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I think Gjelina is not that great.

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Not to be contrarian or anything. It's reasonably good though.

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

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  1. Congratulations.

    I went for the first time the other day and had an absolutely fantastic lunch.

    Not sure where that leaves us.

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      1. re: mc michael

        I was honoring the absurdity of the OP with the response her post warranted.

        For a quick sketch, we shared the ricotta gnocchi with truffle honey, the fried egg with prosciutto, the gruyere & caramelized onion pizza, and a side of Kennebec frites. All were well-prepared, and quite tasty. It had a hopping vibe, with a nice buzz and a warm yet masculine space.

        I'd certainly recommend it. You can take sushi's vacated spot.

      2. re: a213b

        It may have been the things we ordered, or perhaps our subjective tastes. I'm not a big fan of Gjelina's pizza. I'm not a big fan of Mozza's pizza either (though I do enjoy the bianca), which is similar to Gjelina's. Maybe that's it!? I'll tell you the truth though. I was kind of annoyzed when I ordered a pizza with bottarga at Gjelina and I swear it didn't have any bottarga to be found. The thing about Mozza is that if they say their pizza is going to have something, it has it.

        With respect to the vegetables and salads, I do enjoy those, but I enjoy Lemonade's just as much!

        Anyway, I think what all this proves is that everybody's different.

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

      3. It's probably because of the price. For the price, I agree, it's good, but not amazing. I guess you have to pay extra for all that reclaimed wood. Love the design in there. I go for the atmosphere and people watching.

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        1. re: mstinawu

          Oh yes, I really enjoy my experiences there. The wines are nice and I like to chat with people at the communal table.

        2. I'm visiting from Miami and checked out this place tonite on a rec from my cousin and after some research on chowhound. I thought it was...good. Good, not great, fantastic, or phenomenal. I will say that the chicory salad was phenomenal though. The romanesco was merely OK and lacked any flavor from the supposed anchovies or chilis that were said to be a part of the dish. Both of these dishes were heavy on the oil as well. It wasn't as bad on the chicory salad as it was on the romanesco. The pork belly small plate was disappointing. After it took forever to appear and then another 5 minutes to get me a fork that had been zamboni-ed away by the busser, it arrived hammered. It was a nice piece of pork belly but the skin was charred black, fat was gonzo, and meat dry and tough. Not something to judge the whole restaurant on but pretty disappointing. The bitter greens were interesting and the polenta was well done. Real busy joint and nice decor. Acoustics suck though. Place was real loud and the loudmouth at the end of the communal table I sat at didnt help the situation. Like I said, dinner was "good". Nothing more, nothing less.

          1. i agree...altho i don't think it's reasonably good. my friend and i thoroughly did NOT enjoy any of the dishes we tried there (this was over a year ago, however). just don't get the hype.