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72 Market Street,
Venice, CA. / (310) 392-8720


Unfortunately, 72 Market Street closed its doors for good
in November of 2000, about 14 months before the death of its founder, actor Dudley Moore.

I will leave this page up for a while, for those who want top read about the restaurant. But remember that the article below was written at a time when the restaurant was still open for business.


The name of this celebrity restaurant is also its address.

This Venice beach restaurant was jointly founded by comic actor Dudley Moore ("Arthur," "10," "Micki & Maude"), and producer/director Tony Bill ("My Bodyguard," "The Sting," "Taxi Driver"), along with singer Liza Minnelli and others.

The two got the idea while working together on the 1982 film "Six Weeks" (directed by Tony Bill and starring Dudley and Mary Tyler Moore). They lamented the lack of good restaurants in Venice, and liked the idea of opening one across the street from Bill's office, and within walking distance of Dudley's home.

And you could easily walk right past this restaurant without even seeing it, just a few steps away from the madness of the Venice boardwalk. The low-key exterior is marked only by a small "72" on the door.

There's a piano the corner of this restaurant's very attractive main room, and Dudley himself (quite the accomplished pianist) was known to spend time tinkling the ivories for the customers, every now and then (Unfortunately, Dudley's worsening health problems have deprived him of the ability to play the pianoas he used to, which led them to they move the piano to make room for more booths). Naturally, the preferred tables are in this main room, where the piano used to be (against the wall on the right), and it isn't unusual to see stars here on any night of the week.

Regulars include Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen. Dudley's "Arthur" co-star, Liza Minelli, isn't adverse to dropping by either, to sample the American fare, which is better than at most celebrity hangouts. Menu favorites include meatloaf with mashed potatoes (which costs almost as much as the caviar here), grilled chicken, and a great "kickass." chili (rated #1 in the city by Los Angeles magazine), along with some French bistro far. Portions are large.

Open since 1984, 72 Market Street isn't the red-hot scene it once was, but it still attracts a sizable celebrity following. The restaurant doubles as a de facto gallery by changing the art on its walls every three months.

Prices are a bit high: dinner for two ranges from $60 to $100, averaging around $40 per person. 72 Market Street is open seven days a week, serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Dinner is served Mon-Thurs. from 6 p.m.to 10:00 p.m.; on Sundays until 9 p.m., and until on Fridays and Saturdays until 11:00 p.m.. They also have a Sunday brunch. The restaurant is semi-dressy, and of course they offer valet parking.

(Dudley also owns part of another restaurant: Maple Drive.)


Getting there: The restaurant is located at the western end of Market Street, west of Pacific Avenue, near Ocean Front Walk and the Venice Pier. / Take the Marina Del Rey (90) Freeway west to where it ends at Lincoln Boulevard. Turn right (north) on Lincoln, and go half a mile to Washington Boulevard. Turn left (west) on Washington, and go about a mile and a quarter west to Pacific Avenue. Turn right (north) on Pacific Avenue, and go about three quarters of a mile to Market Street. Turn left (west) on Market Street.


[For more information on this subject, you can access 72 Market Street's official website at: http://www.72marketst.com - or you can read their menu online at http://www.kerrymenu.com/72-Market-Street.htm..]


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