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Chez Tex

4.5
107 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Inspired by the neo-bistros of Paris and the comfort of California, Chez Tex offers a rotating menu of egalitarian eats by the beach. Our wine list is entirely NATURAL / ORGANIC. We source ingredients locally from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Outdoor seating, beach breezes.

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Special menus

  • Organic Wine Menu

    Starting Jul 21, 2020
    Enjoy our exclusively organic wine list! We only pour organic wines from small boutique winemakers all over the world!

Offers

Venice Beach Happy Hour

Starting Jul 16, 2020 · Sun 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Hop over to relax after a day at the beach and enjoy our selection of organic wines, beers and favorite food items for the happy hour crowd! Every day from 5pm-6:30pm!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 107 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jamie
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and tasty food!

Chez Tex
Responded on November 2, 2020

Thanks Jamie! Hope to see you soon.

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AllRoadsLead2Tasting
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I arrived with a good host who was very personable. He was funny and attentive. The wine was good. The only drawback was the main entree veggie burger. I don't like beans so I was surprised this restaurant made a veggie burger with beans. I would have thought it would make it more upscale like with different veggies. The only thing on the menu I could have was that since I am a vegan. I already had a sandwich at another place so I was displeased to have to order another sandwich. Need to have a variety of proteins for vegans like tofu or beyond burger meatballs. Make your veggie meatballs without egg and cheese would be ideal. The burger didn't really taste that good and the fries were not really a diet staple Id order so it was not a really good meal for me over all. I did like like the argula salad.

Chez Tex
Responded on October 31, 2020

Thank you for the feedback and we're glad our staff took care of you and that you enjoyed our organic wines! Regarding the vegan options - we do have several vegan options on the menu (in fact nearly half our menu is vegan) but will nonetheless share your feedback with Chef. For future reference - we are always happy to turn one of our smaller vegan dishes into a larger 'entrée-style' portion at your request. We hope to see you soon to try some of these dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting items. Dish amounts are pretty much tapas sized Price reflects the quality of the food, so don't expect bargain prices, but it shouldn't break the bank. Hearty dinner for two (5 items) with a glass of wine came out to $140 pre-tip.

Winners were the zucchini fritters, chickpea salad (mixed with olives), veggie meatballs, and the seared scallops (almost like a bruschetta presentation, worked really well). The steak salad was great as well, salad dressing was actually the winner (what I'm assuming was the chimichurri sauce bc the steak itself didn't have a strong flavor).

Chez Tex
Responded on October 23, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed and hope to see you again!

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vipParkCR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had to sit on the street due to Covid...... So, circumstances....Im sure when all returns to normal will be outstanding. Good to support a small restaurant in these times.

Chez Tex
Responded on October 23, 2020

Hopefully we will be allowed indoors soon :) Thank you for your support!

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JennyJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Weird dining experience, loved the wine but the food was sub-par.

We ordered truffle fries and when they came out they were plain fries. We asked them if there was even truffle on them and the server said yeah there is, even though it did not taste like it. We also told him there was supposed to be parmesan on the fries as it said in the description and he told us we had to pay more for that.

Also the crispy chickpeas were not at all crispy.

Chez Tex
Responded on October 16, 2020

Hey Jenny - thanks for the kind words about the wine and service! I'm sorry however that you didn't enjoy a couple of our Happy Hour food offerings. The happy hour truffle fries should indeed come with parmesan and lots of truffle. Sorry for the mix up and we hope to make it right next time you come in. - Chez Tex

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is amazing! Five stars for all

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vipSunilH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience1

They need to change flooring. They have a very low barrier to separate two sides. Since all the floor and barrier are of same color concrete this barrier cannot be distinguishing and is a major safety hazard. I tripped over this barrier and fell on concrete. Suffered cuts and bruises.

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vipStacyK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We made it just in time for the happy hour. Highly recommend the grilled cheese! We stayed for a while and ordered a few things from the dinner menu: veggie meatballs, roasted carrots, sausage and sauerkraut. Portions are small so don’t expect hefty entrees. Good for sharing small plate style. Great wine list. Only downside is there is limited patio seating facing Main Street which is a busy street so expect some noise from traffic/passersby. But they are making it work despite the pandemic. I’d love to go back once indoor dining is open.

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vipAndyJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elias was amazing! Happy hour that goes until 6:30 sign me up! Wish there was a bigger selection of treats to snack on! Overall great date spot or friends hang! Venice needs to hop on this trend!

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vipPhillyRich
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I chose Chez Tex because it was open late during the Pandemic, they practiced social distancing, and the menu looked interesting. The charred corn and coconut chili did not disappoint. There were good craft beers and wines by the glass too. We sat outdoors and the heat lamp was broken, making for a chilly evening. Also, there was a psychotic, homeless man sitting a few feet away on the sidewalk who was screaming obscenities and throwing things for our first hour. The staff said that he usually got tired and calmed down around 9:30 pm. Thankfully, he did.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and amazing food

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AllisonK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They do the best they can with the outdoor dining experience. Really bent over backwards to make it ok, even with all of the traffic noise. Food- EXCELLENT!!!! Will be back!

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vipAnton
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic selection of fun, interesting natural wines and the tiny kitchen cranks out some very tasty small plates - what a gem!

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vipLondonMarie
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, fresh food and friendly service! We will be back very soon and make this a staple in our restaurant rotation.

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vipGeorgeJ
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were excited to get out of the house and to be able to find Chez Tex. We went for lunch. Their menu is limited primarily to light food, although there were 2 daily specials of more substantial size (we did not try either). Husband/wife team with him in the kitchen and her front of the house. She has worked in the wine industry for +10 years and was very knowledgeable. Only 1 other table seated while we were there but very enjoyable and we would go back. Had sardines, crudite and charcuterie plate and all were delicious, with a bottle of Pinot Gris rose.

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vipEstherA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! Could not speak highly enough about this little gem on Main in SM.

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vipBLTRC
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, kind staff, calming interior.

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vipglowdina
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truffle gnocchi was fantastic. Kale was great. Cauliflower was excellent. Wine was reasonable. Service was on point. It was not crowded at all, very quiet.

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YishaiJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has been open for a good while and for some odd reason seems to remain half empty. This is unfair. The food is well-prepared and very reasonably priced (for the neighborhood). The menu is short and vegetarian friendly. Everything we had was more than decent, and went well with the well-thought drinks menu. We ended with a pear and pistachio crostata that was actually better than Gjusta's! Will return.

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MBlocal3128
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice spot for couples that want to communicate
Nice service staff
Limited menu
Pleasant dining experience

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vipluv2dine
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This ia neighborhood gem. Just a few dishes -- all delicious -- and a very interested and reasonable wine list, although we brought our own ($25 corkage). We dined early and only a few tables were occupied, yet service is of the philosophy of not to bother you (so we did flag our server down a few times). But we loved the kale salad and the amazing cauliflower. Definitely a must visit for a Venice scene that is either too trendy or too tavern-y.

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vipJohnK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - great space - great service- highly recommend

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vipharla
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem. Delicious food, quiet enough to have a real conversation, with a well-curated wine list. I'm surprised this lovely little spot isn't packed.

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nwild
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant experience to date. Maybe it was just one of those nights where everything all aligned perfectly: the service + food + ambiance... did I mention service, were all top notch. We were definitely pleasantly surprise. I can't wait to become a regular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Small restaurant, small menu, beer and wine only.

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vipfirsttimer
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and it was a pleasant surprise. We shared everything, the gnocchi which was tasty and a bit crunchy. Then we also had the open faced tomato toast, like a bruschetta which was also delicious. Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and service! Definitely recommend checking this place out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely local restaurant serving inventive and delicious Californian fare. Party of six, we ordered a comprehensive array of appetizers, entrees and desserts and shared them all. There wasn’t a weak link in the chain. The restaurant was quiet but that suited us fine. Highly recommend Chez Tex.

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LucyA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The effort was there, but the food was subpar. The menu was very limited. The waiter recommended the ricotta gnocchi and cauliflower. The flavors were poor, especially given the ingredients. Bland, boring. We were still hungry so we ordered the kale; same result. It was very disappointing. The service was good, the waiter was nice. The place was practically empty, it was a saturday night.

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vipDanaM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic, fresh, and beautifully plated. I would highly recommend Chez Tex for a date night or dinner with family and friends.

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vipJRubin
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We had a healthy, tasty and delicious meal. We had 2 vegetarian meals - Cauliflower grilled and charred and a curried chick pea dish over rice. We also had the grilled Branzino whole which as fileted. Everything was fresh and we enjoyed the Brick walls and concrete floor décor.

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vipMarc
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food , reasonably priced in a cool quaint spot.

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vipRyLa
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We found this restaurant a bit average. Food was fine, but not seasoned particularly well and the beef didn’t appear to be the best quality for the cut.

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vipDeano
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Will go again.

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vipMiami1981
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Host was very rude. They kept adjusting the lighting so it would get very bright then dark and it was very distracting. Will not be back.

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SabineL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine in Venice if you actually want to have a conversation! Nice and quiet ambiance and food carries a mix of meditaranian with an exotic twist, lots of vegetarian choices too. Would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered almost everything on the menu between us all and not one did! All were delish and well paired. New favorite local spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Went there at 7 on a Saturday and they were out of the entree we wanted, beer we ordered, and hadn’t yet made the appetizer we wanted. Apparently they ran out of the entree the night before- why they didn’t buy more, who knows! We said we would wait for the app and waitress couldn’t give a time when it would be ready and said we it could be a lot longer than 30 minutes and that she couldn’t give a time frame. Later we saw the table next to us with it- our waitress never said anything about it being ready. Overall was a disappointing, overpriced experience.

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KristinN
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great staff! Would have loved more comfy seating and a bigger table...

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vipYvetteB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This food is incredible! Don’t waste anymore time if you can get to this restaurant donut and enjoy the incredible menu!

FAQs

Chez Tex does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Chez Tex also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 314-1314.

Chez Tex is rated 4.5 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Chez Tex does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/AMSJYK7SY6XH3/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.