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Fax: (323) 467-7905

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Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Hollywood, Central LA, Hollywood United
Amenities
Bar Hours: M-Thu 6:00 pm 12:00 am, Fri & Sat 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
AKA

Beso Restaurant

Categories
Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

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Georgie H

01/14/2012

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Overall
Not what it used to be

I used to go here a lot , food was always good but lately drinks and food hasnt been the same. Crowd is whatever too. I'll still go if invited but not my go-to destination anymore

MimiG13

01/10/2012

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Best Time in A While

Went like a week ago for my surprise birthday celebration. So happy that my friends picked this place!!
We started off the night with some drinks and appetizers at the downstairs lounge. I tried several drinks off the cocktail menu and definitely the sangria and pretty girl were my favorite. The flatbread was amazing. I come from a Hispanic background and have eaten delicious paellas all my life.. Beso's paella definitely lived up to my high standards. We ended our night at Kiss lounge! I had too much fun.. the DJ was awesome and the bartenders upstairs were so nice and brought so much energy to the place.

rebeccab5055

11/17/2011

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Loved Beso!

Came to Beso after Cirque de Soleil and used a TravelZoo voucher, and so glad i did - we had the best time! First of all, the space is amazing- really beautifully designed interiors..we had a drink at the bar while we waited for our reservation and our bartender Pete was super friendly and made us a great martini!
Our ahi tuna salad was delicious and the Petit Filet was perfection! We really gotta come back - there was so much more on the menu that sounded so good!
Overall, we had a great night and a wonderful dinner and were very pleased with our experience at Beso.

dwayneMarks

11/03/2011

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Finally discovered Beso

I've been reading about all the hype around Beso for years and finally made it out to Hollywood to check it out, and i have to say, i am very pleasantly surprised! First of all, it's in the heart of Hollywood and there's a lot going on in the area. It's just 2 blocks from the Pantages...we made it here on a fluke after a show and had a great time! The mood inside is dark and sexy with great lighting, nice high cielings and cool design..it looks like it might've been a studio o something at one point..it definitely has an Old Hollywood vibe. The hostess was super friendly and we didn't have to wait for our booth, which gave us a great view of the main floor and the bar and lounge, it was really busy for a Friday night - there was a private dinner party going on across from us and the vibe was great! We had a great server (forget his name, but super helpful and really knew the menu, which is so rare these days) who paid attention to details and recommended my new favorite red wine!
After hearing so much about Eva's guacamole and reading the reviews, i have to say it was way better than i expected. We tried that and the Margarita flatbread with the Bibb Salad for starters..that bread was so good with the queso fresco! We shared The Chili skirt Steak and pork chops - and i have to say - they were both delicious! Great seasoning on the steak and the pork chops with mole was incredible! The truffle mac and cheese was beyond good - i got stuffed too soon, otherwise i would've gone for more of the sides. It all sounded so good!!
All in all, a really fun night out and a great meal in Hollywood..would definitely come back!

presswoman

08/03/2011

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Overall
Nice view!!

had a great time here last week. Although it took a while to be seated, we were well taken care of with a pair of Mango Martinis that took the edge off to say the least. The bar scene is what you would expect.. dressy and very Hollywood. If you enjoy meat, you would love the petit filet, I had some Tortia Soup, the Filet and a FRIED BANNANA SPLIT... rolled out the front, the Valet had my car in what felt like no time at all. The price can become a little high if you spend too much time at the bar, but the food and great service makes it all worthwhile.!!

susanbaskin

11/02/2010

Overall
One of my favorite restaurants!

This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA for a splurge. The dining room's ambiance is amazing - dim lighting, large space and just beautiful. You'll be hard pressed to find anything on the menu that's not delicious as well. They start dinners off with this amazing fresh, hot flatbread with a tomato based spread. I especially like the gourmet taco appetizer which I sometimes just get as a meal because I don't want to share. Even the desserts are incredible. For your next date night, don't miss Beso.

HeatherNicole12

09/16/2010

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Overall
Some Good Resturants !

Beso is one of my favorite eating cuisines.
They have a great price range, and the customer service is very fantastic. Beso is one of my top favorite cuisines and so is the Chi Dynasty resturant that is in Studio City, they both have a fantastic selection of food & great quality service!

Lydia Patron Arthur

09/04/2010

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EXPENSIVE & PRETENTIOUS THEN GOT TOWED!!!!!

Food was good, EXPENSIVE & PRETENTIOUS ENVIRONMENT AND WATCH OUT FOR that parking situation they towed our car! Paid meter with credit card at about 4:30 and there was a high profile veh. parked which blocked the sign which we later read and noticed it was an unclear confusing sign with very smallprint. When we came back to the parking location which was totally empty no valet cars -0-. The meter then flashed tow away after 6:30PM! This is definitely a deal breaker I would never reccommend this restaurant to anyone. How pretentious to have the street valet w/tow when it is not even busy. Bet being friends with the star struck MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA paid off in LA for EVA. Oh we also got a $65 parking ticket after paying for the tow it cost us over $300 to eat here NOT COOL!!!!

freebird1x3

08/24/2010

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Overall
Would never recommend Beso to ANYONE!!!

The atmosphere was an exhausted attempt to be fancy and chic. The service was less then poor and if your interested in visiting the ER after drinking from the bar, then this is the place for you.

Friendly tip, don't leave your drink unguarded, unsavory characters are patrons of this joke of a restaurant. Should Shut it down.

ArlynFancy

08/11/2010

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Overall
pretty good food... drinks not bad

Beautiful inside with a very nice staff.
the soup was great
the drinks were not bad either. The lounge is much different than what it originally set out to be, but can still be fun if you have the right friends with you.

FLORES

03/08/2010

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Overall
Rudest Place in Town

We were staying at the new W a couple blocks down the street. Our concierge booked us the reservations and we were the 1st trio of guests to be seated. The place was not so busy to validate how rude the entire experience was. Had I been with people I am better acquainted with, I would have had to ask them what their problem was.
From the second we sat at our table, we were rushed through the entirety of our meal by not one but between at least 5 waiters. I had to ask TWICE for them to leave the plate we were still working on & then finally the 3rd waiter just picked the plate up w/out even inquiring if we were yet finished with it. I literally watched one come up behind him & swiftly take my own plate from under my nose. At that point I didn't even care to stop them. They were so rude, it was so dark in there, the whole experience was WAY overpriced and done with in about 20 minutes.
The other two females at my table noticed it & agreed that there must have been a reason they were pushing us out of there as quickly as possible, although the restaurant itself did not get very busy in the short time we were there, I imagine there is a reason for it. I frequent the W often, so I returned to let the concierge know not to send anymore of their guests there, she appeared to have heard of similar experiences already & stated she would be taking them off their list of recommended spots for food.
What a shame for a nice restaurant on Hollywood Blvd.

chess1650

03/02/2010

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Overall
good night, good experience from veggie lovers

A friend and I are vegetarian who enjoy eating at non-vegetarian restaurants. Upon reading some recent poor service reviews, maybe we were treated better because they were filming a model show. The only two cons were we had to ask another server for our menus, and my friend's vegetarian paella was a bit ""bland."" yes I sadly said it. I thought it was a crazy request, because the very essence of paella are the protein factors. Its as if the chef despised vegetarians because there was ""no kiss in that dish."" Swiftly, our assertive server took it back, and offered something else. We were doing a quick dinner, so we declined.

My friend enjoys challenging the chefs to do a vegetarian version of entrees rather than just eating sides or salads. At another non-veg restaurant we got a 7 course dinner that knocked our socks off. (Which will be in another review). The appetizer (Todd's Artichoke Dip) and sides (Maui Onion Rings & Spinach Something) had depth. The ""clean-up"" time and drinks refill were done swiftly. Plus, the chocolate desert compensated the bland entree to give Beso my 4th star. Had the hot models not been filming maybe our service would have been different, but the experience there was quite enjoyed ;D

RedCobra

02/28/2010

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Too Many WTFs!

My wife and I arrive at 6:30. First thing we noticed, it was very dark. OK no big deal, just yet. Now here we go . . .

WTF #1
We were quite hungry so we asked for more flatbread. A few minutes later the waiter comes back with the flatbread and says ""This is complimentary from the chef"" Like, excuse me?!? You're doing me a big favor since normally they only give one. C'mon. I don't need the attitude.

WTF #2
I ordered the flat iron medium. I couldn't even chew it because it was so stringy and tough. But since the restauarant was so dark, I couldn't see the color of the meat to tell if it was undercooked. Brought the manager over. He just looked at me and stared for a while with a confused look on his face. Like, ""OK so WTF do you want me to do about it? Normally when a waiter or manager sees you're unhappy they immediately offer to either re-cook it or ask if you'd like another dish. I had to ask! I said lets try the sirlloin instead, medium.

WTF #3
The sirloin arrives. Kudos to the next waiter (we met several) who asked me to cut it first. Rare!! Even more bloddy red than the flat iron. Sent it back again. Finally the chef gets it right. Now remember what I said about the lighting being too dark? Well, if they had turned it up a bit I would have seen the original flat iron was undercooked and had them cook it a few more minutes. Dumb.

WTF #4
We had a gift certificate. Right after sitting down my wife asked if we could use any leftover to cover the tip. The manager assured us it was no problem. When the bill arrived it was a different story. Now he wanted to give us a credit for the balance to be used next time. My wife got very upset and started arguing with him. Finally he backed off and said it was OK to use it to cover the tip. You don't mess with my wife.

We were both pretty agitated on the way home and couldn't stop talking about the experience. Not a good way to leave a restaurant.

weho333

12/18/2009

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Overall
Decent food and average service

I've also had decent food at Beso. Forget about the celebrity stuff, it's more of just a nice modern restaurant that has great decor.

HungryandThirsty

11/21/2009

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Overall
Sick as a DOG!!!!!

I had dinner here two days ago and am still recovering. Ordered the taco platter for an starters and the tuna for dinner. Something didnt taste right with the seafood taco from the beginning. The seared tuna was just so so.... About 4 am, up it came and 5 am, 6 am, and 7 am., About that time is started out the other end. Still recovering from the food. I will NEVER eat here again. Please consider yourself warned. I give them zero stars.

MealSchpeal com

11/05/2009

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Complaints to the Chef. And Celebrity owner

Dear Beso,

I dined in your new Hollywood restaurant and toward the end of dinner, I would have enjoyed nothing more than to present myself to the chef, remove my trousers and force him to Beso my *** with a pinch of salt.

It is common for a celebrity to open a restaurant that she “does not want to be one of those celebrity restaurants” only to have it then follow the script as closely as a teleprompter. Naturally, the scene was great. Lots of the requisite pretty people trying their hardest to look casual and fabulously well designed interior trying its hardest not to look ethnic. Who could ask for anything more? From a bar. From a restaurant, one could, and indeed should, ask for a little extra.

We were seated 30 minutes late even though our table was “being set” for at least 15. I assumed that the rage in Hollywood has become hiring bus staff that move like glaciers. But then, my partner in dine was bumped at least a dozen times by various employees who were moving around far too quickly to avoid obstacles and wore the dedicated expression known to waiters (and evidently glacial bus persons) that discourages stupid customer requests such as: “May I have some more water?” Where were these people when we needed a table? They could have bumped other diners clean across the dining room and then reset the table like a champion cup stacker.

Then came the food. How did thou gag me? Let me count the ways:

* If one charges US$14 for a tablespoon of guacamole, one should probably lace it with illegal narcotics or gold flakes or something. There is no such thing as a U$14 tablespoon of guac. Or was the price in Pesos? Damn. I should have looked.

* Being white and stupid, I sometimes can’t tell between products of Indian and Mexican DNA. But I can certainly tell between their food. Why serve Nan bread at a Latin-themed restaurant?

* Grilled shrimp should require neither a cleaver nor a personal crab claw to enjoy. All it should require is a little prep work in the kitchen. Anything else isn’t kosher.

* Skirt steak is skirt steak. It’s either raw or burnt. When did people start getting the impression that skirt steak was Filet Mignon? I guess when it started costing US$29.

Overall, if I can say one thing to help out your future bloated customers it is this: LAY OFF THE SALT! I seriously thought that I was going to shrivel unless I got some water pronto but, of course, no matter how prominently I placed my empty glass, no one could be bothered to refill it. I looked for salvation in the remnants of the Nan bread which seemed to have (only) 4 spoons full of salt sprinkled on but definitely could have used an intravenous drip after finishing my skirt steak. It may have skirted on many things but covered the old Sodium Chloride as thoroughly as a long denim skirt covers an Orthodox chick.

If I were smarter and more driven, I’d open up a bottled water stand on your sidewalk. Then I’d have the most profitable 9 months in business history.

balletbrooke

10/17/2009

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Overall
Glad I went once, but probably not again

from the hype that I heard about this place when it opened (probably from the Eva Longoria interviews) I fully expected GREAT guacamole and MEMORABLE tortilla soup. Guac was nothing special, and tortilla soup was miniscule, served in a huge bowl, had too many tortilla strips and was very thick. Service was very spotty. Better to go there if you want to see and be seen.

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