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Willie Jane

4.1
383 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

Willie Jane is located on Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA and is a Southern inspired restaurant by Restaurateur Brad Johnson and Chef Govind Armstrong. Voted Best Bar AK. Executive Chef Govind Armstrong's menu focuses on Southern cuisine. We offer a full selection of spirits with an emphasis on bourbon, southern inspired and garden-to-table cocktails.

For reservations for parties of 8 or more, please contact the restaurant directly.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
WEEKDAYS (WED - FRI)
Happy Hour 4p - 7p drink (WED - All DAY - DRINKS)
Dinner 6p - 10p (Fri 11p)

WEEKENDS
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11a - 2:30p

Saturday
Happy Hour 4p - 7p
Late Night HH 10p - close
Dinner 6p - 11p

Sunday
Happy Hour ALL DAY - DRINKS
Dinner 5p - 9p
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Phone number
(310) 392-2425
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Govind Armstrong
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
BROADWAY
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Parking details
Valet parking is available behind the restaurant off Electric Ave. Street parking is also available and there are public lots in the area (the nearest one is at Pacific and Rose Ave).
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Public transit
Big Blue Bus stops: Brooks/Main St., Abbot Kinney and Westminster, Abbot Kinney and Cadiz Ct.

Metro Bus stops: Venice Blvd and Abbot Kinney, Pacific Ave and Park Ct.
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Special events & promotions
We welcome private parties. Please e.mail info@williejane.com for information.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 13, 2016

I AM VERY GLAD THAT I WAS OPEN TO THE MENU AT OUTSET. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A WELL-CURATED MENU USING CAREFULLY CHOSEN INGREDIENTS. QUIET AMBIANCE WITH A DATE. I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SOAK IT UP AND ENJOY A GREAT MEAL.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Delicious biscuits and deviled eggs. Also had the quinoa bowl and it was very flavorful. Service was a good balance of attentive without hovering.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

So delicious!! Get the biscuits and the fried chicken & waffles. Definitely coming back for more!!

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2016

Bummed that Willie Jane is closed. It was my favorite spot in Venice.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2016

I will miss this place dearly

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Delicious housemade authentically flaky biscuits, that could only be overshadowed by the knock-your-socks off housemade bacon jam! And to date, the JUICIEST fried chicken that came w big giant waffles drizzled in jalapeno maple sauce. The beignets were a bit too dense and yeasty for my taste but I will go back over and over until I have tasted everything on that menu - TWICE.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2016

The food quality has gone down. I was unimpressed with the meal this time around.

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3.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Service was terrible. Waited was nice but overworked as he seemed to be the only one. We've been there before and really liked the food but not this time. It was so dark on the upper patio, we could barely see anyway. Oh well.

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2.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Service and Kitchen too slow. Food too expensive. Nice decor, pretty good food. Has good potential but don't go if you want to eat sooner than an hour after sitting down.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Saturday brunch on the outside patio was terrific. Delicious menu and very good wine or mimosa value. Very pleasant place to meet a friend or loved one at that time.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2016

Loved the food; ambiance; and staff. Our server was a little slow.... Other than that I had a great time!

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2016

The service was painfully slow and we often felt they forgot about us, but the food was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

This was my first time to Willie Jane and I will definitely be returning and not to mention, recommending it to all my friends. Great find!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2016

Biscuits are really worth the trip!

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Bisquits were the best EVER! Love me some deviled eggs, but at $10 for 4 halves, pretty unremarkable. $6-7 maybe. $5 - All day! Shrimp and grits were as expected, very nice. Rib appetizer also very good. I had the Sea Bass special - Excellent! Great menu, great food. Would like to see more options on beer and wine by the glass. Menu is screaming for a big Zinfandel. A little pricey for the options. Come down 10-15% and this place will be here for a LONG time. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Food and space was spectacular! The staff were so accommodating to our group for a Saturday brunch. Definitely will be back.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2016

There was a fly in my drink and they still charged me for it. They made us wait a very long time to bring drinks and check. The food was good, but the service was subpar.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2016

It's a great gem....always good food. Can get busy so sometimes you may wait but all in all I always go back and I am a PICKY person. So I would recommend this to anyone just make reservations.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2016

Great patio and wine specials for brunch! Also, the biscuits are a must.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

This place is smart, well presented and friendly. Their food is unique and nicely prepared. We loved the shrimp and grits and the pork with apricots was a huge hit. Their staff are cheerful and efficient, and put up with our large party with grace and aplomb. We will be going back without the teenagers for a little alone time. It's that good.

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2016

It was WAY too hot to seat that many people on the patio and I think the restaurant should have mentioned that it would be outside when I called to confirm the reservation (and that they have no AC). The food was mediocre.

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1.0Dined on July 24, 2016

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2016

Love this place it's a Venice gem. Some people claim of bad service but honestly it gets busy cause it is a popular place and sometimes the wait staff can't attend to your need right at the moment you need it. Yet I will continue to go and love this place!!! Shrimp and grits and fried chicken and chorizo gravy is a must!!

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2016

Those warm biscuits are worth dying for and the shrimp n' grits were divine!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2016

A friend recommended Willie Jane to me and I had high expectations based on her experience and the reviews I read on Yelp. I made reservations for brunch on a Saturday online and I had a pleasant and easy experience booking my reservation for 4 people.

The day of, my friends and I arrived 15 min early for our reservations and we were greeted kindly the moment we walked in and we were seated in less than 10 minutes--granted it was surprisingly not busy on a Saturday around noon.

Our server was so sweet and had great suggestions/was extremely knowledgeable. She checked on us a few times to see how we were doing, but wasn't overbearing (if that makes sense).

The food: Getting the biscuits IS A MUST. Get at least 2 orders to be honest. If we had known just how good those biscuits were, we wouldn't have ordered an actual brunch meal. However, if you decide to get more than the biscuits, I recommend the brisket or their farmer's breakfast.

If you decide to have a boozy brunch with your friends, they have bottomless mimosas! They also have really good cocktails--I recommend the Pineapple Express--if you're not down to go bottomless for $25 (I think)! Or if you need a wake me up with, my friends ordered their French pressed coffee--which was way more than enough to accommodate/share among 3-4 people for $12.

Also, Willie Jane is like a 10 min walk from Venice beach which is a major plus if you wanted to walk after brunch/dinner!! Overall, wonderful brunch experience and I am definitely looking forward to going back!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2016

This place might have the best biscuits ever. Certainly in the top 5 - flaky inside, crisp outside, and super buttery. We got 4 orders of them (they come in sets of 2). Other food was good but the biscuits really stood out. Cocktails were also quite good.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Delicious food! Wonderful relaxed yet elegant hospitality.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Awesome food, excellent service, cozy atmosphere -- love this place! Highly recommend the biscuits with bacon jam, greens and shrimp and grits! Yum!

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Dined here on a Wednesday evening. They were out of many things I tried to order. Had a bottle of IPA (out of draft beer of all kinds). Had the plain biscuits and honey (out of the other biscuits). Also had the grouper (out of curried oxtails). Both were good but not amazing. They were training new workers but it was very disorganized. I've had better southern food at Lucille's, which would have less expensive. I was disappointed because I had higher expectations.

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2.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Food was ok but service was horribly slow. Probably will not go back

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Host placed us in a window sill seat on the Abbott Kinney sidewalk. Best seat in the house! Great cocktail specials! Food was good.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Good food and service

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Brunch was delicious! The service was wonderful. The biscuits, Deviled Eggs, and Shrimp and Grits were some of the best we've had outside of New Orleans!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Best food, Best Bar, Best Service who could ask for more!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2016

Really enjoyed the biscuits. They were crisp on the outside and moist and fluffy on the inside. The chicken and waffle was quite good. Be mindful that it is a spicy dish, but I thought the sweet and spicy combo was excellent.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2016

Loved it - a quiet Wednesday evening out the back, cute candle lit and great food and service

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2016

Wait staff was fun and attentive, food was excellent, venue was excellent. Would absolutely go back here.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2016

Excellent southern foods with a cosmopolitan flair. Wonderful staff and atmosphere added to a memorable experience.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Food was great, atmosphere is vibrant, the bottomless mimosa is a must have, it was so good we went two days in a row!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2016

Some of the worst service I have ever received. One meal came after others has finished, and all came out different than requested. Great bar scene but would not recommend for dining.

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