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Dec 24, 2008 11:47 AM

Lunch Between Venice Canals and Getty Villa?

Happy Holidays!!

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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  1. Axe on Abbot Kinney? Library Alehouse on Main? Chaya Venice...

    4 Replies
    1. re: yogachik

      Bummer guys, the menu at Axe looked perfect but they're closed on Mondays too! Thanks for all of these great suggestions. Any thoughts on Riva, Anisette, or 3 Square?

      1. re: Suebee

        All three are good choices, with 3 Square being the least physically attractive/comfortable. I would go for either Anisette or Riva as having better food as well. Another option is the cafe at the Getty Villa itself; light Med. fare with that view.

        1. re: New Trial

          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?

          1. re: Suebee

            I don't know whether dining at the Cafe allows you to park any earlier; you could give them a call and ask. Here is the website for Riva so you can check out the lunch menu:

            Oddly, Anisette's website currently only shows the plats du jour.

    2. a few ideas:

      26 Beach
      Chaya Venice
      Ivy @ the Shore

      or for very casual, healthier eats in Brentwood, there's A Votre Sante or Coral Tree.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I think Coral Tree is still closed from a recent fire in the kitchen. You should call first.

      2. 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

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        1. re: nosh

          Bay Cities is closed on Mondays. And goodhealthgourmet, they're going to the Getty Villa, not Getty Brentwood.

          I think Axe fits the bill perfectly, or Chaya Venice.

          1. re: yogachik

            oops, thanks for pointing that out yogachik - i saw "Getty" & my mind went right to the Brentwood museum!

            well then, back to what were actually my first two instincts - Axe or Chaya Venice. i had also thought of Beechwood, but they're not open for lunch.

        2. Thanks, yogachik, caught my bad. Gosh, Mondays are tough enough anyway without Bay Cities and Amandine being closed every week.

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          1. re: nosh

            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

            Patrick's Roadhouse
            106 Entrada Dr, Santa Monica, CA 90402

            1. re: Servorg

              Cora's is an excellent idea -- unless it's raining or really cold.

          2. 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

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            1. re: luhkee

              i think you are being kind when you say that rose cafe has lost it's touch.
              went there a few weeks ago after an absence of a few years.
              the meal was simply poor all the way around.
              the best thing i can say about the place now is that the parking was convenient.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Wow, had no idea. I haven't been to the Rose Cafe in maybe 5 years. What a shame as it's such a great, classic LA space.