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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291
1429 Abbot Kinney BoulevardUSCalifornia90291
$$$American Restaurant, BarToday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AMFriday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AMSaturday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AMSunday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AMMonday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AMTuesday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AMWednesday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM
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Hot spot for seasonal New American cuisine presented in a rustic-chic dining room.- Google
"The butterscotch pot de creme dessert is delicious!"
"I will give this place another chance...their smoke salmon sounded so good!"
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First off I don’t know how to pronounce their name right. Corrected by friends and 2 different servers each a different way. What’s not to be corrected is how good the food is. When I first bm’d Gjelina it was closer to 5 than 4 starts and just under 1000 reviews. Since then it’s been one of my go to spots to “treat” me and my dates to a very new age Italian-esque country garden type culinary twist food. I was drawn in my a picture. Very few cultures use squash blossoms and the pizza with that, burrata and thyme reminded me of a dish my father used to make. Not in flavor at all, but simply the flower blossoms are pretty unique a few cuisines and not used often enough in the vegetarian/vegan food game. I’m the only one of my friends that knows or even uses it in any of my cooking. First off the vibe is hipster, like much of the non ethnic LA. It’s loud in the main dining room and I prefer the outskirts for intimacy. Service is good, but a little too eager and not as engaging as I’d like. Price can be high because the dishes are smallish. What I do like is the décor, good for brunch or dinner, but inviting, warm, despite the tall ceilings and windows. Oysters are Coromandel and Beau Soleil which in my experience are usually sourced by Santa Monica which is the only place in LA I know that carries Coromandel, heck even SoCal. A favorite of mine, but expensive at $18 a half dozen. I prefer a better, more classic representation. Pork Shoulder & Duck liver pate, well that’s some rich flavors, calmed with the pickles it was refreshing interpretation of something that tastes very French. I love how they have a dozen vegetable items all priced the same. Very farmers market style. Braised sweet corn tastes local street fair Mexican corn. Grilled oyster mushroom is meaty, fresh with the lemon and basic. Roast cauliflower imo could do without the vinegar. Reed Avo is a nice change from Haas, but my preferred is the Fuerte and the only reason I tried the radish, chive, nori salad could have gone anywhere and I wasn’t that impressed with the composition. The dishes that wow’d me was the grilled squid. Melon for a neutral sweetness, but the salsa verde really made the squid pop, though I almost wished it was octopus instead. Miatake musroom toast with crème fraiche and truffle oil. I was skeptical of the truffle in the oil, but may be able to validate based on price. The other items and the assembly were a little simple. The crème and toast work well and the mushroom and truffle don’t intermeld. Both clean and distinct. Ok so back to that squash blossom. This is probably the prettiest, most interesting pizza on their menu or most menu’s I’ve seen in a while. They use a lot of goat cheese, arugala, and other garden veggies that most won’t think off. The burrata and thyme are unique to this pizza and the squash blossom you probably won’t find in 5 miles in LA. Order that pizza, take a picture and show to your foodie friends and see how jealous they get because they’ve never seen something like that.
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Margaret Czeisler
a month ago
One of the best spots in LA. The prawns, mussels & vegetables are amazing. When available, the spinach salad is like no other. They use a special heirloom variety that has great texture. Their escarole salad is also amazing. The eggplant with tahini sounds like something you've had before, but it's the way they prepare it and ingredients that differentiate their food. Their eggplant is excellent, same with the uni, unbelievable. And everyone loves the pizzas and pasta. And of course, don't miss out on Gjusta, the sister restaurant a few blocks away. I might just like it even better for a casual night or a quick bite any time of day. It's one of the best spits in the country.
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5 months ago
Why on earth would Gjelina change a great, classic sandwich, their pork meatball sub, to a pork meatball on a soft bun? The contrast between their wonderfully crisp baguette and the softer meatballs made for a wonderful sandwich. They should call their new version the mush burger. The meatballs are wonderful, and fortunately unchanged, but the soft bun does nothing for the sandwich. Sometimes change for changes sake is not an improvement. I hope the chef realizes it, or enough people complain. and they go back to the original, or at least give they paying public a choice. There's nothing more frustrating then being told they can't make it when you're staring at baskets full of baguettes. My guess is they'll probably take it off the menu with the logic that nobody orders it anymore.
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Mabelle Greenfield
4 months ago
This place is AWSOME. Small plate share. The roasted peach and Prosciutto ham was amazing The Egg plant on top of sourdough was also as good. Best drink Ginger honey line Pilsner beer
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Kimsa Truong
a month ago
For starters, the fennel salami pizza and the ricotta mushroom agnolotti were great. Service and ambiance stunk! I felt like they were trying to rush us out from the start of service. We had reservations, we confirmed, and we got there on time. We ordered over $125 worth of food (for 2 people) and the food didn't even come out in any kind of sensible order. Oysters took forever to get, but once that finally came out, all of our food was brought out to us as quickly and in no particular order. We felt rushed and felt like they were trying to push us out--which they were! So, when we finished our food, our waiter assumes we were ready to leave and didn't offer us dessert! Just "do you want a coffee before you go?" When we asked about dessert, he had to ask the hostess if we could stay! We had only been there for an hour! Though the waiter gave us a thumbs up and a 30 min max for our table, we felt like we should have just left because of the poor service, but we stayed so we could experience what makes Gjelina a staple in this neighborhood. While we were waiting for dessert, we noticed that the same thing was happening to the couple at the table next to us. They were bringing their food out so quickly, they had to ask the waiter to hold on their food. He said sure but it would be under a heat lamp waiting for them in the kitchen. We were so disappointed by the lack of professionalism we talked to the manager just so he knew about our experience. Eat here with caution; the food is good, but it's loud, really dark, and you just don't know if they'll even allow you to enjoy your food before making you leave.
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Andrea Lüthi
a month ago
Fabtastic spot for dinner! The mushroom toast and absolute must, the gruyere pizza spectacular. Great and prompt service even on a very busy Friday night. Reservations recommended.
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Mary Dawson
5 months ago
Really amazing food with a great atmosphere make this LA tradition a keeper. The food is inventive and always delicious while being playful with its ingredients and preparation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all equally delicious at this place and Abbot Kinney beckons to you after your amazing meal which can greatly help you walk off the extra weight that can be the consequence of delicious food.
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Kate Jones
5 months ago
Everything was done with great care - simple, clear flavours very well executed. We had a great table in a little nook, attentive and knowledgeable service.


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