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Sunny Spot
Sunny Spot

Sunny Spot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sunnyspotvenice.com
  • Phone: (310) 448-8884
  • Hours of Operation: Sun - Wed: 5 - 10(kitchen) / 5 – 11(bar)
    Thu - Sat: 5 - 12(kitchen) / 5 - 2(bar)

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm

    Happy Hour Any Freakin' Time...(with the exception of Brunch and 7pm - 10pm Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean
  • Executive Chef: Roy Choi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Customized private parties & events.
  • Private Party Facilities: The dining room can seat up to 70 people. Contact Beatrice regarding the lounge and patio areas.
  • Private Party Contact: Beatrice@reisscompany.com (310) 448-8884
  • Special Events & Promotions:


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Abbot Kinney
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $5.00 per car.
A word from Sunny Spot
What's Sunny Spot? Think roadside cook shop, where Roy Choi’s in the kitchen and every day's a holiday. Here you'll find sticky, crackling, double-fried jerk chicken, rum-glazed prawns and plates of fried pig's feet. Brown sugar short ribs scented with Old World spices will vanish under hungry hands while the plate is still hot-hot-hot. Fingers are to be licked, conversations are to be had later... because, for the most part, everyone’s here to EAT.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We brought family in from out of town to try out this restaurant after watching "Chef". Of the five entrees, only three were good the diablo shrimp, lamb and ox tail pasta. The skirt steak and scallops, with the citrus/fruit was to sweet and hid the flavor of the entrees. The sides were disappointing as well, the black beans were bland and needed help. The appetizers were ok, mof ko wraps and calamari."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Got to the restaurant at 6 pm. Thought they were closed. No one there but by 7 pm{end of happy hour) place was packed and a little bit noisy. Food was good. They love spice. So if you aren't a big fan of cooling down your mouth while eating ask them to tone it down a bit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Best bottomless bloody marys, great ambiance, great outdoor seating. Love it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Good food, great drinks, excellent service and fun atmosphere in this sunny little Venice neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Since I have difficulty hearing they kindly seated us in the back room. Wait staff was pleasant, attentive and efficient. I loved my apple salad which came with charred brussels sprouts and the rib appetizer, although spicy was very good. However, some of the food was too spicy, even for my son who loves spicy food. He had the jerk chicken and was unable to enjoy dinner because of the spice. His spice loving fiancée, loved her spicy fish stew but none of the rest of us at the table could eat it. It was an enjoyable meal - service was good but it will be difficult to return as two at the table were unimpressed with the over spiced food."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This Caribbean restaurant had an amazing selection of Rum's and Rum cocktails. The ambience was electric with lots of energy. Wait staff made excellent recommendations on food and pointed out the characteristics of each dish ordered. Well worth a visit if you want a vibrant scene"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This place was pretty good, but a little small. Tight aisles made for bumping people as you pass, however the food was well prepared and one of a kind."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Perfect for a casual dinner - love the ropa vieja and the steak sandwich!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "They have a lovely outdoor patio for brunch and attentive service, but the food we ordered was surprisingly bland and high priced. We had the blueberry pancakes (came with 3, plus maple syrup and butter). The pancakes tasted as if made from a water-base (and not milk or buttermilk) and cost $11 - no sides. We also had the Banana French Toast - there were no bananas in sight and the bread could have been higher quality (perhaps a brioche) and they didn't use enough batter so it was dry. Again, the cost was $11 with no sides. We did order a side of plantains, which were delicious. The side of bacon we ordered was standard, nothing to write home about. Adding two coffees, tip and tax, we spent nearly $50 on this food - not worth it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Dope to come back to with friends, so far what I have chosen to eat (Cuban torta and the steak sand which) have blown my mind also the rum punch is out of this world, careful with it though"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had the hangover plate and unlimited rum punch and side of jerk potatoes. Eggs were cooked perfectly. Plaintain chips were thin and crispy. Tables sitting around us were friendly. Stayed way too long then walked down Abbott Kinney to sober up. Would definitely come back here. Ask for Tory to be your waiter."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "There must be at least 60 different rums to choose from and for $2 more than the cost of a shot, they will make a flavorful and not too sweet mixed drink. The ceviche and chicken wings were very good. The shrimp cocktail was too juicy. If looking for a Caribbean flair, it is a good choice."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Five star bar ambiance & rum list is top notch. We cannot believe they serve Santa Teresa from Venezuela, since it is rare and our favorite. The drink special creations are very good as well. The service was also good. Unfortunately the food is way below average, unnecessarily spicy for some dishes like the lamb, and surprisingly bland in others like the skirt steak. The black bean paste accompanying the tostones does not work at all, or perhaps it was poi since it was so urggg, like pink oatmeal. One of the steaks arrived ice cold to the table and the place was not too busy to excuse that mistake. We highly recommend this place as a fun bar near the marina with very good service, but we wouldn't recommend the food at all."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The bar area is large and was very loud which we heard was due to an overcrowded private party. Thankfully the restaurant area was much more quite so that my friends and I could enjoy our own conversation. The happy hour lasts all night and includes drinks you actually want. I had the steak sandwich which was really delious. The desert menu isn't very interesting but all my friend a really enjoyed their food choices. I would really like to go there again. I'd love to try their brunch menu also. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Service was not on point. Our server was either new or not on top of his game. He forgot to ask our joiners for thier drink order. We were not given share plates and food began to arrive. Also, we were not told the it was las call on food. So, we were not able to order more. But, that was fine because the food was lacking soul and seasoning. Never going back."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Excellent food and neighborhood gem. Roy Choi did it again. We expect more restaurants from him this neighborhood. Sauces are incredible with some Asian twist for my opinion. My next chase is "Pot" restaurant in Korea town."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We celebrated a friend's birthday for lunch, midweek. It was a hot day, but we chose to sit outside, as the patio area at the small cafe style tables. The waiter was great and very attentive. The cocktails are fab and the food was spicy and delicious. I had the cheeseburger on brioche bun (yummmm!). When we arrived at noon it was empty but by the time we left at 2ish it was quite busy. Obviously, a neighborhood gem and a great place to hang out with friends and have a drink or two with some tasty food. Very casual, but charming. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Valet, host, wait staff, and table staff all very friendly. Service and food very good. Nice clean refreshing atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Went there with some old friends. We each ordered different entrees. Of the 4 of us, my entree, the steak sandwich, was fantastic. My boyfriend's scallops were okay. The roasted lamb was okay. But my friend who ordered the oxtail stew...he got the shaft. First off, it was served in a huge bowl with the liquid only being about an inch deep. It almost looked like he got an empty bowl. As far as the oxtail...what oxtail?? Talk about "where's the beef"...paltry is the only word I can use to describe this excuse for an entree. And then dessert...it was meh. Overall, nothing to write home about except the steak sandwich."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "His empire continues. WWRD? What would Roy do is just the world we live in. Great service, solid food, a scene and a half. If you can't fly to South Beach or Vegas for Sunday brunch, just come here. Grits and runny eggs? Just eat it."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went to Sunnyspot and had the weekend brunch. The food was great! Wish the portions were a little bigger, but the all you can drink helped"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Sunny Spot, it was our maiden trip - a weekday afternoon so there was no queue or crowd at all, and as a result, given exclusive attention by the server. I love the quirky ambience, the bar area looks really fun and the outdoor seating is fantastic. I ordered the steak sandwich and calamari - both of great portions. There are also a few parking spots available for its customers. And Abbot Kinney Blvd is just down the road, so the cafe's location is perfect for those who want a chilled-out afternoon in the Venice beach area. Definitely my cafe of choice for taking my friends visiting LA to!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Wow, wow, wow! You know you’re going to have a good time when you open the door and you see a crowd full of people and tables filled with Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Rum infused drinks. Everyone, I mean everyone was having a great time. The food was amazing and not just your ordinary brunch type food. The Ropa Vieja and Mofongo are to die for and the service was just great. It was as if you were having brunch at a friend’s house. That’s how friendly the staff is there as well as the locals. Matt is running one of the best spots in Venice. I will definitely be back for dinner and happy hour. Hands down, this is my new favorite brunch spot!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was great and the ambience was great but the service was wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too slow... The food came out super slow and as great as it was that our waitress would just walk around with drinks in hand to offer us as refills it would take FOREVER for drinks we actually wanted refilled to come out... We had a late comer to the group and he was there for over an hour but the waitress only came by twice... Aside from the super slow service everything else was good... Next time I'm definitely sitting at the bar instead"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner there, I would have given the food a 5 star based on most of our food, but what really killed them was the terrible vegetable dish I ordered for my entree, hardly any other vegetables other that steamed or sauteed greens, I got a few microscopic pieces of colored cauliflower and for $16.00, the dish was very dissapointing, on the other hand the rest of the food was outstanding, I might be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Cute place, but extremely loud inside. Patio seating may be better. Interesting menu and very reasonably priced, particularly the bottomless mimosas, bloody mary's and rum punch. Three of us went for brunch and agreed that food was OK, but nothing extraordinary. Would have expected a little better from a Roy Choi place. Service was perfectly fine, but again, nothing extraordinary. Valet service is an advantage."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Got the Mofongo and Yucca Fries for brunch! So good!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I had never been here before and it was an unexpected pleasure. Saturday Brunch was wonderful. Food was great. Service was excellent - ambiance was good energy. There is a quiet dinning room, but if you want to be "in the middle of it", stay in the front room."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was delicious and loved the sunny patio. Service was a bit slow despite not being very crowded on a weekday lunch time."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "As usual, our latest visit to the Sunny Spot was great. We typically go there for brunch but needed to eat around 5:30ish. The dinner menu was more limited more vegetarians but was still pretty good. The service was a little slow but forgivable since the food was awesome. Our little guy always loves the music... i guess it's the West Indian in him!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent cocktails. Gourmet and affordable happy hour snacks. Dinner was good - loved the jerk chicken and the jerk fries. Oxtail pasta also excellent. Sitting in the main room by the bar is extremely noisy. Better to sit outside on the large patio or in the back room if you would like to be able to carry on a conversation. Service was outstanding. Overall the place is casual and friendly."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Love the flavor profile of global caribbean cuisine, spicy and sweet."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For a westside hotspot, the servers are so friendly, genuine, helpful and enthusiastic. I keep returning because of them. The food was not as consistently fabulous as Choi's other restaurants, so that was disappointing. But the happy hour menu and appetizers were tasty enough (coconut shrimp, calamari and slider). And the drinks were very nice. The decor/ambience is perfectly chic without being stuffy. Perfect place for drinks and apps."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Met a few friends there and food was pretty good. We had the Nuggs, Chicken Wings and Calamari and we weren't disappointed. The wings were huge and the Nuggs were delicious. I'd recommend it."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Sunny Spot formally known as Beachside or Beachwood drastically transformed from the last time I was here. Revamped into a Jamacan/Caribbean motif, the ambience is incredible. They took time to reapholster the stools with really eye grabbing flowers, fruits and random images. The table we sat at was very long and romantic, but can seat 15+ people. The beer is cheap, $5 a red stripe and they have a variety of aged scotch I found to be pleasantly smokey. The food is great, but coming a second time, it wasn't much different from the first time I ate here when I ordered the lamb. This time I ordered the Diablo Shrimp and it came with black beans and a delicious red cabbage slaw which was fresh and exciting but redundant. Overall Awesome!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at this place on Saturday night (2/8). We had an early dinner and the dining room was basically empty and quiet which we liked. The bar area separated by a wall was crowded and loud. The outdoor seating area is behind a wall that separates it from Washington Blvd which is loud and busy. The decor in the main dining room is different and not just one style. The food is very good and has a very nice spicy taste. We had the Cuban Nuggs as an appetizer and then the scallops and lamb as the main dishes. We loved it. The service was attentive and very friendly. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I don't recommend. The menu is limited, the service was so so. The bill was high. I had the striped bass and it was mushy and fishy. My friend had the skirt steak and it was too chewy and didn't have flavor. I ordered creme brûlée; we each had two glasses of wine. Our bill came out to 145. Valet is six dollars."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "As a member of a group that LOVES to brunch, I was very happy with our experience here this past weekend. I like that the menu is not just eggs, waffles, omelettes. They put an interesting twist on some basic breakfast foods. Also, who can complain about $13 bottomless mimosas??"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Very pleasant experience for lunch. Food was tasty and different, staff extremely pleasant and weather beautiful."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Food was decent. Pasta was too spicy and brioche on the slider was too dry. Steak sandwich was ok."
    Dined on 1/27/2014