The Tasting Kitchen

4.5
1541 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
The Tasting Kitchen is a contemporary restaurant with a New American farm to table heritage, using traditional and classic regional diction with thoughtful, local growers to guide guests through the ever changing landscape of Southern Californian cuisine. The restaurant reinforces their scratch kitchen philosophy with handmade pastas, in-house cured meats, and produce from the westside farmers markets. The menu changes regularly based on seasonal fresh produce and offers an optional tasting format as a guided dining experience. The neo-classical cuisine is amplified by an exquisite, purposely-curated wine portfolio and a celebrated cocktail program. Designed around a central olive tree in the entrance, The Tasting Kitchen, which opened in 2009, is a romantic, intimate space where one would be comfortable finishing a bottle of wine with friends until closing time.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1541 people are saying
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vipTonya
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It felt like a real date again, even in the new normal. The food was excellent and the service, perfect. Abbott Kinney traffic seemed a bit too loud at first as we sat in the parklet, but then blended away as the night continued. Lovely!

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Jesse
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Acknowledging the fact that we're in a pandemic, food was delicious, extremely over-priced, and service was poor. Additionally, our server lied and said the city/county of Los Angeles mandates that customers "give up their tables within 90 minutes" (as an excuse for not offering us 2nd drinks or a dessert menu). No such requirement exists. We sat outside on Veterans day, and it was pretty cold. Staff turned our heat lamp down twice, so I eventually turned it back up myself.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining improves this excellent restaurant. A silver lining to difficult circumstances

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the Sommelier was so much fun and had the best wine suggestions

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tasting Kitchen came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. The Maltagliati was fantastic and my son’s pork chop was cooked perfectly and the outdoor dining set up for social distancing was lovely. Definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Generally it’s very good food and service but it was not good this time. Maybe the B team after the pandemic started rolled in.

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Andrew
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Good service, although a little disappointed they did not acknowledge our wedding anniversary. Drinks are overpriced, good but small.

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ArmenD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the Circumstances with Covid, this has to be the best restaurant experience possible in the West Los Angeles area.

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vipNYCdiner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was tasty but service was a mess. When we were seated we had 2 different servers ask for our drink order, someone else came 1 minute later rushing and asking for our food order, and then no consistent server throughout the meal. Seemed bizarre for a place that charges 18% flat service fee on the bill. Probably won't go back. No complaints about food but nothing so special that I would need to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh fishies. Everything delicious.

I had : tomato salad
Striped bass

Dinner mate - baby octopus
Hangar steak.

Great drinks too.

Service attentive.

Break and butter is outstanding

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MichaelR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The concept is great and the ambiance is wonderful and they’ve done a great job dealing with COVID - but that’s where it ends. The food was okay, the in-house made pasta was great, but the dish it came with lacked flavor. Between two people we ordered five or six plates and two glasses of wine and somehow our bill got into the $200 area. The price wasn’t the problem it’s what we got, under seasoned food that got cold quickly. I’ve been here twice now and that’s enough for me.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious food ever !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for the tasting menu and boy we were not disappointed. Everything thing that came out was better than the next. Oscar waiting on us and the service was impeccable. Truly a magical dining experience. Can’t wait to return.

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MayaB1003
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Will definitely come back.

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LaurenF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

frankly very overpriced for what you get—mediocre food overall

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HeidiR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Outstanding food, and glad the restaurant was able to provide patio seating. Abbot Kinney is a busy street, so road noise should be expected. Will absolutely eat here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

My boyfriends chicken was undercooked and overpriced. There were few vegetarian options (only one was on the menu) that were also overpriced. The drinks were about the only decent part of the meal.

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zingara
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

food excellent.....atmosphere very good as it was outside and tables were far enough apart to not hear other tables’ conversations. Service was fair.....waiter was nice & polite, however not as attentive as I would’ve liked. Overall it was a lovely meal

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vipJonathanw
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice job with the outdoor space, although people pass by tables near the sidewalk very close. Great food as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Been to this restaurant a few times and used to be a favorite before pandemic! Beautiful outdoor dining but was not impressed by the food (which I used to love). Still a lovely experience, but would not return for the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

V overpriced for what you get

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first date night during Covid (& since the birth of our daughter) to celebrate our wedding anniversary, it was perfect! While we waited for our table we were given a small glass of white wine, the outdoor seating with string lights was the perfect ambiance. The food and cocktails so delicious. The environment was safe and service wonderful!

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Sarah
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I've been to the Tasting Kitchen probably 3-4 times since I've lived in LA. The food's always been fantastic, but I wasn't sure what to expect since the re-opening during covid. Here to confirm it was better than I could remember! We ordered the bread and butter, frisee radicchio salad, striped sea bass, tagliolini shrimp pasta and cheesecake with fig jam. Everything was SO GOOD!!

Seating is on the curb off Abbot Kinney in front of the restaurant. I was worried it may feel strange and take away from the food experience, but actually, I grew to love it as soon as I sat down.

Thought the service could have been a bit more attentive throughout the night.

Will be back SOON! :)

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Packy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebrstion

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Food sucked! And they didn’t tell us about the 18% included gratuity, glad I noticed

JJ
vipJanJan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool spot, nice outdoor dining set up. The BREAD AND BUTTER is a must!

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PeregrineB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They did as well as could be expected serving on the sidewalk. Great food as always though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TTK is our favorite restaurant. Service is great and the menu always on point. So glad they are open again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing. food drinks and service were phenomenal

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viplove2dine
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Worst Mediterranean food we ever had Not even one dish was tasteful , we took our guest there and were so disappointed and embarrassed

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vipNeilB
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great night out, loved everything except our table was in the middle of the sidewalk.

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vipjln407
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our experience was great. We arrived and our table want ready but the waiter got us a drink while we waited and said a few quiet words to the people who were still seated. Food was very good and it was a very enjoyable evening. Nice to be outside & enjoy a night out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new al fresco space. New smaller plate menu, same great service. Cocktails are unmatched. Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service and ambience and most of the food was outstanding. I'm not sure if we misunderstood but I thought because we got two tasting menus, every course would be two different items selected by the chef. Three of the course were "combined" which was fine, most of them were really good! My main complaint was the dessert. We got one ginger something bread pudding. It wasn't very good and was visually unimpressive. It seems like dessert should be the easiest course to make incredible. Because it was the last course it kind of ended on a low note. Overall though, really good! I would go back, I just don't think I would do the tasting menu again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had brunch here and the food was so so, service was good,

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was romantic.

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SabrinaP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice experience at the Tasting Kitchen. I'm currently a tough customer because I'm pregnant and have gestational diabetes and they were so nice about making a tasting menu that accommodated both and seemed energized by the challenge. The food was delicious and the service was great and attentive. I'd definitely recommend and go back.

LG
LisaG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had been before, loved the food and couldn't wait to go back. Unfortunately the food was not good. I paid $150 for the truffle dish and only had bite. We sent it back because the pasta was way too al dente and they brought another and it was a little better but I barely ate it. I've had fresh truffle dishes all over LA and don't mind spending the money if its yummy. This was not. Besides the brussels sprouts and bread, none of the food was good. I will say the wait staff were very accommodating and nice. That will not bring me back though with so many great choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Been here a few times and this one was my least favorite. The items that’ came out weren’t great. Love love the braveheart cocktail that you can only order off the menu. Hands down the best drink.

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The Tasting Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 1541 OpenTable diners.

The Tasting Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thetastingkitchen.com/store/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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