Permanently Closed - Makani

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Makani Carzino (Pono Burger, Santa Monica & Ultimate Burger, Hawaii) brings to Rose Ave. a fun neighborhood vibe with approachable market-driven American food, amazing craft cocktails, eclectic wines, and great music.

From our Organic ribeye from Marin Sun Farms cooked over our wood burning grill, to wild rock cod caught off the channel islands, organic grass fed burgers, or house baked bread to compliment our grilled cheese, Chef and her team have something for everyone.

Bring your dog and hang on our beautiful landscaped patio and soak up some sun. Walk in from the beach in your flip flops or get dressed up for date night.

At Makani everyone is welcome.
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were both great, we sat outside and it was lovely. They were out of a few key items but otherwise it was delicious and enjoyable. Farm to table food was fresh and the dishes were interesting and unique. Would go back.

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LaurenB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar seating for happy hour. Sweet, intimate, delicious food, very attentive bartender. Perfect date in Venice Beach!

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Eckerput
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fantastic food. Classic dishes done with interesting twists. Loved the miso Brussel sprouts. If we lived in Venice we’d dine there all the time!

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vipPhlargo
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, nice space outside with heaters. Totally recommend

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vipGeneral
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The place is average. Food disappointing. Service was good. Not recommendable

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and tasty

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Thebrewer23
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food. Really cool restaurant. The dishes were fresh and inviting and had lots of flavor. The potatoes were a huge standout.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunset, perfect cocktails, creative food, the sweetest staff -yeah, it’s like movie perfect at Makani ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and food!

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vipKD119
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I’d been wanting to come here for a few months but was unfortunately pretty disappointed with our meal. We tried 5+ things and nothing came out well. The ribs were lukewarm almost cold, and for only getting 3 pieces to have one piece be completely fat (and cold) made it inedible and extremely disappointing. The broccolini was completely burnt/charred which made it very dry (and not seasoned). Some of the tomatoes in the burrata small plate were way past their prime and mushy/mealy. The rest was just subpar. Could have been an off night for the kitchen as it seems like mostly execution related issues but for the price, not willing to risk a second disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipKatie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent, especially the clams in red curry and the Salmon! Service was very prompt and friendly, although wine came too late for the meal. Great wine list; however, we saw the same wine, same vintage at another restaurant the following evening for $35 less 🙄. Still, great atmosphere, wonderful chef working and assessable to patrons and happy service people. Would definitely return.

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vippandiner
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent: attentive and personal, but food was not what we expected or as exciting as the reviews everywhere point. The appetizers were rather small and not too tasty. Salads were just ok, entree chicken was tender and very good, but the mahi mahi was too plan. Tables outside are fun and the mezcal cocktail was spicy and fun. Maybe it’s great for drinks and happy hour.
Overall just ok for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Took us 30 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. Once we got to the table we were informed they were sold out of several things on the menu.

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vipBernM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had to ask for music to be turned down so we could have a conversation without shouting! They kindly accommodated.
Friendly & good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was either extremely bland or extremely salty. And overpriced relative to amount and quality of food.

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NealP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Makani reopened in early June, 2019 to a new chef, so if you are reading a review prior to that date, it is irrelevant. We had the tasting menus, one was vegan, and one quite meaty. The menus change daily. They also have an a la carte option. The menu is adventurous with most of the dishes working quite well. This is a non-formulaic restaurant, sitting in the heart of Venice. It does not succeed 100% of the time, but what does? And where it does succeed, it does so with flying colors.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The very friendly staff seated us in a lovely outdoor patio overlooking Rose Ave. The music started a bit loud and aggressive, but quickly gave way to some loungier vibes a la A Tribe Called Quest that really complemented the chic, yet relaxed vibes of the patio. The decor fit an aesthetic that was a bit too calming to be called gothic or dark, but skirted this line enough to be cool. The food had several particularly bright spots, but fell flat at the times I felt it mattered most. Furthermore, these aspects - music, decor, and food- all felt unrelated in a way that wasn't problematic, but could benefit from being more aligned. It felt as though there were some big ideas that could be great, but require a decent amount more of detailed and pragmatic working out. I hope people will be patient with Makani while it progresses, because there's a world in which these ideas are executed well and we're all better for it.

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vipBarbaraL
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Makani has recently brought in a young chef, Miles Thomas who is creating wonderful, imaginative and delicious food! We stopped in for lunch and were so glad we did. Every dish was full of flavor surprises but all the dishes also worked really well together. Can't wait to go back and have dinner! The menu looks sparse and you don't necessarily know what you will get based on the descriptions, but you'll be glad you ordered it! A very welcome addition to the Rose and Abbot Kinney restaurant scene.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

There was a hair in 4 of my dishes!!! Each dish had a hair in it. They comped the dishes that had the hairs in it but other than that there was no compensation for this atrocious experience- oh, it was also my birthday. I’ll never go back and I don’t think anyone should/ the food that didn’t have hairs in it were mediocre

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was slow and didn’t ask us if we wanted to order drinks before last call.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great space in spite of how loud it was. I’m bummed when great spaces lack the acoustic considerations. It was raining, otherwise I’d have preferred the patio under the heaters so I could talk without shouting. Very annoying.

Food was DELICIOUS nonetheless! We had the grilled cabbage with a side of whole grain mustard and cavatelli pasta. Both will be a certain repeat! Brussels sprout salad- would pass on next time- it was good but other menu items look compelling. And the pork belly- so good! The table next to us kindly shared their bread and butter which they were raving about. They were not wrong.

I’ll be back!

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vipBellesaMicallef
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Makani is amazing! Food, service, cocktails, ambiance, and vibe. Top notch, and one of our favorite restaurants in Venice!

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vipHarmonyPartners
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our top 10 in Venice & Santa Monica. Try it. You’ll more than like it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

A lot of entitled an noisy people. Obnoxious. Not user if it's like that all the time.but noticed that could be the sort of crowd.. Become very aggressive after asking them to turn off their cellphone music..

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Starters were very good. Entree’s were very poor. Chicken tough and chewy and burnt. Quality of steak very below par vs the cost of the dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cool scene but small menu. Only side dishes and large entrees.

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vipMS1712
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was magnificent. The wonderful chef Brian was a genius with his flavors and presentation. The roasted mushroom, fried rice and tofu foam was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The desserts were amazing. Chef Brian sent out a chocolate chip macaroon which was amazing. I'd highly recommend the restaurant and can't wait to go back.

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Susan
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Makani for the amazing flavors and interesting mix of delicious courses in the Dine LA program. The atmosphere was hip and fun and Daniel the Host was so welcoming and informative. Every dish was flavorful and unique. We will be back!!!

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vipmangiabene
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creative and well excuted DineLA menu. Nice outdoor seating and stunning bar area

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ShanaB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Incredibly disappointing and mediocre.

Thought it'd be a cool spot for good cocktails, a fun vibe, and a full restaurant with Asian-fusiony tastes.
The food was just not good.

Cauliflower - too much going on! Where'd the vegetable go?
Brussels - very good, but by no means "the best Brussels sprouts I've ever had" as the waiter professed
Rice balls - best thing we ate. But nothing to write home about.
Beef - not tender, flavor was fine. Kale that came with it was sour.
Duck - "what they're known for" - bad! Not tender, and the flavor of the whole dish was off

Nope.

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vipTmarian
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a family that enjoys cooking. Both of my daughters and their boyfriends appreciate good food. The menu was exquisite and the flavors were so well balanced. Make sure to have the duck, clams ad the branciino. The drums were also delicious. This is a lovely place and sit outside they have blankets and heaters.

AJ
AuntieJoy
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Describing the menu as “spice forward”, this place has an identity crisis. The first eggplant dish was so spicy, it was difficult to taste anything that came after. There are Indian and Korean spices and sometimes those just don’t complement each other. The menu is lacking in direction for the diner, and the server was polite but unable to guide us. I was disappointed that an Asian fusion place had such meh desserts. There wasn’t anything tying the dishes together and the sizes of the plates made no sense. It was so oversold by the article in Forbes.

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vipELove
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is pretty good. The buttermilk ribs are exceptional as is the paella. Would have rated it higher, but we got sat on the patio on a cold night; heaters didn’t really work.

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funnyphillippe
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Our server Kathryn was great. She deserves a raise! I like spicy food, but all the food was just too spicy, covering up the flavor of the food.

LC
LexiC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience5

To whom it may concern,
I came in to dine with Makani this past Friday, I went in with such high expectations and had an bad experience.
I run a food blog highlighting all restaurants on the Westside and was excited to feature Makani but it didn't turn out as a I hoped.
We sat at a table for 2 and was seated around 2 large parties of 8 so the noise level was insanely loud.
We ordered broccolini and the burrata, which took 1 hour to get to us. While waiting we decided to order the rest of our food since it was taking so long, we then ordered the brussel sprouts, ribs, and steak.
We ordered 2 drinks which took 30 minutes and then when we finished asked our waiter for another which took another 30 min.
1 hour and a half later and still no food so we decided to cancel our order of everything we ordered and leave.
Our waiter rarely checked on us and we always had to stop him.
This entire experience was very unfortunate and disappointing.

GC
GaryC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome from start to finish. The GM took care of us like we were old friends. The food is diverse yet it is tied together with a heat that complements each dish. Oh, and the cocktails were fabulous. I had an all around great time.

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vipFoodmaven
Los Angeles
159 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While food was good, it was pricey . Endive and apple salad was delicious, but small. Persimmon and Burrata salad wasn't a very interesting blend of flavors. . Whole branzino at $37 was very small, though tasty. Duck was large but not crispy. Great drinks and wine. Knowledgeable server.
Meal was good , but I 'm not sure I would return since there are so many other options.

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vipchriss
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, awesome good and service ...

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Barryt
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Local hot spot in a trendy neighborhood that is constantly going upscale, in Venice, CA, on Rose, making it the main local drag. Great food, a bit too noisy for me, but the service and food more than compensated for that. The food menu is very creative, a bit creatively spicy. using asian and indian spices, but they tell you what is spicy and isn't in advance. For us, presentation was in grouping of 2 - 3 dishes, for two people, then whatever additional food was ordered. That kept everything hot to warm while we ate. Service was great from everyone. I wish I could remember our waitresses name. She was the nicest person, a great servers and had this warm, welcoming glow and attitude about her. She stood out from a staff that were all warm, smiling, observant and there when you want them there and otherwise keeping an eye on you. It creates a great service ambiance for the house. Eggplant & Nurungji, with the accuramonts are a for sure a tasting hit - a bit spicy, try an IPA beer with dinner instead of wine. OK, brussels sprouts to die for - everyone does them a bit differently. See what you taste in these for wonderful favor. A bit on the oily side, but that is part of the taste. What can one say about Mung Bean Jeon, after learning how to pronounce it. The whole disk has favors that are the sum of its parts. Try it. And, lamb and beef skewers with pistachio, cardamom, chili, pickled grape and curry lebui.
And that is why it is sometimes hard to get a table. The wait is well worth it.
Barry

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