80 Windward Ave., Venice
The spot for late-night snacks like house-made flatbread and beetroot hummus, garlicky mushrooms and lamb kofta—Gran Blanco is the trendier (and aptly named) nighttime counterpart to owners Sam Trude and Sam Cooper’s Aussie-chic café Great White Australian for Gran Blanco) located directly across the street. Huddled under the Venice sign, the super vibe-y open-air space has a decidedly beach-lounge feel, with mood lighting, couches and wooden stumps for kicking back, an extensive vinyl collection curated by the owners, and the kind of stiff tiki-bar cocktails that’ll instantly tip you into vacation mode…if only for a night.
533 Rose Ave., Venice
The best part about Chulita isn’t the charming rattan chairs or the vibrant greenery cascading down the walls. Although the color-happy Californian-meets-Oaxacan décor is very easy on the eyes. Nor is it the Mexico City–style tacos done on hand-pressed purple corn tortillas. Though those are pretty epic, too. It’s the fact that it’s one of the few places tucked away on Rose Avenue—and in the greater Venice area, for that matter—where you can walk in, grab a couple stools at the bar, and order from an extensive list of top-shelf, artisanal tequilas. It’s a taco spot that moonlights as a damn good mezcal bar. And in Venice—the land of beer and wine—those liquor licenses are essentially a luxury currency. Our best advice: Snag a seat on the patio, order the serrano-infused mezcal, and don’t skip the coliflor fundido.
9 Dudley Ave., Venice
Cozied up in an unassuming corner off the Venice Beach boardwalk within earshot of the surf lies the local hangout and unpretentious wine bar Dudley Market. On the menu du jour: something they like to call “sustainable seafood,” which is really LA-speak for locally caught crudo, the freshest sashimi you’ve ever tasted, and shucked oysters so good, they actually do come with a disclaimer: Buy twelve rounds and the thirteenth’s free.
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
With its whitewashed brick walls, wooden tables, rustic stone floor, and clapboard ceiling, Yours Truly has a decidedly beach-house vibe. Dotted with skylights, every square foot is drenched in sunlight. The menu reads like an ode to modern LA with avocado hummus, za’atar-dusted flatbread, Nashville hot shrimp, and bucatini carbonara sliding to the top of our order. Located on Abbott Kinney in Venice, Yours Truly has a laid-back atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu that make it an ideal Westside spot for a cozy dinner with friends.
Superba Food + Bread
1900 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
You’d never guess it with its beautifully light and airy atmosphere, but Superba Food + Bread was once an auto body shop. It’s now one of Venice’s most popular spots for healthy-ish breakfasts and brunches, with five varieties of toasts that go way beyond the ubiquitous avocado version. We love the kale toast—a slab of the house made grilled bread topped with sunny side eggs, avocado, braised kale and chili oil—and pair it with a side of heirloom tomato gazpacho with cucumber and garlic croutons. Superba is also rightly famous for its crispy brussels sprouts in dashi broth, and no visit is complete without a bowl of them.
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.
609 Rose Ave, Venice
Tucked away on Rose, Wallflower specializes in Southeast Asian and Vietnamese cuisine.
1604 Pacific Ave., Venice
Another solid addition to Venice’s ever-increasing, Australian-style café offering, Great White serves up health-focused food all day long.
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Given this new Venice Izakaya is the brainchild of Travis Lett, the restauranteur behind west side institutions Gjelina and Gjusta, we know it's bound to be a hit–and likely just as mobbed. Open to walk-ins only (no reservations), it's serving up incredible Japanese dishes from ramen to miso-heavy vegetables.
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.
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