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James' Beach, Venice, CA

James' Beach

4.7
4.7
989 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
James’ Beach in Venice Beach, serving modern California comfort food for over 27 years is closing. We will be closed this week due to the upcoming storm and to give us time to set up the Estate sale / silent auction which will be held Thurrsday September 15 thru Sunday September 18. we will also be open for dinner those nights. Hours and details to follow. Thank you

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 823-5396

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Eduardo Posado

  • Private party facilities

    We are Venice's most popular event and party destination, booking celebrations of all types and sizes. We offer our Clubhouse: a private 1911 California bungalow that was named "best of LA" party space; our outdoor patio and bar; our spacious, clubby dining room and even buy outs! Contact Daniel at 310-989-6200 or go to www.jamesbeach.com

  • Private party contact

    Susan Edelman: (310) 823-5396

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking available in the lot next door. For contact free delivery, c.all ahead to 310-823-5396 or when you arrive.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 989 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. RK

    ReganK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, so comfortable, warm and homey! Daniel, James, Solomon and other staff are so welcoming. Good food and decent prices. Our go to neighborhood place. Thank you for all the good times!!!
  2. SB

    SunnyB

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a special occasion at James's Beach
  3. m

    maureenm

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    After my reservation was cancelled for earlier in the week - i was informed they would open for one last weekend, so my reservation was for Saturday night. When i arrived after spending 15.00 on parking the doors were chained saying permanent closed. So disappointed as this was my favorite place
  4. BR

    BrianR

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Sleep well fair beach we loved you
  5. FT

    FloraT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    love the atmosphere/not a scene liek most of venice/the west side/la, love the decor outdoor fans, jungle-y real authetic beach feeling. but honestly the food sucks. come for the down to earth and the feeling of beach not the food
  6. SS

    StephanieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite dinner place, just perfect in so many ways.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad it is closing this weekend. They will be missed.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venice is going to miss you! 💔
  9. SG

    StaceyG

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect as always comfortable here - wonderful crowd James and Daniel were here - what could be better
  10. DR

    DRJT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    James Beach has been a long time neighborhood favorite place to go to for good food and to enjoy. In a relaxed atmosphere with well mixed martinis and a staff of waiters ready to take your order from a menu with a variety of delicious choices, your evening is experience is complete. Where ever JB goes we hope they will let us Know! Waiting for their return.
  11. SV

    SarahV

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sad to see it closing!!!
  12. C

    Chloe

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I have been going to James' beach for years and we just found out last night that the restaurant is closing on August 28th. so our evening was bittersweet. : ( It's been a neighborhood institution for over 20 years. We used to go there when Rebecca's was across the street. I've never had a bad meal, drink or experience so this is really sad for me. If you have a chance go there, have a meal, and give a toast to a great restaurant that will soon be closed.
  13. I

    Imdagooch

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner here. Very sad it’s closed.
  14. J

    Joey

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here many, many times. It never disappoints. First of all, the BBQ ribs are the best I’ve ever had. They fall off the bone and are perfectly seasoned. Everything we’ve had there is delicious, but that one stands out. For dessert, the Pittsburgh Pecan Ball Sundae is a don’t miss. Service is always friendly and attentive. This is a great neighborhood spot with a casual vibe.
  15. JZ

    JayZ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    The staff was short handed but our sever and his colleagues did an excellent job of handling a busy night. The food was good. The margaritas mediocre. Couldn’t taste the mango at all. Spare ribs delicious and the fried chicken breast very good. Overall we would come back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Nous avions réservé ce restau pour notre les 18 ans de notre fils lors de notre passage à LA A notre demande ils ont accepté de préparer quelques chose pour le dessert. En effet île serveur a bien amené une (!) part de gâteau avec une bougie. Cette part a été facturée et nous en avions commandé en plus pour l’accompagner. Deuxième bémol il ne s’agit pas d’une terrasse comme on l’imagine sympa sur les photos, c’est un toit couvert partiellement ouvert sur l’extérieur côté rue Pas du tout de vue mer non plus Enfin noté salée (plus de 250$ pour 4) et sans excès du tout
  17. l

    louise

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! The food was fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere was laid back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and drinks were great, the guacamole and spinach artichoke dip were amazing for starters. Loved the watermelon margarita! The strawberry salad with grilled shrimp was delicious. The seafood risotto was so-so due to the rice being over cooked, so wouldn’t order it again. The strip steak and truffle fries were awesome. The kitchen closed, unfortunately we were not informed, before we could order dessert. Staff was very nice and courteous. Would highly recommend when in the area.
  19. DB

    DonaldB

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood classic that is better than ever. Great atmosphere, food, cocktails and very helpful staff.
  20. J

    Jeff

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Safe place to find good margaritas and fish tacos. I recommend to all for any occasion.
  21. LW

    LyndseyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BEST FISH TACOS!!!!!! Seriously awesome, definitely get the platter Homemade desserts too Great vibes & service. Excellent establishment
  22. AG

    AciaG

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food!! Great Happy Hour and service. There was a busy party in the courtyard that ended up switching our server without notice, but everything worked out.
  23. AM

    AlexM

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love James Beach! Great Food, Drinks, Service and Ambiance! Chill Laid back indoor/outdoor area!
  24. t

    topguyps

    Palm Springs

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Funn atmosphere, reasonably priced and near the beach. Parking available.
  25. W

    Willyswife

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at the restaurant- I have a strict gluten free diet and usually just order salads out. The vegan lasagna was perfect!!
  26. LT

    LibbyT

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant near Venice Beach. Delicious food and cocktails. We had the Mahi Mahi tacos and Seafood Risotto, which were both delicious. Service is top notch.
  27. MW

    MarquiseW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & atmosphere were great. Definitely would come back
  28. M

    Msflwr

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    James Beach is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the food, the drinks and the casual but professional attitude. Solomon, the manager, is just the nicest person, and the owners, James and Danny, are both warm and wonderful human beings.
  29. SB

    SunnyB

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful to get martinis made by the bartender who’s been there forever, Dennis. Kettle one dirty martinis with olives is my favorite. I don’t do it often but when I do drink a martini it’s almost always at James beach. I love to get the truffle fries and I wish they were more crispy. The fish tacos were fantastic. It’s my go to place.
  30. AG

    AnthonyG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The deconstructed Carne Asada tacos are amazing! Margarita's are also solid. Will be back very soon.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Good enough. However charging $12 to add chicken to a $15 Caesar is obscene!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and drinks! Great atmosphere and near the beach.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Easter brunch
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I will definitely do Easter brunch here again.. The staff made my small family feel just like that “FAMILY” the food was delicious and the eggs decorating was a perfect touch! They even had the Easter bunny come! Thank you James Beach!
  35. MC

    MaryC

    Pittsburgh

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice service and food!! A neighborhood favorite!
  36. JD

    JenD

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & food. So appreciate having the music turned down so my elderly mother could hear our conversation.
  37. C

    Curly

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Trendy atmosphere Great food Excellent service Highly recommend
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best happy hour value in Venice! Food was great and Daniel is really cool bartender that made everyone feel welcomed. Oh my, and those mahi tacos!!!!
  39. KL

    KennyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the fish tacos!! Mojito was good but small and expensive. Oysters were wonderful!
  40. MM

    MaureenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Always my go to place and still my favorite! Wonderful food always! Great atmosphere - though it can get a little loud!

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from James' Beach using the Order Online button. James' Beach also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 823-5396.

James' Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 989 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking available in the lot next door. For contact free delivery, c.all ahead to 310-823-5396 or when you arrive.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Eduardo Posado

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 823-5396

  • Private party facilities

    We are Venice's most popular event and party destination, booking celebrations of all types and sizes. We offer our Clubhouse: a private 1911 California bungalow that was named "best of LA" party space; our outdoor patio and bar; our spacious, clubby dining room and even buy outs! Contact Daniel at 310-989-6200 or go to www.jamesbeach.com

  • Private party contact

    Susan Edelman: (310) 823-5396

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