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Bestia
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
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2121 E 7th Pl Los Angeles, CA 90021
2121 E 7th PlUSCALos Angeles90021
(213) 514-5724bestiala.com
$$Italian Restaurant, European RestaurantToday 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Monday 6:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 6:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 6:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 6:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
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Trendy Italian restaurant from an acclaimed husband-&-wife team highlights creative seasonal fare.- Google
People talk about bone marrow, octopus, squid ink, tartare and beef heart
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Paul Lee
reviewed a week ago
The gentrification of DTLA is a great thing. New restaurants like Bestia really improve the otherwise shady downtown atmosphere. Sometimes when you hear good things about a place, it never lives up to its expectations...but not at Bestia. The bone marrow is the best I've ever had, and who doesn't like uni pasta that doesn't skimp on the uni. The only thing I would skip here is the dessert, it's not worth the stomach space. Try it for yourself, even if you have to take a 10:45p reservation.
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Joel Arroyo
reviewed a month ago
Died and gone to Italian Heaven!! From apps to entree to dessert.....a symphony of cutting edge, sophisticated food. Think I've tried the whole menu, but a few star dishes: Cavetelli (I dream of this dish), the best Pork Chop around town (get there early because they run out later in the evenings), Chocolate Budino Tart (who can resist salted caramel??....only Bestia does it to perfection). You simply can't go wrong at Bestia!
Leslie Lai
reviewed 4 months ago
Every dish is just almost flawless!! Love them all!!! Must try their 28 day bone in ribeye and grilled calamari and octopus...bone marrow....cavatelli...chocolate tart...salumi....
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YJ W
reviewed in the last week
I've decided that rave reviews on restaurants in L.A., won't really bring me there, but if my friends personally recommend a restaurant, then I'll visit. Bestia on a Sunday night was packed so it made visiting the sketch area of downtown a little less scary. We ordered a bottle of Italian wine to start, an Old Fashioned, and Aromatic #2 all of which were great drinks. As far as the food, I think the appetizers were actually my favorite dishes of the meal. Please try the fatty and luxurious bone marrow mixed with spinach gnocchi--it is truly heaven on a plate, and the best preparation of bone marrow I've had to date. The chicken gizzards were surprisingly beefy tasting and the chef's salumi plate (half portion) was amazing. I liked our choice of pizza, but the whole pie is a little soggy so just be forewarned, this isn't a crispy slice that you can eat with your hands; it is definitely a knife and fork affair (perfect for Bill de Blasio, no?). I don't love uni, but my dining companions loved the briny and creamy Spaghetti Rustichella. I think the Cavatelli was my pasta winner for the evening, and the squid ink pasta with seafood was definitely my least favorite. The seafood tasted gritty to me, like the shellfish hadn't been cleaned properly. Lastly, dessert is probably passable. The lemon tart was frozen and kind of sloppily presented. Overall though, Bestia really does Italian food right. I would definitely return for more appetizers and pizza. It's a great place to dine, laugh, and enjoy with friends.
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george apple
reviewed a month ago
Too much hype. Employees here, especially the owners, have way too much attitude. Customers always right? Not here. The Chef/Owner flips out, and won't allow you to change one thing on any item you order. If you try to, you get degraded by the Chef, like you don't deserve to eat there. Forget it. This place is not worth the time or money. So many better places to eat where you can be treated with respect and kindness and get food you actually like.
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Stephen Dixon
reviewed 8 months ago
Hidden gems always bring great joy, from my experience. Walking in alone places you in Italy or Spain, nature and man coexisting. We sat at the bar, at first we wanted a table, thank heavens we couldn't do that. Bar none, the greatest experience we've had at a restaurant, and we kinda eat out a lot....., our server Justin is an amicable fellow who lives on the adventurous side, broke the lady out her shell and it was a party after that, (she just joined, llam). Interestingly enough we got seated by the Antipasti station, what an amazing placement. These guys were waving wands over their neat and intricate designs where, no two were the same but were. Savory spinach, sliced beets and watermelon radish salad, the popular Charcuterie board, and the crudo for the season, my favorite, uni. Watching all this, coupled with the rest, was already leaving me with, yeah totally returning. Then there's this warm, hip, friendly personality that smiles everytime it looks in the crowd (a sense of accomplishment and pride), calm and collected but outgoing, had a story for every adventure he took us on, he might as well have a show and call it Mike Luis Adventures. This guy was and is GREAT! He made our experience that extra degree better, 211° to 212°, which made an enormous difference, we weren't in the pot of water anymore, we were now taken above it all, a higher level of service, that's what we got, as we're adventurous too. Their meats are cured and aged in house (sure they got a cache somewhere off site to keep up with the teeming patrons daily), I loved the salt balance Chef Orí has here. That was followed by the Spinach Salad, savory, green and well balanced, the Chicken Liver Tartar and Chicken Gizzard followed, oh my, the bold flavors harmonizes on your palate engaging your olfactory bulbs to set a memorably flavorful experience every bite (aka Orgasm in your mouth), believe me, the Liver Tartar is Amazing. The gizzard are confited and then pan seared. They are served cupped in endives atop a dark flavor pool, no semi-nage, BOMB SAUCE, ITS HITTIN! I have been bored since after Water Grill and now, man I am back to dining bliss again. The cocktails are great as well, classics bar but the whole restaurant sticks to the adventurous personality, they whipped up an off the menu drink, as they are mixologists, Yeah Buddy this is Bestia. Buon Appetito! P.S Even the chef is young, cool and friendly. He was there kicking as too!
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