James' Beach

4.7
958 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
James’ Beach, is the iconic Venice Beach restaurant. For 26 years we've served modern California comfort food using the best natural ingredients from local purveyors and farms, on our outdoor secluded patio and in our clubby dining room. Locals love our mahi tacos (featured in the film I love you. Man), fried Mary's natural chicken, natural and prime meats and fresh sustainable seafood along with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Our indoor and outdoor bars serve Venice's best classic and innovative cocktails and draft beers, and our extensive wine list focuses on exciting new and traditional winemakers. We specialize in private parties in our "Best of LA" bungalow Clubhouse.
Please note: Table requests are not guaranteed; however, we will do our best to accommodate them. Parties of 9 or more, please contact the restaurant. We require masks to enter the restaurant, proof of vaccination for indoor dining and please wear masks whenever not at your table or the bar. Thank you

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
What 958 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James Beach is always consistently excellent. Food choices changes, but always delicious.friendly staff and cozy atmosphere.

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vipLoriF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night! Good food

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KimberlyF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love spending NYE at James Beach! Being a local I've been going there for close to 25 years. The enhancements they've made both, COVID precautions & aesthetically in the dinning room are wonderful.

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Sandy
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had yet another great Christmas Eve. Thank you to everyone at James Beach.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Went for our anniversary.
It’s a nice ambience
Spinach dip was great
Did not like the mahi mahi tacos
Loved the chocolate dessert
Waitress was super sweet and nice

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vipNick
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Has been a staple for great food and drinks in the Venice area. Mahi Mahi tacos were excellent. Guac is always good also.

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MojT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Daniel was the best! Very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary date night. I love you man is my husbands favorite movie, so this was a must for our trip. Service was amazing and they made our night special. The atmosphere was great and Sydney was right about those mahi tacos! 10/10 experience

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vipBillyV
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a treat. Our fav in Venice for many years. Everything was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was good except the calamari. Too bad cuz the waiter recommended it! It was too greasy and breading to heavy and I didn’t like the sauce. The fall salad with duck was outstanding and so were the sandabs. My daughters burger was cold but we couldn’t get the waiters attention and she said never mind. We will come again but not order those items!

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vipAndrea
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Big surprise , we came here 4 yrs ago and we’re unimpressed BUT today we were so happy everything was amazing and the ambiance was a bonus. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Funky cool spot - good fish tacos

LJ
LarryJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Crispy Calamari was tasty.
Caesar Salad with duck was excellent.
Grilled Wild Mahi-Mahi Tacos were just OK.
Drinks were strong

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vipzephyr
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, desser and service were impeccable.

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vipToddB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place so much ! Went for fried chicken Thurs, food is amazing! Drinks were delicious as usual . Love the vibe here so much too!

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vipNini
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jefferson, was great and our dinner was fabulous!

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ChrisF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Would love to eat there again

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vipHungryhippo
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fun atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Service was fine but food was terrible - incredibly disappointed as I had people here from out of town

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Mark
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the staff, next-level food, all in a comfortable, casual, laid back environment. One of our favorite stops.

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VeniceRollergirlGirl
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Have loved this place for decades! That said, the “famous” mahi mahi tacos are over rated. The pico de Gallo was fresh but flavorless as well as the guacamole! I wanted to season it up and didn’t rennet it being so bland. The baby back ribs were superb and surprisingly flavorful and tangy. the brisket is fabulous!
Fun good food, great place to take outta towners or grab a chill drink at the bar.

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vipNick
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was our second visit to James’ Beach and experience was quite a bit different than first. Food was still very good but the service level was definitely different. I am not sure if they were short staffed but it was noticeable. Server wasn’t very attentive and it took a long time to get drinks. I would still recommend the place as it is good food and the drinks are good. Experience just wasn’t there last night.

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MikeF
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to have dinner with my daughter. Great service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Neighborhood gem!

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vipzephyr
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James Beach is a terrific casual, beachy restaurant with great drinks, food and ambiance. It's laid back and hip simultaneously! They have a great bar and casual, yummy food.
ENJOY!

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KASK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dark place best seafood in Venice Beach. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic owner and staff, all of whom want your experience to be terrific. Our son met us there as it is one of his absolute favorites. Everything is perfect. Please give yourself a real treat. Thank you guys.

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SandiT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun night out. Enjoy the famous fish tacos. They sure were trying hard with the service & we appreciate that.

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vipToddB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love fried chicken night!! Amazing crowd last night there was an art event in Venice, it felt like old times again there. So good!!

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viplede07
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From front of the house to excellent wait staff to wonderful duck confit tacos….ED

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TracyL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Sand dabs are amazing as is the fried calamari and summer salad. I''ll be back whenever I am in town.

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vipToddB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much ! The fried chicken night is the best!

MB
MaxB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a must when visiting the Venice/Santa Monica area! The food and ambiance are fantastic, whether you’re in the mood to be casual, or dressed to impress. All menu selections are excellent, and the cocktails are on point!

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vipAlex
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Way overpriced. Need to get over a movie that was made in the mid 2000s.

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vipSunnyB
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was perfect and desert was devine

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HeatherF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far some of the best food and ambiance. Their cocktails are amazing and the Mahi Mahi tacos were outstanding!

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vipAlexandra
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good portions, fantastic food! Perfect seating too

HC
vipHanaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great happy hour, tuna tartare and the CNAB burger is a must! Ask for Liam at the bar and his cocktail recs, he's the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Nice vibe for hanging out

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vipRachel
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The manager was very helpful despite how busy it was. Mahi Tacos we’re great. Cesar salad ok.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from James' Beach using the Order Online button. James' Beach also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 823-5396.

James' Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 958 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.