Vespaio

4.2
1136 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Get wined and dined downtown at Chef Agostino Sciandri’s newest restaurant, located in the Emerson.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We dined before a performance at the Music Center. You would think 1 1/2 hours would be enough time, however, service was slow, our table was not served bread like the other tables around us were, diners seated after us were served before us even though we let them know we had a performance to attend. The food was not on par for the price. There was not a lot of flavor happening. We ordered the scallop appetizer which was the best thing we ordered. We also ordered their special salad which was a bit oily, calzones which were very bland in flavor, parmesan risotto with beef which was also bland, and the swordfish special with steamed spinach which was nothing special. For desert we had tiramisu served in a large coffee cup and crème brulee. The crème brulee had a super hard crust of sugar on top. I have never seen one where you had to stab hard at the top to get to the desert. We also ordered cocktails which were also not great. The kir royale seemed to be made from champagne that had been open a long time since there were not many bubbles and the aperol spritz tasted watered down. Save your money for once of the many other nice restaurants around the Music Center.

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JR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was average. Service chaotic and unreliable. Quite noisy. Staff appears to be poorly trained.

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TM
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very fresh seafood dishes, beautifully prepared, graciously served. Loved the shrimp, scallop, cherry tomato pasta. Our server was most attentive, had helpful suggestions for sharing, carefully explained the evening's specials, she made our experience wonderful and perfectly timed to get to the opera at a leisurely pace.

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HP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Vespaio -great drinks, yummy entrees, delish appetizers and an extensive wine list. This evening was no exception. We had a lovely dinner as a prelude to a lovely Italian opera (LaTraviata). Seated right on time, and even though we had 2 later arrivals, our waitstaff kept right up with the cocktails arriving, and apps coming out perfectly. One tiny mix-up with the only newcomer's entree, but they fixed it fairly quickly. All in all, lovely dinner!

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UC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance and great location. The wine list was very limited in wine by glass area.

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely LOVED our lunch at Vespaio! The food was phenomenal...the employees were an utter delight...and, the atmosphere was lovely. We truly enjoyed our experience and would come back any chance we got.

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EH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

It was too noisy. So since most of our friends are 70 years plus, I would not recommend this restaurant. Also, the pasta servings were small.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were seated 17 minutes after our reservation time. They charged us $8 to add olives and onions to the pizza, and agreed to credit the charge when we complained. Service was otherwise good. Food is average.

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OT
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was packed and service was terrible. We asked for bread three times before we got it, couldn’t get salt and pepper... our waiter was MIA until another waiter took pity and was then very responsive. Carpaccio appetizer was very good... asparagus risotto was under seasoned and bland. To top it off $15.00 valet. Won’t be back.

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w
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A busy night with performances at all the theaters. Place was packed and crazy, but once we got our orders in things went quickly. Ahi tuna appetizer was very fresh, as was the artichoke salad. Saffron seafood pasta dish had intense flavors with perfectly cook pasta. Dessert selection is great so we were bad and partook. The wine selection is quite good, though not cheap, you can find some excellent choices under $50. Our waitress was very apologetic for the initial slowness of service. I think this place is improving over my last visit a few years ago.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Calamari was excellent! Mozzarella salad just had one tiiiiiiiiny basil leaf, some iceberg lettuce and no dressing or glacé of any sort... I felt it was lacking in flavor and creativity. Verdi pasta dish was TO DIE FOR! Jadori chicken was not bad, but not exciting. Wine was excellent! Great selection of BTG wines. Mascarpone for dessert was SO YUMMY!

Service was lacking. We were definitely apart of the theater crowd for the evening, which I understand that it gets busy, however I asked for limes for my (purchased) sparkling water more than thrice, yet the closest I ever came to seeing them was a plate of lemons and an assurance that limes were available and that some would be brought... never happened. Had to wave down my server (which I hate) whenever I needed something. I think she checked in on her own very hurriedly once. Drinks took 10 minutes or so to arrive. Service could use vast improvement, but that’s par for the course in LA, I have found.

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l
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I think the restuarant gets slammed at lunch and dinner. Slow service, but tasty wel-prepared food. Good choices. PRICY!!

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s
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I ate at Vespaio on NYE and the service was awful. I chalked that up to it being a holiday. I returned on a Wednesday night at 5:45. I had tickets to an 8 show, 2 blocks walking away. I barely made it. The service was terribly slow. While the wait staff was friendly it took over an hour for our food to arrive, about 20 minutes before our drink order was taken, and then 10-15 minutes for drinks to arrive. While we were given a free dessert for our patience it did nothing to lessen the stress. And this was on our anniversary to boot. The restaurant asked if it was a special occasion and was told it was our anniversary but they did nothing with that information. The restaurant is large, conveniently located and beautiful, but the service is horrible. The . tables are so close together that I was bumped every time the waiter needed to get to the table next to us. The food is good but not anything memorable. There are lots of restaurants to choose from and this is no longer on my list.

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, a little pricey. Wine list is also good.

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Graduation lunch

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GS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in DTLA and often dine at Vespaio. Each and every time we are delighted by the food, service and ambience. And we love the Che Buono cocktails. So good...and dangerous. They go down like lemonade. Also have to say that this last time our server was Tony. He was absolutely the BEST!

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GC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was short staffed. Food is good, though pricey for what you get. Unfortunately, there are few dining choices within walking distance of Disney and the Music Center.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a great experience and dining in there and the food was great service was awesome to

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a
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went in the afternoon around 4pm. It was very quiet but still had great food and service.

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TR
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Prices increased last month. Fewer diners.

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j
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good restaurant near the Music Center. Food is always good but a bit pricey (as are all restaurants in that area)

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DG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time we ate at Vespaio ahead of seeing an opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The food was excellent. So was the service: attentive without being overly fussy. There was a large, rather noisy party sitting next to us. Still, the noise level wasn't overwhelming. Mostly after-work and pre-opera crowds, it appeared. The decor was nice. Not an iota of pretentiousness.

We started off with the fried calamari with zucchini appetizer. It was adequate, but certainly not memorable. I had the garganelli mixed seafood with saffron sauce. It was a home run. Perfectly seasoned. My friend had the jidori chicken with rosemary potatoes: also perfectly done.

Dinner for two with tax, tip, and a single glass of wine was about $150. Not bad these days..... I will definitely return.

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FF
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Convenient location but somehow this place is always just a little off. The food is good but never great. The service is disorganized, understaffed. It shouldn’t require a village to serve a table, just an attentive waiter who isn’t overwhelmed by the size of their station. Our waiter was great this time but had too many tables.

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H
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always pleasant, always good food and drink. Perfect place to go before the theater.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were fabulous. It’s a short walk to the Music Center and Disney Hall and right next to The Broad Museum. It also has a section for faster food options for earlier in the day.

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SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Will not be going back. Food was just “ok” and overpriced and drinks were mediocre as well.

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F
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I ordered the fish special at $40 and it was dry and tasteless. So disappointed. What should I have done? Complain to our server?

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GC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress and drink waiter very nice, good service, fish & ravioli excellent

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DS
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food is generally very good but they ran out of chicken breast to put on salads....which seems ridiculous! The waitress was not nice and not attentive. However we have been there before and did not have that issue.
I’d go back but hopefully they have chicken next time!

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e
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I recommend this place as the food is quite good. My date and I both thought everything could have used a touch more salt and/or lemon. I am quibbling here but the food was so close to really great that we were both surprised to be left somewhat underwhelmed. It is also a fairly expensive restaurant (over $250 for two people including cocktails and wine). The staff were all lovely. However, they were quiet inattentive. I poured our wine all evening. It's a fun scene. It's a great pre-show restaurant if you're going to the Music Center. I recommend it however with slight reservations. Bon appetite!

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KL
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service. Excellent food, well presented. Great bar. Will definitely go back.

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LB
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely day! Great service.

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WL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was OK. Service was very good.

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M
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attentive service and wonderful Italian food and a lively bar scene.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was bad & the food was bland as well as being overpriced. They forgot our pizza & we had to take it to-go. There are plenty of better restaurants around & I recommend that a reservation be made elsewhere due to our experience here.

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u
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I have eaten at Vespiao several times within the last few months.; brunch, lunch and dinner. The food has been very uneven both in quality and serving size. The most recent, dinner was very disappointing. Plus it took an inordinate time for our order to appear. The manager finally had to go and get it.

The service and atmosphere is very good. Quiet, especially on the patio. I would recommend it with caveats. I will try it again though.

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C
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good.

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Usually very good, but had pan fried cod which was basically fish and chips. Everything was fried and greasy. Will stay with dishes I've had before. Service was very good.

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P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice experience. My client was comfortable and the food was great! Perfect combination.

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RB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When the dish I had selected was not available, I ordered the halibut special. It was delicious--very fresh. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive.

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