After 2 years, Abbot Kinney has begun First Fridays again! The second one of the year will be this Friday, May 6th from 5pm - 9:30pm. This Friday, there will be 20+ food trucks participating in the city’s premier food truck truck event. Some of the delicious food trucks you can expect and dishes you should try are 5 Elementos (tacos), 8E8 Thai (mouthwatering pad thai), Cousin’s Lobster (po boys and tater tots), and Original Herbivore (try the vegan fried chicken!) At this event, there is always a great variety of cuisine and culture. We have no doubt there is something for everyone at Abbot Kinney First Fridays! Grab your crew and join the community on May 6th for some flavorful food and fun times.
Whether you’re coming after work or for a date night, 401k is for everyone. The ambience of this restaurant is casual yet classy and trendy with art on the walls by local artists. A few of the most popular dishes are the little gem caesar salad, buffalo chicken, potato tacos, and the dulce de leche for dessert. To drink they have a full gluten-free wine menu with wines from all over the world, and examples of dishes that would perfectly complement the glass or bottle you choose. One gluten-free local even said that dining at 401k felt like being a "kid in a candy shop" with all of the options she had to choose from! That being said, grab your friends and head to 401k Food and Wine for a great time and tasty food & drinks for all.
Located on the corner of Pacific Ave and N Venice Blvd, Ospi Italian Restaurant has arrived. This spot has a sleek and modern aesthetic utilizing their high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and ample natural lighting inside. Although the interior design is a vital addition to the experience, locals say that the savory italian cuisine steals the show. Some of the most loved dishes are the spicy rigatoni, crispy provolone, vodka pizza, lemon tagliolini, and margherita pizza. For those with a sweet tooth, locals recommend cannolis for dessert. Grab your friends and head to Ospi for a night of tasty Italian dishes in the heart of Venice.
Only the Wild Ones is one of the newest restaurants in Venice, located on Abbot Kinney Blvd and San Juan Ave. “The restaurant was inspired by the laid-back charm of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe,” says Wild Ones team. A few of the dishes locals are enjoying include the meatless meatballs, arrabiata pizza, 5-cheese board, and the olive oil cake. To drink, there is something for the wine fanatics, cocktail drinkers, and designated drivers alike. With around 25 different wines, signature cocktails, a large selection of beers, and mocktails like their blood orange, ginger, and sage drink - this is the perfect spot for the whole crew. The ambience of the venue is intimate, dimly-lit, yet still fun and inviting for a night out for drinks and appetizers with friends. Gather a group and enjoy this new Venice hotspot - Only The Wild Ones.
What started as simply inviting new LA artists into his house for a place to crash, eat food, and to host shows – Corey McGuire turned his passion of music and food into a business now called “Winston House,'' named after his childhood dog. Since opening they have had shows with some of the biggest names in the industry like Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish. Great music aside, the locals are also enjoying food and drinks with their evening entertainment. Some of the most popular dishes are duck tacos, spicy noodles, and fried cheese balls. To drink, Winston House has global beer, wine, and handmade cocktails, like their sunrise cocktail created with blanco tequila, lillet, orange lemon, cherry-bell pepper. This creative spot filled with food and music is the perfect place to bring a group of friends and enjoy a night out in Venice.
Located inside of one of the oldest buildings in Venice, Market is a new small plate Italian restaurant. Inside the restaurant you will find a trendy NYC-style restaurant with exposed brick, modern furniture, dim lighting, and music. Locals can typically be found ordering multiple small plates for the table to share like the ricotta cheese squash blossoms, steak with charred and marinated onions with horseradish sauce, cacio e pepe fritters, and the gnocchetti with nduja and parmesan cheese. To drink, there are a handful of popular cocktails like the Directional Clothing cocktail (created with tequila, elderflower, and hibiscus) and 33 different wines to choose from. If you’re looking for a dinner and drinks spot with friends, Market Venice should be at the top of your list!
“Belles Beach House aims to transport guests from Los Angeles to the Pacific Islands whilst staying in the heart of Venice Beach” This trendy restaurant is gaining popularity since opening for its ambience, design, and food. The interior of the restaurant has a tropical feel with its strawboard ceilings, indoor palm trees, warm lighting, and tiki carvings. Some of the menu favorites include spicy tuna crispy rice rolls, crispy rock shrimp (shrimp, spicy aioli, chives, scallions) and teriyaki cheeseburger w/ fries. On the drinks side, locals are raving about the heatstroke cocktail (tequila, americano, lime, passion fruit, mango, chili, smoked cayenne salt) and the Belles with gin (Gin, lime, pineapple, cucumber, green chili). If you’re looking for a fun spot to hang out with friends, Belles Beach House is the perfect tropical getaway.