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Tasca - 56 Reviews - 8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Los Angeles, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (323) 951-9890

Tasca

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8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Best

I adore Tasca. The food is delicious and inventive. It is always piping hot and fresh, and on top of that, the service is always cordial. The waitstaff and bartenders are always w...

Worst

My friend and I wanted to get a glass of wine so we decided to try Tasca the other night. In total, we had an app for $12, four glasses of wine for $7 each and one glass of wine ...

good... 3/26/2012

Great for meeting friends, hangin' out and have one or more from their outstanding wine and beer list. I have not eaten here yet but will soon. Great staff and comfortable surroundings. more

Cool little wine bar 5/21/2010

I like this small wine/tapas bar. The servers are passionate and knowledgeable about wine. The happy hour is a great way to sample the tapas menu. The decor is warm, inviting and romantic. If you sit in the outside patio, be prepared for the slow service. But overall its a fun, unpretentious bar that I keep going back to. Pros: wine, tapas, atmosphere more

Overpriced!!! 2/12/2009

My friend and I wanted to get a glass of wine so we decided to try Tasca the other night. In total, we had an app for $12, four glasses of wine for $7 each and one glass of wine for $9. Our bill was $77. I'm not the best at math but when I calculate this it comes out to $49. The waiter said it was because there were ""tasting"" charges and ""glass"" charges. Before we ordered two of the wines, he gave us a miniscule taste (which most good places do) and I'm praying that these ""tastes"" didn't total $28. He tried explaining the bill but we didn't' understand it and were so annoyed that we paid it and vowed to never go back again. I've had better food and wine at other winebars for less than $77, Disappointing because I really wanted to like this place. Cons: Pricing is ridiculous more

Nice vibe, but overpriced & not that good... 1/13/2009

Walked in for dinner around 7:30 on a Saturday night sans reservation, got seated right away. Nice host, charming waiter. Ambience lovely, good music, cozy lighting. Place filled up, seemed like a fun mixed crowd. But service really slow, food crawled out of the kitchen at a snails pace. The wine was good, but we had to drink a ton of it because our food wasn't arriving. In my mind the thing with Tapas is you order a bunch and the plates all just keep coming. Also food very salty, and honestly not that great - the 'moules frites' was really drab, kinda funky, and the fries were tough and bland. My husband ordered a large plate fish dish; super small portion, nothing else on the plate, no potatoes, no green beans nothing. For what we ended up spending, wouldn't go back. And I know it's 'Spanish Food', but seriously dismissive of vegetables, and practically nothing for Vegetarians. Too bad because we live in the hood... more

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME, GO TO A.O.C.!!!! 11/16/2008

Celebrating a birthday at Tasca is just a horrible idea. Our group wasn't seated until nearly 10 PM, which was 40 minutes after our so-called reservation. The service was atrocious! We were very hungry but they refused to bring any bread until after we ordered (which took another 25 minutes). The server was pompous, insulting and could not answer simple questions in a straight forward manner. He was completely inattentive to our needs. Their dishes were overpriced and inconsistent. My brother and his girlfriend described their experience as eating ""expensive airline food."" The highlight of the evening was discovering a miniature crab in one of my mussels - no joke. I brought our displeasure to the attention of the Maitre D. But rather than try and smooth things over and make us feel appreciated or important he attempted to defend their horrible customer service. It was insulting! He could've cared less when I told him that I would never come back nor recommend the restaurant to anyone. Never before have I left a ""nice"" meal feeling like an idiot. But after my experience at Tasca I can't believe I wasted so much money and time at a place that clearly doesn't value my business. NEVER AGAIN!!! Pros: The burrata salad and mussels are very good. Cons: Doesn't value customers, pompous waiter, poor service = felt like a schmuck for choosing tasca more

I prefer Cobra's and Matador's 10/23/2008

This place was just ok. I have been to several tapas places in Los Angeles and I found the tapas to be excessively overpriced for the extremely small portions, similar to the restaurant ""Parc."" The food was maybe a 7 out of 10. Cheese plate's are my favorite and I found their cheese plate to be quite mediocre. The one thing I must say about this place is that they do have an amazing wine selection so if you are a wino this is the place to be. more

Delicious food, great customer service. Sit at the bar! 10/1/2008

I adore Tasca. The food is delicious and inventive. It is always piping hot and fresh, and on top of that, the service is always cordial. The waitstaff and bartenders are always willing to answer questions and make suggestions as to what their favorite dishes are. They will also help you out if you have a hard time deciding what you'd like to eat. I would recommend trying to score a seat at the bar if you're eating with only one other person, as I think the tables put the diners too far apart from one another. It is also quite loud, so if you sit at the bar you'll have a better chance of hearing your dining partner. It's a nice place to go on a date with someone you really like...in other words, not first date material. It can get pricey, but it's not outrageous. The moules frites are delicious, served in a saffron broth. The duck confit is to die for. I found the pate plate a little disappointing simply because I preferred one pate over the other two we were served, but it's fun to try new things. And the bread is delicious. Pair things with wine, have a good conversation with your date and the waiter, and you're guaranteed to have a good time. Just remember...sitting at the bar makes a big difference! Pros: Inventive, fresh food served by attentive and helpful waitstaff. Cons: Ambiance is a loud, and tables put patrons too far apart. It's best to sit at the bar. more

Great tapas, excellent service Try it!!! 4/15/2008

I called to check on availability at 4pm on Saturday, and was told that may be I will be able to be seated at 10pm after a show I went to see with 2 other couples. Well, at 10 there were no space available inside, however, outside on the patio there was one corner free, where the owner set up 3 tables together and seated us within 5 minutes. Our waiter was great, attentive and gave us a lot of recommendations, so is the bus boy, food was excellent, we are all into tapas style now. Ceviche was excellent, so are the buratta cheese salad, tuna tartar (we ordered extra later), shrimp dish; service was outstanding. We did not order any drinks from the bar, but all had Sangria with raspberries and oranges. For dessert, the owner treated us to 4 different desserts; all were great, especially chocolate mousse. We had a wonderful time, and would return sometime very soon. Pros: Food, service, atmosphere more

Impressive.... 3/27/2008

We had a reservation, but still had to wait about 20 minutes. However, the manager came over several times to check on us and was extremely cordial. The bartender was fantastic - wines were amazing, our group of 5 waited patiently. It makes a huge difference when someone is at least checking on you. After being seated, the waiter took his time and was extremely informative. Having recently moved here from NYC, this is the best service at a ""trendy"" spot so far. Yes, it is loud due to room design and the natural acoustics, but it was perfect for friends getting together for a well prepared meal and great wine. The braised short rib, steak frites and duck confit were cooked perfectly. The person who recomended the wine was fantastic as well, selecting and describing the perfect bottle for a group of 5. I am still getting to know the LA restaurant scene, but this was one of the best experiences so far.... Pros: Food, wine Cons: parking ( use the valet ) more

LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT !! 3/26/2008

there was definitely a wait before we were sat, but i can understand it because Tasca has been named one of the ""LA's 75 Best Reastaurants"" by Los Angeles Magazine and it was packed. i have to say that the food was amazing. the restaurant is beautiful. i'll try to remeber next time to request to be seated in the corner booth. We ordered the arancini, so delicious. the Steak Frites, which melted in your mouth and the very yummy braised short rib with butternut squash agnonlotis, the best short rib i've ever had. my server was amazing. very nice experience. Pros: service, ambience Cons: make reservations more

Bad food and ambience = bad restaurant 3/22/2008

I ordered a bunch of small plates with a friend and the food was really terrible. They use way too much salt. I complained to the owner and he looked at me like I was crazy. Aside from the food, the ambiance is completely lacking. The lights are way too low and the noise is way too high. You can't even have a conversation because its so loud. I'm going somewhere else next time. more

They need to get their act together 3/22/2008

Is it just me, or shouldn't a restaurant honor your reservation if you go through the trouble of making a reservation? I had a 9:00 reservation for a party of 2 and I had to wait 45 minutes before being seated. There was barely an apology and the owner/host was completely apathetic. I suppose I could have gone somewhere else, but no one told me it would take 45 minutes of just standing around before we were finally given a table. Cons: the people that work there more

Worst in LA! 3/22/2008

My wife and I just got back from dinner and I cannot believe how awful our experience at this restaurant was. We will never go back. more

Our favorite restaurant 3/21/2008

My wife and I have been going to Tasca since it first opened. We've watched it develop from a secret little place, to the bustling, but intimate, place it is now. We used to laugh conspiratorially with the early customers (who always seemed to be regulars) about how we can't let the secret out about the fantastic food, service and setting, or we won't be able to just walk in and get a table, but how we couldn't help sharing this gem with our friends. I think a lot of people felt that way. more

Great service, friendly staff, wonderful small plates, fun wine list 3/21/2008

Tasca is by far my favorite tapas place in L.A. I've been going there since before they had a liquor license and have never left disappointed. The food is consistently fantastic. For two people, try the braised shortribs with butternut squash ravioli, the burrata cheese salad, the truffled potato chips, and one or two of the nightly specials. Their wine list offers a broad selection of choices, with my personal favorite being the Derose ""Negrette"", or the Linne Calodo ""Problem Child"" if you're feeling like splurging. All of the reds are decanted and served at the right temperature, which is a nice touch and somewhat of a rarity in L.A. The ambience is warm and friendly, making it a great date spot or fun for slightly larger groups, but do make a reservation, since it's a small place and very popular on weekends. Service has been flawless every time I've been there, and the staff are open and friendly about answering any questions about the menu, wine list, etc. Pros: Wonderful food and service Cons: Parking can be tough, so use the valet more

Too pricey 3/21/2008

I'm really disappointed with my experience at Tasca. I thought it was much more expensive than it should have been. When you go there, you're paying high end but not getting a high end experience. I also wasn't really all that crazy about the menu. It was really limited and the food wasn't anything special. I wouldn't go there again. Cons: Too expensive for what it is more

Excellent food. 3/19/2008

Better than A.O.C. Pros: thumbs up. more

not enough wine 3/19/2008

i wish they had a better selection of wine. isn't that what they're supposed to specialize in? if i'm going to a wine bar, i'd like to be able to order more than just the ordinary reds that you find at a grocery store more

Go somewhere else 3/19/2008

I live in the neighborhood and I have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while. I've been a little confused by the different reviews I have seen on citysearch. Some describe the restaurant as the greatest wine bar on the planet and others describe Tasca as a pretty mediocre place that is somewhat overrated. My husband and I finally went there last saturday and I have come to the conclusion that the positives reviews are all probably being written by the same person. They all sound the same and they don't describe what the restaurant is actually like. Its just sort of... blah. The food wasn't anything special. The host barely recognized us when we came in, and the waiter seemed like there was some other place he'd rather be. I don't know what all the hype is about. I'm pretty disappointed... I was hoping Tasca would be better than it is. more

Escape to a hidden hideaway on 3rd st. 3/13/2008

Since my recent trips to the Santa Barbara county for wine tastings I developed an urge to discover wine bars in my local area. With searches online and word of mouth I found myself in a quaint little restaurant on 3rd street that was just oozing of European culture and flair. The ambience was warm and comforting and I loved that it was completely lit by candle light. My boyfriend and I were extremely thrilled to find a romantic restaurant that didn't feel stuffy and uppity like most nice restaurants in LA. Pros: FOOD!, WINE!, ambience and service Cons: Parking is tough, but there's always valet more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Tiny tea candles glint alongside silver flatware, ornate mirrors, and cinnamon-hued banquettes, adding an elegant sparkle to the small, cavernous space. Enamored couples linger...

  • 5/19/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm Sunday 5:30pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Beverly Center, Central LA
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