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What’s better than a restaurant with great food? How about one that also makes us feel more attractive? That’s the vibe at Salt Air, the new Abbott Kinney seafood bistro where the beachy decor is as flattering as the food is yummy.

Salt Air is a white-on-white medley of Carrara countertops, painted brick walls and subway tile and a zinc-and-glass-enclosed kitchen. (It seems Brett Witke hasn’t lost his elegant touch since designing Jar.) It’s like a seamless white backdrop for our selfies.

Settle into a Belgian linen booth with a pal in the spacious dining room or log on to free Wi-Fi by your lonesome at the 12-seat bar. Then get to studying the seafood-centric menu. Chef Gregory A. Daniels last cooked at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Perry Street in New York. Here he’s serving traditional plates like Connecticut-style lobster rolls ($20), fried whole red snapper ($39) and--finally on Abbott Kinney--a raw bar. But it’s his original dishes, like fish-skin chips with smoked onion dip ($6) and toast heaped with ricotta and peas ($11), that garner a second order.

When we left late on a recent weeknight, Salt Air was packed elbow to elbow--and both seated diners and mingling bar patrons were jazzed about their prospects for the catch of the day. 

Salt Air, 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-396-9333 or

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