1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA

Jonathan Gold called this place “peak Venice”, and the requisite soju cocktail name after it is quite delicious. It’s a fancy izakaya-style restaurant. Music is played from an expensive looking sound-system, and the building is all burnt/blackened wood, with a quarter of the ceiling open to the elements (bring a sweater for those cold damp seaside nights). As with any Venice restaurant, make reservations and avoid the weekends. The prices are stiff, but reflect the quality of ingredients (and likely, the cost of rent on Abbot Kinney). So ordering on a budget will take some strategizing, but it’s possible. If you’re overwhelmed by the menu or looking for some comfort, grab a pickle plate, some temaki, and a bowl of ramen. That said, make sure to explore the ever-changing, always that-day made menu.