The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Rd, Venice, CA 90291
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Wed
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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  • "Get the braveheart cocktail (whiskey + ginger) - it's not in the menu!" (2 tips)
  • "... from Portland, and chef Casey Lane and his staff serve up delicious, fresh..." (3 tips)
  • "... and ambience. Try the Short Rib Hash if you're there for brunch." (3 tips)
  • 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
  • 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 S. · March 14, 2010
  • Erin G.

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

    Erin G. · July 6, 2013
  • 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 B. · 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
  • 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 S. · June 16, 2012
  • AD N.

    Sit upstairs at sunset. Savor a cocktail from downstairs.

    AD N. · April 4, 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 (. · November 19, 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 g. · November 17, 2009
  • 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 A. · October 18, 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
  • 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 C. · 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 N. · October 30, 2012
  • Nicole G.

    Here's a lobster plate. Delish!

    Nicole G. · 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 G. · 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 G. · May 2, 2012
  • Es K.

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

    Es K. · March 6, 2012
  • Carly J.

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

    Carly J. · February 23, 2012
  • Aubrey C.

    Incredible, knowledgeable servers. Deliciously creative menu. And cozy, sexy & unique atmosphere. Kudos to the design team & management!!

    Aubrey C. · December 16, 2011
  • @JaumePrimero

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

    @JaumePrimero · November 13, 2011
  • Erik R.

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

    Erik R. · September 8, 2011
  • Shelley

    Braveheart. Amazing.

    Shelley · September 3, 2011
  • Jérôme T.

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

    Jérôme T. · September 2, 2011
  • Hemang

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

    Hemang · August 17, 2011
  • Jessey W.

    Best Rye Old Fashioned on the west side. Read more

    Jessey W. · August 1, 2011
  • DAN C.

    Sit at the bar (or as near to it as you can's always packed!) and enjoy one of the most talented bar staffs in Los Angeles. And, there's terrific food to go with. An extraordinary experienc

    DAN C. · July 21, 2011
  • jennifer h.

    as a certified dessert monkey, 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 h. · May 26, 2011
  • DAN C.

    Best Charcuterie platter in town. Amazing!

    DAN C. · December 19, 2010
  • sarahelizabeth m.

    Sit at the bar, and get Justin to make you one of his memorable cocktails. Total experience.

    sarahelizabeth m. · August 10, 2010
  • Hill S.

    A Derby and bolognese can't do wrong.

    Hill S. · April 17, 2010
  • Allan J.

    Order a Bluebird from the bar. Then try not to drink so many that you wind up on the floor.

    Allan J. · April 16, 2010
  • Stephanie H.

    the honey, ginger, vodka drink was delicious!

    Stephanie H. · February 18, 2010

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