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Venice Whaler

10 W. Washington Blvd. (Speedway) Send to Phone
310-821-8737
Drinks and good reinvented casual food at a quintessential Los Angeles location right by the Venice pier.
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Venice Whaler Restaurant Review

: Venice Whaler aficionados --- and there are many, as the place opened in 1944 --- should be prepared for a big change: a different team is at the helm of this iconic restaurant/bar located on the Venice boardwalk right by the pier. Restaurateur Michael Dobson has partnered with chef Nick Liberato and appointed a new general manager and bar manager. The place has been refreshed and redecorated, as evidenced by the downstairs bar, and tables and chairs. Sit upstairs for unobstructed views of the pier and the beach, and also for different drinks and food (let’s say less serious) than what’s offered on the original ground floor. Forget the cooking served pre-Liberato. Chef goes to the farmers market four times a week to select fresh and seasonal produce to create his casual, yet quite thoughtful, menu. It’s very apparent in the roasted beets in which he adds blood oranges and pistachios; crispy Brussels sprouts accompanied by roasted grapes; honey-glazed chicken wings topped with scallions; and mussels in a makrut lime cream sparked with fennel pollen. Another nice option is the salmon, perfectly cooked and presented on a cedar-smoked plank with kalamata olives and mixed greens. For now, the artisan pizzas have interesting toppings but the dough needs some work to make it more flavorful. Expect to find a variety of tacos, burgers and sandwiches, too. For a sweet tooth, consider Key lime pie and banana bread pudding. An intense cocktail program and fourteen beers on draft will elevate Venice Whaler’s identity as a bar, but the restaurant will also start building a reputation as a serious destination for dining, and we’re pretty sure that it’ll change, and raise, the standard for eating in a part of town known for its beach atmosphere.

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