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The Tasting Kitchen
Mediterranean Restaurant$$$
Today 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291
1633 Abbot Kinney BoulevardUSCalifornia90291
(310) 392-6644thetastingkitchen.com
$$$Mediterranean Restaurant, Bar
Mediterranean Restaurant
Bar
Breakfast Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
Today 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Monday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amTuesday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amWednesday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amThursday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amFriday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 12:00 amSunday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
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Hip, inventive Mediterranean option known for its creative plates, cocktails & bustling brunch.- Google
"We were also very impressed with the pressed lemon and ginger juice."
"Fig and white Cheddar grilled cheese."
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alfredo6869
5 months ago
Just went there today for dinner with felloe co-workers. We had the 5 course dinner for four. The lentils were just amazing, excellent in taste. Then came the mussels, the taste was fine, but less meaty mussels were used. After we had the steak with balsamic reduction, the taste was great, but the cut of beef, we felt it could of been better. if they would have used a better cut of beef, it would have been perfect. The ambiance was just nice, wine selection was just nice. We started with some pilsner on tap then moved to some white wine followed with some red. Overall I give 3 star, because I honest feel that place should be better. just the choice of better ingredients would make the big difference because the taste once cooked is there.......But I would most definitely recommend to give it a try. I have been to Osteria Mozza on Melrose in West Los Angeles and I still find it way better than the tasting kitchen. The better choice of fresh ingredients its what makes a dish perfect....
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Michael Holland
3 weeks ago
Loved everything about this place. Interesting food, great atmosphere and stylish surroundings.
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YJ W
a year ago
I always tell everyone The Tasting Kitchen is my absolute favorite restaurant in L.A. After my first bite of the mussels at Tasting Kitchen, I was madly in love with the restaurant. The mussels possessed a beautiful texture and the buttery toast was addicting soaked in the saffron sauce. The bucatini was my second favorite dish as the marinara sauce was actually spicy and the pork was extremely tender. Too bad I had to share the portion amongst 3 people. The roast chicken had a crispy skin and retained its moisture, but the taste was ordinary compared to the other dishes. However, it photographed beautifully and became the poster child for Tasting Kitchen when we were retelling our experience. The bass also had a nice crispy exterior and flaky interior. I very highly recommend Tasting Kitchen and would definitely return.
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Cynthia Lee
2 years ago
Really good dinner overall for us and some of our close friends. Am giving the food an "excellent" rating as everything was delicious Only issue was the very high corkage fee. Normally we don't drink but decided to bring a bottle that night which our friends gave us. I recall the fee was $35. Even for LA that price is way too high in my opinion. When it comes to service I would say it was good, but not great. Maybe the corkage fee is throwing me off there as well. If you want to go somewhere by the beach with great food, and are not drinking (or are buying drinks there) this is a good spot.
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Sara Riedl
5 months ago
Really enjoyed Tasting Kitchen. We got a table last minute. Before we were seating we got drinks from the bar which were excellent - great drinks menu. The waiter explained the menu and mentioned a tasting menu where the chef picks dishes for you - this is what we went with and it was excellent. Especially the starters were outstanding. Highly recommended.
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Kristi Russell
9 months ago
Even though it was packed - packed!! - we had a great experience. Love the vibe: rustic, warm, charming, comfy, communal Love the drinks: handcrafted with fresh ingredients Love the menu: had a hard time deciding. The menu was ecclectic but familiar, with options that are recognizable and comforting coupled with cutting edge culinary choices that felt left of center but exciting. Love the service: for such a popular joint, it could be easy to have a pretentious and self important service staff. But nope: easy going, knowledgeable, patient (given the sardine-like occupancy) and friendly. Love the BREAD!! Holy crusty bread batman! And they kept bringing more! (we weren't charged for bread) Love the ever-changing menu: Variety is the spice of life, baby :) Other than being slightly too crowded, definitely too noisy, over the top trendy (can't wait until the people who don't appreciate this type of restaurant and are just there for the 'cool' factor get sick of it and leave it to the rest of us) and having been bumped into too many times as I savored each bite of Tasting Kitchen deliciousness, I am giving it four stars. The quality, flavor, and selection + the inventive cocktail list were indisputable "pros" in my opinion.
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Paul Cheong
a year ago
I had an awesome dining experience here. Service was great. The food was excellent. And the place had a vibrant, hip feel to it that I liked. A great find for me and my coworkers on our business trip. The strip the restaurant was on is also pretty cool. It has other highly rated restaurants along with various types of shops.
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Lorraine J.
a year ago
Went here recently on a whim -- friends visiting in town and they we're interested in eating in Venice, so we walked by and decided to walk in. Was packed on a Monday night and at first we were seated downstairs at a communal table, but it was too loud to reconnect with our friends so we asked about other options and they were able to seat us upstairs at our own table. Pretty great considering we were a party of 6. The food was tasty (we selected a mix of appetizers and pasta, shared family style) and would go back again.
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