The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Critics' Pick
The Tasting Kitchen +

Anne Fishbein


  • Mon.-Sun. 5:30-midnight; Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
The Tasting Kitchen is a bit of a fantasy, the type of impossibly trendy yet welcoming place that might appear in an expensively made romantic comedy, the type where a gaggle of good-looking offspring return to Diane Keaton’s breezy Venice house, wear a lot of cashmere and fall in love with various hunks who stare into their eyes over candlelight at a beautiful restaurant, just like this one. Casey Lane’s Abbot Kinney eatery is still the toughest reservation in Venice, six years after opening. The reasons are many: the room, which envelops you in its warm glow; the cocktails, which are seasonal and so carefully made; Lane’s cooking, which merges Italian inspiration with the best of California’s bounty. That means a wide selection of charcuterie, a full list of gorgeous pastas, and entrees such as porcini-crusted hangar steak or roasted duck and liver with apple marmaletta. Book early, don your most effortlessly beautiful cashmere and indulge in the fantasy. - Besha Rodell Read our full review.

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