Great neighborhood restaurant
Great neighborhood restaurant with quality food and service at reasonable prices.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
My second time to Hal's. Very
My second time to Hal's. Very attentive service. My salmon was cooked to perfection, moist and firm texture, with just the right amount of glaze. A side of mashed was the perfect compliment.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Both food and service were
Both food and service were excellent.Would highly recommend this restaurant.
4/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
too noisy!!!!!!! yet otherwise
too noisy!!!!!!! yet otherwise excellent what can Hal do? Please!!!!!
I would recommend going later when it is quieter or earlier before 8pm which is no fun at all, so noisy
yet loved food, everything art etc…..maybe something can be done?
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never had bad food or service
Never had bad food or service at this Venice institution!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for lunch in Venice
I've been going there infrequently for lunch whenever i'm in the neighborhood. it's consistent, the food is always very good, the service great and over the years, there are no big surprises. It's just good.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food but ...
The food is delicious but they upcharge you for every substitution you make. Almost all of the dishes have potatoes and if you want to substitute a vegetable it's an extra $2 or $3. Mixed drinks are very expensive. Dinner for 4 with 3 glasses of wine and 2 mixed drinks was over $300.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day at Hal's
Great to be in Hal's on a family day, surrounded by kids & parents & grandparents. Nice break from the bar scene at night.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always love Hal's. Healthy,
Always love Hal's. Healthy, delicious food in a cool place with great jazz on Sunday and Monday nights. Only one complaint. An otherwise perfect salad was much too cold when served. It had obviously been plated and refrigerated hours before. Too bad. Everything else was wonderful!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good, always fun
A visual and taste treat. Hal's always pleases anyone we bring. We celebrated Mother's Day with our group of 10 and everyone enjoyed their food, with perfect service. We all had a great time.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is delicious and
The food is delicious and plentiful. I would go there again. It is one of the best kept secrets in the city that should be exposed. The drinks were very tasty and refreshing. The servicer was attentive. It's a great place for a special occasion or just to go hang out and have a drink. Also there is jazz in the evening which is a nice touch.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Hal's numerous times, but only stayed in the bar area. This time I went with a friend and decided to get a table and actually have dinner. The food, service and atmosphere was great, I will be back again real soon for dinner.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hip and Friendly
We greatly enjoyed our lunch at Hal's. The food was delicious and there was obviously pride taken in the details. The ambiance was hip while remaining relaxed enough to be friendly. It was our first time there and we felt very welcome from the time we entered the door until we left. The owner was gracious enough to chat with us and we enjoyed him very much. Our waiter was wonderful. No doubt that we will return to Hal's!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hal's is just consistently
Hal's is just consistently good. I go there about four or five times a year. I had their fish special this last time. It was prepared perfectly, came with mashed and whole peas, was the right portion, and, most importantly, it was just delicious. The location is great too. After a filling meal, you can walk around Abbot Kinney and do a little window shopping amongst all the fine shops.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Michael is a great waiter.
Michael is a great waiter. Love the Manuel's Salad.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Hals countless times and it's always the same, very good. It's my fallback restaurant when I can't think of a new place to go. The food is good. Service is good (although this time our waiter was a little slow). It can get noisy if you are there late at night on a weekend, but not so much that you can't talk. If I had one thing I'd like to change about the place is it's interior. They haven't done a renovation since they opened, and I have no idea how long ago that was. It's starting to look a little tired and dated. But given a choice I'll take better food over interior decorating.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service, warm & friendly atmosphere. I think of this as the perfect place to have the kind of experience and food I want on a Friday night to put the week behind me and start the weekend right. I always leave Hal's happy. Michael is among the best waiters ever.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Venice Favorite.
As a first time visitor to Hal's, I was favorably impressed. The bar is active, and full of upscale hipsters, as you might expect on Abbot-Kinney. Our waiter, Arsenio, was excellent, and suggested a nice wine that the BW enjoyed. My cocktail, an Old Fashioned, was OK, but nothing special. We shared a "Manuel's Special" salad, which was quite ample and very good, then we both chose the seafood grill, which was nice ahi and salmon (a little undercooked), and excellent shrimp and scallop. The portion was a decent size. Dessert, a warm pear and cranberry bread pudding, was outstanding and we left full and very likely to return. A good value for the neighborhood.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ha'ls Bar & Grill: Always good
Ha'ls has been on Abbot-Kinney in Venice for awhile and I always liked it because it didn't feel like a typical Abbot-Kinney restaurant. It's not overpriced, the food is good and simple and I don't feel as if they're trying to impress our outdo other restaurants. They know that they're good. I'll be back.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy dining at Hal's. Food is delicious and fresh, service is excellent, fun bar, and happening atmosphere. Both brunch and dinner are excellent!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
All-Around Great Eatery
Hal's continues to serve fine food at reasonable prices while still attracting a diverse Venice crowd. Candlelit tables, beautiful art lining the walls, a fun bar scene (and professional at the same time), delicious menu from the best burgers to the finest fish and steak. It doesn't get much better than this. (And the upstairs private dining room dresses up beautifully for special occasions, i.e. pre-wedding dinner, milestone birthday party). The serve staff are professional and friendly - no attitude here.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over all great place
This is a restaurant in our neighborhood. We can walk there. It has a menu that can accommodate every type of eater in our family. The food is great. It is a bit noisy so if you want to have a conversation with any substance, this isn't the place you want to go for dinner. Breakfast and lunch is better for noise level.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Fully Satisfied
Seating as always been prompt with reservation. Great Atmosphere and excellent healthy food choices. Loved the Kenneth Folk cab sav by the glass.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
we have been coming to Hal's for years, and our latest meal was the best ever! Fantastic duck, Manuel's salad with perfect dressing, terrific wines by the glass and great service. We are on severely salt-restricted diets (doctor's orders!) and they even made our French fries (best in the city!) without salt--and somehow managed to have the duck's wine reduction salt-less, too! A truly wonderful restaurant!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hal's never disappoints: solid, good, honest food. My favorite is the chicken, which is exceptionally moist and well seasoned. But there are always some amazing surprises that delights the senses. Excellent staff.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a party of 4. Everyone
We were a party of 4. Everyone had different entrees and all were wonderful. The calamari appetizer was perfect and could have been an entree for someone even though we shared ours among the 4 of us. Best turkey burger I have ever had, served with a Caesar salad--was a bargain at $14. Half price wine offerings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are a nice plus for midweek dining.
The dining room is quite large. Although attractive in a modern way, the hard surfaces and lack of vertical dividers of any kind, make the room somewhat noisy and lacks an intimate ambience at the tables. Request a booth if you will want privacy and intimacy.
Service was friendly, correct and not intrusive.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great venue!
Hal's has been a go to place for my wife and me for the last 15 years. It never disappoints. The food is always top notch, the staff friendly and the vibe is outstanding. We brought some friends along and indulged in carpaccio, calamari, chicken and pork. Our friends then introduced us to Hal's banana split. Needless to say, full bellies and smiles all around!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is always dependable.
Food is always dependable. They make great turkey burgers and roast chicken. Fries could be a little crisper. While the servers are nice, they're not the most efficient. Have to ask for plates for shared appetizers and for more water.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is just a good restaurant. It is a place you will remember and think of next time you are scrolling through your mental rolodex of places to dine.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Jazz/Vibe for Birthday Dinner
This past Sunday, our group of 7 assembled at Hal's for a birthday dinner and to hear great jazz! Greg Pouree and his band were exquisite..the food and service was great..and it was very kind of the manager to seat our party right by the musicians as per my request on behalf of my 80-year old Dad. All in all a memorable evening!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy food and ambience at Hal's. Definitely will be back!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as always and not
Excellent as always and not as noisy for lunch as many other places in Venice.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful ambiance,good food,great
Wonderful ambiance,good food,great for conversing because it's not too noisy despite being crowded--really funf
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
the original and still the best
whatever makes abbot kinney happen, its all because of Hal and his joint. Hope it's there for another 30 years.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Favorite Basket of Goodies
We love Hal's, and go there as often as possible. Parking for brunch is pretty unbearable, but it's worth the effort for the basket of muffins (and a few biscuits) that come to the table after you order. The service is warm and attentive, and the food is good, honest, and fresh. Not only did we like our waiter, but the assistant waiter was also very helpful. I don't see these second servers as "bus boys" (though there is nothing wrong with that position) but as another person there to keep us happy. We'll be back soon.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hal's is Hal's
I love Hal's, you always know the food will be great, the staff will be friendly, and the restaurant will be filled with local color... Maybe a basketball game running quietly in the bar, but only watched over shoulders as people enjoy being with friends in bar. Hal's never changes, in a good way...
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, so-so hostess
This place is a find in a revitalized area of Venice. I wasn't there on a night when there was jazz, but I would love to try it. Saturday night was fairly active and our first impression of the restaurant was mediocre based on the hostess who just did not want to let us sit where we wanted to, in spite of the fact that I made a reservation for a booth. The booths were almost empty when we arrived, so there was no reason why we couldn't pick our booth. After that, we had a novice waiter who was very attentive, if not fully informed on the menu. Overall, the experience was a good one, with the emphasis on the interesting interior with very good food. I will go back on a night when the jazz is in full swing.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
enjoyed the evening!
Thanks for a great meal, artistic environment and a special hello from Hal.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal, great vibe, great wine and a wonderful waiter, (I forgot his name but he is always terrific)
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice neighborhood spot!
We went to Hal's for Sunday brunch and had a wonderful experience. The menu had a nice variety of innovative dishes. The drinks were great and the staff was excellent.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Its a great neighborhood spot
it's a beautiful place, quiet, full of locals, good food, quiet and one of the nicest spots on Abbott Kinney. And i'm not from that neighborhood but it's alway on my list when I'm in Venice.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I seem to overlook Hals too often, as 2 of my favorites, joes and primitivo, are right down the street. But Hal's has something that neither of those places do well: STEAK, and I'm not really a beef person.
Ive had a couple of their cuts, and their burgers, and they just have really good meat, every time I have been.
Their ceasar salad is also really good, as well as their oxtail ravioli.
I personally wouldnt recommend the sashami platter, as it is realllly thin sliced, and smothered in sauce.
The prime rib is great, and they are really good at cooking it the way you order it.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Hostess needs some training
This is the second time I have been here. All was good except getting seated by the hostess at a booth in a totally open restaurant right next to a loud table of adults with a squealing small. Tolerated it as much as I could and then finally had to go to the hostess and ask for another table. She looked at me like I was from another planet. Anyway, as we were getting ready to move to another table, the other party left and we had some peace and quiet. The service was good. Everyone enjoyed their appetizers main course the desert we all shared. We would come back again. Management should realize that the hostess is an important part of the whole dining experience and shouldn't be filled by someone with no personality or experience.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been going to Hal's for years and it never disappoints. Great room. Good food. Fun scene.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Favorite Basket of Goodies
I'll review it again, since they are consistently great. I like the food very much; the muffin basket brought to each table makes me very happy, as does their cappuccino. The service is terrific, and the waiters and buspeople attentive and responsive. I've never had cause to complain, but I have had reason to tell them how great they are. We bring new people here all the time. Parking is the only problem, so be prepared to walk a few blocks, or to drive around a while.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Time Was Had By All
Just a terrific place and a particularly good place to take friends from out of town: effortlessly accommodating, always welcoming, and the food is excellent.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Excellent jazz
Good food. Excellent jazz combo. Great, chewy sourdough rolls.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxed, spacious, low-key
Relaxed, spacious, low-key but elegant. Food was good but not mind blowing. Service was great. Noise level - we were able to enjoy a conversation without shouting. All round a very enjoyable experience.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
loved it as usual
Brought my friends for Sunday brunch, they enjoyed it all...food , service, friendly atmosphere.
Hals never disappoints.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were seated at a table that was reserved for us as one person was in wheelchair. On a crowded Saturday night, the service was attentive and we never felt rushed. Everyone was happy with their food which came hot and cooked as requested.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM