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Venice Whaler Bar & Grill

Bar, Pizza Place, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Venice, Venice
  • The experts at Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly recommend this place
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    • LA Weekly
  • K K.
    "Patio upstairs is the perfect place to enjoy a beer & the weather."(10 Tips)
    Katja H.
    "Great view and good music on the rooftop on the weekends."(12 Tips)
    "go between 4-8 everyday and they have an awesome happy hour."(9 Tips)
    Joanna K.
    "Sunday night karaoke with Foots is the best!"(7 Tips)
131 Tips and reviews
  • upstairs
  • scenic views
  • seafood
  • happy hour
  • lively
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMay 6, 2013
    At Happy hour Mon-Fri, 4-7pm & Mon-Thurs,10pm-midnight, sip on $6 house wine and spirits and $4 draft beers! Look out for Lagunitas and Venice Beach Beer. Better yet, buy a pitcher for $15. True dive! Read more
  • Michael F.
    Friendly staff, and on-spot location at Venice beach. Tasty tacos and ice tea refill. If you're wondering why your G&T is so strong - that's just Gin with ice cubes.
  • Peter F.
    Peter FarnanApril 27, 2012
    One of the few beach side bars in LA, a Venice staple. Food is bar type food and the drinks are poured nice and heavy. Definately cannit beat the view. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mezcal El Silencio .
    Try the Salmon on a fired wood. The best!! #MezcalElSilencio cocktails. Outdoor seating. Nice view. No reservations. Be ready to meet people and have a blast.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WallaceJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Karaoke starts at 9pm on Thursday and Sunday nights in the downstairs bar! Super fun and Theresa is a GREAT karaoke host! Tip your bartenders and servers well!
  • K K.
    K KJuly 26, 2016
    Patio upstairs is the perfect place to enjoy a beer & the weather. Famous whaler tacos are amazeballs!!!!
  • John E.
    John EFebruary 17, 2015
    Açai bowls from the takeout window are authentic (made just like in Brazil) and delicious.
  • Juju C.
    Awesome ! The best burger in the city ! Perfect IPA beer (santa monica IPA) ! Helpfull atendant! Good sound ! Great view to beach!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesOctober 14, 2010
    If upstairs gets too crowded, move downstairs for some people-watching through the always-open French doors with Venice Beach's rollerbladers, cyclists and bikini-clad beach-bunnies as entertainment. Read more
  • Josh K.
    Josh KarpDecember 31, 2011
    The tres tacos are great ... They wrap it in both a flour and corn tortilla ... Makes for great flavor combo. Solid steak fries too.
    Upvoted Mar 31
  • Clique Public Relations Agency
    has a great happy hour Mon-Fri. the food is $7 and so are the house margaritas. Karaoke every Thursday nite is cool too!
  • ÜGo R.
    ÜGo RoxAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The karaoke catalogue here is a lot more diverse than at other places. They also have Pacifico. And Jonas is the man.
  • Shotgun S.
    Great place for whatever your desires...can just enjoy the view during the daytime or party hars at night.
  • JordanPaige
    JordanPaigeJuly 6, 2013
    Great appetizers. Nice to sit up top vie the ocean and have music, tv, and a great atmosphere
  • Marc
    MarcSeptember 24, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 Best Street Food - #3 Lobster Roll & Clam Chowder
  • Todd L.
    Todd LytleJune 5, 2013
    Fish and Chips are really good here. Cool atmosphere. Happy Hour is crowded...especially in the summer.
  • @boujeeandbroke
    @boujeeandbrokeJuly 20, 2012
    go between 4-8 everyday and they have an awesome happy hour. food is only $6 and its really good
  • Joe J.
    Joe JohnsonNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like vodka, Jager, and a hint of cherry liquor with rum, try a "surfer on acid" (at the bar, not beach).
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 27, 2015
    One of my favorite Venice bars. Close to beach, chill vibe. Good drinks.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth McKinleyJuly 1, 2014
    Watched the USA v Germany game there 6/26/14, great vibe, great location, great staff, great food & drink. Definitely going back.
  • Cory C.
    Cory CopelandJuly 15, 2013
    Cool music... If you have money for the jukebox. The good wasnt too bad. I actually annoyed it. Not a bad place just to kick back and chill
  • BRian
    BRianApril 6, 2016
    Crispy Brussels sprouts with grilled salmon 👌🏼✨
  • Katja H.
    Katja HaackMarch 28, 2016
    Great view and good music on the rooftop on the weekends.
  • Abdulrahman Z.
    Abdulrahman ZJanuary 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Karaoke on Sundays..make sure you come with a good mood. ;)
  • Cresta C.
    Cresta CavanaughNovember 22, 2014
    The sunset view is awesomeness. Get there early for a good seat upstairs!
  • Sonny S.
    Sonny SpencerFebruary 26, 2015
    Kobe beef sliders were good but only 3 of them for "sharing with friends" isn't enough. The ceaser salad has too much lettuce and dry croutons.
  • Sam-e R.
    Sam-e RazarJune 25, 2010
    HANDS DOWN the only decent Bloody Mary on all of Washington. If your server is Erin, expect the finest service and fixins to doctor up your own bloody mary to taste.
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus SweeneyJune 9, 2013
    Live music was awesome! Great band! Upstairs bit disappointing
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FluryJanuary 26, 2016
    Great place right next to the beach. Try the fish tacos!
  • Mila I.
    Mila IoffeJuly 29, 2015
    Get here for happy hour 4-7pm. Food is great.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KaneMarch 20, 2016
    I ordered huevos rancheros. Must be californian style - not baked, more like a poached egg & salsa taco.
  • Alfaisal G.
    Alfaisal G1 week ago
    Delicious mohito and pizza and view
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorJune 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Friday night brings a large crowd of desperate singles looking for a hookup. But hey, if that's your thing, simply go down Washington Ave to the Jolly Roger Hotel.
  • Neiki U.
    Neiki UllahNovember 6, 2015
    This is that bar where you and your friends always go.
  • Nicklas A.
    Nicklas Ansman GiertzApril 11, 2013
    The steak was delicious, perfectly cooked and only $20!
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CiolinoDecember 5, 2015
    It's not on the menu, but ask the bartender for a "Jim Belushi." You won't be disappointed.
  • Tony T.
    Tony TacacciJuly 25, 2010
    Loved the Monet Salad (with raspberry dressing). Should get a scoop of chicken if got the money ;P
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraMay 25, 2011
    If you're looking for a tasty appetizer, try the Mozzarella Sticks!
  • Jamez
    JamezNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Pizzas pretty bomb yo- great live music wed and fri nites
  • Aissata D.
    Aissata DialloSeptember 9, 2013
    Very good ambiance. Very noisy. For a drink after the Sunset
  • Danye D.
    Danye DancerSeptember 7, 2013
    If u escaped what i escaped, u'd be in Venice getting fucked up too!
  • Achille K.
    Achille KollaJuly 11, 2015
    Great drink prices and right next door to the beach.
  • Bo K.
    Bo KaierAugust 18, 2013
    Be advised: Marilyn Monroe does not have any tattoos, the photo on the second floor is a lie! A lie!
  • Wesley K.
    Wesley KaminskyJuly 18, 2013
    Always seems like there is something going on here. Nice balcony bar.
  • jeannette p.
    jeannette pilaJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Loooove the Whaler. Best bartenders EVER especially Miss Bridgette Bruno and Sir Mike!
  • Anabella M.
    Anabella MingoNovember 30, 2014
    Great pizza and ambience. Not Great service
  • Emily B.
    Emily BaerMarch 9, 2015
    Crazy busy. Very hectic, but a great beach bar
  • Susana M.
    Susana Monsalve jonesMarch 22, 2013
    Good happy hour! Nicest place on venice board walk
  • Lori P.
    Lori PolkowskiApril 10, 2013
    Great location. Terrible beer choices. Unless of course you like to drink watered down urine or corona, same thing.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KSeptember 8, 2016
    $4- Slices, Pepperoni or Cheese
  • Jen B.
    Jen BergJanuary 18, 2015
    Really nice staff and solid beach bar but the wings were gross - some of the worst I've had - and I have a high tolerance for mediocre bar food.
  • T.J. R.
    T.J. RoeJune 22, 2014
    I've yet to meet a quality human being here after 10pm.
  • Jehrid H.
    Jehrid HaleSeptember 22, 2015
    Awesome! Go see Hayley Johnson, aka The Little Miss perform on Thursdays!!
    NOOOOOO EWWWWWWMay 29, 2012
    Maybe it was an off day, but the upstairs happy hour service is absolutely terrible. It's not crowded, but the waitresses are rude and no where to be found. The food isn't any good either.
  • Shell
    ShellJuly 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Portabella Veggie burger... Surprisingly yum!!
  • Aristotle D.
    Aristotle DreherApril 10, 2013
    The upstairs is fun. The bar wench is nasty.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SapienMarch 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best price on Don Julio Blanco and Anejo shots with an Ocean View:-)
  • Morgane C.
    Morgane CattinSeptember 11, 2014
    Enjoy a delicious sangria upstairs with ocean view
  • Sidney H.
    Sidney HarrisonJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesday night locals only. Acoustic local bands.
  • Silvia B.
    Silvia Butta CaliceApril 14, 2016
    Good food. Good staff
  • Drew H.
    Drew HubbardMarch 27, 2010
    The upstairs bar is redesigned and will accomodate a lot more people than before.
  • Patrick A.
    Patrick AllenApril 8, 2013
    A great time if it isn't too crowded upstairs.
    AVILAVIPAugust 10, 2012
    Great place to enjoy a sunset at
  • Morgan L.
    Morgan LintonApril 27, 2013
    Always packed, come early!
  • Tom C.
    Tom CornynApril 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Axl Rose bathroom is unisex. Just saying.
  • Danica J.
    Danica JonesOctober 23, 2009
    Happy hour ends at 8pm. I like to hoard pitchers at the last minute because their pitchers have a cooling system in them. :)
  • Nadia K.
    Nadia KoverskaAugust 31, 2014
    Lovely place
  • Naz H.
    Naz HashSeptember 5, 2014
    Best shrimp tacos ever!!! ❌🍤🍤
  • Chad L.
    Chad LorenzMay 6, 2011
    The shrimp dishes are yummy.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CohenApril 5, 2010
    Great views from the upstairs Balcony. Beware of nosey onlookers tho! 
  • Ravi K.
    Ravi KristinMarch 28, 2013
    Danny's is more fun, but Tim the bartender is a star.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJune 27, 2015
    No booze if you sit on the sidewalk. Boooooo!
  • Joe J.
    Joe JohnsonSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stevie and the band don't need a stand.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Santa Monica XPA is tasty
  • Chef Rawk (.
    Chef Rawk (Krissy)July 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The door guy is hot...the drinks are strong. I don't like to stay too long...
  • Marcus B.
    Marcus BrownSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    All food is good. :-)
  • Paul M.
    Paul MeyersAugust 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Carne Asada Pizza all day long...
  • Adrian J.
    Adrian JonesJune 17, 2010
    Get here extremely early for Lakers games! Worth the experiance.
  • Svenja N.
    Svenja NamettoAugust 19, 2013
    best seafood Pasta :)
  • Janay B.
    Janay B.March 13, 2013
    Andrew is the best bartender!
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WestJuly 11, 2011
    weakest whiskey cokes ever. you're better off ordering a beer.
  • Ernie G.
    Ernie GMay 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    House bloody Mary's are garbage
  • Joey L.
    Joey LancasterSeptember 1, 2012
    Yes, they have a veggie burger.
  • cokelabra
    cokelabraAugust 19, 2015
    live Music, good food
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The whaler margarita is legit
  • Rudy R.
    Rudy RodriguezJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Finest establishment on the boardwalk
  • Mailton V.
    Mailton VasconcelosJuly 19, 2015
    Sunset and beers
  • ross h.
    ross hoffmanJune 27, 2010
    Sit in the sun and grab a bucket of beers.
    Upvoted Mar 28
  • Vincenzo A.
    Vincenzo AmatoFebruary 2, 2012
    June the bartendress rules ! And she snowboards :)
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AispuroAugust 14, 2014
    pitcher and burger
  • Pavel LC.Design
    Pavel LC.DesignAugust 16, 2014
    Perfect place veniceeeee
  • Caroline A. G.
    Sit on the rooftop patio
  • Cagri
    CagriMay 11, 2013
    Really good stuff..
  • Steven M.
    Steven MosleyJune 15, 2015
    Great service
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BuesingApril 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    beware of Scott the Local.
  • Flytrybe
    FlytrybeDecember 26, 2015
    Classic burger.
  • Joanna K.
    Joanna KabbaraJuly 8, 2010
    Sunday night karaoke with Foots is the best!
  • Marcos C.
    Marcos C.February 24, 2013
    The view.......the view.
  • Reyna H.
    Reyna HernandezJanuary 22, 2011
    Chloe keeli and Natalie are the best
  • HotDog T.
    HotDog TheRapperApril 3, 2010
    The Dyson Air Blade doesn't work well for sucking poo off your hands but the stalls are top notch.
  • Cycy D.
    Cycy DouAugust 31, 2016
    Pour un verre ou pour manger c est un endroit au top avec vue sur la plage et le coucher de soleil! L idéal : la terrasse au 1er étage! Un poil cher quand-même.
  • Sophie W.
    Sophie WanderlustFebruary 22, 2016
    La salade avec crevettes et papaye est excellente. Tout ça avec une vue sur l'ocean. Magnifique.
  • Irina S.
    Irina SinitsinaApril 30, 2016
    Прекрасное место для бранча в выходной день. Вкусно, весело:)
  • Laura M.
    Laura MartinFebruary 27, 2014
    De mis sitios favoritos. Cervecita, mar y buena música.
  • Antonio O.
    Antonio OrtizJune 10, 2013
    Llegar temprano, se pone a tope
  • Pablo D.
    Pablo DDNovember 25, 2014
    Buena cerveza, atención podría ser mejor.
  • Anibal P.
    Anibal PeiroloMay 26, 2012
    Arriba se pasa de 10!! Muy buena musica!
  • Ricardo O.
    Ricardo OliveiraDecember 29, 2015
    Melhor praia!
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RazoNovember 20, 2011
    Delicious plate, Huevos Whaler
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