Los Angeles is known to be one of the trendiest spots in the world: Matcha cafés, mural art walls for your feed, and restaurants that will have you making a reservation months in advance. Abbot Kinney is one of Venice’s main attractions, as it boasts trendy boutiques, shops, and most importantly, restaurants. While Abbot Kinney is only about 3 blocks long, there are dozens of places to wander. youRhere has the perfect guide for our fave Abbot Kinney restaurants along this famous drag, from a super-casual Saturday lunch to a romantic dinner date.
While Kreation is known for their juice cleanses, the Abbot Kinney location has a full restaurant and “Kafe.” This spot is perfect for a vegan Saturday lunch after a swim at the beach. Kreation carries breakfast all day long (score!) with many of the items being gluten, dairy, and nut free. Their avocado toast is a simple go-to, while their “O-Mega Bowl” has 6 egg whites scrambled with spinach, organic free-range chicken, bruschetta toppings, quinoa, and avocado. Come into the Kafe for some quick tapas and hot Mediterranean plates like their “House-made Hummus” or their “Beef Kabobs.” Don’t forget to pick up an “Immune + Shot” syringe, or one of their many cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
Who on this earth doesn’t love pizza? At Gjelina, people line up down the block for it. Gjelina is known not only for their pizzas, but their swanky, rustic-chic vibes acting as the backdrop to delicious, new-American cuisine. Their menu features oysters, charcuterie boards, charred vegetables, and of course…15 artisan pizzas to choose from. Their array of pies attract pizza lovers of all walks, whether you like simple or intricate flavor combinations. Gjelina carries straightforward flavors like “Mixed Mushroom” and “Gruyere”, while also displaying bold items like the “Wild Nettle” which features duck prosciutto, Calabrian chili, and Burrata cheese. Don’t have time to wait in line? Right next door is GTA, which stands for Gjelina Take Away. GTA carries Gjelina’s pizzas to-go, so if you need your fix ASAP, they’ll take care of you. (Psst–they also have take-away available!)
Felix is one of those restaurants that will have you making a reservation at least a month or two in advance because it is that popular (and that delicious!) This Italian spot sits cozily toward the end of the block and it features a small, well-curated menu rich in elevated homemade flavors. Their “Sfincione” is Sicilian Foccacia bread (yes, please) with rosemary, sea salt, and olive oil. They also have “Burrata Pugliese,” which is their fresh stretched cheese. Felix also has pizzas and pastas, which keep their guests coming back over and over again. Some popular pasta dishes include their “Sugo Di Pomodoro” and “Pesto Genovese.” We recommend trying to pop in during their later hours to skip the line. Late night pasta and wine, anyone?
Yours Truly is a modern Californian restaurant with soulful food options. This aesthetically-pleasing spot is perfect for a Venice dinner date. Start your dinner off warmly with some “Parker House Rolls” with house-made French butter and seaweed. Their small plates include “Cauliflower Popcorn” or the “Octopus Chicharron,” which features pineapple, endive, and cilantro. Yours Truly also makes delicious cocktails—our favorite is definitely the “Yours Truly Tonic.” Make it a wine-and-dine date night and treat your sweetheart to a bottle of Yours Truly’s expertly selected wines.
Abbot Kinney cuisine is some of the best in LA; these are just a few of YRH’s top picks. In need of a sweet pick-me-up after your meal? Hit up Salt & Straw for some ice cream to top off your Abbot Kinney visit. While you’re out and about, why not check out the gorgeous views from some of LA’s best hikes?