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Vespaio, Los Angeles, CA
Vespaio, Los Angeles, CA
Vespaio, Los Angeles, CA
Vespaio, Los Angeles, CA
Vespaio, Los Angeles, CA

Vespaio

4.3
4.3
2335 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Fish, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (213) 221-7244
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Agostino Sciandri
  • Private party facilities
    We are thrilled to offer full service event planning at our restaurant for you and up to 400 of your guests. Please get in touch today to plan your unforgettable event.
  • Private party contact
    Elena Cali: (213) 221-7244
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    On Grand, between 2nd and 3rd Street.
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,335 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

2,335 Reviews
  1. LauraM

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just love this place! Food is amazing everytime! I get excited when I make a reservation here in anticipation of the wonderful food in going to eat. Can't wait to return.

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  2. ReneeS

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It seems like they over booked the restaurant, it was very crowded and if you had a reservation you had to wait 15 to 20 minutes to be seated. The burrata salad I had was flavorless, no dressing and the tomatoes were not ripe. Our waiter was great and when we were seated he was very attentive. I've dined here several times for a pre theatre dinner but I will think again before I visit in the future.

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  3. Cassandra

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Much of the food at Vespaio is quite good. However the pizza and calzone were undercooked, leaving the crust pale and lackluster. The calzone had one leaf of basil, although basil was listed as a main ingredient. Similar story with the artichoke salad: one could hardly find any artichoke amidst the arugula… We still had an enjoyable meal.

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  4. JohnH

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quiet dining — a relaxing and delicious place to have a good meal and be with family and friends.

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  5. Dinerev

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner—especially good if going to the theater or museums nearby.

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  6. KathyD

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good preop era restaurant we came early and when we left, there was a huge line anxiously waiting to get in

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  7. DanS

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Vespaio! The room is beautiful, the menu is superb, extensive and varied plus all of the daily special dishes offered. The wine list is extensive with excellent selections from across the world. We always eat at Vespaio whenever we attend performances at Disney Hall or the Music Center. We have been often enough to have come to know many of the staff. The service is superb, friendly and efficient. We love the fact that they're open late on Fridays!!!

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  8. GlendaleRon

    Los Angeles

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service in a beautiful restaurant. Inventive Italian menu.

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  9. PhilippeB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    At a busy pre-theatre dinner time, the service was swift, efficient and friendly. The food was fine, my grilled salmon was a bit on the overcooked side, but what matters is that we had a pleasant dinner within our time constraints. I would recommend to keep the menu focused on simple, easy to cook food. Don't try to be too much gourmet. Simple, swift and friendly is right

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  10. Marc

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I often eat at Vespasian before going to the theatre. We enjoy their variety of Italian food, good service and proximity to the Ahmanson. We split our favorite bay spinach salad and a prosciutto pizza. Very tasty and plenty of food for the two of us. They have a very nice wine list and we enjoyed a glass of red wine with dinner. The dessert menu is really good but we were too full for dessert on this trip. The service was outstanding and people are very friendly.

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  11. SpokanLilac

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A great restaurant to dine for pre-show/pre-theater. The food is always good and the prices are somewhat reasonable compared to the other high-end restaurants in the general area. The service is friendly and prompt and the staff work hard to ensure you get to your show on time.

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  12. MannyP

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a pleasant find! We were going to Disney Hall for a concert and came across this Italian restaurant. We felt comfortable from the greeting until the check came. Great vibe and comfortable setting. Our fellow diners were also enjoying it and we talked to people dining to both our sides. It was fun to enjoy the company of strangers. The food was incredible. We had a grilled eggplant appetizer, a seafood melange, a pizza with artichokes and coconut cake. All very tasty. Next time we head to the music center, I know where we'll be dining. Thanks for a great evening.

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  13. LACTGregular

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love our dinners at Vespaio after the theater. The food, service and ambience mix for a wonder post-theater revisit. It is always our capstone event of a day for enjoying art and artful living and to recharge and savor our blessings as citizens of Los Angeles. We are grateful for Vespaio’s contributions to making it a special day. Thank you to a terrific staff from the moment we arrive through to our departure.

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  14. Timbo

    Orange County

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good pre or post theater dining. Pizza very good and so is the calamari. That’s is REALLY good. Can be busy. Service is good too.

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  15. JimMcK

    Palm Springs

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Miguel, his assistant and the food runner were all spot on and welcoming. This was the best of many visits.

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  16. Bill

    Indiana

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The location is great if you’re going to a performance at the Disney Concert Hall or one of the other arts venues nearby. As a result, it’s a fairly early place… gets quiet after 7:00. That’s not a bad thing, though. We had attentive service and the turnaround in the kitchen was pretty quick.

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  17. MarciaV

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited a long time before our order was taken. After we ordered, the service was great.

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  18. JoanneL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Music selection not great for dining but otherwise a good experience

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  19. GeorgeG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food sucks - overpriced and quality was very low. Waiters kept forgetting things

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    None of the food was good. Service was bad but since it was valentines i give it a pass.

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  21. JohnH

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this excellent restaurant and so appreciate that it is quiet.

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  22. KellyH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Vespaio has great food. Every dish we had was delicious. My only complaint is we had a reservation and they didn’t seat us for more than twenty minutes after our reservation. We almost missed the show and had to eat really quickly. Not ideal with their timing, but I will still go back for the mushroom risotto :)

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  23. JulieS

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was poor. I think she was very inexperienced but still some of the issues were related to failure to use common sense. It was a frustrating experience.

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  24. EvanS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our dinner last night. The location, just steps away from Disney Hall is really convenient. My serving of pork belly was tasty -- not too hot coming from the kitchen but enjoyable. My wife's pasta was fair -- but not a great value considering the puny serving size. Noise level was OK, but service was slow. Our poor waiter was really humping -- it shouldn't take 15 min to get his attention and ask for our check. We'll got back, but our expectations will be lower than before.

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  25. nehav

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I have dined here in the past and can say the service and food quality has definitely gone down. We were sat promptly and then forgotten, after over 20 min of waiting for our server to come we finally had to ask a passing staff. A manager came and said someone will come by soon. The waiter finally came, didnt introduce themselves, rushed through our order. Drinks did come promptly followed by the apps. Food came before we even finished the apps. We all had pasta dishes, had to ask twice for parm cheese even though it was sitting at the counter right next to our table. We did get to our show on time despite the initial delay. Food quality was just ok. Maybe it was an off night or they were short staffed. Not sure if we will be coming back for a pre theatre dinner

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  26. SarahW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vespaio is my go-to restaurant when seeing a performance at Walt Disney Concert or the Music Center. The lentil soup is delicious, all the pasta dishes are great. Wine selection is good, as are the cocktails. It can be quite loud, especially on a busy night.

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  27. StephenB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Either the restaurant was not prepared for Saturday evening business, or perhaps a server or two didn't show up for work, but service was inadequate. The fried calamari appetizer was good, but my wife's pasta was underdone. Al dente is fine, but hers was not yet there. It was actually tough, hard to do with fresh pasta. The dish, she was told, would be "loaded with lots of seafood." It wasn't. In fact, there was very little. I had the veal chop. I was asked how I wanted it done, and I said, "Medium, definitely no more than medium." That's an exact quote. Well, it was overdone. We had to wait too long for the check, and then even longer for someone to take the payment. We will not return.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent choice for dinner after visiting the Broad ! Very close ! We enjoyed our dinner all very good ! Branzino and pork chop side of mash !! All cooked to perfection!

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  29. Raimondo

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoughtful and excellent server. Delightful atmosphere. Looking forward to my next visit.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere. Walking distance to theatre. Nice wine list.

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  31. AudreyK

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place to go before concert, opera or play.

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  32. MalibuJoe

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pre-theater dinner without sacrificing food, quality for a quick efficient service

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  33. ToniM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What I appreciate most about Vespaio is the staff! From the valet to the bus boys! All exceptionally nice people. Thank you!

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  34. ToddK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, average food. Like most restaurants in the area, wildly overpriced. I've been here a few times before and enjoyed it more. If I only based it one this one visit, I probably would not return.

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  35. CharlesB

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to dine from The Disney Hall or The Broadway Art Museum.

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  36. Akbar

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Eggplant and pasta dishes weren’t as good as our last visit here four months ago, so kitchen could use some coaching. Aside from that first world problem, we like this place a lot

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  37. LeoDTLA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Spacious, good vibe 70s style, good and fairly light pizza, excellent burrata and salads. Great Creme Brûlée. Close to all theaters on Grand Ave.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Good choice as a convenient dining option minutes from the Broad, Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler, MOCA, but expect nothing from the food. One serviceable black cod special and one disappointing “rubbery” seafood pasta with a sandy clam and not much else.

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  39. GenaroC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most delicious foods I’ve had. From the appetizers to desserts, just great tasting food. Excellent courteous service.

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  40. SonaeL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pasta but should be more adente. Green beans with charred octopus were over cooked. The pine nut torte is pasty and dry. I definitely wanted to like it more so will give it another try. Lots of potential still.

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FAQs

Vespaio does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Vespaio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 221-7244.

Vespaio is rated 4.3 stars by 2335 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Vespaio

225 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On Grand, between 2nd and 3rd Street.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Fish, Steak
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Agostino Sciandri
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (213) 221-7244
  • Private party facilities
    We are thrilled to offer full service event planning at our restaurant for you and up to 400 of your guests. Please get in touch today to plan your unforgettable event.
  • Private party contact
    Elena Cali: (213) 221-7244
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