James Republic

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$30 and under
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James Republic
n. a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.

James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach.

Our style is what we like to call “modern California coastal” dining, highlighting the season’s vibrant, locally sourced bounty from both land and sea.

Our kitchen is a chef-driven, farm-to-table workshop where we create ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest products of time and place.

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Why Limit Happy to an Hour?

Join Us for drink specials everyday 4-6pm!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 580 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
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50% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love going to James Republic. I was just sad that there was no cranberry sauce or anything cranberry with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner they served that day.

RB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Highly recommend butternut squash soup and scallops.

LM
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Ugh one waitress for about 12 tables. The restaurant was so cold. The service was really slow.

J
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience2

It was recommended to us. The food does not taste very fresh. More mediocre. Kind of disappointed.

FR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It's one thing to mess up an order, and fix it... but it's another thing altogether to be given a chance to fix it and then not fix it, and then a third... with the same unresolved result. Between the waiter, the cook and the "supervisor" Leo, you would think that they could deliver a properly cooked medium rare cheeseburger... but you would be wrong. Time for management to clean house.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Must be a new owner - used to love it

JK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our second visit to the restaurant. We enjoyed the items on menu. Everything was well prepared and presented in a timely manner. We missed son of the items from first visit, yet overall very pleased and recommend this place highly!

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I have never written a bad review and I tend to just let things go even when at the restaurant but since you sent email to review I will.
First when we get there the hostess was unfriendly and non smiling. the waitress was very friendly and attentive but couldn't answer any of our questions about the menu. Appetizers were oysters and cheese plate. the pieces of cheese were soooo little for the price. the oysters were ok but they served with cocktail sauce that was old. It was so gelled you couldn't even stir it. When asked what it was she took it back and someone came out and told us it was old. So it had been sitting in a ramekin for who knows how long. The spare ribs were the worst we have ever had, they were so tough it was hard cutting with a knife let alone chewing. The octopus was also tough. Lastly, on open table I had put it was a birthday celebration. I had called before we went to make sure and there was nothing written about it so the girl wrote down birthday dessert for daughter in law. But nothing was said for brought. I know I went on and on but felt if you are asking you should know how it was. I am not asking for anything because we truly do not want to go back there.

MK
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The menu is not extensive but that is not a negative: there is something for everyone. The flank steak was outstanding; my sister had scallops she also loved. Kory was our server and offered insight that helped us on our choices. Loved the open air dining...noise level was a tad on the loud side because a large party with small children was near. Would definitely recommend.

D
Portland
66 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was really great. Met family for brunch and was excellent in every way. I had the Fried Chicken Benedict which I will be attempting to recreate at home. Always have a great time at James Republic.

DA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What a joke. 28 dollars for a steak that wasn’t even three ounces. A $25 charcuterie plate of supermarket salami. A Cobb salad that was all lettuce, and a burger that arrived 20 minutes late. Service so abysmal that the server couldn’t even describe any of the menu items, and I had to ask the greeter to track down the burger. I’m gonna keep it simple - skip it. A $200 waste of money and time.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to enjoy!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was fantastic

LC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I am saying I would recommend only because I've had good meals there before and so I consider this meal an anomaly. However, the service has remained, since it first opened, inconsistent and while pleasant, not at a high quality restaurant level. My friend and I were baffled at some of the choices the waitstaff made.

LB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new Downtown LB favorite. Delicious cheese board, spicy and earthy roasted cauliflower, and mouth-watering skirt steak. Paired with genuine good service, this was a perfect date night location!

James Republic
Responded on July 18, 2019

We are pleased to hear this. Thank you so much for the positive feedback and hope to see you soon.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Farm to table concept and delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and dining experience. Linda is the best server.

H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Fantastic location with a great vibe. We had a late lunch so it was quieter than it would be at peak times. Decent brasserie style food and a good bottle of wine. Enjoyed.

TA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a date night with my wife. Everything was excellent, the only thing I was a little not happy with was the fact they got rid of the Riesling wine off their menu.

SW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I made reservations at the last minute and there was space (high 5 to me). It was a cloudy day. Had checked the online menu before arriving. I met a good friend there who was in LA for the weekend.
We both had the fried chicken benedict which is creamy/spicy sriracha sauce over a piece of very crispy fried chicken (YUMMY and spicy too!) on top of a poached egg. It came with a small salad. Everything was good. The sparkling rose' was out so we went with another rose. Nice, light wine.
We liked the chicken so much that my friend ordered another piece of chicken as a side order. It was *that good* No dessert- we were too full. I got my half of breakfast packed up to go. We were there for a couple of hours. The server was pretty good but she missed some things. I asked for additional water since we had run out. I don't recall being asked for coffee after brunch dishes were cleared. As we realized that we had been there a while - try over 90 minutes, we had to ask her for the check and that took a bit of waiting to get her attention. Food was great, wine was great. Service initially was good, after we ate, it was almost non-existent.

TD
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

James Republic
Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you for the feedback!

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V
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Menu was a little odd for 2:15pm on Mother’s Day, but everything on it was delicious.

LD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love open airy seating and lighting. Food was fresh and flavorful but priced to match (not cheap). Nice strong martini verses some places that water down my drinks.

GP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch starts on time at 10:30. Bottomless drinks can be mixed. Excellent customer service.

KM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I had eaten here several years ago and remembered James Republic to be quite good. This time, every single dish that our party of four ordered was spicy to the point of pain. We ordered the soup; carrot soup that was so spicy our mouths were on fire. I ordered the lamb belly, and again it was so spicy and hot that I had to send it back. I ordered the burger which I hoped would be good, but it was undercooked. By then, everyone at our table had already eaten so I just ate it. Not good. The chefs seem to have only one note in their expertise: HOT and spicy. No thanks. We will never return.

James Republic
Responded on May 2, 2019

We apologize about your experience. We will take this feedback and adjust as necessary. We hope you give us another try.

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SM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was delicious but the portions are small accept for the burgers. . . The burgers are quite big and delicious.

F
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our time. The food is fantastic. It is a little noisy, but we didn’t need to shout to be heard. The chairs at the tables are comfy, we sat for over an hour visiting after our meal and never felt rushed to leave. The waiter continued to fill my water and just let us be. I appreciate that.

James Republic
Responded on May 2, 2019

We are glad to hear you had a great experience. thank you for the feedback.

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V
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Andrew is an amazing server, did a great job.

The food was amazing the chef is great.

I couldn't give the ambiance a 5 stars because of the televisions, I understand they are part of the hotel bar but they detract from the dining experience.

James Republic
Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you for the positive feedback. We really appreciate it.

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

I would recommend, but perhaps, not for brunch. The menu was quite limited.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was a bit over powering. Made it hard to converse. Overall I love it!

C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

The brunch menu is sparse & overpriced. There are virtually no pics on Yelp of the food so it’s truly a guessing game on what your order will look like. The restaurant wasn’t that busy, but it was still difficult getting a hold of our waitress. Wouldn’t recommend this place. Won’t be going back.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved the bottomless mimosas

o
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food itself was quite tasty but the portions were quite small especially for the high prices.

JC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unexpectedly creative plates. Have dined at James Republic 3 or 4 times. Always happy. Always pleasantly surprised by a taste detail I didn't expect. My guest, each time, has enjoyed their order. On my recent visit, my guest and I each ordered a different red and swapped sips. We agreed that they both exceeded expectations for by-the-glass. Server knowledgeable and hit the sweet spot of attentiveness. I'm happy they are in my town.

T
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Hostess unfriendly almost rude with no personality.

Seemed to be very short staffed.

MN
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, yummy cocktails!! It’s a great space for a date night or a fabulous night out with friends!

James Republic
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for the great comments!

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T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for breakfast. Staff was incredibly nice and so accommodating. Loved my breakfast croissant sandwich and the coffee here is some of the best I have had! Look forward to returning!

James Republic
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you so much for the positive feedback!

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b
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

good food selection. poor wine selection. corking fee is $ 24.00

M
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Limited menu. Small portions for the $. Did not like any of our entrees.

G
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there twice during our stay. Brunch and Dinner both amazing experiences! Our server Garret was fantastic and very food savvy. The pork with the mole verde is a hit! And the pasta was spot on!

James Republic
Responded on March 15, 2019

We pleased that your experience was great. We will pass this message to Garrett and Chef.

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