Named for its location a block away from the famous Venice canals and for its neighborhood centric, vibe; for over 20 years the Canal Club has been a uniquely Venice destination.
Canal Club is also located across the street from its sister restaurant, James' Beach, the first restaurant created by restaurateurs James Evans and Daniel Samakow. "James' Beach celebrates the familiarity of American comfort food; so when we opened across the street we wanted to celebrate the exploration of other cuisines found in Los Angeles, mainly Latino and Asian. We do so with an emphasis on sustainable, local and quality natural ingredients." - James Evans
On the corner of the 1900s brick building, the small neon sign that reads "Canal Club - Grill and Sushi" does not prepare visitors for Frank Gehry's grand restaurant setting. A work of art featuring back-lit alabaster walls with 20' ceilings and a tropical stilt house represented at its center. All together it sets the mood for the exploration to follow.
"The foundation of Asian and Latin cuisines is elemental, fire and water. Nothing is better than fresh raw fish prepared as ceviche, sashimi or sushi; or grilled meats, seafood and fresh vegetables, cooked over a wood. These simple preparations allow the quality and flavors of the ingredients to come through while also being very healthy." - Daniel Samakow
The menu changes to explore new ideas or the result of ideas from chefs including Shari Lynne Robins and guest chefs such as California cuisine pioneer Michael Roberts who’s Brie & Grape Quesadilla is a staple on the menu.
Raw offerings include sashimi and fanciful sushi rolls plus ceviche, poke, Carpaccio, oyster shooters and other delicacies. The wood grill focuses on plates of Al Pastor cooked Pork Shoulder, confit duck legs, a famous carne asada, grilled rotisserie Mary’s chicken and grilled fresh fish. Many of the raw and grilled dishes are also featured on the daily happy hour menu, served from 5 to 7 pm, which is considered among the best in Los Angeles by LAList.
Enhancing the food is a collection of hand-picked local craft beers including Venice brewed, Dog town Duck; an array of sake; a well-priced list featuring exciting winemakers; and two bars that serve up a large selection of craft spirits, tropical drinks, and signature margaritas.
On weekends, the block is one of Venice's most popular destinations with crowds of revelers crossing back and forth between the two sister restaurants enjoying the beach air and the diverse cocktails from the two vibrant and different scenes.