Lunch Between Venice Canals and Getty Villa?
We're taking visiting family to the canals and the Getty Villa next Monday and we'd like to grab lunch on our way to the Villa. We were originally thinking of Baby Blues, but I think it's a bit out of the way and may be too unhealthy for some family members.
Now I'm considering the Rose Cafe but thought you all may have other suggestions. I'd love somewhere that showcases the best of LA: light-filled, seasonal menu, down-to-earth service, farmer's market produce, etc. Somewhere like M Chaya would be great.
We're going to P. Mozza that night so ideally lunch will be a lighter affair.
Thanks guys and a very happy new year to you and yours!
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Of course, the cafe at the Villa! I didn't even consider it, though I don't know if it will work with our timing. Our parking reservation is 1pm which I think will be a little too late for lunch as our P. Mozza reservation is at 6:45.
Do you know if you can arrive earlier than your reserved time if you're at the Getty for lunch?
Also, does anyone know the price points for lunch at Riva and Anisette?
It's only me, and I'm hungry for lunch, but I'm thinking:
Tacos Por Favor -- Olympic at 14th
Bay Cities Deli -- Lincoln near Broadway
Tommy's Burger -- Lincoln at Pico
Chihuahua Taqueria -- Lincoln at Pico, east side of street
Hungry Pocket -- Pico at about 17th, across from SMC
Reel Inn -- PCH not far from Getty Villa
They will have to drive almost up to Cora's Coffee Shoppe's front door to get down on to PCH and they have some good light choices. If they are looking for something in a funkier vein they could always drop in to Patrick's Roadhouse at the mouth of SM Canyon on PCH.
Cora's Coffee Shop
1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
106 Entrada Dr, Santa Monica, CA 90402
I actually lost about 15 pounds in 2 months eating almost entirely Baby Blue BBQ and working on my feet 14 hours a day...Best diet ever!
Anisette for oysters, clams, crab, glass of good French white?
Coras is mentioned above. Small grill counter is warm, friendly and delicious.
Unfortunately Rose Cafe has lost it's touch. Maybe the chef just doesn't care anymore, but last time I went all the salads had fridge burn, or were not fully cooked...
You could go to CC to the new M Cafe de Chaya, and then hop on 405 to 10 to Getty Villa.
Really not that far from Venice, though I live in Venice and sometimes get stuck in a proximity vortex like many around here and find myself not going "that far." When I do I always remark how so silly close Culver City really is.
I happen to really like the crab cocktail, shrimp louie salad and view at the Lobster. And that keeps the Pacific close by all day.
Catch is also mentioned above as well and is a nice place with good service.
Happy holidays! JOHNNIE
Cora's is on the way and would probably be a good choice since Axe is closed Mondays - bummer. Another consideration might be 3 Square on Abbot Kinney. Their food is always excellent, and regardless of some of the menu items that are pulled from Austria and Germany, they feel very LA. Maybe it's the vibrant flavors, maybe it's the architecture, maybe it's the crowd or even the street - the vibe is Nuovo Venezia. While most dine in the patio area, it can feel very crowded - go early.
For a decent French cafe meal, you also might try Lilly's up the street as well. They have very good food, very good wine, and a nice patio. If the weather is typical for the week between Christmas and New Year, lunch on the patio should be ideal...