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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm.
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Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining available for parties of 10-14.
A word from Gjelina
Farm to Table American Bistro.
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Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
Love it! Fantastic food and
service. Wish had more nights in LA so we could go back again!"
Dined on 4/4/2014
Would have liked more cocktail
selection and a gluten-free pizza option! They need to get on the gluten-free train..."
Dined on 4/8/2014
We had to wait over 30 minutes for
a table despite reservation. Noise level was cacaphonous. We requested beforehand that our desserts come with candles as we were celebrating two birthdays. It didn't happen. Maybe because they don't allow for any changes or substitutions!? But when I called, they told me they would be make a note to bring the desserts with candles. Not a big deal but given the wait and the noise, it was disappointing."
Dined on 4/5/2014
Am a proud foodie, and this meal
experience ranked in my top 5 easily. Every bite made me close my eyes, so darned delicious. If I lived in LA I'd go whenever I could. We sat outside in back, near a firepit which made it nice and cozy in spring. Super eclectic decor, relaxed vibe but spot on stylish."
Dined on 4/1/2014
Everything about this place was
perfect! It's pricey but well worth it. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. It's a definite must visit especially for a nice occasion or celebration of some sorts."
Dined on 3/30/2014
Someone the best food you will
find on the So Cal beach line."
Dined on 3/28/2014
Cool place, cool people, confusing
menu (except for pizzas), poor service."
Dined on 3/19/2014
I have loved everything I've ever
eaten at Gjelina. Please keep up the wonderful work."
Dined on 3/23/2014
A bit pretentious but food is
lovely and place is very relaxing"
Dined on 3/23/2014
Too cool, scary cause this place
is hot and not broke, so wisdom would dictate don't fix, but if they had a bar it would enhance the experience for me."
Dined on 3/9/2014
After calling the restaurant to
confirm my attendance prior to 3 pm as instructed so as not to lose my reservation, I was very upset to find myself standing on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant for 45 mins waiting!!!! Our party of four arrived precisely at 6:30 and after four inquires about our table we were seated at a table at 7:15. Each inquiry was greeted by a 'and what was the name of the reservation?' and a 'it will be a few minutes'. Although the food was wonderful and our table service attentive and friendly, it was hard to get over the wait. I had heard so much about this restaurant and was so pleased we managed to get a reservation during our recent trip to Los Angeles…..too bad."
Dined on 3/9/2014
The food here is outstanding, our
waiter stated early in the evening that it was "the best in LA" and I'm inclined to agree with him. It seems slightly wrong ordering pizza in a restaurant where the plates are as good as this, but we shared one between the two of us and were very glad for the recommendation. Woodfired perfection. The only downside was an aggressive confrontation from the manager after sending back a corked wine. We were berated and told the wine was sound. Unfortunately as a qualified oenologist with 15 years experience as a winemaker I've come across this sort of thing before, but never with this level of aggression. 3 other bottles were perfect and only this encounter ruined an otherwise magnificent experience."
Dined on 3/7/2014
We were 5 minutes late and ended
up waiting 15 minutes when we were seated at nice two top. Restaurant was packed. Server was very nice and switched out a wine by glass that didn't hit the spot. Food is quite good. Hearty and tasty. Interesting spinach salad with cherry tomatoes pine nuts and feta and olives. Fresh grilled sardine with those cherry tomatoes again. Bianca mushroom pizza. Thin crust and maybe just a bit too much olive oil. Robust lamb bolognese gnocchi. Nothing remarkable about the pasta but the lamb was really great, the opposite of gamey. Almost forgot the wine based cocktail kind of a sangria with bitters. Really hit the spot. Would definitely go again. Maybe on a weekday."
Dined on 3/8/2014
The service was very strange. The
waitress did not approach us for at least 20 minutes. Zero acknowledgement! The order in which they brought the plates was off. We ordered several vegetables, but the first plate they brought was grilled mackerel! And it was burnt on one side. The king oyster mushrooms were not fully cooked and it was rather difficult to chew them. I did enjoy the grilled sturgeon. The in-house made sausage had chimichurri sauce that I strongly dislike, but my husband liked it. The very last dish they brought was roasted cauliflower (one would think it should have been served in the beginning.) It was full of chilly and lacking flavor otherwise. Overall, though the ingredients seemed fresh, the taste wasn't there for me."
Dined on 3/2/2014
I brought a friend visiting from
out of town who enjoys great food. As I expected, she loved it, and it was a delicious this time as my past visits. The veggies were superb and our mushroom/gruyere/arugula pizza was killer. Our waiter made the right suggestions about the order in which the food should be served. There was a sudden downpour that brought some water into the restaurant, but the staff were on top of it right away. The water was swept out very quickly. The restaurant comped our dessert, even though it was definitely not necessary. All in all, another wonderful evening at one of my favorite local restaurants."
Dined on 2/28/2014
Great food and atmosphere. The
puddings are amazing. Save room!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
The food was great!!! Bring all my
out of town guests to Gjelina ..."
Dined on 2/17/2014
We had dinner on a Sunday night
when we were in town and it was packed! I can't imagine dining there on a Saturday night. The food was excellent. The service was good. The prices aren't too bad although it can easily get expensive by ordering small plates. Be prepared for the noise. It was extremely loud in there and the guy seated next to us screamed vs talking the whole time."
Dined on 2/16/2014
Frosty reception, poor table,
unexceptional food. I am very rarely critical of restaurants, but I think this one does not deserve the hype. Our server was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable and helped salvage the so-so experience."
Dined on 2/17/2014
I love Gjelina! They were packed
during this visit but the hospitable hostess didn't keep us waiting too long. Great service and food. We brought two friends that had never been there and they can't wait to return. As always, the Butterscotch pot de crème was crazy amazing! I'll be back soon!"
Dined on 2/12/2014
Been to Gjelina 3-4 times and
every time our tastebuds are blown away! Make sure to make a reservation, or else you'll be waiting for a couple hours. The food, wine, cheese boards, entrees and desserts are amazing here! One of our favorite LA restaurants."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Food was outstanding as always,
however the service was a bit indifferent. We ordered a cheese plate. The server dropped it off without a word to explain what the different types of cheeses, spreads, etc. were. We had to ask twice for water. We were seated in a little room to the side that is almost an after thought with a few small tables. I would return because the food is really good, however expect average service that rushes you through your meal."
Dined on 2/13/2014
Service was a bit off. Waiter was
not very attentive and plate service was not timed very well. But, food is wonderful. Outdoor patio is splendid on a nice evening. Inside is way too loud for my taste."
Dined on 2/12/2014
Everything from the chicken to
Brussels sprouts were delicious"
Dined on 2/10/2014
It was my boyfriends birthday, we
made our reservation the customary 30 days in advance, and were fine with getting a 9:30 reservation although we live in Echo Park and the idea of driving an hour home late late at night didn't sound thrilling. Arrived early by accident. Went next door to get a drink because the restaurant was too crowded to stand by the bar and didn't mind waiting. Came back at 9:30. And were told the people before us hadn't finished. 40 minutes later, after watching a walk in get seated out of familiarity with the host or whoever, were seated with not a word of sorry for the wait."
Dined on 1/31/2014
I was on a business trip so
unfortunately I booked a table for one :( The food (and the service) immediately made up for my loneliness. The duck confit in kumquats was absolutely amazing! I would definitely go back there when I return to L.A. with company, and we might even try the communal table (looks like fun). Oh, don't forget - BOOK IN ADVANCE - the place is busy!"
Dined on 1/29/2014
Second time at the Djelina the
welcome was cold the service was poor the wine by the glass was not good the food was fair , but not impressive and the noise was that annoying that we left after 35 minutes last time we go there"
Dined on 2/3/2014
Best restaurant on the block;
patio is candle-lit and lovely. Very good food."
Dined on 2/1/2014
Everything was great -- food,
ambiance, sitting in garden next to gas fire with lava rocks. Even on a cool evening sitting outside was wonderful! Highly recommend."
Dined on 1/30/2014
I found the food to be good, yet
some dishes were below average... The restaurant is very crowded, packed to the gills at all times, every night of the week. This is one of the loudest restaurants I've ever been to, And my friend and I spoke at the tops of our voices, struggling to hear each other the entire evening. If the food had been outstanding I still would not return to this restaurant. Regarding the food, however, I don't see how it's possible to turn out consistently high-quality dishes with this amount of patrons and this level of chaos."
Dined on 1/29/2014
After years of hearing about this
restaurant and how good it was, I finally was smart enough to make a reservation and try it! The food was amazing! My friend and I shared the cheese plate, brussel sprouts, red potatoes and the chorizo pizza. All were mouth watering! The best was the dessert though... that butterscotch with caramel and sea salt was to die for!!! We were almost tempted to order one to take home! I will definitely be going to back to Gjelina as often as I can! The ambience was very cool too... it had that modern, rustic chic vibe that I love."
Dined on 1/28/2014
And them some, given it was
recommended by two friends with discerning taste. Not only was the food superb, the options, well, hard to choose what to order, but the staff was accommodating in ways one wouldn't expect. For example I had some concern about parking and tickets, the signs were ambigious, and the manager actually took me outside and walked me around the corner to show me where to move my car. No wonder it is so popular. Incredible food, no attitude. Sweet. It kind of reminded me of Tallulah' s Garden in Philly if you've been there....."
Dined on 1/21/2014
Love the atmosphere and for
breakfast, lunch or brunch this place rocks, but for dinner, It was good but not outstanding like I wanted it to be. Marinated olives were way too oily rather than briney and frankly were not our cup of tea - bitter and too much fennel for three variations. The meatball, shrimp and merguez sausage starters were all very good. The pizza was average - maybe below average. The charcuterie was good - again average. We didn't have dessert because after all that food we were full but the dessert menu was way below our expectations. Overall, good for dinner but great for breakfast/brunch with better noise level and less expensive for the size of the meal."
Dined on 1/10/2014
This place has a great walled in
patio with plenty of heaters and blankets to keep you warm. I prefer the patio because the dining room can be very loud and the patio has a very pleasant ambiance. The food is delicious! My husband and I are dairy free and we still had plenty of options to choose from."
Dined on 1/8/2014
We were in a room with a large
group and us, so it was very noisy and the service was not the best. But, the food is fantastic and it is a really cool place. If you sit outside, bring a sweater."
Dined on 1/6/2014
They are so great but they hurry
you through. A lot of people any to eat here!"
Dined on 1/6/2014
Despite a réservation, we had to
wait 30 minutes to get seated. Meanwhile, we ordered a drink that we never received. Nevertheless, the ambiance is great and the food wonderful."
Dined on 1/5/2014
Very poor service. We waited 15
minutes just for water. The food was okay. The take-out restaurant next door is better overall than the restaurant."
Dined on 1/2/2014
Gjelina delivered! Adventurous
flavors in a range of somewhat traditional dishes. Beautiful evening under the stars and a full moon. This place rocked my socks off!"
Dined on 11/14/2013
We arrived about 15 minutes early
- escorted right away to the table - waited about 15 minutes for the menu's to be printed - they are printed that day from what they gather fresh that day - Voila!! From the Lemon - Basil Italian soda, Lamb sausage pizza, roasted cauliflower, pork meatballs, cheese plate and Butterscotch pot de creme and cappuccino - there wasn't a thing to dislike - right down to our bus person - the waiter was personable, polite and attentive, they seemed to have so many people working that everything arrived hot, timely and effortlessly - on top of it all Truly enjoyable & Fun - so glad I can walk there in less than 10 minutes because they have GTA Gjelina Take Away to bring home right next door to them!"
Dined on 12/31/2013
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