Plant Food and Wine

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1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, California, USA, 90291

A Matthew Kenney restaurant featuring modern plant-based cuisine in a trendy, Southern California laid-back setting. Specializes in raw food cuisine some cooked vegan dishes. Upstairs is its raw food culinary academy. Est. 2015. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Raw, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Fusion

21 Reviews

First Review by TriciaEastman

Beautiful lunch spot - Edit

We had a wonderful lunch sharing a Raclette and a mushroom burger...beautifully presented and delicious flavours and textures. The garden is peaceful and an enjoyable space with attentive staff. Definitely one to experience if you like clean, fresh, flavoursome dishes that showcase how awesome plantbased food can be created :) can’t wait to return

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A Bit Underwhelming - Edit

I was extremely excited to try this restaurant as I have heard nothing but rave reviews. Unfortunately, I was a bit let down. The appetizer (cheese board) was delicious, and it was obvious that a lot of love and care was put into making/fermenting the cheeses. However, it was a bit downhill from there. The Kung Pao cauliflower was a little cold with an overly-sweet glaze. The udon noodles were decent (but over cooked), and the chickpea “frittata” was more like a crumbly, flavorless pancake. The banana parfait, however, was really good. All in all, the meal was a bit underwhelming (especially paired with the slow service and pretentious/overpriced menu), with some delicious dishes mixed in. Not sure this meal was worth all the hype, but I would give it another try.

Pros: Tasty Desserts, Delicious “cheeses”

Cons: Overpriced, Slow Service, Average Main Courses

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great food - Edit

great food! Beautiful outdoor patio and nice decor inside.

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One of my favs in the whole planet! - Edit

One of my favs in the whole planet!

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the best! - Edit

This is the best vegan restaurant I've ever been to! My bf loves this place and he isn't vegan!! I had the wild mushroom sandwich and it was amazing!!

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OMG 🤤🤤 - Edit

This food is so amazing
Every one should go there
The food is so good

Pros: every thing is amazing

Cons: expensive

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Truly amazing!! - Edit

I was very impressed by this place. It gets top marks on everything: quality, taste, venue, service, creativity, quality, menu options and seasonal specials.
I had the tap cherry kambucha (lovely!), the cashew cheese raclette starter (ok, but 10/10 on effort to make their own cheese) and the wowsers lasagna. OH MY! That was special!! I am still daydreaming about it.
For dessert I had the chocolate cake but that was not a hit, maybe I should had gone for the tiramisu as I was recommended :)
I wish I have had more days in LA to go back. This is a MUST try for visitors and locals alike.

Pros: lovely patio, gorgeous food, great service and ambience

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Amazing - Edit

Finally got to check out Plant Food and Wine for an early dinner with a group of about a dozen people. With such a large group, we were seated outside at a large communal table. The weather was lovely as was the patio decor, so the atmosphere was perfect. Everything on the menu sounded delicious and everyone ordered different items. I ordered the lasagna which was not only exquisitely presented, but flavorful as well. Others ordered the spicy udon, kale salad, burger, raclette and more and everyone was just as pleased as I was. We shared multiple desserts including the tiramisu, apple pie, banana creme pie and chocolate cake. All delicious. Between the food, atmosphere and company, the evening was amazing. Can't wait to return.

Pros: all vegan, lovely atmosphere, amazing presentation and flavor

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complex flavors make your tastebuds jump for joy - Edit

This place is one of the greatest restaurants in LA. Enjoyed every bite. Don't miss this treasure.

Pros: delicious , excellent , satisfying

Cons: not a chain and not next to my house

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Surprised at both menu options and quality - Edit

Couldn't have asked for a better dinner and the desserts were amazing. A bit on the expensive side but we did order a lot of food.

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amazing in every way - Edit

Our experience at plant was mind blowing! Eating at plant is something to anticipate and savor. It is a truly excellent dining experience. It is in my top three of vegan meals (other two were at Vedge in philly and Dirt Candy in NYC). Patio out back is lovely spot. Cannot recommend enough!

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Al fresco dining & getting better - Edit

I had originally heard about this place opening up from happycow a couple years back (?) and was excited to try it. Since I've eaten here several times. Was here again this week. Here's my Plant Food and Wine review update.

Of all the meals I had, the best one was the most recent, a multi-course set dinner extravaganza. From starters (mock caviar, beets & citrus, sweet and spicy butternut carpaccio, spaghetti squash with mushroom) through main (ravioli) and to dessert (green ice cream and chocolates), everything was artfully presented, creative in combinations, and tasted good. Bravo.

I am happy to see that the kitchen continues to evolve, and that the food is getting better.

This is causal-elegant dining, suitable for all occasions from easy dining to fancy dinner out. Price-wise, it's more than a typical vegan restaurant but moderate for Venice.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-01

Pros: artful presentation, lovely space, good service

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Wow. Better than Crossroads - Edit

We just finished a three day vegan food tour of LA and this was the only restaurant we had to go to twice because it was so good the first time. The Christmas tasting menu was incredible, beautiful to look at, and even more beautiful to taste. If you ever get a chance to try the sunchokes and arcadia broccoli or the roasted red cabbage with parsnip puree, you will understand why I am raving. Off the regular menu, the raw lasagna is a work of art--so fresh and melt-in-the mouth deliciousness; and I was in taco heaven with the cauliflower tacos (although a bit less creative). More relaxed atmosphere than Crossroads and the food was just as or even more impressive.

Pros: Fantastic outdoor space--you won't want to leave, Something for everyone, They're very serious about their food and it shows

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great setting in back - Edit

I had a tamale for the first time here. It was very good. Great guacamole.

The seating in back is beautiful.

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Delicious vegan food in beautiful garden setting - Edit

One of our favorite spots on Abbott Kinney. I'm originally from New York and lived in the city for about 6 years. Living in NYC, I was a fan of Pure Food and Wine; this is the Pure Food and Wine of Santa Monica, except taken up a notch to be even better! We're told both were originally created by Matthew Kenney.

The menu changes seasonally; we've liked this feature a lot, as while there's always something new, the general flavor palate doesn't shift too much. Another plus for me - while I enjoy eating vegan, the true "raw" thing can be a bit too harsh for me; Plant Food is vegan and still feels fresh and healthy without being over the top. I wish I've tracked everything we've eaten there, but I do know we've had:

* "avocado" (basically a massive bowl of guacamole with homemade crackers)
* roasted brussels sprouts (delicious glaze, small-ish portion)
* roasted cauliflower (we've had this dish two different ways, but it's always bathing in a full-bodied creamy sauce with pomegranate seeds and sometimes a nut garnish - spectacular flavor profile)
* socca (very carby but nice and filling with good but not overwhelming flavor)
* mushroom freekeh bowl (massive mushrooms in an almost gravy-like sauce)
* zucchini cacao e pepe (lighter entrée of zucchini "noodles" with a great tang to it)
* smoked cheddar cheese (we've had vegan cheese that is gross, but you truly couldn't tell the difference between this and real cheese - and it had a great smoked flavor!)
* delicata squash (great size portion of chunky pieces of squash, again with a terrific and bold sauce covering the squash and black beans complementing the squash with a saltiness)
* Our true favorite is the banana split! It's served with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry acai ice creams. I'm not usually a strawberry fan, but all of these are delicious, with the chocolate being the most rich and creamy. Fantastic plating with the sauces all dotted around the main event. Each ice cream flavor is separated by a dried maple and banana crisp (looks dehydrated), and it has authentic and slightly sweet banana flavor. A truly unique twist on the classic banana split!

Service is always extremely friendly here. The restaurant is decorated sparsely, but we like the overall look and feel, and they have a terrific outside area (outfitted with heat lamps as well), next to a garden, in which they grow much of their own food! Prices aren't cheap, but you're getting quality food and a warm dining experience.

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... - Edit

I expected to love this place; I loved Pure Food and Wine and all of MK's previous establishments. I heard wonderful things from people who have eaten at Plant Food and Wine... But I was sorely disappointed. Yes, the restaurant itself is lovely and comfortable, especially in the back garden. But the service was soooooo slow! We ordered a bunch of things to share and it all came out soooo slowly that by the time something came, we had forgotten that we had ordered it and were no longer excited. The food itself was just so-so, or maybe it was that I was too annoyed to enjoy it. There was zero fluidity with our meal. Our simple meal ended up lasting 3 hours, and we had an exorbitant bill.

Pros: integrity, sleek design

Cons: kitchen too slow, expensive for what you get

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Plant based as it should be - Edit

This is hands down the best vegan restaurant I've ever been in. The food is refined but filling yet it doesn't leave you feeling heavy afterwards.
The service is so attentive and nice I would come back again simply because of that if the food was generally just ok. Luckily though the food is outstanding and I'll always come back again and again.

COME and try it. It's amazing.

Pros: All vegan all healthy little oil.

Cons: I can't think of one.

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Amazing Restaurant - Edit

All I have to say is this Resturant is by far the best vegan food in LA.

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Delightful - Edit

The restaurant offers a wonderful venue with great food and ambiance. Like the prior Matthew Kenney restaurant in Santa Monica, this place offers an original menu. We enjoyed the cheeses as appetizers. The Wild mushroom - Freekeh Bowl was good. I especially enjoyed the Butternut squash - chanterelle Ravioli. Our choice of dessert, Chlorella Olive Oil Cake, was surprising, and great. This was well worth a visit.

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too fancy - Edit

Service very slow. Food trying to be too fancy without really getting it right. Menu does not accurately describe the food. Very pretty place. Hope they get the menu together. More of a novelty right now

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Matthew Kenney has done it again! - Edit

I started eating raw about 8 years ago, thanks to a event in San Francisco where I met Matthew Kenney. His work has always been on the cutting-edge, artfully prepared, and as healthy as it comes.

Plant Food and Wine is the first of his restaurants that offers amazing flavors, paired with spectacular wines and serves cooked plant-based cuisine. The new space on Abbot Kinney blvd. has clean and slightly rustic decor with his school of plant-based culinary arts situated on the top floor.

The menu consists of fresh raw vegan cheeses, Kenney's specialty, artfully arranged with pickled veggies and mustard seeds to balance the savory flavor such as smoked cheddar and truffle.

At lunch, a healthy and hearty black bean burger with a soft, chewy flat bread bun and crispy sweet potato chips or Eggplant Bahn Mi hit the spot.

Desert is one thing that should not be skipped. Homemade ice creams with suprising flavors of ginger or carrots, or meltly warm gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookies are a sweet treat that is guilt-free.

Pros: Outdoor seating, Friendly staff, Great pricing for neighborhood

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