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May 31, 2010 09:14 AM

Best Brunch near Venice?

Hubby and I just moved here form NYC, and we love our brunch! Today looks like its going to be beautiful! Any rec's for brunch spots near Venice? We will drive but would like to stay along the coast line (Santa Monica, Malibu, Marina Del Ray, etc)


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  1. I should add we have been to Gjelina's, which is great but want somewhere new :)

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

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    1. re: annettegallo

      Cafe del Rey in the Marina for sure. Joe's, maybe, in Venice. Some places are closed on Mondays. Best to call first.

      1. re: Baron

        Joe's is usually closed on Mondays - don't know about today...

    2. As Baron mentioned, Mondays are a day off for a fair amount of eateries. Bite Bar & Bakery has been a hot topic on these boards lately. They do have great breakfasts and lunches. You might want to give them a call to see if they're open. If so, you might like its laid back atmosphere and great food. If so, I'd give them a thumbs-up. They normally are pretty strict about sticking to their breakfast menu up to 11:30AM, but if you dropped in around 11:00, they have been known to make that transition between 11-11:30.

      If they have the waffles going, I'd grab that right off the bat. Other than that, stand in front of the chalkboard menu, close your eyes, and point - you'll still pick a winner...

      Bite Bar & Bakery
      3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

      1. Thanks everyone!! Places are looking closed as I call one by one :(

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        1. re: annettegallo

          Lily's on Abbot Kinney? Nice covered patio that opens to a whimsical garden. French bistro food that is pretty good.

          3 Square on Abbot Kinney? They have a corner patio that is nice in the morning as long as it's not too crowded. Lots of variety from American to Austrian/German but a bit juiced up with a California touch. I'm thinking they're open - I recall the folks in their bakery next door a little down about having to work so many holidays while her friends were out having fun...

          3 Square Cafe
          1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        2. i just checked Open Table for availability. looks like all of the following are open today:
          - One Pico
          - Catch
          - Anisette
          - Bite Bar & Bakery
          - Cafe del Rey
          - Fraiche
          - I Cugini
          - Il Fornao
          - Whist

          One Pico
          1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          I Cugini
          1501 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Bite Bar & Bakery
          3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Wow, you all are the best, I am loving LA!!!

            1. re: annettegallo

              always happy to help - especially when it's a fellow NY expat ;)