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James' Beach
James' Beach

James' Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jamesbeach.com
  • Email: contact@jamesbeach.com
  • Phone: (310) 823-5396
  • Hours of Operation: MONDAY - TUESDAY
    6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

    -Bar Open Everyday 'Til 1:30 a.m.-
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Shari Lynne Robins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Throw your party at James' Beach in Venice! James' Beach was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options.

    Call today for an unforgettable party! - 310.823.5396
  • Private Party Contact: Quiller McCurry (310) 823-5396
  • Special Events & Promotions: For special event details go to www.jamesbeach.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is also available.
A word from James' Beach
James' Beach is an intimate local dining spot that features a modern take on American comfort food. We feature an award winning wine list and the hottest patio night scene by the beach.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "we checked into James Beach Restaurant at 7 p_m sunday night for our Open Table dinner reservation. Excellent place James Beach, great Ambience and not too crowded. I Usually receive my Points by now just wanted to make sure I receive credit? John Bertrand."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Service S.L.O.W , Bar was great! Food tasteless, though vegetables appeared fresh just no flavor, chicken that was main course , same. Great buzz to the pace after we left. Probably a great bar scene, just eat before you get there"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went there last Saturday. We ordered the half dozen oysters (5 stars, so so yummy!) and the spinach dip to start (3 stars a bit bland for my taste). For the mains I ordered the shrimp tacos and it was the best entree I've had in a very long time. Simple, tasty and fresh! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nice place to eat, feels like a Malibu restaurant in venice"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had a reservation for 4 at 7pm on a Sunday night. The front bar area had plenty seats so we asked to be seated in the "fun" zone. The host said the tables are reserved, but I guess our reservation didn't count. I let the host know we would be quick because I was taking my visiting cousins to the airport. No go… We took the main restaurant seats. Then the bad service started. Apps were ordered immediately, but took about 30 minutes to come out. Entrees came out in waves about 5 minutes apart. Near the end we had to ask our server to get up from having a seat with 3 of his friends. I know everyone needs a break, but not right in front of the customer. Fish tacos, sand dabs and burger were good. The Bisque was not hot and not much taste."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The patio had a private party, so we almost went to One Pico for a b-day brunch. SO glad we stayed here. It's obvious why this eatery enjoys such longevity. We watched James check every dish coming out of his kitchen. He was an endearing & generous host (despite his taste for atonal jazz, LOL.) We never sit indoors here, but it was sunny & cozy, the waitstaff was fun & efficient, food was a solid "A" and the bartender made a PROPER Ramos Fizz (a brunch staple they can't get right at One Pico or Ivy at the Shore.) We have no ties to this restaurant or to its owner, but we so rarely have such sincerely nice things to say about dining in our overly trendy Venice neighborhood, we felt like sharing them. Thank you again, James, good show!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This neighborhood institution needs a refresh. It’s like everyone has been there so long that they don’t see or taste that things are not as good as they could be. Food was not prepared with any finesse, everything was over salted, there was no presentation – the food was just slapped on the plate. Someone need to take a hard look at the interior and spruce it up. (New carpeting?! Fresh coat of paint?! Maybe wipe the chairs clean before a patron sits on them?!) You want to LOVE this place. But, currently it’s not worth it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "James Beach always has a good vibe and is a fun place to be. The food is good, but not outstanding. The service can go either way. The last time we were there, the waiter was mindless, forgetting things right and left. But in the end it was a fun night as tends to be the case at James Beach."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our table for 6 was very crowded and awkwardly shaped. Some of us were crammed together, others were on a point of the table so a bit awkward. The time from ordering to serving was very slow (drinks took 15 minutes, appetizer took 20 minutes and dinner was 45 minutes AFTER appetizer). Someone else's appetizers were served to our table and we all looked perplexed until the server came back and took them away. The calamari came out cold and without a dipping sauce. 3 meals came out ahead of the other three meals and they were also missing a component of the meal. The bathrooms are unisex and even early in the evening were very dirty."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We celebrated our post Valentine's dinner and we loved it. The location is superb. Food was delicious. Service was great and friendly. This place is very popular so arriving early (6pm) was a good idea. We had a leisurely 2 hour dinner. Very nice!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were a party of 7. Seated promptly at our reservation time, in the covered patio area. We chose this restaurant because it had lots of vegetarian options (2 in our party including the birthday person are vegetarian). The service was attentive without being annoying. Best dishes of the night: Mykonos appetizer, NY steak, truffle fries, and Apple crisp dessert."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I have been going to James beach for years now. They always have great food and friendly service. My favorite here is the fish tacos which are awesome."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "the Hostess Lindsey was great as well the service in general. will be back to James Beach."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Both the food and the service were great. The quiche was outstanding. I would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Very disappointing!!! We were a table of 6 people and everyone had received their food and had finished before I received my food, the waiter was no where to be found most of the time, we had to ask him four times before we even received our chips that we had ordered! I cannot tell you in words how HORRIBLE this service was!!!!! The food was nothing special and my husband complained how little was on his plate, he ordered the fish taco's, there was a small piece if fish for the taco's! He was starving when we left and so was I! It was very over priced as well!!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Interesting ambiance on the patio with overhead lights made from Surf Shorts. Made for ongoing jokes at our table as we gazed up into the leg holes... Service on the night we were there was inconsistent, Food was good. Great Kale salad."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "They know what they do well and do it! It is one of our "go to" restaurants. We are never disappointed. The food is fresh, and the menu seasonal. The wine list is large and carefully chosen. Even the lower priced wines are very good."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food, service were wonderful. I took a friend here for her birthday & was pleasantly surprised at what a delightful surprise find this restaurant Was. It's a gem!!!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We went friday night for 4 at 8 pm. It was loud (the bar scene gets rowdy outside). The food was not good, soggy tortilla, cold tofu not fully cooked. 3 meals came and we had to wait for the 4th (after we asked about it) so our food was cold. No good wines and not well made drinks. I wouldn't go back or recommend it for dinner."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "James Beach has a delicious 17th anniversary menu so you can celebrate with them. But more importantly, for a restaurant to stay vibrant for that long, means the food, service, and feeling is right on."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Food was really good, service was good, and we could hear hear each other talk! Can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I have been to James Beach several times and really like the menu, the location, the staff and the vibe of the restaurant. Make sure to ask for the desert that is not on the menu....ice cream with terrific sauce."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "just love this restaurant! the food is wonderful, great neighborhood find, james is the perfect host! i will be back many times :)"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Love this place. Great food. Fast & friendly service. Fantastic 1/2 off wine nights. Never fails to deliver a great night out, whether a small group or large."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "My husband and I always try to have a meal here when we travel to Los Angeles, and over the years we have been delighted to find that the ambiance, food and service have remained so dependably high. While the menu is not overly extensive, there are always enough good choices. The waiters are knowledgable and patient but not intrusive. It is a great place to have an intimate meal, but also not too loud to make conversation impossible if you are with a larger group. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "I travel on business a lot and have lots of experience dining out, and this one rates up there with the better ones. I don't know if I'd consider it at the top of the list for "fine-dining" , but I will say that the ambience was really, really, really nice. I was there with a colleague for Taco Tuesday and had the Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos. They were excellent - the soft taco shells were nice and warm, the salsa and guac on the side were so yummy, and the fish was done perfectly. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Service was great, too. I'll definitely be back when I'm in town again. I hope I'm there on a Tuesday, but since these tacos are on the main menu anyway, I guess I'll be in luck no matter what!"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Dined on a Wednesday evening with a New York, Italian foodie. Great table on the patio. Attentive server recommended specialty cocktails delivered quickly and gave us space to peruse the menu and enjoy our drinks. The crudités is a nice complimentary appetizer with a delicious dipping sauce. We ordered the jumbo shrimp tacos and flat iron steak served medium rare perfectly charred as ordered with grilled spinach and smooth mashed potatoes. Both dishes seasoned well and delicious. We split a key lime pie dessert as flavorful as any in Miami Beach. Highly recommend this restaurant..."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Two quick thoughts on James' Beach: 1) The food was very good. Party of four and we all enjoyed our meals. No complaints. 2) The food is incredibly over priced. I would not recommend James' Beach for that reason. They are famous for their fish tacos, which are good, but there are better in LA and they cost much less."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Definitely not impressed by James' Beach. The fish tacos mentioned in "I Love You, Man"? - $25. $25 for fish tacos???? Come on - I don't think so. How about waiting an hour and a half for your food while everyone around you that was seated well after you is already halfway through their meals? Any attention from your server? Apologies for the service? Nope. Definitely not worth the trek to Venice. Too bad I couldn't get a reservation at Barnyard or Gjelina or ANYWHERE ELSE that sounded like a decent place. Ugh, never again. Westside trash with upscale prices. Blech. So upset that nobody cared to do anything to make any amends for having us sit there for a hour and a half waiting for food. We even had to ask for bread."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "...Have been frequenting this restaurant since it was West Beach--never disappoints--always good food, excellent service, and the best bartender in town--Dennis forever!"
    Dined on 9/9/2013