213 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Parking: Street, Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, American, Coffee House, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good For Groups: Yes
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01/13/2012Provided by Citysearch -
If you're into eating very lean and healthy foods then this is the place to eat while in the Venice area. You can swing by here for a chicken breast, egg whites, yams, or a variety of other healthy dishes. Good atmosphere and pleasant service. Btw, they also serve awesome sushi.
03/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We ordered a protein shake after a workout. My wife said it tasted funny after taking two big gulps. She then had berries stuck in her throat. I tasted it and began chewing one of the seeds that had a sponge like consistency... it was styrofoam. My wife now had the packing balls in her throat. When we showed the waiter he did not know what to make of it, as he struggled speaking English. He returned with a new shake... but it too had styrofoam. We asked to see a manager, and it took 20 minutes for Sean to arrive. Nice enough, but way too casual about the event. He investigated the kitchen and confirmed that they had a box filled with styrofoam stashed above where the shakes were made (points for honesty), and swore he had never seen that placed where it was before. This explanation does lead to further questions regarding how fresh the shakes are? Do they clean out their blender after each use if we were poisoned on two different orders? Ingesting styrofoam can cause all kinds of health issues, including overactive thyroid and cancer. Thanks for the great, healthy meal (see you in chemo). The manager comped our appetizer, but we paid for the rest of our $35 bill. We have eaten here for years, usually breakfast and lunch after working out, but no more. More than disappointing, frightening, and we plan on contacting the owners and the city so no one else experiences this type of reckless and dangerous service.
02/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
OK, yes, it's got a lot of hungry bodybuilders in it, but they're part of the neighborhood and its history, with Gold's and Venice Beach both around the corners. I've been going there since moving to Venice in 2002 and have always found it welcoming and warm, and the food delicious. It may be that it's a very 'inside' experience. The food (and portions) are geared towards bodybuilders, so the value is very good. The waiters and waitresses are extraordinarily and consistently warm and helpful, especially if you are starving, and I can only say that if there is an unconscious culture clash between patron and staff, that could account for some of the grumbling seen in these reviews. You don't go into a corner hash joint in a place like Venice or Silverlake and expect it to be the Ritz. Stuff like that can come across subliminally, if you'll excuse the Californianism. I think it's a sensational place, take nearly every one of my meals there when I'm on this coast. Think ""When in Rome"" and you may have a better experience. Try the tandoori chicken, it's just sensational. If you are a body builder or a health nut, you already know what to order. If you want something entirely boutiquey and high-end deli, the Rose Cafe is right across the street, and equally good in its entirely different way. Vive la difference!!!!
01/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
So this is what we get for not checking citysearch first...
Terrible food, bad service and a lingering stomach ache that will just not quit. We might as well have raided the nearest SYSCO truck. Not quite sure how they can justify charging what they do for that awful excuse for food. Would not recommend to ANYONE. The fact that they serve raw fish is a bit alarming...
Also, we went in at 4:30 on a Sat. and the waitress was in a big hurry, rushing us to order because the kitchen was closing. Not that we are complaining because nobody should have to endure that food.
It's a shame because the building is really cool and deserves better as did we.
01/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
As a sporting patron of Abbott Kinney / Main Street neighborhood eateries, I gave the Firehouse a second chance after a mediocre debut meal. I really am not one to complain, or even post on Citysearch, but in the spirit of self-entitlement, Larry David, and the Homer-Simpson-becomes-a-Food-Critic episode of ""The Simpsons"" (""Thar she bl***!""), I will posit the following indisputable facts:
1) The decor of the place, exterior and interior, is extremely misleading. You think burgers and chicken wings, not uninspired sushi dishes and warm beer.
2) The sushi took about 30 minutes to come out.
3) Be aware that ""Unagi Avocado Roll"" actually means ""Just Avocado Roll."" Oh, and the promised replacement will never come.
4) One sushi chef.
5) Sparse lighting.
6) If you request an extra plate, don't expect it to come without going to the bar and grabbing one yourself.
7) After complaining to the manager about the wrong orders and slow service, the bill took as long to arrive as its taking Chuck Norris to realize he's become a camp figure.
8) My meter ran out by five minutes, prompting a $35.00 kick in the nuts on my windshield, which our meager 20% discount will cover about 28.57% of.