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The Tasting Kitchen

Map & Directions 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
  • New American
  • Sun, Sat 10:30am-2:30pm, Daily 6pm-0am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

The Tasting Kitchen feels more like a project art collective than a proper restaurant, a place at once both strange and familiar, where servers drift in and out like characters in a dream. The dining room is a study in social interaction that just happens to involve food, and the restaurant seems to center around Casey Lane, a veteran of Portland's clarklewis. Lane's style is simple, and over the course of a few meals you will notice an emphasis on toasted bread, strong cheese, braised meats, unaltered seasonal vegetables, a Northwest leaning toward nuts and the distinct, bitter taste of char. If you've arranged things correctly, food starts to appear in the middle of the table in no particular order: La Brea Bakery bread with house-made pickles or strawberry jam, tempura-fried green beans served like French fries, or a clump of blackened escarole scented with garlic and anchovies. Somebody glides by to describe a bitter, slightly fizzy red wine from Piemonte, and you end up with a glass of it; a few minutes later, somebody else lets you know about the G&T made with tonic water brewed just that afternoon, and you'll try a glass of that too. See full review.

Member Reviews

  • claire85 wrote a review for The Tasting Kitchen
    on 04/14/10

    The menu changes regularly, but if they have them, get: pork rilettes, amatriciana pasta, fries with sage and garlic, the romaine, anchovy and fig salad, and the bread pudding. I like the upstairs room - feels more like being in someone's house than at a restaurant.

  • debbie durand wrote a review for The Tasting Kitchen
    on 02/10/10

    Must get: conchielli luciana rapini pasta, duck confit and pork rillette....

  • GillianM1 wrote a review for The Tasting Kitchen
    on 02/10/10

    Green beans with hazelnut dressing, fresh creamy burrata and prosciutto was really good, as was the milk braised pork over fresh tagliatelle. Their version of a caesar salad was excellent too. Ambience is right on the money ....serene and very inviting atmosphere .... nice to see a place use so many candles - it really had a warm glow to it! Starters & cocktails a little pricey,... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Eater on 07/28/11

    Chef Casey Lane crafts ingredient-driven small plates in a hip, understated space. [Eater 38 Member]

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Los Angeles Times on 07/12/10

    They butcher whole animals and use all the different parts in dishes. They do their own curing and pickling.

  • GourmetLive on 10/16/10

    There’s a focused simplicity of Lane’s food: buttery Umbrian lentils; grilled bread smeared with fromage blanc; a perfectly medium-rare steak rough-sliced and served with balsamic fingerling potatoes.

  • LA Weekly on 03/23/11

    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info')

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