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About Permanently Closed - Leona

This restaurant is permanently closed. Since opening, LEONA has risen to become one of the premiere restaurants in Los Angeles culinary culture. Today, the restaurant remains a service driven experience with a globally inspired and locally sourced seasonal menu.

We've strived to create a welcoming experience that cherishes our local history and celebrates the future. A place for neighbors, families, and friends.

*Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles (LA TIMES) 2016 / 2017

123 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Strongs Dr

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 822-5379

Website:
http://www.leonavenice.com/

Catering:
LEONA is available for all types of event catering. Please contact us for more information regarding catering services.

Parking Details:
Valet service available for Dinner

Executive Chef:
Jennifer Oneil

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Leona - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (51)
Local Ingredients (39)
Kid-friendly (34)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Restaurant was closed and no one had the courtesy to let us know.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Its permanently closed. We showed up but place is shuttered

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Leona closed. ...................................................................................... Foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The restaurant was closed when I arrived. I called them and left a message. Have not heard back. Why no notification of them being closed?

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·Dined on July 16, 2017

This restaurant is CLOSED and needs to be removed from open table. We showed up for our reservation made on open table and the restaurant is not in business.

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·Dined on July 16, 2017

This place is closed. I would suggest that stop taking reservations for them indefinitely.

Best wishes and thank you for your service.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Drove over an hour here with reservations and they had closed. Other customers were also waiting outside with reservations. Apparently trandomly decided to close their doors without announcement, and continued taking reservations.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Uh. Did anyone say this place is closed but you're still taking reservations? Lame.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I was so excited for this restaurant and made a reservation well in advance for friends who were coming in from out of town. When we got to the restaurant it was closed!!! Not just closed for a private event but boarded up and locked with bums living in the patio area.

We had to scramble to find a good place to eat in the area with open reservations. It was a very disappointing experience. This is not at all the fault of the restaurant but Open Table should not be allowing reservations at restaurants that are no longer in business!

Please let me know if there is any compensation for this frustration.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Made a reservation for Thursday, July 13th at 8pm. Restaurant was CLOSED. No one had bothered to call or inform us of the situation. A group of locals standing outside the restaurant told us that this is a common experience with diners at this restaurant. Not going back. If you are, call ahead of time to confirm they will be open.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The restaurant was CLOSED with no notice from Open Table nor the restaurant. Very disappointed by both and also read comments on Yelp for previous two nights as I was standing outside the restaurant looking at stacked chairs and not a soul in the place.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We went there and the restaurant was completely closed. I travelled from Riverside to Marina del Rey and even changed my reservation from 5:30 p.m. too 6:00 p.m. while enroute due to traffic THROUGH Open Table. I have never experienced a problem with Open Table before.

I have not been able to get in touch with Leona. There was no sign in their window to explain the closure. Their telephone has not been disconnected.

I am quite upset over the whole ordeal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We went here for my bachelorette party dinner. The food was very delicious and the staff was incredibly friendly. Loved the set up, the patio was a great place to sit and out of the sun by 7 pm, the music level was perfect for conversation. However, this restaurant does not serve cocktails, only beer and wine which was disappointing especially because half of the beers we tried to order they were out of. Overall I was happy with the food service but not thrilled with the beverage service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I made the reservation for 4 & as we walked over we noticed that they were close & no one told us that.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 5, 2017

It's was closed and it was the only place closed on the entire strip. I wish we would have been informed. We web to Meat On Ocean instead

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We made a reservation for the 4th of July. When we got there the restaurant was “closed” not seating reservations and had a limited menu with just $4 beer and wings available. Being a holiday this made it very hard to find another restaurant. Will not be back or recommend because of this experience. Don’t take reservations if you won’t be open in the future.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 4, 2017

I made reservations for 6 people for July 4. I made the reservation over 3 weeks in advance. I received a call on July 4 about 2 hours before our reservation time advising restaurant was closed and they would not honor our reservation. Definitely negatively impacted my families July 4 plans. The women who called to cancel us was nice enough and said she was sorry, but still. Not cool.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Our booking was not honoured, Leona was closed and a pop up in its place. Very disappointed

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Horrible service. Took the waitress over 20 minutes to come to our table when we were seated. Food had a piece of plastic in it that my boyfriend bit into. Menu was not good enough to stay past a drink (which took another 20 minutes to get) and appetizer (which we could see sitting in the kitchen for a good 10 minutes before it was brought out). We left without even ordering a main course and found another restaurant down the street. Had high hopes and was very disappointed with this place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Closest I'd say trendy restaurant to my home. Cute terrace and decor. Great for a happy hour catch up with girls. Beautiful plates make for a romantic date night. Friendly with my pup on the terrace too.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Service was good. But they served me a rack of beef ribs that was absurdly over-cooked to point where there was barely any charred meat left on the bone, and the meat was pretty far from "falling off the bone" as I was expecting for that price point. I regret not sending it back, but I didn't want to be unpleasant on my date.
Chef Ramsey would have thrown it at them. I won't be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (東京)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Slow service. Aesthetically pleasing food but was hard to eat without dropping everything, especially the avocado toast. Good atmosphere and vibes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Very loud music made it a little tough to have a conversation, but salmon and sea bass entrees were delicious and service was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Organic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The staff at Leona are amazing! We loved our waiter. Food was good too! Thanks Leona!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Beautiful spot with great atmosphere and a delish menu!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We used to love this place and come at least 2x/month...at least! Since Nyesha left the menu is average at best. Weve been a few times for dinner since Nyesha left, but the menu is just boring. We decided to give brunch a shot but we're sorely disappointed. The service was terrible. Booked a table for the patio at 12 noon but had to wait at the bar for 40 minutes because there was no table available. Once we finally were seated there was literally one waitress for all the outside tables. The food was fine but nothing super special. Just kinda sad because it's such a great location and the food used to be so special.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Amazing service delicious lamb burger; best ever. Beautiful sea bass. Solidly good meal in a laid back and elegant space.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Been here three times. After the first two it was my favorite restaurant on the Westside. The third time the food was bland and the kitchen was out of quite a few things. I understand it's a rotating menu but June was a miss.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Service was awesome!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Now that founding chef has left, food no longer the same. Worse, we were charged higher than listed menu prices for drinks, appetizers and main course. Waiter had to recalculate twice to finally get total to where it should be. No explanation why.
Sneaky. Be careful if you go.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Went for brunch. Food was good, nothing to write home about. Ordered the cod filet, chicken and waffles and the prosciutto benedict. Good atmosphere for eating and hanging out.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Went out to have a catch up brunch with a girlfriend of mine, I enjoyed sitting in the patio and the service was outstanding. We decided to split some plates to get a variety of dishes and I am glad we did because it was a success!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Though this restaurant was highly rated, it doesn't deserve it. The food is mediocre. Under-seasoned and average at best. The service was inconsistent. Some servers were great while others were not at all--not from a mean place, but an unknowledgeable place.

If you're in Venice don't waste your meal here when there are so many amazing restaurants to chose from.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The Crispy Snapper was delicious. The service was poor and the music was deafening, making it really difficult to have a conversation. I have eaten here before and don't remember it being at all loud. We waited almost 15 minutes for the waiter to take our credit card after he brought us our check and tried several times to flag him down. I will probably stick to brunch, as dinner was n ot that enjoyable, although the food is great.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I made a reservation for 3 people via Open Table and requested patio dining. When we arrived, we were seated in the very corner of the patio, which required another diner to get up from her chair to allow us through. I started sliding over into my corner, when I noticed how disgusting the seat cushion was. We requested a different table, which we were granted. That seat cushion was better, but not great, but agreed to sit there.

We were greeted by our waitress, she was lovely and accommodating. We had the ahi and the squid appetizers; they were both excellent. We also ordered the Local Beets Salad, 2 orders of the Sea Bass and a side of their Kennebec Fries. Everything was tasty and enjoyable.

I did discuss the patio issue with the Manager. He seemed to be aware of the problem, and to his credit, removed one appetizer from our bill. Next time I would sit inside and see how that goes., because the food is excellent.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious 10/10. I ordered the ahi tartare which was savory, not fishy at all, fresh, tender, gooey. The taste and the texture were amazing, and the chips were one of a kind. Ordered the lamb burger for entree and it was amazing. Satisfying to last bite.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We had some good things but for the most part our food was not good.

The Ahi Tuna with homemade wontons - Excellent
The Beet Salad - Bland
The Sea Bass - Bland, cooked poorly.
Tortellini - Average

I would go back for a glass of wine and the ahi but after 3x of giving them a chance, I'm no longer eating full meals here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were there for Mother's Day. My mother's food wasn't cooked as requested. My daughter had the chicken and waffle, which was such a small portion for the price. And, since she barely had any food, she shared our food. I had the pastrami benedict, which was served "cold" with the hardest/toughest pastrami I've ever had. Our server was terrible, as well. We constantly had to wave him down for service. Also, there was no soap or paper towels in the restroom!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were disappointed to learn there's been a chef and menu change and the restaurant is just not the same. Too expensive for the quality. Used to be one of our favorites.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I went for a Sunday brunch and definitely enjoyed the menu. This place also has a great dining menu, which I recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Cozy, Healthy
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