425 Washington Blvd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Critics' Pick
Charcoal +

Anne Fishbein Smoked lamb ribs at Charcoal


  • Mon.-Thu., 6-10 p.m.; Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 5:30-11 p.m.; Sun., 5-9 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
Josiah Citrin's latest hot concept is in Venice. Inspired by the Michelin-starred chef's backyard barbecues for friends and family, everything at Charcoal is cooked indoors over live fire. Even the drinks are charred. The Midnight Margarita comes pitch black and smoky on the outside, tangy and fruity to the taste. Citrin brought on as chef de cuisine Joseph Johnson, who was Chopped's Grill Master Champion and StarChefs' Rising Star 2017. Lit cases of proteins in the aging process are on display, lining the back walls of this casual neighborhood restaurant. Menu items include a 35-day aged Sonoma lamb shoulder with coriander and honey, a 21-day aged half Liberty duck and an 18-ounce prime rib-eye. Vegetables include Yukon potato baked in coals with salted butter, crème fraiche, aged Gouda and chives. The tartare selection is the largest you will find anywhere — venison with charred parsnips and smoked egg yolk, smoked mushroom and beet; lamb with fermented turnips, juniper, pine nuts and dried figs; and beef, with charred buttermilk-soaked flatbread, chili oil, pepitas and puffed quinoa. There are plenty of dessert wines and cocktails as well as a banana s'mores panna cotta with McConnell's Dutchman Chocolate ice cream. This place is on fire. —Michele Stueven
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