The Tasting Kitchen

4.6
1250 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:30pm - 12:00am
brunch Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(310) 392-6644
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Casey Lane
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Catering
Please contact The Tasting Kitchen.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Venice
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Parking details
Valet is available for $7.00, street parking also available on adjacent streets
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Praveena Anandraj for special events: praveena@thetastingkitchen.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

For NYE we will be offering our best signature menus.
3 courses...100$
5 courses...125$ Cancellation policy is 24h. Celebrate with us!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1250 People Are Saying
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LM
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great atmosphere, fantastic cocktails and service. Would definitely return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service were wonderful. The pricey entrees were the downfall and a $40 corkage fee.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The tasting menu was too much food for two. The server should have advice us about what to order. The service was good but a bit slow. The overall experience was very good because of the food.

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R
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to the Tasting Kitchen to celebrate our anniversary. It was our first visit to the restaurant, and we were not disappointed. Our dinners were nicely seasoned, prepared and presented. We shared a good radicchio salad, then I had taglierini with shrimp that was quite good, and my wife's branzino was cooked perfectly. But it was the apple crostota dessert that knocked us out (truly memorable). We'll be back.

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Menu was confusing. We ordered three cheeses and got about a tablespoon of each and cost about $45.00. Total rip-off. Pasta was good but small portion and overpriced for $30.00 for a bowl of pasta. Very loud. Would not go back. Picked it because of the great reviews but disappointed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always perfect and delicious!

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BS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Tasting Kitchen has a cool and lively vibe but the food was not memorable and the prices were. Definitely overpriced. I would only recommend this for the scene.

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and amazing dessert

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JP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best pasta we ever had in the U.S. Delicious and unusual taste + presentation.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very hip vibe. Pasta was outstanding. Service was a little discombobulated.

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I was really hopeful for this place, since it's so close & seemed to have a good vibe. Unfortunately, the food was BAD, and the portions were tiny (bread plate sized), for the price.
The "fresh" pasta was old & freezer-burned, the mozzarella (in the grilled pumpkin caprese) was hard & stringy, and the panna cotta was at least a week old, and had lost all of its flavor.

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MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here - absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in LA!

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LC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You go for the food. Not that the other elements of the total experience aren’t up to snuff. It’s a beautiful decor, the service is extremely accommodating and the prices are expensive but not through the roof and given the quality of the food, they’re warranted. Overall it’s a fun, gastronomically satisfying experience. It’s worth going.

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in LA

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Unbelievably overpriced crappy food. Our pasta dishes were bland and cost $30 a pop. We got spinach expecting pan fried spinach and garlic in olive oil but the dish included vinegar and peppers which made a classic dish inedible.
BOO!

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in LA

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

awesome food, fantastic service, a little loud at times.
The food drinks were well made, the food is obviously the product of a lot of time and consideration.

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CD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in LA! Highly recommend the tasting menu for brunch or dinner (they just bring you the courses with fresh ingredients, different menu every day).

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RB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant in Southern California!!! My second time there, first was several years ago. Did not disappoint. Make sure you get the tasting menu and let them do their magic.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food, great place, but the waitress was way too aggressive and unaccommodating. We asked her for a 50 dollar bottle of red wine and she brought out a bottle worth 80 dollars and started opening it. Rude and unprofessional.

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced for the whole experience! The menu is built for upselling which translates into a hefty bill and is the only souvenir you take home.

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GT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. We were seated upstairs, very noisy. Food was really not deserving of LA Eaters essential LA restaurants. It was just okay, nothing special or inspiring at all. To top it all off, we bought the special $100 pasta with white truffles and truly, could not even taste the truffle until someone at our table finally thought he found one. This eatery’s time in the sun is way past.

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TW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in the food. We had dinner here about 2 months ago and were also disappointed then also, but decided to give it another chance as every place has off-nights. It was just not very well executed. Uninspired dishes with ingredients that were often overcooked or undercooked. Cold mozzarella with a too-sweet squash as appetizer. Fish that was flavourless and overdone with hard sun chokes. We would have told the waiter, but we did complain last time, and they graciously re-did our tasting menu. But it was still not great. The kitchen feels like its in trouble.

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p
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food all the time, service is good but can be better.

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TK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Maybe we came here on an off night. The food was fantastic but the service was not. I had originally made my reservation for upstairs at nine o'clock PM, but wasn't notified on the the phone that the upstairs dining room closes at nine. We ended up getting the worst seat in the restaurant which was stuck in the corner next to the entrance. Table was also wobbly and the server kept saying she'd fix it but never did. Furthermore, the table wasn't cleaned properly beforehand: I discovered halfway through the dinner that i'd been sitting in a piece of gum attached to my chair.

The server also repeatedly tried to push certain items on us while we were ordering, and suggested we purchase a bottle of wine multiple times even though we had said from the get go we weren't interested. The experience was really uncomfortable which is a shame, because the food really was so excellent. Compliments to the chef, but the service here needs serious help.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Terrible service

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DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I have been here for dinner and it was wonderful. Tried brunch & was disappointed. The food served was not hot & the service was not good. The prices for brunch are high for what you get. I will pass on brunch and go some place else next time.

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LD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Favorite restaurant. I frequently will go for dinner, and then again for brunch the next day.

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KL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Thought it was ok - it’s a scene and the food is ok. Very greasy in my opinion for eggs and toast.

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! It was very noisy. We had to move tables assay from a large group that were was too loud.

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CW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow and it was very hot upstairs

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CD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really delicious food in a fun and happening spot.
The service is exceptional with a lot of detail in the menu.
Loved it!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Staff was non accommodating. It was all about the chefs needs and not the customer.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice and very trendy atmosphere. Food is a bit oily.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food!!!! Octopus was 🔥🔥🔥

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KL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant. The food was amazing, everything we ate was delicious. The service was great too - our server was very helpful in finding us the right bottle of wine so that everyone was happy! The only negative was that the pasta dishes are very small. They were SO good that I wanted to keep eating!

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CM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Despite the tiny table and how they turned us away and said 1 hour wait, but then had a rez on Open Table that we nabbed 10 mins from then, it didn’t disappoint. The $75 3 course tasting menu was a ridiculous amount of food, delicious food. And their cocktails a la Justin Pike are ridiculous. Highly recommended for a date night or night out with friends, if those friends are foodies with money.

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C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is fantastic, very tasty and very enjoyable. The service is great and so is the ambience. I wish they had some slightly cheaper wine options to offer those that are after a great time but can't afford to be that opulent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food but the server was terrible

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