1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA | Directions 9029133.989754 -118.463066
Neighborhoods: West LA, Venice
The Tasting Kitchen’s food is so delicious that perhaps its name should be changed to The Tasty Kitchen. My favorite dish is the Lasagnette Bolognese; its taste is just as delectable as its appearance is creative.
An LA favorite! Love coming here for brunch or dinner. I ordered the French toast and it wasn't only huge, it was delicious!
Very cool vibe and great place for both mingling and dining. You MUST try the oyster po' boy. You should really try everything, but the po boys are unreal!
This is where you for a little comfort fun. Not compromising in flavor even something as simple as soup dances with quality ingredients and flavor. Their grilled cheese sufficed for my 6 year-old. (You have to ask for it.)
One of my all-time favorites in Los Angeles. Modern, clean and beautiful space, with a menu that changes daily. Pro-tip: Go with a big group and order the whole menu. Definitely the way to go.
Style, atmosphere, craft cocktails and the food! Here, they have it all! See and be seen with substance. You can't go wrong with any of the menu items. Don't miss the upstairs dining room outfitted with a library.
Great find on Abbott Kinney – When going to The Tasting Kitchen I had to try the chef's tasting menu and I wasn't dissapointed. We started with the charcutterie board followed by salads, pasta, meat and dessert. Only one dish didn't meet expectations (the pork was rather bland) but everything else was full of flavor. My dinner companion almost licked the pasta plate clean. The only draw backs for me were the noise and limited wine list. While the wine by the bottle list is great I only found 3 glasses on the menu by the glass. Also, after 7 it became almost impossible to hear my table. However, I'll go back if just for the fava beans with burrata, that was incredible.
Pretentious Rip Off - Save Your Money – Ok. I had read all the negative comments from yelpers and for SOME reason I chose to ignore them. Thought I knew better. Big mistake. Y'all are totally right. I implore you, please take your hard earned dollars and go somewhere else. This place, sadly, is a pretentious rip off.
I ordered a cocktail purporting to contain "gin, meyer lemon, and fennel"
When the drink came it was clear that it contained pernod or absinthe, neither of which I like. When questioned the waiter went to ask the bartender, returned, said that it did indeed contain absinthe but there were some infused fennel seeds in there somewhere. Ummmm. I sent it back.
We ordered the scallop appetizer - $16 - and we got TWO SCALLOPS
We order the lamb entree - one chop appeared - balanced on iiterally about 12 peas.
Hey listen, I am not into supersizing but this was ridiculous.
No bread although we were served an amuse-y thing - some type of endive and pear salad. Come to think of it maybe that was a mistake and we got someone else's salad.
Dessert - we had the bread pudding and the gelato which were again small portions, but tasty.
The chamomile tea was...of course...lavender tea...but the lavender was never mentioned.
The crowning glory was the coffee. No espresso machine, ok. My friend ordered a regular black coffee. She asked for more coffee "a refill" and was brought another cup. She was charged $5 for the second cup! WHAT! You're gonna serve filter coffee by the cup and charge five bucks for each cup!! Outrageous. Fortunately the bill and the coffee came at the same time so back it went.
Left hungry and more than a little cranky. Bill for two WITHOUT tip and including ONE app ONE entree (we shared both) TWO desserts, THREE glasses of wine THREE cocktails, ONE coffee, ONE tea $150.
This MIGHT have been worth it if everything was abundant and amazing...but it was far from it.
You can do a lot better things with this money. Skip the Tasting Kitchen people. Shame on whoever owns this place.
Great Food and Amazing Service!!! – Sexy atmosphere, friendly and attentive service staff. Best cocktails in Venice and the food continues to wow every time! In love with The Tasing Kitchen!
AK hotbed for foodies who like daily-changing global eats. – Venice Beach might be known for its wild acts along the wacky muscle beach boardwalk, but this low-lit and lively spot on Abbot Kinney is quite the opposite. Its romantic vibe is complemented by candle-topped tables and a built-in wall fireplace, while the bi-level rear bar area is perfect for a whole lot of mingling. But beyond the cool scene, it's the food that keeps locals coming back for lunch and dinner. After a brief stint as AK, the space is now home to the Tasting Kitchen, a concept based on a daily-changing, farmer's market-driven menu. (Yes, that includes the drinks, too.) Halibut with cranberry, beans, carrots and onions, burgers topped with cheddar and heirloom tomatoes, and oyster po' boys are just a few samples of the many dishes served up. Dishes feature touches of Spain, Morocco, Italy and France like mussels served with white beans and fennel and cod served with potatoes and saffron aioli.
One negative review does not a bad restaurant make... – We had a terrific experience and dinner was delicious. Despite the negative review below (which I don't doubt), I would say the service was through-the-roof good for us. Our waiter was a hip cool dude and super attentive and accomodating. I had the toast appetizer that came w/ goat cheese and figs, etc. - yeah, the bread was pretty charred, but I liked it that way - maybe a bit on the crunchy side. We tried the mussels - the broth of course made for perfect bread-dipping - tastey but not life-changing. The flank steak was super with a nice spicey-sweet sauce and fingerlings + shitakes done just right. The Halibut was stand-out incredible - its sauce should win some prize on the food channel - I could eat their halibut all the live-long-day and be the better man for it! And did I mention they serve Mexican Coke in a cold frosty bottle! The scene was very hip - mostly progressive young professionals w/ thick-rimmed trendy glasses - the grad schools should be proud their alumni are eating so well.... the noise factor is pretty loud, and yes there are some big tables w/ rich college girls, having fun laughing the night away and swapping frat-guy stories... And there is a bar area. This place is definitely happening and scores high by me!
Charming Decor, Worst Service on Abbot Kinney – We were tired of the crowds at Gjelina so decided to try Tasting Kitchen one weekend night. Was initially impressed w/ the handsome space and interior. We were seated right away and ordered our drinks. Unfortunately, it took over 15 minutes for those drinks to arrive. Our French waitress seemed overwhelmed when we asked to at least bring us water ... which she kept forgetting. Finally we asked if we could just order our food - she said she forgot her notebook and would return. 10 minutes later she came back and asked if we were ready. Wow. We realized we weren't going to be eating for awhile so ordered an appetizer. When the fig toast appetizer arrived blackened and charred so badly charcoal had broken off all over the plate and the toast was rock hard, she told us she thought it was suppose to be that way and that it had been grilled along w/ the hamburgers so someone probably just forgot it was on the grill (?). Bigger wow. We finished our appetizer and then waited over 30 minutes for our main course. We kept having to ask for more water. By the time our meals came, we were exhausted. Waitress never apologized for the ridiculous and repeated wait or offered to comp our drinks, appetizer or anything else. Ironically the one thing she did bring us promptly was the check!
I'd wait to try this place until management hires competent waitresses and trains the kitchen staff on delivery/timing of food. Space itself has potential.
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