Permanently Closed - Canal Club

3.9
123 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
This restaurant is permanently closed. The Canal Club is a Venice landmark restaurant featuring famed designer Frank Gehry’s wondrous interior of colorfully lit onyx walls and tropically themed local art. Equal parts sushi bar and exotic wood grill with an emphasis on sustainable and local ingredients, Canal Club serves dishes inspired by beach cuisine from California and around the world. Guests put together small and shared plate odysseys that make the dining as interesting as the interior. Adding to the excitement are handcrafted cocktails and craft beers from some of the best local breweries. The nightly happy hour from 5 -7 pm has been rated one of the best in Los Angeles, by LaList, and is a local’s gathering spot.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.7
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3.7
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3.8
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vipArthurB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing food and service 😉

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AP57
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall1food3service3ambience4

We Love Canal Club but I made an online reservation for 8 people for a birthday dinner/drinks only to arrive to find a note taped to the door about a new policy that it's closed on Mondays for the month of Dec. Needless to say we were all pretty disappointed. Thankfully James Beach is directly across the road and we moved our party over there. Crisis Adverted! Had a great night but nothing tops CC's margaritas!

We Love Canal Club but were disappointed that the online booking sites weren't up to date with their current hours of operation. We'll definitely be back though... Can't beat those magic margaritas!!

JC
vipJohnC
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Creative food; great service. The entire restaurant could really use a thorough, deep cleaning!

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vipFriedgreentomatoes
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointing! Won't be returning. It's been a regular stop for us and the last three times have disappointed. And oh by the way, no sushi except on specific days! Badly overpriced at $7.50 for a single taco a la carte and $12 for a plain romaine salad.

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SushiQueen
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Threw my friends bachelorette dinner here. I made a reservation and they put us in an amazing private room even though we were a small party. We felt like queens!! Service was great and the sushi was yummy. Thanks Canal Club!

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DebbieM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool ambiance. The waiter we had was awesome. He had great suggestions, and was very attentive. The food arrived quickly, and they offer a great variety to please those who love sushi, as well as those who prefer heartier options!

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vipArthurB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was bad and overall expierence was bad. Took loog time to order and even longer to recieve food.
Waiter was more interested in the sports on the tv then waiting on us

MD
vipMikeD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The sashimi and rolls were excellent. We were there on a Sunday night, things seemed a little less lively than I expected. I could see the location being a nice spot as you roll off the beach and stumble into great sushi and a really cool bar with crazy decor. Could have had more sake options.

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vipGregH
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite places. I visit often and my favorite server, Solomon, always takes great care of my party.

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Gwen
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay, but way overpriced for the quality and the portions. Drinks were weak. Waiter was nice but acted bored. Not worth it, especially it was for Father's Day. Next year it's back to El Torito!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My first time eating sushi, I was pleasantly surprised to find I like it! Short walk to Venice beach and public parking area.

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gobuffs7
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Good times. Waiter was kind of a grouch with no petsonality

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vipDCGlassblower
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The Canal Club was a good, casual place. A little away from heavily trafficked areas. Nothing particularly exceptional, but not a disappointment either.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to the Canal Club for Mother's Day. My husband does not like sushi but I do so the restaurant worked for both of us. I had an incredible sashimi plate and my husband had fajitas and eggs and we recommend both. It was quiet for a holiday - mostly because you don't think of it as a Mother's Day outing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The sangria was not good and the saki bombs didn't make sense. Happy hour pricing was okay, but the sushi was underwhelming. Our server was not very personable and didn't really seem to know much about the drinks. Would not go again.

MJ
MattJ
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The drinks : The drinks and ambiance were really delicious and cool

The Service: Started out attentive but as soon as the order was put in we didn't see our waiter unless we flagged him down. We asked other waiters occasionally to get things we needed since no one checked in on us. We didn't get waters until halfway through our meal despite asking for them first thing upon seating. We decided not to order second drinks based on how long it took to get served. The restaurant wasn't even busy... there were only 2 small other tables in our section.

The food: We ordered chicken tacos, but they were not tacos. It was basically half a chicken cut up with mostly bone and tortillas on the side. It was very dry on top of that.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place for a first date!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been happier. This was just a friends get together but it was Valentine's Day so it was tricky to find the right spot. I wanted good food, not too expensive and in a casual setting and not a crazy holiday crowd. I wanted some Asian style food but not limited to that. And yet I still wanted a sense of occasion. Canal Club delivered on all fronts! The food was absolutely fabulous, the menu a sort of Japanese/Mexican/American smash up that works. I cannot say enough about the kitchen here. This may be a cool, historic bar in Venice Beach but someone here takes their kitchen very seriously and without any pretensions. AND, since we were early (6:00). we beat the "happening" crowd and had a lovely dinner in a booth where we could actually talk! Particulars: Appetizers- grape & brie quesadilla fab as advertised, special Valentine's Day sushi roll (shrimp & strawberry), mixed platter of skewers--all great. Entrees-2 salmon and one steak all top shelf-salmon delicious with miso glaze and roasted carrots and the steak was one of the tenderest and butteriest ever. A shared chocolate lava cake dessert finished us off delightedly. Oh, and the white sangria was delicious too! It ended up not being the cheapest night out because we ended up ordering from the top of the menu. There are a lot of lesser priced options as well as what we ordered and given the quality of what we had I'll bet they are all great. So, a casual yet classy, cool vibe spot with lots of character that everyone can enjoy. Go late if you want the scene but don't be afraid to go early to enjoy the place in a calmer fashion. It works!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My husband brought me to Canal Club almost 8 years ago & we keep going back. We were there celebrating his birthday this time & we still love it every time!!! Always brings back memories of our dating days!!! 😍💑❤💏💘💋

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Playadelandrea7
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience2

It took a ridiculous amount of time to get out sushi. It was unbareable almost.

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vipAineN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Wayyyyyy too loud and service was very poor despite the restaurant being almost empty

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Harley
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Well this certainly turned out to be a "quick bite" and "great value".... canal club accepted our booking, sent us a charming confirmation email saying how much they were looking forward to our visit, then, after we trekked one mile from our accommodation on the dark, were... shut. So we were there just one moment and unable to spend a cent.
Disgusted that they had not blocked out their online reservations on a day they clearly planned to be closed.
And now they ask for feedback on our experience! The phrase starting with p*ss up and ending with brewery, springs to mind.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely hit this place up for Happy Hour and bring the kids! They are super family friendly, have delicious cocktails and yummy sushi! My favs: Brie and grape quesadilla, crunchy rice spicy tuna roll (exact name?), California Rolls, tacos, pork ribs!

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vipMBmph
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had forgotten about Canal Club - visited for Happy Hour, and have been back for dinner. Their staff is great, from the host to Solomon who took care of our table. Will be back. The fried calamari is FABULOUS. And so is the healthy food!! Ginger margaritas and martinis are super.

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The atmosphere and service were pretty good. The food was only OK. The sushi did not taste fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Unfortunatly really disapointing how bad the food was. The Guacamole was terrible, the spicy tuna was terrible. It is not that hard to make great food these days so it was really surprising to go there and it be this bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good for happy hour. We went just for happy hour drinks and apps and it worked well.

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NYLAFoodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We arrived promptly to dinner for our 8pm reservation. The hostess was busy chatting with someone who was not a customer and proceeded to ignore us for over 10 minutes. Finally she sat us down as if she was doing us a favor.

Then when it came time to order food, the waiter had no idea what where the ingredients in the food, and when I mentioned I needed to know because I have a food allergy, his response was: "OK, I'll come back later so you can decide what you want"....????? So...if he can't tell me what's in the food, and I have a food allergy, his job is to find out what's in the food and tell me, not have me guess! Otherwise I'd cook a dish at home for myself!

I ended having to order sushi since he was wholly incapable and unwilling to find out the ingredients in the dishes I asked him about.

In addition, my wife, who has no food allergies, ordered one of the fancy dishes. She thought the food was just OK, definitely nothing to write home about.

I would never go back there. I rarely write a review (positive or negative), but this was a terrible, uber-priced experience. I don't know why that place has such good ratings, the owners must have hired people to write good reviews.

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nanc
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my fav place for years. Best happy hour with great appetizers and best margarita in town. Solomon is the best waiter as well. This place always makes for a great get together with friends. Have celebrated many special occasions here.

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vipEdieB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time, the service was great and everything was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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David
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night.
Great food
Perfect service

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vipEstelle
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Variety menu, good service, great mojitos! Very pricey.

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Anomed
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ordered a lot of plates including: rolls, appetizers, sashimi, and etc. All were tasty and came out well paced. Our server, who I cannot recall the name of, was very attentive and I noticed when he came by when I was in conversation with my date would come back at a later time to not disturb us. Outstanding service! I wish I could remember the name.

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vipVenicefoodlvr
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with a friend visiting from out of town who likes sushi and the place wowed us! This is a real Venice place! We started with edamame and chips and salsa. I had the ginger martini and he had a killer magarita(s). Honestly best sushi in Venice.two friends joined us and we also had draft local beer and sake. Plus we had miso cod lettuce cups, wings and the best wood grilled burger (we all shared) we ever had. I usually come for happy hour but the regular prices are amazing for the quality. Get the lava cake too. Late nite on weekends is happening as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love, love Solomon. We always ask to sit at his section. The best.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with my wife for happy hour. It was great, we ended up staying for awhile afterwards. Cool ambiance, attentive service, lots of choices for food on the menu and happy hour.

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rizno
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2014
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I had high hopes but realistic expectations. The sushi was awful. Some seemed pre made and the fish was try. I had toro sashimi for a high price as a daily special and it wasn't toro at all... Any hole in the wall sushi place in LA has better sushi. If you're just coming for other food or just drinks during happy hour it could be a great hangout. I took a date for sushi and it was a complete bust.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2014
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It has an eclectic menu. Since I see it as sushi, I just can't do the mexican, carne, etc.
Sushi and sashimi with a flair. It's not standard so enjoy. Even tried a roll and enjoyed that too!
All our food was way tasty. Certainly come back again for the food.
Service is professional, prompt and pleasant.
Certainly return again for the good service.
Decor style is eclectic, modern and Venice-ie.

The only complaint is how fast bus-help clears plates and glasses. Several times throughout the meal, I had to tell bussers to leave the plate (I'm still picking at the crumbs) and not through with my ice tea so leave the glass too. Not much of a complaint huh!

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vipAquilley
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My boyfriend and I went out for a late dinner one night to Canal Club. Food was amazing and the drinks were spectacular. Could not have been happier with

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Permanently Closed - Canal Club is rated 3.9 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.