Hal's Bar & Grill
Hal's Bar & Grill

Hal's Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.halsbarandgrill.com/
  • Phone: 3103963105x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hal's is Open Daily, Serving Food Continuously

    Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2am
    Saturday & Sunday 10am - 2 am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30 am-3 pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-3 pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30 pm-11 pm

    Bar Menu: Sunday - Thursday 3-7 pm & 10:30 pm - 12:30 am
    Friday & Saturday 3-7 pm & 11 pm – 1 am

    Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday 3:30 pm - 7 pm & 11 pm to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Manuel Mares
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Full service catering and event planning available. We'll customize your menu and handle all the details--order the flowers, rentals, staffing, bar service, etc. We'll work to make your special event a great and memorable success.
  • Entertainment: Hal's offers live jazz Sunday evenings from 8-11 pm and Monday evenings from 9 pm to midnight.

    NO COVER.

    Critically-acclaimed musicians like Vince Wilburn, Louis Taylor and Quentin Dennard make Hal's the perfect spot for great food AND entertainment. Stop by.You never know who might be sitting in with the band!
  • Special Events: Wine Nights! 1/2 Price on select bottles of wine with dinner
    Tuesday & Wednesday evenings

    Late Night Bar Menu - Nightly
    Sun-Thurs 10:30pm - 12:30am
    Friday-Saturday. 11pm - 1am

    Private Dining Room - The Upstairs Gallery at Hal's
    Offsite Catering Services available.

    Please contact mink@halsbarandgrill.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service for dinner nightly. Public lot behind restaurant.
A word from Hal's Bar & Grill
Hal's is home to the Venice Community--artists, musicians, foodies, dreamers, families, and visitors.

Enjoy our award-winning cuisine, top-rated wines and spirits, fine art, live jazz, and that oh-so-special Venice vibe in our spacious, airy, neighborhood restaurant and bar.

Market-fresh meat, poultry and seafood lightly grilled, baked or broiled to perfection. Executive Chef Manuel Mares changes the menu seasonally. Signature dishes like our grilled half chicken, famous Caesar salad, juicy turkey burger, and Hal's pear and cranberry bread pudding are always available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Hal's Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)vibrant bar scene (52)hot spot (33)fit for foodies (32)good for groups (29)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (21)special occasion (20)late-night find (19)romantic (15)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • You're not there for the food
    VeniceLocalVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Fun, hopping local spot that pre-dated all of the other buzzy restaurants on Abbot Kinney, Hal's is the "real" Venice. You'll see a mix of locals (artists, jazz fans, families, bar-flies) enjoying themselves here. Great service with a sweet, friendly team of hostesses, busboys and waiters. The food was the weak link of a recent visit which is a shame because the menu is appealing and diverse, with choices at various price points and accommodating multiple food issues (vegetarian, etc).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can always count on HALS
    NOTAHAPPYCAMPERVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    You can ALWAYS count on Hals for a delicious meal. Its been on Abbot Kinney forEVER and theres a reason for their longevity Wonderful service and delicious food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner with Friends
    Deekand
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very enjoyable evening. Brought our own wine for a corkage fee. Mixed seafood and chicken breast was delicious. Caesar salad was crisp and tasty. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kentucky traveler
    2picky4some
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was our second trip to Venice in the past 2 years. We have eaten at many of the area restaurants including those that promote small plates. Having gone the small plate route the previous 2 nights, we were ready for ordering less but getting more. Internet and area residents endorsed Hal's as a favorite of the locals. Now, I'm not one that gravitates towards alternatives when it comes to burgers, but I had read great reviews about the turkey burger and the Caesar salad. So, I decided to order both - and Hal's pairs them. I was not disappointed. Both were great. Couldn't convince my wife to order the same. She got the hamburger and loved it! I had a couple of bites and it, too, was exceptional. We will return on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was not as good as I remember from visits past, albeit at least one year earlier. The service was truly unimpressive. The turkey burger and mixed seafood grill were both dry. The fried calamari was average. The ambiance is always nice, not romantic but pleasantly busy with an open layout. Apparently we sat in the booth where Jennifer Lawrence had recently sat...big deal.
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  • xxxxVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    i always get the same thing when i go to Hal's. The turkey burger with caesar salad. i think Hal's makes the best turkey burger i've ever had. It doesnt taste like ground poultry like most places do. the caesar salad that accompanies the burger is dressed perfectly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Venice spot
    loverealfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you like to sit in a booth and have simple, delicious food with a good glass of wine, this is the place. The veggie plate offers creative selections, the burger and fries can't be beat and they have the best caeser salad. Must make a reservation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Hal's
    fluffybunsVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I first went to Hal's about 20 years ago (when Abbott Kinney was somewhat abandoned after dark) and had what I thought was the best Caesar salad- I'm happy to say it still is delicious and amongst the best I've had since. So, I love Hal's- the timeless dining room, excellent service, delicious/fresh/seasonal menu, art, and relaxed atmosphere make it one of my all time favorites. Thank you for another great meal and experience- see you soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We brought our friends here to celebrate a birthday. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. We will certainly return. We got there early before the crowds and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time..
    RafaelVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was great. Our server, Calvin, was super! We would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average Service
    Kenny
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nothing remarkable about out experience. Music was so-so and food was not as we expected
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DavidW
    DavidW
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Hal's retains its vitality after all these years! Fun, eclectic crowd; terrific food, fairly priced; attentive service that will make you comfortable and see that any special needs (no salt? no problem!) are tended to; interesting and moderately priced wine list and real cocktails. A superb dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this gem!
    JosieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Vibrant and consistent as always. We always enjoy the ambiance and food at Hals .
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find!
    Friends2dine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A friend recommended Hal's and we are so happy he did so. Pleasant atmosphere, friendly greeting, not noisy, so dining and talking are both easily done. Salads are special. Entries are varied and the pork and sea bass were delicious--complemented with fresh vegetables. Servers are customer friendly and knowledgable. We are dining at Hal's again this week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local customer
    61foodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have been going to Hal's for 25 years and have never had such poor service in the timing room at 5:30. Forgot to bring us part of our order. 10 min to get water Fish was cold eat very disappointed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nyc on abbot kinney
    TonyManhattan
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    hals has been the same for more than 20 years. welcome to new york in los angeles.
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  • chops
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were comfortable and felt at home from the moment we walked in. The salad, the entree and the desert are exactly what you hope for when dining at a fine restaurant. The were filling and fulfilling and I was pleasantly surprised when the bill came.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok food but so-so service
    BobD
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Seated upon arrival, but after a few minutes had to go back to tell hostess we had no waiter (while others arriving after us had). Waiter showed and apologized without explanation and remained attentive but not friendly. White sea bass had fishy smell when served, but tasted ok, to the extent I could tell--the seasoning was overpowering. Turkey burger was very good. Excellent wine. Fun place with proximity to bar scene which was more crowded than restaurant. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was a return visit to order exactly what we had weeks before. All was delicious as expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not great service
    Listen
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Hal's has a fun, interesting, atmosphere. However, took too long to get our food. We figured the waiter forgot to put in the order, which is understandable. However, he did not acknowledge the wait, apologize, or try to be nice in any way to make up for letting us wait over an hour to get our entrée! A little acknowledgement would have gone a long way.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average at best
    marc
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had such good memories of Hals, from when I used to live in Santa Monica. I remember their burger and fries as some of the best in L.A. Not any more unfortunately. Medium rare was dry and the fries had clearly been sitting around and had lost that nice crispy texture and taste that freshly fried fries have. And at a time of year when tomatoes are in season theirs was bland. So much for memories. I wouldn't go back
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  • Good food and ambiance
    JGregs
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service was very slow, however. We were there 20 minutes before getting our drinks, 45 minutes before getting our appetizer, and even dessert took about 12 minutes for one bread pudding.
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  • As good as ever
    Solo57VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food. Yummy burger and chicken. Service top notch. Go go go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hal's is a Winner on Abbot Kinney
    mrandmrsoVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Hal's never fails to please. Besides the seasonal menu items, there is always the World's Best Burger (beef and turkey), the city's best Caesar salad, a varied menu to make any sort of diner happy (vegetarian, fish, chicken, beef, pasta). Personally, I love the steak with onion rings. The wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Jazz nights are fun; the bar is lively (TV included), the drinks are poured to satisfy anyone trying to tie one on! While Hal's is a mainstay of Venice's famed Abbot Kinney, you won't find any attitude here. A happy, friendly environment, not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service; Very Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Second time at Hal's -- even better than first visit. Service is friendly and attentive. Food is very good. Great art!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Hal's was delicious, excellent service and I have Open Table to thank for the find. I knew I would be on Abbot Kinney in Venice about dinner time, so I turned to Open Table for suggestions. The high diner approval, menu selections and location all directed me to Hal's. I can vouch for the baby artichoke appetizer, fresh grilled salmon with mashed potatoes, and the caesar salad (although I would prefer if it was cheesier). I would return in a snap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good as always
    LisaBVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Took a visiting friend from Australia to Abbott Kinney. Hal's is always reliable and not crazy expensive. We were both pleased with our meals and were very well taken care of by our waiter. He was busy with a large group party, but still managed to keep his level of service up for us. That's why I'm giving him 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting bettter all the time
    lunchbunchVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I eat there monthly with a group of women. Hal's has been adding interesting things to it's lunch menu of late. they are always friendly and the service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful for years
    TAJI
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've been visiting Hal's since the 90s and have never had a bad experience. The food is fantastic. I usually go on Sunday or Monday for the jazz and have always enjoyed it. I also like the look of the restaurant. It's upscale without being pretentious. It's welcoming. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DavidW
    DavidW
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles! Always great food, excellent service, terrific wines by the glass and an unbeatable price-to-quality ratio. Fun crowd--everything from newborn babies with their parents out for a late dinner to trendoids and neighborhood regulars (if your neighborhood is Venice!), friendly and caring staff. And those Hal's fries...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful happy hour
    dotsie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I love Hal's. Tuesday night 1/2 price good bottle of wine and great happy hour selections. Can't wait to go back. Awesome
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great time at hal's
    hals
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were seated right at the time of our reservation, server was very knowledgeable, and everything tasted great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood classic
    ecdoodle
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    There have been many new restaurants on Abott Kinney in recent years, but Hal's is still the classic - reliable menu, good service, nice ambiance. The best part, they have no attitude and are willing to accommodate any special requests. Hal's is the classic Venice Beach Bistro and should be the standard that the other new restaurants on Abott Kinney should look up to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suzanna
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    An old Venice restaurant...been around for a long tiome, still good. Took a high school friend here. It was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • no negatives
    aileenaVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    great food...comfortable atmosphere...local favorite...never disappoints. That's why we've been coming to Hal's for decades. Most L.A. restaurants don't last half as long. That's a big hint. No frills, just all the right components. Our waiter let our 21 year old daughter know he's seen her grow up from when she could barely reach the table. Eating beautifully prepared duck, or just enjoying once of the best burgers around, with the buzz of a good bar scene, and a little jazz in the background...doesn't get any better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 685 reviews are from the Hal's Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • More Veg Options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Need more veg options other than from the side orders list
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad...
    LousyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We expected the lunch menu, which looked pretty good on their site. Unfortunately, on Sundays lunch is not served until 3:00 PM. We were stuck, and had to do with the mediocre brunch. I wish their website mentioned the brunch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I remember a better Hals....
    Petko
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our party of 8 was compressed into a corner, which would have been great had the food and service been better. We constantly were asking for our waiter..... And we had at least a 30 minute period when everyone had finished their meal and no desert was offered until we chased our waiter down. Very disappointing.
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  • Excellent
    steven
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Have gone for many years and will continue.,this is a local upscale find for foodies who get what they pay for. Always celebrate special occasions there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a great spot to meet some friends or bring a date. The menu is always consistent and has great options for those with dietary restrictions. Staff is always friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.