bestia restaurant downtown la
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SUNDAY - THURSDAY: 5 P.M. - 11 P.M. | FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 5 P.M. - 12 A.M.
213.514.5724 | WEBSITE

Down a deserted-looking street in the outer reaches of the Arts District lies one of LA’s most popular restaurants. With a wine list that sports categories like “Wiggle. Wiggle. Wiggle” and “S.W.A.G. Approved” you know you’re in for an experience. Wine director Ryan Ibsen has started a new practice called the “bone luge,” which involves sherry being poured down an empty bone. The primary focus of the list is its pairing-power with chef Ori Menashe’s truly outstanding menu, with wines that lean heavily in the high-acid, mineral-driven, saline—and sometimes funky—direction. The bar program is overseen by Julian Cox, with the usual great results.

Known For
  • natural wine
  • Italian wine
  • craft cocktails
  • full menu
  • low wine markups
What to drink
Oddball wines from Croatia, Georgia, Canary Islands and Italy’s Friuli. Craft cocktails from notable LA bartender Julian Cox.
Arts District
Order the wine rave. You won't regret it.