The Tasting Kitchen

New American
$ $ $
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
6:00pm - 11:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm
10:30am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm
10:30am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm



  • Menu and chef are fantastic here, as are the ambience and music. Crowd can be obnoxious and the service is absolutely horrible. It is also quite pricey. Toss up.
  • Justin Pike comes up with a new drink nearly every day, and the list changes seasonally. But the Braveheart, a perfect marriage of scotch and ginger -- cool heat -- remains an off-the-menu favorite.
  • The basic impression is of Italian cooking translated into an odd American dialect, in which grilled anchovies are laid so beautifully on the plate that you suspect there's an art director.
  • They butcher whole animals and use all the different parts in dishes. They do their own curing and pickling.
  • Holy f&*@ the brunch. Everything we tried was delish. Sticky bun, short rib hash, and French toast were standouts.
  • Aquavit & Absinthe in 1 cocktail? Bring it. Also...Italian fried rice is must-do.
  • The chicken-and-waffles situation: amazing. And ask for the off-menu Braveheart cocktail.
  • Try the soft scramble, light and delicious.
  • Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info')
  • Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Cocktails!! Classic and delicious. Also wonderful for brunch or dinner. Anything you try will be tasty - be adventurous. You won't be disappointed.
  • The cocktails and food are amazing. It can take a while to get what you order and service could be better, but I'd still go back anyway because it's just that good.
  • The tagliarini with spicy serrano chilies & meaty shrimp is one of the most deceptively simple pastas in the city, the right balance of spice with umami from the shrimp takes this one over the top.
  • Order the fried chicken & waffles, short rib hash, and a grilled tomato sandwich on the bill of fare. Don't skip the sticky bun.
  • The menu is clearly influenced by a Mediterranean mindsettheres a whole section devoted just to pastaand Chef Lane is adept at both the simple and the surprising.
  • Truly great ambient and even better staff. Don't miss any of Justin Pike's creation with Diplomtico Reserva Exclusiva
  • Ask for the off-menu burger. This secret item is topped with bacon, a sunny-side-up egg and pungent poisses cheese:
  • Brave hearts all day
  • Hands down one of the best places to dine in LA!
  • The Tasting Kitchen hails from Portland, and chef Casey Lane and his staff serve up delicious, fresh food in the Northwest style with French undertones.

Nearby places

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd (at Millwood Ave)
1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd (at Palms Blvd)
1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd (at Andalusia Ave.)