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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (California Ave.) Send to Phone
310-450-1429 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Seasonal, rustic cooking on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Dining room at Gjelina, Venice, CA

Gjelina Restaurant Review

: Reserve a table in advance or be prepared for a wait at Gjelina on fashionable and artistic Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. There is no exterior signage, so find the restaurant by its wood façade. Upon entering you’ll discover two huge communal tables in the center, a large bar in the back and tables along the walls. We recommend the outdoor patio where the fire pit, eclectic furniture, white tiles and a view into the kitchen give the space a luxurious, bohemian twist and a homey feel. Chef Travis Lett has fun with seasonal produce, and has composed a menu of rustic delights. Kick things off with fresh oysters, salt-and-pepper fries with aïoli and romesco or a Tuscan kale salad with shaved fennel, radish, lemon and ricotta salata. While substitutions are generally verboten here, the marinated beets, burrata and arugula salad can also be prepared with carrots instead of beets. Continue with larger plates like buckwheat pappardelle with chanterelle, porcini and king oyster mushroom ragoût. The wood-fired oven turns out light and crispy pizzas with toppings like goat cheese, mushrooms and truffle oil, and lamb sausage, confit tomato, rapini, Pecorino and Asiago. At lunch, opt for the braised pork shoulder sandwich with chili, harissa aïoli and pickled cucumbers. Finish with the ever-popular butterscotch pot de crème with salted caramel or the banana and chocolate bread pudding. The short wine list favors French selections and also offers options from other European countries and California, as well as beers.

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