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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 Waterfront in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Venice Boardwalk

Life in Venice moves to a different rhythm and nowhere more so than on the famous Venice Boardwalk, officially known as Ocean Front Walk. It’s a freak show, a human zoo and a wacky carnival alive with Hula-Hoop magi…
Top Choice Area in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Abbot Kinney, who founded Venice in the early 1900s, would probably be delighted to find that one of Venice’s best-loved streets bears his name. Sort of a seaside Melrose with a Venetian flavor, the mile-long stretc…
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 Rooftop Bar in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

High

Venice's only rooftop bar is quite an experience, with 360-degree views from the shore to the Santa Monica Mountains – if you can take your eyes off the beautiful people. High serves creative seasonal cocktails (blo…
Top Choice Area in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Venice Canals

Even many Angelenos have no idea that just a couple of blocks from the Boardwalk madness is an idyllic neighborhood that preserves 3 miles of Abbot Kinney’s canals. The Venice Canal Walk threads past eclectic homes,…
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…