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“OMG! I can't wait to go again!”
Review of Gjelina

Gjelina
Ranked #45 of 10,036 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Neighborhood: Venice
Cross street: Milwood
Bar Harbor
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“OMG! I can't wait to go again!”
Reviewed April 28, 2010

We arrived at 5:15 and hoped for a seat at the " community table" as reservations are near and dear to get. We lucked out. They do not start serving until 5:30 so I had a local brew and we waited while talking to our neighbors. The waiter came over promptly at 5:00, gave us our menus and answered any questions that we had. We had a salad, two appetizers and a salad., plus 3 beers and a dessert. $80.00 not including tip. WELL WORH IT! I would go back in a minute. The salad was great, we had the hen mushroom toast ( fabulous) and gnochi and split a marghareta pizza and the butterscotch pudding. All were wonderful. Our waiter was super! patient, answered all questions and attentive.

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Essex
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104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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“Yummy, scrummy innovative food at a very reasonable price.”
Reviewed April 25, 2010

Friends had recommended jelina to us and we turned up there on a Monday night at 6.45pm without a reservation. The management explained they were virtually full but could accomodate the 3 of us on a shared table if we didn't mind and we'd be sat on bar stools. Fortunately we didn't hesitate and ate some of the best food in LA. In fact it was so good that we rushed back a second time the next night, (this time with a proper table and reservation).

The food which is a cross between River Cafe and Ottolenghi (London restaurants),is all locally sourced and served in smallish but perfectly adequate portions, very cheaply priced so ideal for ordering in larger numbers to share. Vegetables are particularly good but then so were my scallops, the french fries we ordered for the table and the heavenly desserts.

Superb friendly helpful staff and management and a wonderfly buzzy atmosphere.Also despite being amazingly busy on both nights everyone was really kind to my 11 year old son. Highly, highly recommended.

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Houston, Texas
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47 reviews
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“Food to die for!!!!!!!”
Reviewed April 20, 2010

This restaurant has the best food that I have ever had...my son works there and so we had the exceptional experience of tasting many of the chef's favorite dishes...They were so good...All of the food is organically grown....I had soup, fish, meat, appetizers and wonderful desserts and all were exceptional. Try the butterscotch pudding and the cherry tart. The restaurant is abit noisy, but not too bad...Also, make reservations since there is no where to stand when waiting for a table.

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New York
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103 reviews
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“A Scene with good food”
Reviewed February 28, 2010

Definitely a trendy venue. Hard to get a reservation but has a communal table (actually two) that have 25 seats. These are first come, first served. A very pleasant, although noisy, place to sit but the food is the same everywhere. An eclectic assortment od mostly small plates, all were delicious and reasonably priced. But the place is so popular its standing room only, so make a reservation for the more peaceful rear dining room.

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“A new fave.”
Reviewed January 4, 2010

A new fave.

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