Charcoal Venice is an inviting neighborhood restaurant from Michelin-starred Chef and Owner Josiah Citrin that was inspired by the backyard barbecues he hosts on weekends for his friends and family. As the name suggests, everything is cooked indoors over live fire – whether over charcoal or in the coals. Citrin and Chef de Cuisine Joseph Johnson prepare a seasonal menu of craveable comfort foods featuring locally-sourced proteins and vegetables ideal for sharing family-style. Whether diving into a platter of smoky grilled chicken wings with a beer or classic cocktail at the bar, or splitting a 48 oz. dry-aged Porterhouse and a bottle of Bandol with friends, Charcoal Venice is an everyday dining spot.

Reservations can be made by calling (310) 751-6794 or through Charcoal’s website via Resy.  We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our guests and staff by following the guidelines required by the LA County Department of Public Health, so we will be accommodating reservations only.  The bar will be for dine-in only as well.  

Some other new protocols we are following:
– We ask that you please remain in your car until your table is ready. We will be sending out text messages to guests as soon as your table is available.
– Masks are required to enter and can be taken off once ready to eat.
– To ensure the proper 6 ft distancing requirements, some tables are not available or can only accommodate specific seating arrangement

Executive Chef

Josiah Citrin is a culinary expert and veteran of Los Angeles’ gourmet dining scene, with more than 25 years of experience. He is a two-star Michelin award-winning chef and owner of California’s highly-acclaimed Mélisse restaurant in Santa Monica, Charcoal Venice, and Dave’s Doghouse in the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Citrin has mentored some of the city’s talented young chefs, including Native’s Ayesha Arrington and Wilshire’s Brendan Collins.


Chef de Cuisine

Chef de Cuisine Joseph Johnson admits he’s always loved cooking with fire, which comes in quite handy for his role at Charcoal, the neighborhood restaurant from Mélisse Chef/Owner Josiah Citrin, that’s centered around live-fire cuisine. This opportunity not only allows him to helm the kitchen, but also applying the exacting standards he learned from his mentor in a more casual, down-to-earth setting and naming him titles like Chopped: Grill Master Champion and StarChefs Rising Star 2017.