Hal's Bar & Grill

★★★★★
  • 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd

    Venice, CA 90291

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  • 310-396-3105

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Hals house special is NOISE. My friend and I went to Hals specifically to hear a musician who was playing there. We had dinner, and then left after the first set because we could not hear the music. The room is divided by a low

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Hals house special is NOISE. My friend and I went to Hals specifically to hear a musician who was playing there. We had dinner, and then left after the first set because we could not hear the music. The room is divided by a low

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I have loved going to Hal's, especially when meeting with my girlfriends, and at least twice each month on Fridays. However, for the last three times the female waiter for the bar tables either does not like her job or is not fit for it.

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I have loved going to Hal's, especially when meeting with my girlfriends, and at least twice each month on Fridays. However, for the last three times the female waiter for the bar tables either does not like her job or is not fit for it.

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When my boss suggested Hal's as our next stop, I immediately thought. Nothing good can come out of the name Hal's. Hal's sounds so ... Dive barish? Country? Old? I would never name my kid Hal or Hank or Butch for that matter. Then again,

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When my boss suggested Hal's as our next stop, I immediately thought. Nothing good can come out of the name Hal's. Hal's sounds so ... Dive barish? Country? Old? I would never name my kid Hal or Hank or Butch for that matter. Then again,

Pros: Lively scene. Crowded. Good food. Industry.

Cons: Too loud for an intimate date.

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I am happy to report that Hal's is doing so well during this economic downturn that it does not need its longstanding female customers.\r
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I love Hal's and as in line with some of the other reviews, I probably love Dennis the bartender

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I am happy to report that Hal's is doing so well during this economic downturn that it does not need its longstanding female customers.\r
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I love Hal's and as in line with some of the other reviews, I probably love Dennis the bartender

Pros: Dennis the Bartender

Cons: Everyone Else

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I USED to LOVE Hal's... but, the events over the past week has recently altered my entire view. I realized that I don't LOVE Hal's as a place to eat; I love Hal's as a Saturday night bar... more so, I love Dennis, the heavy handed,

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★★★★★

I USED to LOVE Hal's... but, the events over the past week has recently altered my entire view. I realized that I don't LOVE Hal's as a place to eat; I love Hal's as a Saturday night bar... more so, I love Dennis, the heavy handed,

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I have never written a restaurant review but this was a must. Went to Hal's a little early on a Friday night and were seated quickly to a great booth in the back. Enjoyed the evening with good friends, atmosphere was fun but extremely

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★★★★★

I have never written a restaurant review but this was a must. Went to Hal's a little early on a Friday night and were seated quickly to a great booth in the back. Enjoyed the evening with good friends, atmosphere was fun but extremely

Cons: Parking, Too Loud to hear the person next to you, Having the owner insult your group

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I have been to Hal's several times after work- parking is usually a pain on abbot kinney at night. I like the atmosphere at Hals- especially when they have live music. Just to go there for a drink is fine, but if you are looking for a

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★★★★★

I have been to Hal's several times after work- parking is usually a pain on abbot kinney at night. I like the atmosphere at Hals- especially when they have live music. Just to go there for a drink is fine, but if you are looking for a

Pros: single scene, live music

Cons: food

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Right on Abbot Kinney, the food is awesome. I especially love their sea bass and the calamari. Street parking - no meters. They also have valet parking. Price is reasonable and the service was very good. Nice selection of wine as well.

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Right on Abbot Kinney, the food is awesome. I especially love their sea bass and the calamari. Street parking - no meters. They also have valet parking. Price is reasonable and the service was very good. Nice selection of wine as well.

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I'm surprised by some recent reviews. My first time there was last week based on a friend's recommendation. I had a Thurs, 7:30 reservation. I arrived early and had a drink with my date at the bar. Crowded, but friendly. Bartenders

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I'm surprised by some recent reviews. My first time there was last week based on a friend's recommendation. I had a Thurs, 7:30 reservation. I arrived early and had a drink with my date at the bar. Crowded, but friendly. Bartenders

Pros: Great location, great service, great food, can't say enough great things

Cons: a bit loud when crowded

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lazy table service, food is decent but not worth the wait, had reservation waited 40 min. can't hear yourself think. Long evening with no pony Nice bar

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lazy table service, food is decent but not worth the wait, had reservation waited 40 min. can't hear yourself think. Long evening with no pony Nice bar

Pros: food

Cons: service

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Cocktails are good but if it is food you are after, avoid this place on Saturdays between 7 and 9pm. We have been twice in the past months and, despite a reservation, have had to wait an hour for a table and another hour for mediocre food.

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Cocktails are good but if it is food you are after, avoid this place on Saturdays between 7 and 9pm. We have been twice in the past months and, despite a reservation, have had to wait an hour for a table and another hour for mediocre food.

Pros: Great bar

Cons: Terrible service

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so went to meet some friends at Hals and was a little surprised. what i thought was going to be a snotty bar and uppity restaurant turned out to be a really great place. The burger was awesome and the staff was really cool. dont let the

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so went to meet some friends at Hals and was a little surprised. what i thought was going to be a snotty bar and uppity restaurant turned out to be a really great place. The burger was awesome and the staff was really cool. dont let the

Pros: everything was a pro

Cons: parking but there was valet

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Had dinner there a few nights ago and was shocked by how good it was. I'm new to the L.A. scene, but I come from a food town (yeah, philly's a work in progress, but it's got some world class restaurants). This is the second spot in

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Had dinner there a few nights ago and was shocked by how good it was. I'm new to the L.A. scene, but I come from a food town (yeah, philly's a work in progress, but it's got some world class restaurants). This is the second spot in

Pros: Pretty much everything

Cons: A bit expensive

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This is a great place to eat or just wind down with some good friends. It has a positive atmosphere and the food is equally as good. However, I couldn't believe they didn't have filet mignon on their menu but the waiter said it changes

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This is a great place to eat or just wind down with some good friends. It has a positive atmosphere and the food is equally as good. However, I couldn't believe they didn't have filet mignon on their menu but the waiter said it changes

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This place has great food and good ambience. Their waitstaff is very attentive and doesn't overdo it on the up-selling. The crowd is down-to-earth, the music is good, and the prices are reasonable.

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★★★★★

This place has great food and good ambience. Their waitstaff is very attentive and doesn't overdo it on the up-selling. The crowd is down-to-earth, the music is good, and the prices are reasonable.

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: waitstaff sometimes slow

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I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of food and service. Price was pretty good, too, considering the amount and the quality of the meals. I had lamb shank and my husband had duck, and they were both delicious. I highly recommend the

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I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of food and service. Price was pretty good, too, considering the amount and the quality of the meals. I had lamb shank and my husband had duck, and they were both delicious. I highly recommend the

Pros: excellent food, service, value

Cons: Noisy

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I've been going to Hal's off and on for a few years, and on Friday, we made a reservation for 9:30. We got there and were told our table had people on it that had just ordered dessert, thus inferring they would be done soon. We were told

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★★★★★

I've been going to Hal's off and on for a few years, and on Friday, we made a reservation for 9:30. We got there and were told our table had people on it that had just ordered dessert, thus inferring they would be done soon. We were told

Pros: fun

Cons: loud, bad hosts

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i had the sea bass here and it was very good. Kind of a simple menu...the crowd is in their mid 30's...it was a bit expensive, but it is Abott Kinney, so what do you expect.

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i had the sea bass here and it was very good. Kind of a simple menu...the crowd is in their mid 30's...it was a bit expensive, but it is Abott Kinney, so what do you expect.

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This place has a great nightlife on Sundays, and Mondays. The Jazz band is wonderful, and there are plenty of people to enjoy it with. The food is good, and it's reasonably priced. What I loved most about this place was the art pieces

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This place has a great nightlife on Sundays, and Mondays. The Jazz band is wonderful, and there are plenty of people to enjoy it with. The food is good, and it's reasonably priced. What I loved most about this place was the art pieces

Pros: Great Monday night hang out

Cons: service could be a little better

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I love this place. It's great to come to with a girlfriend to grab a glass of wine and some dinner at the bar (you have a high chance of being approached by men, but they seem to always be friendly here.) And it's also fun to come with a

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★★★★★

I love this place. It's great to come to with a girlfriend to grab a glass of wine and some dinner at the bar (you have a high chance of being approached by men, but they seem to always be friendly here.) And it's also fun to come with a

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I had heard good things about Hal's, so when I saw that it was part of Pellegrino's Dine Out Week, I hurried to make reservations. Unfortunately, when we got there, it turned out there had been a mix-up and Hal's was not participating in

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I had heard good things about Hal's, so when I saw that it was part of Pellegrino's Dine Out Week, I hurried to make reservations. Unfortunately, when we got there, it turned out there had been a mix-up and Hal's was not participating in

Pros: Seated promptly, Interesting Crowd

Cons: Food, Gratuity Added to Bill, Lack of Parking

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Long time patron with overdue praise. Owners on site assure quality. Great upstairs for private party and quiet atmosphere.

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Long time patron with overdue praise. Owners on site assure quality. Great upstairs for private party and quiet atmosphere.

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A neighborhood restaurant with style that takes pride in doing the little things right. May not have the biggest menu and you can probably find cheaper fare. But you wont find a place that provides such a consistently good night out. Great

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★★★★★

A neighborhood restaurant with style that takes pride in doing the little things right. May not have the biggest menu and you can probably find cheaper fare. But you wont find a place that provides such a consistently good night out. Great

Pros: Friendly Staff, Down to Earth Clients, Awesome Music

Cons: Noisy at Times, Parking

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This thing takes 20 min. to make, but it was the best bread pudding ever!

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This thing takes 20 min. to make, but it was the best bread pudding ever!

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i had the risotto and it was great. the place gets a little noisy so conversation can be difficult. service was okay - waiter took order then just disappeared until check time. interesting crowd so people watching keeps you occupied.

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i had the risotto and it was great. the place gets a little noisy so conversation can be difficult. service was okay - waiter took order then just disappeared until check time. interesting crowd so people watching keeps you occupied.

Pros: food, decor

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Very trendy and great place to get together with your group of friends. Yummy fruity martinis. Low key environment with a neighborhood feel. A must for those 20-somethings to check out.

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Very trendy and great place to get together with your group of friends. Yummy fruity martinis. Low key environment with a neighborhood feel. A must for those 20-somethings to check out.

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one of my favorite places in Venice.
Sophisticated and elegant for lunch,
"Venice Scene" for Happy Hour and Dinner.
A fun mix of people.
Great Art.A Venice Classic.
Live Jazz on Sunday and Monday nights.

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one of my favorite places in Venice.
Sophisticated and elegant for lunch,
"Venice Scene" for Happy Hour and Dinner.
A fun mix of people.
Great Art.A Venice Classic.
Live Jazz on Sunday and Monday nights.

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The menu is hit or miss, but mostly hit. Granted, it's nothing spectacular, but fairly typical Westside LA fair. May be a bit pricey for some, though, but a decent standby for just another dinner out. The green apple sorbet is the only

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The menu is hit or miss, but mostly hit. Granted, it's nothing spectacular, but fairly typical Westside LA fair. May be a bit pricey for some, though, but a decent standby for just another dinner out. The green apple sorbet is the only

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Kind of a fun bar/restaurant. Straight-forward new American food. Great drinks and fries.

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Kind of a fun bar/restaurant. Straight-forward new American food. Great drinks and fries.

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A $25 entree is an unusual splurge for us and we tend to expect a lot for that kind of money. In many ways, Hal's delivered. Rich's turkey burger was tasty if unremarkable, but the accompanying salad was incredibly delicious. Chris thought

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A $25 entree is an unusual splurge for us and we tend to expect a lot for that kind of money. In many ways, Hal's delivered. Rich's turkey burger was tasty if unremarkable, but the accompanying salad was incredibly delicious. Chris thought

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: noisy

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i live in venice and although there are a lot of great restaurants in this area, we always end up at hal's. it just has a great mix of somewhat moderately priced food, good drinks and a neighborhood vibe that kinid of has a buzz to it. i

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i live in venice and although there are a lot of great restaurants in this area, we always end up at hal's. it just has a great mix of somewhat moderately priced food, good drinks and a neighborhood vibe that kinid of has a buzz to it. i

Pros: great food, reasonable prices, fun atmosphere

Cons: crowded at bar

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What is all the hype? Hal's is mediocre at best, in every aspect. The decor is bland. The menu is limited and overpriced. The service didn't leave any lasting impression. I just don't understand.

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What is all the hype? Hal's is mediocre at best, in every aspect. The decor is bland. The menu is limited and overpriced. The service didn't leave any lasting impression. I just don't understand.

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Although the decor in the restaurant was appropriate for Abbot Kinney, I thought the place was too noisy, the service too slow, and the food way overpriced. Even as one of the cheapest entree on the menu, a 14 dollar turkey burger is too

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Although the decor in the restaurant was appropriate for Abbot Kinney, I thought the place was too noisy, the service too slow, and the food way overpriced. Even as one of the cheapest entree on the menu, a 14 dollar turkey burger is too

Pros: Neighborhood, Decor

Cons: Noisy, Slow service, Too expensive.

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Although it took awhile for them to seat us with reservations, it was worth the wait for the food. The food was awesome and the ambiance was even better. Good crowd and good decor. I would definitely go back again!

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Although it took awhile for them to seat us with reservations, it was worth the wait for the food. The food was awesome and the ambiance was even better. Good crowd and good decor. I would definitely go back again!

Pros: Food, The Crowd, Good Bar

Cons: Waiting to be seated

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Went on a Monday night. The host seemed to be bothered by us asking him for a table. He seated us anyway. We then sat for an entire 22 minutes without ANYONE coming to our table. Even after waving to several servers, busboys, and the host.

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★★★★★

Went on a Monday night. The host seemed to be bothered by us asking him for a table. He seated us anyway. We then sat for an entire 22 minutes without ANYONE coming to our table. Even after waving to several servers, busboys, and the host.

Pros: Wouldn't know!

Cons: No serivce = bad!

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Very cool NY feel. The turkey burgers are awesome! They do a great Sunday brunch. Sit upstairs if you can - much quieter.

My favorite place for a drink on a weekend afternoon.

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Very cool NY feel. The turkey burgers are awesome! They do a great Sunday brunch. Sit upstairs if you can - much quieter.

My favorite place for a drink on a weekend afternoon.

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Great location on Abot Kinney makes this a great place to start after work or on a Sunday night- They have some great live music and a nice bar. crowd tends to be 30's 40's...good scene.

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Great location on Abot Kinney makes this a great place to start after work or on a Sunday night- They have some great live music and a nice bar. crowd tends to be 30's 40's...good scene.

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Hal's has a lot going for it. The decor is beautiful (including original Joni Mitchell paintings), the Monday night jazz is great and the food and drinks are tasty/strong respectively.

My main problem with Hal's is that sometimes it's

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Hal's has a lot going for it. The decor is beautiful (including original Joni Mitchell paintings), the Monday night jazz is great and the food and drinks are tasty/strong respectively.

My main problem with Hal's is that sometimes it's

Pros: live jazz mondays

Cons: can be meat market

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Hal's is a friendly neighborhood hangout that truly reflects the current Venice scene, where bohemian and cosmopolitan themes beautifully coexist. A great selection of contemporary creations by local artists grace the walls, the 40-foot…

 

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