Gabi James

4.6
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325 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Gabi James brings Spanish and coastal French food with California Soul to the South Bay. Gabi James is a beautiful representation of Spanish and coastal French style, along with the bright and airy aesthetic that we hold dear in the South Bay.

Our menu was created by South Bay native and chef extraordinaire, Chris Feldmeier, of Mozza and Moruno fame, alongside longtime Gabriele restaurant veteran, Jorge Torres. The bar takes shape with an awesome trifecta. Vincenzo Marianella, of Copa d’Oro and Providence, has created a cocktail program that features house crafted juices and ingredients as well as a wide variety of spirits. Sara and Adam have curated a wine list and beer program that shines with local offerings as well as Spanish and French that pair great with the menu and stand tall on their own.
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PB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service

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JL
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great addition to Riviera Village. A bit pricey but good food, great decor and excellent service!

IL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good food, excellent service, kind of loud, but fun. I’ll be back!

DK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining here. The food is delicious, the service top notch and Adam makes us feel welcome. We’ll be back!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and good!

AD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had written a review in Sept, raving about everything yet noted the service was slow. Well, that was not the case this time! Service was punctual (it was actually the same server) and it was a delightfully delicious meal!

e
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat on the outside patio so it was not nearly as loud as the last time we were there.
Food was excellent.

Gabi James
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you so much Erika! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us at Gabi James and can't wait for you to join us again!

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u
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Have been to this restaurant many times, this time service wasn't good, waiter was good until after he took our order. Fries came 20 after our filet came out, only because we had to ask three times about their arrival, they were taken off the menu. Water was spilled all over one of our guest and her purse, we had to wipe it up because the water server was slow and didn't know what to do, he did apologize. Our waiter asked if the four of us wanted our peppercorn sauce for our steak entrees on the side, we answered yes, not really wanting it, but if it came on the side we might taste it. Our bill came and we were both charged $7 for a 1/4 cup of sauce! We asked the waiter to take, the $14 off and he came back and said the manager would take off one of the sauces!!! We called for the manager and after a long unwillingly decision, he took both sauces off! The manager without question should have been more understanding & generous and taken off, the sauce, something we had no clue we were being charged for, instead of insinuating that we were wrong! It was childish and he should know it! We have customers who return things all the time in our business and we always take the side of the customer, no matter who is right! We will go again to the restaurant because we like to support our local restaurants, but this time things should go smoothly, or there will not be a next!

D
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy dining at Gabi James. The food and service is consistently great.

Gabi James
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you so much! Please come back soon!

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

Super friendly. High quality food. Great setting.

Gabi James
Responded on October 22, 2019

So glad you enjoyed visiting us at Gabi James! We hope you will be back very soon!

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BD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish,
Fantastic!! The appetizers, wine, cocktail selection were a perfect pairing.
The dinner was superb and the way they treated our birthday guest was fabulous.

Gabi James
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you so much for choosing Gabi James to celebrate! We are so happy that we could help make the birthday boss' day special and we cannot wait to see you again!

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Z
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great cocktails, food and service. The staff was super attentive and the menu was fun and flavorful.

Gabi James
Responded on October 22, 2019

Cheers! We are so happy that you enjoyed everything at Gabi James. We hope that you will come have more fun with us again very soon!

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AD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The drinks were delicious and food scrumptious! Table service was slow (it was not crowded whatsoever) but all staff were polite.

Gabi James
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you so much Ali! We are so glad you enjoyed your food and drinks. We apologize that service was slower thank you hoped and we hope we will see you again soon!

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

First time dining here— Angelica was a great, knowledgeable server who walked us through the menu and helped us pick great choices. Great selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails.

Gabi James
Responded on September 25, 2019

We are so happy you enjoyed everything! Thank you so much for joining us! We hope that you will back soon!

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SJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

Gabi James
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks Sheila! See you soon!

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t
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 7 for my husband’s 71st birthday. Every one of my family members, from age 34 to 88, had a wonderful time. They all got into the idea of sharing small plates—well, the food was excellent, so it’s not surprising. Great service, a happy space, wonderful food!

Gabi James
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you so much for celebrating your husband's birthday with us! We truly appreciate being a part of the special day and are so happy you enjoyed!

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FM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, interesting menu, friendly service. Consistent at every visit.

Gabi James
Responded on September 25, 2019

We really appreciate you visiting us and your kind review. We can't wait for you to visit us again. Cheers!

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D
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert is fantastic. Victor is an amazing host. Love this place. I took my boss from out of town and she loved it!

Gabi James
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you so much! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and Robert & Victor! We are very lucky to have a team! Please come visit again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabri James is our favorite local restaurant. French toast on the brunch menu is to die for!

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you so much! We really appreciate you dining with us and cannot wait for you to join us again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Food was not great. 2 of the 6 dishes we ordered were good the rest was poor.
The service was sub par. The main dishes were not served together. Our firms waited for 20 min to get his and our got cold.
We wanted to give it a second chance after a first bad experience and we will not go back.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

We are sorry to hear that you were not happy with your visit to Gabi James. Please note, and we certainly hope your server let you know, that our food is served family style and brought to the table as the individual dishes are ready and we do not serve meals in courses. We again regret that you did not enjoy your visit. Have a nice evening.

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SP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal in flavor, portion size and presentation. Knowledgeable, efficient wait staff

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you very much Sandy. We hope that you come back again soon!

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KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very interesting menu, but the food was much too salty.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your review Karen. We are sorry that the dishes were saltier than you prefer but we hope that you will join us again very soon!

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OT
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate and drank was great quality, thoughtfully put together, and TASTY AF. The service was also wonderful. The atmosphere is great. Good for girls night or date night. I’ve already planned my return. Get the meatballs, tuna crudo, and a fancy G&T.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Wow! Thank you for your kind words! We are so happy that you had such a great time! We are so happy to hear that you have already planned your return and can't wait to have you here again!

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T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and excellent food. Worth it for the cocktail program alone. Will definitely return.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thanks Thomas for your great compliments! We are so happy you enjoyed everything. Come back soon...there are plenty of great cocktails to try with your meal!

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NB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for brunch and everything was great. Thank you. We can’t wait to come back for Sunday night paella dinner.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

We can't wait to have you for Paella Sundays! Thank you for your kind words regarding our brunch!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a GREAT patio spot, Service was super good, and we enjoyed the food.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Cheers! Thank you so much! We can't wait for you to join us again!

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabi James is our go-to place for a special meal, whether it's date night, taking our kids somewhere special, or having a party of 50 friends and family members in their upstairs room. The food is always fantastic, the service is always warm and welcoming, and the ambiance and location are terrific, too.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Cara, thank you so much! We are always here for a celebration, whether its a 50th B-Day or just a celebration of Monday! See you soon!

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I
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angelica, our server was exceptional. Myself and my guests are caterers and the food was perfect, and the service from everyone involved was great. The Cocktails are fun and so creative. Great place.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner and drinks as well as your server Angelica...she's a gem!

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SJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

PJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess greeted us warmly as she sat as at our table outside. Robert appeared very quickly at our table to get us started and returned several times throughout the evening. We got to know the party at the table next to ours--it's a very friendly ambiance there--and they made recommendations of what to eat. The Albondigas Chimayo and the Tortillas Espanol were WONDERFUL! The flavoring, texture, temperature - they were soooo good! Several of us were drinking the ALBARIÑO ‘TURONIA’; some had more than one. We also tried the Roasted Mushrooms; they were good, not out of this world. The Gamabas Al Ajillo, however, were wonderful (if you like them with garlic, and I do)! The others at the table were equally happy with their Pomegranate Lamb Chops and Flank Steak. Our feast continued with delicious Chocolate Bread Pudding; being someone not a fan of the mushy bread texture of bread pudding, I was won over by the excellent chocolatey flavor.
During the course of the evening, we all enjoyed each other's company, as well as our neighboring diners, pedestrians walking by with dogs and babies, and the wonderful crew at Gabi James.
Yes, I'm a FAN!

Gabi James
Responded on August 3, 2019

You are wonderful and so was the rest of your group. We really enjoyed having you and I know Robert, your server, appreciated having such a lovely table as well. We are so happy that you enjoyed everything and truly appreciate you celebrating with us. We cannot wait to have you visit us again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect until after we had eaten and we’re enjoying our amazing drinks the waitress brought us our check, but we wanted to continue drinking. We’d even told her that we wanted to possibly have another. I’m guessing they wanted the table since they were busy. We’d still go back, so good.

Gabi James
Responded on September 4, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Gabi James. We apologize that your server dropped your check sooner than you preferred but we hope to see you again soon!

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NS
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Masha & team! Amazing food.

MM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good, not great, and service was below expectations. It was a busy night, but it was clear we were under serviced with ample time and space for more attention to detail and unfulfilled drink requests. A far cry from Zazou despite being under the same ownership with a wave of cosmetic simplification.

JZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine were perfection! We had a sitter for a date night but kids would have enjoyed it too. Love the open flow of the set up!

Gabi James
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hi Jen! We are so happy you enjoyed it and would love you to bring the little ones back next time, but we know how important date night! We hope to see you again very soon!

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JH
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were great. Very nice selection of wines. We had fun doing our own wine pairing with our waiter Robert’s guidance.

Gabi James
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hi Julie Thank you very much for joining us! We appreciate your kind words regarding our food, wine and your server, Robert. Please come visit us again very soon!

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h
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time dining here, though we are quite experienced with tapas style dining. We ordered the olive mix, the garlic shrimp, the Serrano ham, the octopus with ink aioli, and the filet mignon. Everything was prepared to perfection, we commend the kitchen on its exacting standards for both the octopus and the filet!

The gin list was exciting with a wide range of options. Who knew there were so many varieties of tonic water?

We will most certainly return as this was an exceptional restaurant.

Gabi James
Responded on August 3, 2019

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Gabi James and the you enjoyed your food and some of our many gin and tonic options! We hope you will visit us again very soon!

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1
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Reservation time was extended due to lack of tables. Had to wait another 45 minutes. Would not recommend this place if in a hurry or hungry. Friendly bar service, good drinks, large selection of gin.
Watch out for their paella, made with macaroni not rice, a bit chewy. Small and medium plates are good. Large plates not worth it for the price.

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us at Gabi James. We are so happy you enjoyed it and we appreciate your understanding the wait on the busy holiday weekend. We hope to see you again very soon!

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f
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service and food is fantastic. Excellent take on Tapas from spectacular version of standard tortilla espinosa to new take on albondigas. Gambas, skirt steak and ox tail ragout are fantastic.

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

We really appreciate you visiting us at Gabi James and we are so happy you enjoyed our take on Spanish & French food. We hope you will visit us again very soon!

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r
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bon voyage!

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SJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thanks Sheila! Come visit again soon...Cheers!

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