Gjelina is a perennial all-day hotspot in Venice known for its inventive American (dare we say, farm-to-table?) cuisine. In tune with similar restaurants of the California cool breed, its focus is on sharable plates like oysters, grilled and roasted vegetables, steak and seafood, and unusual grains. The real speciality, though, is pizza. The wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pies are topped with meat, vegetable, and cheese combinations like you've never tasted before. Trust us: one meal at Gjelina is all you need to join the ranks of its Angeleno addicts.
The quintessential Venice restaurant has held its title since it opened in 2008, staying on-trend and relevant for almost a decade and a half. Their breakfast remains a delight, with Gjelina’s signature global influences on a backbone of local farmers market produce. There is Duck Hash with a crispy egg and mustard, and there is an elegant Shakshouka with Merguez and yogurt. There is Smoked Salmon Toast, and there is a poached egg with prosciutto and salsa verde. There is impeccable seasonal fruit with the Greek Yogurt and Whole Grain Porridge, in preserved form with the Labneh Toast and Banana Bread, and also on its own as a $15 Fruit Plate, the ultimate California flex.
How to order: Order takeout through their website.
Venice’s favorite cafe to see and be seen offers weekend brunch from 8 am to 3 pm, with something for everyone, from Buckwheat Banana bread to a Seven-Grain Porridge to Duck Confit with Potato Hash to Moroccan Baked Eggs nestled between Merguez sausage, tomato sauce, cilantro, and yogurt. A full menu of all-day plates and pizzas is also available during brunch. The alcohol menu is limited to mimosas, Micheladas, and a Cappelletti spritz, but they do have a full coffee bar to meet your caffeinated needs.