Gjelina

4.6
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$31 to $50
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American
Gjelina is a restaurant specializing in New American cuisine. Open every day from 8 a.m. until midnight, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night. The dining area at Gjelina is spacious and rustic with chic decor elements and large wooden tables. During the day, the restaurant is flooded with natural light. In the evening, its dimly lit to provide a cozy and relaxed ambiance. For breakfast, try 9 grain pancakes with butter and maple syrup or warm banana buckwheat loaf with butter and jam of the day. Brunch options include lemon buckwheat ricotta pancakes and duck confit-potato hash with a sunny duck egg and grainy mustard. Gjelina offers a variety of oysters, crudo, charcuterie and salad options to start lunch and dinner. Main courses include gourmet pizzas and entrees like fisherman's stew, crispy pork belly, roasted organic half chicken and Aspen Ridge prime ribeye steak.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.3
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4.5
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S
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Yes, I would recommend, but not for a first date. If you need or are planning on conversation, it is too busy/noisy. My date and I got lucky and got a corner table, but while waiting for it we were unable to talk other than to speak directly into each other's ears.
Food, of course, is remarkably good. Why we went! Mushroom toast was amazing (though it's an appetizer, not a main course), as was the duck confit and the pizza.

m
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oysters were Fresh
Chicken liver pate was really good, good portion (upgraded to 4 to share)
Braised Oxtail with grits was outstanding. Delicious!
Agnolotti was out of this world. Really recommend it. The sauce makes the dish.
Chocolate & pistachio tart was also delicious.
Pretty costly but worth it.
Beer and wine only though. I wish they had cocktails for a full celebration!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came into town on a last minute vacation. The place was packed for lunch so we came back for a late bite to eat. Staff was attentive and friendly, the food was spectacular. I can’t wait to come back next time I’m in town.

NH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Wow, just wow. This place is recommended on several websites and I’m truly baffled. I spent $100 and left hungry. The portion size vs cost is silly. The pickled vegetables are $8, “what a deal right?” We were given 8 pieces of pickled vegetables on a bread plate. Silly, this place is so silly!

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pure joy! One of the best reasons to come to LA

BA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

I love this place, but service is cartoonishly bad, especially when you are first greeted at the front door. I was treated like they'd really rather not have me in there, and made to stand by the side wall for nearly 20 minutes, despite having a table booked

SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved the rigatoni with fresh ricotta! So delicious/would highly recommend to others.

J
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Still exceptional food.

LC
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasty breakfast. Scone was delicious and light. Duck confit hash was great. Never received water that I asked for twice. Arnold Palmer was quite small for the price. Just be aware that tip is automatically added to your bill

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

We were very disappointed by our experience at Gjelina. Our reservation was 9 30, as frequent patrons of Gjelina, we expect high service. We were taken 25 minutes past our reservation, never offered an apology, or any compensation on our meal. As people who have loved Gjelina in the past, we are extremely unsettled to see the service take such a drastic downward turn. The staff was unaccommodating, rude and unhelpful. I hope to see this rectified in the future.

LL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gjelina is a great spot to bring out of towners or when you fancy an elevated food experience. Being able to make reservations is key because the bar area for waiting for walk-in is small and awkward. The food staff is excellent with recommendations, explaining items on the menu, suggesting wine and overall friendly and knowledgable. The food is truly divine and the plates are great to share with a group, just make sure you get enough dishes, because depending on how hungry you are, you will go deep pockets.

KE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fresh & delicious!!!

PH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing here. We drove all the way from Santa Barbara just to have lunch here. We're not vegetarian's, but we always end up eating meat free here because of all the wonderful vegetable options. Really like the anchovy burrata toast app and the Date Cake with ginger gelato was incredible. Very jealous of the locals being able to eat here whenever they want.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic food. 10/10

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience ...... always. Love this spot!

FH
London
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant in LA - but having booked a table and my guests running slightly late - I was a little dismayed at being made to wait outside in the cold for the 10 mins until they arrived. The maitre d' (or front desk person) was also very unwelcoming - maybe she was having a bad day - but that spilled out into the usually good vibe of the place. Even when saying goodbye and thank you she remained very sour faced. Which felt jarring for usually a great place. The food as always was exceptional and I think for the quality - it is good value.

G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Though it may not be 2008 anymore, Gjelina stands the test of time. If you book ahead, the experience is seamless. I recently had a 6:30PM reservation, and I was out of the restaurant by 7:15PM! We ordered cocktails, charcuterie, and pizza, and each element came out incredibly quickly. All of the waitstaff was attentive and personable, further enhancing our experience.

If you're unsure what to order, go for the Guanciale, Green Olive, Fresno Chili, and Mozzarella pizza. The balance of acidity, saltiness, creaminess, and spice creates an incredible--and unforgettable--umami bite!

Atmosphere-wise, Gjelina can be a bit noisy and dark. Lighting is low, so if you're dining with older folks or someone with weaker vision, try coming for lunch instead. (Your foodie friends will be a bit disappointed too--photos of food are patently non-grammable.) Additionally, the space is quite echoey, and they play music, so more noise-sensitive diners may be off put. However, the more intimate tables, like the booths along the wall, allow for pleasant conversation without too much noise. When booking on OpenTable, the dress code says "Smart Casual", but this can be interpreted rather loosely.

Overall, the food at Gjelina outweighs any cons of the restaurant's atmosphere. It is somewhere that can be tailored to fit any occasion. My best recommendation is to bring friends--you'll definitely want to try everything on the menu, so get ready to share!

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Been here before and loved it. This time around, it was so so noisy I could barely hear my dinner guest. The waiter seemed high.. and kept saying "Yo" to us, it was beyond weird. The food came out fast and the vegetables felt extra oily. Didn't love this time around..

L
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Long-time fan of Gjelina. We visit every time we're in town. The food is always exceptional. The service has steadily declined throughout our 5 or 6 visits over the years. Consistently servers act like they're working at a 24/7 New York diner. They'll come up and say something like "What can I get for you"?. No greeting or welcome. No attempt to introduce their menu. I'm from the Northeast, I am used to colder interactions, but come-on this type of stuff is table stakes for service. In our most recent visit we observed an even more significant display of apathy towards the table next to us. The couple dining next to us specifically asked the water to bring their Fish out as an entree but all other food could come out whenever before that. When they received all of this at once they complained and the waiter literally said "well thats how it came out." The couple was obviously displeased.

Ultimately we're just looking for basic "giving a s---" of service. The too cool attitude coupled with premium prices are almost overshadowed by the otherwise A+ food.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Must-go, everything was excellent. Tables were a bit cramped though.

DF
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Restaurant has a very warm cozy feel but lighting was a little dark inside. Long community table setting , we were lucky to have our own four top which was great. Pizzas are amazing, we had three different ones all fantastic, nettle, spicy chorizo, Guanchale (not sure of the spelling). Several entrées on the menu looked fantastic but didn’t order them. Will definitely return to try various things on the menu next time!

J
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I’m disappointed to give a low score because I wanted to love this restaurant the second time as much as the first but it didn’t work out so well.

Service was slow. We had a three year old who is picky and was hungry. We ordered blueberry scones to start along with Banana Bread. We waited a long time and she came back and said they were out of both. She recommended the labneh toast as an alternative, and sadly nobody liked it.

Then we asked for the Crispy Egg with Brussels sprouts and asked if the eggs could be scrambled and we were told no.

After all this, when we received the bill a 20% tip was included which we did not know in advance. I’m a hotel GM and usually tip far more than expected but this made the day worse for me but I didn’t tell my colleagues this.

I was so disappointed to bring my friends here and sadly it just didn’t work out.

j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We've been coming to Gjelina for almost 10 years. While the menu hasnt changed much it's always excellent quality and well done. Service was first class but the place is somewhat noisy especially the front area

RA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was 2nd visit for me and every plates were extremely tasty.
Only one thing I was disappointed was they does not serve Kale salads which I is my favorite dishes for this place.
Hope next time it will come back.
Strongly recommended restaurant in LA !!!
Thank you for great experience Gjelina.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We were pretty excited to try this restaurant as we’ve heard so many good things.
We were overall extremely disappointed.

The food is good but totally overpriced and quiet basic.
We go to fancy restaurants all the time and really I don’t mind spending big money but the food has to be worth it. It’s really not the case there.
The portions are ridiculously small.
$18 the cheapest glass of wine is a bit of a joke. Especially when knowing that the wine they serve for that price is actually very cheap.

The main issues really was the service.
Sure, they were “friendly” and professional.
But it’s never nice to be told that you have to leave the table an hour after you arrived. Especially when spending that much money.
During the whole dinner we really felt that the staff was more concern to see us finish the dinner quickly than accommodating us the best way possible (we had a booking)

The fact that they automatically charge 20% service is outrageous considering the way we were treated.

If you are looking for a memorable dinner in LA there are plenty of better options than this restaurant. Don’t get fooled by the hype.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! Table was a little small for 5 people but the service was great and the butterscotch pudding made it all worth it

SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We were very disappointed with our meal. We had been to Gjelina before and loved it. The mushroom toast, a signature dish was not on the menu. The service was lacklustre. Food was dropped off without checking back in. Water was filled sporadically. Bread was dropped off as we were almost finished our meal. None was available to dip any of our meal’s leftover sauces. And then, a 20% service charge was added to the bill. I am more than happy to tip for good service but that is not what we experienced.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a fan of the mandatory service charge

I
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Smoked trout terrible as was smoked tea. Other than that excellent!!

CS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gjelina has incredible wait staff and service, they are always there taking care of your table but you rarely notice them. I have never had a bad meal here on at least a dozen visits for brunch or dinner. I like being seated outside better than inside as it gets louder inside (even on cold nights). All the dishes are good. However, some of them just knock it out of the park with nuanced layered flavors. On my last visit the Butternut Squash Agnolotti with Chanterelle, Sage, Bianco Sardo was nothing short of amazing, last-meal-before-you-die type. So good in fact, that we ordered it again.
I highly recommend Gjelina. Having said that, be aware that this is Venice, and there is a certain "I am too cool for you" vibe in Venice in general, in my opinion. On 12+ visits I have seen 12+ door attendants and they have never given me a warm fuzzy feeling. Seems like they might be part time actresses who think the job is below them or something.

S
Toronto
87 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently amazing food and great service! We will be back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Combinaciones y sabores agradablemente sorprendentes

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ZO
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in LA. Never disappoints.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

So not worth the hype! Way overpriced for disappointing food that — by the way — you can have zero changes to the menu, including if you have an allergy. We went for breakfast and had a res and they wanted us to sit outside in 45-50 degree weather too. Don’t waste your time here with so many other great places to enjoy instead!

j
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Abbott Kinney landmark - amazing veggies, mains less so. Service outstanding and ambiance on point, just would stick with veggies/salad/pizza

SK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Rude hostesses are so 90s

M
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the great corner window table which was perfect as I was entertaining my team for the holidays. Our server was on point and I wish I remembered his name. We shared an arugula salad, roasted chicken, a pizza and Brussels sprouts, all were excellent.

MM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food has gone downhill. Service excellent, but everything we ordered tasted bland, boring, overcooked and not at the level it used to be. Sorry Gjelina but your time has come and gone with mediocre food at best. I wont be back. I always come here a few times a year for 12 years now . Hugely disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food is always good but service is always horrible and not friendly, not to mention there is a mandatory 20% tip added for horrible rude service

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent personnel, delicious food. Great location.

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