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Axe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.axerestaurant.com
  • Email: info@axerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 664-9787
  • 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: Californian, Mediterranean, Organic
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "this is the place to go for clean well prepared organic cuisine !"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "High quality ingredients, rather bland food. Not many options for vegetarians. Great service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great crowd, delicious menu and healthy eating. Loud dining room but the design is really beautiful."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "In Venice's Silicon Beach, Axe is the perfect place for lunch or a long dinner out in the garden."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I love this place! The chef/owner is incredible and I appreciate the local organic ingredients."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Axe. Exceptional food preparation and presentation. Tapas style, smaller sized portions allow you to sample many different tastes, none of which disappoint. Indoor seating can be very noisy. Outdoor seating is wonderful but can be chilly. Love this place and will be back with friends"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I took out a group of Finnish gastronomes to eat at AXE and it met our expectations. A beautiful space that offers a deep and well-curated wine list. The food was good but nothing terribly fancy, rather it was simple, homey and upscale without being pretentious. I would highly recommend it for a romantic experience--for however cramped the space was, it felt really intimate and private. It was a nice evening."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Outstanding food. Very good, knowledgeable service staff. Some problems in the kitchen caused very long delays but the service staff noticed before we had to say anything, and compensated us with both drinks and dessert."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Food was very tasted and very healthy. Not heavy with sauce and oil. Might be too plain for some people. Ambience is very spartan, but is cool. The back patio would be lovely for dining in the warmer months."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "service was unsophisticated. blaming breaking the cork in the bottle on the fact that waitress was interrupted by my question about the menu. food is scant and overpriced. misleading menu. ordered cod with vegetables. turned out to be a small bowl of watery soup. don't waste your money."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The food was pretty good but ruined by an arrogant and aloof waiter in the garden. A pity because the setting is quite nice. We won't be back."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Everything is casually special- which is to say everything seems to be done with care, but it is not pretentious. Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "as the food. the food rocks, which is why i picked this place for my husband's birthday gathering. healthy, tasty, inspired food. that's not the problem. but here it is...i booked this a week in advance and was very clear i had 10 people in my party. all adults. the table they sat us at was just too small and when i mentioned it to the wait staff, they seemed uninterested in doing anything about it. that was a drag and could have been corrected. not only that, but there is a great outdoor area which i asked about on the phone and they didn't suggest it, but it would have been more festive and comfortable. so, my suggestion - this place is great for two or four. for a bigger group, insist on outside or a bigger table."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Service was great...the food was spectacular! Started with the crab salad, must try the goat stew, and finished with this brownie mess which was to die for!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "The food at this place is great. But I can't recommend it as a place to go out to. I eat there for lunch often and am in and out due to my lunch hour but I decided to take some friends there for dinner. We had a 7:30 reservation. We arrived and sat. Our waiter, James, was immediately antsy about us getting to ordering. Finally, we ordered and he said, smugly, "Oh, are you guys not that hungry?" We are three small women and we ordered three entrees plus a veggie dish. We said we'd order more if we were hungry. The food was wonderful. But at 9pm James said that our table had another reservation and would we like to go outside. What? Never have I been asked to leave a restaurant after dinner. We left but were very upset. RUDE!!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Everything was perfect- the ambience of the patio, the wine, the waiter was had a great personality, made great recommendations (goat stew!) and was the perfect level of attentive. The food was incredible. I will definitiely be back & will recommend to all my friends."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "a pleasure to eat at a place that does interesting and well cooked food but is still with in very health conscious limitations"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Great salad, great ice cream. Cod - fair; mussels - fair; veggie dish - good; great service."
    Dined on 9/28/2013