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On the Waterfront Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Delicatessen, Pub
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205 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291-2408
+1 310-392-0322
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 23:00
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Venice, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Great place to hang out with locals and make new friends. Reasonable priced (during happy hour), food is excellent.

Thank boylenbaby
Jefferson City, Missouri
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230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Starters (including Guinness Beer Battered Shrimp and Jalapeno Bottle Caps), Soups, Cheese Pizza with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese, Burgers and other sandwiches, quesadilla. Great view and people watching. Awesome atmosphere for watching the game or just chilling. Staff were flooded but did a great job keeping up.

Thank IrishLady8
Miami, Florida
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266 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely LOVE this seaside Euro Brew Emporium! Happy Hour is amazing and comes with a free & spectacular sunset. Also included is one of the great VB sidewalk spots for bands right out front. If you like German beer or decent Vino at a great price RUN don't walk to On The Waterfront!

Thank Papa G
Toledo, United States
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Took a break from the bike path to grab a cold one. Met a traveler from Spain and had a very interesting conversation. Wound up staying for lunch and a few more beers. California BLT was excellent as were the cold Erdinger beers! I sat outside in the 'bier garten' and really enjoyed the sun, people watching, and listening to... More 

Thank Michael O
Ebnat-Kappel, Switzerland
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Food American style, great choice of beers, allways a favourite place to hang out while in Los Angeles. Try to get a table front row on the terrace and you will be perfectly positioned any time of the day. Staff allways dedicated and friendly.

Thank Rene B
Northwestern New Jersey
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111 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here while walking the promenade on a beautiful sunny day. Sat inside to stay cool. Beer and fried fish and shrimp were good. Beer was cold and local. Service fine. And we could see straight out to the promenade and the beach from our table for two! Perfectly good lunch choice at Venice Beach.

Thank EmptyNesterMom
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Perfect spot for brunch. Music outside, views and friendly staff. Tasker/ Shandy is a must try. Delicious!!

Thank Adrienne C
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We stopped here for lunch and a break from the baking sunshine of LA. The three of us ordered different things, I had a budget which was great. The drinks were large and the staff were friendly. We sat outside on the walkway under an umbrella and we were lucky enough to have an old timer play jazz/R&B on his... More 

Thank Travelbugged030
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Children played pool while we relaxed over a delicious appetizer. Not sure I would bring young children; teenager appropriate!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Spalding, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Lovely location. Where you can just enjoy a very nice cold draught beer( excellent selection). Also had the steak sandwich, which was just how I like it. There was also a very good band playing across the promenade. Nice afternoon.

Thank alymansour

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Delicatessen, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291-2408
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Venice
  • Neighbourhood: Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 310-392-0322

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Venice

Neighbourhood Profile
Venice has always danced to its own beat as the epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along the boardwalk there are street performers and local craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings, souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders do their tricks around the skate park. All of it happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.
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