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- 63%Local Culture
- 63%Luxury Travelers
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- GjelinaCommunity Manager
- GjelinaMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureLuxury Travelers+ 2Oct 10, 2013
Gjelina is this new age America Restaurant showcasing naturally grown and simple cooked meals on an uber trendy ambiance. Most dishes are prepared with local fresh produce and served on tapas style. European rustic décor along with an eccentric chandelier adorn the dining setting. The service was standard. The wine selection is impressively diverse, however, the offerings by the glass are limited and lack in quality, and are incredibly overvalued.
- GjelinaMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 3Apr 28, 2013
You are now leaving the confines of the Mid-City luxury eating bubble. Good bye Hollywood, WeHo, Beverly Hills...yes that's right, my kitty, keep heading west. GQ named Abbot Kinney "The Coolest Block in America" so that pretty much means that the hipsters are migrating West. Next stop: Pacific Ocean!
You must call to reserve a spot. I had to make it 2 days in advanced for a group of 5. It's just that crowded. The atmosphere is trendy dark. Dates might be ok, but keep in mind that it's pretty loud in here. Most duo seating is across the table so there will be no thigh rubbing with your hunny's...footsies maybe if you're lucky.
-=-Tuscan Kale and Beets-=-
Kale was light. Almost forgettable. I felt the same exact way about the beets. I wasn't a fan of these but some of the guys with me liked it. Maybe I was looking for something stronger in taste.
OMG, these were so good. They might be IN, and only a fad, but truth be damned I am a brussel sprouts groupie. They burnt these in a certain way to make the char tasty, similar to how I enjoy crispy burnt marshmellows. Every bite of this was TDF.
-=-Mushroom Goat Cheese Truffle Oil Pizza-=-
If you do Gjelina, you gotta get the pizza. The mushroom goat cheese truffle oil sounds pretty packed with flavor, but turns out it didn't compare to our other one below. It really did sound like a good idea though, but sometimes goat cheese can drown out other distinctive flavors in a dish. You might have noticed that all my dishes were meatless. Yep, my friends were nice enough to order all dishes without meat so I can honor my lent. That just means I have to come back, really.
-=-Garlic Chili Parmesan Pizza-=-
This was it. Simple and tasty. Maybe garlic just hits the spot, so this one went down nicely. It's the kind of flavor that you expect from a high-end pizza place. At first glance, these pizzas were pretty ordinary looking. Maybe even a bit on the small side like a personal pan pizza. There's a fine line between fancy pizza and Dominos, but also keep in mind that Dominos will typically not score 4.5 stars in over 1500 reviews. Point delivered!
- GjelinaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Oct 31, 2013
This place has yet to disappoint me. Every time, it's been excellent food! All of it! Vegetarians can eat here without question. The salads are alive with unique mixes, but my favorite was the smoked wild trout with grapefruit and avocado. It's hard to share this salad, but with so many good things on the menu (terribly designed with leading too tight and all-cap serifed type, you nearly give up reading it!) you will order more to share. It's located on the hip Abbott Kinney. Make reservations for sure because the wait lost is merciless.
- GjelinaCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Aug 12, 2013
Gjelina oozes hipster cool. And the food is mouthgasmic to boot. Best described as rustic new American, they try to use locally grown, organic and sustainable ingredients when possible. If you can score a hard-to-get reservation here, make sure you get the following:
*Mushroom toast with créme fraiche and truffle oil: OMG, I went straight to truffle heaven when I took a bite into this.
*Wood roasted cauliflower with garlic, chili, parsley & vinegar: Perfectly cooked with a nice kick!
*Pork meatballs with tomato sauce: The meatballs were delicious, and we polished off all the sauce with the crostini.
*(For dessert) Butterscotch pot de creme with salted caramel and creme fraiche: So velvety smooth and creamy, it was divine.
*(For drinks) The Long Walk Home: Their version of sangria - so yummy! As they only have a beer & wine license, they only serve two cocktails - this one and a champagne cocktail.
I didn't get a chance to try their pork belly, but it's also one of their really popular dishes. As my friend and I weren't too hungry, we stuck with the small dishes, but their pizzas and entrees all sounded and looked delicious. I'll definitely be back to try more off the menu, and if it's warmer out, we'll sit out on their patio (we were too wimpy and moved inside this time)!
- GjelinaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 1Sep 04, 2012
Great restaurant focusing on small plates, although there are some entree sized options as well (see other reviews for a good description of dishes - the standout for us were the green garbanzo beans with feta and mint). Great wine list (I had an excellent pinot noir from Hungary). This place is super popular and it is wise to make a reservation well in advance although we showed up without a reservation and put our name on the list and left our phone number and walked around the neighborhood (which has plenty of stores to check out). They called us after about 45 minutes and were able to seat us at a communal table - which was fine. Really enjoyed the meal. My wife and I split 5 small plates, had a bottle of wine and the butterscotch pot de creme dessert and were out the door for about $150 (including tip).
- GjelinaAug 16, 2012
It's tough to admit, but I think my favorite Los Angeles restaurant just might be on the westside. Gjelina deserves it though, they do everything right. So much so that it still takes weeks to get a decent reservation. Go for a special occasion, sit on the patio, and order the chic pea dish and really, anything. Voila!
- GjelinaJul 26, 2012
I ate here twice in three days. Gjelina serves exquisite fresh fare in a hip decor. The metal walls of the inner dining room are unique and elegant, while the sunny back patio offers a more laid back environment. The truffle potatoes are to die for! Gjelina is perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner. If you're in a hurry stop by Gjeline To-Go next door.
- GjelinaJul 14, 2012
This chic Venice spot is hard to find a seat at, but is well worth the effort. Short rib this and truffle that, Gjelina's menu is full of surprises each more decident than the next. I would dub this one the best dinner night out spots in LA, and it is not ridiculously expensive.
- GjelinaJul 05, 2012
Got here at 9:30 on a Saturday night and still had to wait 45 minutes to get seated. However, the delicious food and hip atmosphere make it well worth the wait. Dishes are served tapas-style (small portions), so if you're hungry, you'll want to get something ordered immediately, then add to your order later. Perfect for date night or a good time with friends.
Address:1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Total Reviews:28 Reviews
Open Hours:Mon - Fri 11:30am - 12am, Sat & Sun 9am - 12am