3 Square Cafe Bakery

★★★★☆
  • 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd

    Venice, CA 90291

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  • 310-399-6504

About 3 Square Cafe Bakery

Hours
Bakery hours: Daily, 7am - 7pm Cafe hours: Mon - Thu, 8am - 10pm; Fri, 8am - 11pm; Sat, 9am - 11pm; Sun, 9am - 10pm

Food

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Breakfast and burgers really shine at this place. Everything ordered was delicious, and the space has a beautiful modern design.

3
★★★★★

Breakfast and burgers really shine at this place. Everything ordered was delicious, and the space has a beautiful modern design.

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Perfect spot for people people watching. Fabulous farm to table fare. Service is fab allowing you to linger. Order the brussels sprouts.

3
★★★★★

Perfect spot for people people watching. Fabulous farm to table fare. Service is fab allowing you to linger. Order the brussels sprouts.

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Excellent food in a simple corner spot on Abbot Kinney. Great local hangoutm, plus good wines too. Give it a try, you'll be surprised how good it is

2
★★★★☆

Excellent food in a simple corner spot on Abbot Kinney. Great local hangoutm, plus good wines too. Give it a try, you'll be surprised how good it is

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We loved the food there, as it is pretty original and innovative. Almost like a German-California fusion... If only their portions were a little larger...

2
★★★★☆

We loved the food there, as it is pretty original and innovative. Almost like a German-California fusion... If only their portions were a little larger...

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Many mourned the loss of chef Hans Rckenwagner's namesake Santa Monica restaurant, and his breads and decadent pastries have been sorely missed. But now at 3 Square, a casual, neighborhood caf, Rckenwagner??s talent with bakery items shines more brightly than ever. Enjoy German apple pancakes, plump fruit scones and sandwiches like a Black Forest panino on fresh-baked breads. Not to be missed is Rckenwagner??s signature burger, served on Hans?? own pretzel bread.

3
★★★☆☆

Many mourned the loss of chef Hans Rckenwagner's namesake Santa Monica restaurant, and his breads and decadent pastries have been sorely missed. But now at 3 Square, a casual, neighborhood caf, Rckenwagner??s talent with bakery items shines more brightly than ever. Enjoy German apple pancakes, plump fruit scones and sandwiches like a Black Forest panino on fresh-baked breads. Not to be missed is Rckenwagner??s signature burger, served on Hans?? own pretzel bread.

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When the original Rockenwagner on Main closed, I really missed their brunch, so I was thrilled when Hans opened up 3 Square. They kept many of the items I love--the apple pancake, weisswurst--and added new ones that are equally enjoyable. Take a pass on the push-button espresso, though. Nice outdoor eating area. Dinner not as satisfying, maybe because we weren't in the mood that night for sm plates. So, the four-star rating is for their brunch only.

4
★★★★☆

When the original Rockenwagner on Main closed, I really missed their brunch, so I was thrilled when Hans opened up 3 Square. They kept many of the items I love--the apple pancake, weisswurst--and added new ones that are equally enjoyable. Take a pass on the push-button espresso, though. Nice outdoor eating area. Dinner not as satisfying, maybe because we weren't in the mood that night for sm plates. So, the four-star rating is for their brunch only.

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Don't stay for the food. Let me start with the positive: the bakery is amazing. The cookies, the bread, the pastries, it's so good, even the strictest diet will crumble. While the menu looks appealing and the space has been designed for a promising and satisfying weekend meal...do not be fooled. The food is mediocre, at VERYbest. Take the pretzel burger: seems to have it all, and on paper it does, but falls so short. It's greasy, which leads to messy, and not in a good way. Just a notch above fast food, and that's only because the prezel bun comes from the bakery. Price is standard for LA. Every meal, good or bad, costs a minimum of $40, but in the case of 3 square, save $30, and have croissant from next door.

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★★★☆☆

Don't stay for the food. Let me start with the positive: the bakery is amazing. The cookies, the bread, the pastries, it's so good, even the strictest diet will crumble. While the menu looks appealing and the space has been designed for a promising and satisfying weekend meal...do not be fooled. The food is mediocre, at VERYbest. Take the pretzel burger: seems to have it all, and on paper it does, but falls so short. It's greasy, which leads to messy, and not in a good way. Just a notch above fast food, and that's only because the prezel bun comes from the bakery. Price is standard for LA. Every meal, good or bad, costs a minimum of $40, but in the case of 3 square, save $30, and have croissant from next door.

Pros: Bakery

Cons: Lunch

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We went for dinner--excellent time. The waiter was incredibly helpful and attentive. The meatballs and croutons were an interesting combination, but very tasty. The warm bread delivered to the table was yummy. The onion rings were good, but difficult to eat. Mac & Cheese was delicious. Don't miss the pretzel bread!

2
★★★★☆

We went for dinner--excellent time. The waiter was incredibly helpful and attentive. The meatballs and croutons were an interesting combination, but very tasty. The warm bread delivered to the table was yummy. The onion rings were good, but difficult to eat. Mac & Cheese was delicious. Don't miss the pretzel bread!

Pros: Yummy breads and creative dishes--nice stoneware

Cons: None that I can see

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This is a lovely cafe located on the trendy stretch of Abbot Kinney, filled with wonderful boutiques, galleries and trendy eateries. It's always nice just to stroll through this area on a nice, sunny day.

After hearing about the avocado fries here, I had to try them! I arrived around 11:30am on a saturday morning and the place was already hopping! I had to wait about 10 minutes for the table, but it was fun people (and dog) watching. (Random note - we saw the most beautiful siberian husky here - an immense creature with the most gorgeous blue eyes. The owner was really nice and let us play with the dog.) Ok - back to the review...

Service is awesome here! So friendly and attentive and nice. It also helped that our server was cute. :) But more importantly, the food was quite good. Avocado fries were large strips of avocado deep-fried and served with a smoky tomato salsa (sort of a different take on guacamole). I also had a veal sausage with soft scrambled eggs which came with yummy potatoes. Quite delish.

All in all - an enjoyable place, but I think the ambience and service may have outshone the food for me.

2
★★★★☆

This is a lovely cafe located on the trendy stretch of Abbot Kinney, filled with wonderful boutiques, galleries and trendy eateries. It's always nice just to stroll through this area on a nice, sunny day.

After hearing about the avocado fries here, I had to try them! I arrived around 11:30am on a saturday morning and the place was already hopping! I had to wait about 10 minutes for the table, but it was fun people (and dog) watching. (Random note - we saw the most beautiful siberian husky here - an immense creature with the most gorgeous blue eyes. The owner was really nice and let us play with the dog.) Ok - back to the review...

Service is awesome here! So friendly and attentive and nice. It also helped that our server was cute. :) But more importantly, the food was quite good. Avocado fries were large strips of avocado deep-fried and served with a smoky tomato salsa (sort of a different take on guacamole). I also had a veal sausage with soft scrambled eggs which came with yummy potatoes. Quite delish.

All in all - an enjoyable place, but I think the ambience and service may have outshone the food for me.

Pros: Wonderful Friendly Service, Good food

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A friend and I were walking down Abbott Kinney and couldn't help but notice how hopping 3 square cafe was so we stopped in for brunch. The friendly waitress recommended the hamburger w/ Swiss Cheese and Grilled Onions on a Pretzel roll. It was a great recommendation and delicious. My friend had the omlette special which was a few types of cheeses, asparagus and ham. She said it was good but it was an omlettee...she felt better after she ordered a pretzel role. The cafe has a small menu with a bravian flair. Items were fresh and tasty and service was good even during the busy bruch rush.

2
★★★★☆

A friend and I were walking down Abbott Kinney and couldn't help but notice how hopping 3 square cafe was so we stopped in for brunch. The friendly waitress recommended the hamburger w/ Swiss Cheese and Grilled Onions on a Pretzel roll. It was a great recommendation and delicious. My friend had the omlette special which was a few types of cheeses, asparagus and ham. She said it was good but it was an omlettee...she felt better after she ordered a pretzel role. The cafe has a small menu with a bravian flair. Items were fresh and tasty and service was good even during the busy bruch rush.

Pros: Pretzel Bread, Tasty brunch, good & friendly service

Cons: Menu is on the small side for brunch, a few more options would be even better

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Many mourned the loss of chef Hans Rockenwagner's namesake Santa Monica restaurant, and his breads and decadent pastries have been sorely missed. But now at 3 Square, a casual, neighborhood cafe, Rockenwagner's talent with bakery items…

 

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