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(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen

4.2
4.2
122 Reviews
$31 to $50
Jamaican
(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
Our Culinary style draws from our Jamaican heritage with Asian & Indian influences. 
In 2013, we opened our doors at our Flagship location in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. With a mission of bringing authentic Jamaican cuisine to the Downtown area. Using our families recipes as our guide, we take our guests on a culinary journey with exuberant & bright flavors.  At our Second Location, (abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen, located in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles we have expanded our vision.  Curating  a space where the energy of Downtown LA, and a calm Caribbean breeze collide. Mixing up cocktails that takes you on an Island oasis, enhanced by the sounds of our Resident Djs spinning Dancehall, and Reggae.  From the moment you walk into  the space you are transformed to the Dawson family's living room with warm textures and a crew that makes you feel like a part of our story and our family.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Jamaican, Contemporary American, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 265-7763

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Catering

    We have a variety of catering and special event options. We also have a Food Truck. Please feel free to email us at info@abeautifullifejamaican.com

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Aja Dawson: (213) 265-7763

  • Neighborhood

    Little Tokyo

  • Parking details

    Retail Parking Located at 235 San Pedro st. Street Parking also available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Bottomless Sangria Wednesday's

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Join us for Bottomless Sangria, $30 for 2 Hours.
  • Bottomless Rum Punch + Taco Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Join us for a Tropical Taco Tuesday Featuring our Favorite Rum Punch ($35 for Bottomless) & a Variety of Caribbean Inspired Tacos
  • Bottomless Mimosas

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:45 AM - 9:00 PM,Fri - Sat - 11:00 AM - 11:45 PM
    Join us for 2 Hours of Bottomless Mimosas available ALL DAY Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

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What 122 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Kid Friendly

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate my birthday and daughters. The spot is absolutely amazing. We enjoyed the vibe and the staff was excellent. Would definitely recommend and I was just in California for a vacation. Love it
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, but parking is a bit of issue. Loved the oxtails/stew chicken. My girlfriend totally loved the place!
  3. s

    sarahw

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food was excellent, the service was un attentive. Could not hear server over music. Next time I will book outside table. The food was excellent definetly going back for more, more more.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Our party had been waiting for 30 minutes after being seated to receive water from a hostess. The waitress NEVER acknowledged us or greeted us while we waited. We also over heard this Waitress tell other patrons that many items on the menu was unavailable. So we decided to leave with out being serviced. We were very disappointed being that we were very excited to try this restaurant out.
  5. S

    Shauna

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I recommend the oxtail Mac and cheese, it was divine! The vibe is beautiful and I can feel the intent of the establishment. Please try if you can!
  6. T

    Teek

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Jamaican food! Excellent service and ambiance.
  7. AS

    AliS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They were unorganized, slow, food was overpriced for tiny portions. Missing part of our order and asked for it but no one came back with it. Food tasted ok. It was 3 hours wait to get our food, 1 hour before we got tap water, 2 hours before we got our drink order. We looked around and maybe one table had their food and other tables had a few tap water and/or drinks but they said they were waiting forever too. We had to ask for our tab 4-5 times. They added 20% auto gratuity and additional service charge on our check which we wanted to make a point about but were so sick and tired of the length of time it takes for them to do anything we ended up just walking up to register to close out so we can leave asap. Never going there again.
  8. ES

    EricS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The atmosphere is amazing. The service was descent and friendly. We changed our reservation from 630 to 8 pm which was a huge set back to us getting seated. We had to wait over an hour to get seated but they gave us complimentary drinks for the inconvenience. The food wasn’t as good as it looked on social media. I’m going back at an earlier time to try it again and maybe the food will be fresh and they won’t be sold out of anything. Again this place has great vibe and music selection.
  9. AM

    AliciaMelody

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I went for dinner in a Friday night. Definitely going back. Food was delicious.. oxtails could have been a bit more tender..they definitely were not falling off the bone, kind of tough and very fatty. Flavor was delicious though. I wanted to enjoy these so much more 🫤. Oxtail Mac was delicious however they placed two tails ontop of the Mac n cheese… like what? Definitely advertised deboned oxtail meet in the Mac. So I had to debone it myself and put the meat shreds in the Mac myself. That was pretty annoying 🙄. Rum punch was ok.. I liked it, but I wouldn’t order it again.. I’d opt for your favorite drink instead. Lamb chops were fire!!! Definitely ordering again. Vibe was lit! Great place for date night or dinner with friends. Overall food is very flavorful and delicious. I do recommend and I’m going back.
  10. BJ

    BrittnaeJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good was amazing! The vibe was perfect for a Friday evening, with your girls. I just wish the food came out hotter (temperature). But, I will definitely be back!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    This was such a disappointing experience. Waited over an hour for our food + 35min. The food was pretty good but the servers lack communication and it was very apparent. Two servers taking our orders at the same table in a 30min time span, double bill prints at checkout with differing prices due to lack of communication. They also do not have serving trays/platters for some reason so all the food comes out in pairs because they only have two arms to carry the food with, its counterproductive. Lastly, tequila shots seem to be very watered down and when i say watered down I mean 85 water/15 liquor. I wanted to love this place but i highly doubt we return even with the restaurant accommodating us at the end after our grievances.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date with the wife. Everything was amazing from food to service to vibes. We will definitely be returning.
  13. KE

    KenquaneE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Along with the bottomless mimosas and the music played throughout went great with the environment.
  14. MG

    MichelleG

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    My husband and I went on a Friday night. Food and drinks were delicious. The service is slow. But, overall no complaints
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Service was literally HORRIBLE, it wasn’t that busy that’s why I was confused why it took literally a hour to even bring me my drink and let’s not even talk about how long it took for my food to come. It was only me and my friend dining together and a family of about 8 got their food before us I’m not going to play the race card but yea made no sense cause we were sitting down atleast 30 minutes before that family came. I kept asking the “waiter” where is my drink he kept blaming the bartender who was not doing anything. I had to basically beg them to service me. I’m really sad about this experience because I was looking forward to going for a while now. Food was a 10 but service was a 0. Wouldn’t recommend dining in maybe just ordering take out!!! Also I had to ask them to bring the manager over every time I needed something cause everything was a “we don’t have it” until I asked the manager
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Once we got there we were waiting like 15 mins to get seated and it was not busy. Then you have to pay 20% gratuity fee even tho the waitress took her sweet time it was like a 45 min wait to receive my cold patty trio. Also you could not get any help because the waitress was to busy flirting with guys at the bar. That received there food right away I personally will not be going back.
  17. TS

    TiaS

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    I cannot comment on the food as I didn't get a chance to eat. Me and my mom arrived for our reservation on time. We were told to sit where we would like, then sat for over 20 minutes while four employees walked past our table repetitively without acknowledging us. The server who seated us even began cleaning up a table next to us. There were three other tables seated while we were there. We left without being served as much a cup of water. For a restaurant that had ample staff for the number of patrons, the lack of service was unacceptable and rude.
  18. C

    Chels

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made reservations to this establishment. They make sure to include that after 5 minutes your appointment will be cancelled, meanwhile when you arrive you aren’t greeted or seated right away. After being seated we waiting THIRTY MINUTES WITHOUT a single person coming to greet us, acknowledge us, ask if we AT LEAST wanted water or had questions about the menu. All of their staff walked aimlessly around our table acting as if they were busy (they weren’t, there were only 3 other tables in use). After 25 minutes of waiting I as a server passed us, I asked if he knew who our waiter was. He used his eyes as a gesture stating “she’ll be with y’all in a moment”. We waited 5 more minutes and still, no one came to service us, greet us, anything. We politely gathered our belongings and left. This is a horrible establishment customer service wise. I cannot speak for the food because we never received service. Do better! ESPECIALLY if you have the nerve to already include a 20% gratuity charge to all orders.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    As wonderful as the vibe and hosts/waitresses are, It took us over an hour to get our appetizers. The food is good but the time it took us to get it completely overshadowed the experience.
  20. LP

    LeeP

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family is Jamaican so of course we had to try this place... it did not disappoint! The dj played good music, the food was delicious and authentic, and the staff were friendly. The festival was delicious, the jerk & Mac&cheese was great, the portions were huge! Nothing but good vibes!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, mimosas, ambiance and service! I can’t wait to go back.
  22. DA

    DarA

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the experience from start to finish. The representation of food and cocktails was so pretty. Food was good. Fresh and hot!!! The music was nice. The staff was warm and welcoming. All smiles.
  23. DA

    DrAJ

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food! Comfortable vibe and friendly service. I will be a repeat customer.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, reasonable price, good vibes! Bottomless mimosas ALL DAY. Excellent service. There was a DJ! And the wait time was short!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early for a 10:45 brunch so we had the full attention of the staff until other guests started showing up. The bottomless mimosas were a great value with multiple juice options. We started with the oxtail Mac and cheese, simply delicious. I had a jerked lobster tail and waffle. Both were flavorful and complimented each other well. The plantain French toast was good, but just your typical French toast served with plantains. I will definitely come again to experience other menu options.
  26. EC

    EdCh

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun place in Little Tokyo. Food was an interesting mix of fusion and dishes that are commonly seen on Jamaican menus. Service was very nice but extremely slow. Took about 30 minutes to get our orders taken despite the venue being less than half full. Dishes took quite a bit of time to be tabled. Prices are a mixed bag. Traditional dishes were reasonable but some items were significantly more expensive. Serving sizes were on the largish side. Would go back but would make sure I didn't have to rush.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment I stepped through the door my experience was great. I was met with a smile as I was greeted with a warm welcome. The food was delicious, fresh, hot and flavorful. The bartenders were pleasant and the drinks were strong and good.
  28. PJ

    PamelaJ

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Too Pricey
  29. CM

    CoachMikeG

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding outstanding outstanding. Loved every thing about this place. The vibe, the food, the service. A+
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delish and ambiance was so fun!
  31. S

    Swtstell75

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Father’s Day
  32. H

    Honest

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The staff was friendly and very responsive. The food looked like the pictures on the menu! Would recommend you try this restaurant. There is not all of space for outdoor seating.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Real authentic Jamaican food and service!! The spices and the ingredients are fresh and definitely the real deal! It is really a great place to get food that reminds me of home! Definitely recommend trying their mix drinks they are delicious! Catch a piece of the island in LA. Definitely recommend this place!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Authentic and flavorful!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Came to this spot today. The young man who helped us at the front was wonderful and very kind. He got us seated, brought us water, and boxes. The server started off okay but after we received our food she disappeared and never came back. Keep in mind there were only three seated tables so it was empty. The young man I spoke about brought us boxes and the manager or owner brought the bill. The food was okay. I had a chicken patty for an appetizer that had good taste but was cold. The oxtails came out cold and must have been sitting for awhile. The cabbage, rice and peas, and plantains were good. My friend had the salmon, shrimp, mashed potatoes and asparagus. He said it was all pretty good besides the mashed potatoes. We also ordered the rum punch which the waiter told us was the best drink on the menu. It was okay. Nothing to write home about. Once the bill arrived we saw there was a 20% gratuity automatically added. Keep in mind it was only two of us. This would have been okay if we were informed of this before dining and if the service was all around good. Overall service and food could have been better.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The music and vibes were on point. The beef patty’s were cold and the alcohol drink had a weird taste.
  37. JK

    JennyK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very nice, upscale, had the jerk chicken and jerk shrimp. Cool vibe and the drinks were good!
  38. 2

    21turnup

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service will return soon. Oxtails were really good. Must order the Rum punch
  39. DL

    DukeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Great food, great service. We had the oxtails. They were amazing.
  40. L

    Leeh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place fully recommend! The staff was great our waiter was amazing.my fiance loved the food and music.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. (abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 265-7763.

(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen is rated 4.2 stars by 122 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
Google Map for (abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen

243 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3808

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Little Tokyo

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Jamaican, Contemporary American, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Retail Parking Located at 235 San Pedro st. Street Parking also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 265-7763

  • Catering

    We have a variety of catering and special event options. We also have a Food Truck. Please feel free to email us at info@abeautifullifejamaican.com

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Aja Dawson: (213) 265-7763

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