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1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (Rose Ave.) Send to Phone
Contemporary global flavors are exhibited with care and talent at this hip wine bar, an original fixture along Abbot Kinney.


Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Primitivo Wine Bistro, Venice, CA

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Primitivo Wine Bistro Restaurant Review

: It will come as no surprise, once you've stepped over this hip wine bar's threshold, that one of the owners is a former Hollywood set designer. With a massive bar and thick, white columns on one side and a sleekly stripped-down dining area on the other, the vibe in this restaurant row storefront is of constant energy, while a back patio is a perfect spot for romantic couples. The menu matches the mood, with a long list of tapas placed center-table for passing, demanding that patrons take an active role in the dining experience. Traditional Spanish flavors are in the spotlight, including croquettes stuffed with Spanish ham and potato; meatballs with a blend of lamb, veal and pork; and tiger shrimp sautéed in garlic, parsley and Albariño white wine. Cold plates feature oysters from Carlsbad, a meat and cheese board and salads. Hot plates are where the kitchen takes off, with specialties like rack of lamb with a crispy potato cake, Rioja-braised short ribs, and paella with chicken, shrimp and mussels. Because this is a wine bar, the list of vino promises an around-the-world adventure with a philosophy of fun, experimental choices.

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