Bestia

2121 E. 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021
213-514-5724
Bestia +

Photo by Anne Fishbein Charcuterie plate at Bestia

Details

  • Sun.-Thu., 5-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-mid.
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
Bestia remains one of L.A.’s few true perennial hot spots. Three years in, the restaurant is still thrilling trend seekers and serious food nerds alike. The winning formula, concocted by Sprout restaurant group and chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, consists of an industrial-chic space in the bottom of a loft building on the edge of the Arts District, aggressively cheffy Italian cooking and a stellar cocktail menu and wine list. This is a profoundly fun place to eat, the energy in the room matching the gleeful combinations on the plate, the latter of which include slow-roasted lamb neck with hazelnuts and salsa verde, and the perennial favorite of chicken gizzards with roasted beets and Belgian endive. The pastas remain some of the best in town, and if you’re looking for simplicity you can stop by for a pizza and a beer. If you can get in, that is — even on a Tuesday night the bar is four deep by 6:30, and reservations are practically impossible. It’s not hard to see why. —Besha Rodell

Related Stories (24)

  • Bestia's Bone Marrow Eggnog Isn't as Gross as It Sounds
    9 days ago by Heather Platt

    Even on their own, bone marrow and egg nog are divisive objects. Leave it to Bestia, the Arts District hotspot whose charcuterie boards are the stuff of legend, to combine these two loved-and-hated ingredients into a cocktail. Wheth...

  • The 10 Best Restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles
    15 days ago by Besha Rodell

    Downtown's explosive growth has been one of the most widely discussed topics in the restaurant world for the past few years. Now we are beginning to see those planted seeds bear delicious, delicious fruit. What was once a scattered ...

  • 5 Grandmother-Approved Handmade Pastas in L.A.
    2 months ago by Nile Cappello

    Whether you grew up eating cacio e pepe made right in your kitchen or recently discovered the religious experience that is a well-executed carbonara, there are a few places in L.A. that feel like the food equivalent of a hug from yo...

  • 20 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles
    4 months ago by Besha Rodell

    Essentials. Favorites. Bests. There are all kinds of ways to rank restaurants, and we do just about every one of them here at LA Weekly. One thing we haven't done, until fairly recently, is rank the best restaurants in L.A., st...

Load More Articles

Menu

View All

More Italian Restaurants in Downtown

  • A small neighborhood restaurant located in downtown's Historic District, Colori is a country-styl...

    Deli
  • Inspired by the Rialto Bridge and adjacent marketplace in Venice, Italy, Drago Centro has vaulted...

    Italian
  • One corner of downtown L.A.'s Bottega Louie is occupied by a market selling high-end cheeses and ...

    Italian
View All

More Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >