Axe

★★★★★
  • 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd

    Venice, CA 90291

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  • 310-664-9787

About Axe

Hours
Wed-Thu 6pm-10pm Fri-Sat 6pm-10:30pm Sun 9am-3pm; 5:30pm-9:30pm

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I hadn't been to Axe in a few years due to their rude bad-mood service and expensive food. However, I revisited Axe last week and was pleasantly surprised. The server was extremely sweet and the food was superb. I got the homemade

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I hadn't been to Axe in a few years due to their rude bad-mood service and expensive food. However, I revisited Axe last week and was pleasantly surprised. The server was extremely sweet and the food was superb. I got the homemade

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Really don't like this place, Had a bad experience a year ago and went again and it still sucks. HORRIBLE service and the food is subpar at best. There are so many other places to go on Abbot Kinney

3
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Really don't like this place, Had a bad experience a year ago and went again and it still sucks. HORRIBLE service and the food is subpar at best. There are so many other places to go on Abbot Kinney

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ok, i was here when this place first opened in 1999. there used to be a great server, she was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. the overall vibe was really chill partly because of her. i was a regular because of her

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★★★★★

ok, i was here when this place first opened in 1999. there used to be a great server, she was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. the overall vibe was really chill partly because of her. i was a regular because of her

Pros: interior

Cons: service

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You would think a little joint on Abbott Kinney would get off its high horse, but apparently this neighborhood has gentrified beyond even the locals (of which I count myself one). I called to make a reservation for 4 for a Saturday night

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You would think a little joint on Abbott Kinney would get off its high horse, but apparently this neighborhood has gentrified beyond even the locals (of which I count myself one). I called to make a reservation for 4 for a Saturday night

Pros: No idea. Decided not even to darken the door.

Cons: credit card # required to reserve a table, is this LA Story?

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This was the WORST dining experience of my entire life and I have eaten at many restaurants.

To begin, we tried to add a fourth person to our reservation and the hostess went into a snit and was so rude to us. Apparently they had us set

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★★★★★

This was the WORST dining experience of my entire life and I have eaten at many restaurants.

To begin, we tried to add a fourth person to our reservation and the hostess went into a snit and was so rude to us. Apparently they had us set

Pros: Bread pudding

Cons: Service (or lack thereof)

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I went to Axe this morning to have the nine grain pancake and a good cup of coffee. I walked into the establishment only to be greeted by little orphan Annie's evil twin sister. This particular server was in a very foul mood upon entering

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I went to Axe this morning to have the nine grain pancake and a good cup of coffee. I walked into the establishment only to be greeted by little orphan Annie's evil twin sister. This particular server was in a very foul mood upon entering

Pros: Good Nine Grain Pancake

Cons: Horrible wait staff and bad energy

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We recently went early on a Saturday night. I ordered the Trout which used to be my favorite....the fish was flavorless and was overpowered by the beets inside ( too sweet) , My husbands Duck was good and the veggies were yummy and then

3
★★★★★

We recently went early on a Saturday night. I ordered the Trout which used to be my favorite....the fish was flavorless and was overpowered by the beets inside ( too sweet) , My husbands Duck was good and the veggies were yummy and then

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Wish I could have had this experience on camera. I was unhappy with my meal - hey, it happens...but from the point I brought up the issue with my steak to the time we demanded the check and left, I was shocked at the attitude of certain

3
★★★★★

Wish I could have had this experience on camera. I was unhappy with my meal - hey, it happens...but from the point I brought up the issue with my steak to the time we demanded the check and left, I was shocked at the attitude of certain

Pros: Ambience?

Cons: Pretentious, unprofessional and down-right rude staff

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I love Axe! I have been a fan since they opened in 1999..or was it 2000. In any case they always deliver the best edgy eats in a hip but simple atmosphere. I will be always eat here any time I find myself in Venice Beach.

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I love Axe! I have been a fan since they opened in 1999..or was it 2000. In any case they always deliver the best edgy eats in a hip but simple atmosphere. I will be always eat here any time I find myself in Venice Beach.

Pros: Decent Service nothing fancy

Cons: It isnt any closer to Hollywood. Not really... I love Venice.

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This place stinks. I am not sure which was worse, the service or the food. Either way, we won't be back.

3
★★★★★

This place stinks. I am not sure which was worse, the service or the food. Either way, we won't be back.

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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I happened to be sitting next to teebone on that dreadful night. Dreadful because teebone and his wife were awful. I hadn't anticipated writting anything as I was just checking out some of the reviews and saw this piece of work. I had to

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★★★★★

I happened to be sitting next to teebone on that dreadful night. Dreadful because teebone and his wife were awful. I hadn't anticipated writting anything as I was just checking out some of the reviews and saw this piece of work. I had to

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I will just say this: Yes, it is a neighborhood hangout where people can come to eat organic food. However, behind closed doors, owner, Joanna Moore is a tyrant. Her image to the public (for the two people out there who still don't know

3
★★★★★

I will just say this: Yes, it is a neighborhood hangout where people can come to eat organic food. However, behind closed doors, owner, Joanna Moore is a tyrant. Her image to the public (for the two people out there who still don't know

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We have dined at Axe on two occasions. The first experience the hostess was down right rude, unaccommodating and was verbally abusive. Because the food preparation and flavor was worthy of a second chance we decided to give it another

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★★★★★

We have dined at Axe on two occasions. The first experience the hostess was down right rude, unaccommodating and was verbally abusive. Because the food preparation and flavor was worthy of a second chance we decided to give it another

Pros: Good lemonaid

Cons: Bad attitude, service, etc

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Let's admit it--we love our organic, sustainable, farmers-market friendly restaurants, but we generally don't want to think about the labor conditions of the people who make our dining experiences possible. I wish this place was

3
★★★★★

Let's admit it--we love our organic, sustainable, farmers-market friendly restaurants, but we generally don't want to think about the labor conditions of the people who make our dining experiences possible. I wish this place was

Pros: Nice employees

Cons: Owner

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The food was enjoyable, however for the incredibly high prices I had expected it to be a little more inventive and intruiging. most of the dishes were very straight forward, meat and side. It was ok, good service, etc but I think I will

3
★★★★★

The food was enjoyable, however for the incredibly high prices I had expected it to be a little more inventive and intruiging. most of the dishes were very straight forward, meat and side. It was ok, good service, etc but I think I will

Pros: Tasty food, nice environment, good service

Cons: Uninventive food, high prices

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Went here in a group of 4 last week to celebrate a birthday. We ordered several courses, and the appetizers did not disappoint - the flatbread and pork belly were both delicious. I had the seabass for my main course, and although it was

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★★★★★

Went here in a group of 4 last week to celebrate a birthday. We ordered several courses, and the appetizers did not disappoint - the flatbread and pork belly were both delicious. I had the seabass for my main course, and although it was

Pros: Cute interior, good servers, nice wine selection

Cons: Awful ownership, terrible "policies", bad parking

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I went here for a sunday brunch and was really excited to finally find out what the hype is all about. We got seated at 1 after a 30 min wait, and they had already run out of 4 of the main dishes on the menu. The rice bowl was pretty good

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★★★★★

I went here for a sunday brunch and was really excited to finally find out what the hype is all about. We got seated at 1 after a 30 min wait, and they had already run out of 4 of the main dishes on the menu. The rice bowl was pretty good

Pros: nothing

Cons: horrible service

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Axe has a minimalist space and a nice outdoor area with a great fireplace. They have good salads and small plates. They accomodate large parties; we sat outside with a large group one time and had the whole outdoor space to ourselves which made it a very fun party!

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★★★★☆

Axe has a minimalist space and a nice outdoor area with a great fireplace. They have good salads and small plates. They accomodate large parties; we sat outside with a large group one time and had the whole outdoor space to ourselves which made it a very fun party!

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Small Quaint restaurant always delivers quality food that is very healthy. Hip Venice vibe with a great wine list. Entree's are priced a little high but well worth it. Would difinitely recommend.

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Small Quaint restaurant always delivers quality food that is very healthy. Hip Venice vibe with a great wine list. Entree's are priced a little high but well worth it. Would difinitely recommend.

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What a bummer! This was my local jaunt & I used to enjoy going here weekly but no more. The food has gone down hill..think mediocre & very salty. But worse the service is unbearable. The wait staff are miserable, slow & have a lousy

3
★★★★★

What a bummer! This was my local jaunt & I used to enjoy going here weekly but no more. The food has gone down hill..think mediocre & very salty. But worse the service is unbearable. The wait staff are miserable, slow & have a lousy

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I love it. \r
The cusines is healthy and "good-for-you" without crossing over into the world of "I can't believe it's not chicken!" The ricebowls at lunch are a favorite, the ribeye or burger and all of the market fresh veggies are a

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★★★★★

I love it. \r
The cusines is healthy and "good-for-you" without crossing over into the world of "I can't believe it's not chicken!" The ricebowls at lunch are a favorite, the ribeye or burger and all of the market fresh veggies are a

Pros: Food, Food and Food

Cons: Noisy, hot

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upscale venice scene, hip, some very good food with fresh ingredients... the desserts are wonderful, as is most everything... downside is the excruciatingly slow service, and a bit overpriced for the atmosphere and service (crowded, loud,

3
★★★★★

upscale venice scene, hip, some very good food with fresh ingredients... the desserts are wonderful, as is most everything... downside is the excruciatingly slow service, and a bit overpriced for the atmosphere and service (crowded, loud,

Pros: delicious gourmet food from fresh, natural ingredients

Cons: slow service, a little too expensive for the overall experience and atmosphere

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What can I say, I love AXE. I have been going here for a long time. The food is very clean tasting without to many disguising sauces to cover the great taste of food when done right. The service is a little slow. The atmosphere is soho New

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★★★★★

What can I say, I love AXE. I have been going here for a long time. The food is very clean tasting without to many disguising sauces to cover the great taste of food when done right. The service is a little slow. The atmosphere is soho New

Pros: Walking distance to great shops

Cons: service is a little slow

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Me and my friend were attracted by the exterior and the signage of the restaurant, so, we decided to give it a try. It's a TOTAL disappointment! Super slow service-made us wait for almost an hour with no courtesy apology. A druggie server

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★★★★★

Me and my friend were attracted by the exterior and the signage of the restaurant, so, we decided to give it a try. It's a TOTAL disappointment! Super slow service-made us wait for almost an hour with no courtesy apology. A druggie server

Pros: cute signage

Cons: service, value

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What looked like a trendy sunday brunch place turned out be the worst experience ever. My friends and I sat at our table for over an hour with nothing but drinks in our hands. The servers stood around and acted like they were indifferent

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★★★★★

What looked like a trendy sunday brunch place turned out be the worst experience ever. My friends and I sat at our table for over an hour with nothing but drinks in our hands. The servers stood around and acted like they were indifferent

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Axe is definitely my favorite restarurant in Los Angeles. I am very surprised by some reviews that deem Axe (yes, pronounced "Ah-Shay") mediocre or even bad -- it's got amazing food. Since I live off Abbot Kinney in Venice, it's an ideal

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Axe is definitely my favorite restarurant in Los Angeles. I am very surprised by some reviews that deem Axe (yes, pronounced "Ah-Shay") mediocre or even bad -- it's got amazing food. Since I live off Abbot Kinney in Venice, it's an ideal

Pros: Wonderful Food, Organic Market-Driven Menu, Beautiful Space

Cons: Sometimes Packed, Occasionally Loud

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This is a great place for young BMW yuppies who think they have landed! Service is spotty (where is the maitrd, if not out back smoking or banging a waiterperson)?\r
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I come from a very long line of professional French restraunteers and

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This is a great place for young BMW yuppies who think they have landed! Service is spotty (where is the maitrd, if not out back smoking or banging a waiterperson)?\r
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I come from a very long line of professional French restraunteers and

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I wanted to like it; I wanted to be part of this "artsy, westside liberal" hangout. But that didn't happen. The server was a little snippy-- I could have tolerated that. The decor was "trendily" absent and the seats were hard. Could have

3
★★★★★

I wanted to like it; I wanted to be part of this "artsy, westside liberal" hangout. But that didn't happen. The server was a little snippy-- I could have tolerated that. The decor was "trendily" absent and the seats were hard. Could have

Pros: unware of any pros

Cons: the food, the atmosphere, the prices

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First of all, let me say that I don't mind paying for good food. That said, Axe is overpriced. My friends and I had a reservation for six on a Saturday night, and I'm glad we did. Otherwise we'd have waited far too long to be seated,

3
★★★★★

First of all, let me say that I don't mind paying for good food. That said, Axe is overpriced. My friends and I had a reservation for six on a Saturday night, and I'm glad we did. Otherwise we'd have waited far too long to be seated,

Pros: Hip atmosphere

Cons: Over-priced

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I really dig this place. The couple times I have eaten there I have always found the food to be creative and incredibly fresh. I like the fact that the staff is friendly without hanging out at the table. If you are in Venice (and are

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★★★★★

I really dig this place. The couple times I have eaten there I have always found the food to be creative and incredibly fresh. I like the fact that the staff is friendly without hanging out at the table. If you are in Venice (and are

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I went to Axe after trying (unsuccessfully) to walk in several times. The mint tea was delightful, very yummy and just like I had in Morocco. I had the chicken, which was pretty good and the chimichurri steak was really tasty too. The food

3
★★★★★

I went to Axe after trying (unsuccessfully) to walk in several times. The mint tea was delightful, very yummy and just like I had in Morocco. I had the chicken, which was pretty good and the chimichurri steak was really tasty too. The food

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The food here is decent at best. The wine selection is good, but overpriced, AND it's improperly stored! I can't stand the pseudo foodies rambling on and on about the vegetables that were from heirloom seeds, fertilized with organic

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★★★★★

The food here is decent at best. The wine selection is good, but overpriced, AND it's improperly stored! I can't stand the pseudo foodies rambling on and on about the vegetables that were from heirloom seeds, fertilized with organic

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Amazing how polarized CS reviewers are on this place -- people either seem to love or hate the food, service and ambience. I thought the food was outstanding (definitely try the steak) and the service friendly and helpful. The ambience

3
★★★★★

Amazing how polarized CS reviewers are on this place -- people either seem to love or hate the food, service and ambience. I thought the food was outstanding (definitely try the steak) and the service friendly and helpful. The ambience

Pros: tasty, healthy food

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The interior is beautiful in a kind of cold way. The food is very good (lots of creative ideas for preparing vegetables) and feels healthy. A bit expensive. The service has a kind of snobbiness to them that makes it all slightly

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★★★★★

The interior is beautiful in a kind of cold way. The food is very good (lots of creative ideas for preparing vegetables) and feels healthy. A bit expensive. The service has a kind of snobbiness to them that makes it all slightly

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Axe is always good. Lunch is light and healthy. Dinner is heartier. The wine selection is small but good. The ambience is good, if a little loud (there's not much inside the restaurant to absorb sound). Try the lamb stew and persimmon

3
★★★★★

Axe is always good. Lunch is light and healthy. Dinner is heartier. The wine selection is small but good. The ambience is good, if a little loud (there's not much inside the restaurant to absorb sound). Try the lamb stew and persimmon

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The best part about Axe (ah-joo) was the ambience- the restaurant decor was simple yet intriguing. My least favorite part about Axe was the food. The bowl of artichoke soup was oily and bland- came in the biggest soup bowl. The main

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★★★★★

The best part about Axe (ah-joo) was the ambience- the restaurant decor was simple yet intriguing. My least favorite part about Axe was the food. The bowl of artichoke soup was oily and bland- came in the biggest soup bowl. The main

Pros: Ambience and decor is intriguing

Cons: Tasteless and bland food, oily artichoke soup, expensive

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AXE is like reading US magazine...you don't want to do it, but when you do, you enjoy every minute of it. \r
I have eaten here a handful of times, and everytime there is a little air of pretentiousness, mostly from other patrons ( we got

3
★★★★★

AXE is like reading US magazine...you don't want to do it, but when you do, you enjoy every minute of it. \r
I have eaten here a handful of times, and everytime there is a little air of pretentiousness, mostly from other patrons ( we got

Pros: Great Food, very fresh, good wine list

Cons: Noisy when crowded, pretentious at times

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A few caveats. I live in Venice and I am a regular at several places on the street. Two: I used to be a professional chef. Three: I have eaten here maybe ten times. Four: I NEVER write reviews. I have given this place its share of times

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★★★★★

A few caveats. I live in Venice and I am a regular at several places on the street. Two: I used to be a professional chef. Three: I have eaten here maybe ten times. Four: I NEVER write reviews. I have given this place its share of times

Pros: Close to home for locals. Cool looking place, but makes no sense.

Cons: Average food, horrible attitudinal service, salty salty salty

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I had a great night at Axe. You'd think an evening of overly-precious plates would spew from this hipster kitchen, but, honestly...the food was GREAT. The service was great. And the wine, though ordered from a bizarrely minimalist and

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★★★★★

I had a great night at Axe. You'd think an evening of overly-precious plates would spew from this hipster kitchen, but, honestly...the food was GREAT. The service was great. And the wine, though ordered from a bizarrely minimalist and

Pros: great food, great service, progressive atmosphere

Cons: descriptions on the wine list are unnecessary; insulting at best. But GO! Good times, yo.

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Axe has a built a reputation on fresh, organic ingredients and the ability to craft healthy brunches. These things are certainly true, and I'll admit I did enjoy the nine-grain pancake. However, despite the ecclectic fare, I couldn't

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★★★★★

Axe has a built a reputation on fresh, organic ingredients and the ability to craft healthy brunches. These things are certainly true, and I'll admit I did enjoy the nine-grain pancake. However, despite the ecclectic fare, I couldn't

Pros: Healthy, ecclectic food

Cons: A little hip for brunch

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Service can be a little spotty but the food makes up for it. It's about simple and clean cooking using the best ingredients from local farmers. What could be better?\r
They have a great brunch on the weekends, amazing salads for lunch,

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★★★★★

Service can be a little spotty but the food makes up for it. It's about simple and clean cooking using the best ingredients from local farmers. What could be better?\r
They have a great brunch on the weekends, amazing salads for lunch,

Pros: food

Cons: service can be spotty, noisy

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Great service, great food, great atmosphere! We loved this place. The hostess was very accomodating and got us seated at a table in 15 minutes (from a cancellation) even though we walked in without reservations. She even took drink

3
★★★★★

Great service, great food, great atmosphere! We loved this place. The hostess was very accomodating and got us seated at a table in 15 minutes (from a cancellation) even though we walked in without reservations. She even took drink

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I eat here all the time, and adore the food. The flatbread with spreads and the antipasto plate are both fabulous, as are the specials. The food is reasonably priced, and really delicious. Yes, the service is slow, but they're always

3
★★★★★

I eat here all the time, and adore the food. The flatbread with spreads and the antipasto plate are both fabulous, as are the specials. The food is reasonably priced, and really delicious. Yes, the service is slow, but they're always

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My wife and I come here often for the 9-grain pancake which is delicious. Service is generally good and the ambience is funky and relaxed. We tried it out once for dinner and could not find anything we liked for a decent price and wound

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★★★★★

My wife and I come here often for the 9-grain pancake which is delicious. Service is generally good and the ambience is funky and relaxed. We tried it out once for dinner and could not find anything we liked for a decent price and wound

Pros: great breakfast, interesting vibe

Cons: dinner too pricey

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My girlfriend and I had reservations at Joes on Abbott Kinney that didnt work out (a tale for a different review). Thinking we had parked on the wrong street we literally lucked into finding Axe (pronounced osh-ay). We were greeted by

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I had reservations at Joes on Abbott Kinney that didnt work out (a tale for a different review). Thinking we had parked on the wrong street we literally lucked into finding Axe (pronounced osh-ay). We were greeted by

Pros: Service, Ambiance, Food

Cons: Fire smoke

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We sat in the outdoor garden area. The atmosphere was relaxing and cozy. The food was great - you could tell the ingredients were fresh, especially when the chef came out to pick some items right off the tree! While the service was a

3
★★★★★

We sat in the outdoor garden area. The atmosphere was relaxing and cozy. The food was great - you could tell the ingredients were fresh, especially when the chef came out to pick some items right off the tree! While the service was a

Pros: Food, Outdoor garden area

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When we first walked into Axe the hostess looked at us like what are you doing here. We could not figure out why we were greeted that way. She is the one that looked like she had just rolled out of bed. Her kinky hair should have been

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★★★★★

When we first walked into Axe the hostess looked at us like what are you doing here. We could not figure out why we were greeted that way. She is the one that looked like she had just rolled out of bed. Her kinky hair should have been

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Rude Hostess, Poor Service

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The food here is expensive, but it's tasty. The seating is spacious, but the restaurant decor is a little bland with nothing on the walls and cement floors with no carpeting or anything. There is a cute patio in the back for a beautiful

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★★★★★

The food here is expensive, but it's tasty. The seating is spacious, but the restaurant decor is a little bland with nothing on the walls and cement floors with no carpeting or anything. There is a cute patio in the back for a beautiful

Pros: Good Food, Good Music

Cons: Parking, Wait, Decor

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This is one of my absolutely favorite Venice restaurants. It has great choices for lunches, dinners and weekend breakfast that are vegetarian and super delicious.

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This is one of my absolutely favorite Venice restaurants. It has great choices for lunches, dinners and weekend breakfast that are vegetarian and super delicious.

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Axe has great healthy, organic gourmet California cuisine that is visually impressive and delicious as well. I have eaten here several times and was impressed with every choice. The crowd is Venice hip and the decor and mood match. Not many tables, so make reservations. Very impressed with the trout on top of a bed of heirloom french green lentils, cabbage and glazed brussel sprouts on the side.

PROS: Great food, great wine list
CONS: not enough seating, busy

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★★★★★

Axe has great healthy, organic gourmet California cuisine that is visually impressive and delicious as well. I have eaten here several times and was impressed with every choice. The crowd is Venice hip and the decor and mood match. Not many tables, so make reservations. Very impressed with the trout on top of a bed of heirloom french green lentils, cabbage and glazed brussel sprouts on the side.

PROS: Great food, great wine list
CONS: not enough seating, busy

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