Enjoy the food. Savor the conversation.


2121 7th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (213)514-5724 ($$$)

Eat AND Drink (on the Terrace): The food is amazing, the drinks are delish - but boy is it loud.


Bestia (beast in Italian) is getting rave reviews pretty much everywhere so you don’t really need me to tell you how amazing it is.  But it is.  It’s pretty damn amazing.  

Bestia is the brainchild of husband and wife team Chef Ori Menashe of Angelini Osteria fame and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis.  It’s located a bit off the beaten path in the downtown arts district but it’s worth it.

The decor is pretty spot on for where the world is going and what people want to see and be a part of.  Part industrial warehouse.  Part steampunk revisionist.  Part twinkly lit French cafe.  I loved it.

The staff was perfect.  Our party was four people but someone made the reservation for two people.  Instead of telling me there was nothing they could do, they figured something out and within 10 minutes or so we had a table.  Love.

The food is delicious.  Pastas are tasty.  Pizza made me want to over-indulge.   The tomato and burrata salad made me want to smother myself in it.  I had to stop eating before I exploded.

I have only one gripe - it’s loud.  And I’m not so old that I think every restaurant should be silent so I can have a conversation.  This was LOUD.  I highly recommend eating on the terrace, outdoors where the decibel level is a bit lower.  The terrace is really where it’s at.  Trust me.  Or go with someone you don’t really like so you have a reason not to talk to them.  But that just seems wrong when the food is THIS good.