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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)
135 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.
    Michael FriedrichApril 30, 2017
    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.
    Juju CabreiraMarch 24, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Shotgun S.
    Great place for whatever your desires...can just enjoy the view during the daytime or party hars at night.
  • 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).
  • Marc
    MarcSeptember 24, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 Best Street Food - #3 Lobster Roll & Clam Chowder
  • JordanPaige
    JordanPaigeJuly 6, 2013
    Great appetizers. Nice to sit up top vie the ocean and have music, tv, and a great atmosphere
  • Todd L.
    Todd LytleJune 5, 2013
    Fish and Chips are really good here. Cool atmosphere. Happy Hour is crowded...especially in the summer.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 27, 2015
    One of my favorite Venice bars. Close to beach, chill vibe. Good drinks.
  • @boujeeandbroke
    @boujeeandbrokeJuly 20, 2012
    go between 4-8 everyday and they have an awesome happy hour. food is only $6 and its really good
  • 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.
  • BRian
    BRianApril 6, 2016
    Crispy Brussels sprouts with grilled salmon 👌🏼✨
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FluryJanuary 26, 2016
    Great place right next to the beach. Try the fish tacos!
  • 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.
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus SweeneyJune 9, 2013
    Live music was awesome! Great band! Upstairs bit disappointing
  • 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.
  • Mila I.
    Mila IoffeJuly 29, 2015
    Get here for happy hour 4-7pm. Food is great.
  • Nicklas A.
    Nicklas Ansman GiertzApril 11, 2013
    The steak was delicious, perfectly cooked and only $20!
  • Alfaisal G.
    Alfaisal GMay 17, 2017
    Delicious mohito and pizza and view
  • Neiki U.
    Neiki UllahNovember 6, 2015
    This is that bar where you and your friends always go.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KaneMarch 20, 2016
    I ordered huevos rancheros. Must be californian style - not baked, more like a poached egg & salsa taco.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aissata D.
    Aissata DialloSeptember 9, 2013
    Very good ambiance. Very noisy. For a drink after the Sunset
  • Tony T.
    Tony TacacciJuly 25, 2010
    Loved the Monet Salad (with raspberry dressing). Should get a scoop of chicken if got the money ;P
  • Jamez
    JamezNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Pizzas pretty bomb yo- great live music wed and fri nites
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraMay 25, 2011
    If you're looking for a tasty appetizer, try the Mozzarella Sticks!
  • Achille K.
    Achille KollaJuly 11, 2015
    Great drink prices and right next door to the beach.
  • Danye D.
    Danye DancerSeptember 7, 2013
    If u escaped what i escaped, u'd be in Venice getting fucked up too!
  • Wesley K.
    Wesley KaminskyJuly 18, 2013
    Always seems like there is something going on here. Nice balcony bar.
  • 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
  • jeannette p.
    jeannette pilaJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Loooove the Whaler. Best bartenders EVER especially Miss Bridgette Bruno and Sir Mike!
  • 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!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KSeptember 8, 2016
    $4- Slices, Pepperoni or Cheese
  • Susana M.
    Susana Monsalve jonesMarch 22, 2013
    Good happy hour! Nicest place on venice board walk
  • Edgar S.
    Edgar SarmientoJune 21, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Divey, good mix of locals and tourists. Food is good but insanely overpriced.
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