[Los Angeles] Salt Air (Brunch)

Categories: Seafood, Brunch
Address: 1616 Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA 90291
Dinner: Monday, Tuesday & Sunday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm; 
             Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm; 
             Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Date visited: Sept 2013
Price: $43 for two, excluding tip & tax
Verdict: 8/10. Beautiful décor. Food was good and fresh. I’ll be back .

www.saltairvenice.com | Yelp | (310) 393-9333


It’s difficult to find a not over-crowded decent brunch place in Los Angeles on the weekends. Salt Air, a breezy “beach bistro” that just opened in Venice this past summer, might be the perfect place to be. It is restaurateur David Reiss' (A-Frame, The Brig, Littlefork, Sunny Spot) newest venture on Abbot Kinney that serves contemporary seafood-focused small dishes. The kitchen is headed by Greg Daniels, the former executive sous chef of Jean-Georges Vongericheten’s Manhattan restaurant Perry St.

The food here is sophisticated but not pretentious. The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxing, with an excellent neighborhood chill vibe and earthy decorations. The white and wooden dining room interior is bright, airy, comfortable. Service was also remarkable; our waiter attentive, friendly, and very polite. Great meal. I’ll be back for sure.  

Interior room.

Interior room.

Oysters east and west coast, mignonette, cocktail sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, lemon (half, $14)

Good selection and pretty fresh. Can’t really go wrong with this.

Fresh raw oysters

Fresh raw oysters

Pea toast, with ricotta cheese and caramelized onions ($11).

What a refreshing and stimulating dish! It was the first dish I eyed upon looking at the menu. I have definitely grown more fond of peas since eating this - what’s a better way of eating your daily dose of greens? This is a must order!

Pea toast

Poached eggs, asparagus, mushrooms, herb vinaigrette ($10). Light but savory.

Poached eggs, asparagus, mushrooms, herb vinaigrette

Monkey bread, crème anglaise ($8)

This tastes like a cross between a donut and a cinnamon bun. However, the dough is a little harder and thicker than either. I liked the caramelized raisins and the vanilla sauce but overall it was a little too sweet and doughy for me.

Monkey bread