The Factory Kitchen

4.6
2026 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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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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KT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Very friendly staff. Homemade pasta. Extensive wine list. Would definitely recommend.

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BA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

As much as I’d like to a great review I’m unavailable to. The service from the very start was unprofessional and rude. I booked the reservation 3 weeks in advance so it’s not like i just showed up with a large part. Our waitress made use feel dumb if we asked questions or she was just plain rude. I understand it’s a bit rude but at least smile when you’re replying to your guest.

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NL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We made a reservation for 8 for my daughter's 17th birthday party. We got there before our reservation, and ended up waiting for 1/2 hour past our reservation because our table was still occupied, even though the diners had paid their bill, but just sat there for another 45 minutes. The manager would not ask them to leave. They sat us at another table (where we were squeezed in). After our meal, I told the waiter we had a birthday cake from Susie Cakes that was given to the hostess. He didn't give me a second to tell him my daughter's name on the cake, and just asked if it was a cake or cupcakes. I said cake. He brought out a cake, and after we ate it, realized that it was another person's cake - not ours.

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KH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, good service, authentic Italian fare with traditional ingredients (e.g. parma prosciutto, truffle, burrata, etc.). Would definitely come again. Reservations are difficult so book in advance!

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TH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The waiter was so rude. He rushed us throughout the service and took a wrong order but insisted that it was correct. It was definitely such a letdown.

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ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having dinner here. Food was delicious.

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AD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

food was just okay. bad service. been waiting on the table but no one serve us

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RM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The pasta is as good as any I've had in my life, including extensive and expensive eating in Italy

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Bobo is just the best.

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PS
Los Angeles
391 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently good food, worthy of at least one Michelin star.

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J
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This remains one of the best Italian dining experiences in LA!

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FO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great salad to start with, followed by amazing pasta and finished off with wonderful desserts. Will definitely go back

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n
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All the pasta dishes were to die for. The server was nice but not too attentive. We had to flag down other servers and busboys to get our server.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. The food was delicious.. the service was perfect.. the vibe was energetic. A very cool restaurant with substance. We will be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The pesto is fantastic but we ordered two other dishes to share that were terrible in comparison. Highly recommending coming here for the pesto....

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a
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very loud and they rushed you through, no ambience, dinner was done in 45 minutes, appetizers cane out in less than 5 minutes

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LF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, great food and drink. Perfect for pre-theater or just an Arts District evening hang out.

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HB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to this restaurant, it was SPECTULAR !!!!!!!!
The food was made to order, the service great, the pasta melted in your mouth ,the fish unbelievable amazing taste, the apple dessert beyond wonderful. Will defiantly return...… this is a real find ..

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M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Sadly, the fresh, house-made pasta had so much potential, but was woefully overcooked into a limp, wet mass. So much so that I initially wondered whether this was some regional style or a kind of retro culinary statement. I don't think it was. It's a great room and a neat location, otherwise. The focaccina was fantastic to the point that it partially redeemed the awfully cooked pasta.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place puts out consistently exceptional food since day one. What a great addition to Los Angeles food scene

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have dined here on several occasions, food always excellent. Servers are very friendly and helpful about menu questions. On our list of favorite restaurants in LA.

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r
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is outstanding! Wait staff totally attentive but not cloying. Fabulous food and drink!

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K
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great option for meeting up with a group of friends or a more intimate one-on-one.

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the check in process, this place was money!! Great food and service and atmosphere.

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. Got there early and they were able to seat us in just a few minutes. Food was good, about 60 per person with dessert, coffee, apps, entree, a corkage fee. A little noisy but overall very pleasant.

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G
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best homemade pasta in town. Just outstanding. And their homemade gelato,especially the caramel, was as good as in Italy

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r
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

One of the best meals I’ve had in Los Angeles in the past 19 years. Everything was great (except for the brodetto which wasn’t bad, it just didn’t stand up to the others).
We had the peppers and cheese (peperú - outstanding and a great way to start your meal).
We had the foccacina (tradizione) which was pull-apart awesome, however next time I would get one with something in it for a little more complexity.
We had the prosciutto with burrata, arugula and some spongy dough. As simple as this dish was, it was amazing.
We splurged for the egg noodle and white truffle pasta. The cool thing was the chef cane out and mixed the egg noodles and egg together and then shaved the black and white truffles over the pasta. The not cool thing was that you could not portion it from there for four people. It would have been better if the chef gave each person a bit of the pasta and then shaved the truffle in top of each persons portion. When we portioned it, some got too much truffle while others got none - ruining the experience for all.
The pesto pasta was divine and the veal chop was exceptional.
My wife said the head bartender who crafted the cocktails was lovely.
Our only knock is the place is loud. You can’t have a good conversation at a table with 4 people. And for an Italian meal of this quality, that’s a shame. If you want a dynamite meal and don’t need/want good conversation, this is your place. If you want a traditional Italian food experience, this might not be your place. It’s loud and the food comes out quick. Having said, that food is exceptional.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, very noisy worth the loud ambiance fir the food. The canoli are a must order.

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J
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed with the food and service started out good but then fell apart at the end. Pasta with baby clams had no flavor mushroom pizza was good, Panna cotta was ok but again not much flavor. Will stick with officine brera

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Food is incredible.

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T
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you go to Factory Kitchen you know you'll always get a solid meal. This was Christmas Eve, so there's always a risk that the kitchen is too busy or something will go off, but everything from food to service was spot on. Our waiter paced the mail properly, offered us tastes of some wines to figure out which one we'd like with our meal, and even though it was super busy the evening felt special and wonderful.

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DT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Too skimpy on portions. If you charge as much as you do, be classy enough to provide value, instead of charging high prices, giving small portions and hoping customers buy more food.

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S
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit. The food and hospitality are wonderful.

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BA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Long time for entrees

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B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting, Very tasty pastas and all delicious

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H
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We loved everything we ordered!we were a group of six our server was a fabulous young lady sorry can’t remember her name!

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E
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

More than anything, it was freezing. And the air kept blowing on us.

But the food was ok, the pork was just a fat pile. And bonus, we paid something like $30 for almost no meat. The focaccia was more like a blintz than flatbread. Such weird food choices.

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BZ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
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 on December 15, 2018
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
26 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff holiday luncheon! Great location and the best food

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