Venice, California may be known for its boardwalk and beach but few know the brunch game here is just as strong as its waves. The bohemian, oceanside neighborhood boasts some of the best early day eateries in Los Angeles. Whether you are begging for bottomless or keeping it chill with a coffee, check out the best brunch spots in Venice below.
Yours Truly, the neighborhood eatery that opened this past spring, recently launched a weekend brunch service in their sun-drenched dining space on Abbot Kinney. Locals and visitors to the Westside alike can expect a bright, flavorful, and seasonally-charged menu of modern California cuisine including a savory Dutch Baby, Smoked Salmon with scallion pancake; and playful daytime spins on some of his most popular dinnertime items including Nashville Hot Shrimp with cheesy grits and Fingerling Potatoes with black pepper hollandaise, and pecorino. Executive Chef-Partner Vartan Abgaryan also worked steadfastly to perfect the menu’s Cinnamon Rolls served with a side of a housemade cream cheese confection that diners can use to frost the delicious buns themselves. Wash down the dishes with mimosas, house-made Micheladas or a refreshing low ABV cocktail such as the Yours Truly Tonic made with white port, juniper, lavender, cucumber, tonic or Bella Posta made with caperitif, Dolin dry, grapefruit bitters, prosecco. Brunch at Yours Truly runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, ytvenice.com, @ytvenice
The Pier House
The Pier House is an upscale yet casual restaurant and bar with a Coastal California style seafood program for one of the few beachfront experiences in Venice Beach. Paying homage to Venice history and the dancehalls of the original Venice Pier in the early 1900s, the venue represents an all-new vintage-inspired design by Jeffrey Kurt, bringing new energy to the area known as Washington Square. The brunch menu from Executive Chef Terry Kim features classics including the Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, Croque Madame with ham, gruyere, truffle comte mornay and greens, Smoked Salmon and Brioche Frech Toast. Guests can also enjoy Oysters On The Half Shell, Poached Shrimp and lunch items like Fish Tacos, Lobster Roll, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Spaghetti and Heirloom Tomato Salad. Behind the bar, the team serves up a solid selection of draft and bottled beer, wine and creative cocktails including the Paloma Spritz made with Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, Reposado Tequila, grapefruit, sparkling rose and salt, the Apricot Swizzle made with vodka, apricot jam, lemon, bitters and mint and the Celery Collins made with gin, lemon, celery bitters and soda. The Pier House opens at 10:30 a.m. daily.
7 Washington Blvd., Venice, pierhousevenice.com, @pierhousevenice
Neighbor is a cozy garden bistro and cocktail bar nestled on one of LA’s busiest streets, Abbot Kinney Blvd. Fashioned from an old house on Venice Beach’s main drag, Neighbor is a fresh and charming social space, featuring a best in class coffee bar, cocktail program and a market-fresh menu by Chef Joshua Luce. Stepping into the warm and welcoming front lounge from the small brick stoop, guests are invited to choose their own adventure: settle in with a coffee, pull up one of the 20 seats at the marble cocktail bar, lean back in the garden lounge, or sit for a romantic dinner in the open air, backyard bistro. Neighbor’s pastel walls and eclectic furnishings invite guests to enjoy good company in a cozy and cheerful atmosphere. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Menu favorites include Uncle J’s Fried Chicken with cornbread, honey and jalapeno, Buttermilk Pancakes with blueberry, walnut, coffee butter, maple syrup, California Avocado with seeded toast, pistachio, lime, radish and chive blossom and Castelfranco Radicchio with anchovy, parmesan, dijon and crouton. Neighbor has a number of boozy brunch options too from Mimosas Tor The Table to specialty cocktails such as the Strawberry Rosemary Margarita, Mezcal Bloody Mary and The Baja made with tequila, stonefruit, basil, lime and chili.
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., neighborla.com, @neighborla
Bottomless brunch seekers, this is your spot. As the name suggests, Sunny Spot is sun-soaked open air space with a colorful patio serving up bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys or Sunny rum punches starting at 11 a.m. every day until 3 p.m. If you are coming on a weekday, check out the Sunny Breakfast, Quinoa Power Bowl, Spaghetti Squash Primavera or Chopped Wedge Salad. On the weekend brunch menu, you’ll find face stuffers such as Dulce De Leche French Toast, Biscuits and Country Gravy, Chili Cheeseburger and Hot Louisiana Chicken Sandwich. In addition to the bottomless option, Sunny Spot serves up draft and bottled beer, select wines and bubbles and fun cocktails like the Frozen Pina Colada or the Bayside High made with Agricole Rhum, lime, mint and cucumber.
822 Washington Blvd., Venice, sunnyspotvenice.com, @sunnyspotvenice
The Butcher’s Daughter
The Butcher’s Daughter is a completely vegetarian (and mostly vegan) import from New York City which calls itself a “vegetable slaughterhouse.” In addition serving up its ultra-fresh juices, Vittoria coffee and espresso and fancy teas, the rustic, airy restaurant pours creative cocktails made with shochu. Check out the Lavender Collins made with pink peppercorn gin, lavender, lemon, club soda or if you need a buzzy pick-me-up, try the Coffee Negroni made with roasted coconut gin, Campari, Tinto vermouth, cold brew ice and orange. Guests will also find Seasonal Sangria, House Bloody Marys and Mimosa Flights with cold-pressed juice with house saucy bubbles. Brunch menu items range from the simple like Acai Bowls and Avacado Toasts to sublime standouts like the Season’s Stone Fruit Waffle and Shakshuka made with oven-blistered cherry tomatoes, maitake mushroom, sweet pepper, garlic, house-made red sauce, poached egg, sour cream and grilled sourdough. Butcher’s also serves up its signature burger with black bean and buckwheat patty, Gruyere, red wine caramelized onions, arugula, fig m Butcher’s Bowl with peewee potatoes, swiss chard, adzuki bacon, poached egg & crispy onions and chili aioli.
1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, .thebutchersdaughter.com, @/thebutchersdaughter_official
Prefer brunch without the booze? We won’t judge. Cartolina is an Italian-inspired beachside cafe and market with a focus on pizza, sandwiches and coffee. Cartolina has a takeaway counter as well as seating outside on the sidewalk for a rare casual dining experience with a view of the beach. Open at 8 a.m. every day guests can start their morning with items such as the Sunrise Pizza made with mozzarella, sunny up egg, potato and prosciutto, Chia Bowl and Boardwalk Sandwich made with a sunny up egg, Italian sausage, pecorino, arugula and potato brioche. Neapolitan-style pizzas from a state of the art pizza oven, salads and sandwiches are also served up anytime. The beverage program features the classic coffee favorite from Verve as well as specialty artisanal items such as lavender and honey lattes, tonics, smoothies and wellness shots.
1 Washington Blvd., Venice, cartolinavenice.com, @CartolinaVenice
We have to admit, The Waterfront’s beach views are unbeatable. Brunch here includes bottomless mimosas to complement the all-day menu with items such as Breakfast Tacos, The Impossible Burger, Summer Avocado Toast and Roasted Seabass. Alongside the full-service restaurant with outdoor patio dining, the space also offers an oceanfront beer garden, relaxed lounge area, to-go shack and taqueria called Boardwalk Tacos. There are plenty of beverage options throughout the Waterfront from espressos, Butcher’s Daughter juices, beer, wine and cocktails such as Whoa-xaca made with tequila, lemon juice, jalapeno and agave.
205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, thewaterfrontvenice.com, @thewaterfrontvenice
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