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Nueva Restaurant in Venice: Your Authentic Mexican Culinary Destination

Vibrant Ambiance with a Latin Flair

A new restaurant in Venice, Nueva, brings Mexico to the beach! Experience the vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and cocteles (cocktails) that will set your taste buds on fire. Nueva, the new Westside contemporary canteen, beckons you to savor the essence of Mexico in the heart of Venice.

Two drinks on a table. One is a margarita nad the other is a refreshing cocktail.

A Fresh and Flavorful Feast Awaits at the Newest Restaurant in Venice

Nueva, located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and the ever-popular Abbot Kinney Boulevard, is the newest go-to restaurant in Venice for a truly exceptional Mexican culinary experience. The moment you step in, you’ll be transported to a place where the beach life meets a fresh, relaxed style that makes you want to linger with friends and family.

Nueva offers a spacious, well-lit multi-room layout with a versatile indoor/outdoor dining area. The main bar area features an iWave air filtration system for guest safety. A dramatic glass wall opens to a 50-seat outdoor patio that extends the dining room. This inviting space includes decomposed granite flooring, lush shrubs, teak tables, vibrant metal chairs, and beach-themed umbrellas.

Delightful Mexican Delicacies

Whether you visit for a weekend brunch or an enchanting dinner, Nueva showcases the rich tapestry of Mexican cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully crafted using locally sourced ingredients, establishing a solid connection with the community’s ranchers, farmers, and fishermen. This commitment to local sourcing ensures the freshest and finest ingredients and contributes to the region’s sustainability.

Each dish is a carefully orchestrated composition of taste and texture, blending spices, seasonings, and fresh produce to create a harmonious culinary experience. The flavors celebrate Mexican heritage and traditions, resonating with authenticity and passion.

Mexican cuisine at Nueva restaurant. Nibbles with a dipping sauce.

With each bite, you can taste a melange of flavors, from the vibrant street food of Mexico City to the coastal flavors of Baja California; Nueva’s menu takes you on a flavorful adventure. Whether you’re savoring the citrus-infused ceviche or indulging in the mouthwatering tacos, you’ll find that every dish is a revelation of Mexico’s culinary diversity.

A steak taco at Nueva Restaurant in Venice

The team’s dedication to creating an unforgettable dining experience is evident in every detail. From sourcing ingredients to the artful presentation on the plate, Nueva, the newest restaurant in Venice, is destined to be a favorite among the locals.

Two tacos on a blue plate. One has marinated red onions and a basil leaf.

Drinks to Savor

Start your culinary journey with one of their Frozen Margaritas, the perfect prelude to your meal. Nueva’s Cocteles List and Flights offer a curated selection of Tequila and Agave options, each crafted with care and precision.

I started with the Clarified Paloma Coctele, a blend of Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, Clarified Grapefruit, Agave, Mineral Water, and a Salt Rim. My husband opted for the pineapple-infused Infused Aperol Frozen Margarita. While both were delicious, I couldn’t resist the sweet chill of his drink and convinced him to switch, thanks to the power of love. Luckily, he’s a Mezcal fan, so he didn’t mind. Nueva offers curated Tequila and Agave options on their Cocteles List and Flights, reflecting their dedication to crafting exceptional drinks that delight the palate.

We chose a Mango Frozen Margarita and a Tequila Sunrise for our next round.

Woman with a sun hat drinking a margarita through a straw and looking at camera.

A Fiesta of Flavors

Savor the sunsets of Venice with some of their delectable starters. We started with appetizers like the Hamachi and Uni Ceviche featuring Local Citrus, Charred Peanuts, and Fresno Chili. Our order also included Elote (Grilled Sweet Corn with Chipotle Butter, Parmesan Cheese, and Chili Lime Crunch) and Crispy Cauliflower (with Lime, Jalapeno, Parmesan Cheese, and Cilantro Yogurt), along with some chips and guacamole. All were delightful and offered vegan options, but the Ceviche’s unique flavors stood out.

Date night means lots of delicious food at Nueva Restaurant in Venice.

Tantalizing Tacos for All

With National Taco Day just around the corner, we embarked on a flavorful adventure by trying every taco on the menu. The diversity of flavors was irresistible. It was impossible to settle for just one or two options. So we tried them all.

The Roasted Squash Vegan Taco, featuring Pipian, Pepita, Salsa, Olive Tapenade, and Corn Nut, offered a delightful nutty sensation that satisfied our taste buds. Equally delectable was the Falafel Taco, crafted from Black Bean Falafel, Cilantro, Lebne, Guacamole, Sumac, and Red Onion. A vegan alternative, for those so inclined, was also available. Its yummy flavors left a lasting impression.

Two tacos, one fish and one vegetarian, at Nueva Restaurant in Venice

The Tempura Sea Bass Taco was an instant favorite for a burst of flavors and textures. Adorned with Jicama Aleppo Slaw and Cilantro Aioli, it provided a delightful crunch on the outside and a burst of flavor within. My husband couldn’t get enough of the Mediterranean Octopus Taco. Its Cilantro Salsa, Pickled Red Onion, Plum, and Mint were tasty. While the Pork Belly Chicharron Taco, sprinkled with Chili Lime Salt and served with Serrano Pineapple Salsa, left us craving more.

We could share each taco with the generous portions, savoring at least 2 or 3 bites. As our taco adventure continued, the Chicken Tinga Taco, boasting Fresno Chili and Pico de Gallo, was so savory. The Carne Asada Taco, featuring Charred Avocado, Roasted Scallion, Jalapeño Salsa, and Cilantro, captured our hearts with their exquisite flavors.

Although we were pretty full, these delectable tacos were the perfect conclusion to our taco feast, infusing every bite with flavor. It was an unforgettable taco party that celebrated the rich tapestry of Mexican cuisine.

Man in a baseball hat with a Ferrari logo on it about to eat a taco and smiling.

Unforgettable Main Courses

For those with an appetite for more, explore something from the main course and let the flavor explosion continue.

Nueva’s menu is a treasure trove of enticing options. Be sure to try one of the fantastic salads like the Yellow Corn Mole: Roasted Squash, Squash Puree, and Summer Succotash crowned with Hazelnuts and Sunflower Seeds. Another tempting choice is the Branzino: Wood-grilled Branzino with Mole Rojo and Castelvetrano Tapenade.

My husband has set his sights on the Grilled 16oz Bone-In Prime Rib Eye. Adorned with Salsa Nueva and served with Roasted Vegetables, he’ll order it next time. We’re already planning our next romantic date night. We’d be delighted to have you join us.

Sweet Endings

Naturally, no dinner reaches its full conclusion without the sweet taste of dessert. Our choice was the Churro, a delightful creation coated in Cinnamon Sugar and accompanied by velvety Dark Chocolate Ice Cream. It was a simple yet remarkably delicious treat, the perfect ending to such a delectable and flavorsome meal.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, we basked in the warm glow of candlelight, savoring every sugary-sweet bite of the divine churro placed before us. To our chagrin, it disappeared all too swiftly. If we’d had even a smidgen of room left in our satisfied stomachs, we’d have indulged in the Flan, Tres Leches, and Coconut Panna Cotta for you. However, we encourage you to embark on your own culinary adventure and savor these dessert delights.

A decadent round churro sitting on a plate with chocolate ice cream on top of it. A spoon sits next to the churro and a table in the distance has people at it.

A Family-Friendly Restaurant in Venice

Nueva welcomes families with a special kids’ dinner and brunch menu. It offers choices any kid will love. The Kid’s Menu includes Cheese Quesadilla, Falafel Tacos, Tempura Sea Bass tacos, Bean and Cheese Burrito, Rice and Beans, Scrambled Eggs, or a Breakfast Burrito.

Experience the Magic of Nueva

Nueva is a collaboration between Chef Vartan Abgaryan, renowned restaurateur Jared Meisler, and the talented team of David and Patti Reiss. With an exceptional Cocteles Menu and a carefully curated agave collection, Nueva brings the best of Mexico to Venice.

Reserve Your Table Today at the Newest Restaurant in Venice

Whether it’s a romantic date night, a family brunch, or a gathering with friends, Nueva, the newest restaurant in Venice, offers an inviting atmosphere for all. To secure your spot, make a reservation through RESY or at You won’t want to miss this culinary journey from the heart of Mexico to the heart of Venice.

Location and Hours

Nueva is located at 822 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292, at the intersection of Abbott Kinney and Washington Blvd. Operating hours are as follows:

  • Mon, Tue, Wed: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Thur, Fri: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Sat: 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sun: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Embrace the flavors, the atmosphere, and the warmth of Mexico at Venice’s newest and coolest restaurant. Dine at Nueva for an unforgettable culinary journey. ¡Buen provecho!

The outside view of Nueva restaurant with the sign in big yellow letters and twinkling liights above the outdoor patio.

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