Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Rose Café

This sprawling Venice institution (established 1979) was recently given a major, very welcome makeover. If the new version is less funky (though you'll still find laptop-toting writers, tech geeks and beefcakes from…
Top Choice Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Gjusta

The folks behind the standard-setting Gjelina have opened this very casual, very gourmet, very Venice bakery, cafe and deli behind a nondescript storefront on a hidden side street. The menu changes regularly, but if…
Top Choice American in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Gjelina

If one restaurant defines the new Venice, it's this. Carve out a slip on the communal table between the hipsters and yuppies, or get your own slab of wood on the elegant stone terrace, and dine on imaginative small …
Top Choice Vegetarian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Butcher's Daughter

Find yourself a seat around the central counter or facing busy Abbot Kinney to tuck in to stone-oven pizzas, handmade pastas and veggie faves such as whole roasted cauliflower and butternut-squash risotto. It's Auss…
Thai in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Night + Market Sahm

The Venice outpost of chef-owner-Wunderkind Kris Yenbamroong's mini-empire specializes in take-no prisoners spicy Thai dishes such as nam khao tod (crispy rice salad with soured pork, raw ginger and peanuts) and lar…
Vegan in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Plant Food + Wine

Not only do noted vegan chef/author/activist Matthew Kenney and chef Scot Winegard work miracles with raw vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds here, they do it in one of LA's most beautiful dining spaces. Look for sta…
Vegan in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Café Gratitude

An anchor of Venice's vegan corridor, Café Gratitude's all-organic menu items are named for affirmations such as 'I am Magical' (that's a house-made veggie burger), 'I am Gracious' (seasonal grain salad), 'I am Pure…
Ice Cream in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Salt & Straw

There always seems to be a line out the door at this branch of the hipster-cool Portland-based ice-cream fantasy land. Maybe it’s because there’s always something new to try: adventurous, seasonal flavors that chang…
American in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Playa Provisions

Top Chef alumna Brooke Williamson is the force behind this 7000-sq-ft combination seafood restaurant, cafe, ice-cream shop, and speakeasy-style whiskey bar. The breakfast sandwich (also served at lunchtime) is turke…
German in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Wurstkuche

Set in a hipster-chic brick-house loft, but sealed off from the on-rushing madness of Lincoln Blvd, this German sausage and beer haus specializes in three things: classic, gourmet and exotic grilled sausages (bratwu…