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Inside Charcoal Venice, Josiah Citrin's Sleek Grilled Meat Nirvana

The fine dining chef goes casual.

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.

Charcoal Venice took years to occupy the former Macchi's Bistro on Washington Blvd, but the debut has finally arrived. Josiah Citrin, who opened Melisse over 15 years ago, has embraced the casual dining trend as of this past Monday, with sleek, but comfortable environs that boast more of a neighborhood feel than his Santa Monica gastronomy temple.

On the menu, find everything you'd expect to see at a top-grade backyard barbecue, with dry-aged porterhouses, leg of lamb, bone-in short rib, and even lobster. On the side, elegant preparations of coal-roasted carrots and portobello mushrooms with grilled raddicchio. Prices on the bill of fare run on the high side, but they do include a 4% healthcare surcharge for employees.

Hours run 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on weekends. Closed Mondays. Reservations via Open Table.

Charcoal Venice
425 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90292