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Venice Ale House

Gastropub, Bar, and Beer Garden$$$$
Venice Beach, Venice
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  • Jacob A.
    "Sick selection of beers and fantastic view of Venice Beach."(14 Tips)
    Ranu R.
    "Craft beer selection is solid, and it's perfect for people watching."(12 Tips)
    Jocelyn H.
    "Try the Kombucha With Strawberries - Yum! Kombucha on tap!"(4 Tips)
    Celebrity HotSpots
    "Delicious food (ahi tuna sandwich!),"(3 Tips)
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  • Ophelia B.
    My favorite place for sunset drinks, patio, and nachos!! All the food is GREAT; on the healthy side --- and with ample beers to choose from!! Service is VERY Venice; expect to wait a bit!
  • Kate H.
    Kate H.May 7, 2013
    Pretty sure everyone here is stoned, not just the waitresses. :) Service was fine, relax people! Great people watching in Venice Beach, good selection of beers, tasty grilled cheese.
  • Bollare
    BollareMarch 30, 2012
    Best place to people watch while enjoying some tasty organic food and your favorite brew or soju cocktail. Highly recommend the Sweet Potato Un-Fries and Vegan Chop paired with a bloody mary. —Sophie
  • D. E.
    D. E.October 7
    This place is GLORIOUS. The food is insanely good, the view is stunning, the staff is friendly. I had sauteed veggies (broccoli and asparagus), ahi tuna with mash and sav.blanc. I SAW GOD.
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaOctober 27, 2016
    Great for sunset. There's usually a guy playing music in front. Large beer list and tons of food options. The tuna poke is not that great though so skip it.
  • Angelina Z.
    Angelina ZeppieriFebruary 9, 2015
    Lots and lots of delicious beer on tap. Fish tacos were awesome. Great seat on the boardwalk for people watching and drinking.
  • Celebrity HotSpots
    Celebrity HotSpotsOctober 2, 2012
    This is the hotspot that Venice has been missing! Delicious food (ahi tuna sandwich!), great selection of craft beers, outdoor patio on the boadwalk. Cool peeps. What's not to like?
  • Angela W.
    Angela WebbSeptember 23, 2011
    Excellent after beach/surf spot for fantastic craft beer, wine and grass-fed, grass-finished bison burgers. Good people watching too. Very casual and standing room only on weekend evenings.
  • Melis K.
    Melis KayhanOctober 10, 2013
    Unfried sweet potatos, the taco, chicken sandwich, the burger - everything is so tasty. Feli is a great waitress as well, (not stoned), attentive and positive!
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJanuary 26, 2016
    Craft beer selection is solid, and it's perfect for people watching. The nachos were pretty delicious too. Throw a few back and relax.
  • H
    HAugust 27, 2011
    Food and ambiance is among the best in Southern California. The service, however, is less than desirable. Avoid the blonde waitress & hopefully your experience will be better! Try the guac & the BALT.
  • Narine
    NarineSeptember 23, 2012
    Amazing turkey burger, "unfries" and mojito, but if you want to actually talk to your friends, this isn't the place! The music is turned up painfully loud for no apparent reason.
  • rockstockbarrel
    rockstockbarrelJanuary 15, 2015
    Awesome grilled cheese. Get it with double bacon! Fantastic beer choices and views.
  • Ashley E.
    Ashley EApril 9, 2013
    This place is DELICIOUS! Try the grass fed beef... And the guac!!!! :) From Iowa & this is some of the best food we've had here!
  • Amelie A.
    Amelie AmaralNovember 18, 2016
    Very nice place with some very interesting options of draft beer! Ótimo lugar pra tomar chopp artesanal
  • Red F.
    Red FraggleJune 24, 2014
    Gluten free beer on tap!! All seats have a great view of the people watching of Venice Beach. Hang out and watch the sunset.
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TerrellSeptember 19, 2012
    If you're looking to meet some cool new people and try out Venice Ale House, they’ve luckily partnered with Grubwithus.com to host a social dinner on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Yuna 🇰🇷 P.
    Yuna 🇰🇷 ParkAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer on a beach??? New Yorkers can only get this in Coney Island, Water Taxi Beach, and other iterations of lesser, lamer East Coast imitations of this West Coast gem.
  • Filip E.
    Not the best burger. Missed the extras I ordered. Too bad since excellent location and alot of tasty beers. Go here for drinks, not food!
  • Lorenzo M.
    Lorenzo MolinariApril 15, 2016
    I love the view, good choice of Californian draft beer and beautiful waitress (Brown hair girl is fantastic)
  • Mario M.
    Mario MoralesJune 6, 2014
    Don't get the bruschetta, it's not very good. Also try the Bruery Berliner Weisse if they have it, very interesting sour beer!
  • Gui S.
    Gui SeizApril 9, 2016
    Have a 'skate' of beer! A flight of 6 beers of your choice. Avoid the Rasputin one. It's lethal.
  • CorruptCamel
    CorruptCamelAugust 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Waitress tried to add 20% gratuity on a party of 4 and didn't tell us. Keep your eyes open for that. Otherwise, best restaurant in Venice.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StonerJune 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    A fantastic view right on the beach, with a great beer selection and pretty delicious food to boot.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BallMarch 25, 2013
    There are two restrooms. One for men and one for women. The line is typically all women. Guys automatically get a front-of-the-line pass. Don't let the ladies tell you otherwise.
  • Steve S.
    Steve ShepherdDecember 4, 2016
    Great food and beers right on the boardwalk. Highly recommended.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WalkerSeptember 30, 2013
    great beer selection and delicious food. right on the beach, location is a lot of fun.
  • Elif O.
    Elif OnerJune 28, 2015
    good people watching spot with a fine selection of beer. + not many other options on the boardwalk anyway.
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GómezApril 13, 2016
    Right at the beach, nice selection of beers. Honestly, I just cane here because I needed to pee... But I stayed for a couple of brewskis
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJune 15, 2015
    Check out Venice Ale House as it was featured on Best Bars in America for On the famous Venice boardwalk, great selection of local beers Read more
  • Mike W.
    Mike WimsattApril 29, 2012
    Nice big selection of taps, half rotating and half "fixed." And, you know, the beach. (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Robbie T.
    Robbie TullosOctober 20, 2011
    Love the stoned waitress......:-) every one of them. Tip tho, be stone or drunk when u get here. U'll get it. Lmao!
  • tori r.
    tori rafanelliDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    best place to hang out on a sunny afternoon...best place to be on a regular basis during the summer.
  • Rowan W.
    Rowan WernhamMay 23, 2015
    The berry pie is amazing.. But my grilled salmon was dry as hell..
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenAugust 8, 2013
    your typical beach bar experience with 30+ taps. order the tasting flight that comes in a SKATEBOARD.
  • Derek W.
    Derek WilsonMay 11, 2011
    The Portobello Veggie Burger is quite tasty. The stoned waitresses simply add to the pleasant people watching along the boardwalk...
  • Crystal R.
    Crystal RoseAugust 6, 2013
    Get the Venice Ale House brew or the IPAs. Also have Kombucha on tap!
  • Marco T.
    Marco TestaSeptember 27, 2016
    Lamb burger was great! Awesome vibes as well. Tip: bring sunscreen if you go for lunch!
  • George
    GeorgeJune 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My fav. beers are white dog, ruination (both india p.a.) and rasputin (stout).
  • Duncan M.
    Duncan MolesworthSeptember 11, 2014
    Great selection of California brewed beers located right on the boardwalk
  • Horace W.
    Horace WilliamsApril 5, 2014
    Sweet draft list and you can get a beer sampler served on a skateboard
  • ajay r.
    ajay rajaniAugust 3, 2013
    Cod Fish tacos are boomb. Worth getting salsa and chips just for the salsa.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DaubAugust 31, 2011
    My waitresa does look stoned and i love it, all the uptight a holes who bitch about that shojld go f#ck themselves, mojito is bomb,patio the shit
  • Dana M.
    Dana MuscatelloFebruary 25, 2012
    Great location! Organic food! Local beers! Amazing pie! Best people watching!
  • Andriana (.
    Order the young coconut to drink and the sandwich and soup combo. Yum. All the waitresses are stoned. Can't avoid that.
  • Rodrigo M.
    Rodrigo MuricyAugust 15, 2016
    Golden road hael the bay. Amazing Local IPA. Best I've tried there. Totally worth it! 🍻
  • Matanya L.
    Matanya LasagneJanuary 9, 2015
    Great guac and great beers. Major bummed though, no stoned waitressesnowaitreseswaitresses
  • Tobias R.
    Tobias RoßApril 11
    Good beer, good music, nice people, amazing view!
  • Cyrièle P.
    Cyrièle PiancastelliSeptember 21, 2015
    Good beers. Apart from that, food is just OK. Our waitress was fine but we waited 20min before our oder was taken. The head waiter was condescending because I took her for a regular one. Ridiculous.
  • Jocelyn H.
    Jocelyn HsuMay 5, 2013
    Try the Kombucha With Strawberries - Yum! Kombucha on tap!
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinOctober 31, 2015
    Yum brunch, great too sit outdoors and ppl watch
  • Kayla J.
    Kayla JohnsonApril 20, 2015
    Great spot to enjoy some day drinks on the patio
  • Dan S.
    Dan ScanlonSeptember 24, 2015
    Excellent craft beer selection and plenty of drafts.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 21, 2013
    Foods and beers were just ok. I need to try more. Great place for people watching!
  • bruzed
    bruzedJune 27, 2013
    I wanted to go to the kitchen and punch the chef. The scallops were DROWNING in balsamic. Disgusting. The spinach, the potatoes... everything - SO MUCH balsamic.
  • Spence B.
    Spence BoveeMay 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to try the All Spice Cafe chipotle garlic hot sauce!
  • J Michael J.
    J Michael JohnsonNovember 14, 2012
    Amazing organic produce and food. Everything was fantastic!
  • Lee S.
    Try the kombucha larger - real good on a hot day.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WilloughbyOctober 17, 2013
    If your thing is bitter mud, then the local brew will be right up your alley. Food is great though.
  • Allen R.
    Allen RomeroNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Tim is the guy behind the bar w curly hair. He's a stud. Be good to him!
  • Robin R.
    Robin RamonJuly 8, 2016
    House beer and burgers are amazing!
  • Gene S.
    Gene SuperOctober 27, 2014
    Good food, sub-par service. The 2 hostesses spent half hour figuring out how to fold napkins (really?) and not even once checked on our table.
  • Olivia A.
    Olivia AsialaJuly 20, 2015
    Big selection of mostly CA beers. The Skate is like a flight but WAY better.
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.February 4, 2013
    Happy hour: 30min before to 30min after sunset. Select beers $3.
  • Venice Ale House
    Venice Ale HouseAugust 6, 2010
    Venice Ale House 2 Rose AvenueVenice, CA 90291310-314-8253Come join us for great beer, wine and food on the beach. Open 10 am to 10 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Read more
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RyanJune 19, 2012
    Happy hour Kona Longboard pints for $3. Amazing tomato soup and grilled cheese.
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoJuly 9, 2015
    Really liked this place BUT It will be jam packed on holidays or weekends.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PJune 7, 2016
    Ahi sandwich is perfect in every way
  • Allison C.
    Allison ClarkeApril 17, 2012
    Really good food and surprisingly cheap! Service isn't the best.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    My Yelp review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/venice-ale-house-venice#hrid:3px4S3voc7nPReHoSLVLnA/src:self
  • Kurt von Schleicher h.
    Go for the cold coconut with a spoon in it.
  • Stella Z.
    Stella ZeeOctober 16, 2014
    Amazing healthy options to delicious meals
  • Justin B.
    Justin BartekNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Our waitresses were stoned and they were the best!!!!!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BalsonJanuary 22, 2013
    I had a stoned waiter instead of a stoned waitress. Equal opportunity stonyness!
  • Mark T.
    Mark ToblerAugust 29, 2011
    Sorry, as much as I love craft beers, the stench coming from the filthy bar was too much.
  • Francesco S.
    Francesco SimonettiDecember 6, 2014
    Alaskan Salmon Sandwich it's delicious!
  • George
    GeorgeOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Check your bill: I paid $69 instead of $25. But beers are great here anyway.
  • Mariana D.
    Mariana De LuccaMay 19, 2013
    Make sure they are charging you for the right amount. I just had to send the check back 3 times.
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany LeightonJanuary 23, 2013
    Bike here, grab a beer, enjoy the sunset!
  • Allen R.
    Allen RomeroDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    I get the chicken sando for lunch almost daily. Tasty.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LoRussoAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get here early and post up outside on a sunny day at the beach.
  • TheFestivalGuy.com
    TheFestivalGuy.comOctober 19, 2011
    Drink a delicious beer. Then repeat multiple times to guarantee you have the best time.
  • Edward F.
    Good selection of beer. Tasty food.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzOctober 15, 2015
    Read other tips. Awesome stoned waitresses!!!
  • Jen R.
    Jen RobinsonMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a beer flight. They serve it on a skateboard!
  • Ana O.
    Ana O'ReillyFebruary 25, 2013
    Omg there are so many goodlooking men in here! It's a Sunday after sunset on Venice Beach!
  • Che'
    Che'September 9, 2012
    This place is awesome. If you're not a social person, don't bother
  • Jéssi
    JéssiMay 11
    Good music, good beer. It's a little bit expensive but worth
  • Todd L.
    Todd LytleJune 5, 2013
    Good food, wine, and beer...right on the beach.
  • Shelby M.
    Shelby MeinzerDecember 21, 2014
    Good beer selection. Pretty good food too.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhelanAugust 30, 2011
    "Green flash" Happy hour is the half hour before and after sunset.
  • Max V.
    Max VohraMay 18, 2012
    If you're coming for the beach view you'll be disappointed
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 18, 2014
    Get a skate of beer sampler, because why not.
  • Allan D.
    Allan DallaTorreFebruary 10, 2013
    The burgers are great!
  • Hyerin H.
    Hyerin HongFebruary 12, 2016
    Sculpin ipa from san diego
  • Christian R.
    Christian RamirezNovember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best beer and staff in Venice!!
  • Nicolas W.
    The Quinoa Bowl with Chicken was out of this world! Delicious!
  • My Lists
    My ListsJuly 4, 2016
    Açai dream , yogurt and berries.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 8, 2014
    Food isn't that good. Interesting beers. Great people watching spot.
  • Andy R.
    Andy RozenbergSeptember 26, 2014
    Great for a sunset beer!
  • Jacob A.
    Jacob AbernathyOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sick selection of beers and fantastic view of Venice Beach. Sit outside. Read more
  • Shinal
    ShinalMay 15, 2015
    Definitely get the chicken wings.
  • Robert Crawford R.
    Robert Crawford REALTOROctober 19, 2014
    As close to the water as you can get
  • J.D.
    J.D.March 5, 2011
    Stoned waitresses aside, fish tacos were superb.
  • Shamus W.
    Shamus WilsonFebruary 28, 2015
    Tuna Poke is excellent.
  • Aastha G.
    Aastha GaurDecember 5, 2011
    Best grilled veggie sandwich I've had in a long time.
  • Bridget M.
    Bridget MillerAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is delicious. Hands down.
  • Cory L.
    Cory LopezJuly 28, 2015
    Brunch on the beach is the best here.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AucoinMarch 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer selection and the chicken sandwich is delicious
  • THE KING OF SPAIN  !! y.
    THE KING OF SPAIN !! yupDecember 6, 2011
    Always go for the stoned waitress!
  • G F.
    G FoxSeptember 9, 2011
    Tell Emilio, the Executive Chef, I sent you!
  • Pat M.
    Pat McGowanJuly 23, 2014
    Longboard ale & the burger
  • Geoffrey E.
    Geoffrey EmeryFebruary 24, 2012
    Happy hour is 30 minutes before.sunset
  • Wallace M.
    Wallace MurdochAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The west coast beers are great, the food is still just OK, but the service is picking up. Give them another week and hopefully things will be on track...
  • BethBG
    BethBGAugust 27, 2011
    Food is great. Guacamole and cheese quesidila fantastic! Waitress terrible though. Really bad service.
  • David L.
    David LenwellOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good here.
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MacallanApril 22, 2013
    No refills on your ice tea... Seriously!? 1986 called they want their policy back
  • Craig C.
    Craig CareyAugust 24, 2014
    Decent burgers. Good selection of beers. Service OK.
  • Edward P.
    Edward PlateroAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tangerine wheat ale is amazing!!
  • Siddhant P.
    Siddhant PuriJanuary 17, 2016
    Enjoy the burgers and beer by the beach. What could be better
  • Johan V.
    Good food and good services.
  • Pijamas d.
    Pijamas de FlanelaMay 14, 2011
    the ahi tuna sandwich is heaven.
  • Evgeny T.
    Evgeny TchebotarevMay 18, 2013
    WiFi password is ginger1234
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MacallanJuly 5, 2012
    Three words: Ahi Tuna Sandwich
  • Mac
    MacJune 6, 2012
    Try the Ale!
  • Jacqueline F.
    Jacqueline FernandezOctober 20, 2016
    Good food and drinks. Service is so bad. :(
  • Linda V.
    Linda ViearaSeptember 9, 2015
    Best place on Venice Beach!!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LevyMay 21, 2011
    Try the mojito with soju...best!
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SpicywienerJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Stoned waitresses? Whatever. Cool peeps? For sure.
  • Maggie P.
    Maggie PollardFebruary 24, 2013
    Absolutely gorgeous views!
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaMay 1, 2011
    Watch your food! Found worms in burger lettuce. Yuck!
  • Chef Rawk (.
    Chef Rawk (Krissy)March 27, 2012
    I need to review this place...who wants to go with me?
  • Jasper T.
    Jasper TempelNovember 11, 2014
    Great breakfast!
  • Paulina T.
    Paulina TempleDecember 31, 2012
    All the waitresses are still high...
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WhiteMarch 29, 2012
    All of the waitresses here are high as hell!!
  • Damien N.
    Damien NavarroAugust 7, 2010
    Kona longboard, salmon tacos and sunset. Nuff said
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CalderoneAugust 1, 2010
    Opening weekend and it's packed. Beer is good but there's a wait for food :-(
  • Mario S.
    Mario SgambelluriJune 15, 2011
    MateVeza Black Lager is awesome
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WhiteMarch 29, 2012
    All the waitresses here are high as hell!
  • Luke M.
    Luke McGNovember 13, 2012
    Dude. Yum.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsonJuly 27, 2013
    Come here!
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua ElsonDecember 5, 2010
    For some reason, no alcohol before 1 pm.
  • Mitch G.
    Mitch GoldstromNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No more stoned waitress
  • Kate G.
    Kate Ghezzi-KopelFebruary 29, 2012
    Why is last call at 10pm.
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WityakAugust 24, 2012
    Sorry, I smoke out all the waitresses...
  • Nell S.
    Nell StephensonFebruary 23, 2011
    DON'T expect to get a seat here! Waited over an hour; and they don't do rezzies!
  • Mahnaz B.
    Mahnaz BanooFebruary 4, 2015
    Very very rude staff. I found hair in my food and they were super ignorant
  • Calvin R.
    Calvin RobertsonJuly 27, 2011
    Duchy!!!!!!!!
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WhiteMarch 29, 2012
    No Alcohol before 1pm >:(
  • Michael N.
    Michael NemcikSeptember 30, 2010
    Got the stoned waitress
  • Rainy K.
    Rainy KumarAugust 1, 2010
    Try to get the unstoned waitress.
  • Edgar S.
    The food is overpriced and not that great but it's a good spot to post up with a beer and people watch.
  • Sena O.
    Sena OkJanuary 15, 2014
    Bira cenneti...hamburgerler olağanüstü...
  • Rene B.
    Rene BeroizMarch 4, 2015
    Variedad en cervezas y buenas hamburguesas
  • Catalina F.
    Catalina FravegaNovember 13, 2013
    Todo orgánico, muy bueno 👍
  • George
    GeorgeJune 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Пиво Le freak из Сан-Диего отличное
  • George
    GeorgeJune 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Поздний завтрак интуриста
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