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A selection of fresh seafood at Dudley Market.
Wonho Frank Lee

14 Superb Restaurants to Taste in Sun-Soaked Venice

Italian pastas, plant-forward cooking, and inspired Indonesian fare

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A selection of fresh seafood at Dudley Market.
| Wonho Frank Lee

Venice has undergone dramatic changes over the past few decades. What was once an artist community has transformed into what is arguably the hippest neighborhood in LA. The neighborhood’s Bohemian-chic vibes have retained age-old institutions while attracting young chefs and restauranteurs. The resulting dining scene is one of LA’s most eclectic and dynamic. Here now are the 14 superb restaurants to try in Venice.

Removed: Superba Food + Bread, Yours Truly, Charcoal, Gjelina, Scopa, the Window

Added: Ospi, Valle, Buena Planta, Wallflower, Venice Way Pizza

A number of LA restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns for all involved. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Wallflower

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609 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 744-8136
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This evenings-only 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.

2. The Rose Venice

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220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711
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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.

3. Gjusta

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320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-0320
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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.

4. Dudley Market

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9 Dudley Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 924-9136
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Chef Daniel Somoza’s 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

5. Felix

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1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 387-8622
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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. Open for dine-in daily.

6. De Buena Planta

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1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

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.

7. Valle

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1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 299-9735
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Valle serves inspired Mexican cooking from chefs Juan Hernandez of Gjelina and Pedro Aquino of MTN. On the menu are a smattering of crowd-pleasing dishes including a striped bass ceviche, barbacoa de borrego tacos, and huevos rancheros at brunch.

8. The Tasting Kitchen

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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
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This Abbot Kinney mainstay has become a local favorite for some of Venice’s best cocktails and pastas to soak it all up. Open for dine-in from Wednesday through Sunday.

9. Great White

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1604 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 744-8403
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Great White is an idealized Aussie cafe with a California-style menu — plus service from breakfast through dinner. During the day, a loaded breakfast burrito, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas rule the tables. In the evenings, polished pasta plates and substantial mains like the wagyu flank steak make the casual restaurant a relaxed neighborhood hangout for hungry Venice residents.

A pizza with greens, mushrooms, and truffles.
Great White
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10. Teddy’s Red Tacos Venice

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46 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

LA’s popular birria de res, or Tijuana-style beef birria, has established a great beachside location just steps from the Venice Boardwalk. Find reasonably-priced stewed beef tacos tinted red from the rich consomme. Order a quesadilla and a side of that consomme to sip in between bites before heading back to the beach.

Teddy’s Red Tacos
Teddy’s Red Tacos

11. Venice Way Pizza

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1697 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 214-1024
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Hotel Erwin makes pan pies on its ground floor. Behind the stoves is Noel Brohner, who has spent years working around LA and beyond as a pizza consultant for some of the biggest restaurant names including Bestia. For Venice Way Pizza, Brohner is turning high-hydration doughs into five-inch square slabs of pan pizza — similar in crispy exterior to a Detroit style, but with even more air and lift inside.

12. Ospi

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2025 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 443-5007
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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.

13. Charcoal Venice

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425 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 751-6794
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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. Look for chef Joseph Johnson handling day-to-day duties and turning out dishes like smoked lamb ribs, grilled octopus, and coal-roasted shishito peppers.

14. Hinano Cafe

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15 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 822-3902
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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
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1. Wallflower

609 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

This evenings-only 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.

609 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

2. The Rose Venice

220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

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.

220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

3. Gjusta

320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291

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.

320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291

4. Dudley Market

9 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Dudley Market Venice 2019 New
Dudley Market

Chef Daniel Somoza’s 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.

9 Dudley Ave
Venice, CA 90291

5. Felix

1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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. Open for dine-in daily.

1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

6. De Buena Planta

1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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.

1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

7. Valle

1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Valle serves inspired Mexican cooking from chefs Juan Hernandez of Gjelina and Pedro Aquino of MTN. On the menu are a smattering of crowd-pleasing dishes including a striped bass ceviche, barbacoa de borrego tacos, and huevos rancheros at brunch.

1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

8. The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This Abbot Kinney mainstay has become a local favorite for some of Venice’s best cocktails and pastas to soak it all up. Open for dine-in from Wednesday through Sunday.

1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

9. Great White

1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
A pizza with greens, mushrooms, and truffles.
Great White
Matthew Kang

Great White is an idealized Aussie cafe with a California-style menu — plus service from breakfast through dinner. During the day, a loaded breakfast burrito, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas rule the tables. In the evenings, polished pasta plates and substantial mains like the wagyu flank steak make the casual restaurant a relaxed neighborhood hangout for hungry Venice residents.

1604 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

10. Teddy’s Red Tacos Venice

46 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Teddy’s Red Tacos
Teddy’s Red Tacos

LA’s popular birria de res, or Tijuana-style beef birria, has established a great beachside location just steps from the Venice Boardwalk. Find reasonably-priced stewed beef tacos tinted red from the rich consomme. Order a quesadilla and a side of that consomme to sip in between bites before heading back to the beach.

46 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

11. Venice Way Pizza

1697 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Hotel Erwin makes pan pies on its ground floor. Behind the stoves is Noel Brohner, who has spent years working around LA and beyond as a pizza consultant for some of the biggest restaurant names including Bestia. For Venice Way Pizza, Brohner is turning high-hydration doughs into five-inch square slabs of pan pizza — similar in crispy exterior to a Detroit style, but with even more air and lift inside.

1697 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

12. Ospi

2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

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.

2025 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

13. Charcoal Venice

425 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

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. Look for chef Joseph Johnson handling day-to-day duties and turning out dishes like smoked lamb ribs, grilled octopus, and coal-roasted shishito peppers.

425 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

14. Hinano Cafe

15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292
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.

15 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

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