Is this your restaurant?Claim this listing.

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi
  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi
Get Notified
We'll send you an email if this restaurant joins OpenTable.
Notify Me

Restaurants you may also like

The LobsterThe Lobster
(3341)
$$$$
American | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 66 times today
O+O Sicilian Kitchen & BarO+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar
(71)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 4 times today
Ocean and Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach HotelOcean and Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
(494)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 1 time today
Ivy at the ShoreIvy at the Shore
(1162)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 61 times today
True Food Kitchen - Santa MonicaTrue Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
(397)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 39 times today
Herringbone - Santa MonicaHerringbone - Santa Monica
(365)
$$$$
Seafood | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 29 times today
North Italia - Santa MonicaNorth Italia - Santa Monica
(178)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 43 times today
Blue Plate TacoBlue Plate Taco
(474)
$$$$
Mexican | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 18 times today
Water Grill - Santa MonicaWater Grill - Santa Monica
(1745)
$$$$
Seafood | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 66 times today
Tar & RosesTar & Roses
(1329)
$$$$
American | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 69 times today
Catch at Hotel Casa del MarCatch at Hotel Casa del Mar
(1015)
$$$$
American | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 13 times today
Meat On OceanMeat On Ocean
(191)
$$$$
Meat | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 31 times today
M Street KitchenM Street Kitchen
(1048)
$$$$
Californian | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 13 times today
Mercado - Santa MonicaMercado - Santa Monica
(816)
$$$$
Mexican | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 40 times today
Del Frisco's Grille - Santa MonicaDel Frisco's Grille - Santa Monica
(601)
$$$$
American | Santa Monica, Westside
Booked 11 times today

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi
  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi

About Chez Jay

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.

1657 Ocean Ave
0
Santa Monica, 90401-3211
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steakhouse, Seafood

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.

Cross Street:
Colorado

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:

Website:
http://www.chezjays.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Tony Dearcos

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: (310) 560-2832

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Chez Jay Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.8

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

2.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (311)
Vibrant Bar Scene (131)
Great for Lunch (83)
See All
Late-night Find (73)
Fit for Foodies (67)
Hot Spot (63)
Good for Groups (54)
Special Occasion (48)
Romantic (33)
Great for Brunch (27)
Kid-friendly (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Scenic View (4)
Sort by
S
171 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Denver)·Dined on August 14, 2015

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2015

I love it here. A true classic. Special thanks to Mike, who made an extra effort to seat our large party.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2015

Great little restaurant and bar in the neighborhood. Fast service and excellent food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 3, 2015

Great bar and food. Kind of s throwback. Good music playing. Unpretentious. Not too big.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 22, 2015

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (London)·Dined on May 5, 2015

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...

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 26, 2015

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2015

Fun place with great burgers and Mary's wonderful service. Please send her our thanks.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 13, 2015

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on April 5, 2015

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 24, 2015

Best burgers in town combined with Mary's wonderful service. Please send Mary our thanks!

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 15, 2015

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 13, 2015

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service1

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2015

For us, this is the best! We always enjoy the food and ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 24, 2015

Our server Mary was exceptionally attentive. She always makes us feel special. Please convey this to her.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 17, 2015

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 15, 2015

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 15, 2015

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Great restaurant and bar, I went with my girlfriend for dinner for Valentine's Day. We were looking for something in the Santa Monica area that was a bit more low key and not presumptuous. Chez Jay was perfect! My girlfriend loves steak and this has to be one of the best in Santa Monica or LA. Thanks chez jay!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2015

You've got the right stuff!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2015

We always love going to Chez Jay! Delicious food and warm atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2015

If it's just a casual atmosphere you seek, with a comfort food surf/turf menu and a non trendy bar... Then welcome! It is what it is... Nothing more, but jukebox is always playing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2015

We were not sure what to expect from Chez Jay, but when we arrived we found a very eclectic/laid back atmosphere. It's a tiny place and every table was full. I spoke with the current owner for while waiting for the rest of my party and he summed it up perfectly: people come for the vibe. The food is still decent, but the atmosphere is definitely what attracts the locals. We were surprised to notice during our meal that Owen Wilson was at a table nearby and later we noticed Ty Pennington was there as well, so overall it was a very memorable night for us and if you are interested in a laid back dining experience, this would be a great choice.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2015

In a city where ostentatious, over-hyped and overpriced restaurants are plentiful, Chez Jay stands out for what a patron really wants- good food and good service. It appeared the establishment was undergoing some repairs and updates which is a positive move, but my party actually found the slight shabbiness about the building and environs non-pretentious and charming. The food and service was excellent. A couple of bonuses for us were a beautiful accessibility ramp and a warm greeting by one of the owners who shared his pride in the history of his restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2015

Great burgers expertly served by our excellent waitress Mary. Please send her our thanks.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2015

Our waiter Tracy went above and beyond to make us feel special and taken care of. The food, as always was excellent and the ambiance is festive without being overly noisy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2014

The service was excellent as usual. Chez Jay has the best burgers in town.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2014

Doesn't look like much from the outside, but that's part of the charm. The crowd... the history... the staff... and the food all make it worth it! I've been coming here for 20 years and indoctrinated two friends this past weekend and we are still texting about how great it was. The NY Strip Fiondella... nuts how good it is.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4

 
 (London)·Dined on July 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!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2014

A trip down memory lane...been coming since late sixties

Tags: Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2014

delicious steaks and manhattans. a great mix of older and younger crowd. mainly locals

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service5

vip
 (London)·Dined on June 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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.