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“Poor service, lousy food, leaking roof and $$$$”
Review of Joe's Restaurant - CLOSED

Joe's Restaurant
Price range: US$ 25 - US$ 35
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Venice
Cross street: Main Street
Transit: Santa Monica 2 at Westminster/Abbot Kinney MTA 33/333 two blocks away at Brooks and Main/Abbot Kinney and Main Santa Monica 1 two blocks away at Brooks and Main/Abbot Kinney and Main
Description: Abbot Kinney's Original Fine Dining Experience where Farmer's Market Driven Ingredients Meet a California-French Cuisine in a Comfortable Neighborhood Atmosphere in Venice Beach
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Second time in Joe's, this time for dinner.The first time was a lunch date and was enjoyable, hence our return visit. This time it was like a different restaurant altogether.
There was no valet parking , the streets are dark and the area did not feel safe. We had to find our own parking spot in the rain. Our specially reserved table was given to someone else even though we were on time, so we were sat in a shabby part of the rear end of the restaurant. The tables are on the small size . The roof was leaking rain water in several places. Some diners were forced to move and be seated elsewhere. We ordered cocktails and asked for bread. The waitress was irritating and refused to bring bread saying she would bring it only when we ordered food. We insisted we wanted some now. She did not bring it. The cocktails arrived and again we reminded her we wanted bread. It still did not come. It took four times, each time more insistent before she asked the waiter to bring bread to our table.The menu is pricey but they have a prix fixe at around $35.00 for 3 courses. Two of us chose the prix fixe which came with either a curried cauliflower soup or a salad of sorts. Both dishes were awful. My main was a thai dish, quite OK but my three fellow diners did not enjoy their entrees. Two were a chicken with mushroom risotto swimming in a plate of jus with burned and bitter brussel sprouts.The desserts that came with the prix fixe were kiddie portion sizes, ideal sizes for 2 year olds. The wines are expensive with prices around $45 upwards. All in all the evening was a waste of time and money. Never again.

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1  Thank Patrick H
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Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

We had the charcuterie, fish tacos and chocolate ganache. The tacos were good, and the charcuterie was saved by the foie gras. Didn't love the bread that was served with the charcuterie. The ganache was very rich and came recommended.

Thank Marino F
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Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

We are sitting in the patio area, munching on the complimentary brioche and olive tapinard. This is our second visit after a brunch visit last week. Lunch is amazing at 23 bucks for a wonderful 3 course meal. Being a Brit, the Turbodog brown ale washes down with the food fantastically. The missus is slurping the watermelon champagne spritzer.
This is a must munch for any visitors to the Venice Beach area. If you overeat on the great food, then a walk up Kinney past the clothes shops towards the canals is a great wander.
Anyway, 10/10 for the experience.

Thank Mike140366
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Ever since Joe's opened as part of a house and gradually expanded, I've had consistently great food here and very good service to match. I've enjoyed lunch, brunch and dinner here. Also, thankfully, this is NOT your Hollywood "bistro to the stars" where ordinary folks get shoved aside for Hollywood big shots as in other LA restaurants.

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Thank hvgnwlltrvl
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Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

Brunch in Abbot Kinny and it's wonderful. All of the staff kept every sip and bite at the ready without interruption and the atmosphere was a nice balance of professional and relaxed. The staff have personalities that lend themselves to the service industry which made it fun. The french toast is by the pastry chef giving the fluff, bounce and texture minus the sugar to make it a step above.

Thank skiiah
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