Bestia

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3611 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasions
A multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
What 3611 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was spectacular. The bone marrow was a novel yet winning presentation. Excellent service but a special nod to Christian for his amazing wine recommendations. We’ll be back!

JF
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Worth going. Pricey, but the overall I thought it was worth it

MS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Crab crostini is to die for but there are limited vegetarian options

HA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive, professional, warm service by entire staff amidst an unpretentious, casual atmosphere with vibrant music & exceptional food. Desserts are divine. Can't wait to be back!

o
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

2ヶ月前でも予約が取れない話題のレストラン!
との評判を聞いて予約を決めましたがなるほど、納得でした。
どのお料理も素晴らしかったです。パスタは皆手作りでソースがしっかりとしみていますし、何と言ってもラムのネックの炭火焼の素晴らしさと言ったらないです! 唯一残念だったのはお腹がいっぱいになりすぎてデザートが頼みなかったこと。
できれば二日続けて訪れたかったです。

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GP
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We met friends for dinner. Everyone was very happy

u
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The sommelier was spot on with our wine preferences, and also gave us choices and his own recco, which made our decision easy to make. Decanting and presentation in tall 24" decanter is superb!
Despite the popularity of the restaurant with the crowds, the tables are large and spaced out which i liked, unlike many other restaurants.

RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was terrific, pizza,pasta, whole fish.
would have been better if they served the fish as fire ti each person,

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Still good food..excellent service..prices have gone up like anywhere..now they charge for "still water"?..I will still go back..always a good time..Sit outside to avoid the noise level

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Chef's specialty is pasta.. definitely beg to differ. But don't believe... Go and spend $150 to find out

HJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Sublime food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was delicious. The bone marrow dish was amazing. The only thing I didn’t like was how loud it was in the restaurant. The service was excellent.

M
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We went to Bestia to celebrate both my birthday and my sister in-law’s birthday. I specifically mentioned that it was for a Birthday celebration when I made the reservation. The food was amazing and delicious. My brother in-law asked our waiter if they can provide a dessert with candles for us. He presented us an empty plate with only candles. That was very humiliating and embarrassing. Since we didn’t order dessert he just provided us an empty plate. He could’ve kindly told my brother in-law that they don’t provide a complimentary birthday dessert and in that case we could’ve ordered one. Some restaurants just offer a complimentary scoop of ice cream or dollop of whip cream with candles. We would’ve been fine with that. Overall the ending to our dinner was quite disappointing.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably the best pizza in LA thus far. It's hard to move past the mussels and clams combo with the pizza but everything here is always incredible. Great place for that extra special date night or celebration with friends. Be sure to try to get some seats next to the pizza oven to watch where most of the magic happens!

M
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

This was our second visit to Bestia. I had such a great experience the first time, I think my expectations were a bit high. The second time around I felt a little rushed. Our server was done for the night, and the person who took over was a bit hasty, even tho the place did not look busy. We picked the counter seat, it was interesting to see what was being prepared and arranged. The food preppers (chefs in making) were a bit loud, their rancor was all I could hear. They did not even acknowledge us. The food was good, bone marrow was delicious, as was the pork belly, cavatelli pasta. Overall, it was okay-ish.

JC
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By far the best food in LA!!

a
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, warm friendly service. Only 1 complaint, we felt rushed, food came so fast, we could have been in and out in an hour. It’s a special meal that deserves a slower pace. Highly recommend this restaurant!

NH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such great food! Every dish was superb. Gracious hospitality and fun atmosphere. Loved it!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food

OP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply the best!

a
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good, fresh and innovative. Aside from the usual astronomical price of alcohol, there were a couple of price issues that bothered us: We asked for tap water and there was a $1 charge per person added to the bill. While the service was excellent, the server did not make this clear. Is Bestia really charging for tap water? Talk about price gauging along with two slices of bread, even if made in house, that cost $6. With only one drink each for a party of 4 and a fairly modest amount of food, the bill came to $300 not including gratuity. At these prices we think Bestia could throw in bread and water.

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food! Service is a little bit slow but very friendly, parking is difficult. Our party had to wait even though we had reservations, but the food was worth it. Wish they sold their ice cream in cartons!

JR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Don’t even hesitate to order the bone marrow with spinach pasta...hands down the best dish we had!

Everything was a hit. We were moderately hungry, ordered 4 dishes, and had leftovers (but who doesn’t want extra lamb neck meat for sandwiches the next day!)

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food! Great server - so detailed and attentive

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and staff was super friendly! The smoked chicken liver pate, the mussels and the chocolate budino tart were outstanding!! Will definitely come back when I’m in LA

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

GET THE BOME MARROW

SC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It took me 2 months to make reservations. The place is cute. Nothing spectacular. We got there around 7pm with reservations at 7:15. Waited 10 mins for our seats. We ordered beef tartare, bone marrow with pasta, fish, double pork chop and peach maroon ice cream for dessert. I would recommend the beef tartare, and fish. The others were ok. I would skip the bone marrow with pasta. Drinks were crazy expensive . I had 2 glasses of their
Chardonnay, EACH glass is $25. Would I go back? Probably not. It was a good experience but I think it’s overpriced. I would however go back to their sister restaurant Bavel which I think is a better restaurant. Also, there’s only 2 gender neutral stall for the whole entire restaurant.. I did not like that at all. FYI, they add 4% health surcharge on the bill. We paid extra $11 for their workers healthcare.

AS
Anchorage
18 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun place with amazing service. Bone Marrow app keeps us coming back!!

DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious as expected. On top of that, the service was outstanding. Our server made great recommendations and was very friendly. We had an amazing time.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive service but they do that thing I hate. They won’t seat you until everyone in the party is there even there were only 2 of us for the bar.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Anniversary

M
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bestia always delivers. Great service and delicious food make Bestia always a fantastic place to go to bring friends and family. Many thanks again, Bestia. We will be back.

NM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing. Every garnish, every plate, and the fact that an empty water glass or empty plate never sites for more than a minute. And I love when you get up from the table to use the restroom, someone will come by and neatly fold/place your knapkin down. If you've never been...it's a must!

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

i’ve been to bestia many times i enjoyed every experience. but sometimes i am given a mi

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in LA

AP
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. Excellent waiting staff and food is exquisite

D
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were excited to finally go to Bestia. We dined at Bavel right after it opened and absolutely loved the food and ambiance. We had high expectations for Bestia and because our bar was so high... the overall experience was a little disappointing. We had a 9:30pm reservation on a Monday night, but we still had to wait almost 15 minutes for our table. We ordered a bunch of small plates and were pleased with each dish, but only the bone marrow dish was truly spectacular. The panna cotta dessert was a fantastic finish to the evening. It was a fun experience, but we won't be racing back to spend $250 on pasta anytime soon!

CD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Not impressed considering the buzz the restaurant receives. Overpriced, so-so food, and despite booking a reservation 2 months in advance noting it was for our wedding anniversary we were given a table next to the bussing station. When we asked for any other table to have a bit more privacy/romantic setting we had to wait an hour to be seated elsewhere. We won’t be returning.

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