I'd been begging my husband to go to 26 Beach for such a long time (I love burgers, stuffed french toast, and good chocolage cake and this place is known for all three). So, finally my husband had a free Sunday morning, but had to be at work by 2. Anyway, we got to the restaurant with last minute reservations. We noticed that without reservations the wait was about 45 minutes because we came right at the Sunday brunch noon rush. There was a mix-up with our reservations and we were told we would have to wait 15-20 minutes. Any other day it would have been fine but since my husband had a business meeting at 2 we really couldn't wait much longer. The host/manager (Francis?) felt bad about the snafu with our reservation, apologized (very important as some managers don't even do this), and he really worked hard to get us seated in 5 minutes. Our server was great as well and host/manager gave us a free dessert and a discount on our next visit.
The food - the burger was great, I loved the brioche bread and french fries. And I had the Polar Bear - a very decadent stuffed french toast topped with ice cream! - that was delicious too. We got their chocolate cake and bread pudding to go to eat after my stomach digests the burger and french toast.
The decor was really cute, my husband loved the laid-back vibe and service. I really appreciate a restaurant that has good food WITH great service. If the service is not there, I'd rather go someplace else or just get the food to go. Anyway, I just wanted to give 26 Beach a good review for great food AND service to boot!
3100 Washington Blvd. (just went of Lincoln) Venice