Sunny Spot
Sunny Spot

Sunny Spot

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sunnyspotvenice.com/
  • Phone: 3104488884
  • 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:


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
Sunny Spot reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (45)great for brunch (32)good for groups (30)hot spot (24)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (20)great for lunch (14)special occasion (11)romantic (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • loud!
    robnorcal
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good food, slow but kind service staff. The bottomless drinks are nice but it is very very very loud.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LA Brunch From The Movies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This place is a quintessential spot for an LA-style brunch as it would be depicted on the silver screen. It was the perfect Saturday afternoon brunch with a delicious menu of food options. And, as all good brunch places do, it offered bottomless drink options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lots of potential
    KatlVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was good although not always as described on the menu. Cocktails were good, though small for the price. Dessert needs some work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hungryincali
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great place for brunch. Can't beat the bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary's. The Hangover plate is perfectly spiced and is must try. If you're feeling adventurous try the Muh Fnk Mofongo (yes that's the name of the dish) you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MisterB
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Sunny Spot is one of the best brunch spots for food and people watching in the Marina del Rey/Venice area. Great bar, food menu is limited but some cool dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lost the Roy Choi Touch
    rosalyn
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Well, at least dinner did. The food was good but not exciting. Some chairs were back-to-back... They need to do something about seating arrangement. I can't believe I'm complaining about the chairs in a restaurant review, but, uh, yeah, I think it would have made a difference. Everything else didn't convince me it was worth coming back, not for dinner at least.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch
    marlsisme
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Bottomless mimosa, rum punch, and bloody marys' that they keep refilling and refilling! A little loud but fun for a big group rather than an intimate date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch spot
    pecansandapples
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Lively and fun, cheerful decor. Definitely make a reservation if planning for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch at Sunny
    BdayGirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had the B-day Brunch at Sunny Spot last Sunday. They have very impressive menu, great service and great people watching. Very trendy place with excellent popular bottomless brunch drinks like champagne, mimosas, and Bloody Mary. The food is spicy and very tasty. The restaurant has a very unique interior design. The music was a bit loud but the staff did their best to accommodate our wishes. My party really had a great time at Sunny Spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No way Roy.
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Roy Choi, what happened here? Food is ordinary at best. Uninspired. Not creative. If I didn't know this was one of your restaurants, I sure would never have guessed by the food. I am a big fan of A Frame and the Kogi truck. But Sunny Spot needs some re-imagining before it can become my sunny spot.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WISH I DIDNT LIVE SO FAR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    There isnt one bad thing i could say about Sunny Spot. Im not the best with words, just will sum it up with A++ for the food and A++ service...what else do you want? good job
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch was below average
    Ajb78
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was not good at all. My plate was cold and had to be re-cooked. My friend's banana French toast had no bananas. I've had better at no name diners. Overall, just underwhelming. Not worthy of Roy Choi's name. I was so disappointed as I was prepared to love this place. Server was very nice and apologetic. She did everything she could to make our experience enjoyable. Also - the music was so loud I could not hear my companions at all, so we left and went to get dessert elsewhere - so you lost revenue even though I hear several other diners complained about this, it did not get lowered. So we left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SunnyJaneVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Hard not to love since they are dog friendly for patio seating! Food is good and atmosphere is fun. Second time there and I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday Evening Meal
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The hostess greeted us warmly and our reservation was honored promptly - we were seated at a nicely located outdoor table. My pet peeve is these outdoor iron grated tables are dirty and not cleaned in between seatings (I was watching). When the waiter takes away your appetizers, they pick up your silverware and place it right on the dirty / never cleaned iron table. I did find this to be a turn off. The water was very nice and helpful in answering our questions. I simply found the food uninspired - not particularly tasty and with the inclusion of "beans and rice" with nearly every dish, it felt like we could have been at an Acapulco in the suburbs. I doubt that I will ever come back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Iampat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was good...not great except for the bread pudding dessert that was FABULOUS!!! I expected the other food to be better. Dining on the patio was pleasant on a hot summer night and the service was OK. Parking is a problem unless you use valet at $6.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunny Spot is THEE spot for Brunch
    AngieMoon
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Sunny Spot is without a doubt my favorite place to brunch on Sundays. The décor, music and bottomless mimosas are exactly what Sundays are all about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bohemian Beach Spot
    editJVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love this place. Casual. Hip. Delicious. Eclectic. Fun. Comfortable. Beautiful. Playful. Friendly. Oh, and did I say Delicious?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unlike my previous experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    So this time was not so sunny at Sunny Spot. I made reservations weeks ago asking for the patio but was told that the patio is not guaranteed because other people had reservations. Is that not contradictory? My party was only five people and there were many ways to accommodate us on the patio easily. Instead I had to be a pest to get seated. And service was not up to par. When I order bottomless drinks, I should not have to chase my server down to get a refill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful inventive food
    Shoppingqueen17
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Came at Happy hour when all appraisers were less expensive and we experienced many delicious inventive dishes. The bar began to get busy and the noise level after 7;300 PM increased immensely as the restaurant filled up. We never felt rushed and our waiter was excellent. We all would gladly go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome & delicious!
    abbymeredith
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We loved our experience at the Sunny Spot! We had the sweetest waiter who was so friendly and helpful. She gave us great recommendations and service! The drinks were very unique and tasted amazing. The food was also unique and absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend this adorable spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Nel491
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    garyf
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best bottomless bloody marys
    Krit
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Best bottomless bloody marys, great ambiance, great outdoor seating. Love it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the bottomless Rum Punch
    CruzE
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Good food, great drinks, excellent service and fun atmosphere in this sunny little Venice neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 234 reviews are from the Sunny Spot reviews archive.
  • Sunny Spot Marina Del Ray
    Carribeangem
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spicy!!
    VeniceeatsVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    TiffanyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Perfect for a casual dinner - love the ropa vieja and the steak sandwich!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch food so-so / ambiance lovely
    Higgins2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the rum punch!
    mbayogi
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rum Heaven
    PastaloverVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar, bad restaurant
    ReyTogo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of kind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A really cool
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened???
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    SeraVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Valet, host, wait staff, and table staff all very friendly. Service and food very good. Nice clean refreshing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Is Hit or Miss
    Nellieracer
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roy Choi Does It Again!
    WWRD
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.