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.
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.
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