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December 26, 2018

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The 17 Essential Venice Restaurants

One of America’s coolest neighborhoods has some serious dining gems

by Crystal Coser and Farley Elliott

Rose Cafe | Wonho Frank Lee

There are few neighborhoods that have undergone such a dramatic revitalization over the past few decades as Venice. What was once an artist community has gentrified over the years to become what has widely been considered the hippest neighborhood in LA.

GQ even dubbed Abbot Kinney “the coolest block in America,” and it’s easy to understand why. The Bohemian-chic area has been a hub of activity for restauranteurs, in no small part thanks to Travis Lett’s blockbuster success with Gjelina and, a few years thereafter, Gjusta and MTN.

But it isn’t just young chefs that have made Venice such an outstanding place to eat, as beachy shacks like Hinano Café have been doing their things long before the area was populated with hipsters and the tech community. Here now, the essential restaurants in Venice.

1. Rose Cafe

Jason Neroni’s remake of the iconic 1979 Rose Café that opened up in the once artistic community is still a staple in the neighborhood. From one’s morning soy milke chai latte to evening tagliatelle with Santa Barbara uni, this restaurant megaplex has it all.

5. Felix

Chef Evan Funke’s triumphant return to the Los Angeles restaurant scene was quickly heralded by critics and bloggers alike. It’s little surprise, as the former Bucato chef’s dedication to serving some of the best pizza and handmade pasta in the city yielded tremendous results. Plan on making several return trips to eat through the pasta menu broken down by regions of Italy.

9. Scopa Italian Roots

It’s been quite a few years since bar maestros Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix opened up Scopa Italian Roots with Top Chef contestant Antonia Lofaso. Enter its brick walled digs on any night of the week and find a restaurant with the same bustle and buzz as one that just opened its doors.

10. South End

It’s easy to forget that you’re dining in a strip mall at South End. This cozy wine bar is quite the place to gather with friends over rustic pizzas and charcuterie boards.

11. Great White

A breezy cafe set up shop on Pacific Ave last year, and the airy confines and healthy-leaning all-day menu quickly made Great White a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Are there avocado toast and grain bowls? No need to ask.

15. Makani

Though still an infant by restaurant standards, the new Makani is already making big strides in the Venice food scene. The modern LA restaurant is not only a stylish new entrant, it also come bearing dishes like spicy eggplant and nurungji, or crispy duck confit with bacon kimchi rice, making it one of the more interesting places to dine in Venice right now.


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