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Rose Cafe

220 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
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Rose Cafe +

Anne Fishbein


  • Tue.-Thu., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |
  • $
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Beer/Wine, Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Parking Validation
  • Reservations Not Necessary
It was a surprise when chef Jason Neroni left Superba in the summer of 2014 to partner with Sprout restaurant group on a revamp of the Rose Café, just up the street. Superba struggled without him despite the talents of other very good chefs, and it eventually closed in January 2016. At the same time, the reimagining of the Rose Cafe provoked huge controversy in the neighborhood, where it was seen as a staple and had been around since 1979. Like almost everything happening in the vicinity, the revamp signaled just one more step away from the weirder, older neighborhood Venice used to be — and one step closer to a stylish theme park built for young, rich techies. The new Rose Café, which reopened its doors in November 2015, is a breezy fantasy of California living and eating. It's a bakery and café and bar and restaurant with multiple seating areas and patios. In the main dining area — a giant, covered patio — you sit on molded green and white chairs and eat off of wooden tables flanked by walls of ivy under giant wicker light shades. It all feels effortless and beautiful and so very, very Venice. (New Venice, that is.) As for Neroni, the Rose is more evidence of his talent as a chef. There's a level of ambition in the pure scale of this place that's new for Neroni. What's not new is the ways in which he continues to shine. Neroni's pastas are up there with the best in the city, and many diners who ate at Superba will recognize his decadent smoked buccatini carbonara, as well as his particularly deft hand with the more pungent ocean creatures and their rightful relationship to noodles.

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