Two Venice Restaurants Make Open Table’s Hottest List


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According to online restaurant reservation site OpenTable, two of the 100 “hottest restaurants in America” are right here in the Venice neighborhood.

Gjelina on Abbot Kinney Blvd

Both Gjelina and the High Rooftop Lounge made the cut. The list reflects the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted between March 1, 2015, and Feb. 29, 2016 by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the website.

More than one-fifth of the restaurants on the list opened their doors in 2015. While American cuisine was quite popular, Asian, global, Italian, Mexican, and sushi eateries also made strong showings.

All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of
qualifying reviews were included for consideration, according to OpenTable. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each eatery’s average rating in the “hot spot” category.