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The Tasting Kitchen

4.7
4.7
1647 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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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 392-6644

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Travis Passerotti

  • Catering

    Please contact The Tasting Kitchen.

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Cross street

    Venice

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

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What 1,647 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Los Angeles

    Mediterranean

  • Westside

    Notable Wine List

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  1. DD

    DebbieD

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant. Everything is amazingly delicious. Matt is a great server!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing atmosphere without out-of-this-world food and service. Highly recommend the TTK.

  3. i

    irishlass

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent tagliatelle bolognese, $20 for tomatoes seemed expensive. Good wines by the glass. Pleasant ambiance.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was exceptional! We sat at the bar ( I wish I remembered our bartenders name). She was quick to suggestions, made excellent mezcal margaritas, and knew the must-haves off the menu despite coming off a three month break. The food was delicious, great vibes.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    What happened to brunch? Was one of my favorite places in LA, soft scrambles were legendary. Now there are no eggs to be seen. Crazy.

  6. JA

    JosephA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is always consistent, very good ! Great service every time !!

  7. SL

    SteakLover

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Food was excellent. Hosts great. Server needs to take care of the customer the whole experience through. Not good when you have to ask the host for the dessert menu after waiting 20mins for your waiter to come back.

  8. AM

    AntonioM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous! Great place to go. Highly recommend!!!!!

  9. MW

    MarkW

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I hadn't been there in a long time and was surprised at how much we liked it. I ordered a radicchio salad and the striped bass, expecting them to be good but not memorable - I eat out a lot. I was surprised at how delicious the salad was. We asked the waitress where they get their radicchio. Then the fish came and it was some of the best I've ever had, and that's saying a lot since I'm avoiding red meat these days. The service was perfect and we were comfortable sitting outside, where we wanted to be. Anyway, I hate writing this because I don't want to make it harder to get a reservation there, but they deserve a great review.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great, Brian and team are fantastic

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Go for the TTK dinner option. You won’t regret it, nor leave hungry.

  12. D

    Daniel

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Very slow to get main courses out. (Like an hour)

  13. JB

    JohnnyBullet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food, attentive service and over-the-top decor made the dining experience at The Tasting Kitchen top-notch. It's great for a splurge, because it's a bit pricey. Or it's great for a splurge because it's really a top-notch dining experience.

  14. J

    Jenny

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience5

    This restaurant is not what it used to be. Sadly, the rap music was not conducive for a dining experience, service was extremely slow, and the meal was ever priced. This used to be one of my favorite places pre-pandemic to visit. Taking it off my list.

  15. LA

    LAnative

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good but Really expensive

  16. GD

    GregD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and excellent service!!

  17. MA

    MARTYB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hostess Shannon and our server (Beth? She was from Belgium and I can’t recall her name) were both outstanding. The food and service were both top notch. Thanks!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food choices and wine list. Would come back again and try different things. Service was very good as well.

  19. MM

    MissMalloree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasting Kitchen is truly my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles - and last night was just another fantastic meal that will always be a lasting memory. You can tell the care and love that goes into creating and executing each dish. One will never regret a meal had here. This place is truly special.

  20. NY

    NY2LA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great place! You should try it if you have not gone...easily one of the best Italians in LA.

  21. CT

    CTal

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was fantastic . Food was great. Cocktails delicious. Great evening.

  22. c

    celia

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    Very un-welcoming waiter/hosts. For this type of restaurant (and prices) I would’ve expected much better. It was our first time visiting this restaurant and it came highly recommended from a friend however we all decided we would not be back, not because of the food but the way the staff made us feel inferior and out of place.

  23. AG

    AGSfromLA

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Menu was way too limited. No good choices. And cold buratta on a burger is weird. Food not great.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome, tasted amazing. Great service!

  25. HE

    HnEtravel

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    I’ve sat in the downstairs dining area, the downstairs bar area, but never upstairs. The location, the high temperature of the space, the noise, and spottier service because of the cramped nature of the space. The food also was not up to the usual standards, just lacking in the usual flavors and spices. We could not wait to finish and leave.

  26. SF

    SanFranDiner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. The ambiance is lovely with the trees, lights, etc. Highly recommend! Great for dates and other gatherings.

  27. N

    Nikki

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2021

    overall4food3service2ambience5

    Ambiance is great and food is solid, but I do feel there are better italian restaurants in the area with more complex and tasty selections. Service is rather slow and a bit too much time between courses.

  28. MO

    MargaretO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2021

    overall1food3service3ambience5

    The food was way too expensive!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Use to come here many years ago but then I moved. I decided to go back bc I always enjoyed the restaurant and specialized drinks. Let me tell you this time food was a bit salty, even the bread and butter! All the food was salty from the starters to the main entree. Although salty, the food was still fresh and well made like I remember bc I know this was a one time bloop for me I’d still recommend. Now ambiance…got squished in between large group of people. I made reservations and they still managed to sit us in the most stuffy area on the second floor. I couldn’t even hear my best friend speak which is particularly what we came here for. So sad we ended up leaving without her trying any of the delicious drinks. It was her first time and she didn’t get a great vibe. Staff was great overall but we were ready to spend on drinks but literally the spots on the 2nd floor were so tight that everyone’s butt grazed our table as they sat on the booth seating…not cool.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    Our waiter was unfortunately discouraging on wine and menu options, made us feel uncomfortable about our choices. I have been to the tasting kitchen before and had great experiences and food, but this time was not enjoyable.

  31. AD

    AndrinaD

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasting Kitchen never disappoints. I always want ALL the pastas! The little gem salad was amazing. I do not like Cesar salads so I didn’t want this because it had anchovy but do not get turned off by that. It was a light and refreshing salad that had zero resemblance to a Cesar salad! I can’t recommend that salad any more. You can’t go wrong with any dish on the menu.

  32. L

    Localgurl

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    As I live only two blocks from here, I really want to like the place, but I can’t. I go back about once a year, and it is simply not that good. Last night, our service was terrible. Brian was our server; we only found out because we had to keep asking for stuff and we literally had to ask if he was our server. He acted like he owned the place and kept telling other people what to do. He didn’t checked in on us or ask how anything was. The only saving grace was Juan, the bus boy,l; he took better care of us all night. Food is overpriced and nothing special. There is no need to go here.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    We were seated outdoors so it was very loud with sirens and cars. Also, feels like food has not evolved there in the last 3 years. Serving same dishes, same presentation. A restaurant of this caliber needs to be more “fresh and new”

  34. V

    Venicelocal69

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best collection of tasty food plates for foodies in West LA in my view....plus great cocktails and wine selection

  35. AM

    AsianMe

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptionally refined food, not heavy at all. Just so delicious and thoughtful.

  36. GD

    GregD

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great location in the heart of Abbott Kinney - food was very good and service was excellent!

  37. JG

    JorgeG

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We celebrated our anniversary with the Chef’s tasting menu after several years of having not dined there. We were delighted by the exquisite taste and quality of ingredients from the prosciutto m, tomatoes and NY steak. On paper the menu doesn’t seem extraordinary but the kitchen does everything just right. Good cocktails too!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We sat at tables next to the street so it was noisy. The restaurant is overpriced. They charge for bread and water. Small servings for over priced pasta. Not a fan

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    I have eaten here in the past and it was good. It’s well past it’s prime now. Food was very mediocre and over priced. Service was horrendously slow. It took well over an hour to get our food (dinner was almost 3 hours total - not by our choice). Server was pleasant but not very attentive given the ridiculously long delays

  40. f

    felicityc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    always so lovely at The Tasting Kitchen. The staff is smart and welcoming, the ambience is open and uniquely nature-filled... its a place you are so glad to be and so loathe to leave. Lovely!

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The Tasting Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 1647 OpenTable diners

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1633 Abbot Kinney Road Venice, CA 90291

  • Cross street

    Venice

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Travis Passerotti

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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