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James' Beach

632 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (9)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
  • Great for Lunch (6)
James’ Beach, celebrating 20 years as Venice Beach’s most iconic neighborhood restaurant is still “as comfortable as your favorite sweater” L.A. Times. The menu’s celebrated New American Comfort Food features local farm produce and the best in natural meats and seafood. The upscale taco plates made famous in the film “I Love You, Man” as “the world’s best” are a must. Repurposed boards shorts light up the cool outdoor patio; considered one of LA’s best destinations for weekend brunch, lunch and festive dinners. Inside, the candle lit, white table cloth dining room is perfect for more intimate occasions. The two full bars serve generous, handcrafted craft cocktails and an award winning wine list helps make James’ Beach a gathering spot for a beautiful, friendly bar crowd, especially on busy weekends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

-Bar Open Everyday 'Til 1:30 a.m.-
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Phone number
(310) 823-5396
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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
Shari Lynne Robins
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Private party facilities
Throw your party at James' Beach in Venice! James' Beach was designed with parties in mind so we offer flexible options.

Visit us online at to start planning an unforgettable party -- or email
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Private party contact
Quiller McCurry: (310) 823-5396
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Cross street
Pacific Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking is also available.
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Special events & promotions
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 632 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0  Dined 5 days ago

You go to James' Beach for the atmosphere. The food was sub-par and the service was nonexistent.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

My server was not bad I only gave 3 stars because they were understaffed. But they were very friendly and the food, especially the tuna poke was awesome! Good prices, nice little spot! The manager was super nice and personable. He came over and said hello and apologized that we waited. It made all the difference in th world too! We will be back for sure!

vipLaura123 (Columbus)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Unfortunately our waiter ignored us instead of coming to check in when It️ became abundantly clear our order had been lost. There were other waiters and busboys who became attentive and took additional drink orders, brought water glasses to the table, and asked how we were doing. No drinks comped, no apologies, in fact the waiter didn’t even speak to us after our entrees were cleared he just put the dessert menus on the table and walked away. Strange meal out.

vipDrew (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Awesome outdoor dining and feels away from the crazy of Venice beach. Great service, awesome fish tacos. Volcano roll is a great sushi appetizer and I love Dogtown Duck Ipa. Will definitely return.

vipLovelyMelabu (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was absolutely horrible! Tuna poke was kind of gross. Rotisserie chicken was dry with stuffing? It was just burnt croutons. The brussel sprouts were hard and flavorless. My friend said her meal, duck tacos, was not good. Ok, the truffle fries were good but that’s it.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

James Beach is a perfect combination of location, great food and great service! The inside patio is really fun for lunch or to sit at the bar - I have been there so many times but never actually eaten on the restaurant side. Menu has fresh, local ingredients and always has a few new dishes to try. We live in the neighborhood and James Beach is our go to weekend lunch spot and fun place to bring visitors - you won't get better food and service this close to the beach in Venice!

vipGenexperience (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Totally enjoyed this brunch. But please, please, eliminate the plastic straws for the drinks. WTF, you are at the beach Save the Bay.

vipfoodforthought (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The Dinner here is always consistent. A fun restaurant for a double date or entertaining a client. The indoor/outdoor area give a fun flow to both rooms.

vipPatriciaI (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Delicious brunch, great service and James is the kindest!

vipDespina (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Good time and great service. The food was okay - falafel burger was dry. But overall a great location.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

This restaurant was horrible. I asked for a Tito’s martini and it tasted like rubbing alcohol. The menu was overpriced and the food was not fresh. I asked if the crab cakes were fresh & were told they were but they were most definitely not. The food was dry & we left very disappointed. I wish we had not gone here it was our first night in Venice & thankfully our only poor dining experience of the trip.

homecook (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We have been coming to James Beach since it opened. James and Danny the owners are consummate restuaranters. The food is freshly cooked and delicious. The service personal and first rate. It is home.
On top of this Danny is a phenomenally good artist and his paintings on the wall express the feeling of what it is like to lead a west coast life.
It is an experience not to be missed.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

We made the trip to L.A. from N. CA and had James Beach on our must visit list. You did not disappoint! Thank you for such beautiful service and a lovely lunch....xx

KarenRay (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to James' Beach on New Years Eve. Due to the Rose Bowl, I had made reservations in advance. When we arrived, the restaurant was not full. We had a party of 7 and service was exceptional. We were checked on many times during our meal. My daughter and I both had the Mahi Mahi Tacos. They were really good! I would recommend James' Beach to anyone visiting Venice Beach. The Christmas decorations were really fun!

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

JJ WAS IUR SERVER AND SHE WAS SO NICE AND FRIENDLY. Food was great! Service was great! Ambience was cool!