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!!
Spectacular service, scenery and food! I’m really looking forward to my next visit.
Food and service were great. It was Saturday night and it wasn’t too noisy or too crazy.
fun atmosphere, great food, and service! we enjoyed the experience immensely! i would go back
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.
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
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.
always love it
this time I sat at the bar...The bar tender has some good stories... its really good food and nice ambience
Great place for locals and out of towners. Fun atmosphere, great service as well as ambiance. See you soon!
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!
This was perfect in every way. Service and food was exceptional. Every one should try this out. Even my picky tween was happy.
Sehr gutes Essen bei lockerer Atmosphäre. Gerne wieder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good fish tacos, but clearly they don’t know what the East Coast has to offer.
Honestly way way overrated.
Surprisingly great food. Busy, trendy Venice Beach location was a fun outing.
Do yourself a favor and get the mahi mahi tacos!
Very cool place with a very cool vibe. Right where you want to be in Venice. Great staff, delicious food and great Mimosas.
Great food, great service, cute courtyard, thought it was on the beach though? My bad
Best Mahi Mahi tacos and lobster Mac and cheese ever!!!!
As a huge fan of the movie "I Love You, Man", I obviously needed to make a trip to James' Beach for the fish tacos. They make the tortillas in-house, it sets up the flavour for the whole dish! The service was fantastic, the food was delicious and the ambiance was fun and energetic. Also a very neat located right near Venice Beach! I would love to visit again!
Fabulous Easter Brunch!
Been going to JB for 18 years. It’s sad to say but the food has gone bad.
Cool neighborhood place. Very nice staff. A bit pricey for what we ordered.
James beach has incredible customer service! We were late to our reservation and walked in right when the kitchen was closed. The manager, Solomon, heard that we came for dinner spoke with the chef and we were able to sit for dinner. Solomon was fantastic. His food and drink recommendations were delicious. Our waiter Tom was also very welcoming and nice. He made sure we were taken care of and also got us in for a dessert. It was great. There was great music and a dj right after we finished dinner and danced the night away.
Thank you Solomon and Tom you guys are fantastic!
Basic but yummy food. Great ambiance and great service.
I visited James Beach for the first time on April 10, 2019. I had a 7:30 reservation. The restaurant had a great vibe. The manager and server were not helpful or friendly. We were seated in a corner and we asked to move. We wanted this one table and we were told it was reserved. Nobody ever sat there the entire time we were dining. Our waitiress was not friendly or helpful. She never once asked if we wanted another drink. We ordered the brisket tacos and it looked more like dry strips of roast beef. It wasn’t edible. We sent it back and ordered carne asada tacos. They were just okay. The waitress wasn’t apologetic and actually seemed annoyed. The overall experience was disappointing since I have been wanting to visit this restaurant for awhile. I would not recommend it and I won’t be returning.
Great food, chill ambiance, yummy drinks
What a great find. We managed to get there before our booking for a couple of happy hours drinks and a snack at the bar. Sascha was very attentive and struck up conversation between serving.
We were then seated outside in the courtyard, which had a great ambiance. Mussells, pulled beef, mahi mahi tacos, and a little wine tasting. Our waiter was never far away and verh helpful, making our visit very enjoyable. His glasses, suspenders and wit made for a memorable night, if only I hadn't had so many wines, I would be adding hos name to my review. Sorry, but thank you.
Great local place with good selection of food and drinks
MAHI tacos we bland are overpriced and silverware was dirty. I’ve had better fish tacos that cost 3 dollars. Vibe of the restaurant wasn’t welcoming and employees all looked sad. Girlfriend ordered the egg sandwich with no bacon because she is vegetarian. They still gave her bacon. When we complained they just took the bacon off th sandwich and gave it right back, which is not cool when you’re a vegaarian. I asked for corn tortillas, they gave me flour. Server was nice but kind of seems like she was crying on the inside
Behind her smile.
what's left to say about James that hasn't been said? probably nothing. but here it is anyway: the best frickin lobster tacos ever invented, and if you sometimes like not to sip your tequila, try the prickly pear margarita. prickly is the right name for it. holy addictive batman.
We had a great time and a great meal at James Beach. I had the salmon, and my friends had the sole and the duck confit risotto. All three were delicious. The service was that right level of attentive but not intrusive. And, the room was buzzy and happening, but not too loud to hear the people you came with. I always enjoy myself at James Beach.
Tequila and tacilis baby!! Food was great Hadn’t been there for a long time by will be back
Horrible service. We ordered appetizers they came out with entrees. We ordered drinks they came out right after entrees. Sitting there for 40 minutes starving.
We had a fantastic experience reliving a hilarious scene from “I Love You Man”. Even beyond the gimmick of being the host of a piece of that movie, it is an all around gem of a location in the Venice beach area. We would go back here for date night, group party, quick lunch or any occasion that can be considered for delicious food and drink. The fish tacos lived up to their reputation!