The Factory Kitchen - Los Angeles

4.7
2278 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The Factory Kitchen is the first concept from the FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup that opened to high acclaim in 2013.
Helmed by Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, his wife Beverage Director Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi and their longtime friend and Partner Executive Chef Angelo Auriana, the Factory Kitchen re-defined the approach and the experience to casual dining in the city by combining elements of culinary arts, service, and design.
A traditional Italian Restaurant & Bar in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the Factory Kitchen culinary concept focuses on local recipes from the Northern Italian Regions; but emphasizes on some Ligurian traditional dishes like Mandilli di Seta al Pesto alla Genovese and the Focaccina Calda al Formaggio di Recco.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

Factory Kitchen tends to gets overshadowed by its famous Arts District neighbors, but it's one of the best Italian spots in Los Angeles.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 2278 People Are Saying
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HM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - it is definitely more on the higher end of taste and selection. If you are going for spaghetti and meatballs this is not the place. Wine selection was superb with many Italian wines. House made fresh pasta was excellent. I had the Porchetta and it was excellent. Perfectly cooked.

l
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy Italian restaurant in the Arts District. Especially love the pasta and Foccacia.

s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to bring friends - We love sharing many of the pasta dishes

KF
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate and drank til we couldn’t eat or drink anymore....
Mandili, another Mandili... rucola salad.... sea bass... Rose wine
And more....
Everything was on point and delicious... and we even had a visit from Mateo the owner which made it even more special!
Mille grazie Factory Kitchen per una cena fantastica!!!

Ciao

AJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it as always

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was decent but my personal experience with the service was poor! The hostess confirmed to us as we arrived before our reservation that we would be seated in a few minutes and we could wait at the bar. That was totally fine but did not appreciate see her seat two couples before us even though we were there earlier than them and I even overheard one of the couples say that their reservation was 15 minutes after ours. Did not appreciate that at all!

MJ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a friend’s birthday.

OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very good service and great ambiance. Food was very oily.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Sad to say, but I think the food is overpriced for the portion size for each dish. $21 for a pizzata that’s not even filling. We ordered 7 dishes and 2 appetizers along with drinks and our bill was over $300. Save your $.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Super noisy space difficult to chats between friends in the table

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced, average food at best.

a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

KE
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance and amazing food. Quiet little street tucked in an alley. I never would have known it was there if not for a friends recommendation. Staff provides great service and anticipates your every need. Can wait to return.

KR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tissue thin pesto pasta, osso buco, orange on white frisse lettuce and the fried sage dough with prosciutto and straciatella - all delicious, would order again. I love old industrial complexes repurposed and reinvented. The aperol spritz was right on as well. Service fast, waiter knowledgable - got to our show on time.

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second time at the Factory Kitchen. The cosonzei, handkerchief pasta and the beet casserole were fantastic. A new discovery for us was the fonti(?) Zuchini flowers on a very thin crust pizza., soo good.

t
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Love the homemade pasta. Great service by Amanda. Dessert was delicious

M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service,presentation and taste. Will definitely eat a repeatable spot on my list!

SF
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food nice staff! Don't miss it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was divine and service was excellent!

DK
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What an amazing place. Food is awesome , pesto pasta is something super unique! Service was amazing and very attentive, overall place has vibe but it gets a little loud as people are to close to each other, but did not bother us and we had super great time!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I took my boyfriend here for his bday!

RM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service. Tables are a little too close together. The noise can be very distracting. Overall, a good night out.

w
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulously prepared meals and desserts. Coffee was excellent as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahmazing pasta! Get the pesto pasta, it’s unreal. And the prosciutto bread 🤤

PT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was extremely helpful in making selections from food and drink menu. Food was delicious and memorable...especially enjoyed the prosciutto appetizer, mandilli di seta, and the casonzei! I will be back to share experience with family and friends.

LC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic place!

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was lovely....pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable. She was quick with her service and
efficient.

DC
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent - every time.

JD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was the perfect location for a birthday celebration.

m
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant the service and the food is fantastic!!!! The cocktails are out of control tasty!!!

ND
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I usually love factory kitchen and brought my boyfriend here for dinner for his birthday. I asked the server if there was anything that they could do to make the desert a little more special than usual and maybe add a candle and he guaranteed that it would be no problem at all. Unfortunately, once the desert came out there was no candle as the server had promised and I was a little disappointed by that because it was for a birthday.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish we ordered was delicious and special. Can't wait to go back.

V
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is always amazing and knowledgeable. They always answer every question we have and are very friendly.

The food is amazing and I strongly recommend the handkerchief past.

SB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience,

(We were a little more impressed with the appetitizer but main dishes were good too.)

Would recommend the peperu, which had a tinge of spiciness and softness of cheese that lightly explodes in your mouth. The clamari salad was nice, it was drizzled in olive oil, frisee, taggia olives, cleri, and cherry tomatos, got a nice taste to it- clarmari got a nice texture to it.

Service was more that expected, the servers are very attentive, refill water and change your dish- some fine dinning restaurant even fail to do that.

W
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific meal, from the tasting menu. Great variety and fun choices!

MA
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great cocktails and wine selection. Food was very tasty with perfect tomatoes and pasta and right balance of meat in pre fix. My only reserve is the pacing was NOT great. A bit rushed for three courses....plus it was quite dark setting on a sunny day. That’s just personal preference to want to see my god clearly

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the DineLA dinner menu. Family of four tried all four starters and the roast beef and heirloom tomato salad where the best. We shared the three different pasta dishes and the smoked ricotta and mozzarella filled egg pasta was the most delicious out of the trio. The main course included roasted porchetta (2 large pieces) and pan fried grouper. We ordered desserts separately and had the panna cotta with fresh seasonal fruit and cannoli. Although both were delicious panna cotta came out on top. PanOverall dinner was delicious and will definitely come back soon.

PH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING WAS JUST GREAT. CANNOT THINK OF WHAT YOU COULD DO TO MAKE IT BETTER.

AL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Auriana’s food is outstanding. The pasta sauces are savory and hearty but light to the palate. The porchetta
Is tender and most. Dining is always a very satisfactory
experience.

PB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Truly impressive pasta. Some of the best I’ve ever had. And a very fresh and large arugula salad that was perfectly tossed in a light dressing. Good space. But if you’re looking for quiet and intimate, this is not your place.

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