The Tasting Kitchen

4.6
1565 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1565 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was the best server dver

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was ok. Not as I remembered it. The service was particularly problematic. The menu seemed a bit limited.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful indoor setting. A fun night out!

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vipBill
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I used to love Tasting Kitchen and wanted to try it again - this was my first time back in years and sadly, I was a bit underwhelmed by my latest experience. The ambiance and service were impeccable as always, but the food was a bit lacking, esp for the high prices.

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DottieL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places. So glad they survived Covid Armageddon. Like everywhere in LA though, their prices have definitely gone up but so worth it.

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vipRosenthaljc
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tasting Kitchen is absolutely one of the most delicious restaurants in LA. So far, to me, it is at the top of any city’s culinary marvels.

The food has a freshness and delicate genius of flavor.

Maybe you don’t want to pay for bread. But I’m telling you, PAY FOR THE BREAD. The homemade butter alone is worth it.

Oh, the pasta? Consistently the best I’ve ever had.

WOW

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KayJay
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt, Ivan and crew were fabulous. Made our party feel comfortable like we were sitting in the home of a good friend. We enjoyed the tasting and found we were delighted by all of the fabulous food. From lamb meatballs to the best crispy fish- everything was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was very friendly and helpful!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was knowledgeable and gave excellent recommendations. We had a little bit of everything and it was all so good. The taglierini with shrimp and serrano was phenomenal. The NY strip was cooked perfect. Everything was really really good. 10/10

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vipKelseyS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from service to wine to food to vibe was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Was good. Felt too rushed while spending $400 on a meal.

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alyssal
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We love doing the tasting menu! Everything is always delicious!

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DeysiA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazinggggggg gnocchi!

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vipKMorgan
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipmmfoodie
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious so great at reduced capacity Welcome Back TK

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vipMarc
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

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.

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TomM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and really good food. Nice to get out and about.

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Colo1904
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I order pasta and it was ok, nothing extraordinary. I can actually cook it better myself so disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Espresso martinis are delicious as was the buratta with beets. The bucatini is a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely restaurant. Phenomenal food and drinks, and the service is always exceptional. TK is my favorite restaurant on the west side!

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MaciekK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Christine
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipTonya
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
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
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
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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vipArmenD
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
16 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
6 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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The Tasting Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 1565 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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