Top Venice Beach Restaurants for Unforgettable Work Dinners

Top Venice Beach Restaurants for Unforgettable Work Dinners

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March 11, 2024
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Venice Beach, California, isn't just a destination; It's a vibe. A stone's throw from LAX, this iconic slice of Los Angeles marries the buzz of beach life with a food scene that's colorful and diverse. Venice Beach is a go-to for business travelers seeking a mix of productivity, relaxation and experience, especially when you book one of The Redline Venice’s suites. Just a short jaunt from The Redline, are five of the best Venice Beach restaurants that will transform your work dinners from obligatory gatherings into the highlight of your business trip. Let's take a culinary stroll through Venice Beach's best restaurants, each a testament to the area's rich tapestry of tastes.

1. Gjelina

Just a leisurely walk from The Redline, Abbot Kinney Blvd is a must visit. Lined with unique shops and several great restaurants, it’s the perfect place to spend a few blissful hours on a Saturday afternoon. Among our top picks is Gjelina restaurant, renowned for its embodiment of California culinary excellence. It's where locals and wanderers converge, drawn by a shared love for dishes crafted from the freshest sustainable sources.

Gjelina is one of the coolest restaurants in LA. It pulsates with energy, drawing an eclectic mix of hipsters, Venice locals and some of the best looking people in LA. But while the food disappoints at many of the other trendy LA hotspots, the sophisticated rustic cuisine at Gjelina is incredible

They ferment their pizza dough for three days and scorch it to bubbly perfection in a woodfire oven. Finally! LA can brag about a pizza! Our favorite is the pizza with lamb sausage, confit tomato, rapini, pecorino and asiago. 

The best way to experience Gjelina is to arrive not long before the sun sets. The ambiance is effortlessly cool yet warmly inviting—a perfect backdrop for a dinner that aims to impress without formality. 

The Redline Venice Insider Tip: 

“The grilled oyster mushrooms with tarragon butter are always delicious!” - Destinee, The Redline Venice, Director of Guest Experience

📸 Gjelina


2. Ospi Venice

On the corner of Pacific Ave and North Venice Blvd is Ospi. From homemade pastas and pizzas to craft cocktails, Ospi brings the best of southern Italy to Venice Beach. Chef Jackson Kalb has created a dining experience that takes Italian comfort food to new heights. You come here to eat razor-thin pizzas, vodka sauce-covered pastas, and The Infatuation's acclaimed "Best Chicken Parmesan in LA."

As far as the pastas go, the reigning champ - and the one every server will recommend - is the Raschiatelli that comes swimming in a melt-in-your-mouth spicy pork spare-rib sugo and topped with crema di pecorino and a showering of breadcrumbs. 

Want the best experience for your work dinner? Be sure to make reservations well in advance—Ospi gets incredibly busy on weekends. Expect hours from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.

The Redline Venice Insider Tip: 

Mention you’re a Redline Guest and get a free cannoli!

📸 Ospi Venice


3. Belles Beach House

Welcome to Belles Beach, a laid-back spot where Hawaiian Izakaya cuisine and top-notch cocktails transport you to island paradise right in Venice. It's the ideal locale for a work dinner that feels more like a mini-vacation. 

Belles has been recognized by Eater LA as one of the 19 Fantastic Restaurants in the Beachy Venice, CA. Their formula aims to deliver unexpectedly excellent cuisine, impeccably crafted cocktails, and an ambiance to match. 

Despite the mention of teriyaki, the burger is reminiscent of a gourmet Double-Double, with its flavorful beef and cheese nestled within a soft brioche bun, elevating it in all the right ways.

And for the after work hours’ drink, Belles has a cocktail list of classics and new creations, each with a story to tell. Take for example, the signature Mai Tai, which is as much a visual feast as it is to the palate.

The Redline Venice Insider Tip:

“Try the Japanese Gold Rush cocktail. It’s a must—because who says you can't mix business with pleasure?” - Sophea, The Redline Venice, Creative Director

📸 Laura Huertas


4. Market

Tucked under the arches in one of the oldest buildings in Venice, on one of the most historic streets in the city, you find Market — a modern Italian restaurant. With dishes that celebrate the seasons and ingredients that tell a story, Market is where business dinners become delicious memories. 

The crispy fried potatoes, positioned on the menu as a side dish, could effortlessly take center stage and become the highlight of any meal. These are the crunchiest potatoes you’ll find, lobbed into uneven hunks, deep-fried, and tossed with a creamy “Italian dressing” that adds a perfect layer of acid and fat to the mix.

Served in an intimate yet unpretentious setting. Market has been quietly delighting locals and visitors with their aperitivo-influenced menu, bold wines, and indoor-outdoor layout. Expect dining hours Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m.

The Redline Venice Insider Tip: 

“Request table 407 for the best seat in the house.” - Kamau, The Redline Venice, CEO and Founder

📸 Market

American Beauty

5. American Beauty

Located on Rose Avenue, American Beauty is a neighborhood steakhouse, they also have a casual takeout window that’s open during the day with affordable menu items like classic smash-burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and grain bowls. Beyond the rustic exterior is a casual but highly designed space that includes an open kitchen and the restaurant’s signature open-air horseshoe bar. 

“Steak is the star of the show year round, but the bountiful Los Angeles farmers markets really guide what Chef Elisha puts on our menu,” -Jeff Goodman

American Beauty opens from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly. Reservations can be made on Resy

The Win~Dow at American Beauty serves one of the best breakfast burritos in town during their breakfast service from 8 to 11 a.m. every weekend.

📸 Creator: Wonho Frank Lee / Copyright: @2019 Wonho Lee

Where to Stay on Your L.A. Business Trip

With its 3-bed, 3-bath suites complete with a full kitchen, The Redline is the group travel solution you've been searching for. The rooftop patio boasts breathtaking beach views, ideal for post-meeting relaxation, while the suite's workspace ensures productivity never takes a backseat. 

On site parking and a tranquil, private setting make The Redline your gateway to Venice Beach's best, including the dining scene. Book your stay and transform your work trip into an unforgettable Venice Beach experience.