Diverse and wonderful, the restaurants in Venice Beach cater to all types of tastes. From dive restaurants like Hama Sushi and The Great Western Steak and Hoagie, which have been around for decades, to new and trendy restaurants, you’ll find anything and everything in Venice Beach.
Venice Beach’s Top “Must-Try” Restaurants
If an upscale, intimate dining atmosphere with a rustic touch is what you have in mind during your time in Venice Beach, look no further than Gjelina, where reservations are a must and the wait is well-worth the palate-pleasing selection of exotic Californian-Italian treats like duck confit, oxtail tortellini, and even their pizza. An ideal Venice Beach restaurant for date night or impressing your friends, Gjelina is the ultimate in Venice Beach fine dining—just as a forewarning, though, don’t expect too much from their service, and avoid asking for a substitution for your meal at all costs; meals come “as is.”
The Tasting Kitchen’s laid-back yet refined and romantic atmosphere provides a nice alternative to Gjelina, as does their Californian-Italian menu that places an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, pastas, and handcrafted cocktails. Reservations are also recommended for The Tasting Kitchen.
For Californian cuisine with an Asian flair, Poke-Poke will more than exceed your expectations. Order a tuna poke bowl by the beach and enjoy the Hispanic touch of jalapeno and the nod to L.A. with kale. Leona is also an ideal place to check out; their lamb belly wontons serve as a savory delight, while their takeout cookie window’s miso brown butter chocolate cookies are to die for. Other notable dessert locales include the likes of the gourmet ice creamery Salt & Straw, which although based out of Portland, Oregon, perfectly captures the L.A. spirit with its avocado and strawberry sherbet.
Breakfast lovers can indulge themselves at Rose Café and Restaurant, which puts a twist on classic breakfast staples like pumpkin pancakes and avocado toast with jalapeno marmalade, all in a classic and colorful Venice Beach space. Lunch and dinner options are also served at this Venice Beach restaurant.
Contrastingly, Nighthawk Breakfast Bar is dedicated to serving only breakfast and breakfast-themed desserts and cocktails, all day and all night, with a touch of childhood whimsy. Try their Drunken French Toast or their milk-based cocktails like the Honey Nut-Bourbon, which tastes as though you’ve poured a shot of bourbon into the milk from your Honey Nut Cheerios.
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