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Seasoned shrimp plate from Market in Venice.
Nicole Adlman

18 Worthy Restaurants For a Wandering Day in Sunny Venice

All the best this beachside neighborhood has to offer

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Seasoned shrimp plate from Market in Venice.
| Nicole Adlman

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 Los Angeles. 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 to the beach for a bite. Here are 18 of the best places to eat in Venice, from steak and pasta to plant-based Mexican and evening glasses of wine — all listed geographically.

Added: Market, American Beauty, Wee Chippy, Camp Pho, Casablanca, Tacos Por Favor

Removed: Charcoal Venice, La Isla Bonita

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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. The key to dining outdoors here is to time it to the evening sunset.

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Crudo at Dudley Market.

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. Even better, the expansive outdoor patio will impress those out-of-town relatives when they drop into Los Angeles.

The Wee Chippy

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Scottish native Joe Gorrie opened this homage to fish and chips in 2009, and the neighborhood took to it right away. His menu is full of salty and crispy renditions of the familiar combination that cost just $14.50 (with a vegan and a gluten-free option for the same price).

Fish and fries on paper.
Wee Chippy’s famous fish and chips.
The Wee Chippy

American Beauty

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This bar and restaurant stays open every day of the week, pours 200 wines from around the world, and gives chef Elisha Ben-Haim’s meat-heavy menu a handsome venue to shine. The steaks here are grilled over almond wood and finished simply with salt and butter; sides like the melty, sour cream-stuffed hash browns and grilled artichoke complete the meal. The Win-dow, the outpost’s to-go option, slings smashburgers and $8 grain bowls, too.

Two burgers perched atop one another with fries and a colorful background.
Burgers from the Win-dow.
American Beauty

It seems that Gjusta can do no wrong, with just about everything coming out of the kitchen — from cured fish plates served with slabs of its folkloric, fresh-baked bread to heaping bowls of pork posole — and all tasting crazy-delicious. And now that the restaurant and bakery has graduated from the days of milk crates, there are few reasons to not stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Tacos Por Favor

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While many breakfast burrito aficionados will point to Great White for a portable, always-pleasing beach burrito option, Venice locals know to go to Tacos Por Favor, tucked onto a rounded corner near Brooks Avenue and Hampton Drive, for behemoth breakfast burritos, homey plates like huevos rancheros or huevos a la Mexicana, and hard or soft tacos doused in crema, lettuce, and pico de gallo. The ham and spinach breakfast burrito with an icy horchata always hits.

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.
The dimly lit dining room at 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 Tulum-meets-Tiki newcomer on Windward where the coolest of the westside set hang out these days. Part bar, part restaurant, this is the place to smell the salty ocean and maybe see someone famous as you dine on pan-Asian dishes with Polynesian influences.

Tiki-style bar at Belles Beach House in Venice with wood chairs.
Tulum-meets-tiki vibes at Winston House.
Wonho Frank Lee

Market Venice

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Planted under white brick arches on a surprisingly quiet boardwalk alley in Venice Beach, Market, an Italian restaurant that opened in March 2022, has been quietly delighting locals and visitors with its unfussy, aperitivo-influenced menu, bold wines, and indoor-outdoor layout (the glass walls to the inside open completely, and the front patio has ample seating). On a menu that focuses heavily on what’s seasonal in the — surprise — market, it’s hard to pinpoint one dish to be most enamored with. Regardless of the punchy salads and fresh pastas you start with, always include the crispy fried potatoes, a dish that could itself be the centerpiece of any meal. 

A white bowl holding fried potatoes dressed in housemade ranch and speckled with chives; to the side, a corner of a bowl with eggplant pasta.
Crispy, craggy potatoes from Market Venice.
Nicole Adlman

Gran Blanco

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Gran Blanco is among Venice’s best natural wine bars, a cozy and dimly lit dinner and drinks hang-out 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.

Wallflower

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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.

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.

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. The secret to any order here is a side of the spicy Japanese eggplant and the frisbee-sized fried provolone with vodka sauce to start.

A thin, crispy pizza and sides like toast from above at a restaurant.
Thin-crust pizza and sides at Ospi.
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.

Casablanca

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This Lincoln Boulevard restaurant has kept the doors open for more than 40 years — no easy feat for a dynamic food scene like that of Venice. It might be the house-made tortillas and more than 250 tequila options that keep fans coming back, in addition to the restaurant’s signature calamari steak, squid pounded into a steak and served lightly fried.

Flour tortillas in the making at Casablanca, Venice.
Flour tortillas in the making at Casablanca, Venice.

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 is one of LA’s most beloved dives; it also serves a hefty, eggy burrito in the morning for hungry surfers and locals who need a substantial weekday breakfast.

Burger at Hinano Cafe
Hinano Cafe’s famous cheeseburger.
Farley Elliott

Camp Pho

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Ube ice cream with black sesame crumbles, papaya mint tea, and, naturally, big bowls of pho all share the limelight at this Venice favorite. Since its beginning in 2018 the restaurant has offered loads of options for vegetarians and vegans, too, like hen of the woods spring rolls.

Prawns on top of noodles.
Grilled tiger prawns with garlic noodles from Camp Pho.
Camp Pho

Night + Market Sahm

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Get to Venice for some of Los Angeles’s best Thai food, made with color and care by chef Kris Yenbamroong. This 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.
The exterior of Night + Market Sahm.
Wonho Frank Lee

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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. The key to dining outdoors here is to time it to the evening sunset.

Dudley Market Venice 2019 New
Crudo at Dudley Market.

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. Even better, the expansive outdoor patio will impress those out-of-town relatives when they drop into Los Angeles.

The Wee Chippy

Scottish native Joe Gorrie opened this homage to fish and chips in 2009, and the neighborhood took to it right away. His menu is full of salty and crispy renditions of the familiar combination that cost just $14.50 (with a vegan and a gluten-free option for the same price).

Fish and fries on paper.
Wee Chippy’s famous fish and chips.
The Wee Chippy

American Beauty

This bar and restaurant stays open every day of the week, pours 200 wines from around the world, and gives chef Elisha Ben-Haim’s meat-heavy menu a handsome venue to shine. The steaks here are grilled over almond wood and finished simply with salt and butter; sides like the melty, sour cream-stuffed hash browns and grilled artichoke complete the meal. The Win-dow, the outpost’s to-go option, slings smashburgers and $8 grain bowls, too.

Two burgers perched atop one another with fries and a colorful background.
Burgers from the Win-dow.
American Beauty

Gjusta

It seems that Gjusta can do no wrong, with just about everything coming out of the kitchen — from cured fish plates served with slabs of its folkloric, fresh-baked bread to heaping bowls of pork posole — and all tasting crazy-delicious. And now that the restaurant and bakery has graduated from the days of milk crates, there are few reasons to not stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Tacos Por Favor

While many breakfast burrito aficionados will point to Great White for a portable, always-pleasing beach burrito option, Venice locals know to go to Tacos Por Favor, tucked onto a rounded corner near Brooks Avenue and Hampton Drive, for behemoth breakfast burritos, homey plates like huevos rancheros or huevos a la Mexicana, and hard or soft tacos doused in crema, lettuce, and pico de gallo. The ham and spinach breakfast burrito with an icy horchata always hits.

Winston House

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.
The dimly lit dining room at Winston House.
Local Los Angeles

Belles Beach House

The beach seems to come right to diners and drinkers at Belles Beach House, the Tulum-meets-Tiki newcomer on Windward where the coolest of the westside set hang out these days. Part bar, part restaurant, this is the place to smell the salty ocean and maybe see someone famous as you dine on pan-Asian dishes with Polynesian influences.

Tiki-style bar at Belles Beach House in Venice with wood chairs.
Tulum-meets-tiki vibes at Winston House.
Wonho Frank Lee

Market Venice

Planted under white brick arches on a surprisingly quiet boardwalk alley in Venice Beach, Market, an Italian restaurant that opened in March 2022, has been quietly delighting locals and visitors with its unfussy, aperitivo-influenced menu, bold wines, and indoor-outdoor layout (the glass walls to the inside open completely, and the front patio has ample seating). On a menu that focuses heavily on what’s seasonal in the — surprise — market, it’s hard to pinpoint one dish to be most enamored with. Regardless of the punchy salads and fresh pastas you start with, always include the crispy fried potatoes, a dish that could itself be the centerpiece of any meal. 

A white bowl holding fried potatoes dressed in housemade ranch and speckled with chives; to the side, a corner of a bowl with eggplant pasta.
Crispy, craggy potatoes from Market Venice.
Nicole Adlman

Gran Blanco

Gran Blanco is among Venice’s best natural wine bars, a cozy and dimly lit dinner and drinks hang-out 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.

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.

Felix

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.

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. The secret to any order here is a side of the spicy Japanese eggplant and the frisbee-sized fried provolone with vodka sauce to start.

A thin, crispy pizza and sides like toast from above at a restaurant.
Thin-crust pizza and sides at Ospi.
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.

Casablanca

This Lincoln Boulevard restaurant has kept the doors open for more than 40 years — no easy feat for a dynamic food scene like that of Venice. It might be the house-made tortillas and more than 250 tequila options that keep fans coming back, in addition to the restaurant’s signature calamari steak, squid pounded into a steak and served lightly fried.

Flour tortillas in the making at Casablanca, Venice.
Flour tortillas in the making at Casablanca, Venice.

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Hinano Cafe

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 is one of LA’s most beloved dives; it also serves a hefty, eggy burrito in the morning for hungry surfers and locals who need a substantial weekday breakfast.

Burger at Hinano Cafe
Hinano Cafe’s famous cheeseburger.
Farley Elliott

Camp Pho

Ube ice cream with black sesame crumbles, papaya mint tea, and, naturally, big bowls of pho all share the limelight at this Venice favorite. Since its beginning in 2018 the restaurant has offered loads of options for vegetarians and vegans, too, like hen of the woods spring rolls.

Prawns on top of noodles.
Grilled tiger prawns with garlic noodles from Camp Pho.
Camp Pho

Night + Market Sahm

Get to Venice for some of Los Angeles’s best Thai food, made with color and care by chef Kris Yenbamroong. This 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.
The exterior of Night + Market Sahm.
Wonho Frank Lee

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