Gjelina

4.8
899 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Gjelina is a restaurant specializing in New American cuisine. Open every day from 8 a.m. until 11pm, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Gjelina is spacious and rustic with chic decor elements with wooden tables. During the day, the space 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 Moroccan baked eggs and 7 grain porridge. Gjelina offers a variety of oysters, crudo, charcuterie and salad options to start at lunch and dinner. Main courses include pizzas from our wood fired oven and entrees like duck confit, house made pastas and roasted organic half chicken.
* Currently we take reservations for up to a max of 6 guests in a single group and currently we cannot offer multiple reservations to accommodate larger parties.
*Only ADA certified animals are allowed in Gjelina

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 899 people are saying
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I absolutely loved the “Raclette, Caramelized Onion, Fromage Blanc, Arugula” Pizza! We also ordered the “Mushroom, Truffle Tremor, Fontina, Thyme” pizza, which was good, but not as good as the Raclette. Great service! Great date night spot!

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Todd22
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still great after all the years.

It war our first time on the roof outdoors--
outstanding for lunch.

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AEC0430
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was divine (as usual). The staff was friendly and attentive. HIGHLY recommend.

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Mel9
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was very good, and the physical space of the restaurant was nice, but even with a reservation we weren't seated until over 20 minutes after our reservation time. Staff were knowledgeable, but a bit pretentious. The prices were high, which was to be expected for this type of establishment, but it would be nice if they were a bit more generous with their wine pours and portion sizes. Also, they only serve wine and beer, which was a bit surprising for an establishment at this price point.

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Corinna
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect morning! :) Great food and lovely people in a cosy atmosphere!

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vipKatrina
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 15 months of not seeing family/my favorite people, only Gjelina would do for a proper catch up. And you know what? it was probably our best Gjelina meal ever (and there have been many)! We had the short ribs with the most tender meat and incredible sauce, the best bok choy any of us 3 have ever had - salty and crisp and unique; amazing squash blossom pizza; delicious halibut; and incredible lavender gelato (I know, I know ... I can't stand lavender food, but this one was delicious). The wine is always amazing, and the service (from Cooper) was the Gjelina trademark of friendly, familiar, professional and chill. Thank you Gjelina. Always the best.

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vipmaate
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so so so so so so good!!!!!

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vipJake
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience1

I typically love Gjelina, but the seating experience this time around was truly awful. We came for dinner and our group had an elderly couple, and I was extremely disappointed when they sat us on the roof at the farthest table from any heat source during pretty high winds. The whole time our poor friends were shivering and could barely enjoy the meal. It just seemed really unthoughtful for a restaurant that has otherwise been really good to me.

As usual, the food was pretty good, the natural wines were great, and the servers and hosts were complacent. Nothing new.

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vipBambam
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I rarely write reviews unless a place is exceptionally good (or bad). Gjelina was definitely exceptionally good (as it has been on previous visits). The grilled little gem salad and bean stew were excellent (and vegetarian) and the pizzas are my favorite in Southern California!

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vipmalc
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

where to start. food was exceptional as were the food and wine recommendations from the server

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vipbayhead
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really, just an outstanding meal. Service was also great. We were grateful for the wonderful hospitality

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vipAnastasiaE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gjelina’s is extraordinary for any city. They love to pair a cream flavor with lemon or fennel. I’m always surprised by the fresh herbs.
I also love how consistent the charm is at the front desk. Over the years , the hostesses have changed but the level of cha has not.
Thank God you are open again. Thank you

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AndrewS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back at the iconic heart of Venice. In person cannot compare to delivery.. they have not lost their touch… Food was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time the three of us have eaten out together in over a year. I love the new outdoor dining on the sidewalk. We were all so happy that the food is as good as we remembered, and as varied.

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go4it
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Bill 20% service charge as misc charge so if you don't look closely and question you don't know they have added it. When credit card slip comes there is still a space to add tip! Needs to be more transparent.

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vipNikkiiii
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never go back! Everything was awful

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vipKatrina
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gjelina is always the best. Brought a friend from out of town, who loved it. Brunch, so I had Shakshouka and he had porridge with berries. Coffee, of course! The service was amazing. We sat outside and it was a perfect Sunday morning. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Would definitely go back

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IveteC
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here and we had a great experience. Service was very good, and the food was delicious. It doesn’t hurt that the decor and ambiance here are also very appealing.
We had the Lamb Burger, a side of fries to share, and the house-made chorizo pizza. Everything was delicious! Be prepared to pay a little more than desired for their wine, though.

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vippeterkak
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic place. We had dinner on rooftop which was a little noisy but nice. The food was excellent. Definitely going back.

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EboneePrncess
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Even sat us before our reservation. Food was great. This was a recommendation from Captain Daryl. The only reason I'm not giving this a 5 star rating is because they do not allow changes (I didn't want the aoli on my burger, and it was drowning on both sides of the we bun)

Purchased: ginger tea, lamb burger, fries.

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service excellent. And no push to turn the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience!!!! This restaurant is amazing. The staff was incredible. Copper was our server and Jared was the host - could not say better things. Thank you!! You made my birthday so special. The rooftop was magical. All of our pizza’s were spectacular, the Gem Salad was incredibly flavorful. The staff was seriously wonderful. Amazing overall experience. Thank you!

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KaFuji
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 2 salads, arugula (a staple) and grilled little gems which has the most outstanding hickory flavor and sauce. Then we had 2 vegetable appetizers mushrooms and japenese potatoes which were great. Entres were mushroom pizza, salmon, and side of galzed carrots. 4 glases of delicious Cianti too!!...all were fantastic. We greatly appreciate Gjelina for offering so many vegetarian options which is difficult to find. Our waiter was great and spaced out our meal perfectly. Only downside is that, under non-covid times, this place is usually extremely difficult to get reservations...so plan months ahead.

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vipCatD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love my experience here - everything was FAB

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AndresC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful terrace finally open! The pizzas here are always a must. The one with caramelized onions is the 💣

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place! amazing food, good server, nice ambience

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LindaN
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently delicious food. Pizza's are always great! The only thing that threw me off was the techno music they were playing on a monday night :)

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KarinaC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a special treat to go here. Love the atmosphere, and our waitress was very friendly. Tables are quite spread out now due to COVID, making us feel safe and relaxed.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food amazing. Service of food slow, because was brunch time, but should have been quicker. Also dishes appeared in the wrong order, like a pizza that was supposed to come at the start of the brunch as discussed with the waiter, appeared in the middle. Never like fries coming first either!

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vipClaudiaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Incredible service and delicious food! Definitely recommend!

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BasakE
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The Host was incredibly rude and as a result we considered not even staying. In the last 2 months, this was our second such experience with the host so we decided to write a review.
The food as always great.

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vipDDavis
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here since they opened, one of our favorite restaurants anywhere in the country! Make your rsvp now.

JD
JessicaD
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. Glad we were able to celebrate our anniversary here.

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vipMark
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great table outside. It was 66 degrees with a breeze. Three of us had the lamb burger. Maybe one of the best in my life. My husband had a pizza which he loved. What a great experience. Good service and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waiter thought he was really funny. Food was average and no substitutions allowed. That’s fine and I understand the chefs ego, but when you’ve got kids that don’t want olives on their pizza, don’t be pricks.

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Nata
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere. Try and sit on the upstairs terrace if you can.

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Annmarie
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and good ambience! Great location!👍🏼🙌🏽

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JacqiC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect afternoon spent at Gjelina as always. It never lets me down.

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vipYoshimihoku
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

I have to give it a one star due to the disappointment. To be fair, environment and atmosphere is good. However, food is SO average, and extremely small portion at such a price. What's worse, they mandatorily added 20% service charge BEFORE taxes!!! I'm willing to give 20% tips and I usually give 20% tips, but not by mandate and not as part of the subtotal! This practice is just so ridiculous. Plus the extremely small portion of the food, and the so mediocre food, this restaurant is SO NOT WORTH it. Will never come again.

FAQs

Gjelina does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Gjelina is rated 4.8 stars by 899 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.