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The Venice Whaler, An Expansive Seaside Haven in Venice

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.


Welcome the landlubber's haven since 1944, The Venice Whaler, re-opened by Mike Dobson, who acquired the space with the intent of transforming the formerly ho-hum experience to something up to par with the rest of Venice (and Marina del Rey). Chef Nick Liberato introduces a fresh menu of bites like tuna poke, hangover lettuce wraps, kale salad, and shrimp rolls on brioche. Designed by Kelly Patry, who also put together Seven Grand and Honeycut, the building now has a cleaned up yet classic appearance that will right at home for beachside locals.

The bar program gets a hefty revamp from Anthony Settecase, who's been around everywhere from NYC's Balthazar to LA's Dia de Campo and Las Perlas. Consider the Moscow Whale, made with vodka or bourbon, citrus-ginger syrup, Angostura and ginger beer. In addition, 13 beers on tap for the craft brew junkies. Hours run 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. See the full menu below:

"Hangover" lettuce wraps. slab bacon. chicharrones. yuzu kosho aioli. guacamole $15.95
Kobe beef sliders. pineapple bbq. cheddar cheese. hawaiian sweet bread $13.95
Homemade clam & corn chowder. bacon. grilled bread. sourdough (cup available $6.95) $11.95
Calamari. roasted bellpeppers. balsamic glaze $14.95
Chicken satay skewers. sambal glaze. dill aioli $11.95
Fish & chips. belgium beer battered cod. house tarter. avocado. malt vinegar $16.95
Tuna poke. crispy tortilla. macadamia nuts. micro greens $14.95

Eat Your Veggies

Asparagus & burrata. olive oil. lemon $12.95
Kale salad. cherry tomato. ricotta salata cheese (add grilled chicken $5) $10.95
Quinoa salad. roasted tomato. cucumber. chef garden herbs $13.95
Crispy brussel sprouts. fresno chile. capers. roasted grapes (add grilled slab bacon $3) $9.95
Grilled husk corn on cob. cotija cheese. lime. sesame seed butter $6.95

Burgers and Sandwiches

Spicy street dog. chili. bacon wrap. jalapeno $9.95
Whaler burger. (choice of sourdough bread or brioche bun) chuck/brisket/short rib blend. cheddar. whaler slaw (add fried egg, bacon, or avocado $2 each) $12.95
Short rib banh mi. brioche bun. pickled carrots. cilantro. chili aioli $12.95
Shrimp roll. brioche roll. cumin. tarragon $12.95

Taco Bar
home made flour tortillas) chipotle crema, cucumber slaw
3 per order, please no mix & match $13.95

Grilled cod or Crispy Cod
Grilled shrimp
Grilled chicken

Artisan Pizzas

The "Calidelphia". chopped clam. serrano chile. tomato. mozzarella. oregano $13.95 *
White pizza. onion. mozzarella. crispy rosemary. maldon sea salt $10.95 @
Kale & mushroom. white cheddar. calabrian chili $12.95 @
Sausage & slab bacon. egg. castel vetrano olives. mozzarella $14.95

Large Plates

Beach mussels. fennel pollen. kaffir lime cream. fries. grilled sour dough $15.95
Flat iron steak. crispy fries. herb butter $17.95
Salmon. cedar plank smoked. kalamata olives. lemon. mixed greens $19.95

Sweet Tooth

Key lime pie. house made pie. whip cream $6.95
Chocolate cake. blackberries. pistachios $7.95
Banana bread pudding. vanilla bean ice cream. chocolate sauce $6.95
· Red O's Mike Dobson in Escrow to Take Venice Whaler [~ELA~]