James' Beach

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$30 and under
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James’ Beach, celebrating 22 years is still “as comfortable as your favorite sweater” L.A. Times. The menu celebrates American Comfort Food featuring local farm produce, the best in natural meats and seafood. Weekday specials such as Tuesday, tacos; Wednesday, steaks and $7 Tito's martinis and Thursday, fried chicken are a must, as is the 5:00 weekday happy hour. Visitors and locals make the pilgrimage for the mahi mahi tacos made famous in the film “I Love You, Man”. Dine or sit at the patio bar under boards shorts that light up and you feel the authentic Venice Beach vibe that has made James' Beach famous. The patio is one of LA’s best destinations for weekend brunch. Inside, the art lined dining room with comfy booths is perfect for more intimate occasions. For private events, the 1912 bungalow, " Clubhouse" is a "Best of LA" party room. An award winning wine list and friendly crowd helps make James’ Beach Venice's most popular neighborhood restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A longtime Venice institution. Great food and ambience.

MF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was amazing!! Service was terrible. Was there for 3 hours and not by choice

KI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My sister was in town from Hong Kong, and we wanted to have a nice dinner for her 60th Birthday and we had a great night, martini's were cold, service was warm and friendly (our waiter Tom was fun), the food was delicious and hot. The Duck confit with mushroom risotto was fairly salty, but the portions of all dishes were very good overall. Fish tacos were tasty and the fish was plentiful. The Brisket and mash potatoes were a hit. Desserts were yummy as well, cheesecake and the berry crumble, mmmm. We were seated at a nice corner table for 5, very comfortable, in the past we were slightly disappointed in our table selection by the host so, we were very happy this night. Wednesday night is good night to be at JB. We'll be back!

GI
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice place with avg food. I gave it 3 stars overall.

B
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great date night there. The food and service was perfect. Can't wait to go back.... 1/2 off of the wine bottles helped with the experience too lol...

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s consistently excellent. We especially loved Tom our server.

t
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dinner! Truly perfect in every way. We heartily recommend the French Dip and the Duck Tacos, and the Cosmo was as good as it gets.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waiter was amazing and food was terrific!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing dinner. Food and service was delicious.

a
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a good experience - a little noisy on Friday nights, but still good food and ambiance.

SB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went there because of the film. .. I love you man. Glad we did x

DV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend out to James Beach. Her first time. She loved it! The gentleman host was very friendly and checked on us periodically through our meal to make sure we were having an enjoyable time. The server girl was great too! She took great care of us and took the extra time and patience to explain to us about different drinks and meal options. We’ll be back for sure! Thank you all!

PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for casual dinner with close friends!

BV
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a casual culinary treat. Inside or outside, or for having a private party in the back room, always great food in a fun atmosphere. James and Daniel are wonderful hosts and the staff is friendly and professional.

IJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is as good as always. Waiter could have been a little more attentive.

JS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the duck tacos. The duck is roasted to perfection. And the plate has all the fixings to make your own tacos. Fish and brisket are very good too! With a watermelon margarita. Yum!

s
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service sucked. Waited forever for parts of meal

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Atmosphere and vibe are good. Food was average. Expensive for what it is. The problem with the outdoor seating is that people sit on the wall outside smoking which is so bad when you’re trying to eat.

r
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall I have no complaints. I’ve always likes James’ Beach. Good service and good food but I regret not paying attention when I got the check. They overcharged us. I think it was an honest mistake but annoying nonetheless.

M
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Consistent quality makes James Beach stand apart!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Nice people. Good food. Loved it.

TI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Been here a few times and always great.

KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent and delicious!

LA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a last minute choice, but it was an excellent choice. Had spent the day walking Santa Monica and Venice Beach. We were exhausted and hungry. The food was delicious and the ambiance was nice. It was a great end to our day!!

TR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service, scenery and food! I’m really looking forward to my next visit.

MS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. It was Saturday night and it wasn’t too noisy or too crazy.

k
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

fun atmosphere, great food, and service! we enjoyed the experience immensely! i would go back

P
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Ok place, Gabby the waiter didn't refill water without us asking and dirty plates weren't removed. Another waiter covering other tables did much better. Food was tasty so kudos to the kitchen.

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was wonderful! Calamari and Ceviche Starters were great! Order mahi tacos ... but wasn’t in love with them... however my bf was, sooo...there you have it

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love James Beach and it’s charming owners, James and Danny. Each staff members warm and welcoming - from reception to the bussers - and service is excellent. James Beach is more than a local favorite, it’s a through thread in the fabric of Venice.

g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always love it
this time I sat at the bar...The bar tender has some good stories... its really good food and nice ambience

J
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for locals and out of towners. Fun atmosphere, great service as well as ambiance. See you soon!

ST
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I have been here many times. The service was excellent. Great drinks! Bloody Mary's a must have! Good warm cranberry scones to start brunch. I usually start with the ceviche. On this visit the ceviche had mango and was under salted. A simple addition of table salt fixed that. I'm not a fan of mango on ceviche but the quality of the ceviche was great.

I had the the brisket and eggs. The only issue I had with the dish was the pan sauce. Brisket was good. It came with beans/cheese, guac, and Pico de Gallo. All sides were great.

Great place! Will be returning!

KM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was perfect in every way. Service and food was exceptional. Every one should try this out. Even my picky tween was happy.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Sehr gutes Essen bei lockerer Atmosphäre. Gerne wieder.

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MD
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place came recommended by a trusted friend. It did not disappoint. The drinks were great and the appetizers were phenomenal (loved the calamari). Service was entertaining (pray you get seated by Anthony). Super close to the beach and Venice night life. Highly recommend.

JS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We came for the fried chicken on a Thursday. So good! Really fresh, not greasy but light crispy batter. The creamed spinach was so good, you could actually tell it was spinach, not a goopy mess. And it came with a little cast iron skillet of moist and tastes corn bread.

MR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Mother’s Day brunch here. We needed to eat early before getting on the road so we booked a table at 11:00.

It was not super crowded and we were seated right on time.

Moms got a free cocktail and the special mom-osa was delicious.

The buffet was a nice spread with pastries and traditional breakfast fare. We were not rushed and enjoyed eating in the clubhouse area which felt very beachy.

Our server was very nice and cleared plates quickly.

I like the mood here and would certainly go back.

B
Munich
85 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for Mother’s Day brunch. Great service. Beautiful restaurant. The price point was not great. 5 of us for the brunch was 300 plus. 39 dollar brunch did not include coffee and juice.

JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good fish tacos, but clearly they don’t know what the East Coast has to offer.