Food, atmosphere, and service
Food, atmosphere, and service where all wonderful! Portions are small but served family style, but the flavors are so out of this world an that a little taste is all you need! Definitely will go back and I highly recommend it!!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Travis Lett is a genius
Travis Lett is a genius. Plain and simple. To make something as simple as grilled radicchio so good you want to lick the plate is nothing short of amazing. And his Pomodoro pizza is divine. Not to mention the wood roasted cauliflower. Love love Gjelina!
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still consistently great;
Still consistently great; by far best food in Venice.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hot spot in Venice
Really enjoyed Gjelina. We are vegetarians and we had a lot of options in the menu. Mushroom toast is delicious as the butterscotch pudding and the crostata. Only deception is the cheese plate : I would have like local cheese instead of French and Swiss.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant but too hard to get a reservation.
4/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lives up to the hype
Everyone mentions Gjelina when you ask about LA restos. Cool space on the cooling Abbot Kinney strip. Nectarine, Burratta and prosciutto salad was amazing.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambiance, I loved the small plates and the wildly varied menu. Get a bottle of wine, order a bunch of small plates, and fasten your seatbelt for a fantastic California dining experience.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
been coming here since it opened, never had a problem with service and am always more than satisfied with the food. gjelina is worth the wait. wander over to the otherroom or tasting kitchen for a cocktail if you get antsy standing around. love you gjelina, consistent food, beautiful people, reasonable prices, fun.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth all the hype
The experience was worth the 3-week wait.
How often do you go for dinner at 6.30pm, only to find it jiving already, as if lunch fun overspilled into dinner?
We shared some small plates:
- lamb chops
- pork belly
- Japan saba sashimi
- grilled eggplant
- grilled peach with burrata, arugula and proscuitto
To finish off, we had the folourless chocolate cake and the Caramel with sea salt - and ended up combining both desserts because they worked so well together!
The pizzas are great, but I wouldn't bother getting them at the restaurant because you can get pizzas, salads, sandwiches and sweet treats from 'Gejlina Take Away' next door on another night when you can't get a reservation but still need to satisfy a Gjelina craving.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Midsummer night's dream
We had a really great evening here. Service was attentive without being intrusive and we did not feel rushed at all. Duck confit was excellent as was the pork belly with watermelon. Nice panna cotta dessert with berries - very light. All perfect for a summer eve.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Favorite Restaurant in LA
This ultra-trendy restaurant has managed to keep the neighborhood vibe and not become oh-too-hip. Reservations at decent hours are still very difficult to come by. But for a reason--the food is simply outstanding. I've been to Gjelina a number of times and every dish I've ever tasted has been a winner. No chef in LA does seasonal vegetables and dish accompaniments as well as Travis Lett & his kitchen.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oysters and wild boar take off
Sometimes I think foodies get overwrought and excited over consuming the language of food more than the food itself.
But Gjelina's delivers more than food literature and a card to play during restaurant name-dropping games.
We had a wonderful dinner, from the first wave of oysters (so good we ordered a second round) to salads to wild-boar and tomato pasta. Between bites, I had hard time restraining myself from reaching over to the adjacent tables and stealing their food, too.
But I didn't, instead remaining cool and sophisticated, like a boho in paradise. Too bad my wife left her Ray-Bans at the table. Gjelina's called before we'd gotten far. We drove back and got'em. Not good theater on our part, but good service on theirs.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great vibe, amazing service, overall outstanding experience
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Knowledgeable waiter, nice
Knowledgeable waiter, nice service (little too fast) great outdoor terrace , outstanding pizza,
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Burrata and heriloom tomato
Burrata and heriloom tomato salad was outstanding, but the ricotta gnocchi was nothing to write home about, and the portion was small for the price. The pizza was good, but at least the one I ordered, was just good not great. Caramel butterscotch dessert was amazing.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent amazing food but….
do not like being rushed out of a restaurant when in conversation
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Venice Beach "must visit"
I live in Australia and travel frequently to LA. Gjelina is always on my go-to list and never fails to impress. The menu is fantastic, there is something for everyone and you can order differently each time you visit and never feel like you're making a dent on the options.
One of my absolute favourites, a must visit when in LA.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is fabulous
The #1 reason to go. Otherwise it's noisy
and service is okay.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great spot.
Gjelina is my parent's favorite place to go when they visit from the East Coast. Food is always top notch and the service is very friendly. Just make sure you make a reservation far enough in advance.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made reservations here about 2 & a half weeks in advance for a Saturday. We arrived about 15 minutes early & were seated right away.
I tried the Eggplant, Broccolini, Cauliflower and fries. Everything was pretty amazing. The Flavors are really strong. A lot of acidic qualities to all the plates I had, which I enjoy. The cauliflower & Broccolini is def cooked w/ Vinegar. I liked everything but sometimes I wish there wasn't so much acidity to everything I had.
The service was pretty good as well.
Especially the busers, they were really on point.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat outside and had a lovely and delicious dinner. Food is unique and fantastic.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding however
The food was outstanding however the service was not too great. But definitely worth going back for the food.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to Venice !
This is a hot spot and reservations weren't that easy to get on a Saturday night. We had a 10 pm seating and had to stand against one wall of the restaurant until 10:20 when our table for two was ready. We were given a glass of wine which made up for the short wait. The food was overall excellent and I look forward to dining here again.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, prepared
Food was excellent, prepared with imagination, presented beautifully. Don't expect to have a conversation- unless you're conversant in braille, the noise level is a roar.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was not my first meal at Gjelina and will not be my last. The food was exceptional, as has been the case on every visit. The atmosphere was lively as always with good music and just the right amount of light (except when trying to read the menu, but we have phone screens for that, ha).
The only complaint I've ever had on one occasion and has been the only critique from conversations with friends was bad service in the way of pretentious wait staff, but on this experience I can happily say that from the hostess to our waitress to those delivering our feast; they were all polite, prompt and appropriately non-interrupting, yet responsive to specific questions and requests.
Highly recommend for a date night.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
An explosion of flavor
Everything they do, everything they serve, takes ingredients to combine them in ways where your mouth just sings when you taste it. Even things as "normal" as a Spinach salad are not "normal" there -- they somehow manage to combine the freshest ingredients in ways that make it simply fantastic. The squash blossom pizza was amazing, and our old standby of the mushroom toast was as always fantastic. Go there. Often.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect from top to bottom. Everything we ordered was delicious - cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pizza, etc. Would go back again & again!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time visit
Great looking place. Good ambiance and lovely outdoor seating. Drinks were good and dinner was amazing. Was recommended by a friend who frequents the restraunt and would recommend this lovely place to others.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even better than I remember....
My experience there last Wednesday night was just wonderful. The food was even better than I remember, and it's always superb. The best pizza on the Westside.....heck some of the best food on the Westside! Amazing wine, although pricey for a glass, but worth it. I love the decor, moody lighting and attentive staff. It can get a bit loud as the evening progresses, but not terrible that you can't hear the conversation. I save the best for last, the Butterscotch Pot de Creme dessert is to die for!
Gjelina is one of the best spots in LA, with exceptional food and very reasonably priced. A fun, hip place to go with the girls, on a date or bring your guests from out of town.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated immediately and greeted by our waiter, who ended up being a great asset in helping us decide what to order. Started with the kale salad and moved along to mushroom toast; both were excellent. Kale very lightly dressed, perfect. Our waiter recommended the lamb shoulder, nothing short of fantastic. So many flavors in there it's hard to describe, but there seemed to be a kind of Thai curry vibe. Very rich. Incredible. Feeling greedy, we skipped desert and ordered the squash agnolotti which turned out to be a really nice alternative, since it has a mild sweetness. Superb. Fabulous meal. For beer geeks, the taps are a bit limited but the ESBC Citra Pale Ale really hit the spot. Overall: Highly recommended.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, cool place
Food is amazing! Loved everything we ordered, make reservations well in advance.. Good scene
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Gjelina in Venice, CA
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.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a wonderful meal, we
Always a wonderful meal, we had a fabulous time and left full!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, poor service
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.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stellar food, great people!
Food was amazing. The restaurant was just beautiful and so welcoming. It was well worth the wait to get a good dinner reservation.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Most every course was wonderful
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.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, service and ambiance
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.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM