Pasta bar by chef Matthew Kenney, est. 2020 in downtown. Serves vegan pasta dishes, pizzas, desserts, and wines and cocktails. A retail area sells house-made dried pasta, jars of sauces, and artisanal pantry staples to take home. July 2023 reported closed to HappyCow.

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26 Reviews

First Review by Chia


Points +25

02 Jul 2023


It’s the only time I’ve ever been able to have pasta vongole (mushrooms here) and it’s so good. All the pastas are top notch. The desserts are astounding. The panna cotta is the one to go for if you’re only having one.

The atmosphere is great— sitting on the patio is as close as you’re going to get to a pleasant sidewalk dining experience in LA.

Pros: Many choices , Tasty , Atmosphere

Cons: Expensive



Points +434

06 May 2023

Creative & Tasty Italian

I love coming here! Nice patio & full bar. Staff is always great. I recommend the Caesar salad & beet pappardelle mushroom pasta. The portions are smaller & a little pricey as expected with a Matthew Kenney restaurant. Can get busy in the evenings so making a reservation is helpful! Some metered parking or the Chase lot across the street (~$6 for 2 hours).

Pros: Delicious, Friendly staff, Nice outdoor seating

Cons: Expensive, Small portions


Points +84

05 Feb 2023

Intimate Vegan Italian in LA

We thoroughly enjoyed several fine dinners at Sestina in NYC and were so sad to find it closed on our last east coast trip. So happy to see MKC open this one in Culver City! The two of us split a Caesar salad, a tie dye pie, and a raddiatore pasta dish, all fresh and delicious. Sestina’s now on our short list of LA favorites.


Points +3025

04 Feb 2023

Vegan Italian

Pizza and main dish were great, appetizers a bit lackluster. Great ambience and vibe if you’re looking to hang out with friends and try some vegan Italian food.

Pros: Great service, friendly and fast.


Points +5877

16 Dec 2022


This place was phenomenal! We started of with the arancini, garlic bread, and stuffed peppers. The arancini was absolutely delicious and I will certainly have dreams about it. The stuffed peppers were fantastic as well.

For entree I did the tagliatelle truffle pasta and tie dye pizza. I thought the tagliatelle was good but I wasn’t really a fan. The tie dye pizza on the other hand was one of the best vegan pizzas I’ve ever had.


Points +111

08 Dec 2022


The tagliatelle truffle pasta & quattro formaggi pizza are my favs

Pros: Best white sauce pasta


Points +53

29 Nov 2022

Great but order carefully

We had take out two nights in a row this week. The first time we had pea ravioli which was exceptional, and tiny stuffed pepper appetizers which were unusual and we thoroughly enjoyed. The panna cotta dessert also was good. The next night we had pasta with vodka sauce which was pretty awful with very disappointing watery sauce. I would highly recommend not ordering it. We also had the Caesar salad which was outstanding.

Pros: Fine vegan cuisine, Good range of options., Food not cheap reasonably priced for its quality.

Cons: Variable quality


Points +3612

09 Nov 2022

Delicious Italian Dinner

Sestina is the closest I'll get to having delicious Italian food once more in my plant-based journey. Simply WOW.

We started with the Veggie Calamari and out of all the faux calamari I've had at restaurants, this one was hands down the best. Great texture and top notch seasoning made this the perfect app. I'm not sure what it's made out of but I am a fan.

Our next two dishes were their Tagliatelle truffle pasta and the Papparadelle Mushroom pasta. OMG, the first reminded me of my days eating at Covel at UCLA - fresh pasta noodles tossed in a heavenly creamy truffle sauce. The later's mushroom goodness and wide pasta noodles were also *chef's kiss*

We did not stop there - finally, we devoured the Tie Dye Pasta, which was perfect for the three of us. Delicious flavors all came together for this one and is a must especially if you're looking for a cheese-less pizza.

Pros: Excellent variety, Great ambiance, Outdoor seating

Cons: Small portions


Points +755

Mostly Veg
17 Aug 2022


We’ve been to some of MK’s restaurants before (Plant Food Wine, Double Zero) so we were excited to try out Sestina. Made a last minute reservation on a Sunday night and easily seated in the “garden” patio.

We started with the stuffed peppers. So delicious! I’m still dreaming about them. I think they were peppadew peppers stuffed w a cashew ricotta and maybe some pumpkin seeds. There was something crunchy in there. We also got the Big Salad, a bit overdressed but nice and fresh.

Then we got 3 pastas: the elbows in vodka sauce, tagliatelle with truffle white sauce, and the mushroom beet pasta pappardelle. Our favorite was the elbows, but honestly all the pasta was fresh and cooked perfectly Al dente. The mushroom themselves were a bit over-salted for our tastes. We were tempted to get a fourth pasta. For dessert, we had a scoop of the pistachio gelato, limoncello tart and panna cotta. I think they were all pretty good. The gelato did need the pistachios on top though, otherwise it by itself wasn’t full on flavor.

Will definitely come back to try their brunch. This is our new favorite Italian place! Parking was relatively easy on the street.

Updated from previous review on 2022-08-17

Pros: All vegan, Fresh pasta, Outdoor seating

Cons: Pistachio gelato could be more flavorful


Points +78

14 Aug 2022

Expected more for the money!

Ordered for delivery and was disappointed by tiny takeout boxes. Usually with pasta you get enough leftovers for the next day! I ordered fettuccine with mushrooms and my daughter had the elbows with vodka sauce. Mine was way too salty and hers was just okay. The vegan grated cheese though is awesome! We also split the arrancini and that was most okay. 3 small pieces with a big container of sauce.

Pros: Vegan Italian, Grated cheese, Pomodoro Sauce

Cons: Expensive, Tiny portions, Too salty!


Points +109

14 Aug 2022

Great Italian Vegan

Great Italian Food

Pros: Lots of options, Delicious


Points +1231

Mostly Veg
25 May 2022

Best of the Sestinas

I don’t know why this is better than the NYC sestina… maybe it’s the outdoor seating, but it is.


Points +38

10 Apr 2022

Perfect for datenight

Love a 100% vegan italian restaurant


Points +1995

05 Apr 2022


Everything here was really good! I’m a huge fan of the elbow vodka sauce and all of the appetizers I had were delicious


Points +40

02 Apr 2022

Vegan paradise!

As a vegan, I found Sestina to have the yummiest and most variety of pasta sauces of anywhere I’ve ever been!!! I found that they are not advertising themselves as a vegan restaurant, and believe that anybody, even those who are not vegan, will find these sauces to be delicious. I am dying for the recipes so I can trick my husband. Ok, I didn’t try the “Vongolese”, which might make it obvious. Can’t wait to go back!


Points +28

25 Feb 2022

Great experience!

Friendly staff and delicious food. The Caesar salad and garlic bread were the highlights! Wish there had been more dessert options available.


Points +547

15 Nov 2021

Perfect Date Night

I had some kind of truffle pasta which I’d absolutely go for again. Also garlic bread and strawberry gelato were delish

Pros: Great location, Pet friendly , Great Service

Cons: Pricey


Points +242

14 Oct 2021


The pasta at double zero (same chef) is better. Nothing really stood out flavor wise. The workers like to talk about how they’re not vegan

Cons: Servers & host seem to be anti vegan


Points +63

27 Aug 2021


What a meal! Everything we had was exceptional.

Pros: All vegan, Pizza and pasta, Great service


Points +2942

08 Aug 2021

Nice Pizza

I very much enjoyed my deliciously simple “cheese” and tomato pizza, although I prefer my crust non-charred style. I think they make excellent vegan cheeses. The big salad was good but less impressive, nothing super special. Tutti-frutti gelato was yummy.

Pros: Vegan!, Excellent “cheese”


Points +122

21 Jul 2021

Superb Italian Food

WOW! What an exquisite vegan Italian restaurant. We loved everything we tried! We ordered many different items and they all rocked. I wished the pizza’s crust was a little more substantial, but the flavor was still out of this world. I loved the glass of Chianti too! Great wine and food.
Will be back soon, and the service was spectacular. Matthew Kenney’s restaurants are always great!


Points +3136

08 Jul 2021

Great setting, wine, Italian food

Matthew Kenney’s Sestina is a total hit. Every dish is unique and rich with flavor. I judge a restaurant by its Ceasar salad I’ll admit it and this is tops!!!


Points +3684

07 Jul 2021

Beautiful setting

Good food. Beautiful setting. Lots of open air outdoor seating. Dishes seemed small for the price. Nice relaxing vibe. Friendly staff.

Pros: Great Date night place

Cons: Pricey for quantity of food.


Points +42

05 Jul 2021

Great food. Small portions.

I could eat 5 of the lasagnas they served. Great for date night though, good environment.


Points +172

04 Apr 2021

Gourmet pasta

We ordered the truffle tagliatelle, elbows vodka sauce, Caesar salad, and garlic bread. You would not believe it’s vegan! Wish portions were bigger.


Points +3635

26 Nov 2020

Tasty and Fresh

Saw this on happycow and came to check it out. Was just here for outdoor dining dinner. The menu is fairly easy to navigate and offers a nice selection of dishes. Food tasted fresh and flavorful, though a bit more sodium then I personally like. Garlic bread was soft and buttery. Lasagna had nice texture. I would like to come back to try the other pasta dishes on the menu. Price point is ok/moderate though the portion is on the smaller side.

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