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Venice’s 72-Year Beachfront Restaurant Space Got a Big Summertime Facelift

The former Venice Terrace is now the Pier House and Cartolina, and they open today

Crab Cavatelli from the Pier House
Jakob N. Layman
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.

Venice is showing off its sunny side today with the opening of the sprawling new Pier House property at the end of Washington Boulevard, right up against the sand. The former 72-year-old Venice Terrace has been completely overhauled for tourists and locals alike, and now features all new food and drink across multiple spaces, as well as an entirely new design aesthetic. Let’s take a look.

First up is the Pier House proper, a lunch-through-dinner restaurant run by the Venice Restaurant Group and Lauren Koeppe of Create Hospitality that works a menu as varied as salads, sandwiches, fish and chips, and pasta, to evening cocktails over a steak or Cornish game hen. The breadth of chef Terry Kim’s menu is very much on purpose, as the Pier House aims to be a big, relaxed kind of place for loads of folks heading to the beach.

Inside, the Jeffrey Kurt-designed spot has been overhauled to give off a rather breezy vibe, complete with sunset views out over the sand. Rustic woods, marble, and greenery round out the place, while patio side of things is being left more to attached sister restaurant Cartolina.

Cartolina seating

Cartolina is meant to be a smaller and even more casual offshoot of the property, with a focus on pizzas, sandwiches and coffee. There will be room for lots of takeout business, as well as a bunch of sidewalk seating.

Pier House opens to the public today in Venice, keeping hours from 10:30 a.m. to midnight (1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), with happy hour and bar menus to boot. The full food lineup for both Pier House and Cartolina can be found below. Cartolina opens tomorrow, running 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Reservations can be made for Pier House on Resy beginning at the end of the month.

The Pier House and Cartolina. 7 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

The bar
The sunset room at Pier House
Pizza from Cartolina
Black cod chowder
Beef tartare
The Pier House swizzle
The Pier House margarita
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