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1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (Venice)
(1) 310-399-5811 | www.joesrestaurant.com
HOURSTue.-Thurs.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm; Fri.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sat.: 11:00am-2:30pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sun.: 11:00am-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm
BEST FORWeekend brunch; lunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 11-18; USD 27-30
FAMOUS PLATESCalifornia sand dabs; crisp black cod; grilled Ahi tuna
DRINKS AND WINEExtensive wine list
# OF SEATS100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
Folksy fine dining. Friendly owner Joe Miller chitchats with the regulars and woos newcomers with his cheerful banter at this buzzing Venice neighborhood spot known for its posh noshes. The décor is tasteful yet casual–the neutral, beachy interiors layer soft features like pearly banquettes with the crisp whites and crystal of precise table settings. Primo seats are on the airy, covered terrace. The main dining room is small and intimate.
The swish yet laidback atmosphere draws relaxed special occasion and date crowds. The food–especially the brunch–brings in local devotees.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
We’d go for a relaxed upscale casual look–a cute skirt, nice flats, and a delicate blouse.
GO HERE WITH
Family for brunch; a date for dinner; colleagues or clients
WHY WE LIKE IT
We like the perfect balance of upscale and chilled out vibes, and the food is lovely, too. Great for a dressed-up family brunch or an intimate chat with a date. Service is as it should be–kind and familiar. When part of our order was forgotten, we were given our food for free (and issued many apologies)!
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The up-and-down quality of the cuisine (as evidenced by the fact that they were awarded a Michelin Star in 2008 but lost it in 2009).
GOOD TO KNOW
Brunch and lunch are a bargain, especially the prix fixe.
Fraiche (Los Angeles)
Read more about Joe's in The Diary
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