- John Cavender
Definitely a local favorite, Flake offers quick service and delicious budget meals. Even though it occupies a small space on the Corner of Rose Ave and Rennie Ave, it still manages to fit enough tables to dine inside. The must-try items on the menu are the savory ‘Super Cro-jo’ breakfast sandwich and the sweet ‘Sambazon Açai Bowl.’
Flake, 513 Rose Ave, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 396 2333
Luckily, this popular fine dining spot has two sister restaurants: GTA, a takeout option next door, and Gjusta, a bakery-deli-cafe nearby on Sunset Ave. Not only do these additional locations allow you an alternative spot to brunch if Gjelina is too full, but they also offer more meals to try. At Gjelina the lemon buckwheat ricotta pancakes and the Moroccan baked eggs are particularly tasty.
Gjelina, 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA, USA +1 310 450 1429
The first thing you’ll notice at 26 Beach is their menu contains a full page dedicated to French toast. That alone should bring you here again and again. They’ve got everything from sausage-and-egg stuffed French toast to espresso-flavored challah French toast. Other recommended brunch items are the eggs Verona and the crab royal. This restaurant has mid-range prices, a spacious interior, and is popular on the weekends.
26 Beach, 3100 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 823 7526
French Market Café
Serving its breakfast menu all day on the weekends, French Market Café has an intimate feel and a connected store selling wine and French food items. Of particular note on their breakfast menu, is ‘Le Cheval,’ a sandwich with two fried eggs on ham, and melted Swiss cheese. They do not take reservations, and their prices are mid-range.
French Market Café, 2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 577 9775
Loud music, colorful bar stools and eccentric table garnishes welcome patrons of Sunny Spot. It feels like the type of place the young and hip go for late brunch to talk about the previous night’s excitements. Along with the traditional brunch meals, Sunny Spot serves moderately priced Caribbean cuisine. This sets it apart from other weekend brunch haunts.
Sunny Spot, 822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 448 8884
The Cow’s End Café
Situated in a two-storey building with an upstairs lounge, the Cow’s End Café is a popular budget spot. It is often packed on the weekend, which makes it a good spot to situate yourself and people-watch for a while. The cafe offers a variety of smoothies (made with non-fat frozen yogurt or dairy-free) and shakes (some as curious as the avocado shake). It also has many wraps, sandwiches and omelets. Come prepared because it is cash only.
The Cow’s End Café, 34 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 574 1080
The Tasting Kitchen
With translucent curtains and a few indoor trees, The Tasting Kitchen provides fine dining in a delightful decor. It offers filling brunch items like fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy and short rib hash. They also make their own bread and pastries, which are a must try.
The Tasting Kitchen, 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 392 6644
Filled with various posters and memorabilia from the movie it gets its name from, this Mexican venue has a special Sunday brunch menu that offers a variety of entrées served with a drink and a dessert. Be sure to try their signature tortillas and check out their life-size statue of Humphrey Bogart. Prices are mid-range.
Casablanca, 220 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 392 5751
Minutes away from the beach and located in what was a fire station in the early 1900s, this restaurant is perfect for a hearty brunch. Those who frequent Muscle Beach will be at home with the bodybuilder’s breakfast. This dish includes eight ounces of scrambled egg whites served with pancakes or oatmeal and the choice of adding a meat option. There is ample seating and rarely a wait, making it a choice location for last-minute brunch plans. Prices are mid-range.
The Firehouse, 213 Rose Ave, Venice, CA, USA, + 1 310 396 6810