The Tasting Kitchen

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$31 to $50
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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, everything made and sold the same day.
We offer handcrafted neo-classical food, epic design and atmosphere, service that is both a guide and companion throughout the experience. Come, ask questions, and enjoy.
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CT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing and incredibly tasty. It’s expensive though and the dishes are small.

G
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant but too expensive for the food you get. The food is good, but not extraordinary to pay the prices on the menu. The service was great

JH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was very disappointing

VD
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to finally have had the opportunity to go to this great Venice place. We had the chef's tasting menu--5 courses of nothing but deliciousness! Each time a dish was brought out it was so interesting and tasty. What fun for five foodies. We loved it like going to a grand concert! Thank you for this wonderful evening!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not as good as normal. Service, food and drinks. Also, not able to sit upstairs

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little place. Busy late night mid-week. It is pretty loud, so better for smaller groups. Housemade pasta is their strong suit. And pretty decent options for vegetarians.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food but small portions.

TW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service. A bit on the louder side, but all in all a very nice spot.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience and the short rib hash and rosemary French fries were to die for. Might have to make the trek up to LA from OC sooner than later for the hash again 😋

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool, I’ll definitely go again

l
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I wouldn’t go there again. Food was ok, but really expensive.
We didn’t like the service, the waitress was cold and not nice. The atmosphere was nothing special. Noise level super high.

j
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table of 11 , family dinning style and the food and service was excellent. We weren't rushed and the space between courses was perfect. Overall a great experience with an only minor criticism being that the wine was a little overpriced but I guess for the location & quality its to be expected. Will definitely return :-)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Decided to order the 3 course dinner and only received a very average dinner. Only the steak was good, but that I could have gotten at any decent steakhouse. If you go to tasting kitchen and order a 3 course dinner you expect to eat something you wouldn’t be able to eat anywhere else. At least the main course. In my reservation, I notified them that it’s an anniversary dinner so I expected something less average. They should notify their guest they will only receive an average dinner if they order the 3 course menu. The dishes of the 3 course dinner is not specified on their menu. So it is absolutely on the chef who decides what dish to make for each course. Their 3 course brunch was great. I also had exceptional bone marrow for dinner or an amazing red salmon dish. They should offer an option to pay extra for an unforgettable 3 course dinner instead of a standard 3 course. A 5 course dinner would be simply too much food. I prefer less food but exceptional taste. So it matches the restaurant’s name.

R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The food was good as always but the service was very very very poor. Our bill was $900 but she gave us the bill of another table which was $2000. Then she never brought our packed leftovers and we had to walk into the kitchen to ask someone to search for it. Never said thank you or good bye. The worst service experience in my history of dining in Venice.

KK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Beautiful Atmosphere, Friendly Staff, A little Pricey

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wine ridiculously expensive.

BC
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the short rib hash and it was delicious. And the toasted bread was the best.

B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bravo! One of my favorite places to eat and drink in souther California. Delicious comfort food paired with balanced wines that are expressive of grape varietal and place. And the cocktails are creative, seasonal and fun. Top the experience off with friendly, professional service and and the Tasting Kitchen is where you want to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with family and friends.

e
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I've been going to Tasting Kitchen for years. Something has changed, the food was not good. Had to send one item back. Ordered four items only one was good. I would only go back for drinks and ambiance.

OT
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very creative and interesting space. Amazing craft cocktails. Interesting menu though without extensive choices. I found the food good, but not extraordinary, perhaps because of my selection. I can be a picky eater. We sat upstairs which I highly recommend if a quieter table appeals to you. Downstairs is a happening place but too frenzied for me. Service may be more difficult on second level. Bill was very high... This is more of a special meal place than every day dining.

HB
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attentive service and amazing food! We come for the aged Balsamic vinegar and radicchio salad but our main dishes never disappoint 👌🏻🙌🏻

DG
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luscious lunch!

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DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 7 and did the tasting menu which was amazing! Loved the pastries!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends moving to the next phase out life

LC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were very good. Noise level was horrible.

S
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food choices
Excellent service

D
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had not been to tasting kitchen in 7 years - it was one of the first to serve small plates and it became standard bearer. It was as good now as it was then - truly delicious. Seasonal produce in interesting preparation including corn ravioli. Fabulous tomato salad and rice pudding arancini that were spectacular

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall disappointing. Hair in my wife's food. Service not up to expectations.

CA
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! Definitely go with the tasting menu.

S
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner for my husband. This place is a neighborhood gem!

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed. Interesting menu and great service

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, waiter was awesome.

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a restaurant in the very trendy and expensive main street of Venice Beach, and so it is no surprise that it is expensive. And the food was tasty and well-prepared. What we were not prepared for was how small the portions were, given the prices. Some of the pasta dishes we shared were decidedly ungenerous in their size! And the glasses of wine were also small and expensive. The restaurant was noisy, especially downstairs. We appreciated the good cooking and the friendliness and courtesy of the staff, but as visitors to the area, we did not think this was a good value for dining.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good was perfect. Service was perfect.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was great!

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance, quite professional personnel, good choices of options for dinner, I'll just found my "pasta" a little too savory!

BH
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Very comfortable setting and decorated in rustic Venice wood tones. The food was very good. We had three salads: Burrata, Shisito Peppers and tomato, all fresh and tasty. The Pasta dishes were wonderful too! I particularly likes the pasta with Shrimp and garlic. Best of all the service was exceptional. Elizabeth took great care of us and made the night very easy and pleasant.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a gorgeous time for my cousin’s birthday! Exceptional across the board!

KD
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us did the 3 course Tasting Menu
We had so much food
Everything was really great
Loved the dinning area, so beautifully lit with the tree
Feels like you’re outside

Y
Orange County
134 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of our experience was delightful. We brought friends who were new to this restaurant and they were wowed. The service, the setting and the amazing food are a winning combination.

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