The Tasting Kitchen

4.7
1581 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 1581 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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erics
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Not up to its former level. The food (particularly the striped bass entree) disappointed and our waiter was, well, a bit off. Hard to imagine going back.

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Cookerdog
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks. Staff is very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I hadn’t been to Tasting Kitchen in a couple of years and the quality has declined overall. Service was great, but good service can’t make up for poor food. We also had a very long wait between our appetizers and main course.

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vipJenniferR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful tasting! The food was delicious and ambiance great. Courses came out too quickly for my taste and I think they should tell customers what the main will be, rather than leave it a mystery. My husband and son really wanted the pork and were warned that it may not happen in the main, but elsewhere in the courses. I don’t think that was enough info considering the pork came as a ragu over the pasta course. It was delicious but not what we were hoping for or requested. Overall, a fun and tasty evening and the experience made for a great birthday party

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vipsean
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Chefs need to stop getting too fancy and stick to basics
$300 later the only thing good was bread and butter.

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HannahD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No question, do the TTK Dinner. You absolutely get bang for your buck and you get to try a ton of different dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TTK was an incredible experience,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overpriced across the board, ribs and pasta were okay (not amazing, considering the price point), cocktails were too salty, not spicy (requested to be spicy) and almost $20 (for a small, margarita...). Host was flexible with our party as we were running late. Staff were attentive but we had too many people waiting on us so they doubled up their efforts. Space lighting and woodwork is beautiful however the brightly lit mural outside the glass wall (behind the gauze curtain) is distracting and disrupts the cohesiveness of the space. We were given one menu for two people which was nearly unreadable due to poor font choice. Overall, an expensive and awkward dining experience at no fault of the support staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waitress was great but some of the food was just okay.

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vipsineadh
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the food, staff, and ambiance. I'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food! Our server went through every item on the menu with us and had excellent food and drink knowledge. The cocktails were DELICIOUS and I highly recommend the parakeet and English garden. Ambiance is super cool and this is a great place to bring friends or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously an amazing restaurant. Could use a few more entree options but all the food we had was so yummy.

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Mason
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here 10 or so times now. Consistently amazing food and service even in the COVID era. If you want the full experience you should do the tasting menu. A bit pricey but well worth it and you’d better come hungry! I don’t drink but their bar program and wine bar are no joke. Cocktails look delicious; the wine list varies and is extensive. Make a reservation and sit outside where you can take in the atmosphere of Abbott Kinney, and count the number of dogs walking by. 10/10 experience as always, see you again soon!

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jane63
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Rude host, incompetent, inattentive server. The lack of service for a $300. meal was inexcusable. The food was good, but overpriced. A steak priced at $38 was three small slices. We were waving our arms to gain the attention of the server who had his arms wrapped around the heat lamp schmoozing with other guests. If it wasn't so infuriating it would have been funny.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was the best server dver

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
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
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience4

Food was really good but they brought us/charged us for bottled water without asking and then added $10 for a side of Parmesan for the pasta (again without asking)

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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
8 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
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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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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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
30 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
2 reviews
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
4 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
3 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
12 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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The Tasting Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 1581 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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