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“Pretentious and overpriced”
Review of Tasting Kitchen

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Ranked #398 of 9,980 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $35 - $45
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Venice
Cross street: Venice
London, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Pretentious and overpriced”
Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

Apologies to my fellow reviewers but I thought this restaurant served adequate food in a nice setting, but what spoiled it beyond measure was the combination of pretentious service (doesn't feel great to have your waiter correct your Italian pronounciation) and possibly some of the most overpriced wine you'll ever see on a wine list. A very average bottle of Fleurie, the sort you'll find in supermarkets all over France for no more than 10 Euros, is marked up to around 50 Dollars a bottle. And it doesn't need to be decanted, but this restaurant thinks it looks better to do so. There are other restaurants on Abbott Kinney which will give better value for money.

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  • Dutch first
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English first
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing food and great vibe”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

If you're looking for somewhere with food that's as good as the vibe, this place is for you! You can choose to sit at a regular table or at the communal table. The food is amaizng. The pasta dishes are a must. They make their own pasta fresh and it's mouth watering. Great wine list too. Staff were friendly, attentive and knew the menu incredibly well.

  • Visited September 2012
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Austin, Texas
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308 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Great Food, Fabulous Wine List”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Who expected this in Venice Beach? Wonderful upscale, yet casual, atmosphere. Service was super friendly. Now, for the menu. What a great compilation of dishes. You can spend as much or as little as you want and I am confident the quality would be same across the board. The menu felt a little like I was in the Piedmont Region of Italy with a wonderful selection of unique homemade pasta dishes as well as beef, seafood, chicken, and lamb entrees. We started the meal with a selection of three cheeses and a wonderful bottle of Barbaresco. Followed this with the Scallop appetizer (sauteed in Limoncello and Fava Beans!) which was cooked to perfection and just enough Limoncello to create flavor without feeling as though you were sucking on a lemon. No easy task! We followed this with pasta main dishes of Tagliatelle with Pork and Peaches and also a Fennel Sausage Pasta. Both were excellently prepared with homemade fresh pasta. The Tagliatelle was simply sensational as the peaches had been completely cooked down to oblivion, except the faint taste, which when combined with the Pork was unforgettable. We completed the meal with a beautiful Piemonte desert wine and fresh Ricotta Cheesecake served with fresh peaches. Of particular note is the wine list. Not your ordinary list but rather a wonderful selection of unique wines from some of the most famous regions of Europe. Kudos to The Tasting Kitchen. I look forward to seeing you again and again on my trips to Los Angeles.

  • Visited September 2012
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UK
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing bar and cocktails, amongst the best we've come across in LA!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

During our recent trip to LA, my friends and I made friends with some locals who offered to show us around town and take us to spots we may not have necessarily come across easily - this bar happened to be one of them.

The bar and interior oozed trendiness, as did it's clientèle, and without doubt the bartender served us the best drinks we drank throughout our entire 2 week stay in California!!! Real mixologists work behind the bar, which is a rare find in LA, and they make a lot of their own fruit juices and bitters which clearly shows in the cocktails' tastes.

Great service and wonderful vibe, I'd definitely recommend this place as a late-night gem.

  • Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Hipster Bar”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

I can't write about the food... but the bar scene is awesome! Great drinks with beautiful people. Just make sure to wear your hipster outfit or you will stick out like a sore thumb!

  • Visited August 2012
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