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James' Beach, Venice, CA

James' Beach

4.6
4.6
968 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
James’ Beach, is the iconic Venice Beach restaurant, serving modern California comfort food for over 26 years. Since our beginning, we have used the best natural ingredients from local purveyors and farms. 1/2 block from the beach and bnear the Venice canals, there is no place better to experience Venice; especially on our secluded outdoor patio or clubby dining room. We are justly famous for our taco platters, like our mahi tacos featured in the film I Love You, Man. Locals love our fried Mary's chicken, Sand Dabs, natural prime meats and sustainable seafood along with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Our indoor and patio bars serve classic and innovative cocktails plus draft beers; and our award winning wine list is constantly changing. We specialize in private parties, especially in our "Best of LA" 1911 Venice bungalow "Clubhouse". Please note, we can not guarantee table location requests, but will do our best. Large parties, please contact the restaurant.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • 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, Delivery, 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 968 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Great for Brunch

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  1. AM

    AlexM

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    topguyps

    Palm Springs

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Funn atmosphere, reasonably priced and near the beach. Parking available.
  3. 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!!
  4. 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.
  5. MW

    MarquiseW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & atmosphere were great. Definitely would come back
  6. 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.
  7. SB

    SunnyB

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Easter brunch
  12. 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!
  13. MC

    MaryC

    Pittsburgh

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice service and food!! A neighborhood favorite!
  14. 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.
  15. C

    Curly

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Trendy atmosphere Great food Excellent service Highly recommend
  16. 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!!!!
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. LA

    LACA4ME

    Los Angeles

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Old time favorite in Venice with a nicely refreshed brunch/cocktail menu. Easy $10 parking, a block from the beach and a fun atmosphere….a winner.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Food was bad. Zero ambiance. No music even at low level. Pretty dark in there. Servers were adequate and also humorous.
  21. f

    finediner

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good but limited menu. All that we ordered was very enjoyable. We had 3 different servers for no apparent reason, but all were nice. Restaurant should not assume that all diners automatically want paperless payment; ask first. Prefer paper credit card bill to complete tip, etc., not writing and signing on a small screen with a finger. High tech gone too far?
  22. M

    Mcme

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the spring roll special appetizer. It was so good. The impossible burger was great, so was the vegan chili. The staff was very efficient. The host was really nice. Overall a very enjoyable evening.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Service wasn’t great, very rushed not very friendly. For the price I expected better service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The hosts were amazing and welcoming even accommodated us when we were late. The food was ok, they did a Valentine’s Day menu so wasn’t their regular menu. The steak was very chewy, it was a NY Strip and wasn’t prepared well.
  25. f

    franceenl

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always great & a friendly & fun atmosphere. It’s a favorite for years. Never disappoints. Delisioso
  26. RE

    RyanE

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The vibe in the room to the left seems fun and upbeat. The room on the left is dark and sleepy and kind of outdated. I wish we would have been sat in on the left side instead. Food was good, but pricey for what you get.
  27. JF

    JulieF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Exceptional service, I was very impressed. Food very good.
  28. KM

    KMCC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    They filmed "I love you man" w/ Paul Rudd here. Honestly, excellent price point and food. I like the Brisket plate and all the apps. The restaraunt feels like you're at the party.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    James Beach is always consistently excellent. Food choices changes, but always delicious.friendly staff and cozy atmosphere.
  30. DV

    DanielleV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Delicious food. Welcoming host. Would definitely recommend!
  31. LF

    LoriF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great night! Good food
  32. KF

    KimberlyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love spending NYE at James Beach! Being a local I've been going there for close to 25 years. The enhancements they've made both, COVID precautions & aesthetically in the dinning room are wonderful.
  33. S

    Sandy

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had yet another great Christmas Eve. Thank you to everyone at James Beach.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Went for our anniversary. It’s a nice ambience Spinach dip was great Did not like the mahi mahi tacos Loved the chocolate dessert Waitress was super sweet and nice
  35. N

    Nick

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. Has been a staple for great food and drinks in the Venice area. Mahi Mahi tacos were excellent. Guac is always good also.
  36. MT

    MojT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Daniel was the best! Very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and drinks
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary date night. I love you man is my husbands favorite movie, so this was a must for our trip. Service was amazing and they made our night special. The atmosphere was great and Sydney was right about those mahi tacos! 10/10 experience
  38. BV

    BillyV

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a treat. Our fav in Venice for many years. Everything was outstanding.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was good except the calamari. Too bad cuz the waiter recommended it! It was too greasy and breading to heavy and I didn’t like the sauce. The fall salad with duck was outstanding and so were the sandabs. My daughters burger was cold but we couldn’t get the waiters attention and she said never mind. We will come again but not order those items!
  40. A

    Andrea

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Big surprise , we came here 4 yrs ago and we’re unimpressed BUT today we were so happy everything was amazing and the ambiance was a bonus. Can’t wait to go back!

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 delivery in partnership with Postmates. James' Beach also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 823-5396.

James' Beach is rated 4.6 stars by 968 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for James' Beach

60 North Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • 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, Delivery, 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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