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I live in Los Angeles with my wife and teenage daughter. We have our own business, exporting materials to the Far East. I'm originally from England but have lived in L.A. for over 30 years now. I'm... read more
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Gjelina Take Away

$$$· 1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

293 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rated one of the best restaurants in L.A. I like popping in for late afternoon casual dining. Either book ahead or arrive early for happy hour. Takeaway recently added, which offers great sandwiches.


Joe's Restaurant

$$$· 1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Website·

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A bit expensive but worth every penny. Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Upscale, intimate, offering great French dishes. Also has a good wine list.


The Otheroom

1201 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

221 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best variety of on tap beers in the neighborhood. No food but you can bring in your own and there are several restaurants within a block where you can grab a sandwich or a burger.

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You can't visit Venice and not take a quick walk down the front to the world famous Muscle Beach


Abbot's Habit

$· 1401 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Drop in for a coffee, breakfast, a smoothie or a sandwich; great bagels. Sometimes has live music.


Abbot's Pizza Co

$· 1407 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

156 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best pizza in town. Even New Yorkers will make a point of eating here. Next to Abbot’s Habit.


C & O Trattoria

$$· 31 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

137 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A Venice institution, an Italian restaurant with wonderful fresh baked garlic rolls. Very popular with local families, so you may have to wait for a table at peak times. I liked to walk down the beach


Cafe Collage

1518 Pacific Avenue·Map·Hours·

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Small coffee shop just down the street, across the Circle, at the corner of Pacific and Windward. Has a limited menu but a good choice for a quick coffee or a light breakfast/brunch.


Canal Club

$$· 2025 Pacific Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar and restaurant with Asian, Californian and Mexican dishes, including sushi. Located close to beach and across street from James Beach restaurant.


Figtree's Cafe

$$· 429 Ocean Front Walk·Map·Hours·Website·

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is my top choice for breakfast on the beach. It’s worth the longer walk, which is very pleasant anyway. I would arrive before 8:30 a.m. for the ‘happy hour’ prices and always sit outside, though

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Authentic Irish pub’s interior shipped from Dublin to Ocean Park! Offers Irish grub, Guinness, over 100 whiskeys and live music; has afternoon and late night happy hours.


Hal's Bar & Grill

$$· 1349 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Website·

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very Popular bar. Live Jazz on Sundays and Mondays. Food is nothing special. I only go for the jazz or a drink with a friend. Can be noisy.


Hama Sushi

$$· 213 Windward Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fun Japanese restaurant just down the street, on the Venice Circle; it’s a great favorite with locals. I really enjoy the happy hour menu, which is offered at the bar.


Hinano Cafe

$$· 15 Washington Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Venice institution - classic American dive bar, favorite with the locals. 3 pool tables (75 cents a game, winner holds table), live music, free popcorn, good burgers.


Intelligentsia Coffee

$$· 1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You might find a queue extending outside front door - so popular because alternative is to fly to Vienna or Amsterdam to find better coffee. Tea also excellent. You have to try once.


James Beach Restaurant

$$· 60 North Venice Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

189 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Close to the beach and always busy. Check out the daily specials. Inside and outside seating. Across street from the Canal Club.

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Seating is available either inside or on front patio; on the pricey side but the organic food is good quality; service can be on the slow side.



$$· 1661 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

231 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cafeteria style fast food, offers basic seating, a couple hundred yards from the apartment on corner of Venice Blvd. Has excellent quality sandwiches & salads that are ideal for takeout.


Maxwell's Cafe

13329 West Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Maxwell’s is just a block further inland from Costco. very popular with locals for breakfast or brunch. Good food, reasonable prices, & attentive staff. Very busy at the weekends.



$$· 1025 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Right next door to Joe’s. Its strength is small tapas plates. Informal, relaxed, easy for conversation with choice of seating inside or in garden setting out back. One of my favorites.


Rose Cafe

$$· 220 Rose Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

211 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you journey up to the Ocean Park area, this is a pleasant choice for breakfast or brunch. Offers indoor and outdoor seating. Has a deli counter and a bakery.


The Brig

$· 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the oldest businesses on Abbot Kinney. Used to be a Hells Angels hangout but has mellowed into a popular local bar with a pretty good pool table. It’s very busy and noisy at weekends.

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Popular converted firehouse in Ocean Park area. Classic American breakfast menu; salads, burgers, sandwiches, sushi and typical diner fare. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., bar until midnight (8 p.m. Sundays)



$$· 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd·Map·Website·

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Across street from The Otheroom. A cute café offering innovative ‘Germanesque’ breakfast & lunch dishes from Hans Röckenwagner.


Wabi-Sabi Sushi & Asian

$$$· 1635 Abbot Kinney Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Wabi Sabi rated as one of best Japanese restaurants in L.A.; has happy hour from 5:30 to 6:30 every day.


Sidewalk Cafe

$$· 1401 Ocean Front Walk·Map·Hours·Website·

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Has satellite sports and ten TV’s, including three big screens


Cabo Cantina

$$· 30 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cabo Cantina is the ultimate sports event and pay-per-view fight destination, with up to 50 extra-large HD flat screens and drink specials all night long.



$$· 72 Market Street·Map·Website·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Close to Boardwalk. Lots of game time drinks specials. Breakfast menu & Bloody Mary Bar weekends. Late menu till 1:00 a.m.; 1/2 price apps on Mon. Happy hour 4-7 p.m., extended Fri 4-9 p.m.

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tavern has every game, every day. Where locals catch all the collegiate & NFL action. Features 40 draft beers & >60 additional bottled brews, 50 wines by the glass, a full bar and a huge menu.

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Daily happy hour from 12:00 -7:00 pm. Kitchen open all day; closes at 1:00 a.m.