This is one of the first places that J and I ate at when we first moved to LA in July 2010. We were impressed with it then, and it remains one of our favorite places to eat.
I met with my friend Steph last week for happy hour. The best time to go to this tiny wine bar is before 6:30pm. After then, it fills up and you may need to wait up to an hour to get a table/seat. We started with a glass of sparkling wine each - I picked the rose sparkling - d' orfeuilles from France, she picked the prosecco - drusian, from Italy. They were both absolutely delightful!
We shared the brie and grape panini with basil pesto and truffle oil. OMG it was good.
We also loved the special - speck with burrato crostini
We were still hankering for more cheese, so we tried the p'tit basque, istara (france/sheep) - earthy, nutty, brown butter and caramel notes.
Our last dish was the salad - I can't remember the name, I think it was the chopped salad. This was actually kind of bleh. Not bad, but nothing special.
In summary, Venice Beach Wines is a great little intimate spot to meet up with friends for a glass of wine and some fine cheeses and charcuterie. We have enjoyed almost everything we've eaten there (other great staples include the lambwich and the cheesy melty pots). The salads seem to be a bit hit or miss but that's forgivable in light of how good everything else is.
529 Rose Ave
Venice, CA. 90291
Mon - Thu: 4 p - 11p
Sat: 9a -12a
Sun: 9a- 11p