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Gjelina - 35 Reviews - 1429 Abbott Kinney Rd, Venice, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (310) 450-1429

Gjelina

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1429 Abbott Kinney Rd
Venice, CA 90291
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(310) 450-1429
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Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
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Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA
Gjelina - Venice, CA

Reviews

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Best

Fabulous atmosphere with even more fabulous food. Come here for brunch, order the oysters and any one of the gourmet pizzas.

Worst

My Experience with Gjelina was not good. I went there to eat with a date and it had taken at least 40 min to get the pizza and then my pizza was wrong. It had taken 15 min to get ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 1/29/2014

Beautiful dim atmosphere on the inside, and delicious fancy food. It isn't cheap here, but it's a lovely treat. Steak and broccoli were particularly good on my last visit. more

I really love this place, though I hate 11/13/2012

I really love this place, though I hate the 'no substitutions' policy. But the place is great! more

Fabulous atmosphere with even more 7/15/2012

Fabulous atmosphere with even more fabulous food. Come here for brunch, order the oysters and any one of the gourmet pizzas. more

The lamb sausage pizza and kale salad 2/28/2012

The lamb sausage pizza and kale salad are my go to dishes at Gjelina. more

Not short of being Chichi but very short in service & taste 12/19/2011

My Experience with Gjelina was not good. I went there to eat with a date and it had taken at least 40 min to get the pizza and then my pizza was wrong. It had taken 15 min to get another pizza out to me. I understand that it is fresh and made to order. I didn?t like that a manager didn?t come over and apologize and not a common courtesy of a discount, free drink or something. I had given it another try with a group of guys (3) and girls (3) we ordered a variety of pizzas and alcohol. The service was better but the pizza the same and the bill $$$ and I was still hungry! The overall rating is Gjelina pizza was sort of ok. They use unique fresh ingredients to come up with their fancy pizza so they could charge $$ for them. I love pizza but only if it has a WOW factor! I?m sure there are some Italian Restaurants in CA that do make a good pizza for example Ago( W Hwd), La Vecchia in SM and Pisano?s in Hermosa are pretty decent. Being Italian from the Northeast and raised in CT and NYC I have been spoiled with the BEST pizza in the US. If you every want to have the best pizza and been on many food network and won many awards go visit The ?Original? Frank Pepe?s pizza or ?The Spot? in New Haven Ct. You will be convinced that a thin crust with an oven that is Coal heated and Brick that also has been seasoned for 86 years will make your mouth water and crave more! I also love Lombardi?s in NYC and Sally?s Pizza in New Haven CT too! With that said if you go to Gjelina bring your patients, extra $$ and eat something prior to it if you are a good eater. They do have a good looking crowd! more

BAD SERVICE, AVERAGE PIZZA, OVER PRICED WINE & LOUD ! 6/7/2011

Bimbos at the podium give community tables to friends before people on the list. Waiter chats with buddies and ignoring hungry & thirsty people on the table that were seated after a long wait, and had to be reminded 3 times to bring the over priced wine. My pizza came 15 minutes before my date's, and by the time her's arrived mine was tottaly cold. The joint is also very loud and impossible to hold conversations. All 'n' all, waste of hard earned money, time & travel. more

Gjelina is nothing short of amazingly tasty 5/11/2011

For the full Gjelina review go to One Delish Dish.co: more

So So 12/8/2010

Good atmosphere and the food is alright good. more

Great Food and Cool Place 9/10/2010

Gjelina is a great spot on Abbot Kinney that has a very wide menu that includes pizzas, sandwiches and some side dishes. It is always a good option if you have time since the wait can be long some times since it is always popular. more

paltry lunch at gjlina 3/25/2010

had lunch for 4 each of us ordering salad and one appetizer to share. our appetizer was a buratta with olive mix . our salad were artichoke w burrata , tuna . artichoke fennel and trout as the dressing were good the food was meager for the pricing . We honestly had to look for the fish on the plate similar to what you would give to your cat simple BIRD FOOD small portions 95 percent greens 3 percent veggies and 2 percent and one cherry tomato on my plate , highly disappointed . complained to manager, she could care less.125.00 burned through my wallet and left me hungry ..The owners are Giving there customers a big F U by serving this sad food! so shame on them complete trap . This place is just an up scale soup kitchen with out the bread. If the owners really took a look at the complaints , they instead continue to take the mony and run . sorry gjelina three strikes you out . pricey bird food!!!! Pros: good greens Cons: not enough of real food more

The reason I don't want to brush my teeth 2/28/2010

I can still taste the pine nuts and lemon vinaigrette from the spinach salad with feta cheese, tomatoes and olives. I can still feel the slight slick of grease from the chunks of lamb sausage on the artisanal thin-crust pizza with confit tomato, rapini, pecorino, and asiago. And if I close my eyes, I can still detect a hint of the truffle oil that caressed the small plate of crispy fingerling potatoes. It doesn't matter that I had to park several blocks north of Gjelina on Abbot Kinney and had to walk in LA. It doesn't matter that I've been denied reservations at the popular Venice restaurant multiple times (consider it the P Mozza of the Westside). And it doesn't matter that a request for salt is occasionally met with a frown. The thoughtful pizzas with toppings like beet greens and caramelized fennel, fresh salads, and variety of small and large plates dull any pain that (may) result from eating at Gjelina. I may never brush my teeth again. Pros: Gourmet thin crust pizzas, fun scene, charming patio Cons: Hard to make a reservation, parking a challenge more

Lunching with Girlfriends on Abbot Kinney 1/18/2010

A place with no signage must be so uber cool. Yep, that's what dragged me off the street to try this... more

Lunching with Girlfriends on Abbot Kinney 1/18/2010

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A place with no signage must be so uber cool. Yep, that's what dragged me off the street to try this Gjelina with some girlfriends. This plac... more

Yummy and Robert Downey Jr. 11/14/2009

While we waited i chatted with one of my favorite actors who apparently goes there all the time now that he lives in Venice...Robert Downey Jr. Yay. My trip to this eatery was already worth it. We ate, drank and rubbed shoulders with the stars. All great. Pros: Worth the wait Cons: Have to wait sometimes more

Favorite new place! 11/14/2009

Love this place. Just found it after seeing Nik across the street at Trim. She suggested it while i got my hair colored and what a treat this place is. The decor is modern but comfortable and warm. I ordered the muscles with chorizo and OMG! Its a large order too. My bf had the Hanger steak. It melted in our mouths. We also shared the Burrata cheese salad with roasted pears. Delish. The GM Robert was very friendly and bought us a glass of wine while we waited. Highly recommend to you all. Pros: Best food all the time. Cons: Parking is challenging. A bit loud during high time. more

great place for good food and wine 10/14/2009

good food , diverse menu , great wines by the glass , and its fun. please don't go, its crowded enough Pros: best small plates Cons: need reservations for neighborhood place more

Great... 10/6/2009

seasonal food, creative preparation, great pairings and generally a really good vibe. Pros: great, knowledgable staff Cons: crowded more

best dining 10/3/2009

I love coming here with my girl friends and grabbing a glass of wine. I really enjoy the margherita pizza and the butterscotch dessert. I was luck enough to get a celebrity sighting along with the eye candy staff. Pros: hot waiters Cons: long wait, hard to find more

they completely lost our reservation 10/1/2009

We made a reservation almost 2 weeks prior to the Wednesday night we planned on coming in. When we arrived the hostess said we were not on the reservation list and they were all booked up and the wait would have been 90 mins for a table. How ridiculous! For a place so nice and expensive I expect them to have integrity when honoring reservations made by phone. What a waste of time! Pros: none so far since i did not get past the front door Cons: they have no integrity with honoring reservations more

Will Not Be Back 8/9/2009

We will not be back! My husband and I have to agree with some of the other reviews. The hostess was rude, really had an attitude problem. Our waitress couldn't have cared less about waiting on us. It took 45 minutes to get our food and then it wasn?t right. This restaurant needs a complete make over when it comes to their service. In fairness the food was good once they got it right. But the price, the service and rudeness isn't worth it. Cons: Really bad attitude & service more
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Editorial

  • This modest restaurant, named after one of the owner's mother (pronounced ""jewelina""), became a local favorite within weeks of opening, and it's easy to see why. The long communal tables...

  • 9/4/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 11:30 am-midnight Weekends 9 am-midnight - until 3 pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Venice, West LA
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