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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291-3740 (Venice / Beach Areas)
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Ranked #52 of 8,560 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Home Style
Neighborhood: Venice / Beach Areas
Cross street: Milwood
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85% Recommend
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Ipswich, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The " reservationist " - their words- called the night before to confirm a Tuesday 8:30PM reservation. we arrived 5 minutes late and were told to go stand over by a side wall. We were seated at 9:15 pm. During that time no one from the reception desk came over to update us. A waiter did ask if we wanted... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Food is amazing. Service is snooty. Both things are consistently true. This is a great neighborhood hang out, but the neighbors are not treated any differently than tourists here. Were it not for the fact that the food is incredibly delicious, I would never put up with the feeling that they are doing me a favor by allowing me to... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The wine and food here were superior. I could go every time I visit LA. There's definitely a bit of attitude here, but that's likely part of its charm. The overall experience makes up for any initial questionable impressions, service-wise.

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Los Angeles, CA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Came here with a friend before a concert. Early dinner with reservations and we were seated right away. Although not crowded, long wait before we saw a waiter. Ordered small plates all at once and they came out as ready (tapas style). All food excellent. Had to flag a busboy for bread (not offered). Had to flag again for coffee... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Gjelina has a very trendy vibe but also provides a good selection of wines and food. We went for dinner and sat on the back terrace. Service could be better and it may be riding off its name and popularity. Would probably drop in again the next time I am in LA.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Went for saturday brunch and had a great time, no reservations taken for brunch but since there were only two of us we had no wait to be seated at a communal table which neither one of us minded. Communal tables seat 8-12 depending on which one and if you are two they will seat you on the same side... More

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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

But service did not match and for me all three categories must be strong or I won't recommend or return. Bone of contention. Ordered a draft beer. Waitress brought a bottled beer. Opened and said this is what we get. I told her to take it back and she grunted. If I was not part of a large group I... More

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Los Angeles
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We tried this well reviewed west side hangout for a late lunch to learn they have an ultra thin "tween" afternoon and late night menu. Pizza was good but highly over rated and on the pricey side. The toppings were well selected and fresh so the quality of ingredients was excellent. The crust was not a type I would rate... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Had dinner here last night and can say that it's still as good as the last several visits over the years. Great food abounds. Go to dishes include the grilled peach and burratta, the brocollini, the salame pizza and the meat balls. Many more good choices as well. Also enjoyed a good Chateaneuf du Pape. Always a great experience.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Visited for the first time last week, it's just brilliant. Lovely atmosphere, sitting outside in the courtyard with roaring fires and the service is spot on. The food is delicious, sharing plates and shared pizza is the best way to go. It's all so well put together with interesting dishes done to perfection. They serve some great Californian wines too.... More

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