The Factory Kitchen

4.7
1989 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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Payment options
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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Neighborhood
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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
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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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BZ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Factory Kitchen is one of our favorite places. We let the waiters recommend the best dishes, the food is scrumptious, and they never disappoint.

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SC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything about this place was great— except the noise level. The food, the service, the drinks, and the prices were all top notch and a good value. The only negative was the noise level.

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d
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff holiday luncheon! Great location and the best food

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LA
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I wanted to like this restaurant, but my experience was limited by the wait staff. The waiter seemed to recommend the expensive items on the menu. He did not really want to hear what we wanted. I ordered the octopus/squid sald which was way too chewy. He also recommended the duck which was nothing special. Overalll the food was very average.

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RC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time here and definitely not the last!!! enjoyed everything i had that night, specially the prosiutto-24 month aged pharma prosciutto with fried sage dough and cheese-forgot the name though.
the porchetta is to die for, it melts in your mouth!!! so delish a must order on the menu.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Prosciutto was amazing as usual!
Porchetta was melt in your mouth delicious.
My girlfriend loved the Cosonsei!

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E
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food and the vibe! Every shared dish was great and we enjoyed watched watching some of the preparation. We will be going back!

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EC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

How great is it to see a pasta with black truffles come as advertised and sooooooo yummy!
Lovely home made pasta with vibrant flavors and lots of vegetarian forward ingredients.
Very good drinks just a bit pricey.
Overall a great meal and attentive staff makes this a must try !!

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H
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been to Factory Kitchen several times and this time around did not measure up. While the staff and service were great the food was very disappointing. Pasta under cooked and sausage special was terrible.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We came for the pasta, and the pasta did not disappoint. What didn’t quite hit the caliber that we were expecting were the starters, cocktails, and the sauces that came with the pastas.

The cocktail I had, the Mr. No, was actually one of the worst drinks I’ve ever had at a restaurant, and I don’t say this lightly. It tasted like medicine and actually had no flavor other than extreme bitterness and alcohol. The starters we had were very average and nothing extraordinary.

I will hand it to the pasta. It was fresh, al dente, and you could tell it was the real deal.

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LE
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliable high quality, creative Italian cuisine. Pastas are amazing. appetizers are creative and delicious. Share everything. That way you get to try more things!

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PD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and can’t wait to return. Food was delish and our waiter seemed to be well educated when we asked for his suggestion on a great bottle of red wine.

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s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Almond pesto handkerchief pasta had the perfect blend of salt and cream all covering a fluffy pasta. The meat ravioli with brown sage was so good! I did not like the mushroom pizza only b/c the crust was mushy, which is a huge FAIL when it comes to pizza.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptional. Food was very delicious. I can't recommend enough.
If I have one ,very minor, complaint, it's that it was a bit loud.

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AA
Yosemite
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I hv bn to factory kitchen several times and liked the food very much. This time I thought it was mediocre. The duck was over cooked and dry, the pasta had little flavor, there was too much prosciutto and it overwhelmed the dish. The scallops were good. I was very disappointed.

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EW
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. We had the scallops, a pasta, and a pork dish. All 3 were so yummy. The prosciutto is incredible to start with the octopus & calamari. My only criticism was that the we could make a reservation as late as 10:45 on open table—ours was for 10:15 and at 11:00 they started to get a little antsy with us. Don’t allow a reservation later than 9:45 then? Overall would recommend though! Friendly, cute, casual, and oh so yummy.

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EL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The Food was good, but our service unfortunately was not as great. Our server never introduced himself, and we often felt rushed to finish our food even though we were not there at a rush time (eating appetizers and having drinks at 9pm on Saturday)

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal. Our reservation was for 8:15pm but didn't get seated until later. We were not happy about the delay but the manager was able to address our concerns in a productive and constructive way. We had a remarkable meal and a great time. The manager really stepped up. We really appreciated it. The food is always fantastic.

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F
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous again as always. Food and service, the best.

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HG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I finally got around the eating at Factory Kitchen after hearing about it for the last couple years from friends. Oh boy, was it worth the wait. Went there for my birthday with my husband. This is such a fun, vibrant space. Great for people watching...and the FOOD! Highly recommend the handkerchief almond pesto pasta. It's like heaven on a plate! Also had the MacGarther Park from the cocktail menu which was a sublime version of a Manhattan with fresh basil. It was aromatic and smooth. Just a feast for the senses. I'm going back to try everything on their menu.

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TL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Favorite Italian restaurant in LA. The handkerchief pasta is a must-have!

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food great service appealing ambience. Staff took good care of us. Definitely recommend.

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AC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

All the pasta dishes we had were light and tasty. The drinks were good too.

Our waiter left before settling the bill and without saying goodbye. We were left waiting for a while.

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KM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!

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KF
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with clients as airways at the Factory Kitchen.. Mandilli Pasta an all time favorite, Osso Buco tasty and tender, Brussels Sprouts exceptional.... and Prosecco to top it off! Perfect night ...
Thanks again for a wonderful dining experience!

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MA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Every time we are back in Los Angeles we make sure we come back to The Factory Kitchen. The food is excellent especially the pasta which is always done perfectly.

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n
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Food is consistently superb. We would be there every week if in the neighborhood. But still worth the drive from Santa Monica

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good, but the table my boyfriend and I were seated at was in a ridiculous location. Every time someone walked by they brushed my boyfriend’s back. I would have switched seats with him but I was basically touching the back of the man behind me. I hope management does better than squeezing in an extra table and giving it to someone with a reservation in the future.

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LK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Definitely one of the stand out restaurants of Downtown. Fantastic food and service!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food wasn’t as good as I remember

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l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always delicious and the service is the best.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The server continuously forgot 3 of our orders and overcharged us for 1 extra dish

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j
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a hit and never disappoints! The food is delish and we appreciate that we can come time and time again for our favorites and love the surpirse of seasonal additions.

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BP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely spot for a great Italian bite. Not really blown away by the space, seems generic and doesn't wow you like I would expect. It is small and intimate, but you have enough room between your table and your neighbor's, just make sure you don't get seated in a high traffic area.

Helpful waitstaff that aren't pretentious. Some of the folks clearing the tables seemed a bit rushed/brusk but maybe they were just having an off night!

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PM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I've been coming here for awhile. The food this time was very salty which maddest very unappetizing. The noise level is always loud but the service is excellent.

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NV
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great service with constant attention to details, the food came out quickly and was coursed appropriately and the food was delicious!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food but even better atmosphere and people.. great choice for our 5th anniversary!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the manager Mattia took good care and helped us with the food and drinks choice. I highly recommend this place to anyone that want to experience an amazing original Italian dinner in LA!

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t
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beignet was delicious. Must have dessert

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C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The minute I sat down, I smelled a strong fish odor. Members of my party noticed it a few minutes later. Quality fish doesn’t produce foul smell. We had the calamari pasta which was salty and also fishy. I don’t recommend. The spring salad with goat cheese and dates was good. The prosciutto dish was ok. By the time we fished our lunch another round of fish entree was being served by the waiter to other patrons and sure enough the foul fishy smell was back.

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