Chez Tex

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76 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
A board-formed cement bar. A hand-full of wooden tables line the gallery-like space. Over-sized accordion-style doors open to the West. A sea breeze washes over you.

Inspired by the neo-bistros of Paris and the comfort of California, Chez Tex offers a rotating menu of egalitarian eats by the beach.

We strive to under-promise and over-deliver. Simplicity and authenticity are our guiding principles. Arrive early for an eclectic but palate-pleasing glass of wine; stay late for a meal that comforts your body and soul.

We invite you to join us on a journey of sensory exploration that is anchored in quality over quantity; from the ingredients we source to the technique employed. Pointed yet polished.

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Daily 5:00PM - 9:00PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Chez Tex is the walk-in neighborhood bistro Venice sorely needed.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 76 People Are Saying
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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food , reasonably priced in a cool quaint spot.

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RL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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D
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Will go again.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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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SL
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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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KN
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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YB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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T
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic. The sourdough with ash salt was fabulous. I had the tuna poke which was very good. The staff were exceptionally friendly. The music was a little loud but that not worthy of complaint. Good selection of gluten-free food including a rather fine chocolate cake.

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n
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, intimate bar/restaurant. We had the gnocchi which were perfect little succulent pillows and the rib eye. Both excellent. Definitely recommend. Street be parking.

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always so good, service is always amazing. it's one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants for sure.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, space and service. Always a favorite to return to!

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M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. But I do suggest that you rotate or provide another vegan dish. Many vegans eat alot of hummus and other forms of chickpeas. perhaps use other kinds of beans and vegetables and sauces. The wine was absolutely delicious and the service superb

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WV
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food but we were only one of two patrons so the vibe was suuuuper quiet and low key

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious, but it took over an hour for our entrees to arrive, and we were dining at a time when only one other person was dining.

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TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Nice place, good service, started with a beautiful cheese plate but my main course, a pork chop was extremely overdone and dry, cold, as if it had stood for a while. I mentioned it to the server but he didn’t reply - to be fair maybe he didn’t hear me; he was otherwise attentive and friendly. I had been looking forward to it, and it was served over a bean dish that was great, but what could have been a great meal was not quite there this time.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. Menu is fresh and always changing. Go here! Inventive dishes and lovely service.

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SB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great! Waiter could have been more knowledgeable.

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DN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Just meh - nothing special

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JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, restaurant is charming, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service, not pretentious. A hidden gem.

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had read great things about this restaurant and it did not disappoint. There are very few tables and the quality of the food was very good. The entree menu was very small. There was one selection for each general need (fish, vegan, chicken, burger), but more selection would have been good. Service was very good and the salad we shared was good size and very well done.

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Houston
32 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great drink selection. Wait time (steak n eggs), unacceptable (34 minutes). Good & attentive service.

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s
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As you're strolling down Main St. looking for a bite, you may think the posted menu at Chez Tex looks sparse at first glance, or that the name of the restaurant is a bit puzzling. But every single item we ordered was outstanding! This is definitely a gem of a restaurant.

After the concerts in the park in Manhattan Beach, we wanted to get out of the South Bay and head over to the Venice area. Looking through many online menus, I selected Chez Tex because of the menu. There was something each one of us could eat: a meat eater, a vegan and a picky one. It's usually not an easy task.

We made reservations, but sunday night was not crowded. The atmosphere was inviting and open to the outside. Hope was our server who was super friendly and attentive. We ordered the marinated olives, spicy almonds, salted bread and crispy quinoa to start. We were all extremely pleased and eager to see if a main course would be as satisfying. My husband loved the moist chicken and we saw that many other people ordered the chicken as well. My daughter and I both ordered the Vegetable Spaetzle and were completely blown away. This honestly was the best dish I've ever eaten. It was an Italian masterpiece. We raved about the dish to Hope and she informed us that the Chef is from Felix. I've never been to Felix, but we were happy that we found Chez Tex. We couldn't help ourselves by splitting a coconut/lime souffle, and, of course, it was amazing. We didn't get out of there under under $140 with one beer and one glass of wine, but it's worth dining here without a doubt. Admittedly, we ordered a lot of food. Order the Spaetzle!! The Chef is extremely talented and creative.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine, great food, great atmosphere. Started with the delicious aps and followed into some amazing food.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem! Frequent menu changes, including a fantastic wine list and cocktails. Had the ribeye, rock cod crudo, and grilled asparagus, snap peas, and broccoli over warm ricotta. Delicious!

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MJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I was really excited to try this spot, but was pretty disappointed. The atmosphere was really nice and cute, but the food, service and price were lacking. The food overall was mediocre, especially for the price point. It also took awhile to get our food even though there were only two other parties in the cafe.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to try other items on the menu! The ambiance and decor is super cool! The service was top notch! We couldn’t believe it has been open for 2 years & we will definitely be returning next week with friends on a double date!

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D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jesse gave reserved the table by the window because I had asked for it, and was expecting us when we arrived. Fantastic service - friendly, great recommendations, but also gave us our space as we were celebrating. Can’t wait to go back!

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was a little worried when we first arrived just before they open at 5 PM on a Sunday and it was completely empty. I’m glad we stayed because it was delicious. The cauliflower, broccoli, and gnocchi were really really good. The paella was OK

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely dinner with our extended family group at Chez Tex. The food was uniquely interesting in flavor, perfectly cooked and presented. Service was impeccable. The wine was excellent and moderately priced. We were very happy that we chose this restaurant for our gathering.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hosted a small event at Chez Tex and the service was amazing! Hayley/Jesse were incredibly helping with all my questions leading up to the event and the day of experience was amazing. All my guests raved that the service/food was amazing and a lot of food, which made it worth the costs - which was also affordable! HIGHLY recommend Chez Tex for a big group or just a lunch with friends.

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a
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The best mole, great wine and sexy scene. Thank you!

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MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived for our 7:00 reservation on time and were seated promptly. At 7:20 we walked out. No one had been by our table once to take even a drink order.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant. The food is so good and fresh. The ambiance is gorgeous without feeling stuffy. The wine list is GREAT. It's a great local spot but kind of feels like you are in a cool neighborhood restaurant in Europe. It's great for a date night OR a dinner with friends.

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D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot. Intimate, delicious food, great wine list, lovely ambience.

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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really like what the Chez Tex are doing. Very laid-back vibe, but well looked after nonetheless. Food is always creative & fresh - hummus, paella & jambon my favourites.

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AL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

we dine here few times, and i have to say: food is very inconsistent. service is always great and ambiance is very pleasant. i would recommend getting full description of the dish from your server, so you don’t end up with $17 can of sardines (not a joke)

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j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! We have been here with 3 different sets of friends and they all thanked us for turning them on to it. The owners and waitstaff are so sincere and friendly.

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