Gwen Specialty Butcher Shop & Restaurant

4.6
762 reviews
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Contemporary American
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Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant is the second restaurant from fine dining chef Curtis Stone (of Maude) and the first he’s opened with his brother Luke Stone. Gwen is both a European-style, chef-driven butcher shop and a restaurant that is redefining fine dining in LA, with a menu that calls on fire-based cooking techniques. Whether you’re picking up house-made charcuterie, prime and rare breed meats from the retail store, enjoying an elegant feast in the dining room or relaxing with a bite and cocktail on the patio, Gwen delivers the highest standards of quality, taste and service.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We have been to Gwen two times before and loved the ambiance and the food, as well as the attentiveness of the staff. However, this past visit, on a Saturday night, we were seated in the upstairs dining area which has a completely different environment from the beautifully appointed and decorated downstairs. It feels like an after thought and looks like it was not remodeled since the previous business. It is close quarters upstairs and sitting in the "cafe" spaced tables, made it difficult to have an intimate dinner conversation. The food was wonderful as usual, but the cocktail prices have gone from $15 to $20, which seemed unnecessary. Our server appeared to be on his first night and was stressed about being over seated. Overall, it was an awkward visit

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Guadalajara
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant, witty and exceptional

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j
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Gwen has become one of my very favorite LA restaurants! Though I love most "fancy" restaurants that
I go to, for whatever reason I only go back again to very few of them, Gwen is one of them. I just love
this restaurant! The staff makes you feel special and comfortable from the moment you arrive. The
food is spectacular, the wine is the best (as Gwen is owned by an Australian its Australian wines are among
the best wines I'ver ever had at a restaurant), the service is efficient and very professional. It doesn't
hurt that I am partial to Australia. I can't wait to return to Gwen!

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VZ
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVED this restaurant. There were 3 of us celebrating a birthday. We had the tasting menu. Each course was delicious, cooked perfectly and was presented beautifully. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back!

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

Very good resto! I recommand it if you want to eat very good beef!!

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C
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gwen was amazing, the service, food and wine list were all exceptional and I will be back!

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Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service, ambience and food was just perfect with a wine list second to none. We had a wonderful evening.

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g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall great food but not stand out from others.

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BI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The service at Gwen is mediocre. The waiter could not explain the menu options clearly and did not get our drink orders correctly. In addition, servers repeatedly interrupted the meal and several times got their signals crossed.

The New York strip steaks were tasty and perfectly prepared as were the vegetables (beets). The desserts were light and fresh, and the bread served with the meal were excellent.

The food is very expensive ($67 for a non-aged steak). At that price, Gwen should have come up with at least 16 oz. instead of what appeared to be only 10-12 oz. Given the price, the service should be much better. The reservation process is also off-putting.

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CA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gwen is one of the best steakhouses in LA. The go to items are the charcuterie, lamb ribs, dry aged ribeye or the wagyu version, diver scallops, and creamed leeks. The setting has a lot of atmosphere, especially at night with the dimmed lights in the dining area and the glowing fire at the kitchen. The upstairs has a different type of intimate, and cozy vibe.

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ML
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Awful service

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L
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The is amazing food. House cured meats are great, service was terrific, the bread was quite possibly the best bread in a restaurant. The place has a great vibe, beautiful space but be warned, it’s insanely expensive so be prepared to open the wallet wide. Only complaint I have is the punitive corkage price. Let people bring wine without punishing them for doing so!

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CR
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dinner experience. Great cocktails and great service.

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F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Steaks were excellent. Would recommend sitting downstairs

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S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome !!

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service. Great food. Pricey but for a special occasion a great spot.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service from the moment we stepped in the door. Complimentary champagne for our honeymoon, amazing staff who knew the menu like the back of their hand and food that brought me to tears. Absolute recommendation for anyone coming to LA.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Obscenely overpriced.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Looks that the waiter knew the menu by memory, they took long in each level of service.

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LK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best steak in LA. Excellent service. One of my favorites.

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JP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions. The food is always great! Although, all waiters should speak more slowly, when explaining the specials, & detailing the menu items.

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MT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went for our anniversary, and we're welcomed with champagne by our server. The food was fantastic, the service was great. It takes a bbut of time to cook a steak, but it's well worth it. We loved this place.

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BC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A lovely evening at this Sunset eatery: appealing atmosphere and decor (Art Deco meets industrial light chic), innovative and delicious dishes, and a well-trained and professional staff made our dinner a special occasion. Kudos to Morgan the Wine Director for an excellent recommendation of a Spanish red (Mencia) that was literally singing that night!

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Pretentious and over-priced with an extremely rude manager. Never going back, would not recommend it to anyone.

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C
Los Angeles
145 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really loved it. If there is a concern it is that some of the appetizer and side portions are on the small side for the price. All delicious and portions more suited for 2 than 4

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Hi there,

had a nice time on Saturday, great drinks and ambiance. Food was a bit underwhelming. We got the bone in ribeye and were told the chef's recommendation was med-rare. Unfortunately it came more rare than we expected... kind of disappointing considering the price point..

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B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Food was fine. They specialize in fresh cut meats from the butcher shop in front of the restaurant. Our server was horrible. He never checked on us. Never refilled our glasses and just disappeared at the end of the meal.

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AS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A meat lovers haven. “The best lamb I have ever had” per my hubby. My sea bream was also delicious and made to perfection.

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JZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The service was sporadic ... the wine service was practically non existent ... the food was good ...
I wouldn't tell someone they must go there.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Noisy. Understaffed. Slow service. Good meat though but it is the second time i am disappointed in tjem

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L
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was wonderful as was all the attention we received from the staff. I'd go back "early and often".

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GR
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Too noisy, could not carry on a conversation. Food was good but not exceptional.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extraordinarily delicious, everything, especially the cocktails and the incredible steak.

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience.
They gave sparking wine as compliments for our anniversary celebration.

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1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Meat really wasn’t amazing. Sides were rather poor too. Waiter had no clue about the meats, what I would expect for a butcher shop. Spare this one.

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing. Best steak ever! Not enough gluten free options and waiter should have been aware of birthday and gluten allergy since someone called the day before for that information. I would have preferred that knowledge over the steak knife presentation

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the food to the service everything was on point. Visiting LA from Seattle and Gwen blows restaurants like Canlis, and Daniel’s Broiler out of the water. I’ll go as far and say that Gwen is on my list of top 5 restaurants I have ever visited. I’m looking forward to visiting Gwen’s sister restaurant, Maude soon. Thank you to the incredible waitstaff!!

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve eaten at Gwen twice. Both times have been absolutely outstanding. Great service from Austin the first time and Allen the second. One of our favorite places to eat in LA.

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RR
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really loved the joint super friendly and very attentive to guests. I wish the owner would make his presence more known at least pass by the tables and wave or greet some guests since he’s the main reason for visiting. Give 10 ⭐️ ⭐️

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EA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food!!

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