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Chez Jay

171 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Lunch

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Steakhouse, Seafood
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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.
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Tony Dearcos
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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.
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Private party contact
Juan Gallegos: (310) 560-2832
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Cross street
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

Jmartini (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

KDubbs (Denver)
3.0  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.

vipdellapina (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

Sanmongem (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

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

vipBobs (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2015

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  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!

ajw4456 (London)
2.0  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...

CanyonKid (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2015

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