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“A Beast”
Review of Bestia Restaurant

Bestia Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 10,202 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Due to a fire on 8/24, Bestia will be closed tonight. Please visit our website for more information.
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Would have given it 5 stars but I thought our dishes came out too soon. I was eating my salad and the bone marrow came to the table. (I can't let that get cold:) Fun place. Loud, mix of all ages.Heard the staff do a chant before they open the doors. LOTS of staff with great attention to detail. Food was great, very flavorful. Thought the price was good for what you get. Will definitely be back. If you don't have a reservation, go early and stand in line before they open, you might get lucky or can sit at the bar and eat.

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Reviewed April 8, 2014

We didn't expect to be in love with this place. First the crafted cocktail are to dye for. The cocktails are creative and addictive. The menu is unusual made with love and care. it is an experience to eat at Bestia. Yo have to love meat as a lot of dishes are with meat. It is noisy and busy so make a reservation. The service is top notch.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Bestia has been on the hot list since 2013. It is consistently busy and walking in the restaurant without a reservation is not a good idea at all unless you are there 45 minutes before opening to hit one of the few seats at the bar specifically for walk-in's.

Reservation are done thru opentable.com, I'm telling you, be early when you reserve, most of the prime weekend time (5:30pm-8:00pm) are almost all taken, you need to reserve atleast 1.5-2 months in advance. There is an easier way in getting a reservation, that is reserving in a big group. There was 11 of us, so our dinner had to be served family style (3 antipasti, 1 pizze, 2 pasta, 2 secondi, and 2 dolci) at $85 + tax + tip. This is a great deal, each dish comes out to $8.50 per person before tax and tip. After a year of waiting, I was finally booked for 3/15/14 at 8:15pm.

Located in downtown LA's art district, the surrounding area is not a place you'd want to be in at sundown. It's really not the safest neighborhood but the area is up and coming, money is pouring in the area to be trendy and hip again which is what Bestia is, trendy and hip.

ANTIPASTI.

Salumi. chef’s selection of house-cured meats. pickles. mostarda. grilled bread. (3) Tonight, we had head cheese, wine marinated beef salami, "jerusalem" salami, Lardo spread, spicy pork spread, house made green mustard spread. Unfortunately, as much as I want to tell you how everything tasted and how awesome the charcuterie are, I can't. Why? I gave up redmeat, pork, and rice for lent. It was hard and difficult to look at my co-diners who are devouring the delicious charcuterie and the lardo spread. I shall be back to eat this smorgasbord of cured meat.

Genevieve's Little Gems. walnut vinaigrette. ricotta salata. soft herbs. shallots. (3) Straight forward salad, nothing out of the ordinary, salad was fresh, the ricotta was creamy, and the vinaigrette complemented the whole dish well. It's a palate cleansing salad.

Grilled Octopus & Calamari. fennel. jerusalem artichokes. red onion. basil. arugula. chili lemon vinaigrette. (4) This has got to be one of the best variation of octopus/calamari salad I've ever tasted. The octopus had a very nice outer char to it, yet the meat itself was wonderfully tender and moist, not chewy at all. The octopus and calamari's sweetness complemented the arugula's bitterness. The acidity from the vinaigrette just put the dish together. This dish is a must have. I wouldn't mind if this is the only salad left in the world, I'll keep on eating it.

PIZZE

Margherita. san marzano tomatoes. mozzarella. basil. olive oil. sea salt. (3) Pizzeria Mozza has finally met it's match. This is a neapolitan-style pizza, which is like all italian style pizza, a thin crust but what makes it neapolitan is the amount of sauce they top on. It's wetter than mozza's style. You will need a fork and knife to consume this pizza. It's a great great piece of pizza, it may be the most basic of all ingredients however it's very delicious, the basil and tomato sauce were fresh and the mozzarella was uber creamy.

PASTE

Cavatelli alla Norcina. ricotta dumplings. housemade pork sausage. black truffles. grana padano. (3) I was informed this was the restaurant most popular pasta dish, Imagine a rolled up pasta smaller than a gnocchi, it's chewiness was very nice however the sauce was not that prominent but I couldn't really enjoy this pasta to it's full extent because of the pork sausage.

Spaghetti Rustichella. sea urchin. squid ink bottarga. garlic. calabrian chiles. breadcrumbs. (3) I've been fortunate enough to have eaten at alot of great Italian restaurants that serves killer pasta including places in Rome which were life changing. This dish is an amazing dish, it's very subtle in it's own way yet goes off with a bang once you taste it for the first time. It's like crack (not that I've previously used it) addicting and overpowering. It over powers your senses. Very creamy and rich but not to the point where you'll get sick of it like let's say...roasted bone marrow, first few bites may be great but anymore, all that fat will make you sick. Perfect al dente spaghetti, covered in creamy sweet sea urchin roe, saltiness from the bottarga, heat from the chiles, and crunch from the breadcrumbs, all the worldly texture and taste summed up in 1 dish. If you can only afford 1 dish at bestia, this would be it. I should have done the famous orgasm scene in when harry met sally.

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Grilled Whole Orata. rapini ripassati. anchovy paste. dandelion greens. chili oil. (3) By this point, most of the diners were full. This fish was beautifully presented. If you know fish, when you grill it, the meat tends to get too flaky and dry, not this fish. Fish is served deboned, stuffed with rapini which is perfect, why? both fish and rapini were subtle in taste, you can still taste the sweetness of the fish while enjoying the flavors of the rapini as well. You get a hint of saltiness from the anchovy paste which is smeared on just one side of the fish to prevent it from being too overly salty. Again, another wonderful dish.

Whole Roasted Duck. assortment of vegetable contorni. (3) The duck was beautiful, the skin was soft, like crispy like a peking duck, The seasoning was done very well as the meat itself absorbed it. Very soft, easy to cut. Delicious!

DOLCI

Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta. tangelos. honey whole wheat butter cookies. (3) The panna cotta came up way short of our standard. The best panna cotta we've had was at roma sparita in Rome. Bestia's version tasted like you're just having a greek yogurt. It was understated overall.

Valrhona Fair Trade Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart. salted caramel. cacao crust. olive oil. sea salt. (3) When you mention budino to a foodie in LA, Nancy Silverton's adaptation comes into mind fairly quick and there's a reason for it, it's very good. The budino you'll get here will be more of a dark chocolate pudding version, by all means, im not saying it's not good, it's actually good but the dark chocolate is so pronounced that you can't taste the salted caramel anymore. This is a great finale for all the chocolate lovers out there.

The ( ) indicates how many dishes they served us for the whole table. Like I mentioned, they served it family style for bigger groups of 6 or more.

Also, there's alot of food that was served so obviously there will be left overs, we requested for the food that's left overs to be packed. They did pack the antipasti, pizza, and pasta. On the duck and orata, they did take it away to pack but they forgot to give it to us or put it inside the paper bag they've already given up earlier in the meal for the earlier left overs. We still had alteast 1 whole fish and 1 1/2 ducks left so there's alot left so we felt bad.

I emailed Michelle (Event Coordinator) and informed her of the miscue by the staff, she apologized and offered a $25 gc. For a $1300 dinner and to offer only $25 gc for the left over food that's worth more than $25 is a little bit insulting but I'm not the one to really complain so I'll take it. I'll still be back to Bestia hopefully after this lent is done so i can fully enjoy Bestia's offering especially their house cured charcuteries.

3.5/5 for now.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food at Bestia is outstanding. Although Bestia is in part known for its meat dishes, as a pescatarian, I had little trouble picking items to eat. The menu is diverse and delicious--although a touch rich. My only other issue with Bestia was the hostess. She was a bit standoffish--but our server was incredibly friendly and helpful. I would absolutely go back.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

The area is getting better and better, and this restaurant serves very nice food, family style. You taper invited to share everything you order, and same tables have a sort of a shelf, on top of the table, where the waiter serves the dishes, so they can be moved up and down for everybody to taste them. The kale salad and the grilled octopus and calamari salad are excellent, very nice soups and pizzas. Good clams and mussels, even if I don't like the fennel sausage in it. The place is very noisy and very busy, you need a reservation even on a mid week night. Price is medium high, but it's worth the food they serve.

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