Venice Beach City Guide: Eat & Sip
COFFEE SHOP & EATERIES
Groundwork Coffee Co. (located on the ground floor of our hotel)
This Los Angeles institution grew from a café and rare book shop to one of California’s first certified organic roasters, boasting solar-powered, low-emission technology. Groundwork didn’t stop there — sourcing from every growing region in the world, this roaster is certified kosher and non-GMO.
Hours of Operation: Mon — Sun, 7am — 5pm
Address: 3 Westminster Ave., Venice, CA 90291
EL Huarique (right outside our front door)
It’s a tiny stall inside a suspect-looking food court directly on Ocean Front Walk, but, turns out, they have some excellent Peruvian ceviche. Get the Venice Beach or Leche de Tigre versions to go, walk in the opposite direction to the crowds, and eat a solid lunch on the beach.
Fruit Gallery (right outside our front door)
Cool off with a refreshing acai bowl, organic juice, or a vegan wrap to-go at Fruit Gallery — a small, sweet spot for grabbing healthy, fresh food on the go.
The Wee Chippy (right outside our front door)
Get a twist on tradition at The Wee Chippy, with their classic (and beloved) take on fried fish paired with some of the best fries we’ve ever had — perfect for a post-beach craving.
Zelda’s Corner (right outside our front door)
Zelda’s Corner is a family owned breakfast and lunch spot located just off of Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach. Located at the end of Westminster Avenue, stop by for ocean views, made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, salads, breakfast burritos, soups, coffee, and fresh mini donuts
Menotti’s Coffee Shop
Get your caffeine fix for an afternoon pick-me-up on your Boardwalk stroll — Menotti’s is a beloved gathering spot for coffee, espresso, and baked goods. Try the Venice Beach cappuccino (and be sure to check out their expansive collection of vintage vinyl while you’re there).
Blue algae smoothies, on-tap kombucha, kale salads, grain bowls, turmeric lattes, avocado toast, fish tacos. Check, check, check. This Aussie all-day café seems to be ticking all the boxes, and it does it well. Come early to avoid crowds, and snag a stool while you’re waiting. Whatever you do, get the breakfast burrito.
Don’t let the unassuming facade fool you — step up to this informal Boardwalk window for a melt-in-your-mouth, local-favorite cheeseburger that’ll have you revelling in its perfect simplicity. The Win-Dow makes their burgers smashburger-style, with patties smashed on the flat-top grill to maximize flavor, cooked with caramelized onions until crisp, covered in American cheese, then carefully arranged in the freshest, softest brioche bun on a bed of house sauce and pickles (they also offer a Beyond versions of the burger for herbivore friends).
Category: Burger Joint
Vibe: Street Food
Hours of Operation: Mon — Sun, 8am — 8pm
Address: 1827 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Phone Number: (424) 259 4834
The Rose Venice
The Rose, a Venice standby since 1979, is a lofty, boho-chic all-day eatery with two patios, a bar, and a bakery, serving rustic Californian cuisine. With a space that pays homage to longtime Venice Beach roots, step inside for walls lined by local artists’ work — a mix of modern, whimsical, and historic that nods to Venice’s rapidly-changing landscape. We suggest the cacio e pepe and the fire-roasted chicken.
A family owned neighborhood classic since 1978 that was recently reimagined with a feel and flavor driven by the owner’s Latin roots and love for the Pacific coastline. Good food, good drinks, and good company.
BARS & RESTAURANTS
Felix has everything of an Italian trattoria. A green wallpaper completes the warm decor of a nonna’s home, friendly service, a Tuscan grill, and a wood-fired oven. At the heart of the dining room, you’ll find the highlight of the show: a temperature-controlled pasta laboratory where you can admire Evan Funke and his chefs work the pasta dough by hand. Be sure to order the well-oiled sfincione focaccia, pesto trofie from Cinque Terre, zucchini flowers stuffed with fior di latte mozzarella, cacio e pepe tonnarelli, and parmesan-covered polpette, swimming in a delicious salsa verde.
Hours of Operation: Mon — Sun, 5pm —11pm
Address: 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Phone Number: (424) 387 8622
The delicacy of their mozzarella and orange-tinted cherry tomato pizza, the refined decor, the necessity to book ahead in order to avoid the line on a Saturday lunch, the gnocchi with brown butter and truffle honey, the ricotta pancakes which sell out faster than a Rolling Stones concert…we could go on, but just trust us when we say that Gjelina is a Venice staple for a reason.
Effectively an Oaxaca-Venice mashup when it comes to flavors, Valle Venice—from the guys behind Gjusta and Gjelina—churns out the food you crave come Friday night. The plates, bowls, salads, and sides explode with taste. A hearty shellfish pozole verde, a couple of barbacoa tacos, kanpachi ceviche, and a squash blossom quesadilla on a blue corn tortilla—all washed down with a spicy marg or aqua fresca—is heaven after a long week of lunches al desko.
The Butcher’s Daughter
As the name does not suggest, The Butcher’s Daughter is a vegan canteen. From their first shop in Nolita, they kept the most popular dishes: spicy kale Caesar, black bean burger, and the famous smashed avocado toast. The large communal table right off Abbott Kinney is also welcoming new dishes like wood-fired pizzas, cauliflower steak frites, and hand-made pasta with milk-free mozzarella. A former baker from Bouchon takes care of pastries, including a deliciously sacrilegious vegan croissant.
If the early bird catches the best waves, they would certainly catch Gjusta’s baklava croissant as well. A perfect buttery pastry topped with crushed pistachios and powdered sugar…if you happen to be a late riser, take the raspberry rhubarb galette, which has big chunks of fruit covered in brown sugar grains. If Gjusta’s small rickety tables on the patio intimidate you, they also excel at takeout: think traditional cheese, cured fish, and meat. Everything at Gjusta is incredibly good, the most difficult task is to choose. And to wait in line.
As one of the original bars along Mr. Kinney’s boulevard, Roosterfish is a part of a rare collective of original restaurants along Abbot Kinney — one of the first progressive bars for the community, whose new owners have kept its namesake and legacy intact.
A sunny, colorful, plant-filled patio restaurant for cocktails, tacos, all-day salads, and much, much more.
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: “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.
A Parisian inspired neo-bistro on the Venice end of Main Street, pairing French and Mediterranean small dishes with a top-notch natural wine selection.
The best part about Chulita isn’t the charming rattan chairs or the vibrant greenery cascading down the walls. 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.