Axe
Axe

Axe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.axerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3106649787
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Wednesday - Friday 9:00am - 11am; Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm- 10:30pm, Weekend Brunch: 9:30am - 3:00pm; Closed Monday & Tuesday.

    Reservations are only taken for groups of 5 or more people during breakfast, lunch and brunch hours.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Joanna Moore
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Available for custom events per guest's needs and vision.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brooks and Broadway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking as well as valet nightly. Complimentary on Friday Saturday and Sunday evenings.
A word from Axe
Located on Abbot Kinney Blvd, AXE provides an atmosphere where design and food co-exist under the guidance of sustainable principles. For over twelve years, AXE has been committed to creating and maintaining a healthy, wholesome, diverse population and planet through everyday operations.

The seasonal menu is culturally diverse, simply refined, and highlights only the freshest ingredients. AXE sources directly from local farmers, organic vendors, and boutique producers. The beer and wine list reflects these principals and is composed of artisan products made with loving care.

Choose between AXE's modern and serene interior or beautiful outdoor garden for a deeply nourishing Californian experience.
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Axe reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 17, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (27)romantic (13)hot spot (12)great for brunch (11)good for groups (10)special occasion (10)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was visiting friends in Venice for the night and decided to give Axe a try. I'm a massive fan of Gjelina down the street but Axe's menu sounded great and came recommended by a trusted friend. We had a reservation for 3 people, but were still asked to wait about 15-20 minutes before being seated. Our server was very attentive and friendly, and made a point of letting us know that the "entree" portions are small. This turned out to be the understatement of the year. My friend's fish dish arrived and consisted of 3 very thinly sliced (carpaccio thin) pieces of fish, each no more than a single bite. The rest of the dishes were slightly more sizable & tasty but not memorable. Overall we had a decent experience but won't be back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great night at Axe
    reviewVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always great food and really nice people. Axe is a solid neighborhood restaurant with a great menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Axe food that's fresh
    Foodie16
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Axe has great tasty food prepared very freshly, we shared all dishes from starters to desserts.. I'll be back for more as the season changes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Large table have backless benches only; no chairs. Menu makes no sense; very disorganized. Many entree portions are barely appetizer size; my sashimi, though tasty was the size of an amuse bouche! It was insulting. I did order another entree but it came after everyone had eaten. They do warn you that some of the portions are 4.5oz, but don't suggest ordering two items or something else. We didn't stay for dessert! Noise level grew to a crescendo that had my dad need to go outside. Summer dinner should by the beach should feel breezy and cool or at least comfortable. No open windows, a ceiling fan that they refused to turn on only in one room and NO air conditioning!! We'll never go back.
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  • Foodie5
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My favorite in all of LA! Amazing healthy food in a Zen minimal environment! Love it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • mommoidVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food, while not bad could not make up for the environment. BRUTALLY uncomfortable seating, and the smoke from the open kitchen made dinner unbearable. Really couldn't wait to leave.
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  • philawedVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It is OK, not worth money. Menu so complicated even waitress could not explain it clearly. Dishes tended toward the bland and sometimes skimpy. Eg, Moroccan lamb dish had one prune, insufficient spices, and accompanying harissa was more like ketchup than the sharp condiment it should be. Other dishes hit and miss.
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  • Not what it used to be
    MrFancyPantsVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Long time patron of this restaurant, sad to say both the service and food are not what they used to be. Will not be going back again.
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  • Great Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I always look forward to dining at AXE to enjoy the relaxed garden at the back, drink a glass from their wonderful selection of wine in particular the Rosé, and eat great organic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • LOVE AXE!
    MelSaysWhat
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great food! Ethical! Healthy and delicious. I crave this place :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my favorite spot
    mmoore500
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I've been eating here since it opened. There is always something new that is great (just had the braised lamb), and there are always some longtime staples, like the chocolate brownie pudding, rice bowls, and the pancake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quick trip
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Made a reservation for Friday to celebrate a promotion at work. First ones in the door when it opened. We were immediately seated at a table by the hallway/entry to the kitchen. When my wife asked if we could possibly sit at a table against the wall in order to give her some back support, we were told her request could not be accommodated as there was another table for two coming in two hours. Mind you, the entire restaurant is empty at this point. Rather than offer an alternative, manager shrugged and went back to her business. So we left and had a great meal down the block at Willie Jane. After dinner, walking to get our bikes, we passed Axe and saw the table by the wall we'd requested, empty and untouched.
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  • A gem.
    reviewVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Fresh food with special attention to the origin and preparation. Some is the best food in Venice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    kdekasVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Very modern, warm vibe. Loved it. The vegetables, in particular, are spectacular!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Although the decor was a little blasé the food was far from it. The Halibut special was cooked to perfection, melting in my mouth. My wife's short ribs was equally as good. The portions are small but the price was reasonable. All in all we had a great dinner.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Axe
    JadedPalette
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The garden is lovely and quiet. The restaurant gets abysmally noisy when it's crowded and is unpleasant, although the space is visually calming. The menu offers an interesting variety of dishes large and small, and good wines at reasonable prices, but my friend and I were disappointed by the taste of each of the dishes we ordered. The chef tends to make hot dishes very HOT, acidic dishes very acidic, etc. The flavors could be a bit more nuanced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Always good food at Axe although the halibut was not my fav this time round and we continually had to request water for the table. Service good overall but inconsistent.
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    fit for foodies
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  • arrogant and unfriendly
    neofoodie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I'm new to LA and was excited to try LA restos. We arrived at 5:50 for our 6pm reservation and thought we'd have a drink. But the manager was absolutely insistent that the restaurant was not yet open for business and we could not come in and wait. She literally closed the door on us and another party who also arrived early. She actually did not open the doors until 6:08 and so we we ended up standing outside on the sidewalk for 20 minutes. The food was ok, but not worth the drive to Venice. I don't remember any of the dishes..the menu was unremarkable. The memory of standing outside and being treated with brusk arrogance is forever imprinted in my mind.
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  • Pure food
    BallardCanyon2323
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    If you are looking for over the top style food, this spot isn't for you. Their approach is for purist foodies who appreciate clean, nuanced food. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 17, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Axe reviews archive.
  • Terrific Restaurant
    foodisgood
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Great atmosphere and the food is delicious. Sitting outside is very romantic, and a perfect date spot.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Saturday night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Loved the ambiance and flexible ordering structure. The cauliflower gratin n brocoli was amazing. I wish there were mire vegetariAn meal choices but i still rnjiyed the hodge podge of sides i ordred, they were all delish. Def will ce bak!
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, horrendous service
    harleyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a male waiter, who did everything but wait on us. He spent most of the time chatting with someone in the other room. We were in his eyeline and he still ignored us. We weren't given clean plates when our entrees arrived and had to ask for something other than our saucy salad plates to eat off of. Waited and waited to order dessert, then waited and waited for it to arrive... two bites in he put the bill on the table. Not good, Axe. Not good.
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  • Farm-to-Table Nirvana
    SurferBoi
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Axe takes great care in procuring the freshest ingredients from local purveyors. The food is meticulously prepared, the staff is beaming with positive energy and friendly in that perfect subtle but genuine way. The space itself could not be more spot on - very minimal, very warm, just perfect. The outdoor dining area is an absolute hidden gem as well. With small fireplaces scattered about, it's fun to sneak to the back after a meal to enjoy a cup of coffee or night cap!
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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  • great clean cuisine all organic
    catawagVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    this is the place to go for clean well prepared organic cuisine !
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible!!!
    RShoe
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    So horrible it was laughable. Food was terrible, service was awful and the entire experience was undeniably the worst dining out experience ever! NOT RECCOMENDED!
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  • LEFT OUTSIDE -DO NOT GO BEFORE 6:30
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We made the mistake of having a 6PM reservation. We arrived early and thought we would have a glass of wine. To our displeasure, we had to stand outside until 6:10 before we were let into the restaurant. They saw us and others standing in the freezing windy weather and did nothing. People nearby said this happens all the time and they just leave people outside. Wouldn't they rather make at least $30 on 2 glasses of wine? Guess Not. Asked to close the window next to our table because of the cold weather and now the chill we had, and they gave us a hard time. NO one wanted the windows open. Waitress not familiar with food items, food came out way too fast and the whole evening we felt RUSHED. The scallops with polenta crust were over cooked.
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  • Nice ambiance at outdoor tables+
    Travelart
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We have been to Axe several times before - we love the food - the service is good, and the community table outdoors is nice touch when bringing guests. At this recent visit, we enjoyed our meals, and could hear each other talk. Our choices of meals were all well prepared and interesting, though the Lamb dish was pretty sparse in terms of meat. For the price - this dish could have been more generous. Otherwise, we loved the evening with our friends, the wine was lovely, the fish, polenta with mushrooms was flavorful and had a wonderful texture, the "bowl" was enjoyed by one of our friends, the flat bread and meal sides were all nicely balanced. Thanks Axe for a nice evening.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess not great
    UsedtolikelocandoVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Love axe and go all the time but had issues with hostess the other night. She told me she could not seat me untily party arrived which is a fine policy except for the two exceptions she seated as single parties neare. If you have a policy you need to keep it at all levels with all customers. When she finally sat us she said I need the table in an hour. I love axe but I know this hostess will not last if she keeps this up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and mediocre
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Just don't get it. Mobbed and noisy for small portions of overpriced mediocre food and slipshod service,. Had been therew for brunch a few times and enjoyed it, but dinner between one and two stars. Skip it!
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  • priced high for small portions
    avipVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    service was friendly and the waiter explained some of the mysteries of the menu. However, the food is only average and the portions are small. The menu will appeal especially to vegetarians.
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  • Bland food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    High quality ingredients, rather bland food. Not many options for vegetarians. Great service.
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  • Hidden gem
    LaDining
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Great crowd, delicious menu and healthy eating. Loud dining room but the design is really beautiful.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Axe was awesome!
    PhillyRichVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Axe is a wonderful little restaurant at the end of Abbot Kinney Blvd. serving organic, California-Meditteranean inspired dishes. Everything was delicious and prepared with style. The restaurant s cozy and comfortable. I will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Socially intimate
    Mstrjollo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    New York like bistro. Quaint dining experience with cool picnic table seating that still maintains the intimacy for a date. Great food a reasonable price. We were greeted with champagne as we say down and never once neglected while we were enjoying our meal. Axe is a perfect dinner date. Look for celebrities too, we saw some heavy hitters here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ah Abbot Kinney!
    DartagnanVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    In Venice's Silicon Beach, Axe is the perfect place for lunch or a long dinner out in the garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Stephen
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I come to AXE almost every week. It is the best restaurant on the west side. Romantic, stylish, amazing food, incredible back patio and really nice and knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy but teeny tiny plates
    JamesJude
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I really enjoy the food at Axe, but a few things to note: it is ridiculously expensive, the dishes are more like tapas (at entree prices) & the dining room is crazy loud. That said, they were nice enough to put us in a corner, as requested, since one member of our party was hard of hearing - that happened to be next to the door on a cold & blustery night - & the door does not automatically close. Because it is patronized by the glitterati, they bring their unruly children (truly inappropriate) to run amok and no one says anything (at easily $75 a head, that's not the dining experience I want to have). The food is inventive and delicious, but honestly, it's like a snack - and I don't eat giant portions. Wine is way overpriced.
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    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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  • Decent food but RUDE manager
    MoxiRoxi
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    3 stars for the food 1 star for the RUDE manager who gives this place a bad name among west side restaurants. Experience was nice however, restaurant managers was not. Manager very regime and forgets that customers become repeat customers for more than the food & ambiance. She is not accommodating, rather bossy, pushy and militant. SHE will tell you where you can sit based on her booking schedule, not by your preference even though you have a reservation. With so many other great food options within walking distance it's hard to believe she would be so abrasive. Quite honestly, she personifies the typical stereotype of the restaurant hostesses/managers we all laugh at! May or may not ever consider going back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it used to be better
    2ft2
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    axe was great and now its ok. food tasted good but not outstanding, superba around the corner is better now. atmo very nice but inside way to noisy to have a conversation. they changed the chf or the original team left, i dont know.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Venice hot spot
    Jbaraglia
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I love this place! The chef/owner is incredible and I appreciate the local organic ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.