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408 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gjelina is a restaurant specializing in New American cuisine. It�s 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 d�cor 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 entr�es like fisherman�s stew, crispy pork belly, roasted organic half chicken and Aspen Ridge prime ribeye steak.

Dining Style
Home Style
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American, Mediterranean, Italian
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Hours of operation
8am to Midnight Daily

Breakfast: 8am to 11am - Online reservations are not accepted
Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm - Online reservations are not accepted
Late Afternoon: 3pm to 5:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm to 11pm
Late Night: 11pm to Midnight

Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 8am to 3pm - Online reservations are not accepted

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Phone number
(310) 450-1429
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Travis Lett
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Private party facilities
Dining for large parties available 10-14 people.
Credit card required
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Cross street
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2016

Excellent food, perfect ambiance. 'Must eat' place when you are around!

CarolB (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

We loved Gjelina! Our waiter was wonderful! The food was absolutely fantastic!

stars (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

Gjelina has always been one of my favorite restaurants due to tasty vegetable dishes & incredible pizza & delicious desserts. All was well this time until we got to the dessert which was not worthy of the cost @ $12 for a small parfait. The final disappointment was the automatic service charge of 20% which did not exist the last time we dined there. Sadly, I won't be dining there again.

2.0  Dined on July 25, 2016

It is impossible to get a table at gjlena so when I finally did I was so excited. However, upon our reservation we had to wait inside in the corner for about 20 minutes before our table was ready. There was no room to hold their guests while they waited for their table. Upon being seated our server never introduced himself. The lighting was bad so you can't see the menu which is in small print many people were taking out their cell phones to read it. We ordered a pizza for the table and each ordered a dish. The food was good, but not worth everything else

Ellen (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

Not impolite but rather ignorant service however splendid food and location.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

Outstanding ambiance, meal and service at breakfast. This was our last meal before flying out and hours later are happy with ending our trip with a fantastic meal!

vipdesignerfoodie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 5, 2016

Do no like the mandatory 20% service charge when the service was mediocre. Food was OK for what I have experienced to be usually very good.

vipTorontoTim (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

This is the our favourite place in Venice - great food

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

We ate there on Friday July 1st, 2016. The terrace was dark and badly lit, we all had to use our cell phone flashlights to read the menu which seemed to bother other diners.

Service was appalling. Rarely seen such careless waiters. They seemed to purposely ignore us while they were chatting with their buddies (other diners) and we had to request the bill THREE times before it was brought to us by the manager.

Unfortunate as the food was not as bad as the service.

lively (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

The food was good, but the portions were small, left hungry. The side of bacon they served us was only fat, gross. The manager came by and even acknowledged as much, took it off the bill, but I think they could have offered more, something in place. The coffee was sour, but I barely finished mine as there was a red unexplained crumb in it (nothing we ate was red, and this was breakfast. The blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes were great and so was the atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

Disappointing service. Food and ambiance were great.

vipFeath (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2016

Loved the food and service. Order the mushroom toast.

M123 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 20, 2016

Great atmosphere and food was amazing. This was a date to celebrate, and Gjelina provided a great setting for it. Small plates were fantastic (duck confit, pork belly, and great veggie options too). Would definitely recommend, and would definitely go back.

vipLuv2eat (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

First time diners at Gjelina. Food was very good as was service. Would have enjoyed s little more time between the serving of our food selections.

DUBCEE (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 13, 2016

The host wasn't particularly friendly. I didn't catch her name, but she didn't greet us and didn't pull out the table that was pressing against the booth for me to sit down. Without sounding pretentious, it was my understanding that the host is suppose to do that for you. I awkwardly attempted to fit into the right space with futility (no, I am not fat) before I pulled out the table myself.

Amybabydoll (London)
1.0  Dined on June 13, 2016

The 20% mandatory tip is undeserved and probably has something to do with the unkind service and miscommunication between wait staff. First woman server totally ignored us after we asked for a few more minutes-she never returned. Next young man was surly and abrupt in his description of food selections. After a long wait for food, the last server was brutal in his delivery “No, toast doesn’t come with that” even after one sever said it was. Finally, we waited and waited for 15 minutes after finishing our meal for our $100.check. We experienced small portions, had to remind servers for refill coffee which wasn’t forth coming, and was never even asked how happy we were with our food. We made a special effort to get to this restaurant and actually get a reservation “breakfast" time slot, during a trip we made on an architectural research project with Hertz architecture, so iconic of Venice. No so your restaurant and I’ll make sure to give my review to everyone. It rates an 8 on the hipster scale but for an authentic, gracious, unpretentious dining memory it doesn’t even make the list. It's one dining experience I want to forget.

viphealthyeatingisfun (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

Really all - food, service, ambiance was perfect. In fact so perfect that we have reservations again this Tuesday.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

Standard "New" American. Trendy but unimpressive. Too many items on the menu. Each one mediocre. Nothing to write home about.

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on June 6, 2016

This place is an incredibly popular neighborhood restaurant. Having been here once before we were looking forward to another incredible meal. But our evening was marred by inattentive service. It took forever to get our cocktail order taken, then another forever for them to show-up to our table. We had 4 different people approach our table in the first hour and we never knew which one was our actual wait person. One person presented the menus (not the hostess), another took our cocktail order, a different person brought the cocktails, and yet another person took our order. The food orders took a long time. I know when to expect slower service when a restaurant is busy but the longer than anticipated wait was indicative of the multi-person table service- Disorganized and overwhelmed. We might go again as the food is very good but we will hope for better service next time.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 31, 2016

I love the food and ambiance at gjelina and have been going there once a month for years. My last dining experience was a surprise - gjelina has now added a 20% "tax" on all food and you cannot "opt out" like you can for the 3% healthy "tax" sometimes added on in los angeles restaurants. This 20% is "to be distributed" among the staff. So, I guess, we customers are giving the staff an increase in wages...gosh, gjelina, what's that all about???