n. a body of persons engaged in a savory pursuit to celebrate locality and sustainability, and cultivate community through the dining experience.
James Republic combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach.
Our style is what we like to call “modern California coastal” dining, highlighting the season’s vibrant, locally sourced bounty from both land and sea.
Our kitchen is a chef-driven, farm-to-table workshop where we create ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest products of time and place.
It's one thing to mess up an order, and fix it... but it's another thing altogether to be given a chance to fix it and then not fix it, and then a third... with the same unresolved result. Between the waiter, the cook and the "supervisor" Leo, you would think that they could deliver a properly cooked medium rare cheeseburger... but you would be wrong. Time for management to clean house.
Must be a new owner - used to love it
This was our second visit to the restaurant. We enjoyed the items on menu. Everything was well prepared and presented in a timely manner. We missed son of the items from first visit, yet overall very pleased and recommend this place highly!
I have never written a bad review and I tend to just let things go even when at the restaurant but since you sent email to review I will.
First when we get there the hostess was unfriendly and non smiling. the waitress was very friendly and attentive but couldn't answer any of our questions about the menu. Appetizers were oysters and cheese plate. the pieces of cheese were soooo little for the price. the oysters were ok but they served with cocktail sauce that was old. It was so gelled you couldn't even stir it. When asked what it was she took it back and someone came out and told us it was old. So it had been sitting in a ramekin for who knows how long. The spare ribs were the worst we have ever had, they were so tough it was hard cutting with a knife let alone chewing. The octopus was also tough. Lastly, on open table I had put it was a birthday celebration. I had called before we went to make sure and there was nothing written about it so the girl wrote down birthday dessert for daughter in law. But nothing was said for brought. I know I went on and on but felt if you are asking you should know how it was. I am not asking for anything because we truly do not want to go back there.
The menu is not extensive but that is not a negative: there is something for everyone. The flank steak was outstanding; my sister had scallops she also loved. Kory was our server and offered insight that helped us on our choices. Loved the open air dining...noise level was a tad on the loud side because a large party with small children was near. Would definitely recommend.
Was really great. Met family for brunch and was excellent in every way. I had the Fried Chicken Benedict which I will be attempting to recreate at home. Always have a great time at James Republic.
What a joke. 28 dollars for a steak that wasn’t even three ounces. A $25 charcuterie plate of supermarket salami. A Cobb salad that was all lettuce, and a burger that arrived 20 minutes late. Service so abysmal that the server couldn’t even describe any of the menu items, and I had to ask the greeter to track down the burger. I’m gonna keep it simple - skip it. A $200 waste of money and time.
Lovely place to enjoy!
Waitress was fantastic
I am saying I would recommend only because I've had good meals there before and so I consider this meal an anomaly. However, the service has remained, since it first opened, inconsistent and while pleasant, not at a high quality restaurant level. My friend and I were baffled at some of the choices the waitstaff made.
Our new Downtown LB favorite. Delicious cheese board, spicy and earthy roasted cauliflower, and mouth-watering skirt steak. Paired with genuine good service, this was a perfect date night location!
We are pleased to hear this. Thank you so much for the positive feedback and hope to see you soon.
Everything was amazing! Farm to table concept and delicious!
Amazing ambiance and dining experience. Linda is the best server.
Fantastic location with a great vibe. We had a late lunch so it was quieter than it would be at peak times. Decent brasserie style food and a good bottle of wine. Enjoyed.
It was a date night with my wife. Everything was excellent, the only thing I was a little not happy with was the fact they got rid of the Riesling wine off their menu.
I made reservations at the last minute and there was space (high 5 to me). It was a cloudy day. Had checked the online menu before arriving. I met a good friend there who was in LA for the weekend.
We both had the fried chicken benedict which is creamy/spicy sriracha sauce over a piece of very crispy fried chicken (YUMMY and spicy too!) on top of a poached egg. It came with a small salad. Everything was good. The sparkling rose' was out so we went with another rose. Nice, light wine.
We liked the chicken so much that my friend ordered another piece of chicken as a side order. It was *that good* No dessert- we were too full. I got my half of breakfast packed up to go. We were there for a couple of hours. The server was pretty good but she missed some things. I asked for additional water since we had run out. I don't recall being asked for coffee after brunch dishes were cleared. As we realized that we had been there a while - try over 90 minutes, we had to ask her for the check and that took a bit of waiting to get her attention. Food was great, wine was great. Service initially was good, after we ate, it was almost non-existent.
Thank you for the feedback!
Menu was a little odd for 2:15pm on Mother’s Day, but everything on it was delicious.
Love open airy seating and lighting. Food was fresh and flavorful but priced to match (not cheap). Nice strong martini verses some places that water down my drinks.
Brunch starts on time at 10:30. Bottomless drinks can be mixed. Excellent customer service.
I had eaten here several years ago and remembered James Republic to be quite good. This time, every single dish that our party of four ordered was spicy to the point of pain. We ordered the soup; carrot soup that was so spicy our mouths were on fire. I ordered the lamb belly, and again it was so spicy and hot that I had to send it back. I ordered the burger which I hoped would be good, but it was undercooked. By then, everyone at our table had already eaten so I just ate it. Not good. The chefs seem to have only one note in their expertise: HOT and spicy. No thanks. We will never return.
We apologize about your experience. We will take this feedback and adjust as necessary. We hope you give us another try.
The food was delicious but the portions are small accept for the burgers. . . The burgers are quite big and delicious.
We enjoyed our time. The food is fantastic. It is a little noisy, but we didn’t need to shout to be heard. The chairs at the tables are comfy, we sat for over an hour visiting after our meal and never felt rushed to leave. The waiter continued to fill my water and just let us be. I appreciate that.
We are glad to hear you had a great experience. thank you for the feedback.
Andrew is an amazing server, did a great job.
The food was amazing the chef is great.
I couldn't give the ambiance a 5 stars because of the televisions, I understand they are part of the hotel bar but they detract from the dining experience.
Thank you for the positive feedback. We really appreciate it.
I would recommend, but perhaps, not for brunch. The menu was quite limited.
Music was a bit over powering. Made it hard to converse. Overall I love it!
The brunch menu is sparse & overpriced. There are virtually no pics on Yelp of the food so it’s truly a guessing game on what your order will look like. The restaurant wasn’t that busy, but it was still difficult getting a hold of our waitress. Wouldn’t recommend this place. Won’t be going back.
Great food! Loved the bottomless mimosas
The food itself was quite tasty but the portions were quite small especially for the high prices.
Unexpectedly creative plates. Have dined at James Republic 3 or 4 times. Always happy. Always pleasantly surprised by a taste detail I didn't expect. My guest, each time, has enjoyed their order. On my recent visit, my guest and I each ordered a different red and swapped sips. We agreed that they both exceeded expectations for by-the-glass. Server knowledgeable and hit the sweet spot of attentiveness. I'm happy they are in my town.
Hostess unfriendly almost rude with no personality.
Seemed to be very short staffed.
Good food, yummy cocktails!! It’s a great space for a date night or a fabulous night out with friends!
Thank you for the great comments!
Came here for breakfast. Staff was incredibly nice and so accommodating. Loved my breakfast croissant sandwich and the coffee here is some of the best I have had! Look forward to returning!
Thank you so much for the positive feedback!
good food selection. poor wine selection. corking fee is $ 24.00
Limited menu. Small portions for the $. Did not like any of our entrees.
Went there twice during our stay. Brunch and Dinner both amazing experiences! Our server Garret was fantastic and very food savvy. The pork with the mole verde is a hit! And the pasta was spot on!
We pleased that your experience was great. We will pass this message to Garrett and Chef.
Great atmosphere but eat before you get there, my entrée portion was small. I ordered an octopus entrée for $25.00 and received one tentacle and a few garbanzo beans. I had to make myself something to eat when we got home. The chef should evaluate all the entrees to make sure they're a good value and an adult feels satisfied after eating. Disappointed...
We apologize that your experience was not up to par. We will pass this feedback to Chef. Stay tuned for our spring menu.
Excellent service. A bit pricey but food was great.
We appreciate the time taken to write this review. We are glad you enjoyed the food.
Fantastic spot! Food is amazing! Already planning on coming back for dinner!
This was our first time to dine At James Republic; we went as part of the Dine out Long Beach event. The craft cocktails (The Flapper and North of the Wall) were excellent, the service top notch, and we both enjoyed the food (scallop on a bed of lentils was memorable). We definitely will return to taste more of the menu.
We appreciate the positive feedback! thank you.