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The Tasting Kitchen might forever reside in Gjelina’s shadow, but that doesn’t mean we won’t give it some well-earned time in the sun.

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About The Tasting Kitchen

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

1633 Abbot Kinney Road
Venice, CA 90291
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, International

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:30pm - 12:00am
brunch Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Venice

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(310) 392-6644

Website:
http://www.thetastingkitchen.com/

Catering:
Please contact The Tasting Kitchen.

Parking Details:
Valet is available for $7.00, street parking also available on adjacent streets

Executive Chef:
Casey Lane

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Praveena Anandraj for special events: praveena@thetastingkitchen.com

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The Tasting Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (22)
Special Occasion (17)
Hot Spot (16)
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Good for a Date (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Fun (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
People Watching (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Casual (7)
Authentic (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Organic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Great Beer (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very high quality meal - we did the Tasting Menu and recommend that - ALOT of food for 2 people but was very good... Great vibe - good energy... Top spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Horrible tasting menus for what it's worth

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Tasty food. Cool setting. A bit loud, but fun.
We were seated right away in the upstairs area. Food was a little slow being delivered, but everything was delicious. Will return.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Unimpressed. Needs work. Food was bland, and service even worse. Very cold coffee was served in tiny faux china coffee cup. I finally flagged down a busboy for a refill hoping I had just gotten an old or bad cup, but the refill was just as cold and bad. “Soft scramble” lacked flavor and was served with tasteless thick toast. I’ve had better breakfasts at fast food places. Terrible all around.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My bf and I went to Tasting Kitchen to celebrate an anniversary. We made reservations for 7:30pm, but were not seated until nearly 8:00 when we even arrived a bit earlier to be considerate of our reservation time. The hostess sat all other guests who arrived before and after us, but did not seem to be phased that we were waiting for nearly half an hour even WITH a reservation.

After we finally got seated, our friendly server came to greet us and took our order after some time. The first appetizer came out after a reasonable amount of time, but our second appetizer did not come out until nearly 9:00 (mind you, we had 7:30 reservations). The mussels we were waiting for finally came out and were honestly mediocre. Then after some more waiting our tagliatelle pasta and branzino came out also tasting very bleh and felt even a little cold like it had been sitting out. I've had these same dishes on a previous occasion and definitely noticed a drastic decline in their food quality, let alone their service.

In the end, we waited way too long and felt like we paid way too much for food that was mediocre. Go somewhere else if you want to taste good food for a reasonable amount of money and time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful meal with great attention to our table and to the preparation.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Amazing cuisine. Excellent service. Great ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was awesome! Great service! Ambiance was great but just a little bit too dark—hard to read menu.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very mediocre dinner... made worse by a rather unpleasant, dismissive server who really wasn't good at her job... or maybe didn't understand what her job is to do at a "nice" establishment.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The customer service is excellent, BUT the kitchen is regrettable. We were the first to arrive for brunch on Sunday and by the time we left the ENTIRE restaurant was eating and our meals NEVER arrived.

To their credit, our waiter was fantastic and the manager was very apologetic and did not let us pay for our initial coffee and juice we had while we were waiting.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really outstanding restaurant. An Abbot Kinney gem. Really amazing and innovatively prepared food. Delightful atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Upstairs is great for an intimate setting (unless you are seated next to annoyingly loud tables)

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our return visit to The Tasting Kitchen was even more fabulous than the first. Brilliant cocktails and fresh bread were followed by a succession of shared plates: beet salad, pasta pomodoro, roasted branzino, lentils with rapini, and steamed spinach. The spinach was a little too garlicky, but everything else was marvelous. The pasta in particular is prepared to perfection. Your hard-of-hearing friends and family won't flourish in the loud music atmosphere, but otherwise, its pretty fabulous.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic brunch

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Perfect service, engaged, and engaging staff.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Another good meal here at the Tasting Kitchen and the seating downstairs is very nice. My friend and I were a bit put off, however, by the overpriced cocktails, some of which were more than the plates ($18 cocktail? Give me a break!). I know we're dealing with "mixologists" these days rather than bartenders, and the drinks are good, but still not worth the price of a dinner plate.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

What a disappointment. Ordered 5-course menu for 5. Underwhelming, underseasoned, except one over-salted Branzino. Asked for a Fresh Limey cocktail without smokiness. Received Mescal. The server never offered to fix it. Gave her a recipe for a new cocktail and she brought straight mescal with a lime, undrinkable. Food was beyond basic. The five of us left $700+ poorer with nothing exceptional to note. A very regrettable experience.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

the food was really good but the service was terrible. The waitress would vanish for 15 minutes at a time and say she was coming back with something and then never come back. If it wasnt for the food being so good id never go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Really bad experience after years of good. Service was terrible and the staff was unaccommodating to basic requests.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food, cocktails and service.

Great for special occasions, dates, friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

In every aspect it was disappointing. If you like to dine with non-stop loud rap (music) this may be your place. But then menu is very limited and food below par.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We choose the Chef 5 course menu. AMAZING!!!! I love this Restuarant , great service and ambiance . I highly recommend this Restuarant .

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The pasta with botarga was inedible. Sent it back. Steak was tough. Food is very rich. Loved the fresh baked bread and dessert.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was so good! Highly recommended!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Appetizers came out quickly but the main dishes took forever. None of the food was very hot - barely warm. We all shared pastas & steak which was pricey, a little tough & not hot. I would go somewhere else next time for steak.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We sat at the bar and had a wonderful experience with our bartender. He made delicious, fresh cocktails and was friendly and easy to talk with. His food recommendations were perfect for what we were looking for. We left feeling satisfied and happy!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This was a wonderful dining experience. It seemed that the chef geared the tasting meal to our specific desires and restrictions and we were served so many different courses that we would not have ordered ourselves, such as a lentil appetizer, mussels . we were pleased with the attentive and efficient service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The service here was very good for Sunday brunch. Our waitress was efficient, yet not intrusive. We ordered the sticky bun to start, which was so delicious! The flavor was rich and robust and the dough was flaky and moist. We only wished there was more of the sticky sauce. My husband ordered the oxtail hash, which was flavorful and satisfying...almost like a breakfast stew. I ordered the sweet waffle, which was a bit underwhelming. It was just a waffle with a side of syrup. The waffle was crisp on the outside and moist in the middle -- perfect for a waffle. But it needed something more, bourbon whipped cream or berries or caramel, something to make it more special. There wasn't even enough syrup to get me through the whole thing. Finally, we each ordered breakfast cocktails which were perfectly crafted and well balanced. Overall, it is definitely a place we would like to visit again -- maybe for their dinner menu next time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Lovely evening and great food ...they made a special effort for my husbands birthday..Elizabeth looked after us and was fab ...xx

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Best branzino I have ever eaten. The service was also fantastic.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We chose the tasting menu, gave our server only two exclusions and the courses we were served included exactly what we requested to avoid. Super disappointing. The food was still good but didn't meet expectations.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2017

With all the excitement on Abbott Kinney, the newbies tend to get all the hype. Last time I ate here was about 5 years ago, but I won't be waiting that long this time. We had an absolutely delicious meal. Elegant, balanced flavors, simple little lentils are transformed to wonderful little gems. Fish, Pasta, Veggies, it was all fresh and delicious. Portions are modest, two entrees and one side dish left us wishing we'd ordered 1 more plate, next time. Then again... the food was so delicious, next time we'll do the tasting menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 22, 2017

This is a good spot although I feel the food is a little uneven. Pastas are really, really good. Mains are just OK. Salad was over dressed. Went for the 3-course tasting menu and it was fine, not spectacular. Will probably order a la carte (and focus on pastas) if we come back.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Loved the atmosphere. bar scene grand.
Our Server was wonderful.....but the WAIT time in between the 1st courses and main course was way too long. Server was apologetic for the wait, but by then too late.
Food wise, 1st courses were right on target. salads, bread, cheeses, & Proscuito.
Main course: Pasta with bolognese meat sauce was just fair. Signature fish dish, the Branzino, was way TOOOOO Salty and thus too pricy, since I couldn't even finish it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Fantastic as always

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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 14, 2017

This restaurant is my go-to option in Venice. The food, service, ambiance are always on point.

Tags: Seasonal, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Waitress seemed recently lobotomized

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was amazing. We choose the three part tasting menu, and allowed the chef to choose our meal based on what we told them we liked. Everything was to die for and the wine they suggested paired perfectly.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Everything was great except the noise level

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

They were so snobby and rude

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