Vespaio

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Get wined and dined downtown at Chef Agostino Sciandri’s newest restaurant, located in the Emerson.
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KL
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I sat a the bar and ended up staying there for dinner since the vantage point (Monday night football) and the service (from Maria) were so good! :-)

BD
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. Our party had the branzino, salmon, and lamb shank. My only criticism was with my Martini on the rocks, which arrived with ice chips instead of cubes, and was already watered down when it arrived. My wife’s Old Fashioned arrived with one large ice cube and was fine. What gives? I expect better for $15-$17 per drink.

H
Los Angeles
221 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Convenient location. Close to the Broad and Music Center complex. A bit overpriced.

f
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pizzas and pastas are excellent. So in the calamari salad. They seem to keep on getting better. If you haven't been there in a while check them out again. Great spot for pre concert / theater dinner. Check out the Happy Hour too.

HM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good place to go before a concert or the theater.

L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dined with friend before a show at Ahmanson. It was a good experience—not amazing but no complaints.

VF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner celebration. Every dish was wonderfully presented and delicious! The cocktails were superb too. We thoroughly enjoyed it and all party said the would recommend and return.

M
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I'd recommend it but with some caveats. My most recent experience was disappointing. The pasta I orderd -- garganelli with seafood -- was not even warm, a bit lean on seafood, and the shrimp I was told it would have was no where to be seen. Given that I was hosting this lunch, a business lunch, I could hardly send it back.
Service was, well, sufficient, but hardly the kind of service I would tell colleagues or friends about.

K
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was outstanding. Great service, yummy food, lovely ambiance. Highly recommend this place

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good. Service could have been much better.

D
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hugo was as good as ever. Always special for us. Keep up the good work!

D
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and high attention to detail.

S
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to Vespaio many times. The food was excellent! The service on our last visit was a bit slow due to multiple events happening in the area. The waiter was very apologetic for the slow service. We may need to allow for more time on our next visit.

DS
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

the food was delicious and the got us in and out quickly to get to the theater. It is expensive for the type of food and we each ordered a glass of wine without looking at a wine list and the very small pour was $16 each!! That is outrageous in my opinion....I would eat at Vespaio again but I will make sure to ask how much the glass of wine is!!

HM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to dine before going to a concert or show.

AS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Due to traffic, we arrived late & needed to get out in time for Curtain. Service was excellent.

c
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an early dinner before going to the Ahmanson Theater. We had a party of six and were able to sit on the patio. It is actually and enclosed patio and was very pleasant. 2 people got pizza and enjoyed it vey much, 1 person got a special ragu with homemade past and loved it. I got a special that had homemade pasta with mushrooms and truffles, and I loved it. The only person who was not happy with her choice was someone who got the asparagus and shrimp risotto. It didn't have much flavor. They are not shy on their prices, but it was a great meal overall.

K
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot to eat before seeing something at the Music Center. Food was good and the atmosphere is lively.

k
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Megen was our waitress and was wonderful - constantly checking on us despite it being busy. Food was great , however don't go really hungry as the portions are not big- great taste though. Kind of expensive but OK for a special occasion. I would go back for sure.

BA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I might recommend with reservations. I would not recommend the veal chop.

l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was especially impressed with the customer service from allowing flexibility in my reservation (we had bad traffic), to very attentive wait staff. Thank you.

SQ
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a good experience at first and the waitress was helpful and tried to meet needs, but when the bill was paid and we were standing outside waiting for one of our friends to put food in car, the waitress came outside the restaurant to hit us up for a bigger tip. We had split it 3 ways and I put 20% on my credit card for my portion. I had gone to restroom so I didn't know what the others had done, but one friend paid cash. The waitress came out and said that the person that paid cash didn't give me a tip. Now i thought that tips were optional and I found out later that between the 2 people that paid with card we already had left 10%. We were in a hurry because we were going to see a play at the Ahmanson so I just handed her another 20 not knowing the whole story. I waited tables through college so I always tip well but I certainly never expected I would get a good tip all the time. I felt she was being greedy and I won't be going here again.

d
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu with a very nice variety of dishes. Daily special included a vegan mushroom puree soup. I had a fantastic paparadelli with wild boar ragu. Probably the most meaty I've ever had. My wife had a "verdi" pasta that came with a beef mushroom ragu, which they happily left out the beef to make it vegetarian.

PS
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent presentation and flavor. Service was very good. Friendly and helpful wait staff

M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the patio!

e
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Italian restaurant with great menu choices. Wonderful desserts! Next door to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

p
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful relaxing atmosphere with a wonderful waitstaff. The food was awesome and so were the drinks!

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My only complaint was that our waitress would not let me exchange a side for another. I wanted spinach instead of something else. She said "no substitutions." For a restaurant that costs this much, that is irritating. Its not McDonalds.

MN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was absolutely fantastic!!!

DD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great homemade pasta -rigatoni- with seafood.
Spoused love the salmon.

p
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! One of my favorites!

S
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Vespaio continues to maintain high standards across the board!!

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lunch here is great. This was my first time at dinner and it was disappointing. There weren’t enough staff for the dining room so service was occasional and we had to get up and track down our waiter twice. My dinner, the scampi risotto, was flavorless— it was steamed shrimp in white rice. Another entree— the filet mignon risotto was like rice in cheese soup. The other entrees were fine. I’ll go back for lunch but not dinner

FE
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go to this restaurant in DTLA before a show at Disney Hall or The Music Center. It's convenietly located. Service is alway very good. Our server was great. We usually sit indoors, but sat out on the large covered terrace this time where it was nice and quiet. Food was excellent as always and we enjoyed another fine dining experience even if it's a bit pricey.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for Sunday morning family gathering! Next to all the landmarks in downtown Los Angeles! Excellent food preparation and quite environment! I will bring more friends in!

R
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was a big disappointment. Lamb was terrible. I asked for a substitution for included potatoes and the restaurant charged 9.00 for green beans. Very underwhelmed and was not even busy.

CY
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

great location, but food is not great. small portions, you better off going to like brand names restaurants.. you will pay the same but better food. we ordered food, fish, has no flavor, looks like my 10 year old buy grab it from fridge and put garlic and fried it. nothing special, no crazy flavor. and the spinach, same thing. my ten year old can do it better. no flavor, just steam and smoke from hot water. I would say that for the price, you can go anywhere where food is better. for Me, I ordered pasta seafood, it was bad bad.. lots of pasta and mixed in with small pieces of shrimp, scalops etc. I see no seafood but pasta. And yes, it was empty on Saturday night. 10 people the most. boring environment.
Chef needs to make it more special plates and have great portions or experiences..

SC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the service and food.

KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is great, I've been here a couple of times now. They're ingredients are incredibly fresh and I like their varied selection of foods. There's a little grab and go market off to the side as well. The decor reminds me of a fun, relaxed yet sophisticated beach house, I find the atmosphere to be really great. Great views and patio dining as well.

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