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.
I recently went to Gjelina with a friend for an early dinner before going to a seminar in Venice. We did not have reservations, though the dining room was pretty empty—it was early, remember—and we were told we could be seated if we were out by a certain time. Since we had to be elsewhere before that time, we said that wasn’t a problem. As I recall, they were a little slow to actually get menues to us and take our order & reading the menu in the almost pitch-dark room would have been a problem before cell-phone flash-lights.
The food was excellent. I want to make that clear.
However, I think it was the hostess who delivered our bill and informed us she had already added on a tip. There were two of us. I’ve not seen that done for groups of less than six before, and then only when it was clearly printed on the menu. Since it was less than I had planned to leave for a tip, I paid it and we went to our seminar, but the fact of it left a bad taste behind. I don’t know whether she did this because she thought women don’t tip enough or because I am older than their ideal demographic, or because we weren’t dressed up enough for cool Venice or because my companion was a woman of color. Since my sister and I eat out together all the time and this has never happened to us, I am left with the feeling that racism was at the bottom of our treatment.
Despite the excellent food, I will never return to this restaurant. Nor will I recommend it to anyone. I will instead let people know about the entirely unprofessional action of the staff member.
Excellent food, perfect ambiance. 'Must eat' place when you are around!
We loved Gjelina! Our waiter was wonderful! The food was absolutely fantastic!
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.
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
Not impolite but rather ignorant service however splendid food and location.
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!
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.
This is the our favourite place in Venice - great food
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.
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.
Disappointing service. Food and ambiance were great.
Loved the food and service. Order the mushroom toast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really all - food, service, ambiance was perfect. In fact so perfect that we have reservations again this Tuesday.
Standard "New" American. Trendy but unimpressive. Too many items on the menu. Each one mediocre. Nothing to write home about.
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.
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???
Food was great as always!!
I'm afraid Gjelina is falling into the trap that many overrated dining places in LA fall into and that is the trap where you are so talked about and 'over rated' you begin to get a sense of entitlement and superiority complex. It's very obvious based on my last dining experience that the place was trying to hurt us out of there and get us to eat quickly so they could maximize profits at the expense of a truly great dining experience. Yes our reservation was late (10pm) but if you aren't going to allow us to stay and enjoy our many dishes and sip our cappuccinos and enjoy the experience that we had heard so much about and waited 4 weeks to get a reservation for and spent well over $225 for 2 people then don't allow reservations so late or lower your exceedingly high costs or provide a much better service. The food was great but my main complaint is the whole 'hurry up and leave' attitude. We felt rushed and that ruined the experience.
The noise levels were SO bad I had to shout to my husband - service was not very engaging well to be honest I couldn't hear them! Food was awesome!
I rarely allow myself to be pressured by waiters, but when the server said "go ahead and order your entire meal..I'll make sure I course it for you", we did just that..and sure enough, every single time we ordered came out at the exact same time. We had no room for it all! The wine bucket had to move to the bench I was sitting on..
When asked what happened, the waiter shrugged....our pizza got cold while we were trying to finish our starters.
Food was good and solid, just not the wow moment I had hoped for having traveled from the east coast to eat here. Desserts, including the panna cotta, were standouts
Very busy vibe, no problem with that. Touted as "most popular" and you better get a rez a month in advance, we did. We were treated like cattle, and don't even think about asking extremely impatient waiter with eye roll if you asked for explanation. It was a Tuesday, but place was PACKED. Of course, Dr. McDreamy walked In so that made it even better? not to us. What "small plates " we got left us hungry and 100 bucks poorer. If you are looking to say that you ate in a cool popular place go there. If you want better ambiance, understandable menu and better service, try someplace else. Lots of better places nearby in Santa Monica
Ambiance branché, musique très sympa, nous avons pris une pizza et une entrée à partager, c'était bon mais peut être un peu cher. Le cadre était top!
The location is wonderful. Easy to go, easy to stop at weekday. And also I love their neighbors. I really enjoy to shop around this restaurant. The food is OK. But I do not like their unwilling service. I'm so sorry about it.
Believe the hype. It's fun and fabulous and delicious. Book your res far in advance!
Gjelina was highly recommended by friends, Yelp, and Open Table. I couldn't get a reservation for two weeks, which further built my expectations for a delicious dinner and great overall experience. I was disappointed on all fronts. The day before my reservation, the restaurant called to confirm. They moved our reservation up from 10:00PM to 9:45PM. We showed up promptly at 9:45PM and then had to wait 30 minutes. When we were finally seated, no one came by to walk us through the menu or asked if we would like drinks. The first time our waiter came by he literally asked, "What do you want?" I was very taken aback by how rude our waiter was. We ordered the cauliflower, prawns, squid, softshell crab, and pork belly. The prawns and squid were fair. The crab had too much citrus flavor. The pork belly was the best thing we had, but even it was slightly bland. The restaurant was very loud. My husband and I hardly talked during the entire dinner, because we could not hear each other at all.
Amazing food! Best pizza ever ate in my life (sadly never been to Italy yet). Great wines.
Amazing food and great service! They have some incredible tasting dishes. Portions are small and the prices are high. Overall it is definitely a great spot for a special occasions. We had several items at the guidance of our server - I would call it a tapa's style dinning. The Flavors are amazing but don't come too hungry.
Definitely the place to visit and eat when in Venice Beach.
Everything we had was good although the bread was really the standout. Wine list had a nice range of prices and styles although it was IMPOSSIBLE to read. I would have like a little more effort from the server in helping make choices and a little more guidance. She basically just showed up and asked us what we wanted. Was it worth not being able to make a dinner reservation for months? No. Was it a good meal and a nice environment? Yes. If you want the best of this restaurant, order the pizza and anything that comes with toast!
Food was amazing. Uni was fresh, mushrooms and veggies were great, bone marrow had wonderful presentation but nothing spectacular taste wise. Service was mediocre and it was pretty loud on the patio at prime dinner time but nothing unfavorable. Overall a wonderful experience and I'm definitely going back again
Fantastic array of delicious everything. Service is 1st rate. Run to Gjelina ASAP!
So happy to have been able to celebrate getting married at Gjelina. Big thank you to the amazing chefs and staff for making our night so memorable. From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left we were treated to a slice of heaven. Couldn't recommend enough!
We were here for breakfast - Really good!!! Try to sit Outside
Getting into this place is near impossible. Worse than Nobu Malibu. That being said, I used to go all the time when I first moved here because the ambience is great, the food is always amazing, and it's the perfect spot to end a day hanging in Venice. I rarely go now because I don't have the patience or desire to try THAT hard to get into a restaurant. LA is full of amazing. Go to Nobu.
I've been looking forward to dining at Gjelina for months now.