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Nyesha Arrington's LEONA Crafts Casual Beach Vibes in the Heart of Venice

Call this beach-adjacent.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Nyesha Arrington’s new Venice eatery LEONA is here, slated for a soft-opening that kicks off tomorrow. The dinnertime spot sits just steps from the beach, and carries the sunny surfrider vibe throughout the interior and menu.

For LEONA, Arrington partnered up with Kristian and Breegan Vallas to craft a bit of Westside comfort in the former Canali Café space, complete with a wall of banquettes, a chef’s counter, and lots of communal seating. The look is rustic chic, with birdcage bulbs hanging throughout and ample patio space — though those backless wood stump stools might not work for a lingering evening outside.

The menu, from former Top Chef-testant Arrington, is a blend of casual entrees done with an inspired twist. A plate of fish and chips is finished with a spicy Thai chili malt vinegar, while routine brick chicken gets layered through with crispy skin and apricots. For now there are dinner hours only, with nightly service kicking off at 5 p.m. sharp — lunch and brunch are forthcoming.

LEONA Venice
123 Washington Blvd.Venice, CA