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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Barnyard

Recommended by: Erica Domesek (P.S. I Made This)

Simple and intimate, Barnyard boasts an eclectic selection of farm-to-table small plates and tapas. The well-lit beachy space is a casual, comfortable atmosphere to indulge in Jesse Barber’s assemblages. www.barnyardvenice.com/home

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Gjelina

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Susan Feniger (Contestant, Top Chef Masters), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Eva Chen (Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Magazine), Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew), Nancy Novogrod (Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure), Jennifer Fisher (Jewelry Designer), Whitney Port (Fashion Designer, TV Personality), Piper Perabo (Actress), Reece Solomon (Handbag Designer), Dominique Ansel (Chef/Owner, Dominique Ansel Bakery), Camilla Belle (Actress), Katie Lee (Host, The Kitchen), Stephanie Mark (The Coveteur), Molly Sims (Model), Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Amy Astley (Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue), Chris Stang (The Infatuation), Jud Mongell (Five Leaves), Jennifer Hyman (Founder, Rent the Runway), Shay Mitchell (Actress), Mike Dubin (Dollar Shave Club), Camille Styles (Blogger), Marin Ireland (Actress)

This spot boasts excellent American food on one of the best streets in Venice. Rustic wood paneled ceilings and Edison light bulb chandeliers scream farm-to-table industrial chic at this hot spot. Go there knowing that chef Travis Lett has a strict “no substitution” policy, and you should try to snatch a seat on the beautiful [...]

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Hinano Café

Recommended by: Daniel K. Nelson (Drink Inc.)

With a reputation for their burgers, beer, and pool tables, Hinano Café is hit after a long beach day.  Drink Inc.’s Daniel K. Nelson sums the place up as a “classic old Los Angeles beach dive with a killer vintage seasoned griddle top”. www.hinanocafevenice.com

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Joe’s Restaurant

Recommended by: Chris Stang (Co-Founder, Infatuation)

Located right in the heart of Venice’s hottest street, Abbot Kinney, is Joe’s Restaurant, a premier fine-dining destination with minimalist decor and affordable, quality food. The cuisine is dubbed farmer’s market-fresh meets California/French, and the restaurant is famous for its daily farmer’s market prix fix menu. Weekend brunches are a hit, but what a lot of [...]

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Piccolo

Recommended by: Fabio Viviani (Finalist, Top Chef)

This romantic spot will just about teleport you to Italy, beginning with the fresh foccaccia and continuing with the creative antipasti offerings, not to mention the well-picked wines. The tasting menu shows off Piccolo’s passion for culinary excellence. Make a Reservation. www.piccolovenice.com

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Superba Snack Bar

Recommended by: Karla Souza (Actress)

This neighborhood gem showcases fabulous small and large plates filled with flavorful seasonal produce. It’s truly Southern California cuisine at its best, and the artsy decor gives it a trendy vibe perfect for Venice. Make a Reservation. www.superbasnackbar.com

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The Tasting Kitchen

Recommended by: Eva Chen (Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Magazine), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Marta Milans (Actress), Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour), Anthony Carrino (TV Personality), Mike Dubin (Dollar Shave Club), Tom Ellis (Actor)

Chef Casey Lane and Mixologist Justin Pike are the power duo behind this authentic farm-to-table concept in the heart of Venice. The food is based on seasonality and everything being done by hand, so both the cocktails and dishes are painstakingly hand-crafted and delicious. www.thetastingkitchen.com