Bestia

4.7
3389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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The Infatuation
9.1

For Italian in Los Angeles, it doesn't get any better than the Arts District's Bestia, This isn't dinner, it's an experience.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The date with my fiancée was great. It was our second time there and just as the first time the service was on point. The food was delicious as expected. We will be returning soon!

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Super staff!

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AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food has drastically declined.

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CW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were AMAZING. Loved the vibe and atmosphere—a little loud but that’s seemingly on purpose, doesn’t necessarily detract just part of the experience. The staff are very professional yet put you completely at ease to enjoy your experience—not stuffy. The Into The Mist cocktail was delightfully refreshing and pretty to look at, the pork belly with strawberries was amaze, and the bone marrow spinach pasta was different and delicious. Great for a date or a group of friends.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The best dishes of the night was the roasted brocolli and the apricot mango dessert.

The pizza was excellent - lightly charred, floppy and chewy. Great almost sourdough flavor.

The pasta dish with the sausage and truffles had great truffle flavor!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was AMAZING

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Bestia, food, service, atmosphere...however, its WAY too noisy. Need to learn
American sign language...

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AY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was extremely expensive! Not worth the cost. Food average. Lityle choice for vegetarians. In a nutshell: never again!

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A
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing. It was my 5th time.

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EM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been regulars here for years now, this was the place my fiancé brought us on our first date and we got engaged at Bestia. We always come back for the food and atmosphere but after a drastic change in management, the quality of service has unfortunately declined. We come from OC to eat here late at night and always have reservations. We waited over 30 minutes after our reservation time and a girl who seemed like she was in charge, had a very condescending attitude. Service from there got better, I’m glad the bus boys stayed. A lot of new faces, management changes, and it was clear there was a serious fall out from employees for whatever reason.

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DE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and incredible food. It's hard to get a reservation but it is worth the wait!

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a
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

the food was outstanding but the level of pretension by our waiter heavily outweighed the food

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JP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food, great staff very enjoyable look forward to my next visit!

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RP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best around overall. All dishes we had were well thought off and put together. Service was great and efficient.
It was loud but expected

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CE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was ok this time around. Been there when the food was much better. Service, as always, was top notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was great!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food as always, delicious. Service as always, fantastic. Another wonderful evening celebrating the one you love most.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always very good and the service is attentive and consistent. The only thing to be mindful of is the noise level and temperature; certain areas are warmer and quieter than others.

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NS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our meal and the ambience and vibe. Cocktails are amaaaazing! Some of the best I’ve ever had. Since we’re vegetarian we’d love to see more on the pasta menu other than the gnocchi. But overall absolutely loved the meal

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LF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with great food and service.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hands down my favorite restaurant in LA, so much so that I check the availability every week. :P My favorite dish is the gnocchi - like elevated Spaghetti Os but WAY better. I find you can get last minute tables for Mon and Wed. The calamari, radicchio salad and charred broccoli are delicious. The drinks are good too, as is the wine. Really can't go wrong with anything here. I want to eat my way through the entire menu.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonder as always.

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B
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great atmosphere. Service is great sometimes a little slow when it becomes crazily busy, but they are always on top of their game, energetic and knowledgable. Always satisfied and not ever a disappointment.

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Been there a few times, always enjoy the place the drinks the vibe. the food is no more than ok. some dishes are really nice when other are really disappointing.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Food was delicious, food service was quick, and everyone was super nice.

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G
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently went for our 2nd time. Had a late night reservation booked over a month in advance. We ended up waiting 45 minutes to be seated, which put us into a late late dinner. The manager kept apologizing, but didn't do more than that. After about 30 minutes into our wait, someone brought us a small pour of proseco which definitely was a great idea. A full pour and 10 minutes sooner would have been even better. Then there would be no complaint. Those thoughtful touches make all the difference. They also gave us an extra appetizer on the house once at our table. Other than that, the food was wonderful, the service delightful, the environment perfectly hip.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience you will not regret! Chicken gizzards are a must.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, a bit too noisy. Service was ok, over all good but not destination worthy. Worth an after the fact thought but don’t go out of your way...

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HL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was well prepared, seasoned perfectly. Roasted Bone Marrow with pasts was still our favorite. The manager came over to apologize for the delay in getting our Spaghetti Rustichella entree, explaining the chef was not happy with the initial plate so he had it redone. The dish brought to our table was excellent, pasta was perfectly cooked al dente. We truly appreciated the chef’s attention to the quality of preparation of each dish. The service staff were very attentive and friendly. We truly enjoyed the entire dining experience.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! Fantastic experience!

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I only have one negative feedback the chair I was seating was really uncomfortable and I had no room to move my legs or chair. Next time will wear tennis shoes . But the food and service was amazing

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with mouthwatering Italian food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious ! Service was great !

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

💯💯💯💯💯 it was great

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RL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!

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TR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Four of us worked the menu and all was superb. Topped off sharing a huge 2 day brined veal cop that was perfect. Fun wine selections with many you won’t find elsewhere. Had s perfect Sicilian wine that paired great. Bryan knows his wines, always brings out two or three selections. Great service. Oh start with a white negroni cocktail. Fun place.

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VQ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. Unfortunately we had a late reservation of 10pm and the next day, Memorial Day, they were closed so therefore we missed out on several menu items.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here is ridiculous! Pure perfection.

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SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was years ago when it first opened, for a special birthday where everything needed to be perfect. They did not disappoint then and they don't disappoint now. They uniquely knock it all out of the park no matter the occasion. Book early, ask for the table you want (lots of outdoor and community tables), and ask for something you might not normally eat (looking at you chicken gizzards).

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CE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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