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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.
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Farm to Table American Bistro.
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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
We have dined at Gjelinas twice,
and it has been a wonderful experience both times. The food is clearly prepared with great care, and is delicious and unusual. The outdoor patio with heat lamps is lovely. Such great care is given to details. And also, the desserts are some of the best we've ever had. Thank you for an unforgettable dinner."
Dined on 12/20/2013
We are from Santa Barbara but
whenever I am close to Venice again I will make SURE to eat here again. It was perfection from the moment we walked in the door. Highly recommended!!"
Dined on 12/16/2013
I would definitely come back
again. Food was great. Atmosphere was great. Wine was superb."
Dined on 12/13/2013
I'd read about Gjelina as being a
great place to dine before arriving in LA. Luckily I had a reservation as it was completely booked out the night we went. We sat outside and it was perfect! I also liked the darkness of the restaurant , it made it feel more intimate and private. I had the Goats cheese pizza and it was very tasty, I highly recommend it! The service was a little laid back or maybe it was because they were very busy, either way it was refreshing to be left alone while we ate and not be interrupted."
Dined on 12/1/2013
Great dining experience out on the
patio next to the fire pit. Everything we ordered was terrific. Pizza crust amazing. The flavors in all our dishes was awesome. Definitely a place we'll go back to. Reservations a must -- the place was packed from when we arrived until when we walked by it several hours later."
Dined on 12/6/2013
Loved Russian kale salad and most
other dishes. Duck confit was bit salty and overall can improve as well. Most all others were outstanding. Olive oil gelato was excellent! service was superb."
Dined on 11/17/2013
An absolute hit. Every bit of food
made to perfection, great friendly, professional service and lovely atmosphere. If you can get an outdoor seat in the back - go for it."
Dined on 11/26/2013
The food here was really
excellent. We enjoyed the various tapas they brought out. However, our waiter had more attitude than I cared for and was completely just outright rude for no reason at all. When he dropped off menus he just slapped them down and rushed out. When he came back 20 minutes later he asked us simply if we were ready to order and was frustrated that we had questions about the menu, etc. So that was a huge turnoff. Maybe it was just that one waiter. I would recommend sitting outside by the fire; it was a nice ambience sitting there."
Dined on 11/10/2013
The food is absolutely delicious,
but the service is terrible. The waiter never checked on us, and never filled our water glasses. He had an attitude from the second he greeted us. NEWS FLASH: you work in the service industry!!! He only showed up to ask us if we wanted dessert at the end."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Food was amazing. The restaurant
was just beautiful and so welcoming. It was well worth the wait to get a good dinner reservation."
Dined on 11/15/2013
Always a wonderful meal, we had a
fabulous time and left full!"
Dined on 11/8/2013
Was sceptical about going to
another "small plates" restaurant, especially with most of them being so pretentious (MB Post are you listening?) but was very impressed with Gjelina. The food was excellent, the small plates were ample, the pizza was great, and the Hazelnut ice cream scoop was the best I ever ate. And "Dodder" our waiter was excellent....just enough attention, great service, and excellent recommendations. Will definitely go back; the only drawback is the horrible parking around Venice that is a turn-off."
Dined on 11/5/2013
Food is amazing! Loved everything
we ordered, make reservations well in advance.. Good scene"
Dined on 11/3/2013
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