The Factory Kitchen

4.7
1901 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The Factory Kitchen is the first concept from the FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup that opened to high acclaim in 2013.
Helmed by Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, his wife Beverage Director Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi and their longtime friend and Partner Executive Chef Angelo Auriana, the Factory Kitchen re-defined the approach and the experience to casual dining in the city by combining elements of culinary arts, service, and design.
A traditional Italian Restaurant & Bar in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the Factory Kitchen culinary concept focuses on local recipes from the Northern Italian Regions; but emphasizes on some Ligurian traditional dishes like Mandilli di Seta al Pesto alla Genovese and the Focaccina Calda al Formaggio di Recco.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 5:30 - 11 Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:30 - 9:30
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Phone number
(213) 996-6000
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Angelo Auriana
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Cross street
Alameda
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Parking details
Valet or street parking if available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, The Factory Kitchen can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

Factory Kitchen tends to gets overshadowed by its famous Arts District neighbors, but it's one of the best Italian spots in Los Angeles.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant's in Los Angeles. Right up there with Bestia. Nuff said.

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F
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. My friends and I were there for lunch on our weekday off. Not crowded and we were treated very well. Waitstaff was knowledgeable about the food and was able to give us some good recommendations! Will definitely be going back to try the dinner service!

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

Excellent! We've gone to the Factory Kitchen several times, and it does not disappoint! Brought my mother-in-laws who's a real foodie and she loved the ambience and the food.

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P
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and fresh, delicious food. We went early before the crowds and had attentive service and incredible, delicious dinner before going to the Forum to see a concert. The mandilil pasta with almond pesto and the parpadelle ragout were sublime!

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KF
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mandilli pasta is always a must!!!
Sea Bass was perfect and the service is always good!

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C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place and great food with good service. We will be soon for sure.

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The beet casserole was not good. The flavors didn’t blend and it couldn’t compare to similar dishes I’ve had elsewhere. The creamy mozzarella with greens appetizer was a missed opportunity—while the dressing was very good, the “green peas” were actually green beans, and the mozzarella wasn’t creamy. It wasn’t very fresh and would be much better if it were a burrata. Overall, a disappointing meal.

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F
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant!

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B
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The Factory Kitchen never disappoints.

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service, very nice ambiance. The dishes were rich and flavorful. I would definitely come again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was both excellent and remarkable—as was the service!

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D
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Factory kitchens noise level is so over-the-top, that you were basically screaming at the person next to you to be heard. Out of the five or six dishes that we all chose, only the batter fried vegetables and the Barada was good enough to say we enjoyed it. Everything else was extremely mediocre.

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J
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The pesto pasta description did not list cream. It was loaded with cream.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Nice place. Good service. Good food. Way overpriced. I don't get it. But I am not a foodie.

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KB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but portions small - don’t expect to get full on a single pasta plate for example. Strong hipster vibe and very loud ambiance, if you’re into that.

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JT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time at Factory Kitchen, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. I had the handkerchief pasta—such amazing flavor and the texture of the pasta is perfect. Friend had the Italian sausage, and loved it. We shared the spinach/kale (really delicious with the squeeze of lemon, and cooked nicely, not soggy) and Brussels sprouts (I’m veg so ordered without the pancetta, it was okay but probably better with bacon). Atmosphere was bustling at lunch, service was great, and overall a pleasant lunch.

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WL
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food with the best homemade pasta anywhere. Get the almond pesto which is amazing.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was absolutely terrible. We waited for like 20 minutes to get a drink then it took about 20 more to come. No bread, no water, we had to ask 3 times for things... a mess. Food is good, but it was super loud and difficult to hear each other. Not a great experience at all and expensive for how we were treated. Better service at a diner.

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G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve been many times since this Italian gem opened, and once again everything was on spot. The service was top notch, as was the food. Since it was a Sunday nite, it was crowded, but not crazy like a Friday or Saturday, so we were allowed to enjoy a slower meal - which is preferred. My only recommendation to management, and I’m hoping that they read these, is that they offer some more “off the main menu” nightly or weekly specials, since we’ve mostly tried the entire menu. We will be back regardless, but we hope they go “outside” the box a bit more.

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M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy pesto mandilli !!!

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SW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Factory Kitchen's signature dish Mandili Di Seta is worth going for on its own but the cocktails are also amazing and the service was perfection.

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RR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!! Can’t wait to tell all my friends about it!

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LC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was yummy and unique. The space itself was a great combination of rustic and modern. Something old made new again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was so disappointing.

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MV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Extremely friendly staff and good service. Unfortunately, the food is underwhelming. The steak was chewy and pasta is a bit salty for my taste. The carpaccio and chicken pate were alright. I think the meal was pricey. The restaurant is noisy/loud with conversations of other diners.

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KD
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and magnificent food. It was too hot inside though.

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R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh house made pasta is amazing! Great food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Appetizers were pretty disappointing for what we pay. Calamari was a little fishy. Food was nothing special. Most of all, the noise level was extremely awful and we will never come back. It was so tiring and frustrating to eat in that kind of loud restaurant. Too loud to enjoy food...cant hear anyone except for someone who sits right next to you. Certainly not recommended for a party of more than 4. Food was not that great. It is not worthwhile.

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N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The food is delicious. It is one of the few places where you actually dream of going back to because you can’t stop thinking about the food experience.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Yummy food and good selection. Great service and nice staff. Just extremely loud! We were seated very close to some very loud talkers which was tremendously annoying.

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ST
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The locations was very surprising. But the food was really very good and service unpretentious and knowledgeable. We would certainly go back. Also options for vegetarians.

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WL
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I eat at this location regularly and it is absolutely the best place for Italian in the Arts District. This meal was the best I have had here as well. Service was good but could be tightened up a little but very positive... the food was so well done - have not lost a step in fact - I would say the food has improved.

There are a number of hip locations to consider in downtown, but this gets my highest recommendation. After a horrible experience at Rossoblu - you will be seeing much more of my too.... Thanks.

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S
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our party of four enjoyed three different pastas , particularly handkerchief pasta in pesto. Two salads and We all adored the prosciutto and Barata platter. I’d return just for that dish. The porchetta is not to be missed. The only dish we considered Average was the tomato salad. Cannoli was delicious.

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MT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is reliably fantastic, with the pasta dishes and other Ligurian specialties always superior to any other Italian restaurant in town: fresh, pure ingredients, expertly prepared and perfectly cooked (the pasta is never too al dente but melts in the mouth), delivered by friendly, knowledgeable servers. Occasionally the music is too loud for us, but on this Sunday evening it was not. Excellent cocktails and wine list! It’s our favorite place in LA.

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JO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very salty food here.

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LT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Factory Kitchen to celebrate the new job of my colleague. Our entire experience was excellent. Staff’s attentiveness was perfect.

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PK
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Cool hip spot in a very poor part of Dtla...I work in Dtla so I’m not shocked but you should know.

Food just ok...I don’t mind paying top dollar but I was underwhelmed.

Cool spot for off the beaten path but if that’s what I’m after I would go to Rosablu.

Has valet (which is good) & takes card or cash for valet which is a additional plus.

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

it is a good spot...creative and quality food menu.
a New York loft feel.
easy on and off the freeways.
easy parking next door...in and out.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My friend was visiting LA from Atlanta... she has terrible food allergies so Factory Kitchen was the wrong choice - I realized it the minute I sat down and read the menu and we should have left, that's on me. (Factory Kitchen was a last minute switch when Pinot called to cancel because their air conditioning was out). My friend can't eat herbs of any kind or most spices - she told the waiter she's allergic and they make her sick. But our waiter was unwilling to make any concessions and he was visibly irritated... it got so bad that my friend opted not to eat. I ordered a fish ravioli dish (we should have left) and ate half the order and asked for the check. But here's the rub - my ravioli was so al dente that the pasta was tough and the fish broth, which I'm sure took forever to prepare, smelled and tasted "fishy" - I won't be back for a while.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing food and great service. We shared meals and everything was great.

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