Modern Italian

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  • 2015 Best Cocktail Program
  • 2015 Best Wine List

This wildly popular DTLA Arts District eatery serves up husband-and-wife chef team Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis’ highly acclaimed rustic, multi-regional Italian fare, including exquisite pizzas, pastas and small plates, paired with impeccable cocktails and a thoughtful, Old World-centric wine list. Housed in a converted warehouse, Bestia’s setting is rustic-industrial – a mix of exposed brick, bare rafters, chandeliers made of meat hooks and Edison bulbs casting muted light. The (typically-packed) L-shaped space features a bar, salumi bar and large open kitchen as well as two patios.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Execution is everything. Ori Menashe, his wife, Genevieve Gergis, and restaurateur Bill Chait envisioned a warehouse east of downtown as a testa-serving, guanciale-curing, pasta-extruding temple of authenticity, and darned if they didn’t achieve it. Menashe lights up beef heart tartare with champagne vinegar and boosts grilledorata with an anchovy and lemon paste. Gergis’s panna cotta with persimmon wedges ends a meal—whether it’s lardo-draped pizza or brothy cassoeula—on an exquisitely soft note. Italian peasant food hasn’t been this romantic since the last late-night showing of Padre Padrone at the old New Beverly Cinema years ago.” – LA Magazine

“Bestia exemplifies the modern Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, deeply invested in curing its own meats, preparing just enough offal to satisfy the nose-to-tail crowd and not only making its pasta by hand but also serving it a little underdone so that the fusilli in lamb sauce almost hurts. Grass-fed beef heart tartare? Sea urchin crudo with lardo? Veal tartare with tonnato sauce? Ori Menashe is right there with you, even if you're just at Bestia for Genevieve Gergis' Carnaroli rice pudding with fruit. If you have heard of one bottle in five on the rustic-leaning list, you are probably studying for the master of wine exam.” – LA Times

On the Side

Bestia means "beast" in Italian.


  • 100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016 — Opentable
  • LA: 3 Neighborhood Restaurant Favorites 2016 — Table8
  • Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants 2014, 2016 — Los Angeles Times
  • Best Bars 2014 — Food & Wine
  • 75 Best Restaurants 2014 — Los Angeles Magazine
  • Essential 99 Restaurants 2014 — LA Weekly
  • Three stars from LA Weekly, 2013
  • Ori Menashe: Best New Chefs, 2015 — Food & Wine
  • 75 Best Restaurants in LA, 2014 — LA Magazine

Menu for Bestia

Main Menu

Piatti Piccoli

  • Homemade Country Bread wood grilled. olive oil. garlic. salt.
  • Marinated Olives cerignola. taggiasche. castelvetrano. gaeta. picholine.
  • Veal Tartare Crostino shallots. parsley. lemon. tonnato sauce.
  • Smoked Chicken Liver Pate preserved lemon. herb salad. grilled bread.
  • Roasted Heirloom Cauliflower smoked paprika aioli. dill. mint. lime zest.
  • Lobster Crostino saffron and squid ink aioli. pickled chilies. opal basil. citrus.


  • Genevieve's Little Gems walnut vinaigrette. ricotta salata. soft herbs. radish. shallots.
  • Citrus & Yogurt coraline chicory. wild fennel. radish. black sesame. nasturtium. ground chili.
  • Farro Salad crème fraîche. snap peas. pistachio. basil. mint. pickled green almonds.
  • Chopped Salad brussels sprouts. baby kale. mint. almonds. fennel salami. fried lentils. golden raisins.
  • Pan-Roasted Chicken Gizzards roasted beets. belgian endive. aged capra sarda.
  • Smoked Branzino lentils. fennel soffritto. cherry tomatoes. preserved lemon butter toast.
  • Pork Belly alla plancha parsley & mint salsa verde. pickled pomegranate. black radish. orange peel. pork jus.
  • Roasted Marrow Bone spinach gnocchetti. crispy breadcrumbs. aged balsamic.
  • Calamari alla Plancha warren pears. endive. watercress. charred shiitake. chili oil. apple balsamic.
  • Mussels and Clams housemade spicy 'nduja sausage. fennel seed. preserved orange. grilled bread.
  • Salumi chef's selection of house-cured meats. mostarda. grilled bread.
    2-3 People $22.00
    4-6 People $31.00


  • Margherita san marzano tomatoes. mozzarella. basil. olive oil. sea salt.
  • Clam burrata. mozzarella. clams in escabeche. chili flakes. fresh oregano. paprika. garlic.
  • Gorgonzola kale. mozzarella. grana padano. olive oil.
  • Burrata san marzano tomatoes. castelvetrano olives. oregano. fermented chilies.
  • Alla'nduja housemade spicy 'nduja. san marzano tomatoes. mozzarella. black cabbage. fennel pollen.


  • Casarecce al Pomodoro twisted semolina pasta. tomato sugo. fresh ricotta. basil oil.
  • Cavatelli alla Norcina ricotta dumplings. housemade pork sausage. black truffles. grana padano.
  • Agnolotti all'Agnello saffron pasta parcel. braised lamb. burro fuso. grana padano. pine nuts. currants.
  • Agnolotti alla Vaccinara saffron pasta parcel. braised oxtail. brown butter. rosemary. pistachios. currants.
  • Pici al Sugo di Agnello lamb ragu. saffron. capra sarda. breadcrumbs.
  • Rigatoni housemade prosciutto. tomatoes. cavolo nero. whipped burrata. pickled fennel seed. marjoram.
  • Tortellini di Mortadella brown butter. lentils. spinach. fresh thyme.
  • Spaghetti Rustichella dungeness crab. citrus. calabrian chili. thai basil. onion seed.


  • Grilled Whole Branzino pea tendrils. fried herbs. grilled lemon.
  • Slow Roasted Lamb Neck arugula. pickled fennel. black sesame. dill. salsa verde.
  • 32oz Bone-in Dry Aged Prime Ribeye arugula. turnips. radish. tarragon. apple balsamic & brown butter.
  • Grilled Pork Tomahawk Chop apple ginger frutta. arugula. opal basil.
  • Grilled Spiced Pork Porterhouse spicy pineapple frutta. arugula. opal basil. lemon chili vinaigrette.


  • Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta viva elisa strawberries. blood orange honey syrup. meyer lemon butter cookies.
  • Roasted Banana Malt and Muscovado Peanut Ice Cream Bar dark roasted peanut cream. caramelized banana.
  • Zabaglione al Moscato blood orange sorbet. brown sugar pine nut meringue. candied orange peel.
  • Rhubarb & Frangipane Crostata with Raspberry Glaze mascarpone ice cream.
  • Creamsicle Torte buttercake. coconut. sour tangerine. meyer lemon. italian meringue. toasted coconut.
  • "Coffee & Donuts" spiced chestnut zeppole. whipped cream. coffee ice cream.
  • Mast Brothers Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart salted caramel. cacao crust. olive oil. sea salt.
  • *substitutions and modifications politely declined. please inform your server of any food allergies


  • Perazzi aperol. amaro. lemon. prosecco. orange oil. served up.
  • Emilia orange aperitivo. quinine americano. lambrusco. lime. seltzer. served long over ice.
  • Angeleno Shandy gin. lemon. orange. lavender-honey. amaro. white ale. served up over ice.
  • The In-Between brandy. amontillado sherry. batavia arrack. lemon. served up with a sugar-spiced rim.
  • The Rambler tequila. pamplemousse liqueur. oro blanco cordial. orange aromatics. lime. served long over crushed ice.
  • Pistacia white rum. aged rum. rosa aperitivo. pistachio syrup. lime. pineapple. pistachio oil. served up.
  • Colombo rye whiskey. rose aperitivo. benedictine. angostura bitters. lemon oil. served up.
  • The Pear Trap mezcal. pear liqueur. douglas fir. salt baked pear puree. lemon. egg whites. served short with seltzer.
  • White Negroni gin. bianco aperitivo. gentian aperitif. grapefruit twist. served over big rock.
  • Chef's Old Fashioned lardo infused bourbon. hickory smoked sugar. angostura bitters. salt tincture. served over big rock.


  • Wine List The wine list at Bestia changes to some extent daily. We focus on producers and geographies that range from classical and known to vanguard and emerging. We forgo the inclusion of wines that are solely commercial. We strive for a balance that aptly supplies something for everyone while remaining dedicated to enhancing your experience here as a whole. We would be happy to forward you today's list. Please send requests to

On Tap

  • Kolsch. Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf. Cologne. Germany.
  • Citra Pale Ale. El Segundo Brewing Company. El Segundo. USA.
  • White Ale. Telegraph Brewing Co. Santa Barbara. USA.
  • Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Amber Ale. Smog City Brewing Co. Los Angeles. USA.

Bottle or Can

  • Citrus Gose Lager. Sudwerk Brewing Co. Davis. USA.
    355 Ml $8.00
  • American IPA. Bell's Brewery. Kalamazoo. USA.
    355 Ml $8.00

Non Alcoholic

  • Soda
    Diet Coke $2.50
    Coke $3.00
  • Iced Tea on tap. august uncommon custom blend. burnt apple & oolong.
  • Hot Tea august uncommon. black with bergamot, plum, & clove / green with lemongrass, pineapple, & barley.
  • Herbal Hot Tea jing tea. whole leaf peppermint.
  • Coffee stumptown coffee roasters. regular or decaf drip.

Our Team

  • A 3% charge is added to all checks to benefit our back of the house employees. Adding the charge directly to the check is the only legal way for us to assist in raising the standards of non-tipped employees. Thank you for supporting our staff. If you would like this charge removed, simply let your server know or feel free to adjust your gratuity accordingly. Menus displayed are samples only. Actual menus and prices are subject to change at any time and may not reflect what is currently available.

2121 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Lively, Modern, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Groups, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (213) 514-5724
  • Private Dining Room: No