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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291
1429 Abbot Kinney BoulevardUSCalifornia90291
$$$American Restaurant, BarToday 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Monday 8:00 am – 12:00 amTuesday 8:00 am – 12:00 amWednesday 8:00 am – 12:00 amThursday 8:00 am – 12:00 amFriday 8:00 am – 12:00 amSaturday 8:00 am – 12:00 amSunday 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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JR Curley
2 months ago
Oh yeah - this is worth the wait! Gjelina has a diverse, flavour filled menu, where everything is worth trying! My favourite? The anchovy and burrata toasts! The atmosphere here is casual, and there are some communal tables, so be prepared to enjoy great food and company! Pro tip - lines get HUGE at Gjelina, so be prepared to wait!
Robert Swall
5 months ago
4 stars: here's why: I love the food here. Almost every item I have tried on the menu is amazing. The biggest disappointment here is the hostesses and servers. You would think Venice would have the least Hollywood attitude. One time I swore I would never come back. The food IS good, but sometimes if I'm in the wrong mood and need food to comfort me, this is not the place I would go to.
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Christine Tran
4 months ago
I had really high expectations for Gjelina since a bunch of my friends rave about this restaurant. I came here for date night last week and was disappointed. We had reservations for 815 Friday night and didn't get sat until 840 which was fine since it was a packed house. The host lead us to a small corner table in the back of the restaurant next to another table with a baby stroller in the way. We wouldn't have mind the seat but due to the tight seating we literally couldn't get into our seats. We were then lead back to the main room and waited for another 15 minutes for them to finally give us a table that was empty the entire time( I was eye-ing that table when we first got there) . We liked this table a lot better but it was very cramped. My date had to move the entire table to the side just so I can get into my seat. We started off with a charcuterie board. It was nothing spectacular. We also shared the Nantucket scallops, chorizo pizza, and roasted cauliflower. The pizza was burnt and the middle of it was so soggy! The cauliflower was bland and could've use more seasoning. The scallops was the best dish. It was delicate and refreshing. We brought our own bottle of wine ($20 corkage fee) that didn't get opened until the appetizer arrived and had to remind our server. Aside from the subpar food, our server was not the friendliest. I'm in no hurry to be back.
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Moises Salame
2 months ago
in this place you eat a as they want. if you don't eat Abby particular ingredient you can't have that dish. if you like the meat medium well they only serve it medium rare... so everything here is fix and you can't change anything. the problem is that they don't tell you before you seat.
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Yenny Du
a month ago
Yay! I've had this place bookmarked for a year or so now and finally made it here for an early dinner on a Friday night - made same day Open Table reservations. Our table was outside on the patio, stuck in the corner (kinda like the reject table) but it was nice and cozy :) FOOD: - chicken and duck liver pate - my top choice from the menu and it was DELISH! The regular order only comes with two, but our server suggested we add a 3rd piece so we could each have a taste. Sooo much pate and it was oh so good! - roasted prawns - great flavors, don't try to eat this with a knife and fork, our friend who attempted this ended up spraying his shirt with prawn juices (whoops) I ate it, shell on and it was yummy - smoked mozzarella pizza - this was recommended by our server and it was good, I liked the fresh arugula on top, but didn't taste any of the jalapenos. - lamb neck - if you've ever had the delicious lamb neck at Bestia, you know how tender and not-gamey it can be. This lamb neck was tender, but on the gamier side. - warm date cake - really good and the ginger totally cuts through the sweetness of the date cake - banana cream pie - very good, but too much cream, I'd rather have more banana :) SERVICE: Fast and friendly! Our server, Steven (Stephen?) was great! (and really cute too!) Loved how they had El Segundo on tap and the food came out quickly and our plates were cleared quickly has well. VENUE/PARKING: Its VERY dim inside and much of the floor is brick, making it hard to balance the chair/tables/yourself. Bathrooms are cool and pretty clean. Street parking was easy enough to find, but may be harder on a busier time/night.
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Tara Carberry
3 months ago
Gjelina is a great spot for brunch or lunch, but be prepared for a crowd. The food is solid, and prices are about what you'd expect for the area. On my first visit, I tried one of their pizzas- the housemade chorizo was calling to me- and it was delicious. During my second visit, my entree was the Moroccan baked eggs with Merguez sausage, tomato sauce, and spiced yogurt. I had always wanted to try that exotic-looking dish and I was not disappointed by the amazing way the flavors melded together. The warm strawberry & rhubarb crisp with almond gelato is FANTASTIC. Try your best to save room for dessert and get that dish!
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Daouda Leonard
6 months ago
My favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. The menu changes seasonally, but you'll always be able to find something to be obsessed over. The service, the decor and music curation compliment the food nicely. Try the Butterscotch Pot De Creme with salted caramel & cream fraiche to end off your meal.
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Aaron D'Souza
6 months ago
We brunched at this place and loved it. The lemon ricotta pancakes were amazing, as was the black kale with poached eggs. On a whim we tried the charred okra with olives, and were very pleasantly surprised at how beautifully balanced the dish was. The noise-level in the restaurant is a little high; perhaps it would have been better to have been seated in the back-patio, but we still had a great meal and would definitely visit again.


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