Where to Eat, Shop & Drink on Abbot Kinney

Perhaps the most beloved stretch in Venice, Abbot Kinney Boulevard strays from the wacky nature of nearby Muscle Beach yet maintains its place as a must-see hub of action. Lined with trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes, fun bars and top-rated restaurants, this boho-beachy neighborhood caters to couples, friends and groups looking for a cool way to spend a day and/or night on the outskirts of L.A.'s inner urban circle.

Updated: February 18, 2010

Abbot Kinney Dining


Wabi-Sabi Sushi & Asian

1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Part sushi joint, part chic Asian bistro, this place has tasty raw deals and more than a few cooked items like battered onion rings and sweet pumpkin puree with grilled beef filet.


Primitivo

1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This stylish tapas joint is a hard seat to come by on weekend evenings, but it's worth the wait. Expect delicious Mediterranean fare, a lively crowd, Euro-style shabby chic environs and a mean glass of sangria.


3 Square Cafe Bakery

1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

As its name suggests, beach goers can get their fill at this sister space to Rockenwagner bakery that focuses on serving three enticing square meals a day from their Austrian-tinged menu.


Gjelina

1429 Abbott Kinney Rd, Venice, CA 90291

With a rustic design and menu serving fresh fare straight from the farmers' market, this Venice outpost has fast become a foodie favorite, attracting hordes of localvores from all over the Westside.


Joe's Restaurant

1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Simple in name and look, this AK favorite is chef/owner Joe Miller's ode to French-flecked Cali cuisine. If you usually can't afford a gourmet dinner, stop by and order prix fixe or head over for the Sunday brunch. (Just make a rezzie--this place packs 'em in.)


The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Beyond the cool scene of this low-lit, dual-level space is a menu that keeps locals (and food critics) coming back for more. The farmer's market-driven menu features fresh tapas-style dishes that change every day.


Lemonade

1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

If only your elementary school cafeterias was this cool. This casual spot serves up loads of health-conscious, California grub in a buffet line sprinkled with cups of tasty lemonade and sweets.


Lilly's French Cafe & Bar

1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This classic Venice Beach bistro tantalizes newcomers and regulars with its eye-popping 3D artwork, simple French dishes, window-side tables made out of giant wine barrels and one of the most popular back-room patios on the street.


N'iceCream

1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Whether or not it's hot outside, Venice locals and tourists alike pack this family-owned parlor to get a taste of its 85 rotating organic gelatos and sorbets.


Abbot Kinney Shopping & Styling


Heist

1104 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

It's a stick up! Where tomboy meets sophisticate, this two-story boutique is stocked with wardrobe essentials and trendy finds for the in-the-know fashionista.


Pamela Barish

1327 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Fashion designer Pamela Barish is known for styling rockers and their ilk, but her high-end boutique showcases her edgy take on well-structured looks for Tinseltown's beachside elite.


Firefly

1413 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

The melodic music and sweet incense floating around this modern-girl shop create the perfect ambiance for browsing its wide selection of trinkets and gifts.


Strange Invisible Perfumes

1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Named after a line in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, this upscale boutique creates custom botanical perfumes for romantics (and perfume snobs) with keen smellers.


A+r

1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Tucked into the jewel box-sized shop is a well-curated selection of offbeat clocks, elegant iitala glassware, plastic deer heads, indie-cool neckties and limited-edition perfumes. And the jewelry is not to be missed.


Rex Boutique

1653 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

One of the newer shops on the boulevard, this earthy space is where a bubble chandelier gives way to chic wooden racks stacked with eco-friendly designs and trendy faves from the famed local designer.


E Cookie

1639 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This kitschy boutique melts women's hearts with its sampling of flirty silk and cotton frocks, modern tops and sweet jewels like gold-plated cuffs, crystal-pendant necklaces and an array of earrings.


Abbot Kinney Drinking & Lounging


Brig

1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This low-lit modern space might have a boxer for a logo, but it's all good in this neighborhood. The laidback vibe makes it an obvious choice for a weeknight cocktail with friends. Even better, you can count on its parking lot hosting any number of food trucks just about every night of the week.


The Other Room

1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90293

With its enormous, gaping windows to let in the ocean breeze, this noisy neighborhood bar lounge is where to sip wine, down beers and mingle with the locals.


Rooster Fish

1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

The last vestige of pre-trendy Abbot Kinney, this dingy yet downright fun gay bar has no problem reeling in boys and girls of every persuasion with its laidback attitude, pool tables and video games.


Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Caffeine fiends with a penchant for sci-fi, take note: Coffee gets a futuristic twist at this industrialized java bar that doubles as a workspace and lounge. Enjoy strong java and free WiFi.