café venicia: A little treasure found in the madness.
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.Related to:
- Family Travel
The Rose Café & Market.: They've been meeting here since '79.
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.
Good food.: So many casual restuarants line the boardwalk
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.
Primitivo: Vino and Tapa
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.
Goat cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms
Steak with harissa
Ripassa wineRelated to:
- Wine Tasting
Delizia cafe: Nice place right on Venice Boardwalk
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.
Fig Tree's Cafe: Fig Tree's Cafe
A little pricey, but for a reason. All of the food there was very... uhh, natural. The sodas were all natural, no preservatives (ie., no coke or pepsi), about the only thing that would be commercial they sold was the bottled beer. Great natural food, freshly prepared. Very well done. The price was worth the experience.
Favorite Dish: The Fajita platter
C&O Trattoria: C&O Trattoria
They serve HUGE family portions! One entree is enough to feed 2+ people!! Each entree is about US$10! What a great deal on such great food! Also, every night at about 9pm, everyone in the restaurant sings 'That's Amore!' while toasting each other! It's a lot of fun and there's a sense of camaraderie among all the patrons and servers in the restaurant!
Favorite Dish: Pasta, pasta, pasta!!
La Vecchia: La Vecchia
Small, cozy atmosphere. Just great food and its location is great because after dinner, you can cruise over to one of the many bars on this street or go get some coffee.
Favorite Dish: The bowtie pesto dish. If you like pesto sauce, theirs is pretty much as close as you're going to get to the real Italian stuff! This dish tasted SOOOO similar to the one I had in Italy that I could have sworn I was in Italy (except for the fact that everyone was speaking English!!).
World Cafe: World Cafe
They have a great courtyard area. Everything opens out to this courtyard and it is just really pretty! They have lots of big, over-hanging trees in the courtyard. A nice, romantic place for dinner or a pleasant place for a Sunday brunch! They have a huge loungy area on the right that is a great place to hang out during happy hour or for that apertif as you're waiting for a table.
Favorite Dish: They have a lot of great things on the menu! I just can't name one! Typical California fusion fare.
Lilly's French Cafe & Bar: Flawless French Cuisine
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!Related to:
- Wine Tasting
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Candle Cafe and grill: Beer, food and Hookas
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...
Gjelina: In Progress
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.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Natalee Thai: Try contemporary Thai
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: anyRelated to:
- Food and Dining
Figtree's Cafe: Try Healthy American Fusion along Boardwalk
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 tastyRelated to:
- Food and Dining
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Candle Cafe and Grill: Good seafront cafe
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.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Beautiful rooms with marble type surrounds to the sink and dressing table. Large choice of breakfast...more
We only used to hotel as sleeping place. most of the time we spend in LA. We could park the car...more
2819 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, Los Angeles, California, 90291, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
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