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Venice Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
Night + Market Sahm
2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
Thirtysomething chef Kris Yenbamroong learned how to cook in Bangkok and in the kitchen of his parents’ long-standing Thai mainstay Talésai. The Venice location is Yenbamroong's third (“sahm” means three in Thai) in LA and is aesthetically very similar to the tropical explosion that is the Silver Lake restaurant (with the addition of a massive fish tank). The communal tables are low-slung and crowded with plastic tablecloths—the perfect, slightly trippy setting to dig into some spicy, flavor-packed Thai street food. We’re partial to pad thai, grilled fatty pork collar, and crab fried rice. The wine list is all organic and biodynamic labels and the beer options vast.
Felix
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Taking over the neighborhood spot that was, for twenty-four years, Joe’s Restaurant, Felix is a very honorable successor: the just-opened dinner desitination is warm and vibrant, bringing Chef Evan Funke’s elevated spin on modern Italian fare to the neighborhood. Of course, much like many of its Abbot Kinney neighbors, Felix is already a foodie destination, drawing crowds from all over the city—definitely make a reservation, and be prepared to do it weeks in advance. And don’t miss their hand-rolled pasta, which is seriously genuine perfection.
Chez Tex
218 Main St., Venice
Right on the border of Venice and Santa Monica, this all-day restaurant and wine bar is a new West Side fave. In the morning you'll find Superba pastries and Canyon coffee, solid offerings like kale salad, cobb salad, and a nice selection of sandwiches at lunch, and for dinner, slightly more ambitious variations including grass-fed beef tartar and wild mushrooms with egg yolk. The menu, designed and executed by chef Ash Ghassemzadah, is a celebration of local, seasonal ingredients. With a small but welcoming dining room, the space transitions easily from a casual grab-and-go coffee and lunch spot to a more refined dinner destination (perfect for a date night). The small but expertly curated wine list is a big selling point, too.
The Butcher’s Daughter LA
1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Taking up prime real estate on Abbot Kinney, this beloved NYC spot has finally made it out west. And it's not just East Coast transplants who have been lining up for a table in the beautifully turned-out dining room (there's also an indoor-outdoor terrace that's pretty perfect for people-watching) or a seat at one of two bars; everyone can appreciate the veggie-friendly menu (just brunch, breakfast, and lunch, for now), which includes standbys like avocado toast and breakfast burritos. The teeny but well-stocked retail space out front and the cold-pressed juice cooler are welcome little add-ons.
The Rose Venice
220 Rose Ave., Venice
Rose Cafe, a Venice standby since 1979, is breathing new life under the direction of chef Jason Neroni. While the interior has been updated, the space pays homage to it's long-time Venice Beach roots—local artists have decorated the walls with a mix of modern pieces and whimsical, historic, imagery of this rapidly-changing neighborhood. The space is vast, encompassing a soaring dining room, open-air patio, food market, bakery, and Verve coffee bar. The takeout counter—filled with tempting prepared foods—is a welcome addition for the time-strapped local who can't linger over their morning matcha and avocado toast. Speaking of toast, the bread here is a must-order. Other stand-outs: the cacio e pepe and the fire-roasted chicken.
Plant Food + Wine
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
When the long-standing Axe shut its doors, a lot of West Siders were pretty bummed—but then chef Matthew Kenney, a force in the plant-based movement, swooped in to take over the space, turning the upstairs into a plant-based cooking academy. The place still has a light, low-key vibe, with exceptional outdoor seating; the difference is the menu is now completely vegan. Kenney’s restaurants across the country all do things with veggies and nuts that you don’t see anywhere else. They’re known for their aged-nut-cheese plate, fantastic salads, and the (amazing) curried cauliflower tacos.
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