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
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, the food, the ambient was outstanding!
Love this place :)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch with girlfriends celebrating a Birthday and James could NOT HAVE been more accommodating and pleasant! Super flexible with party of 9 - fabulous setting with open roof and plants and fire in the fireplace. Fabulous tacos and cocktails - I give it a 10!
Favorite was James greeted us with a smile and he was genuinely happy to see us - legit service with a smile - WOWZA!

V
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve at James’ Beach is an amazing happening. It’s great to be able to walk to such a fun neighborhood spot and enjoy such good food, great wine list and super service all at neighborhood prices. This restaurant is a big part of the Venice experience.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service- Tom was great despite a very busy NYE! Great ambiance- excellent food. Met the owner by chance and the conversation made us even more appreciative we chose James Beach. We returned the next night with friends for drinks at the bar!

N
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years eve

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Normal food

KT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Haven't been to James Beach in while and need to cool spot for a fun Friday business lunch in Venice. The food (fish tacos) were great and vibe was perfect. When back for Sunday brunch to visit a friend visiting from Chicago. It was not crowded at 11am, which was appreciated. Everyone ended having fish tacos and Blood Marys, and a nice time. James Beach is like a good old friend. Much appreciated.

a
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Christmas eve dinner was very festive with holiday decor and menu specials. I was disappointed that taco Tuesday specials were not offered, even tho they had been listed on the web site for the Dec 24 holiday, and the Pittsburgh pecan ball dessert had disappeared from the dessert menu. I am learning not to trust social media directors if it's something I'm counting on! So we still ordered the wonderful tacos and margaritas at full price, and the kitchen made up a version of the pecan ball for me. I also loved the holiday cookie plate dessert, for those of us that don't make our own. We had a great time and I highly recommend James' Beach any day of the week!

n
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Neighborhood restaurant with the nicest people especially the bartenders Dennis and Sasha!

CD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Such great food, drinks, and atmosphere. At our most recent dinner, we were waited on by Tom. He was the BEST!! Such a fun time.

r
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, eclectic menu. Love the decor and the music. Food is outstanding and the staff is fantastic. Looking forward to returning.

j
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James and the entire beach is never to be missed. Excellent service. Top notch warmth and impeccable hospitality as usual. It is a true Venice Gem. Love love love and can’t ever celebrate without it. Love you all so much. Thank you infinity. Xo. Jolie and Alex

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service...don't forget about the chocolate souffle!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
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
Berlin
25 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
12 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
11 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
18 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