Bestia

I have been trying to get a reservation at Bestia since the beginning of the year. Finally they must have had a cancellation and I was able to reserve a table for 4 at a reasonable time on a recent Friday evening when my Husband’s Brother and wife were visiting. I was so excited to see what all the hubbub was about for this restaurant. Located in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, Bestia is billed as a multi-regional Italian restaurant.

On the outside the restaurant looks like it is in an old downtown warehouse with loft living on top of it.

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The music is blasting as you enter and like many restaurants in Los Angeles you cannot hear anything above the music and din of diners. We immediately asked to be seated outside since my Husband’s brother is a little hard of hearing and the noise level outside was much better.

We began the meal with drinks of which Bestia has a very creative drink menu and a good wine and beer list.  Then we ordered a couple of appetizers which included a Heirloom Tomato salad and a Grilled Octopus and Calamari dish. The Tomato salad had a very creamy Burrata cheese and was delicious and the Grilled Octopus and Calamari dish was tasty but I would have liked the chunks of Octopus and Calamari to be larger.

Tomato

Octopus-&-Calamari

Then we ordered four Entrees which included a Margherita Pizza, Spaghetti Rustichella, Slow Roasted Lamb Neck & a Grilled Whole Orata (White Fish).

Pizza

Spaghetti

Lamb-Neck

Orata

Everything was fabulous. We would have ordered deserts but we were trying to catch a play and had to run but Bestia has such an extensive and interesting menu, it is a restaurant that I could eat at every night just so I could try everything. Definitely worth multiple visits, that is if you can get a reservation.

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