Fig Tree is a revitalized restaurant found on the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. It was originally opened by Bill and Tami Feigenbaum in 1978 who dreamt of having a coffee shop on the Ocean Front Walk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. According to their website, the name of the cafe was inspired by their last name “Feigenbaum” which means ‘Fig Tree’ in German. Bill and Tami ran the business for 28 years, providing a popular spot for guests to enjoy a relaxing meal right next to the beach. They eventually sold Fig Tree in 2006 to Jose and Victoria Bunge.
Under new management, Fig Tree received a complete makeover, renovating it into a much more warm and modern eatery. You can tell that the Bunges put a lot of emphasis on the details of the interior and exterior decor, utilizing a minimal theme. A number of beautiful plants and flowers accent the space, making it feel like a welcoming seaside refuge. Fig Tree‘s overall mellow ambience and clean aesthetic definitely sets them apart as a perfect brunch spot from the many casual, fast-food options on the boardwalk.
I was impressed with not only the restaurant’s decor, but also its food. For brunch, I had the Pasta Del Mar, a pappardelle pasta dish with mussels, clams, shrimp, white wine and fresh herbs. At first, it looked like it was going to be bland because it seemed very light on sauce. I actually asked for a side of hot sauce, just in case, to give it some kick. But after the initial bite, I was really impressed with the flavor. The pasta and seafood was seasoned perfectly and was very flavorful (I didn’t have to use the hot sauce at all). I would highly recommend this dish if you’re craving pasta. My boyfriend had the shrimp roll, which looked pretty hearty. The potato bun was baked and had a nice crunch and the shrimp was mixed with a spicy mayo.
With the Venice Beach Boardwalk being full of interesting and eccentric characters, it was also fun to people watch from Fig Tree’s patio. And since the ocean is right in front, you’ll feel a nice breeze while enjoying your meal.
Address: 429 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Hours of operation: Sun-Thurs: 8 AM-8 PM, Fri-Sat: 8 AM-9:30 PM
Parking: Street parking or paid parking lots nearby
- Since it’s located right on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, I would recommend going for a stroll to check out all the quirky vendors or hitting the beach before or after your meal!
- It seems that they are not set up on any online reservation systems at the moment. I called them at (310)392-4937 to make a reservation.
- Food is pretty decent priced for their location, most items were $15 or less
- They have three individual restrooms which you have to make a few turns to get to. They provide very helpful and humorous signs that leads you to them.