On The Waterfront Cafe

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3.36 w/ 2 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

205 Ocean Front Walk
Los Angeles, California, 90291
United States

(310) 392-0322 | map

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Reviews by Rumrunner:
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3.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This place only gets a real rave if you love to people watch and you love having some German beers on tap. Otherwise it is a pretty simple restaurant.

The location is superb. Right on the Venice walkway. One can check out the tourists, muscle bound men and women, bums, burnouts, cuties in their bikinis, freaks, geeks, roller bladers, roller scaters, street artists, street performers and the everyday folks who haunt the Venice Beach walkway.

The layout of the inside is a cross between a bar, a diner and a cafeteria. From the entrance facing the ocean there is a dining room with some tables and chairs. To the right is the medium sized bar. In the back is a large room with more tables and chairs. The back room has no view. There is seating outside in front of the restaurant and to the side is more seating with the feel of a beer garden complete with umbrellas. Very appropriate. The place has some German swag on the walls and the overhangs are advertisements for Bitburger. The atmosphere is worn in but warm and welcome to all. A bit of paint and a small face lift to this place sure would help.

The service was good. Friendly staff but over worked and not always attentive. It is not their fault. They could use one or two more servers.

The food we had was pretty basic. We did not try any of the special German dishes. Maybe next time. We had basic fair and it was good. I thought their onion rings had a nice subtle spice to them. The menu is made up of German and American cuisine. I will investigate the menu again and maybe next time I will be more adventurous.

If you like German beer, but are not expecting anything too obscure, this is the place for you. A few varieties from Erdinger, even a dunkel. They have Kostrizer black beer and Bitburger. They also have Newcastle brown, Pilsner Urquel, Sam Adams and Anchor Steam on tap. They have a couple more German beers in bottles, plus a couple of macros. Depending on which beer you order, it can be served in a pint glass, flute or a stein.

If you have to have a couple of German beers from the tap and you want to people watch or just sit and relax in the sun then this is a good stop. If you are expecting a large list of obscure German beers and authentic German food then think twice. This is an American restaurant with some German flair but not authentically German. Still, a good place to relax after walking along the beach and checking out the many styles of people Venice Beach has to offer.

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Photo of naproxen
3.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This was the one bar I stopped at before heading out from LA to Indio for the Coachella Music Festival, and that mug of Kostrizer never tasted so good after that CT to LAX flight. Now this is right on Venice Beach, so I did not have high hopes after walking up and down the boardwalk a few times about finding a real beer bar. But for what this is, works out pretty well. There were about 6 or 7 taps, primarily german but I think their was an Anchor as well. Same with the other review on this place, I just got a turkey sandwich instead of their special german fare, which all sounded real good but my tummy was in another time zone still.

I liked that there was about 3-4 different areas you could be sitting in. Either outside on the sidewalk, inside along the sidewalk seating, behind the bar in a larger indoor area which I think had darts and maybe a pool table (or maybe nothing), and then an enclosed patio way out back, which is where my friend and I parked it.

If i were to take a day at the beach and want to chill for a bit in a relaxed setting with a nice pilsner or swarz, I'd hit this place up again. Not a beer destination entirely, but atleast their taps are standard imports instead of standard domestics.

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On The Waterfront Cafe in Los Angeles, CA
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