2121 E. 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Bestia +

Photo by Anne Fishbein Charcuterie plate at Bestia


  • 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

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