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Dinner in Venice

I am looking for a casual, but fun restaurant in Venice for dinner with some out of town friends tonight. Pref close to Abbot Kinney. Thanks!

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  1. I'd go sit outside on the patio at Beechwood or outside at 3 Square. With Beechwood, you could stay and drink. At 3 Square head next door to the Other room for beers afterwards.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      I'll second the 3 Square rec! Reasonable prices and good food.

      As for Primitivo...I really hated the food, but I might be biased since I don't generally like tapas.

    2. There are a lot of choices right on Abbot Kinney: Hal's (pricey for the food quality, but great scene), Primitivo (OK tapas place, but also very lively), Lilly's (good bistro food) and Joe's (more upscale nouvelle Cal cuisine).

      One place that I think is great fun with an eclectic menu is The World Cafe on Main Street in Venice. There is lots of outdoor seating there as well.

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      1. re: NAspy

        I'll second the Beechwood recommendation - most fun patio in the area, great food.

        Lilly's also has a great patio, but i wouldn't necessarily call it "fun". Primitivo is a great spot, too.

        1. re: NAspy

          Like Lilly's and Joe's a lot, as well as World Cafe (definitely fun). Agree w/ Beechwood and perhaps 26 Beach or James Beach.

          Not mentioned yet, Chaya Venice is fun for a group.

          You've also got Axe and Rose Cafe (though perhaps not as "fun").

          1. re: Emme

            Rose Cafe is not open for dinner.

        2. James Beach? I always think it's fun, in a bar scene sort of way, but I've never eaten there.

          I think the 3 Square + Otherroom rec is a great one also.

          I do like Primitivo, although I always find it so crowded, seating-wise, there.

          1. If you want Italian there is a great place on the strand and Dudley where 5Dudley used to be. Thats actually the address - 5 Dudley. Its called Piccolino. Small lovely place thats family owned. They have great home made pastas, seasonal dishes and great deserts. One of my favorites.

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            1. re: js76wisco

              It's actually called Piccolo and you're right, it's wonderful!