James' Beach

4.4
793 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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TR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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k
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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P
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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g
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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ST
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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!

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Sehr gutes Essen bei lockerer Atmosphäre. Gerne wieder.

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MD
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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MR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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B
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Z
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Honestly way way overrated.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly great food. Busy, trendy Venice Beach location was a fun outing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do yourself a favor and get the mahi mahi tacos!

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JM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool place with a very cool vibe. Right where you want to be in Venice. Great staff, delicious food and great Mimosas.

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KW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, cute courtyard, thought it was on the beach though? My bad

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mahi Mahi tacos and lobster Mac and cheese ever!!!!

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KF
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous Easter Brunch!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Been going to JB for 18 years. It’s sad to say but the food has gone bad.

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p
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Cool neighborhood place. Very nice staff. A bit pricey for what we ordered.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basic but yummy food. Great ambiance and great service.

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TR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, chill ambiance, yummy drinks

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TG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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f
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place with good selection of food and drinks

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K
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

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.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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s
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tequila and tacilis baby!! Food was great Hadn’t been there for a long time by will be back

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Awesome time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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