Lovely quiet setting for Sunday
Lovely quiet setting for Sunday brunch. Attentive service, quality food. We'll go back
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A solid choice.
Solid brunch. Great people, down to earth feel and really good eats. Mimosas are perfect!
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bistro steak special and truffle
Bistro steak special and truffle mashed potatoes were very good.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Busy and loud. Food and service
Busy and loud. Food and service were great. Watching servers was like ballet. Will return if back in the neighborhood.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was great and so was
Food was great and so was the service. I usually dine inside, but I really enjoyed being outside in the patio area.
They have a wonderful selection of cocktails.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had my first Angus Burger,
Had my first Angus Burger, it was really good. The wait staff was wonderful, I would go again if I came to back to California.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Easter brunch was just as
Easter brunch was just as we hoped. While the restaurant was full the waitstaff remained attentive and welcoming. We most appreciated the fact that our Open Table request for a booth was honored without any wait at all. It was a great brunch, and James himself was much in evidence, keeping things moving along. Well done.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had an early dinner at
We had an early dinner at James Beach last night and it was excellent. I made reservations for 6:00 p.m. via OpenTable about 1 week ago. They called us around 5:00 p.m. to confirm our reservations. We showed up a few minutea fter 6:00 p.m. (it took a little bit longer than expected to walk there from our hotel) and they sat s immediately. The server came to our table right away and took our drink orders. After we had our drinks, we ordered appetizers.
My 14 year old tried the oysters and loved them. My 11 year old ordered the Mac and cheese as an "appetizer" He could not finish it so my husband I helped him a bit. It was the best Mac and cheese I've ever had. My husband had the ceviche and I had the tuna tartar. All, very good. He had the
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our second visit to James
Our second visit to James beach. Judt like the first time, the food was very good and the service as very good as well. Recommend the fish tacos!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food. Server was very
Awesome food. Server was very friendly, but slow. Besides that fantastic place!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ginger martinis were perfecto!
Monday night reservation at 6 pm. I arrived at 5:30 only to be turned away, but I went across the street to a bar (maybe the Canal Group?) that was having happy hour only to find out that both places were owned by same people. I was a bit annoyed at all but my $5.00 ginger martini helped me forget. At 6 pm I went back over to James Beach as was promptly sat in a booth along the wall. Immediately our server was by our side with drinks options and answering a lot of questions my dining partner had. Server Joshua (?) was fantastic & very knowledgable about the food/drink. OUr pacing was perfect and the food was tremendous. We had beef wellington app & tuna tartar app. Delish. Sand Dabs & Maki tacos for entrees. Also delish!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place
This place has turned into my favorite neighborhood joint. The food is great and the bar always has interesting folks around
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't beat the location and
Can't beat the location and the sand dabs. Service by Jen was energetic and attentive.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Those Magical Fish Tacos
The fish tacos were had by everyone in my group - and no one was even slightly disappointed. I would recommend them highly.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Parking on Tuesday evening was easy. At 6:45 we had our choice of seating. Radiant heaters took the chill off perfectly. Choosing from the excellent menu was a challenge.
The mahi-mahi tacos would have benefited from corn tortillas. The garlic cream soup was a bit spicy.
I like my French fries thin, hot and crunchy. Theirs were merely acceptable.
I had the lasagna Bolognese, and the pasta was a bit mushy. I was I was not offered a garnish of freshly ground Parmesan cheese.
We lost count of the number of times we were asked if everything was satisfactory. Looking back I have to wonder what would have happened if I'd commented to them as I have above.
We will be back. I have to try the brisket pot roast and the filet Mignon sliders.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Brunch
I am not a brunch person, period. Typical restaurants charge more for a "holiday" event and usually not as good as a regular day. James Beach is the exception. The food was great, very reasonable cost and our server was wonderful. My wife (who was the honoree, that being for Mother's Day) was also pleased. We viewed the regular menu and no doubt, will be back. Parking is easy
( a building lot next door and the restaurant validates ). The wine list is extensive and has something for everybody. There is also a full bar (with Mojitos, their specialty).
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
mothers day brunch
The mothers day brunch was good. You can walk to Venice Blvd in like 2 minutes after eating. We walked the blvd-got some sun and burned a few calories. :)
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A must go to Venice restaurant! James is the perfect host and runs this perfect eatery.
Every night is something new - a delightful place to be casual or romantic.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second visit to James' Beach for the famous "fish tacos". Even though we visit Venice Beach every year, we first heard of this restaurant from the movie "I Love You, Man". My son and hubby LOVED the fish tacos, and I got the rotisserie chicken version which was delicious too. We also tried the Macaroni & cheese and that dish was yummy -- cheese sauce was creamy and flavorful.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Day and Time: Sunday at 11:30am
- We had outside seating - great environment, very relaxed
- The scones were delicious!
- Server was great. Was attentive but didn't hover over our table
- Fish tacos were tasty. The fish was moist and had a lot of flavor. The tacos came with pico de gallo, guacamole and black beans.
- We tried the pita plate. The pita came out warm and the ground kalamata olives dip was my favorite.
I would definitely come here again!
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Let's be honest, you're coming here for the Mahi Mahi fish tacos - the quality and freshness of the ingredients are superb and the depth of flavour in this dish is outstanding. Beyond that you'll find a number of other great fresh and light Californian fare, even the chopped salad believe it or not is unlike any other you will order anywhere, it is simply fantastic.
Charming location in the heart of Venice a skip away from the beach, fun ambience, great tasty food, hard not to love this place.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here for the same reason most people do... For the fish tacos. They were great as always and we enjoyed a nice beer list while we ate them.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Polite service, good food,
Polite service, good food, not rushed, comfortable setting. Good neighborhood, casual, "go-to" spot.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect from the table being ready the minute we walked in to the servers, the atmosphere, the food and the drinks! Going back before we leave the area.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Warm,Wonderful ,Wicked !
It is like "Cheers", where everybody knows your name ,due to the warmth James exudes.
However the twist is the artsy, sophisticated feel from co-owner,Danial and the Venice Vibe.
Always fantastic feel good food and dining. Perfect for all big events. My kitchen in the hood.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
James' Beach hit the spot
I went with my family including two young kids. The food was good and the service was great! We sat in the dining room which was mellow and kid friendly, but also had romantic charm if that's the route you are taking.
With an outdoor eating/drinking area, I will definitely have to go back for a grown up only evening!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love James Beach!
The food here is consistently wonderful. We especially love the brisket soft tacos and the shrimp soft tacos - yum! We continue to bring friends and always get a great response from them as well, with comments about them wanting to come back. Really a gem!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice atmosphere. Great service
Nice atmosphere. Great service (thank you Bishop). Near the beach.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really fun atmostphere with
Really fun atmostphere with a great wine list! They have 1/2 off bottle nights and normally if my boyfriend and I were to get two glasses of wine each, it would have cost $56. Normally the bottle of wine is $52...but since it was on the 1/2 off bottle night we ended up getting the entire bottle for only $30! I highly recommend the rotisserie chicken tacos or the sliders. Fun staff, fun place to eat. Good for a romantic night with ya boo, or a group of friends.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still great after all these years..
...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!
9/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Refreshing experience at VB
Very nice restaurant half way down between pier and Muscele Beach at Venice. Perfect for outdoor dining, quiet, nice waiter suggesting the right things to chose. Light and easy food nicely prepared and served. Would definitely rate best in this environment.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
best fish tacos
mahi mahi tacos and the ginger mohito. to DIE for. DELICIOUS!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my fifth visit to James' Beach and it was another great dining experience. This time I finally ordered the Mahi Mahi tacos - and they were fantastic. Now I see why everyone raves about them. The great thing about James' Beach is that you can either dine indoors in the quieter more formal dining room - or outside in the casual patio - depending on your mood and the vibe of the place.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, excellent service
This was our first time at this restaurant. We had many questions and the waitress was very helpful.
There were several vegetarian choices for my wife and many seafood options for me. The food was high quality and uniquely prepared. I highly recommend James' Beach.
Watch out for the parking situation though - we parked our car at a metered spot across the street and the "valet parking" person came running over to insist on parking the car. Turns out he didn't move the car at all but we still had to pay him $7. Ridiculous. Better to find a parking spot on a nearby street but it's tough.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu, everything was delicious, especially the bloody marys! Nice presentation, too! Easy, casual at its best.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Venice beach dining
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...
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was Excellent!
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!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always reliably good!
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!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Strong after all these years
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.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
just love this restaurant! the food is wonderful, great neighborhood find, james is the perfect host!
i will be back many times :)
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM