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Bestia

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyFebruary 27, 2015
    Open until 11 p.m. during the week, which means you might be able to snag a table and dine after hours on house-cured meats, bone marrow with spinach gnocchetti and handmade agnolotti. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    This is a profoundly fun place to eat, the energy in the room matching the gleeful combinations on the plate, such as grilled beef tongue with marinated lentils and pickled Jerusalem artichokes. Read more
  • Sheila R.
    Sheila RDecember 13, 2014
    Started with an old fashioned, then tried the veal tartare crostini, bone marrow, cavatelli alla norcina, with coffee & donuts for dessert....so satisfied. a better tip may be what is not good here ☺️
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2013
    There's heavy emphasis on house-cured meats, pizzas, and pastas, with unexpected and inspired flavors. The beverage program here, from cocktails to wine, is a hit, too. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Eater
    EaterMay 9, 2016
    Think seasonal, meat-driven rustic Italian in an industrial space in the heart of the Arts District. It's one of the most constantly booked restaurants despite having a nearly hidden location. Read more
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Company Man cocktail is a winning way to start a meal. Its flavor resides somewhere between a Martini and a Martinez with a touch of sweetness on the front and a dry, slightly bitter finish.
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    With a traditional Italian menu in structure - from the antipasti to the pizzas, pastas, secondi, contorni and dolci - they make the cheese, mustard and more in-house, matching quality to taste. Read more
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooSeptember 26, 2015
    Fave: Chicken Liver Crostino, Fig Salad, Roasted Bone Marrow, Cavatelli alla Norcina, Quadretti alla Carota, Fresh Peppermint Stracciatella Ice Cream, Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta; Skip: Pizze
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyFebruary 27, 2015
    Husband and wife team of chef Ori Menashe and pastry chef Genevieve Gergis keep their highly popular restaurant open until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. the rest of the week. Read more
  • Lizzy S.
    Lizzy SaxeJanuary 7, 2016
    Really loved this meal. Fantastic pasta, delicious calamari, and perfect bone marrow. But it's definitely a meat place. The branzino we had was tasty, but mealy in texture.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorNovember 15, 2014
    Fantastic. My friend insisted we try the bone marrow which is not normally my thing. Delish! Also recommend the octopus salad and the grilled meatballs. Pizza was disappointing.
  • Meghan P.
    Meghan PinckardDecember 11, 2014
    Oh wow. Amazing food! A little rich to the palette so watch your tummy. Easy to go overboard. Trendy setting, bit loud. But you can get dressed up and have a great time out with whomever; spouse, etc
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 24
    Their strawberries and cream is a classic dessert made all cheffy with this delish collage of fresh berries, strawberry buttermilk ice cream, clotted cream and walnut macaron. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    At this point, Bestia may be best known as the downtown restaurant you can't get into, so you should probably plan your next dinner there a month in advance. Read more
  • Oliver
    OliverDecember 16, 2015
    Everything good. Ive had the chance to try every damn item on the menu thanks to friends. Do this. Get the manager. Pick a bottle of wine. And ask to pair your meal around the wine. Cant go wrong.
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanMarch 23, 2013
    belly so happy! the pizza 'nduja and saffron tagliatelle are so good. their pizzas could possibly be my new favorite, even over gjelina. then order the zeppole to really make your belly sing with joy.
  • Antony O.
    Antony OMay 7, 2016
    My date took me here, seated outside. Food was tasty, not sure it deserves all the hype. Overall decent spot. Park on the street. Valet is crazy expensive. Pictured is the pork belly and bone marrow.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    The Spaghetti Rustichella is made with lobster, sea urchin, garlic, Calabrian chilies, squid ink bottarga and breadcrumbs elevate this spaghetti to VIP (Very Important Pasta) status. Read more
  • Dara-Ann B.
    Dara-Ann BaumanSeptember 3, 2013
    You have to drive through the ghetto to get here but it's worth at least one trip. Get a seat at the pizza bar for a unique dining experience - it's super hot but the head chef gives you free treats😉
  • Claire K.
    Claire KayApril 9, 2015
    Bestia is a great place!! Some ofthe best food you can get in LA for a justified price. It's definitely not somewhere you can decide to go eat at on a whim. Make a reservation a few weeks in advance.
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Hard to book but can walk in and wait by drinking at terrace. Everything taste great but follow the reco. Bone marrow is great with spinach pasta under that.
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetNovember 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing agnolotti: Agnolotti alla Vaccinara, made with cacao pasta, are melt in your mouth, tender, sweet, savory, comforting tummy smiles on a plate.
  • Evan
    EvanAugust 29, 2013
    Husband and wife team Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis are responsible for the amazing food here. You can't go wrong, but order charcuterie and the chocolate budino tart.
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LMarch 30, 2014
    Get the cocktails. Get the bone marrow. Get the grilled octopus. Get the coffee and donuts. Get the cavatelli alla norcina. Forget the pork chops.
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetAugust 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Continually advancing their in-house charcuterie, becoming more and more scrumptious each visit, the chef's selection salumi platter is fabulous to share.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    The Sonora Whole Wheat Apple Cider Donuts alone are enough to make us squeal. But the addition of maple sour cream ice cream AND whipped cream really makes us scream. Read more
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 8, 2014
    Veal Tartare crostini, tomato salad, calamari and octopus salad, chicken gizzards are must haves. Start with a White Negroni and then hit the wines. The staff is amazing, best restaurant in LA.
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    The scope of the menu is ambitious and innovative, as Ori hates to waste meat, meaning you'll find the occasional beef and lamb heart or chicken gizzard dotting the offerings. Read more
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingSeptember 6, 2015
    Branzino is my must choice these days. With vegetable on top, this is the perfect dish to appreciate great foods both from ocean and land.
  • Melissa R.
    Tartufo black truffle pizza and Cavatelli alla Norcina pasta (ricotta dumplings, more black truffles!) are THE best! Start with chicken liver crostino. For dessert? Try the chocolate tart!
  • Annie L.
    Annie LeeJuly 31, 2016
    Hard to make reservation for this place, if it's only 2 of you, go in after dinner crowd and sneak in the bar counter, you can have your dinner there! Must order roasted bone marrow, mussels and clams
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesMay 29, 2015
    Bestia offers a range of quality Italian fare that encompasses pizza. The Margherita is a beauty, all bubbly mozz and bright tomato sauce, with fragrant basil on top.
  • Sherrie G.
    Sherrie GulmahamadJuly 10, 2013
    Right now, a little scene-y and buzz-y but worth it. Get a few small plates and split a pasta or pizza and save room for dessert. Try an Austria red wine too!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    Bestia remains one of L.A.’s few true perennial hot spots. Two years in, the restaurant is still thrilling trend seekers and serious food nerds alike. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 13
    The Jerusalem Artichoke is pureed goodness that’s more filling than many clear soups—and thanks to fermented chiles, oregano and fried capers, more flavorful. Read more
  • Chrishon M.
    Given LA's dearth of decent Italian food, it was a relief to find Bestia. This place can rival the best Italian restaurants in Boston. The space is a little crowded, but the hype is justified.
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    You should really go for the pizza: Ori gives his dough a good 24-hours to rise and fall before it heads into the wood-burning oven, and you can tell. Read more
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    A trip here requires Uber, as this place draws huge crowds—the bar is a fun place to wait, and the cocktails are delicious. Read more
  • Time Out Los Angeles
    Time Out Los AngelesAugust 19, 2013
    In wine steward Maxwell Leer, we trust. Get ingredient-driven Italian dishes with California flair, like house-cured salami on a pizza with ricotta, charred Brussels sprout leaves and chili oil. Read more
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJuly 11, 2015
    It's almost impossible for a placed like this to live up to the hype, but every dish was executed to perfection. The food is beyond reproach. The only issue is that too many people want to come!
  • Kate M.
    Kate MatsumotoDecember 29, 2016
    Lobster crostini, uni pasta, and the pork tomahawk were 💯 Cooked to perfection, juicy, and flavorful. Staff was attentive and atmosphere was super lively, trendy, and fun.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonFebruary 2, 2016
    A great place for a special occasion, like a birthday. It's a fun spot and the food is delicious. Start with an old fashioned and some charcuterie.
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 14, 2015
    Modern Italian food at its best! It's the perfect example of a quasi-essential LA resto.Bestia is trendy, hip and lively. Loved how they have an open kitchen, you get to see how all the magic happens!
  • JT
    JTSeptember 8, 2016
    Fantastic, lives up to expectations. The bone marrow is awesome - ask for the bone luge afterward. I loved the ox tail dish and tomato salad as well
  • Ben K.
    Easily one of the best restaurants in LA. Order pretty much anything but don't miss the uni pasta.
  • Eva R.
    One of the most creative restaurants in LA. The veal tartare and the quail are a must have. Get a bunch of antipasti and share them, you won't regret it!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 29, 2014
    Rustic Italian flavors inside a hip downtown warehouse; spring for the cavatelli al norcini, and don't overlook the pizzas. 4 stars.
  • Ali O.
    Ali OopNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    So good! Pastas were amazing, so were the cocktails. Honestly, everything was just great! Get something from all sections of the menu if you can.
  • Patrick
    PatrickDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bestia is the best! Black truffle pizza, oxtail cocoa pasta, and the chocolate budino tart are all must-haves! The pig is also phenomenal. Get goin'!
  • Pablo S.
    Pablo SetticasiAugust 8, 2014
    The salumi appetizer was amazing! If you generally like salami, prosciutto, and cheeses you will love this dish.
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