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    Gjelina: In Progress

    by rudysmom626 Written Jan 18, 2012

    Favorite Dish: My favorite aspect of this restaurant are the Vegetable Sides ($8 dollars a piece, but reasonably sized to share). My favorite are "Wood Roasted Sunchokes with Salsa Verde" and "Grilled Broccolini with Garlic, Chili, & Vinegar." Many of my friends are obsessed with the "Charred Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates, & Vinegar." While all the salads are good, I'm particularly partial to the "Tuscan Kale, Shaved Fennel, Radish, Lemon, Ricotta Salata & Breadcrumb" - the breadcrumbs and the kale together are really delish! And if you like mushrooms & truffles, the "Mushroom, Goat Cheese, Fontina, & Truffle Oil" pizza is amazing! And most importantly, the "Butterscotch Pot de Creme with Salted Caramel & Creme Fraiche" is absolutely life-changing! My most favorite dessert in LA!

    An important thing to note is that the menu changes every few weeks, depending on what's fresh in the Santa Monica Farmer's Markets, but the favorites above tend to be on the menu month-to-month. Another important aspect is that the restaurant has a staunch "NO SUBSTITUTIONS" policy - you can't have a dish without one of the ingredients listed or switched out. Just something to keep in mind if you have allergies/special diet restrictions.

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    Delizia cafe: Nice place right on Venice Boardwalk

    by Sienlu Written Dec 29, 2009

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    I live 2 blocks from this restaurant, it's a relatively new place on the Venice boardwalk, going straight down Rose Ave. until you can't go any further. You can see the ocean from the patio, it's small but the food is good and sort of unusual. It's very "cool", you can even sit on a coach if you'd like.

    It's not very big but none of the cafes along the boardwalk are! Prices are not unreasonable either comparing to other restaurants in the area.

    There is also a parking lot right across from it.

    Worth trying!

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    Candle Cafe and Grill: Good seafront cafe

    by Gillybob Updated Dec 28, 2008

    The Candle Cafe and Grill is located right on the seafront boardwalk at Venice. This cafe is all about location and gains much from passing trade. I stopped off for a light lunch on my Sunday walk from Santa Monica Pier to Marina Del Rey. Entertainment is provided by the passing crowds and the street performers working the Boardwalk.

    Favorite Dish: I had a quesadilla and diet coke which were both satisfactory. Service, given that it was a busy Sunday, was good and the food came quickly.

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    Figtree's Cafe: Try Healthy American Fusion along Boardwalk

    by marinarena Updated May 8, 2008

    Want organic eggs for your omelette? Or egg beaters? How about a whole wheat torilla instead of flour white for your monster bburrito? Want to swallow down a green tea instead of Coke? If yes to any of these, come to Figtree Cafe along the venice boardwalk.

    I recommend Figtree solely for being an alternative to the overly hyped and maligned Sidewalk Cafe. Disregard the crowds at Sidewalk and head down to Figtree, which serves a kind of hip California chic cuisine. Menu items- much like Venice herself- are uncoventional. For example, have Navajo corncakes as an appetizer, or how about a spinach nut burger. If you are really adventurous, you'll get a kick out of the drink names here. Try the Virtual Buddah (peaches and herb elixir) or the Cheap Thrill (smoothie with banana, raspberry, strawberry).

    Favorite Dish: Navajo corncakes -very unique and tasty

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    Natalee Thai: Try contemporary Thai

    by marinarena Written May 8, 2008

    Natalee Thai is a hip, local Venice joint away from the beach and boardwalk. Appreciate not only the scrumptious food but the intricate grey and orange exterior of the restaurant- an architectural delight.

    There is a sophisticated but casual feel and flair of the place. There is a full bar including sushi area and full intimate patio, along with the basic indoor dining area. Expect a crowd here but its not too overwhelming, either for lunch or dinner. The crowd is slightly sophisticated 30 ish on avrage, barely upscale at most. However, the prices for entrees are very affordable for most budget. Almost all menu items are under $10. Choose from seafood favorites, meat dishes (chicken, pork, beef), curries, vegetarian dishes and a variety of salads. Food took a little while longer than I expected on my last visit but I wouldn't consider this the norm.

    Favorite Dish: any

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    Dagwoods: Have a Bite on Main

    by marinarena Written Apr 16, 2008

    Dagwoods is a cool looking pizza joint with decent to good pizza qualitywise. The one I visited is the Venice location. There is also one in Santa Monica. It's not as good as Ray's and a few other Venice Beach boardwalk locations. The crust was a bit too tough for my standard. What I love here is that you can create any ingredient combination for a slice or two. Order thin or extra thin.

    Favorite Dish: Pizza with pomodoro (tomato) and basil

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    Three Squares: Delicious Food in a Breezy Atmosphere

    by Dundooni Written Feb 12, 2008

    This restaurant is American/German, with a fair share of shnitzel and pretzels on the menu. The restaurant is small but spacious, and it has great atmosphere. The heated patio area is great, but people tend ot smoke there, so if that is not your cup of tea, definitely sit inside.

    Favorite Dish: I ordered the Foie Gras burgers - which is 2 mini burgers with caramelized onions, foie gras and arugula on toasted mini buns. It was delicious. I also had the potatoes gratin which was tasty but a bit oily. They have a great assortment of beers. If you order their version of Guinness, it comes with a charm on the bottle! Charming!

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  • Lilly's French Cafe & Bar: Flawless French Cuisine

    by Claremole Written Oct 8, 2007

    We didn't know much about this restaurant before we went. It was our daughter's 21st birthday, so she wanted to go to a wine bar; her name is Lilly; and she had just come back from France.

    Well, we lucked out! The food and the service were absolutely flawless. Our daughter assured us that the menu was typically French. Everything we ordered was delicious and done perfectly. For appetizers, we had the French onion soup, the goat cheese tart, and the Asian seared tuna salad (okay, maybe not so French). For our entrees, we had the duck -- very juicy and flavorful -- the mussels with french fries, and a sea bass and risotto special.

    For dessert, we had the cheese plate (which is listed on the menu as an appetizer). The portions were very generous, and the cheeses were intense!

    There is an extensive list of wines by the glass -- we had a lot of fun tasting and comparing French and California wines.

    The prices are very reasonable for what you get. The duck, for example, was $18; the cheese plate, with three cheeses, was $8.

    About the worst thing I can say is that nothing had that "wow" factor. Thus, this is more of a reliable neighborhood hangout than an "event" or "destination" restaurant. Still, I've been to supposed destination restaurants that had worse food!

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    Candle Cafe and grill: Beer, food and Hookas

    by malianrob Written Jun 11, 2006

    Well the beer is good. We usually get a pitcher of Hefeweizen (however you spell that) or a pitcher of Tecate. No complaints there. The food is pretty good, not fantastic but good. The Nacho a a pretty big portion, good enough to share and the chicken sandwich was a chiucken sandwich. What I really like about this place is that theres seating inside or outside so you can continue to people watch and you can rent these hooka pipes for 15 dollars and you can smoke all this delicious stuff while you drink your beer and have these important conversations. The service is ok, they try. It gets pretty busy here and the place is somewhat small. Overall we had a good time.

    Favorite Dish: The beer...

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    Rey's Pizza: Great Pizza Slice!

    by marinarena Written Feb 28, 2005

    OK, Venice has many good places to get a pizza slice. The competition is quite fierce to get a cheap but good pizza slice. Rey's pizza is the best , perhaps, given that is has such a variety from which to choose just for a slice. Also not to miss here is the yummy ice cream on a cone,offered up with plain vanilla with not so typical flavors, lke bubble gum and butterscotch.

    Favorite Dish: Pesto and Garlic Pizza

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    Good food.: So many casual restuarants line the boardwalk

    by awayhome Updated May 23, 2004

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    I couldn't name just one restaurant since Venice boardwalk is lined with many restaurants and eateries along the way. Find one with a nice outdoor seating area and you can watch the passing crowds.........or your fellow diners.

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    Pam's Place: "Every dish prepared with love..." is their motto

    by VdV Written May 10, 2004

    A friend of mine who lives in West L.A. recommended this restaurant as one of her favorite Thai places on the westside.

    I couldn't agree with her more. The food is terrific--spicy, but not too spicy (you know how sometimes it's so spicy you can't even enjoy the flavors because your tongue is burning?!...)

    The ambience is casual yet intimate. Service is attentive and friendly. There is both indoor and outdoor/patio seating, and located a few blocks east of the busier beach area, so parking is not a problem.

    It's a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the detour! Check it out!....

    Favorite Dish: Pam's Place offers the usual Thai selections: pad thai and wide rice noodles, various curries, prik kings, larb and other Thai salads, spicy soups, etc.

    What is even more impressive is their extensive vegetarian menu, even down to dessert--"lactose-free" ice cream (in coconut and mango the evening we went...) Thai food heaven for lactose intolerants like many of my friends and I, as well as for people looking for good vegetarian selections.

    We ordered: chicken larb; spicy eggplant and tofu; tofu and peanut sauce; spicy wide rice noodles; a chicken curry in red sauce; and coconut ice cream and sticky rice for dessert. Everything was absolutely delicious. For the four of us, beverages included (pineapple juice, Thai iced coffee, etc.) it came out to about $17 per person, tip included.

    I'll definitely be back to Pam's Place, and highly encourage you to stop in for lunch/dinner too!

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    Primitivo: Vino and Tapa

    by giampiero6 Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Primitivo is one of my favorite hangs in Venice. It's a nice place with a good crowd, nice lighting, good music. The wine is a wide excellent selection. The tapas are uneven..some dishes are great, some average, the deserts are excellent. It ain't cheap, but it can be a great place to have a romantic dinner, or to just sit at the bar with a friend and have a drink.

    Favorite Dish: Changes often.

    Chanterelles gratin
    Goat cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms
    Steak with harissa

    Ripassa wine

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    The Rose Café & Market.: They've been meeting here since '79.

    by kiwi Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    This place does it all. Regular dining, inside or out. The outside area is very pleasant and popular. They do Take Out or Home Entertainment as well. You can even order Birthday or Wedding cakes and also Traditional Holiday baking.
    The venue is also available for Private Parties & Functions, as well as orders for the likes of Office Meetings.
    I was told it's not uncommon to experience a celebrity sighting here at the Rose for those interested, but be discreet :-)
    Rose has it's own carpark which is a plus, and there is a small shop where you can buy the coolest postcards and few other knickknacks.
    The prices vary from breakfast to dinner, of course, but it is not outrageous, not cheap. Sometimes it's nice to pay for the experience.

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    café venicia: A little treasure found in the madness.

    by kiwi Updated Aug 22, 2003

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    In amongst the maddness and mayhem of people, bikes and shops is this quaint little eatery. I made a calculated decision to eat here and didn't regret it for a moment.
    You can do Breakfast here, Eggs or Pancakes type stuff.
    Lunch you can get various sandwiches, fries, Burgers, HotDogs, Pizza and even vegetarian stuff. Salad and soup as well. Generally something for everyone.
    They display a photo of Bill Clinton visiting the caf?, so I wasn't sure if that was a plus or not!

    Favorite Dish: I had a Falafel with added cheese, it was tasty, filling and generally enjoyable. I'd have the same again.

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