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Old Venice

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1001 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5429
+1 310-376-0242
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 13:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon this place on our walk along manhattan beach. We got the fried calamari which was prepared different than we expected or have had before but we were again pleasantly surprised- this is how fried calamari should be! It was delicious and served with a homemade marinara. We also got the feta dip... More 

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Thank jvannatter
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are glad that you stumbled upon us and loved everything! Our fried calamari is prepared using the filet steak of calamari and we tenderize it to perfection. Some parents even trick their kinds by telling them it is chicken so that they will try it, haha. We are also very pleased... More 

C'ville
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107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While using up an afternoon before flying home my wife and I happened upon the Old Venice restaurant. After reading over priced menus at several zagat reviewed restaurants near the pier we were happy to find this one. Though very quiet on this Thursday evening we were fortunate to happen upon it. My wife was very happy with an Andrews... More 

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Thank 3Eagles
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! We are so glad you found us on your visit to Manhattan Beach. We are family owned and opperated and take lots of pride in all that we do. We have been serving downtown Manhattan Beach and the South Bay community since 1984. We have even been using the same stock pot to cook our marinara... More 

Breese, Illinois
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you're looking for great food without spending an arm & a leg, this is a great place. We really enjoyed the food. The service was friendly and efficient. So many good choices, we had to go twice!

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Thank Lisa H
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review! We are so glad that you enjoyed everything and have already had a return visit. Hopefully we will get to serve you again. We have been in the same location for over 30 years and take pride in all that we do. Our restaurant is like a home to us and we want everyone... More 

Mariposa, California
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206 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Visiting with friends, we found this restaurant to be excellent. Prompt seating, large menu selection, excellent food served very promptly, reasonable prices,and, one of the best waiters I have had serving us. (sorry I did not get his name....Jan.2, 2016 about 4 p.m, thanks..)

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Thank cuestaroble
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are glad you found us and enjoyed everything on your visit. Your servers name was Mike and we really do appreciate the feed back! We are family owned and operated and train all our employees to give the love and service we would give you at our home! Hope to serve you... More 

Manhattan Beach, California
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We used to go here a lot. Then there was a fire so when it reopened, we were thrilled. However, it wasn't the same. The waiters were rude and the quality of the food went down hill. My family LOVES Moussaka and they used to have pretty decent one. However, the last time we went, my husband ordered it and... More 

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We walked in with a group of 7 and were treated very well from all staff. We loved the atmosphere and the food was great.

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Thank 186rfrost
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you found us and enjoyed your experience at Old Venice! OPA! More 

Cary, North Carolina
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234 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were on a layover in LA and scouted close by Manhattan Beach by bus from airport hotel. The area is interesting with several neat boutiques and trendy restaurants,florist nearby suggested this restaurant and am happy she did. Doesn't look like much , but cozy and lunch was great. Son didn't want to be daring so had a good ham... More 

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Thank 24lorraineS
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad that you found us while only being in LA for a short time. We have been in the same location since 1984 and we take pride in serving our customers and making them feel at home. We hope you made it to your destination safely and we hope... More 

San Jose, California
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Our family of four shared the Big Fat Greek Feast and thoroughly enjoyed it! It starts with a bang with flambé' cheese appetizer, which was new to us, saganaki. Then a very fresh Greek salad, followed by two huge platters of meats and vegetables and pita. Another new dish to us was a very interesting kale called Horta, a little... More 

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Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are glad you had a great experience while getting to try something new as well. Our menu has been created over the 30+ years we've been serving the public to have something for everyone as well as some new dishes some people may have never tried. Thank you again, and we hope... More 

Hackensack, New Jersey
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Had dinner last night at Old Venice in Manhattan Beach. In walking distance from the Manhattan Beach Pier. Very extensive menu, we went with the baked feta with capers, kalamatta olives and red peppers for an appetizer which was excellent. My shrimp scampi was very good as was the swordfish steak that my wife ordered. Nice meal. One tip: if... More 

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Thank Ronald C
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we appreciate it and are glad that you found us! We know parking can be a bit of a hit or miss situation, but thank you for be patient with it and letting others know that it helps to give yourself a little time for that. We hope to serve you again and glad you... More 

Denver, Colorado
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Wow! My wife and I strolled in here after the Manhattan Beach Open looking for a bite to eat away from the crowds choking up Manhattan Beach Blvd -- and what a great choice we made! The proprietors have done an excellent job with the atmosphere, and the food is fantastic. Service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. It seemed to... More 

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Thank Michael A
Andrew H, Owner at Old Venice, responded to this review

Thank you so much, we are so glad that you found us and enjoyed everything! We have been family owned and run for over 30 years and feel the restaurant is an extension of our home and it is our pleasure for us to serve our customers. OPA! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Cuisine
Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, Greek
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5429
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Manhattan Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 310-376-0242
Description
Old Venice was first established in 1984 by Jimmy and Julie and their 6 month old son Andrew. A couple years later, they added a new baby girl named Natalie to the family. In 2006 the building was tragically burnt down by a neighboring business and sadly in 2008, Jimmy was lost to a tragic bicycle accident. The Family stayed together through the tuff times and in 2009, Julie along with her two children, Andrew and Natalie rebuilt Old Venice to what it is now. Andrew is now the head chef, giving all his credit to his late father Jimmy. Julie and Natalie run the front of the house operations and the family continues to keep Jimmys Memory and legacy alive in the same way that he would have done. Don't miss out on one of the few businesses that has been in Downtown Manhattan Beach for over 30 years! OPA!

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