Category Archives: Venice Beach Restaurants

These posts are about where to eat and what to eat in Venice Beach California!

Private Security for Venice – Is it an Option?

Business owners along Washington Blvd met last night at Westside Global Awareness Magnet Elementary School.

While news crews lined Washington and Pacific the media was locked out. Only YoVenice! was able to gain access.

Business owners discussed ideas for future improvements that would benefit not only businesses but residents in the surrounding in the area.

The meeting had been planned weeks before but the timing coincided with the attack on Cows End owner Clabe Hartley.

Hartley, 72, was pulled to the ground by a homeless man, his fingertip bitten off. Hartley said over the years violence has been increasing in the area “I don’t want to confuse people like this, they call themselves travelers, do not confuse them with the truly needy homeless people” he said.

Kelly Ott, an ex stuntman for Chuck Norris, was at Cows End when the altercation went down. He was one of the patrons who rushed to help Hartley. He also agreed with Hartley that Venice has a problem with increasingly violent homeless “There are these radical, aggressive, professional vagrants. That’s how they make their living”

Hartley is interested in exploring the idea of employing private security to help deter violent vagrants from the area “It’s not the problem that the LAPD don’t try to do something about it but a lot of our laws restrict them, handcuff them, from being proactive.”

A spokesperson from United Guard Security said that the goal of a private security contractor is to “work to assist LAPD, not replace them.”

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Venice Whaler launches take away window for on-the-go dining

Since its re-launch this summer with an all-new menu, renovations and craft cocktail program, the Venice Whaler has been serving the finest food and drinks you can get within sight of the Pacific.

Guests can now take that food with them onto the beach, the Venice Pier or to enjoy in the comfort of their own home with the debut of the Venice Whaler Take Away, a new beachside window delivering all of your Venice Whaler favorites and more.

The actual window in question has been a part of the space ever since it opened as the Crab Shell Bar in 1944.

The original incarnation served swirls of ice cream to sweltering customers, while more recently offering up pizza by the slice.

“I did with Venice Whaler Take Away exactly what I did in the Venice Whaler kitchen: I made it a little more upscale and special, but kept the dive bar feeling,” says chef Nick Liberato.

For those who need a little added dose of something special to get them going in the morning, the Venice Whaler Take Away opens daily at 7 am for locals heading to work and surfers looking to refuel after an early start on the waves. The less ambitious can still get breakfast until 11 am.

The Organic Coffees & Teas boast an array of caffeinated perfection for those who refuse to eat before their morning cup of java. Here you will find organically sourced beans from local roaster Groundworks that are used to create several coffee drinks such as the Chai, Vanilla and Mocha Lattes, Macchiato, Cappuccino and Americano. Of course, hot Coffee and Espresso are available as well.

The more health-conscience can delight in exploring the long list of Fresh-Squeezed Juices – 10 to be exact.

Named for hit songs by Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys and the Beatles (who were all known to hang out at the Venice Whaler back in the ‘60s and ‘70s), the freshly squeezed combinations go way beyond plain orange or apple.

For chilly winter mornings, Liberato loves the Kashmir, a warming mix of fresh apple and coconut juices with toasty cinnamon spice.

When the weather starts to warm up again, switch gears and try the invigorating Start Me Up which blends lime, fennel, fresh mint, ginger and refreshing cucumber.

For year-round, ever-nourishing goodness, the Good Vibrations blends lemon, apple, cucumber, celery, spinach, carrot and beets into a raw, ruby red concoction that will make you forget you are sipping on veggies.

Get happy – because fresh-squeezed juices are available every day until 6 pm to satisfy early risers and couch potatoes alike.

We all love brunch on the weekends, but don’t you find yourself wishing that you could enjoy some of those brunch time staples in the middle of the week?

The Venice Whaler Take Away is making that dream a reality by offering four options from the Venice Whaler’s popular weekend brunch menu, seven days a week from 7 am to 11 am.

Good Morning Food choices include everyone’s favorite Breakfast Sandwich built with eggs, thick-cut bacon, creamy avocado, peppery arugula and a smear of mayo between fresh baked bread.

The Surfer’s Burrito stuffs a large tortilla with grilled corn, spicy chorizo, eggs, potatoes and pico de gallo for a hearty, handheld feast you can eat on the go.  Lighter options are also offered like the healthy Açaí Bowl with fresh sliced banana, local strawberries, house-made granola and a drizzle of honey.

After breakfast ends, the Venice Whaler Take Away switches to Day and Night Food, an assortment of portable lunch, dinner and snack-attack favorites that will keep you fueled until 2 am.

One example is the incredible Spicy Street Dog that you have enjoyed on the upper deck of the Venice Whaler, bacon-wrapped and topped with chilies and jalapeños.

Oh yeah, you definitely want to grab that to-go!  If you go for the Buffalo or Honey Glazed Wings (do it!), just be sure to snag a few wet-naps when picking up your order.

Sashimi-grade ahi tuna mixed with macadamia nuts and micro-greens comes through the window in the form of a Poke Bowl, while the iconic seaside classic Fish & Chips features thick pieces of Belgium beer-battered cod, homemade tartar sauce, fresh avocado, fries and malt vinegar.

There are also eight different artisan Pizzas to choose from including the new Grape & Gorgonzola with blistered grapes and fresh thyme, along with the Chef Nick Liberato’s stand-by, The “Calidephia,” a spicy pie topped with chopped clams, Serrano chile, tomato, mozzarella, and fresh oregano.

The Chorizo & Egg pizza with Castelvetrano olives, mozzarella, arugula and a farm-fresh egg makes for the ultimate 1:30 am Venice Beach stoner snack.

Even the Venice Whaler’s Clam & Corn Chowder is available. “Nothing’s better right now than getting a nice bowl of hot clam chowder studded with bacon and taking a walk to the pier to watch the waves,” Liberato says.

Honoring the original intent for the window, the Venice Whaler Take Away Window will once again be offering boardwalk-style ice cream for adults and children of all ages to enjoy.  When those warmer days come, you will definitely want a swirl of house-made Farmers Market Soft Serve Ice Cream.

Inspired by the freshest, locally sourced ingredients found at the neighborhood farmers market, seasonal ingredients will be carefully swirled into a rich, silky vanilla base, offering a rotating list of carefully curated flavors that will keep you coming back each week.

In fact, Liberato plans to take advantage of seasonal produce even further with a creative list of daily specials – stay tuned.

“There will be a constant rotation based on what is available at the market and what I want to play around with each day,” he says. Among his first specials will be a Meatball Sandwich and a plate of locally sourced Raw Oysters on the half shell.

Liberato is also thinking about offering Pizza by the Slice later in the evening.

“With the Venice Whaler Take Away being open nineteen hours a day, the vibe really changes as you go from breakfast to lunch to dinner, and then to late-night,” he says. “We wanted to be sure that there is always something to enjoy for everyone who comes up to the window at any given time.”

Venice Whaler Take Away is located at 10 West Washington Blvd., Venice. For more information, call  310.821.8737 or visit

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of the Venice Whaler Take Away

Art and Food at Joe’s this Tuesday 6 – 8 pm

Joe‘s Restaurant  in collaboration with DCA Fine Art is presenting Paintings by Ole Olofson with an opening reception on
Tuesday Sept. 30th, 6 pm – 8 pm.

The idea of art at a restaurant is not new, but combining Michelin star culinary prestige and the groundbreaking paintings of respected Swedish artist Ole Olofson deserves attention, according to the organizers.

The event aims at combining the culinary experience of art and food by feeding your eyes as well as your palate.

Complimentary wine and appetizers by Joe‘s Restaurant will be served during the opening.

Taste of Venice to be held Sunday, Sept. 14

The count-down begins for Taste of Venice 2014, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14.

Starting at The Electric Lodge, Taste of Venice highlights Venice’s extraordinary culinary talent and features a unique restaurant walking/tasting tour where attendees sample signature dishes from chefs as well as enjoy wine, beer and cocktail tastings.

Highlights also include music, cooking demonstrations by favorite Venice chefs, and special presentations by celebrity hosts.

The event supports the Inside Out Community Arts Program of P.S. ARTS while celebrating chefs that make this eclectic and cosmopolitan community their home.

Taste of Venice consists of three courses: the opening ceremony, the tasting hour, and the post reception.

Guests will be divided into 25 “tour groups,” each led by a “Tastemaker,” a well-known member of the Los Angeles culinary community.

The opening ceremony from 3-4:30 pm will feature food, cocktails, a silent auction, and entertainment.

The tasting tour from 4-6:30 pm will be an opportunity to taste exclusive samples from top Abbot Kinney Boulevard restaurants.

The post reception from 6:30-7 pm will include coffee, treats, and drinks.

All funds raised support the arts education program.

The Electric Lodge is located at 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.

For tickets or more information, visit

dineLA’s Restaurant Week Starts Today | July 14-27 2014

Thanks to Mosto for reminding us that today is the beginning of the two week long dineLA Restaurant Week, “…14-day dining event showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of L.A.’s best restaurants.” While we get out our calendars and try to do the math on how many days are in a week, here is a list of the participating Venice restaurants and the menus!

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