Vespaio

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Get wined and dined downtown at Chef Agostino Sciandri’s newest restaurant, located in the Emerson.

We are DTLA's premier power lunch or per theater date spot! Join us for a truly authentic italian dining experience, the likes of which will delivery your senses strait back to Tuscany.

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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.1
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Poor service. Not very clean restaurant.

RC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant downtown!!! We usually go as a couple, but brought a group of 8 this time, and our favorite waiter, Amit, and the amazing food were perfect as always . Don't miss the Spinach pear salad with bacon and gorgonzola or the sausage rapini pizza!!!

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful!

S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! The food, service and location are excellent!

LS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Vespaio is always a good choice when attending something at Disney Hall or the rest of the Music Center. The menu is interesting and the food is always good if not exceptional. What is on issue is the service which can vary radically from one visit to the next. When it is good it is excellent, when not good it can be rather bad. On our most recent visit my companion ordered a glass of prosecco at the outset. It was delivered half an hour later, after I had finished my bowl of soup appetizer. After complaining he was eventually comped for it but one's meal shouldn't be ruined by such lack of service. His entree arrived about 10 minutes before mine as well. All very strange as the waiter could not have been more personable and pleasant. I hasten to add this is not a common experience but it, or similar, has occurred more than once.

JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service was really slow. Other tables with more people than us were seated after us, but were paid and gone for 15 minutes before we left.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely dining experience before seeing the LA Phil.

DR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I was extremely surprised and disappointed with the, "very, very, "VERY" small portions of the dishes we selected. This was not what we expected. The portions were so small that I left the restaurant very hungry.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Ok. Not great. Noisy. Understaffed and probably I'll equipped to handle the theatre crush

D
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. In looking for reservation ahead of a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, many places were booked, I believe due to multiple events going on simultaneously in the area. However, this place had availability. Although the décor, actual menu construction, and seating is somewhat plain and simple, the food and service was excellent. Unfortunately were placed in a very crowded location in the restaurant. Multiple tables very close together which made it difficult for privacy, as well as waiters bumped into me several times trying to get to other tables. Calamari and Zuchini Appetizer was excellent. Waiter warned me that the main dish I chose was spicy, which I don't think it needed to be, but was still very good. My wife ordered the chicken and it was also very good. Apple crumb dessert was excellent. We will return next time we have a concert at the Walt Disney concert hall.

T
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service even better, Not too expensive. We will go back.

c
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. The wait staff was terrific - very attentive!

LS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

The service was slow and lacking in charm and courteousness. The food was good. The ambiance was great. The price was fair.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

For the high price, I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. We came on a Saturday evening with reservations. Service was good. But it’s not super nice inside. We got seated next to the plants in the patio. The plants were just a bunch of pots thrown into this lifted cement area in the middle. The rack of lamb did not taste good. I couldn’t finish it. It was too gamey. The filet mignon was cooked almost well done when we asked for medium. Just overall for the price I wouldn’t recommend this place. Too expensive for just so so decor and not great food.

MS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I’ve been to Vespaio many times before but Saturday was very disappointing. I ordered a Cape Cod but the food server didn’t even know what it was. I had to explain the ingredients to him and they still brought out a martini. The food took forever to come. The staff mixed up our bill with another table. It was just a sloppy experience overall.

HM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vespaio staff is warm and friendly. I always feel welcome when I eat here. The food and service are excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was great but the table next to us was so close it felt like we were on a double date.

LD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Our order was forgotten. Even then it took a while to come. The hostess came by and asked how we were doing. We explained how the 3 tables next to us came in after us and were now eating yet we had no food or waiter. She kindly offered to comp us 50%.
The check reflected 10% comp. The food was mediocre at best. We were amongst the last to leave. I'll never go back.

j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistent. Best place in the neighborhood.

DK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and the wait staff was very attentive. The restaurant is nicely laid out and a great setting in DTLA. Looking forward to going back.

MK
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salads were fresh and plentiful. The entrees were delicious and the wine was served at the perfect temperature. Our server was very attentive. I will return.

LF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you are craving Italian food in DTLA, go to Vespaio. The restaurant is beautiful, the service is great, and the food is delicious.

j
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Many menu choices. Did not order dessert because I have on previous occasions; and have been consistently disappointed with their desserts.

HC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reliable food and drink, caeuny tv h

W
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service was almost non-existent. Had to ask for menus, had to beg for dessert menus. We requested bread 3 times, it arrived after our entrees. They asked if we wanted Parmesan on our pasta, we did, it came 10 later. Had to wait 5 minutes to speak to the manager, as he didn’t seem to have time to talk with us. Will not be returning.

LP
1 review