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(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA

(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen

4.5
4.5
87 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 the mission of bringing authentic Jamaican cuisine to the Downtown area. Using our families recipes as our guide, we take our guest on a culinary journey with exuberant & bright flavors. At our Second Location, (abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen, located in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles we take it a step further. 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 Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop & R&B. From the moment you walk into the space you are transformed to the Dawson families living room with warm textures and a crew that makes you feel like apart of our story and our family.

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Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Jamaican, Contemporary American, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 3:00 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

Experiences

  • Bottomless Rum Punch & Taco Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for a Tropical Taco Tuesday Featuring our Favorite Rum Punch ($35 for Bottomless) & a Variety of Caribbean Inspired Tacos

Offers

  • Bottomless Sangria Wednesday's

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Join us for Bottomless Sangria, $30 for 2 Hours.

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Menu

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What 87 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Great for Brunch

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Soooo glad I chose this restaurant for Mother's Day! Staff was incredible, and the owners/managers were extremely hands on and stopped by the table several times to check on how our group was faring. It's those little touches that patrons remember, and recommend restaurants to their friends, and return themselves. Food was super delish. On the pricier side, but there's Lobster on the menu (cooked to perfection-just enough so not rubbery), so price is to be expected 💗

  7. BL

    BigLes44

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    As a West Indian-American from NY, living in LA, I'm always there to support my people and taste authentic Jamaican food. The neighborhood leaves something to be desired, and sitting outdoors we were able to experience it in all its wonders. Not necessarily the environment for enjoying food, so I would advise eating indoors. The food itself was really good. I had the curry and jerk chicken, with the curry chicken being some of the best I've had in a long time. Jerk chicken and waffles were interesting, as the waffles were not traditional batter, but still very good and tasty. Definitely an adults only vibe, as there is no kids menu. Also, the regular offerings may be a little too spicy or sophisticated for some young pallets. Overall great find in DTLA. Wish it were in a different place, but great place for great food.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing as usual. The oxtails are consistently tender, and flavored to perfection. The oxtail Mac n cheese was a filling starter. I ordered the jerk salmon and oxtails with rice and peas cabbage. This time the cabbage was a little bland but everything else was 5 stars. The sweet potato cheesecake and the peach cobbler cheesecake was delicious. The service is always 5 stars and the ambiance was perfect.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came into town from Phoenix for business and wanted to find a place to celebrate a birthday on the road. This place was absolutely perfect - food was on point, music was a vibe, well decorated, and the Suns game was playing on one of the TV’s. The staff made us feel super welcome and they really took care of us. The food is made to order (so it may take some time for large parties) - but it’s super worth it. Come when you wanna take your time, be social, and unwind. Highly recommend!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5

    I love the ambience so cute and comfortable, the bartender/waitress was very nice, food was delish, nobody was in the restaurant, watch what you order cause it is very expensive.. THE DRINKS ARE WORTH IT but honestly you can find this food cheaper with more taste in Inglewood..

  11. NC

    NouraC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good and drinks were insanely good!! Must haves are the party trip and the shrimp fries. The ambiance and music is great for a fancy night or a causal one. Service was great, staff was nice and fun

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    The food was amazing. That’s the good part. We waited 45 minutes for our food, and the waitress didn’t once offer us more than plantain chips to hold us over until our food came. No notice until we asked that we were “waiting on the lamb chops”. My friend’s meal came when she had to leave. The wait staff was polite, but not really big on customer service. It didn’t seem to be their thing. It seemed like a family establishment and we were imposing. A very Jamaican establishment.

  13. HG

    HillarieG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    When you first walk in, it’s dark! So if you can’t see, this isn’t the spot for you. The service was up and down. One minute the girls had an attitude the next minute they were laughing with us, but that’s only because we made them laugh. Don’t know if they were just having a bad day or if they’re like that all the time, but it wasn’t cute. Then on top of that the food was just okay. The little cafe on Spring St. is better I believe. The only thing extra here they have that the cafe doesn’t that I live is festivals!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food - lively staff - fun times

  15. MB

    MariaB

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    What a delight -- delicious food, fun relaxed atmosphere, we really enjoyed our evening.

  16. LT

    LaToya

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a little pricey but it was good. I wish i got more planton with my meal but that was a me thing

  17. GS

    GSLovesGreatFoodPlaces

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cutest spot ever in Little Tokyo. Food was amazing. I had the oxtails, mac n cheese and sauteed cabbage. Also, threw in a run punch and all was good. Everything was irie. Lol. Can't wait to go back.

  18. HP

    HumbertoP

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, music, people and vibe. Definitely going back for the Mac and cheese with ox tail. Yum!

  19. JK

    JonK

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food and service were great! There weren't that many people either but I must say, I'm not sure if it's because I'm getting old, but the music was a bit too much. I couldn't hear myself think, let alone what my dinner companion was trying to say without yelling.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Went there for my birthday back in March. I really wanted to like this place. Highly overpriced for the quality and portion of food. My mom is pescetarian so she ordered vegan chicken and waffles and they brought her real chicken. Then stated they were out which they should’ve known that before we ordered as now her food did not arrive with the rest of the party. The manager came over to apologize and offered to take care of her meal which we did not ask for. So my mom ordered salmon and waffle. We ended up being charged for the waffle which was $16. When we asked about it she said she had to charge us to for the waffle. We never asked for the meal to be comped but when you tell a customer this that means the entire meal. Not partial. The waffle was nothing to write home about. Dry and flavorless. Waffle House makes much better waffles. Bartender was great. Nothing about this restaurant is worth a return visit. I do not recommend. Overpriced. Poor quality.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambiance is great as well as the food. Definitely recommend the sangria. Jerk chicken and lobster entree are delicious. Will be back for the oxtail. Really enjoyed my experience and especially the music.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience4

    It was a nice experience but I don’t understand how in establishment only has one cook for the whole night no one there To help which makes customers wait for your food and drinks for For an hour plus and steel doesn’t want to compensate for customers for their wait

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great so was the service 10/10

  25. CM

    CheritaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    It is nice for those who want a very laid back experience and just want to socialize. Service and wait time for the food could be better.

  26. LR

    LeticiaR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1

    I had a reservation and when I arrived they couldn’t find me and were very rude. Food was good the waiter was very friendly and helpful. Went for Súper bowl event but there was no ambiance, people were even talking about other things or quiet. Most of the people left before the game was over!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was absolutely wonderful! the staff was caring and made sure we had everything we needed. as well as knowledge about different menu items.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a delicious waffle and jerk chicken while my friend had the lobster mac and cheese. Both meals were great! I had to order more jerk wings to go. I look forward to visiting again.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best food EVER!

  30. JL

    JudithL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful and friendly customer service. Food was tasteful and fantastic . I loved the rum punch . I must say that my husband and I will be returning .

  31. ZP

    ZandraP

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was amazing. Drinks took a little while to get and their coffee maker was broke, but other than that, it was a really good experience.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    I came here with my grandma they drinks were amazing but the food was not it . I had the oxtails they could use some more flavor and I also had the jerk chicken that was also not not good .

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We went for date night and had the jerk chicken plate & jerk wings w/ a waffle & Margarita pitcher, everything was delicious! We were seated immediately, the servers were nice and pretty attentive, they had a great playlist, affordable prices and the parking garage is only a 3 minute walk from restaurant. We are going back for Brunch, they have a great bottomless mimosa deal! Highly recommend it

  34. j

    johnm

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Staff were very friendly and the food was delicious. Everything was priced higher than what we expected we would get; the value wasn’t quite there. Could be a neighborhood gem if pricing is adjusted to going rates of other similar eateries in the neighborhood.

  35. JJ

    JoJo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Awesome food, good ambiance with an excellent music playing in the background. Will return

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great! Salmon was cooked to perfection! The service was amazing, thank you Michelle for the great experience!

  37. MI

    MICHAELSCHAMBERS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service it this fun and authentically inviting establishment. Get the rum punch and the Oxtail dinner! Had a great date night... DO NOT miss out try them out and see for yourself!

  38. C

    Colean

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and I dined here today, mid-afternoon. The food was delicious! The music was on point. The service was wonderful! We will be back ! All around great experience!

  39. T

    Tee1

    Charlotte

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    I wanted to love this spot but I didn’t. Enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant but food was not good to me and definitely not Jamaican style like I know it. No real seasoning in the jerk chicken wings and they were dry. Mixed vegetables was just okay.

  40. TN

    TeriN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It's a lovely place! I would highly recommend checking them out~ Service was up to par and the food was delicious! I'll definitely will be coming back. Thanks again!

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 4.5 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
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 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 3:00 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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