the time.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Service! Sat upstairs and ambiance was perfect.

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T
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently good! Deliciously prepared food and yummy cocktails!

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

The drinks ( I recommend the tequila turmeric ginger one), food and atmosphere are fantastic.
I am mostly vegetarian, and there were a lot of good options, as well as meat dishes for my partner.
We ordered a la carte, but there is a tasting menu that I'm sure is great if you're not vegetarian.

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Hollywood but still love to drive out here just to come to The Tasting Kitchen! Brought my parents from England and The Exec Chef of The Mondrian for dinner and they absolutely loved every bit. Great flavors and great service with Alex.

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KM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our meal. Two of us were meat eaters and two of us were vegetarians, and all of us were pleased with the variety and inventiveness of the dishes. So tasty!

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l
Salt Lake City
23 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great...............do not pass up the bread!!!
Really nice staff, Somm was snobby about recommending wines by the glass, as all of our party doesn't drink.

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JE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasting menu was delicious and totally worth the price. Wine list is pretentious and overpriced.

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L
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We thought the seating hostess and manager were rude when they let our table go from our reservation when half of our group were on time and they refused to seat us when our baby caused our kids unavoidable delays. The short rib hash and sticky roll were good. Probably will not go back because of how we were treated . Others who came in behind us were seated with an incomplete party.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Last 3 times we have been there:
Food quality is poor
Expensive for price
Service: very very slow
Terrible wait between dishes
Hostess was beyond rude: told our table next time not to get up and move to new table. We were scolded as it adolescents.
So disappointed. Used to be a go to place. Food is now poor, nothing wow, expensive, slow, rude

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AC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. A bit overpriced. Service was good, but not great.

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J
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Small portions and expensive for what it is.
$36 for a tiny squab served a la carte is crazy.
$14 for a side dish of mostly lentils with four small rapini.

I'm down to spend on good food. I do it all the time.
The food here is good but not remarkable relative to the price.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son claimed that this was the best food he had ever eaten in his life. My family of 4 had the 3-course tasting menu and it exceeded my expectations.

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SE
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Thought it was over priced. The food was good, not great. The portions were ridiculously small.

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NA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and it’s one of our favorite places in Venice

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated friends who recently eloped over brunch. Excellent service, amazing food and great ambience.

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