The Clutch is a grungy-beachy Venice restaurant serving Cali-Mex cuisine (a.k.a. they do Mexican food but also mac and cheese). The food here is very good, and some days they also have live music. The small-ish space gets crowded during their happy hours, but they do take reservations.
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