According to online restaurant reservation site OpenTable, two of the 100 “hottest restaurants in America” are right here in the Venice neighborhood.
Both Gjelina and the High Rooftop Lounge made the cut. The list reflects the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted between March 1, 2015, and Feb. 29, 2016 by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the website.
More than one-fifth of the restaurants on the list opened their doors in 2015. While American cuisine was quite popular, Asian, global, Italian, Mexican, and sushi eateries also made strong showings.
All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of
qualifying reviews were included for consideration, according to OpenTable. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each eatery’s average rating in the “hot spot” category.
You don’t have to travel far to find some of the best pasta in LA. According to Los Angeles Eater two of the top places to carb-load are right here in Venice, with both Tasting Kitchen and Rose Café making the cut.
Bruce Horwitz, owner of Tasting Kitchen, at 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., says of the honor, “it’s always nice to be included on any ‘best of’ list, especially when it comes to a staple food like pasta, given that here must be ten thousand places you could order a plate of pasta in LA.”
At Tasting Kitchen pasta is made fresh every day and Horwitz says the recognition is rewarding, especially when the Chef “has the technique and idealism to create preparations without shortcuts.”
However, as rents continue to rise for businesses along Abbot Kinney, Horwitz warns that it is becoming tougher and tougher for restauranteurs to continue to operate on the street. Already old West Washington has lost favorites such as Hal’s, and Joe’s Restaurant.
“Occupancy costs, if they continue to rise, will ultimately eliminate restaurants from Abbot Kinney Blvd. That’s not my opinion, it’s just the math of running a restaurant. That said, I don’t think property owners want an Abbot Kinney without restaurants, so should restaurants start to leave the street, I have to think there will be an effort made to win them back in the form of rent concessions. Or not, we shall see,” says Horwitz.
In the meantime locals can still make the most of dining on AK and the dish to try at Tasting Kitchen? Horowitz recommends the Bucatini All’Amatriciana which has been on the menu since day one, “that’s almost 8 years, so it think it qualifies as a hit.”
For an idea of what you can expect from Rose Café at 220 Rose Ave., Chef Jason Neroni was previously up the road at Superba where one of the house specialties at this recently shuttered, early Rose adopter, was the carbonara…it is now on the menu now at Rose Café.
The battle of the beaches is on. USA Today is looking to rank the 10 best urban beaches across America. We are up against Santa Monica Beach and Waikiki Beach in Honolulu but if you think Venice is the best then get voting!
So far Venice Beach is up there, coming in at number 3 after Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Rockaway Beach in New York. Hey, at least we are beating Santa Monica, they’re currently ranked number 9.
All in all 20 beaches have been nominated from Hawaii to Chicago to New York so get voting Venice…We reckon we can win this!
Tonight Venice says “good bye” to Joe’s Restaurant. The Abbot Kinney OG has been in the ‘hood for nearly a quarter of a century and tonight will join the list of old faves who have shut up shop on old West Washington Blvd.
In a heartfelt email message to those on the Joe’s Restaurant mailing list, Chef Joseph Miller made the announcement that his restaurant would be saying goodbye to Venice writing, “after 24 years, I have decided to close Joe’s Restaurant. My restaurant. I have had a great run bringing Farmer’s Market-driven, fine-dining to Abbot Kinney. I have seen this community through many changes.”
Miller says that the decision to close came with mixed feelings, and he hopes locals, “who have frequented my restaurant over the years will find time before the 14th of February to come in for one more meal and to say good- bye. But most of all, I want to say, thank you.”
This Valentine’s Day a whole lot of love will be pouring into the place. The restaurant is fully booked for the evening but is welcoming walk-ins and while you will most likely not get a table Joe’s is happy to squish anyone into the bar for one last hurrah.