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The Tasting Kitchen

New American Restaurant$$$$
Venice, Venice
172 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • waffles
  • seafood
  • trendy
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  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EmmAugust 6
    The chicken and the mozzarella salad
  • Johnny M.
    I couldn't even eat there it was loud an there wasn't a good table the only table available for the next 2 hours was s table you had to share with other people
  • kelsey h.
    Yes, you need a reservation and a few extra $$$ in your wallet, but it's some of the best in the city. I always indulge in the pasta and haven't yet regretted it. Really great staff, too.
  • Odi N.
    Odi NazerJuly 7
    Clams,Serlinon steak, lobster linguine 👌🏼❤️😍 bread and butter is a must though.
  • Cheyenne T.
    Great homemade sodas and fresh, tasty food. Highly recommended.
  • Katrina P.
    Best bartenders!!! Delicious drinks.
  • Anamaria I.
    Anamaria IreguiJanuary 20
    Fab patio, nice servers
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJanuary 13
    The 3 dish tasting menu is waaay too much food. Can't imagine how anyone could handle the 5 dish menu. And that doesn't include the extra desert round at the end 👌🏻
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BellomoOctober 17, 2016
    The cocktails are heavenly. Order a Braveheart (ask for it by name if it's not on the menu) for gingery, limey, scotchy goodness (but not too scotchy, somehow—normally I don't even like scotch!
  • Wondering F.
    Wondering FeetOctober 9, 2016
    Loved the biscuit & gravy! The sage scrambled that comes with os is amazing. So are the potatoes. Very chill ambience—great for a relaxed weekend brunch
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DelaneySeptember 28, 2016
    House bloody + chicken & waffles = your best food coma of the year.
  • Tina S.
    Tina SSeptember 5, 2016
    The tuna melon dish was amazing. The Tagliani squid pecorino pasta delicious .
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillAugust 21, 2016
    A good spot on Abbott Kinney to eat or grab a drink. Can get a little crowded.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 9, 2016
    The Tasting Kitchen still maintains an excellent level of quality. The room is one of the most lovely on the block and the cocktails by Justin Pike stand up to the best in town. Try the pastas. Read more
  • Danny N.
    Danny NathanMay 2, 2016
    Only had a drink here, but they make a mean cocktail.
  • None O.
    None OfyourApril 10, 2016
    Awesome. Great service and food. One if the best rest's in LA
  • Lara
    LaraMarch 3, 2016
    their home fries are just... wow
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangDecember 29, 2015
    The cocktails here are superb, particularly the Braveheart. The pastas tend to be on the saltier side.
  • Flytrybe
    FlytrybeDecember 26, 2015
    Kinda ok, trendy, hipster abbot kiney.. Venice at its best.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackDecember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Note: the worst seat in the house is the table by the host stand. Draft from front door and bar spillover crowds you.
  • AMW
    AMWNovember 28, 2015
    Always a madhouse for brunch, but the fried chicken and waffle are worth the wait.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningNovember 23, 2015
    Wonderful food if you can do ignore the inane conversations at the table next to you.
  • Fletch D.
    Fletch DennisonNovember 7, 2015
    Great eggs
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencOctober 27, 2015
    Yup, it's all true. Good food, wine, folks. Share all the big plates and dessert with the cheeses
  • Julian H.
    Julian HeinSeptember 4, 2015
    We had the tasting menu and it was really good. Much better than Gjelina to be honest.
  • Merve Y.
    Merve YavuzAugust 30, 2015
    Cocktails french fries charcuteries cheese is delicious but very small
  • Yvette L.
    Yvette LiuAugust 26, 2015
    I found the purslane salad is quite interesting dish. The pastry and bread stuff are good!! The chocolate brioche!!!
  • Angel C.
    Angel C.May 18, 2015
    Gnocco fritto and clams. Delicious crunchy, crusty bread
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 27, 2015
    From roasted grapefruit to short rib hash to multiple egg preparations, there's something on this menu for the lightest appetite or to wipe out the most serious hangover. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 27, 2015
    The Tasting Kitchen provides seriously good daytime drinks and eats for the breeziest Venice weekend. Read more
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtMarch 22, 2015
    Had high expectations that weren't quite met. Definitely overrated.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A warm roasted grapefruit with mint shavings plus one of the baked goods (muffins, sticky buns, French toast) makes a pretty solid breakfast, paired with a cocktail, of course.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Venice spot for a boozy breakfast. The bloody Mary's are great, but I like the refreshing Cotton Club (cava, camomile, bitters).
  • Eatosaurus Rex
    Eatosaurus RexJanuary 31, 2015
    Order the tasting menu and embrace the culture. Maybe buy an overpriced coffee down the street and harass a celebrity.
  • Khalid A.
    Khalid Al-AjmiJanuary 26, 2015
    French toast was tasty
  • Craig D.
    Craig DAVISNovember 30, 2014
    The lobster pappardelle is ridiculously good.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrisitaNovember 22, 2014
    Short rib hash expertly cooked and recommended. The yogurt adds another level of flavor.
  • Milen
    MilenOctober 25, 2014
    Great brunch. Short rib hash. Yum.
  • Phillip W.
    Phillip WoodOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite cocktail is the now off-menu Braveheart: scotch, ginger, lemon, honey, a dash of butters, served up. Enjoy!
  • Robert Crawford R.
    Robert Crawford REALTOROctober 18, 2014
    The best restaurant on Abbot Kinney. Upscale cocktail bar is great on date night.
  • RJ C.
    RJ CiccaglioneOctober 7, 2014
    Great date spot
  • Christina A.
    Christina AnwarOctober 7, 2014
    Brunch and dinner. Short rib hash and frites with aioli. Cocktails/mixology.
  • Kelley F.
    Kelley FerroOctober 4, 2014
    Excellent cocktails, pastas & dessert!
  • Laura L.
    Laura LachmanOctober 1, 2014
    Ridiculously small portion of halibut for $35. I thought I liked this place but feel jipped. Tagliarini pasta was delicious.
  • Loren M.
    Loren Monroe-TriceSeptember 20, 2014
    Cocktails!! Classic and delicious. Also wonderful for brunch or dinner. Anything you try will be tasty - be adventurous. You won't be disappointed.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarSeptember 16, 2014
    Brunch was great! Short rib hash and eggs in a basket are winners as was the Bloody Mary. Beautiful space!
  • Simone K.
    Simone KrausSeptember 7, 2014
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KDAugust 19, 2014
    Great Brunch
  • Maarten P.
    Maarten PeschierAugust 11, 2014
    Try the barrel aged negroni!
  • Hien P.
    Hien PhanAugust 7, 2014
    Drinks with JD
  • Neel V.
    Neel VadoothkerAugust 6, 2014
    a good place to get some food.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    The brunches, which include things like short-rib hash and bacon-stuffed waffles with fried chicken, are legend even in brunch-obsessed Venice. Read more
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    The food—modern Italian by Portland transplant Casey Lane—is excellent, made even better by the comfortable, leather wrapped Eames chairs, and always kind and attentive service. Read more
  • Burt H.
    Burt HermanMay 26, 2014
    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.
  • naveen
    naveenMay 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken-and-waffles situation: amazing. And ask for the off-menu Braveheart cocktail.
  • David N.
    David NoëlApril 13, 2014
    Get the mussels and ask for an extra side of bread to dip in the creamy saffran sauce.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 3, 2014
    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
  • hamad t.
    hamad tarekMarch 25, 2014
    One of the best places for a tastegasm in LA
  • Robert V.
    Robert Van NiceMarch 24, 2014
    Amazing meal, so make sure you arrive hungry. Tremendous restaurant, especially for special occasions.
  • CBM 
    CBM March 18, 2014
    Squid Rigatoni blew our minds! Boyfriend is a pasta snob and he says it's the best he's ever had! Also, this white wine.
    Upvoted Aug 1
  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZamenskyFebruary 17, 2014
    Great pastas
  • Dominic P.
    Dominic PreussFebruary 16, 2014
    Get the braveheart cocktail (whiskey + ginger) - it's not in the menu!
  • Brandon P.
    Brandon PerlmanFebruary 7, 2014
    Order the Braveheart. Off the menu. Trust me...
  • Andy R.
    Andy RosenbergJanuary 15, 2014
    Great for brunch.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AlvarezJanuary 5, 2014
    This place is great have the Croque Madame.
  • Ben K.
    Ben KahnJanuary 4, 2014
    The service is great!Needed to change my kid's diaper and the maître d' allowed us to use the desk in the office upstairs since they didn't have a changing table in the bathroom.
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DayDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Uhm. Not over-rated. Get here for brunch on the weekends. Do it. DO IT.
  • Matty S.
    Matty S.November 18, 2013
    Brave. Heart.
  • Simple F.
    Simple FoodieNovember 4, 2013
    Great place to take visitors for brunch. Enjoy a great and then take a walk up and down Abbot Kinney.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 30, 2013
    Order the fried chicken & waffles, short rib hash, and a grilled tomato sandwich on the bill of fare. Don't skip the sticky bun.
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YeeOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Moped on the Freeway is a gin winner! Justin kills it at the bar
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 21, 2013
    Overrated. Nice ambiance and some interesting drink menu. Foods are simple, under seasoning, not so exciting. Total let down.
  • Ulas A.
    Ulas AltugOctober 18, 2013
    Over-rated kitchen has good mood, good menu , good music and good people.
  • Laila L.
    Laila LambOctober 9, 2013
    Drinks only! Food is el terrible
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesSeptember 6, 2013
    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.
  • Rick K.
    Rick KrakowskiAugust 7, 2013
    Best drinks in Venice.
  • Rick K.
    Rick KrakowskiAugust 5, 2013
    Best drinks in Venice hands down.
  • Meg M.
    Meg MinuskinJuly 23, 2013
    fav spot in Venice. love the bucatini amatriciana!!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonJuly 6, 2013
    Holy f&*@ the brunch. Everything we tried was delish. Sticky bun, short rib hash, and French toast were standouts.
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YaleJune 16, 2013
    Vatican Assain
  • Lili C.
    Lili CohenJune 10, 2013
    must have the chicken and waffles, the sticky buns are to die for! the playlists are superb, but at times it can get pretty loud!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SchwabJune 9, 2013
    Clams chorizo ftw
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 6, 2013
    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
  • hseal
    hsealMay 26, 2013
    Try the soft scramble, light and delicious. 🍳
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BarrowMay 24, 2013
    Get the Vatican Assassin and the Hangar. Can't be beat.
  • Darla B.
    Darla BrownApril 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My fav is the Honeysuckle. Yum.
  • Diplomatico Rum
    Diplomatico RumApril 13, 2013
    Truly great ambient and even better staff. Don't miss any of Justin Pike's creation with Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
  • Eater
    EaterApril 11, 2013
    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.
  • Alexandra E.
    Alexandra E.April 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Lee R.
    Lee RemiasMarch 25, 2013
    The wings are the thing. Start with them.
  • Darla B.
    Darla BrownMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My fav drink is the honeysuckle.
  • Darla B.
    Darla BrownMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone who works here is good looking and nice too.
  • Denise "Niecee" G.
    Get the Blue Bird. Vodka & Lavender Tonic with a lime
  • Jose V.
    Jose VelazquezFebruary 18, 2013
    Food and drinks are great, but honestly there is something about the bread here that makes it amazing.
  • Rafael A.
    Rafael Alvarez VallinaFebruary 16, 2013
    A different menu every day, but if the burrata is there, no need to think
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™January 29, 2013
    Service at the bar is excellent. So is the pasta. So are the drinks. So is the ambiance. So is Jesus. Enjoy.
  • Gloria T.
    Gloria TapiaJanuary 24, 2013
    Delectable dishes & tasty specialty cocktails! Try the clams/chorizo & duck confit, both were scrumptious. make sure to RSVP & ask to be seated upstairs.
  • Bollare
    BollareNovember 28, 2012
    Phenomenal food and tasty specialty cocktails. Great for a date or a group of friends.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SteinNovember 25, 2012
    Try the Sausage Stuffed Waffle - Best waffle I've ever had!
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin ZhangNovember 12, 2012
    Rude hostess grossly underestimated wait time and was unapologetic, doesn't match the quality of rest of the staff.
  • KD
    KDJanuary 16, 2016
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