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Mike & Ruthie's Guidebook

Mike & Ruthie
Our family of four (well, six if you count the two dogs) live in Venice, CA in our house, which we love. We also have an airbnb in upstate NY: The Robin's Nest read more

Things to do in Los Angeles


26 Beach

$$· 3100 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is our go to restaurant - great food right across the street - a great place for brunch. Also known for their burgers, but they pretty much have everything on the menu, and then some.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you like Indian Food, this place is amazing. Also right across the street So yummy!

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great American Chinese Cuisines and pretty affordable for Venice Beach. Entrees are usually $7 to $13 roughly, although don't quote us on that. Try the orange ginger chicken and hot and sour soup!


Intelligentsia Coffee

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

307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I am not a coffee drinker, but people swear by it. Expect a wait.


Cows End

$· 34 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

179 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local coffee shop. Delicious ice tea, smoothies and sandwiches, and apparently, great coffee. Been in Venice forever!



$· 427 Lincoln Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing BBQ and great local vibe!

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place has a great brunch and it's not that crowded, and it is also a fun and delicious dinner spot!


Superba Food & Bread

$$· 1900 S Lincoln Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

198 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fun, great cuisine, outdoor area to sit on a nice day. Only beer and wine, but amazing bread, great service and some fine culinary creations!


Joe's Restaurant

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

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A Venice Establishment -been around for over 30 years. Uses local, farm fresh organic ingredients. Joe is awesome. Staff and service excellent!


Danny's Venice

$$· 23 Windward Avenue·Map·Hours·

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great place to have brunch or lunch and watch sports - so close to the beach. Great deli/american style cuisine.


James Beach Restaurant

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

189 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Home of the famous "fish tacos" from I love you man - they are great, as is the atmosphere and food at this Venice local establishment!


Kifune Sushi Bar

$$· 405 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

another local venice haunt


Hama Sushi

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

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

and another local venice haunt


Townhouse Venice

52 Windward Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

126 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of our favorite bars in Venice, make sure to check out the authentic and very old, but newly refurbished speak easy downstairs


Hatchet Hall

$$$· 12517 W Washington Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you like meat, this place is for you. the space is beautiful, and the Old Man Bar is cozy and makes you want to saddle up to the bar and have a drink



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

231 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great lemonade, ice teas and a good alternative to fast food, although not quite as cheap as fast food

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of our favorite places in Venice and LA! Authentic mexican cuisine, mariachis, homemade tortillas and great margaritas!

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing flour tortillas that melt in your mouth, delicious salsa verde, great seafood selection and a wide selection of tequilas

708 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Whole Foods Market



$$· 910 Lincoln Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

168 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ralphs is probably our closest, larger grocery store


Canal Club

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

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of our favorite spots for Happy Hour in Venice . . . great sushi and other asian influenced cuisine, great margaritas.

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

More artisan pizzas and salads. Great chicken meatballs. Just up Washington, maybe a 15 minute walk East of Lincoln or a 5 minute drive. Use some organic ingredients. Brick fire/wood oven. Delish!


C & O Cucina

$$· 3016 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

32 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another restaurant that is pretty much across the street. Large family portions, generally Italian cuisine. The Rat Pack Lounge there is a bit more intimate and cozy. Try the garlic balls.


Maxwell's Cafe

13329 West Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great breakfast spot and reasonable. If you go at "rush hour" brunch or breakfast time, you might have a wait. Try their pancakes - delicious!


Cafe Buna

$$· 3105 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great local breakfast spot - cheaper, faster but expect a wait.


Sunny Spot

$$· 822 Washington Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Interesting (cuban influenced) cuisine. Great spot for happy hour or drinks also. Large outdoor patio.


Wacky Wok

$$· 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd # F·Map·Hours·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Decent Chinese Food take out right around the corner from our house. You can walk there, or as with most places, order for take out or delivery.


Scopa Italian Roots

$$· 2905 W Washington Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

152 local Airbnb hosts recommend

great food and atmosphere, although a bit pricey, but worth it if you are looking for a nice meal and night out. Very close. Pretty much across the street so you can walk!

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you like vegan coconut ice cream, this place is for you - so delicious, organic and the folks who run it are so kind and wonderful. You'll want to go back again and again!


Johnnie's NY Pizza

$$· 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great pizza and salad. Can eat there (casual atmosphere) or as it is also very close to our house, can order for pick up or delivery.