The Duchess has to recommend Joe's in Venice on Abbot Kinney for a wonderful and special meal. Joe's has that sought-after but rarely attained quality that separates it from other delicious restaurants in Los Angeles, and in Venice particularly--it isn't a hyperactive center of the trendy. What a relief, as neither is the Duchess. The food and ambiance at Joe's are consistently warm and reassuring, the music is a perfect amalgamation of newish alternative rock and old favorites, and they recently revamped their dinner menu to provide more lower priced, tapas-size options (more flavors + less $$$ = happiness). The prix fixe is also reliably good, and the service is impeccable. The Duchess likes.
1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, California 90291