If you remember the long-shuttered, divey music venue and bar Good Hurt you’ll be astounded to see the beautiful transformation the space underwent to become The Mar Vista. The stylish dinner and weekend brunch destination is helmed by chefs D. Brandon Walker, Jill Davie and Jorge Rivas, who utilize seasonal farmers market ingredients and global influences to create self-dubbed “progressive Angeleno” cuisine. Highlights include the mushroom fundido, bay scallop ceviche with aji amarillo-fresno chili, the black rice and farro hot pot and the pork osso bucco. Stop by for the daily happy hour for light bites with beer and wine specials, grab lunch during the week or indulge in a leisurely brunch with low-key live music and DJs often paired with live painting on the weekends.
Wedged between Venice and Culver City, Mar Vista has been a relatively sleepy neighborhood that many Angelenos have a hard time placing without a map. But that’s all changing—and fast—with the growing buzz over new additions to the neighborhood and long-running favorites. With stylish new restaurants and cafés plus fun and quirky independent boutiques, Mar Vista offers plenty of excellent options to eat, drink, shop and explore.
The neighborhood, which is primarily centered around the stretch of Venice Boulevard on both sides of Centinela Avenue, also features an excellent weekly farmers’ market, a regularly occurring art walk and huge colorful murals painted by local artists. The area is also one of the first in L.A. to undergo improvements as part of a pilot program for the citywide Great Streets Initiative, and recently received new crosswalks, protected bike lanes and more to make the neighborhood safer for pedestrians and cyclists.