Gabi James

4.6
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317 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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D
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly. High quality food. Great setting.

BD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Z
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

AD
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

PJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by Masha & team! Amazing food.

MM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bon voyage!

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SJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

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

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WM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambience and food was great, service was a little slow.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great location, great food

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

Hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

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OT
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Their appetizers appetizers are very good as well as their cocktails and wine selection. The entrees aren’t your traditional Spanish plates. We tend to stick with the small plates. Nice ambiance.

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thanks so much for dining with us at Gabi James! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our take on Spanish & French food!

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LG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the service was outstanding. We really liked the menu choices and the uniqueness of flavors in each dish we ordered.

The ambience was enjoyable and we look forward to going back soon!

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

We can't wait for you to join us again Lisa! We are so happy that enjoyed your visit with us and appreciate your kind words!

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on every level - a truly great restaurant

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

What an amazing compliment! Come back soon! Cheers!

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AD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was kind, attentive and had an excellent grasp of the menu. She made fantastic recommendations, and answered questions with great detail.
Through Open Table I made the reservation and requested outdoor seating, yet when we arrived the hostess took us to an inside table. We saw that outside tables were available and she made the change, I just wish she would have noticed my note on the reservation.
I will absolutely go to Gabi James again!

Gabi James
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you for your kind review! Please join us again soon!

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R
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our server was more interested in outlining the details of the upcoming Sunday brunch than she was in listening to my dinner order. Three entrees were brought to the table and my dinner was not. She forgot to enter my dinner order.

Gabi James
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hi Ronka. We are sorry to hear that your grande was not ordered in a timely manner. We hope that you will giv us another shot to show you the service we pride ourselves on.

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating here! We have come many times but the last time we ate the tortilla, the tuna crudo, the citrus salad, and the oxtail (one of my favorite dishes on the planet). Also wine and beer and a fancy cocktail and we tasted a little whiskey - everything was wonderful. It's a beautiful restaurant with super friendly staff, owners, and fellow diners.

Gabi James
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thank you so much for your lovely words and for visiting us at Gabi James! We are so happy that you have become a regular and love what we are doing so much...that is the best compliment we could ask for. See you very son we hope! Cheers!

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