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Sushi and sashimi platter at Belle’s Beach House.
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Wonho Frank Lee

14 Worthy Restaurants For a Wandering Day in Sunny Venice

All the best this beachside neighborhood has to offer

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Venice has undergone dramatic changes over the past few decades. What was once an artist community has transformed into arguably the coolest neighborhood in all of LA. It’s not cheap to live (or dine) in Venice these days, but thankfully a variety of eating options exist for the neighborhood, its many tourists, and everyday Angelenos ready to head over for a bite. Here now are 14 of the best places to eat in Venice, from steak and pasta to plant-based Mexican and evening glasses of wine — all listed geographically.

Removed: Valle, Tasting Kitchen, Teddy’s Red Tacos, Venice Way Pizza, Great White

Added: Gran Blanco, Night + Market Sahm, Belles Beach House, Winston House, La Isla Bonita

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This longtime spot celebrates the diverse flavors of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Start with a few street snacks, like the crab rendang dip, before digging into the drunken fried chicken for two or the nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice). The cocktails here are worth a sip too.

La Isla Bonita

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Need something a little faster (and less expensive) in Venice? Head over to staple Rose Avenue food truck La Isla Bonita for a collection of some of the Westside’s best seafood tostadas and tacos.

A close up photo of tacos with beans and meat on flour tortillas.
Tacos from La Isla Bonita.
Farley Elliott

The Rose Venice

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Jason Neroni’s remake of the iconic 1979 Rose Café is still a staple in the neighborhood. From soy milk chai lattes in the morning to tagliatelle with Santa Barbara uni in the evening, this restaurant megaplex has it all, and all day long.

It seems that Gjusta can do no wrong, with just about everything coming out of the kitchen tasting crazy-delicious. And now that the restaurant and bakery have graduated from the days of milk crates, there are few reasons to not stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Dudley Market

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Dudley Market is the ultimate locals joint that’s perfect for those seeking a fantastic seafood tower or fried chicken to go with a glass of 2015 J.B. Becker Wallufer Walkenberg Riesling Kabinett. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. for online ordering and patio dining.

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Dudley Market

Chef Evan Funke’s dedication to serving some of the best pizza and handmade pasta in the city has yielded tremendous results. Plan on making several return trips to eat through the pasta menu, which is broken down by regions of Italy — and don’t forget to catch the pasta-making action from the main dining room.

Night + Market Sahm

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Get to Venice for some of LA’s best Thai food, made with color and care by chef Kris Yenbamroong. This buzzy spot doesn’t skimp on flavors or heat, making it one of the hottest (in many ways) places to dine in all of Venice.

A pink Thai restaurant with aqua blue awning shown at its corner from the day.
Night + Market Sahm
Wonho Frank Lee

De Buena Planta

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De Buena Planta, which comes from the same folks behind the Butcher’s Daughter, serves well-prepared vegetarian Mexican fare along with a fine cocktail list. Meatless taco fillings include Impossible asada, squash, and cauliflower.

Gran Blanco

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Gran Blanco is among Venice’s best natural wine bars, a cozy and dimly-lit dinner and drinks hangout right under the iconic Venice sign and steps from the beach. Hip kids mix with surfers, tourists, and everyone else inside the whitewashed evening space, open Wednesday through Sunday.

Winston House

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To hide from the sun (and prying eyes) try a night at Winston House, the boozy new supper club and live music venue on Windward, where snacks like spaghetti bolognese marry with shrimp toast and lots of cocktails, all evening long.

Inside the dimly lit music and supper destination Winston House in Venice, with hanging lanterns and red booths.
Winston House
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Belles Beach House

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The beach seems to come right to diners and drinkers at Belles Beach House, the rustic-chic newcomer on Windward where the hip-est of the hip hang out these days. Part bar, part restaurant, this is the place to smell the salty ocean and see someone famous.

Tiki-style bar at Belles Beach House in Venice with wood chairs.
Belles Beach House.
Wonho Frank Lee

Located in the former 20-year-old Canal Club, Ospi from chef Jackson Kalb and Melissa Saka is making some of the city’s best pizzas and pastas, along with meatballs and lots of vegetables for starters and larger mains like a crispy branzino, butter chicken, and pork collar.

Charcoal Venice

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Chef Josiah Citrin’s ode to open-fire cuisine brings an elevated approach to backyard cooking with large, family-style plates and lots of vegetables to go around. New chef de cuisine Jordan Olivo leads a kitchen that turns out dishes like smoked lamb ribs, grilled octopus, and coal-roasted shishito peppers.

Hinano Cafe

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This iconic burger shack just steps from the Venice Beach pier has been slinging casual fare and brews since 1962. A favorite of both rock legends and locals, there is little argument that this one of LA’s most beloved dives.

Burger at Hinano Cafe
Hinano Cafe
Farley Elliott

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Wallflower

This longtime spot celebrates the diverse flavors of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Start with a few street snacks, like the crab rendang dip, before digging into the drunken fried chicken for two or the nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice). The cocktails here are worth a sip too.

La Isla Bonita

A close up photo of tacos with beans and meat on flour tortillas.
Tacos from La Isla Bonita.
Farley Elliott

Need something a little faster (and less expensive) in Venice? Head over to staple Rose Avenue food truck La Isla Bonita for a collection of some of the Westside’s best seafood tostadas and tacos.

A close up photo of tacos with beans and meat on flour tortillas.
Tacos from La Isla Bonita.
Farley Elliott

The Rose Venice

Jason Neroni’s remake of the iconic 1979 Rose Café is still a staple in the neighborhood. From soy milk chai lattes in the morning to tagliatelle with Santa Barbara uni in the evening, this restaurant megaplex has it all, and all day long.

Gjusta

It seems that Gjusta can do no wrong, with just about everything coming out of the kitchen tasting crazy-delicious. And now that the restaurant and bakery have graduated from the days of milk crates, there are few reasons to not stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Dudley Market

Dudley Market Venice 2019 New
Dudley Market

Dudley Market is the ultimate locals joint that’s perfect for those seeking a fantastic seafood tower or fried chicken to go with a glass of 2015 J.B. Becker Wallufer Walkenberg Riesling Kabinett. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. for online ordering and patio dining.

Dudley Market Venice 2019 New
Dudley Market

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Chef Evan Funke’s dedication to serving some of the best pizza and handmade pasta in the city has yielded tremendous results. Plan on making several return trips to eat through the pasta menu, which is broken down by regions of Italy — and don’t forget to catch the pasta-making action from the main dining room.

Night + Market Sahm

A pink Thai restaurant with aqua blue awning shown at its corner from the day.
Night + Market Sahm
Wonho Frank Lee

Get to Venice for some of LA’s best Thai food, made with color and care by chef Kris Yenbamroong. This buzzy spot doesn’t skimp on flavors or heat, making it one of the hottest (in many ways) places to dine in all of Venice.

A pink Thai restaurant with aqua blue awning shown at its corner from the day.
Night + Market Sahm
Wonho Frank Lee

De Buena Planta

De Buena Planta, which comes from the same folks behind the Butcher’s Daughter, serves well-prepared vegetarian Mexican fare along with a fine cocktail list. Meatless taco fillings include Impossible asada, squash, and cauliflower.

Gran Blanco

Gran Blanco is among Venice’s best natural wine bars, a cozy and dimly-lit dinner and drinks hangout right under the iconic Venice sign and steps from the beach. Hip kids mix with surfers, tourists, and everyone else inside the whitewashed evening space, open Wednesday through Sunday.

Winston House

Inside the dimly lit music and supper destination Winston House in Venice, with hanging lanterns and red booths.
Winston House
Local Los Angeles

To hide from the sun (and prying eyes) try a night at Winston House, the boozy new supper club and live music venue on Windward, where snacks like spaghetti bolognese marry with shrimp toast and lots of cocktails, all evening long.

Inside the dimly lit music and supper destination Winston House in Venice, with hanging lanterns and red booths.
Winston House
Local Los Angeles

Belles Beach House

Tiki-style bar at Belles Beach House in Venice with wood chairs.
Belles Beach House.
Wonho Frank Lee

The beach seems to come right to diners and drinkers at Belles Beach House, the rustic-chic newcomer on Windward where the hip-est of the hip hang out these days. Part bar, part restaurant, this is the place to smell the salty ocean and see someone famous.

Tiki-style bar at Belles Beach House in Venice with wood chairs.
Belles Beach House.
Wonho Frank Lee

Ospi

Located in the former 20-year-old Canal Club, Ospi from chef Jackson Kalb and Melissa Saka is making some of the city’s best pizzas and pastas, along with meatballs and lots of vegetables for starters and larger mains like a crispy branzino, butter chicken, and pork collar.

Charcoal Venice

Chef Josiah Citrin’s ode to open-fire cuisine brings an elevated approach to backyard cooking with large, family-style plates and lots of vegetables to go around. New chef de cuisine Jordan Olivo leads a kitchen that turns out dishes like smoked lamb ribs, grilled octopus, and coal-roasted shishito peppers.

Hinano Cafe

Burger at Hinano Cafe
Hinano Cafe
Farley Elliott

This iconic burger shack just steps from the Venice Beach pier has been slinging casual fare and brews since 1962. A favorite of both rock legends and locals, there is little argument that this one of LA’s most beloved dives.

Burger at Hinano Cafe
Hinano Cafe
Farley Elliott

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