Il Pastaio

4.7
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1432 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Gourmet Magazine calls il Pastaio "a taste of heaven," and says "the cooks in il Pastaio's kitchen have angel's hands". Los Angeles Magazine critics choice ranked it "one of the top ten new restaurants". It's no wonder this friendly neighborhood trattoria has been a favorite meeting place, satisfying locals and visiting customers with its mouthwatering pasta since opening in 1994.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spent Valentine's day here and had a wonderful mean. Started off with some red wine that we brought. Yes, there is a corkage fee. Split a couple of appetizers, with my favorite being the caprese, which was amazing with the large cut of tomatoes and cheeses. Also went with the asapargi, which was also very nice. For dinner we split the pasta made in the cheese wheel. We paid for it to be served tableside, which was a little disappointing since it was done behind us, and we didn't even know until the plates were being served to us. Had their Tiramisu for dessert which was great. Overall, great dining experience. Was happy we were seated outside of the main dining area and away from the bar and kitchen. Seemed to be alot going on in there, and being away from there let us enjoy over evening even more.

NE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The place was so pretty specifically it was well designed for Valentines Day , but the service not so well. I didn’t ask for a Fotuchini , i wanted angel hair pasta with alferedo sauce , but he braught me Fotochini, and when i asked him to change it he had attitude!
Overall , the food was good.

KN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very kind and professional service will be back soon muchos gracias !!!!

h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service great atmosphere and open late which is really important

MB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I look forward to going there when I’m in LA. Great atmosphere and great food. Gotta try to save room for desert one time.

CG
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu was great, so many options to choose from! The staff were extremely accommodating and friendly! Excellent wine choices as well! I went for my birthday with my boyfriend and it was so special! We sat outside and it was very windy when we went but we had the perfect spot and the heaters worked great!

KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We got seated for our reservation in a timely fashion and got a wonderful table outside. Our waiter was very sweet. The food was remarkable! We had the salad with eggplant and peppers, so good. The tortaloni with pumpkin was incredible. We didn’t have to wait long at all for our food. People watching was fun. We’ll be back! Thank you.

WS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For at least 15 years I've been adoring this restaurant. It NEVER disappoints.

JE
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Was really looking forward to dining here for quite a while. I ordered the cacio e pepe that was supposed to be served in the cheese wheel. Mine was not. Other tables around me, however, were. The service was so bad and terribly unfriendly. Matteo was my waiter and it was just me, a table of one, and it was like I was bothering him. I knew exactly what I wanted and was a pretty easy quick service table. I was out in less than an hour. He seemed annoyed I didn’t order wine or an alcoholic beverage - I’m pregnant, so I can’t drink.... of course he turned “friendly” at the end when he wanted a tip. It really surprised me that there were beggars outside and the restaurant was allowing it. A woman literally went from table to table outside collecting bills and waiters were standing around watching. For a “high class” restaurant in Beverly Hills, this shocked me. Will not be returning or recommending.

PS
Los Angeles
484 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

Way to loud and crowded... and very slow service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Food

L
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Service & food were excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Loved this spot! The service felt a little rushed for a Sunday night but there was a long wait outside. Enjoyed overall!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food as always

l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was New Year's Eve and the place was packed - the maître D and all the waiters and busboys were hustling and working very hard - they all did a great job!

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved it. Best food in Beverley Hills!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was amazing!

PS
Los Angeles
484 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their cheese wheel pasta with truffles is the best thing I've had in a long time. It was my last meal of 2019, and it was awesome. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente! Lugar muy padre y la comida deliciosa

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was amazing. The food, the service, the atmosphere. I cannot say enough great things. They had a great wine list. My daughter and I went for dinner. I highly recommend the truffle pasta in the cheese wheel. Amazing.

CB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All around simply amazing!!!! We can not wait to return for another fabulous dinner!

LW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thank you for an enjoyable holiday season lunch. Pleasant, helpful & efficient staff.
We look forward to returning, hopefully in the not too distant future. Superb dishes.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food is delicious. But the service wasn’t so friendly.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Service was slow. Tables all around us were complaining to the manager. Food was served cold and we didn’t receive one item we ordered.

JY
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great and romantic meal on christmas eve with my fiancee

I
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

35 minute wait despite having a booking!!

DS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and service was incredible. I saw the restaurant on a show I was watching at the time and I decided when I was in Beverly Hills I would check it out. I'm glad I did!

TS
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food... location.. Heather was so wonderful and helpful..Heather is always able to accommodate our groups we really appreciate her. Please don’t change

SD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food - amazing ambiance could not be happier I went.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful family meal. Accommodated my need for gluten free food so thoughtfully. Beautifully decorated for the holidays

C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. The noise level is a bit high and it was a but chaotic checking in with the hostess and rather cramped but it was overall a very nice dinner experience. I’d go back and would recommend friends to go.

SP
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Italian food and precious staff! We loved our dinner outside and despite the cold weather, the heaters kept us toasty warm. The truffle fettuccine tossed in a Parmesan round was out of this world! Fun people watching. Very busy atmosphere, fun and vibrant. Would definitely go back.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place

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JC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I ordered the Risotto Nero, which was not a properly made risotto (it arrived much too quickly), but rather cooked rice thrown in with the squid ink and calemari. A friend's Oso Buco was also served on a bed of cooked rice, rather than risotto.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The last two times we have been there, we have been very disappointed with the service, i felt like I was at sizzler or Denny’s! We started off with one server, then approached by another to take our order and never saw him again and closed out with the first one. Over all extremely bad service. The waiters are inattentive, I went for my birthday and was not an enjoyable experience, we had to ask 3 times for the wine list and 5 times to get bread on the table for me to have with my soup, we asked for a glass of ice which was served to us after we got our bill. The waiters didn’t have a good attitude, and seems the bus boys and hostess do more of the hospitality then the waiters. Very disappointed in this restaurant and their service, it was one of our favorite ones in LA , but I think think this was our last time, we will find a new place for the truffle pasta.

D
London
63 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

The hostess was a complete incompetent and should not be allowed to front or greet customers. Despite booking and arriving on time, she would sit walk-ins ahead of people who booked. Her explanation was that she sat people according to when they checked in with her.
Do, what’s the point of booking? She responded with- None!
In response to my indignation, she sat me and my wife next to the kitchen corridor. Within minutes, a server knocked my wife’s head with a plate!

Solution - the manageress moved us outside to a better table. No apologies.

It’s a shame as this is one of our favourite restaurants and have been coming here for years. The owners should take note that these things make or break a great establishment. Would be a shame as everything else is so amazing and consistently good.

RR
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is such a great place to enjoy a fun but not quiet dinner. Food is always fabulous, reasonable wine by the glass. Little expensive but such a nice experience. Always choose reservation when possible.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious menu. I would absolutely Recommend this restaurant

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great homemade Italian. Wow.