The Waterfront Captures Quintessential Venice Vibes


When The Waterfront Café closed in late 2017, it left a significant gap in its vibrant Venice neighborhood. Luckily, a year later, developer Jake Matthews and his team managed to revitalize the multi-use space, bringing its outdoor patio, oceanfront beer garden, lounge, to-go shack, and taqueria back to life.

Founded as a local hangout spot in 1995, The Waterfront built a reputation as a Venice Boardwalk institution that served up casual cuisine and beverages in a comfortable atmosphere. Once the extensive year-long renovations were complete, the space re-opened with its original spirit intact and a few new bells and whistles.

Heather Tierney of Wanderlust Design (The Butcher’s Daughter, Roosterfish) created The Waterfront’s interior aesthetic, inspired by late 1970s and ’80s Southern California. Surf and skate culture dominate the aesthetic and each detail is meticulously planned, from the tables and counters made in-house from raw slabs of Cyprus wood to the Spanish porcelain tile floors and custom-made teak armchairs from Indonesia.

The Waterfront’s impressive art displays come courtesy of creative director Sean Tully and brand ambassador Omer Levy who commissioned emerging artists to produce expansive murals throughout the space. LA-based artist Maxwell McMaster replicated the real-life ocean views from The Waterfront beer garden with an abstract beach mural; additional featured artists include Dane PetersonMarco Zamora, and DJ Javier.

The Waterfront is located at 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291. Call
(424) 309-5331 or visit for more information.