GJELINA

NEW AMERICAN

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Venice is often synonymous with Gjelina. The hip, rustic hotspot has truly become a destination in itself. - Defining the culinary scene in Venice. One will catch a glimpse of what it looks and feels like to be an Angeleno here. “Casual-cool,” trendy clientele, “upscale- rustic”. Crowds all gathering here for the best of California inspired cuisine.

Why we think you’ll love it:

“It’s been several years, but Gjelina—a restaurant that ushered in a new sort of veggie-centric California cuisine—is as mobbed as ever. The crowds make a lot of sense: Everything is always excellent...”

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

MTN

JAPANESE GASTROPUB

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Trendy with rich, rustic, moody decor. A hip Japanese Izakaya with outdoor air breezing through the semi-open space. Featuring incredible Japanese dishes such as “soft, buckwheat-enhanced housemade ramen,” miso heavy vegetables,” airy puff, homemade tofu.”

Why we think you’ll love it:

Escapist feeling - a trip to Tokyo while remaining in LA. an “LA” infused Japanese experience.

1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

FELIX

REGIONAL ITALIAN

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A buzzy hotspot. Make a reservation well in advance. A foodie destination drawing people from all over LA. The warm, vibrant space is complemented by the beyond delicious and skillfully authentic Italian cuisine.

Why we think you’ll love it:

Watch the Italian handmade pasta making magic in the kitchen right before your eyes. The restaurant is centered around a temperature controlled, glass ensconced pasta making chamber.

Make Reservations well in advance*

1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

GREAT WHITE

NEW AMERICAN | VEGAN

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The Australian cafe trend taking hold across LA is wonderfully executed at this bohemian oasis- Great White. Serving instagram worthy delectable vegan and healthy offerings.

Why we think you’ll love it:

An airy, bright neighborhood cafe with wonderful views of the coast. Creative health focused cuisine. A must try with their Interesting ingredients:  Blue Algae in the Blue smoothie blended bowl.

1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

CASSIA

FRENCH ASIAN

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Elegant-chic. An elevated fusion between french brasserie technique and Southeast asian flavors and ingredients.  Named a dining destination by the New York Times.

Why we think you’ll love it:

California chic atmosphere. Global flavor combinations and dishes. “Around the world eating,” Wonderful for people watching.

314 7th St., Santa Monica

UOVO

SPECIALTY PASTA

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Handmade pasta made in Bologna and prepared in Los Angeles. From acclaimed Sugarfish founders. An Intimate, no reservation counter serving ingredients only found in italy.

Why we think you’ll love it:

“Traditional, Intimate, heritage cuisine at its finest.”

No Reservations Needed

1320 2nd St., Santa Monica

DIALOGUE

NEW AMERICA BISTRO

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James Beard Award-winning one-of-a-kind experience. Receiving countless accolades, the experimental kitchen explores the senses through a market driven 21-course tasting menu.

Why we think you’ll love it:

“Avant garde, global palette, a culinary performance.”

(Closed Sunday)

Ticketing Reservations System on TOCK

1315 3rd Street Promenade Suite K, Santa Monica

RUSTIC CANYON

CALIFORNIA CUISINE

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An iconic farm-to-table eatery in beachy LA.  A sophisticated, hyper-seasonal menu loved by locals. The food and menu offerings are a  beautifully crafted ode to Westside Los Angeles farmers markets and sustainable practices.

Why we think you’ll love it:

Exquisite wine program, candlelit dinner ambiance and an ever-evolving vegetarian menu.

1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

LOVE & SALT

ITALIAN

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Built on the philosophy that delicious food needs but two ingredients (love and salt), this refined trattoria offers creative, Instagram-worthy Italian dishes that taste even better than they look.

Why we think you’ll love it:

“One of Manhattan Beach’s best.”

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach

FISHING WITH

DYNAMITE

OYSTER BAR

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Top notch seafood in a stylish, intimate setting just blocks from the beach!

Why we think you’ll love it:

“The all-day space is cool, low-key, and extremely accessible.”

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach

MANHATTAN BEACH POST

ITALIAN

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Three words: Bacon Cheddar Biscuits. Farm-to-table concept with a warm and lively modern industrial ambience.

Why we think you’ll love it:

“David LeFevre nails the farm-to-table concept at this cool, casual mid-priced American culinary gem in Manhattan Beach.”

1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach

LITTLE SISTER

ASIAN FUSION

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Inventive, upscale Asian-inspired fare with craft beers, sakes and wines in a high energy dining space.

Why we think you’ll love it:

“Little Sister is one of those restaurants in Manhattan Beach that’s worth getting in the car and driving to from wherever you are in the city.”

1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach

BARAN’S 2239

CALIFORNIAN

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Casual family-owned fine dining restaurant with diverse seasonal menus and an eclectic wine and beer list.

Why we think you’ll love it:

“The best new spot that (almost) no one is talking about” and “one of the most desirable reservations in the South Bay.”

502 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach