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Lunch spot in Venice tomorrow?

Deidre7 May 28, 2010 08:02 PM

I'm so over Gjelina, Axe, etc (that half of AK really). Lemonade and the pizza spot are great but I want to sit down and little bit more upscale atmosphere.

Are there any hidden gems or new things of interest going on in Venice? Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful...I'd love a great lunch to start it off!

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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

  1. Deidre7 May 30, 2010 04:34 PM

    OK--so I went to Sauce on Hampton. The menu selection was diverse and not too adventurous but that was okay. It was fresh and delicious. I had the chopped salad and my friend had the breakfast--some of their wraps seemed appealing but odd choices of condiment/veggie pairings (ahi tuna wrap with feta, cucumber and tomato? sounds odd). The service however was horrible! The waitress was clueless and also served our cookies on top of the little black check thingie...ewww unsanitary lol. Also, the instant 15% gratuity charge is distasteful and silly, especially for a party of less than 6 (it applies to any size party). What if she was great and I wanted to tip her more? Well probably not with the mission statement you post with the bill on why you impose it...Hopefully if I go back it will not be her :) hehe

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      mdpilam May 30, 2010 07:07 PM

      Wow, they auto-add gratuity to every bill?

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        Servorg May 30, 2010 07:13 PM

        Wow, I'm going to save 7% on my tipping!

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          bulavinaka May 30, 2010 09:12 PM

          I was going to say the same - at least... :) Hey - it could be San Francisco - we'd be paying for their health insurance as well...

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      bulavinaka May 29, 2010 08:09 AM

      If you've already frequented Joe's and Axe, I'm guessing you've already done Lily's as well. Their food is pretty good French bistro fare, but their patio is really nice for a weekend lunch.

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        Burger Boy May 29, 2010 06:35 AM

        I would do 26 Beach Restaurant. Make a reservation and grab a cap and some french toast. I like the new coconut french toast with pineapple and blue berries.

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        26 Beach
        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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          New Trial May 29, 2010 01:37 AM

          Not been but there is the recently opened Hash in the Hotel Erwin on Pacific and South Venice. Have you been to Cache yet?

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          Cache
          3110 Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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            Deidre7 May 29, 2010 07:59 AM

            Have not. I was considering that but was under the impression the restaurant was on the rooftop too but its really small in the lobby :/

            Have not been to Cache...their brunch looks very yummy. THANK YOU!

          2. burumun May 29, 2010 12:08 AM

            Oh shoot, I was gonna say smthg like Rose Cafe, but you said upscale. Is Joe's filed under that half of AK you're tired with?
            Mm have you tried Ado? There's nothing really amazing per se, but maybe James Beach?

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            James Beach
            60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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              Deidre7 May 29, 2010 08:01 AM

              I just ready ADO was damaged by a fire on May 18th! WOW So sad!!! Joe's is great but always go there too haha...I may do Rose Cafe, haven't been there for a while it is pretty cute and relaxed and I'm feeling chill today :)

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              QualityMart May 28, 2010 11:43 PM

              I assume you've been to French Marketplace? Sauce On Hampton maybe? There's really not many places ...

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              Sauce On Hampton
              259 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291

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              1. re: QualityMart
                Deidre7 May 29, 2010 08:06 AM

                Great suggestions, thank you!

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