Chez Jay
Chez Jay

Chez Jay

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezjays.com/
  • Phone: 3103951741
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday to Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am - 2:30pm

    Bar open until 2am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Chef Tony Dearcos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private room for twenty people well-seated at no minimum charge. Also, we offer the main restaurant/bar for private parties with the capacity of sixty people, with a minimum charge that varies depending on the day and time of the event.
  • Private Party Contact: Juan Gallegos 3105602832

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colorado
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking at night. During the day it is self-parking, except for special occasions. Our private parking lot is adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Chez Jay
Legendary Chez Jay, established 1959, is a Santa Monica Historical Landmark located on Ocean Avenue across from the Pier. Known for its steaks, fresh seafood, generous drinks and comfortable atmosphere, Chez Jay is one of the best celebrity hideaway taverns in all LA. With peanut shells on the floor and its famous jukebox playing, Chez Jay is a place to soak up stories, enjoy a great meal, and have a good time.
Stop in and become part of the legend.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Chez Jay reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (8)great for lunch (6)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Fun Atmosphere and Great Service
    mstaudingerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    What a fun place for an evening drink or to soak in the Santa Monica "dive bar" scene. Staff is very attentive and friendly. We went stopped in on a very hot, humid evening and without A/C this place was just too hot to eat food; the food itself was OK and maybe without the heat the food might make 3 stars. Overall this is a fun place and we would go there again. thank you to Open Table for helping us find this cool place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good...
    pkeenanVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is a Santa Monica institution. Classic decorum. Always "regulars" at the bar. Great, simple menu. Old School adult beverages. If you're visiting Santa Monica, this place should be on your "must visit" list. It's right next to the new Tongva Park which is incredibly beautiful. C'mon! Let's go!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dive bar/restaurant!!
    luvtohangout
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place is more "dive bar" than restaurant, but it has a sense of humor with the french offerings on the menu. The food is solid and in places quite good, but perhaps a bit pricey. Come for the beer, and stay for the beer. :) No air conditioning, but who cares. That crowd doesn't belong here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    canyodl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The atmosphere of this neighborhood restaurant is very retro. The food was excellent! We had the mahi mahi special, fillet minion and steak and shrimp and they were all great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't meet expectation
    Kirkstyles
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The reviews of Chez Jay did not reflect my experience. Sure the staff were friendly and the bar has a certain vibe, but the food was average at best!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memories
    Noel
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A trip down memory lane...been coming since late sixties
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden pearl
    Kolbyone
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Not hidden in the sense of hard to find, but should not be judged by exterior looks. Inside is friendliness, good service and great food. Feels like anybody could be walking in. Like!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite local bar/restaurant
    EastMeetsWest
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    delicious steaks and manhattans. a great mix of older and younger crowd. mainly locals
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night at Chez Jay
    Dinename
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Always wanted to try the local place. Right across from the beach, old school streak house, hole in the wall. Excellent service, good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Similar to other landmark restos...
    AmandaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It rests on its laurels. From our poor elderly waiter who quite literally had Alzheimer's. Three times asked by him if we were ready to order right after we had ordered.... Three bread baskets left on the table, no silverware, no water despite numerous asks. (I empathize if this is loyalty to an elderly employee, but have the decency to provide back up support for him. No other waitstaff came to our table to help) There were only two other tables occupied in the restaurant. One of which was an obnoxious drink family with several people who should have not been served alcohol after a certain point, like as in screaming and being unable to walk....was great to watch them go to the valet to get their car......My rare steak was grey and rubber.
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  • VERY PLEASANT
    Perfect
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Friends' birthday and likes Chez Jay - very good prices, ample servings of food and lively. Great evening!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    A bar feel more than a restaurant. Super casual dinning
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun w/ panache!
    QuissieVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a fun evening here which started w/ a great cocktail at the bar. Then had a very good meal of Sandabs which were lovely!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this neighborhood gem!
    ChowGirl
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Fun, funky, friendly hangout. Great food. Beach adjacent. This is old Santa Monica at its best. Dinner? Get the sand dabs.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the Chez Jay reviews archive.
  • Great night out!
    Tess
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I had a ton of fun and good food at Chez Jay! Definitely recommend it for someone looking for a fun and relaxed bar-type environment but still good, fresh food. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lotta fun
    occdocVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    good steaks lotta fun good steaks lotta fun good steaks lotta fun lotta fun lotta fun nothing more to say
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Good steaks, service was good. A nice small neighborhood bar & restaurant. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dive
    BigFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Awesome dive bar that happens to have good food. Don't go to Chez Jay if you are looking for hip, trendy, or fancy. It's a small, dark place to have a few whiskeys and a burger when you get tired of the usual tourist scene.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic "Dive" but pretty good
    LilTiger
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I found this place and thought it looked interesting. Didn't know it was a dark tiny local dive. The place is really small and dark but it fits the old Santa Monica beach area perfectly. It's a step back in time. Mainly locals. The outside of the building is old and I doubt most tourists would dare take a step inside. The food was pretty decent. I know my three friends enjoyed theirs. I had their daily special of sea bass. Unfortunately it was over cooked and the tomato "sauce" did not marry well with the fish. Prices were all inclusive so that was a plus. I will definitely go back. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nicknameVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I know its been there since 1958ish, but it might help to redo the seats. It felt like the same ones I used 40 years ago.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful old place
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The sanddabs were as good as we remembered. We love the Sherry Wine salad dressing. We won't wait so long to go back again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why I continue to go to Chez Jay's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I've been coming to Chez Jay's since 1962 or 1963 and hasn't changed a bit since then. It's difficult to write a review because I don't come here for the food but because it's one of the last neighborhood old-time places in Santa Monica and because it has nostalgic value for me. The food is just OK - butter steak I ordered had way too much gristle, potato that was supposed to be baked was micro-waved. Service, however, was really good as was my mojito.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good steaks at an informal
    BillVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Good steaks at an informal venue with attentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly and cozy
    Paul
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    excellent service, good food. Had the breakfast special, with the andouille sausage. Very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Menu, well prepared
    luvthisplaceVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    If you're looking for classic menu - soup/salad/steak or fish - in a warm, casual 'peanut floor' enviornment, this is the place. New York steak, baked potatoe and basic salad were all excellent. Wishe they had some less expensive bottles of wine, but c'est la vie. Two of us (both had steak) and 1 bottle of wine. $90+
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a SM landmark!
    PamkVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    You won't a similar experience anywhere else in LA, maybe the world. Its fascinating history, wonderful food, generous cocktails and local dive atmosphere make it one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebrated a birthday, perfect
    hulagirl
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    celebrated a birthday, perfect location. Fun vibe.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Questionable outside, great food
    DinnerOutTonight2013
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This place looks like a little seedy bar from the outside. And kind of the same from the inside. But great food and staff. Well worth the trip to find this tiny place across from Santa Monica pier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Been wanting to try Chez Jay for years and finally took the opportunity. (Recently moved to LA.) Historic bar/restaurant that lived up to the hype. Steaks were very good, but the bar and atmosphere --- along with great waitress --- really sealed the deal. Will definitely be heading back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Updated, timeless classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We've been dining at Chez Jay for decades. It's fun! The food is great, the service isn prompt and friendly. The classic dishes still taste like classics, but they have been subtly updated to reflect today's dining preferences. And, you can still get Green Goddess dressing on your salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was a little taken back
    hithere2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was a little taken back that for a bar they had a prix fixed menu for Valentine's Day and that it was so expensive. We were actually looking forward to trying something off their regular menu. The food was pretty good but didn't think it was worth $50.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Though born and raised in
    jimmythekid
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Though born and raised in SM, this was my first time here. Had early 5:45 Thursday evening reservations before Cirque du Soleil. Place was already very busy. Eclectic, local crowd comprised of all ages. Service was excellent, food was very good. Love the character of the place. Would definitely recommend it and will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You know what you're getting.
    JH315
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    It's a dive bar with food essentially. Not bad, but not great either. My steak was chewy and a bit tough. It was fine in a pinch, but don't go out of your way.
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  • I couldn't recommend this place
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was not very good, the service was pretty sad and they try to be rude because it's funny. The server actually dropped my steak on the table and then served it to me "It's OK because it fell on the menu" I didn't care I just wanted to eat and get out of there. Everything is bacon, meat, butter and more bacon. Just not good quality in any way.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise
    TiffVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Have always wanted to go here but never made it, partly due to parking, although we did arrive early and had no problem w parking. It was a pleasant surprise. The filet mignon w bernaise sauce was very good. The sticky toffee pudding was unique and yummy! Will definitely return. A very laid back low key gem with great food that's been around for a long time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location with Personality
    BarbC
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    My friend and I dined had a very pleasant meal here - great ambience (not for romance, but local, almost-divey flavor)!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent food and service
    peege26VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    great fun, historical landmark, fun vibe, groups can ask for a table in back room but less ambience there. Small, cozy, like going back in time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointing
    RUN2EATVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    In the past, we have enjoyed our dining experience at Chez Jay. However, the last 2 times we have dined there, the food was not that good (overcooked &/or dry) and the noise level in the restaurant made it difficult to carry on a conversation with other members of our party.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beach Realness
    PJ31
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Chez Jay never disappoints. Maintaining it's funky ease while delivering impeccable service, delicious home style food, and pretty decent house wine. My only comment would be if they could expand their wines by the glass to include a few higher end selections.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening!
    Henry
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We had 10 in our group and were seated as soon as we arrived. We had the most fun and best food of the few nights we were in Santa Monica. Making our reservations through Open Table was so easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic