The Tasting Kitchen
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
I brought a friend over for the first time and he loved it. The service was excellent and so was the food and wine. Can’t wait to dine in again
We tried the chefs tasting menu which was at the chefs discretion as to what was served.
The food was delicious and the dishes were to share but there was ample food and we were pleasantly surprised.
For $85 each we had 3 large appetizers, a pasta and 2 main courses as well as dessert.
We really enjoyed our date night here and although this was not our first visit it was definitely our most memorable.
Delicious so great at reduced capacity Welcome Back TK
The food and service are always excellent here. Splurge on the bread and butter, it's worth it. The asparagus and burrata salad was incredible too!
First time here so my expectation was mid-range. Heard a lot of great things and didn’t want to compete with Friday/Saturday night crowds, therefore we made a reservation for 5PM on Sunday. I included some notes on the reservation but I believe this was overlooked. Our waiter was kind but I was a little put off by how he was dressed, attire was laid back and not well groomed.
After getting cocktails started, we ordered the aged balsamic with the bread (yum!), and the lamb meatballs to start with. They came out with a gamy taste which was off putting. Presentation was pretty but was disappointed in receiving only 2 of them.
For entrees, we told the waiter we were allergic to a specific ingredient (onions), and ask if we can remove onions from any of the dishes, he confirmed they cannot do any customizations/substitutions. He suggested Cacio e Pepe Tagliatelle and we took his advice. The dish came out with the finally sliced onions. We expressed our concerns and unfortunately he was not caring about it and sharply asked “well, what do you like then?”. Again off putting, so we asked fir another suggestion. So the next dish was a Shrimp Serrano, and it tastes like I was chewing on the ocean. Shrimp seemed to be a few days old.
That said, we decided this place is not best for us and asked for the check. We didn’t eat the entrees. They were accommodating in taking the meatballs & one entree off the bill. So for the 2 cocktails, bread w/balsamic, 2 entrees, we were still over $120.
I wish the best for this place but there are great opportunities for training in Hospitality and perhaps the Culinary Team.
Person in our party had an entire drink spilled on him. Was only comped for one drink. When we spoke to the manager after seeing the bill if they could make be a little more generous as he had to sit in his drink the whole meal, the manager was incredulous and rudely asked us, the diners, what should be taken off the bill, rather than taking the check and making the situation right. Left a poor taste in our mouth after an otherwise pleasant experience.
Great service and really good food. Nice to get out and about.
I order pasta and it was ok, nothing extraordinary. I can actually cook it better myself so disappointing.
Espresso martinis are delicious as was the buratta with beets. The bucatini is a must!
Really lovely restaurant. Phenomenal food and drinks, and the service is always exceptional. TK is my favorite restaurant on the west side!
They just recently reopened for outdoor dining. My first time. Tasting Kitchen lived up to its reputation. Delicious food and excellent service. Nice to be able to have a conversation without excessive noise.
The tasting kitchen had only been open for a day (had been closed during pandemic) and I think they did a fabulous job for being away from the kitchen for so long. I am sure that in a week or two the food will be back to "great" instead of very good.
Service was perfect!
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!
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.
Everything was amazing!
Outdoor dining improves this excellent restaurant. A silver lining to difficult circumstances
Excellent food and the Sommelier was so much fun and had the best wine suggestions
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
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.
Great food. Good service, although a little disappointed they did not acknowledge our wedding anniversary. Drinks are overpriced, good but small.
Given the Circumstances with Covid, this has to be the best restaurant experience possible in the West Los Angeles area.
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.
Amazing fresh fishies. Everything delicious.
I had : tomato salad
Dinner mate - baby octopus
Great drinks too.
Break and butter is outstanding
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.
Most delicious food ever !!!
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.
Great food and great service. Will definitely come back.
frankly very overpriced for what you get—mediocre food overall
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!
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.
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
Nice job with the outdoor space, although people pass by tables near the sidewalk very close. Great food as always.
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.
V overpriced for what you get
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!
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! :)
Food sucked! And they didn’t tell us about the 18% included gratuity, glad I noticed
Really cool spot, nice outdoor dining set up. The BREAD AND BUTTER is a must!
The Tasting Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 1549 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.