Chez Jay is an American steakhouse in Santa Monica, California. Known for its history of hosting many celebrity guests and socially prominent figures since it launched in 1959, this restaurant was declared a local landmark in 2012. It has the feeling of a small-town, local establishment despite its big city location and bustling surroundings. Sitting nearby the beach, this is a great spot to stop in for lunch or dinner with friends on the way to and from the ocean.
Cuisine on Chez Jay's menu is mainly a collection of seafood and steak dishes meant to please. Meal service is provided throughout the day for all meals. Popular entrees include the bone-in chicken Chez Jay, scampi rice pilaf, eastern cut coulette steak, top sirloin & shrimp combo and the butter steak with fine herbs. There is a full-service bar in the dining room with an extensive wine and cocktail list.
We had a great lunch. Our burgers and fries were fantastic and the ambiance was fun.
In addition, our server Mary was extremely attentive and very helpful as usual.
Please send her our thanks.
Small and cozy but it's got great style. Tasty steaks, full bar with a bartender who knows how to make an excellent martini. Our waiter was delightful and added to the charm of this gem.
Halibut even with sauce was bland. Scalloped potatoes were clearly from a box. Salad very basic. Wait staff very friendly and attentive. Loved the throw back music and vibe.
I love it here. A true classic. Special thanks to Mike, who made an extra effort to seat our large party.
Great little restaurant and bar in the neighborhood. Fast service and excellent food.
Great bar and food. Kind of s throwback. Good music playing. Unpretentious. Not too big.
Chez Jays is a gem! My father was a regular over 40 years ago, so whenever he comes into town to visit I make sure to take him for their infamous butter steak. The ambiance is perfect for conversation, and the drinks are generous. We have always had not only good service but superior. Can't say enough great things about this restaurant!
Recommended to us by a friend and its a great spot but we didn't enjoy our meal at all - meat was fatty and just not very tasty...
Not an Abbott Kinney trend setter, but still a solid meal. A locals bar with lots of 50's and 60's (Sinatra, Monroe) in its ambiance.
Old school recipes for steaks, ahi and sand sand dabs worked fine. Guillermo and his assistant were spot on with their service.
Fun place with great burgers and Mary's wonderful service. Please send her our thanks.
I guess Chez Jay is considered a landmark, but the food is unimpressive. The chicken was a little dry and so was the fish. We ate there with out of state friends and we couldn’t carry a conversation because it was very noisy. The décor was interesting though.
We loved this restaurant although at first we were scared to go in. The waiter it was an absolute gem and the food was very good.
Best burgers in town combined with Mary's wonderful service. Please send Mary our thanks!
It was a very hot weekend and Chez Jay only has fans. I guess most times it works out. But not on the night I went to eat. The food was good with somewhat expensive prices. But again it is Santa Monica. I would recommend it for drinks.
The dining experience was okay overall, but we were disappointed and almost got up and left when we first sat down and realized menu prices were significantly higher (approx. $5-$7) than advertised on Chez Jay's online menu. The chicken marsala advertised as $18.75 on the online menu was actually about $23 in the restaurant. Same with the butter steak. I ordered the soup and salad, which is advertised as $7.25 online and was $12.00 in the restaurant. This is deceiving and elevates the restaurant to another price range which we weren't expecting. Our meal was $25 more than we expected it to be, and I regret not leaving or saying something when we first noticed it. Our group was just too hungry and exhausted from a long day, so we just dealt with it. But if a restaurant puts the menu online, it should be their responsibility to update it accordingly. There's not really an excuse for not updating the website; there are so many tools and resources to do that these days. Also, the food really wasn't that good. Won't be going back.
For us, this is the best! We always enjoy the food and ambiance.
Our server Mary was exceptionally attentive. She always makes us feel special. Please convey this to her.
This is a historical landmark in Santa Monica, which has been visited by politicians and movie stars. But the restaurant is very small and crowded. Once we finally got seated (about 20 minutes after our reservation time), our waiter was attentive. The food is basic and well-prepared, but nothing special. We're glad that we went, but will probably not return.
although I had a reservation, when I got there, no employee was found to find us a seat. There were 3 couples outside as clueless as me. The place was crowded, noisy and the lights were dimmed. There was a waitress at the bar but she was too busy to talk to me. Being a tourist and visiting the place for the first time, I got really frustrated and disappointed and would never recommend this place. I ended up having a wonderful dinner at another place, with enough employees to give their clients some attention.
On a Sunday night when Santa Monica was the most crowded I have ever seen in 35 years, we got to Chez Jay on time after wending our way through the traffic. It was crowded in the restuarant too, but when I spoke to the manager/waiter and said we had a reservation for 2 for 6:15, he immediately sat us in a quiet room-which was PERFECT. A greeter type man later told us Marilyn Monroe sat there (her picture was hanging) and Henry Kissinger would sit there when he worked at Rand. There is a list of all the stars that have been there over the years, and I think it is a true list. Anyway, it was fun.
The food was very good, and they give a large steak and a large piece of salmon, compared to all the other restaurants. Plenty to eat and enjoy, and then take to go. The prices are reasonable, and all in all, it is definitely a "worth it" experience.