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6 Venice Restaurants To Try During dineLA

6 Venice Restaurants To Try During dineLA

dineL.A. Restaurant Week is back. Starting today through July 31, restaurants throughout Los Angeles are offering specially priced tasting menus during lunch and/or dinner, which means that you can get great deals on some of the city's best eats. There are more than 300 restaurants to choose from, so an easy place to start is right here in Venice. From vegan cuisine to a modern steakhouse where slow-smoked veggies sometimes steal the show, here are your local dineL.A. picks in Venice. 

No tickets or purchases in advance are required. Just make a reservation at participating restaurants and ask to see their dineL.A. menu. Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant, and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.

A side of potatoes baked in the coals and topped with creme fraiche, aged Gouda, and chives. Photo by Charcoal Venice

A side of potatoes baked in the coals and topped with creme fraiche, aged Gouda, and chives. Photo by Charcoal Venice

Charcoal Venice

If Michelin Star-winning chef Josiah Citrin were to invite you over for a backyard barbecue, this is how you'd feast. A newcomer to Washington Blvd., Charcoal Venice is a casual steakhouse where even a cabbage baked in embers fights for the spotlight. The dineLA tasting menu ($49) starts with said cabbage and continues through a lengthy list of popular picks including the grilled calamari, smoked chicken wings, a hangar steak or half chicken, and much more. There's also a full bar here featuring a delicious smoky old fashioned.

Charcoal Venice // 425 Washington Blvd. Venice 90292 (310) 751-6794 // dineLA Menu 


Photo by Osteria Venice West

Photo by Osteria Venice West

Osteria Venice West

Another newcomer to the Venice restaurant scene, and one that offers beachfront patio dining—a rarity in Venice—is Osteria Venice West, which took over the former Piccolo on Dudley Ave. Chef Luigi Fineo brightened up the space with a punch of color and created a more casual setting for his rustic pizzas and handmade pastas. The dinner tasting menu ($39) features tagliatelle with a traditional beef, pork and veal ragu, a choice of sea bass or a Wagu New York strip steak, and in the dessert selection there's sfogliatella, a fresh-baked pastry shell filled with ricotta. 

Osteria Venice West // 5 Dudley, Venice 90291 (310) 314-3222 // dineLA Menu


Photo by Barrique Venice

Photo by Barrique Venice

Barrique Venice

A charming yellow cottage with exposed beams and candlelit tables sets the scene for chef Antonion Mure's fresh antipasti, homemade pastas, wild game and fresh fish dishes to pair with an extensive wine list. Barrique (formerly known as Ado) on Main Street offers a three-course dinner ($49) with its popular red-beet tagliolini in a Marsala quail ragu as one of the selections. 

Barrique Venice // 796 Main St., Venice 90291 (310) 399-9010 // dineLA Menu 


Photo by Cafe Gratitude Venice

Photo by Cafe Gratitude Venice

Cafe Gratitude

For something lighter and perhaps uplifting, Cafe Gratitude offers special lunch and dinner menus featuring 100 percent vegan and predominantly raw cuisine. Loyal patrons keep this Rose Ave hot spot busy throughout the day, but for anyone who's been dissuaded by a meatless-menu, now's the time to experience the creative dishes coming from this kitchen. Among the lunchtime options ($20), there's a coconut ceviche, chilled ramen noodles, and a housemade chocolate sampler. For dinner ($29), be "Fearless" with the dineLA exclusive, a baked eggplant tempeh polpette (orange-scented meatballs with marinara, cashew ricotta and grilled balsamic radicchio).

Cafe Gratitude Venice // 512 Rose Ave., Suite A, Venice 90291 (424) 231-8000 // dineLA Menu


Photo by Canal Club

Photo by Canal Club

Canal Club

Loved by locals for its mellow vibe and stiff happy hour cocktails, the Canal Club is one of the few places that can pull off a menu that darts from sashimi to carne asada tacos. But here in the Frank Gehry-designed dining room, steps away from the Venice Beach Boardwalk, it all makes sense, and the dineLA dinner menu ($39) is nothing if not adventurous. You could start with a freshwater eel and avocado roll, move onto barbecue pork ribs, and finish with flan. You're in Venice. Do what feels good.

Canal Club // 2025 Pacific Ave. Venice 90291 (310) 823-5396 // dineLA Menu


Photo by Chaya Venice

Photo by Chaya Venice

Chaya Venice

Another popular Venice hub with a lively happy hour, sushi bar, and white linen clad dining room, Chaya Venice is offering tasting menus for lunch ($25) and dinner ($49) featuring seafood specialties like grilled octopus, scallop sashimi and a Thai-spiced whole broiled sea bream. 

Chaya Venice // 110 Navy St. Venice 90291 // dineLA Menu

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