The Factory Kitchen - Los Angeles

4.7
2194 reviews
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The Factory Kitchen is the first concept from the FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup that opened to high acclaim in 2013.
Helmed by Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, his wife Beverage Director Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi and their longtime friend and Partner Executive Chef Angelo Auriana, the Factory Kitchen re-defined the approach and the experience to casual dining in the city by combining elements of culinary arts, service, and design.
A traditional Italian Restaurant & Bar in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the Factory Kitchen culinary concept focuses on local recipes from the Northern Italian Regions; but emphasizes on some Ligurian traditional dishes like Mandilli di Seta al Pesto alla Genovese and the Focaccina Calda al Formaggio di Recco.

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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

Factory Kitchen tends to gets overshadowed by its famous Arts District neighbors, but it's one of the best Italian spots in Los Angeles.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 2194 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, best Italian ever

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

Always a great meal at Factory Kitchen! Whitney is a fantastic server and always takes great care of us!

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MM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent homemade pastas and wonderful mains in a funky downtown LA locale.

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ET
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their exquisite Italian food is light and creative and delicious. The restaurant has a lovely buzz. The service was terrific.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time for our anniversary. Great service.

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MO
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The waiter broke the glass of wine I ordered with a bottle.
I will not bring in a substitute wine.
The correspondence after that is terrible.
The restaurant was great but it was ruined.

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J
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely 1st class Italian Dining Experience - The hadkercheif pasta is silky and glorious...

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pasta dishes were delicious, but our two appetizers/shared plates were quite disappointing.

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n
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was excellent. Server made good recommendations

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

Wonderful date night spot, really great food, very kind staff.

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

Food is amazing!

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RC
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! We tried several appetizers. My favorite was the prosciutto with burrata. The main courses were so good. The pasta is homemade and outstanding. Definitely going back!

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VE
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Very authentic Italian cuisine. The portions were perfect. we ordered several dishes so we could bring some home with us. The staff made sure our leftovers were boxed, bagged, & waiting for us at the door when we left. I will definitely bring my friends back with me. The service was above excellent! The friendliest & most helpful staff ministered to all our needs from beginning to end. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys a unique & authentic dining experience.

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good - everything tasted very fresh and you can see them making fresh pasta in the kitchen. However, service was mediocre. Everyone was friendly but not overly attentive. The restaurant is in a weird area, very industrial and didn't think I was in the right place at first. But nice inside.

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F
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience all around, beautifully laid out restaurant, friendly staff, delicious and memorable cuisine. Pastas were perfectly el dente, savory sauces, to die for entree’s. Definitely recommended and cannot wait to dine there again. Thanks for an amazing lunch experience

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

The food and drinks were delicious and The dessert was amazing!

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MN
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date spot. The ambience is 10/10. Had a reservation for 8:45 and they still were able to sit me and my date when we came 15 minutes late :) Food is always 10/10. Would absolutely recommend to a friend.

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FD
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our meal was ok, the service was good...but I found the selection lacking if you don't eat meat. There was only one vegetarian entree option, which for Italian is unusual, as so much you can do with pasta without meat. Also, I was surprised there was no red sauce options. Even if Veneto influenced, they still have red sauce dishes in north Italy. But overall the food was ok. My daughter had a shellfish dish and it tasted very fishy. The wine and the bread were really good. And the service very nice, but that's all I will remember of this place.

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

One of my favorite restaurants in LA, Factory Kitchen is consistently delicious and a pleasant dining experience. Great service always, and the pasta dishes are truly special. Will be back again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are lots that are as goo, but none better

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KR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall experience. We tried the waitress' suggestions for entrees and were not disappointed. The handmade pasta with pesto was outstanding.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Superb service.

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JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining so far this year. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

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RH
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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TH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food but noisy and a not a great service. One of the hostesses was a bit rude, although the other was sitting us she kept arguing with me that we had to wait beyond reservation time I had to show her the table being set for us to convince her

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food, but over priced for what you get. Hyped up trendy spot. Wouldn't reccomend or return.

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service,wine prices too inflated, very loud noise
level

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DK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is pretty good but noise level is really high too.

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TP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Not for kids. Great rustic adult environment for personal dates and work dinner

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RH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a day-of reservation on Mother's Day and was pleasantly surprised. As a mom, I rarely go out to eat anymore, so when I find a gem of a place such as The Factory Kitchen, I am sure to return. Our reservation was for 7pm, and although the streets outside were quiet, once we opened the door to the restaurant, it was lively. Patrons of all ages dined here - the table next to us had two young kids with them. However, I was happy to *not* be dining with my kid. Our server was good, and the staff was attentive in filling our glasses and clearing the table. I liked what we ordered: mozzarella salad, beet casserole, veal (main course), and gnocchi (main course). Everything is nicely plated and the serving sizes were just right.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only complaint is that it is too loud; otherwise the dood is exquisite

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MA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Ate here at prime time on a Saturday night-and it was packed. We did have to wait 15 min after our reservation time to be seated, but other than that-it was a fabulous experience. Service was excellent, and all of the 3 starters, 4 entrees, side veg and dessert were scrumptious! Not a meh item in the bunch. Will definitely be back.

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PI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I liked the location and ambiance of the restaurant. Service was good. Everyone sitting near my table seemed to loved the food. I had a salad which was delicious. The only disappointment came from the overly salted agnotolli pasta. Not sure if maybe it was only my plate by mistake this happened to so I’m open to give this place one more shot in the future.

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MD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family dinner after graduation - wonderful food and attentive service. They noticed my daughter’s graduation stole and wrote “congratulations” on her plate without prompting. Only down side is that it was loud.

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DW
Boise
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Can’t wait to come back! Thank you!

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WB
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not fine dining with a properly positioned scallop at 2 o'clock on the plate with a scallion resting over top and running to 6 o'clock. This is not Parmesan Reggiano falling like snow over the dish. This is food. Like at Nonna's. With osso buco which are truly shanks... in a thick sauce, with shavings of flavor over it. With inventive flavors such as the combination of green and white asparagus over butter lettuce with petit mushrooms. And surprises like handkerchief pasta with a basil almond pesto. Food. Not foo foo, but honest and wholesome. And a wine list to please. Like home... Go. Go back. Go back again.

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c
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Not sure what all the fuss is about. The food was hit and miss. The Proscuitto appetizer was good but the seafood pasta tasted average and the pork belly was awful-dry and lacking flavor. Service was attentive and our waiter was very nice.

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BW
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Factory Kitchen. The food was delicious, waiter very helpful. We had theater tickets and our service was very prompt so we made it with time to spare. I would recommend it highly. BW

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M
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The kitchen factory is an excellent location for a date or special occasion. There is ample, free, street parking and a valet located in front of the door. The food is great with an incredible cocktail menu as well. Foodies and casual diners would both appreciate the flavors of kitchen factory. As for service, their waiters are very attentive but not overly intrusive. They provided excellent input and timely table service. Of note, it is a noisy restaurant but typical for an LA hotspot. Overall, 5 stars.

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