Over the past few years, Venice has become a foodie’s mecca. With over 100 restaurants and coffee shops to choose from, there is something for everyone. Restaurants tend to be trendy, small, owner-operated and often almost hidden. Most are casual with little fanfare and attract regular local clientele along with notables and want-to-be-notables from all over LA (and the world). Patio dining is very popular.

Rose Corridor Rose Cafe
Inside an Abbot Kinney Restaurant
Greenleaf on Abbot Kinney
Superba Venice
French Market Cafe Venice
Zinque Venice
Line Waiting for Venice Restaurant

There are 5 basic areas where Venice restaurants cluster … Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Rose Avenue, the Boardwalk and nearby, Washington Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard. I maintained a Venice Restaurant Guide on my website until recently and, unfortunately, found that there were too many new openings, old closings, name/owner changes to keep up.

Venice Canal Patio
Whole Foods Venice
Erewhon Market Venice

With wonderful weather year-round locals frequently prefer to dine at home … often on their outside patios. Most of the local food markets have great prepared meals plus many restaurants feature take-out and delivery for those who don’t want to cook.

Abbot Kinney Food Truck

Food trucks dot Abbot Kinney Boulevard on First Fridays … a popular nite-out on the town.

Venice Farmers Market
Venice Farmers Market

Every Friday morning the Venice Farmers’ Market is held in the median strip of Venice Boulevard at Ocean Avenue. Not only is there an excellent selection of produce, flowers and more, but this has become a favorite spot to run into your neighbors and friends.