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The Tasting Kitchen

4.6
4.6
1667 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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Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Bar
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am
    Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am
    Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am
    Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am
    Lunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 392-6644

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Travis Passerotti

  • Catering

    Please contact The Tasting Kitchen.

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Cross street

    Venice

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Dinner

    $120.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only
    NYE dinner: 3 courses...120 5 courses...150 go all out...250 Champagne at midnight! 48h cancellation policy, 100$ per person no show. Call us for info.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 1,667 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Mediterranean

  • Westside

    Notable Wine List

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  1. LL

    LouiseL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best pasta dish I have ever had ...pulled pork , mushroom and sage butter amazing . Oysters were delicious.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Even though we had a reservation they sat us at a very small table squeezed between 2 very loud and large parties. We were inches away from the table next to us when there were several tables open with no one showing up to claim them pretty close to closing. They only offered us the communal table which was uncomfortable and ridiculous considering we had reservations. I don’t like going to restaurants that keep open tables open only to make a point. Also the charcuterie is just the meat. It is not a charcuterie board with sides of cheese and crackers of any sort.

  3. S

    Sheabrown

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic staff!

  4. C

    Cucinalover

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excelente ambiente el lugar es cálido y agradable, buen servicio y una carta de vinos bastante extensa he interesante. El sommelier nos ayudó a escoger un muy buen vino a un precio razonable. La comida en general de buena calidad pero sus pastas no cumplieron con nuestras expectativas. Lo mejor fueron las ostras con un mignonette súper delicioso. Si repetiríamos la experiencia!!

  5. TH

    TheHungryNewYorker

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly a great experience! The food was delicious, staff were great, and they had a ton of amazing cocktails and wines by the glass. The carne crudo with caviar might just be my favorite appetizer ever.

  6. M

    Mason

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been here what feels like a million times and never had the same meal twice. Bar program and wine list on point. Feeling adventurous? Do yourself a solid and get the tasting menu.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fave dining establishment on Abbot Kinney! Every dish is perfection & cocktails hit the spot!

  8. B

    2Bars

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding and sexy! We enjoyed it so much, we're going back tonight for cocktails.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    Food is overpriced the service was bad in the beginning but at the end was very good.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Disappointed at the lunch menu : no brunch items , no desserts.

  11. KC

    K032C

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Tasting Kitchen never disappoints. The portions are perfect, and delicious. The wine selection is plentiful and the wait staff is knowledge in making recommendations and pairings. Always greeted by welcoming staff, and the service is consistently wonderful.

  12. d

    druxilitch

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came in with a party of 3. We decided to order the tasting menu and did not regret it. They were happy to accommodate for allergies, so all of us were able to fully enjoy all dishes. We left very satisfied and full.

  13. KP

    KPKP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ordered the tasting menu and it was excellent

  14. SB

    SereneB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Brunch menu is no longer happening here and honestly that's really unfortunate. The brunch menu used to be the best on AK. Forced to order lunch and the options were a bit too much - i.e. trying too hard and felt more like a dinner menu. Even the simplest thing like a burger was overboard and sadly extremely disappointing. Ordered medium and arrived very rare. Server never returned to check on the status of the burger. When the plates were cleared we showed the busser how rare the burger was and were told "next time alert the server right away and they'll fire another one up". This critique of the burger not arriving remotely close to how it was ordered was either never relayed to our server or our server simply didn't care. When the bill arrived the burger was still on there despite it having not been eaten. Love the Braveheart drink but with access to that recipe online, there's really no reason to go back for us. Had dinner there in August and we're realizing now that what made it great was our cocktails and company, not so much the food.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Group of 6 moms out for a friends birthday.

  16. CS

    CatherineS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They did not have the Brunch menu they show Online

  17. G

    Great

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ✨✨✨ magical

  18. A

    Alexis

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Fantastic food & atmosphere! Server was also very knowledgeable about the menu and provided great recommendations for ordering. However, courses came out quite slowly. Became almost a 2 hour dinner.

  19. AR

    ARvwer

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delightful AK mainstay the Tasting Kitchen delivers

  20. M

    Mjsct

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Interesting and innovative food. Great service. Not cheap but worth it. Outdoor dining in a street-side shelter as well as indoor tables.

  21. DD

    DebbieD

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant. Everything is amazingly delicious. Matt is a great server!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing atmosphere without out-of-this-world food and service. Highly recommend the TTK.

  23. i

    irishlass

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent tagliatelle bolognese, $20 for tomatoes seemed expensive. Good wines by the glass. Pleasant ambiance.

  24. CB

    ClaudiaB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food. Got there early so was able to enjoy it quietly! Service was superb. Home made pasta was to die for!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was exceptional! We sat at the bar ( I wish I remembered our bartenders name). She was quick to suggestions, made excellent mezcal margaritas, and knew the must-haves off the menu despite coming off a three month break. The food was delicious, great vibes.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    What happened to brunch? Was one of my favorite places in LA, soft scrambles were legendary. Now there are no eggs to be seen. Crazy.

  27. JA

    JosephA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is always consistent, very good ! Great service every time !!

  28. SL

    SteakLover

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Food was excellent. Hosts great. Server needs to take care of the customer the whole experience through. Not good when you have to ask the host for the dessert menu after waiting 20mins for your waiter to come back.

  29. AM

    AntonioM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous! Great place to go. Highly recommend!!!!!

  30. MW

    MarkW

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I hadn't been there in a long time and was surprised at how much we liked it. I ordered a radicchio salad and the striped bass, expecting them to be good but not memorable - I eat out a lot. I was surprised at how delicious the salad was. We asked the waitress where they get their radicchio. Then the fish came and it was some of the best I've ever had, and that's saying a lot since I'm avoiding red meat these days. The service was perfect and we were comfortable sitting outside, where we wanted to be. Anyway, I hate writing this because I don't want to make it harder to get a reservation there, but they deserve a great review.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great, Brian and team are fantastic

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Go for the TTK dinner option. You won’t regret it, nor leave hungry.

  33. D

    Daniel

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Very slow to get main courses out. (Like an hour)

  34. JB

    JohnnyBullet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food, attentive service and over-the-top decor made the dining experience at The Tasting Kitchen top-notch. It's great for a splurge, because it's a bit pricey. Or it's great for a splurge because it's really a top-notch dining experience.

  35. J

    Jenny

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience5

    This restaurant is not what it used to be. Sadly, the rap music was not conducive for a dining experience, service was extremely slow, and the meal was ever priced. This used to be one of my favorite places pre-pandemic to visit. Taking it off my list.

  36. LA

    LAnative

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good but Really expensive

  37. GD

    GregD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and excellent service!!

  38. MA

    MARTYB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hostess Shannon and our server (Beth? She was from Belgium and I can’t recall her name) were both outstanding. The food and service were both top notch. Thanks!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food choices and wine list. Would come back again and try different things. Service was very good as well.

  40. MM

    MissMalloree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasting Kitchen is truly my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles - and last night was just another fantastic meal that will always be a lasting memory. You can tell the care and love that goes into creating and executing each dish. One will never regret a meal had here. This place is truly special.

FAQs

The Tasting Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 1667 OpenTable diners

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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Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Road Venice, CA 90291

  • Cross street

    Venice

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Bar
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am
    Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am
    Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am
    Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am
    Lunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Travis Passerotti

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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