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About The Tasting Kitchen
The Tasting Kitchen is an eclectic mix of food, atmosphere and clientele, capturing the heart & soul of New American dining. The dimly lit dining room is the ultimate in intimate upscale dining while remaining a place you would be comfortable finishing a bottle of wine with friends until closing time.
The menu changes daily and exemplifies our scratch kitchen philosophy, with pastas made by hand daily, meats cured
in-house, produce from the local farmers' market, and everything made and sold the same day.
We offer handcrafted neo-classical food, epic design and atmosphere, and service that is both a guide and companion throughout the experience. Come, ask questions, and enjoy
Venice, CA 90291
Italian, Mediterranean, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:30pm - 12:00am
brunch Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
$30 and under
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Valet is available for $7.00, street parking also available on adjacent streets
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Tasting Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
This is my second time going to the tasting kitchen.
We made reservations weeks ago knowing that it’s a popular place. We arrived 20 minutes early so we could have a drink at the bar, and the host said as soon as the other couple arrived we could be seated, that our table was ready. Before we could make our way to the bar, our friends showed up and the host again said your table is ready and tried to seat us. Once more, being way early, we said we wanted to have a drink at the bar first. After getting our drinks and starting to catch up with our friends, the host comes over and says she is ready to seat us, insisting we be seated . We still had 10 minutes before our reservations. I really don’t understand the rush to get us to our table...
The food is great, however it’s called the “tasting” kitchen because that’s all you get is a taste. Twice I was led astray by the portion size. being told the serving was large enough to share and yet was barely enough for one. Go, but go prepared.
A local stand by for good reason. While the rest of Abbott Kinney is constantly changing, this staple has managed to not just hang in there, but flourish (even in the face of significant new competition). I’ve eaten here a half dozen times over the past year and each visit has been fantastic. I’ve eaten the tasting menu each time, and while things change with the seasons, the food quality is unfailingly excellent. Can’t go wrong with the drinks menu or the wine list either. Their sommelier Ivan was accommodating and helped us pick delicious wines to go with each course. I’ll be back soon enough!
Unimpressed. Needs work. Food was bland, and service even worse. Very cold coffee was served in tiny faux china coffee cup. I finally flagged down a busboy for a refill hoping I had just gotten an old or bad cup, but the refill was just as cold and bad. “Soft scramble” lacked flavor and was served with tasteless thick toast. I’ve had better breakfasts at fast food places. Terrible all around.
My bf and I went to Tasting Kitchen to celebrate an anniversary. We made reservations for 7:30pm, but were not seated until nearly 8:00 when we even arrived a bit earlier to be considerate of our reservation time. The hostess sat all other guests who arrived before and after us, but did not seem to be phased that we were waiting for nearly half an hour even WITH a reservation.
After we finally got seated, our friendly server came to greet us and took our order after some time. The first appetizer came out after a reasonable amount of time, but our second appetizer did not come out until nearly 9:00 (mind you, we had 7:30 reservations). The mussels we were waiting for finally came out and were honestly mediocre. Then after some more waiting our tagliatelle pasta and branzino came out also tasting very bleh and felt even a little cold like it had been sitting out. I've had these same dishes on a previous occasion and definitely noticed a drastic decline in their food quality, let alone their service.
In the end, we waited way too long and felt like we paid way too much for food that was mediocre. Go somewhere else if you want to taste good food for a reasonable amount of money and time.
The customer service is excellent, BUT the kitchen is regrettable. We were the first to arrive for brunch on Sunday and by the time we left the ENTIRE restaurant was eating and our meals NEVER arrived.
To their credit, our waiter was fantastic and the manager was very apologetic and did not let us pay for our initial coffee and juice we had while we were waiting.
Our return visit to The Tasting Kitchen was even more fabulous than the first. Brilliant cocktails and fresh bread were followed by a succession of shared plates: beet salad, pasta pomodoro, roasted branzino, lentils with rapini, and steamed spinach. The spinach was a little too garlicky, but everything else was marvelous. The pasta in particular is prepared to perfection. Your hard-of-hearing friends and family won't flourish in the loud music atmosphere, but otherwise, its pretty fabulous.
Another good meal here at the Tasting Kitchen and the seating downstairs is very nice. My friend and I were a bit put off, however, by the overpriced cocktails, some of which were more than the plates ($18 cocktail? Give me a break!). I know we're dealing with "mixologists" these days rather than bartenders, and the drinks are good, but still not worth the price of a dinner plate.
What a disappointment. Ordered 5-course menu for 5. Underwhelming, underseasoned, except one over-salted Branzino. Asked for a Fresh Limey cocktail without smokiness. Received Mescal. The server never offered to fix it. Gave her a recipe for a new cocktail and she brought straight mescal with a lime, undrinkable. Food was beyond basic. The five of us left $700+ poorer with nothing exceptional to note. A very regrettable experience.
This was a wonderful dining experience. It seemed that the chef geared the tasting meal to our specific desires and restrictions and we were served so many different courses that we would not have ordered ourselves, such as a lentil appetizer, mussels . we were pleased with the attentive and efficient service.
The service here was very good for Sunday brunch. Our waitress was efficient, yet not intrusive. We ordered the sticky bun to start, which was so delicious! The flavor was rich and robust and the dough was flaky and moist. We only wished there was more of the sticky sauce. My husband ordered the oxtail hash, which was flavorful and satisfying...almost like a breakfast stew. I ordered the sweet waffle, which was a bit underwhelming. It was just a waffle with a side of syrup. The waffle was crisp on the outside and moist in the middle -- perfect for a waffle. But it needed something more, bourbon whipped cream or berries or caramel, something to make it more special. There wasn't even enough syrup to get me through the whole thing. Finally, we each ordered breakfast cocktails which were perfectly crafted and well balanced. Overall, it is definitely a place we would like to visit again -- maybe for their dinner menu next time.
With all the excitement on Abbott Kinney, the newbies tend to get all the hype. Last time I ate here was about 5 years ago, but I won't be waiting that long this time. We had an absolutely delicious meal. Elegant, balanced flavors, simple little lentils are transformed to wonderful little gems. Fish, Pasta, Veggies, it was all fresh and delicious. Portions are modest, two entrees and one side dish left us wishing we'd ordered 1 more plate, next time. Then again... the food was so delicious, next time we'll do the tasting menu.
This is a good spot although I feel the food is a little uneven. Pastas are really, really good. Mains are just OK. Salad was over dressed. Went for the 3-course tasting menu and it was fine, not spectacular. Will probably order a la carte (and focus on pastas) if we come back.
Loved the atmosphere. bar scene grand.
Our Server was wonderful.....but the WAIT time in between the 1st courses and main course was way too long. Server was apologetic for the wait, but by then too late.
Food wise, 1st courses were right on target. salads, bread, cheeses, & Proscuito.
Main course: Pasta with bolognese meat sauce was just fair. Signature fish dish, the Branzino, was way TOOOOO Salty and thus too pricy, since I couldn't even finish it.
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