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Sestina, Culver City, CA

Sestina

4.5
4.5
304 Reviews
$30 and under
Vegan
SESTINA IS A NEW PASTA BAR CONCEPT FROM THE MKC TEAM FEATURING PLANT-BASED ADAPTATIONS OF UNIVERSALLY LOVED ITALIAN FARE. GUESTS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A MENU FILLED WITH VIBRANT AND HEALTHY RENDITIONS OF TRADITIONAL ITALIAN ANTIPASTI, FROMAGERIE, CREATIVE SMALL PLATES, PASTAS AND DESSERTS. WE ALSO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE WINE PROGRAM AND A BOUTIQUE MARKETPLACE OF GOURMET PROVISIONS MADE IN HOUSE TO ENJOY AT HOME.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vegan, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 815-8100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Kenney

  • Neighborhood

    Culver City

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Westside

    Healthy

  • Westside

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. GK

    GrahamK

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I really wanted to love the place, with all the great reviews and I have been a fan of Double Zero, Plant Food + Wine and other MK restaurants, but this was a little of a disappointing experience. The "not pastas" we had were pretty good, the Arancini and the Veggie Calamari. Both set up positive expectations as to what would follow with the pastas, however, the "hoagie" garlic bread???...is a miss. When you have a pizza oven, why on earth would you serve this? The Wine options were quite nice, and the staff were kind enough to make some adjustments to the blaring 90's alt rock music. The pasta we shared was the English Pea Ravioli and it was unremarkable and lacked definition of flavors. I hate posting a disappointing review out into the world and even when the manager (i assume) asked me if everything was good, I said yes, but then he pressed "was it VERY good??" Ugh... I had to be honest now... he opened the door ... and I just said that it was good, but not great, and explained the dish fell flat. He didn't do or say much ... just slinked away. The upside was our server was great, A+ and the wine was very nice. But the support staff kept trying to clear plates that clearly were not finished. I hope some tweaks to a few things in the kitchen and FOH, will raise the level to where Sestina's potential lies. For now... I'm back to Double Zero or another un-named vegan pasta place not far away.
  2. CC

    ClaudeClaude

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!! Super tasty we were a party of 3 friends and everyone was happy. Outside seating in front of the restaurant so you could almost be in Europe LOL. Definitely has that cafe vibe. Not pretentious and good size portions. Chocolate gelato and Pane Cotta soo good. Definitely worth going to Vegan and Non-Vegans will be happy… The flavors are so good!!
  3. a

    amyk

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is always good but I wish the pizza crust was more crispy . I always ask for it to be crispy but it always comes your soggy . We ordered the tie dye pizza and the first time I had it it was perfect but the last two times the crust was not as good . The pesto pasta was good but could have had more seasoning. The cessation salad on happy hour was delicious !
  4. TO

    TrelO

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Olivia was the nicest ! We’d love to visit again and hopefully she’ll be our server again! She helped make my Father’s Day the best. Thank you Olivia
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food every time.
  6. DC

    DesireeC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Wildcraft used to be one of our favorite restaurants. Now Sestina sits in its place. While we still enjoy the ambiance, going fully vegan while trying to make the food seem like it could pass as regular Italian food just doesn’t work. The pizza crust was delicious and the vegan pizza was okay. The Tuscan scramble was a bit too bitter for our taste and the rigatoni was decent. We would have loved to see a vegan restaurant go more on the Mediterranean side - where so much is already vegan.
  7. FG

    FedericoG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andy the waitress was amazing!! Dishes could be a bit bigger but the taste of the ravioli was great
  8. JZ

    JonathanZ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. I’ve eaten there 4 times. Portions seem to have gotten a bit smaller, which is why I gave 3 stars for value. Overall very good tho. Will go back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great—très tasty!
  10. JH

    JHo98

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is off the charts. All of my non vegan friends didn’t even notice the food was plant based and enjoyed themselves.
  11. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was damn good, personally the stuffed peppers were a miss. Everything else was amazing! Looking forward to going back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is lovely! The food is very very good. Had the truffle pasta and the mushroom ragout, which was so good we ordered seconds. The calamari is amazing! Highly recommend for well done vegan Italian! The drinks are also very good!
  13. k

    karenw

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matthew Kenney is a genius- his creativity and skill is helping to convert carnivores to plant based- whether for just one meal or for life. Went with a carnivore friend and she loved the meal... the truffle tagliatelle was amazing, loved the English Pea ravioli and wow that oyster mushroom calamari really felt like I was eating calamari- not sure how he created that texture! Topped off with the limoncello tart- sheer perfection! Oh and the highlight of the meal were the amazing staff who checked in often, chatted us up, and had lots of smiles and laughter. I wanted to bundle them up and bring them home with me!
  14. RG

    RandyG

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food were fantastic!
  15. S

    Shep

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The appetizers were a mixed bag, with excellent arancini, just fine garlic bread, and slightly tough marinated olives. Cocktails were delightful, the mains -- two pastas and a pizza -- were overall great and the panna cotta was overpoweringly sweet. But the real problem was the service. It took 10 minutes to get our menus, another 5-10 to wave down our server when we were ready to order appetizers and drinks, and this was basically the pattern through the night. In a two hour meal, our server came to our table voluntarily I believe three times. Every other time we had to wave them down or get up and ask for something.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Pasta and food was amazing. Took a long time to get water refills and an extra spoon after asking but everything was fantastic.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Highly recommend. Thank you to the staff for your great service and lovely meal.
  18. S

    Shae

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food! Great service! Hard to believe it’s vegan.
  19. LN

    LaurettaN

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful dinner. Started with the Caesar salad and garlic bread. Salad dressing was tasty and creamy. Tagliatelle with truffle sauce was full of flavor and the Arrabiata sauce on the rigatoni had the right amount of spice. This is the way plant based food should taste. Makes you want to eat more.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chose this spot for my girlfriend and I’s 5 anniversary and boy did it blow our minds. The service was great, the food was almost instantaneous, it would come out maybe a minute or two after ordering. I got to say the pizza was the best I’ve ever had and I love to make fresh dough at home. Don’t sleep on this place it’s so good. For some reason I couldn’t find this place on my usual vegan yelp searches, I luckily found this one while using the open table app and searched vegan. This place popped up and I instantly felt confident in my decision.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is great. Nice people, great food, and you can sometimes get the live music next door if you sit outside.
  23. QZ

    QtheZen

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grace our server was wonderful. We were at Sestina celebrating a birthday. The selections she suggestion were very welcomed. Friendly waitstaff. Our entrees were phenomenal, such flavors and richness to each dish. Sestina is such a perfect outside dinner place. Look forward to returning again soon.
  24. M

    Michelle

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great vegan food and excellent pasta!! Heavy pours for wine and a great atmosphere sitting on the patio outside.
  25. L

    Lauren

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 for Sestina! We come here for every birthday and anniversary, and it never fails! We had the tagliatelle truffle for the first time and HOLY SMOKES, as an avid vegan, I can confidently say it’s my favorite dish I’ve had since going vegan. Our bartender (I believe his name was Moses) was so welcoming and warm, really exceptional customer service. Thank you Sestina!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such nice staff! All the food was great. Portions could be a little larger but other than that it was wonderful. 10/10
  27. e

    ebby

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Our server was terrible - she spent most of her time chatting with one specific table which we think her friends were at, and forgot to enter our main courses, so we were waiting for nearly an hour after finishing our appetizers. The food itself was great though, and the restaurant next door had a live band which helped the ambiance.
  28. p

    priyankap

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    made the reservation a month in advance. app asked if we were celebrating anything special, and i wrote in that it was our anniversary. we were ignored the entire time, 10 min to get water, 20 min to order drinks and appetizers. by the time we got our entree, the table of 4 next to us had already ordered and finished their meals. the food was great, but i wouldn’t dine in ever again.
  29. MK

    MatthewKenneyFangirl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love every restaurant concept that Matthew Kenney develops, and Sestina is no exception. The cream sauce on the tagliatelle was so delicious; it tasted like a regular dairy-based cream sauce but it was all plant-based! My friend and I also ordered the mushroom pappardelle and the Panna Cotta for dessert. We left feeling light but satiated and satisfied. Highly recommend!
  30. c

    cjdallas

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Mixed drink was very poor (sent it back). The service was fair (not great but they did seem understaffed). Food was ok (found it to be overpriced). Will likely not return. Heater went out mid-meal and asked for it to be replaced since it was a chilly evening; this did not happen.
  31. E

    Evan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Everything was just meh. Took my partner there for her birthday. No acknowledgement of that. Caprese salad lacked finesse. Just huge 1/2" roughly sliced heirloom tomatoes, 3" giant pieces of basil, and 1" squares of I'm guessing house made nut mozzarella. Garlic bread was as basic as you can get. Pasta dishes lacked flavor and were very bland. Had the English pea ravioli...it would be a hit at a retirement home maybe. Vodka and elbows also didn't pack any punch. Pretty disappointing for $85... I've been wowed at restaurants for under $40.
  32. OL

    OliviaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food- I especially loved the arancini and the elbows and vodka. You'd never know it's all vegan!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Very bad service. We had reservations at 6:30 on a Friday and the place was half empty. It was 10 minutes before we were offered water. Another 15 until our order was taken. We ordered a salad and two pastas. Got our salad within 5 minutes. We waited another 30 MINUTES (!) Never got our pastas. Not one person came up to us to explain a delay, apologize or offer anything. We got up and left. Our waiter was non existent. Don’t go.
  34. D

    Damama

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely evening to be outside with the band playing. Big salad greens were in pieces too large. Truffle pasta was tasty but overcooked.
  35. ED

    ElleD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Tasty and fresh. I never like stuffed peppers but these are a must. This place is vegan but it’s not in your face vegan. good food, that happens to be clean & all plants. The portions could be a little more generous. My Arrabbiata looked a little sparse compared to other dishes.
  36. a

    amyk

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food . We had the big salad , much room Pasta and tie dye pizza
  37. AG

    AndreaG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sestina is Delicious ! The Best Pasta ! We love everything about Sestina!
  38. SB

    SigalB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food is great, it seems that they did not have enough workers and it took a while for the food to arrive. Overall it is a good restaurant but needs some kick with management.
  39. m

    mimigogo

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food all around. We had caesar salad, burrata, 3 pastas, 2 pizzas and 2 desserts. Our entire group of vegans and non loved it all. Comfy seating was outdoors with an overhead heater. Service was friendly and well-timed. Will come back again and again.
  40. RB

    RandiB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a vegan, I found Sestina to have the yummiest and most variety of pasta sauces of anywhere I’ve ever been!!! I found that they are not advertising themselves as a vegan restaurant, and believe that anybody, even those who are not vegan, will find these sauces to be delicious. I am dying for the recipes so I can trick my husband. Ok, I didn’t try the “Congolese”, which might make it obvious. Can’t wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Sestina does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Sestina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 815-8100.

Sestina is rated 4.5 stars by 304 OpenTable diners.

Sestina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Sestina

9725 Culver Blvd Culver City, CA 90232-2739

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Culver City

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vegan, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Kenney

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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