The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Rd, Venice, CA 90291, United States
Open until 2:00 PM, reopens later (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 10:30 AM–2:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
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Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
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  • cocktails
  • short rib hash
  • waffles
  • seafood
  • brunch food
  • sticky buns
  • tasting menu
  • off-menu items
  • wine
  • good for dates
  • great value
  • trendy
  • French toast
  • pasta
  • Croque Madame
  • scotch
  • boozy drinks
  • branzino
  • lobster
  • squid
  • Eater

    Chef Casey Lane crafts ingredient-driven small plates in a hip, understated space. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · July 28, 2011
  • LA Weekly

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

    LA Weekly · December 30, 2010
  • Los Angeles Times

    They butcher whole animals and use all the different parts in dishes. They do their own curing and pickling. Read more

    Los Angeles Times · July 13, 2010
  • GourmetLive

    There’s a focused simplicity of Lane’s food: buttery Umbrian lentils; grilled bread smeared with fromage blanc; a perfectly medium-rare steak rough-sliced and served with balsamic fingerling potatoes.

    GourmetLive · October 16, 2010
  • LA Weekly

    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more

    LA Weekly · March 23, 2011
  • Alexandra E.

    Menu and chef are fantastic here, as are the ambience and music. Crowd can be obnoxious and the service is absolutely horrible. It is also quite pricey. Toss up.

    Alexandra E. · April 6, 2013
  • Los Angeles Times

    The basic impression is of Italian cooking translated into an odd American dialect, in which grilled anchovies are laid so beautifully on the plate that you suspect there's an art director. Read more

    Los Angeles Times · June 6, 2013
  • Eater

    Justin Pike comes up with a new drink nearly every day, and the list changes seasonally. But the Braveheart, a perfect marriage of scotch and ginger -- cool heat -- remains an off-the-menu favorite.

    Eater · April 11, 2013
  • Erin G.

    Holy f&*@ the brunch. Everything we tried was delish. Sticky bun, short rib hash, and French toast were standouts.

    Erin Gleason · July 6, 2013
  • Bunny R.

    I don't think you can go wrong with ANYTHING here. Drinks, food... it's all delicious!!

    Bunny R · April 12, 2011
  • Serious Eats

    Real McCoy: A frothy, easy-to-sip potion of rum, citrus, and a healthy dose of sweet, nutty orgeat syrup. It finishes with a solid, clean kick that can only come from a well-mixed rum drink. Read more

    Serious Eats · August 22, 2011
  • Alex S.

    Aquavit & Absinthe in 1 cocktail? Bring it. Also...Italian fried rice is must-do.

    Alex Sandars · March 14, 2010
  • Tony B.

    Over-rated. Great space, good service, good food. Could have been better. Daily menu, hard to build a consistent refined menu. They should try a seasonal menu.

    Tony Biel · October 31, 2011
  • hseal

    Try the soft scramble, light and delicious. 🍳

    hseal · May 26, 2013
  • Tasting Table

    Ask for the off-menu burger. This secret item is topped with bacon, a sunny-side-up egg and pungent Époisses cheese: Read more

    Tasting Table · July 19, 2012
  • Bollare

    Phenomenal food and tasty specialty cocktails. Great for a date or a group of friends. —Alexis

    Bollare · September 30, 2011
  • The Feast

    House dishes made from animals and fish that are butchered in-house, fresh pastas lavished with seasonal ingredients and cocktails crafted by an all-star bar staff using medicinal ingredients. Read more

    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • Loren M.

    Cocktails!! Classic and delicious. Also wonderful for brunch or dinner. Anything you try will be tasty - be adventurous. You won't be disappointed.

    Loren Monroe-Trice · September 20, 2014
  • Burt H.

    The cocktails and food are amazing. It can take a while to get what you order and service could be better, but I'd still go back anyway because it's just that good.

    Burt Herman · May 26, 2014
  • naveen

    The chicken-and-waffles situation: amazing. And ask for the off-menu Braveheart cocktail.

    naveen · May 25, 2014
  • Eater

    Order the fried chicken & waffles, short rib hash, and a grilled tomato sandwich on the bill of fare. Don't skip the sticky bun.

    Eater · October 30, 2013
  • Los Angeles

    The menu is clearly influenced by a Mediterranean mindset—there’s a whole section devoted just to pasta—and Chef Lane is adept at both the simple and the surprising.

    Los Angeles · September 6, 2013
  • Diplomatico Rum

    Truly great ambient and even better staff. Don't miss any of Justin Pike's creation with Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

    Diplomatico Rum · April 13, 2013
  • Geoff S.

    Brave hearts all day

    Geoff Sas · June 16, 2012
  • AD N.

    Sit upstairs at sunset. Savor a cocktail from downstairs.

    AD Nys · April 4, 2012
  • Carly J.

    Hands down one of the best places to dine in LA!

    Carly Jamieson · February 23, 2012
  • Vanity Fair Agenda

    The Tasting Kitchen hails from Portland, and chef Casey Lane and his staff serve up delicious, fresh food in the Northwest style with French undertones.

    Vanity Fair Agenda · January 30, 2012
  • Chef Rawk (.

    Don't read about this place. Just do it.

    Chef Rawk (Krissy) · November 19, 2011
  • jennifer h.

    i'm a dessert monkey, and i suggest ordering the ricotta fritters. the deep fried batter, creamy ricotta, maple syrup, and squirt of lemon is a party for your tastebuds.

    jennifer han · May 26, 2011
  • stephanie

    Recommend the 6 course tasting menu if you are with a big group. It's a great way to experiment with the menu. Great service and ambiance.

    stephanie · September 4, 2010
  • richard g.

    highly recommend having dinner at the bar...Justin is the best and you get your drinks served wicked fast.

    richard goldberg · November 17, 2009
  • Robert Crawford R.

    The best restaurant on Abbot Kinney. Upscale cocktail bar is great on date night.

    Robert Crawford REALTOR · October 18, 2014
  • Eater

    The tagliarini with spicy serrano chilies & meaty shrimp is one of the most deceptively simple pastas in the city, the right balance of spice with umami from the shrimp takes this one over the top. Read more

    Eater · April 3, 2014
  • Michael A.

    This place is great have the Croque Madame.

    Michael Alvarez · January 5, 2014
  • Matty S.

    Brave. Heart.

    Matty S. · November 18, 2013
  • Ulas A.

    Over-rated kitchen has good mood, good menu , good music and good people.

    Ulas Altug · October 18, 2013
  • Mucho C.

    Service at the bar is excellent. So is the pasta. So are the drinks. So is the ambiance. So is Jesus. Enjoy.

    Mucho Comida™ · January 29, 2013
  • adelina

    The Savory Waffles with stuffed sausage is amazing!

    adelina · November 3, 2012
  • Bobby N.

    The branzino is served as a whole fish, so it's definitely shareable between two people. That, and it's pretty boney even after they take the skeleton out in front of you, so watch out as you chew.

    Bobby Nooromid · October 30, 2012
  • Nicole G.

    Here's a lobster plate. Delish!

    Nicole Goddard · August 2, 2012
  • Nicole G.

    Order the Tasting Menu-- special and amazing surprises from the chef. It's a true culinary delight!!! Worth every earned penny. And the drinks... Wow.

    Nicole Goddard · August 2, 2012
  • Adam F.

    This place gets it.

    Adam F · June 30, 2012
  • Michelle G.

    Try the Golden Ticket ... Yum! Pisco, passion, lime, and honey ... So different from all ordinary drinks. Great place for cocktails!!!

    Michelle Gonzo · May 2, 2012
  • Es K.

    Wait time... 1 hour ...on a Monday night.

    Es K · March 6, 2012
  • @JaumePrimero

    Come here for drinks, sit at the bar and order. The best way to experience Tasting Kitchen!

    @JaumePrimero · November 13, 2011
  • Ingrid B.

    Try the tomatoes, egg and polenta mmmmm

    Ingrid B. · October 16, 2011
  • Erik R.

    Best Manhattan around! Now for the weak of heart or light of wallet though.

    Erik Ries · September 8, 2011
  • Shelley

    Braveheart. Amazing.

    Shelley · September 3, 2011
  • Jérôme T.

    Pricey... but it was worth it. The food is flavoursome!

    Jérôme Tomasini · September 2, 2011
  • Hemang

    Great food & drinks. The service can't be beat!

    Hemang · August 17, 2011

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