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James' Beach

James' Beach

American Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Venice Beach, Venice
  • MetroWize
    "Try the fish tacos at James Beach – they’re highly buzzed about."(6 Tips)
    Simon J.
    "Everything! Mahi Mahi tacos and crab cakes especially."(6 Tips)
    Josh A.
    "James tacos, pacific roll, & truffle fries!"(3 Tips)
    Dan B.
    "The jalapeño margarita is great."(2 Tips)
113 Tips and reviews
  • fish tacos
  • james beach
  • cocktails
  • wine
  • margaritas
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  • Shannon M.
    Shannon McCookFebruary 10, 2012
    Just did drinks and apps here. Try the Mykonos plate with spicy hummus and olive tapenade. YUM. Oh and truffle fries. Tuna tartar comes in heart shape for v day. Cute. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 25, 2012
    The bar downstairs gets packed, so unless you get one of the seats, you’re gonna be waiting a while. Head upstairs to the Club House where there’s another bar and a shorter wait. Read more
  • Plinio P.
    Plinio PereiraJuly 27, 2014
    The NY steak was perfect. I had asked it well done and said it could be butterfly open. The chef didn't do it. He cooked it so well, though that I admit it would really have been a sacrilege...
  • T Y.
    T Yaeger3 weeks ago
    Relaxed atmosphere good drinks and delightful menu. Upstairs is a good place for a private party which can be booked in advance.
  • Christine D.
    Christine DominoFebruary 3, 2014
    Damn good mahi mahi tacos. Super cool atmosphere. Met thee James, too! He came over and picked up our finish plates and chatted with us. Great experience
  • MarieClaire
    MarieClaireNovember 12, 2010
    If you’re in the mood for some authentic California tacos, look no further than James’ Beach. Featured in the movie, I Love You Man, their fish tacos hit the spot when it comes to SoCal cuisine.
  • Gordon L.
    Sunday supper was delicious, so was the port wine and the tuna/avocado appetisers. Really friendly staff :-)
  • Dan B.
    Dan BuhlerOctober 8, 2014
    The jalapeño margarita is great. But it will burn your lips! Use the straw and don't lick your chops.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SamakowJanuary 30, 2015
    Fried chicken and whiskey bar night every Thursday! The Fire in ice whiskey infusion topped with Allagash !
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OAugust 7, 2014
    We all know you're coming here for the fish tacos.. but the jalapeño margarita is amazing. Get it.
  • Maynard&Child O.
    Maynard&Child OlivesFebruary 14, 2012
    This place has great food and specials almost every night. Wed $6 kettle one vodka drinks. They have a lobster night and a steak night. Packed on weekends.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéNovember 4, 2015
    Great tacos, and good classical food on the side. A bit overpriced but decent sizes in general.
  • John C.
    John CassilloJuly 11, 2015
    Drink prices are reasonable and choice is varied. But the fish tacos are a must.
  • Wynn W.
    Wynn WygalJune 30, 2013
    Always been a neighborhood gem but lately they've developed an attitude. Just asked to use their bathroom and was told its for paying customers, even after I told them I'm there at least once a week.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SamakowJanuary 30, 2015
    Fish tacos are famous but try the duck or brisket tacos - sublime!
  • Review Girl
    Review GirlMarch 6, 2013
    Wednesday nights they have great deals on martinis. Get the Dirty Martini with 3BAR OLIVE JUICE.
  • Angelica C.
    Angelica CerdeiraMay 24, 2011
    They are known for their fish tacos, wich are really good. Try the margarita as well and a tuna tartare for starter
  • Sanya O.
    Sanya ObsivacJune 22, 2013
    Good fish tacos and mimosas. Also gotta try their scones with strawberry jam. Yum!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 1, 2015
    Great small plates! Every option is good. Order a few.
  • Ross
    RossDecember 10, 2015
    Curb Your Enthusiasm location : Larry David meets here with Jason Alexander (George) and later with Michael Richards (Kramer) to discuss the Seinfeld reunion.
  • paul s.
    paul squireApril 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Donna is the best. She suggested the side by side by side. It was amazing.
  • David C.
    David CottrellFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    An understated neighborhood spot. Menu is always full of good things to choose from
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraOctober 22, 2015
    Such a fun bar at night with the open ceiling. So fun to go on dates :)
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SprinklesFebruary 28, 2013
    Great drinks in the Bar, made great new friends. Super Friendly!
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LaymonJanuary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place at 1:00pm on Wednesdays. This place is hell at night, especially NYE.
  • Simon J.
    Simon JohnsonOctober 12, 2015
    Everything! Mahi Mahi tacos and crab cakes especially.
  • Maynard&Child O.
    Maynard&Child OlivesJanuary 7, 2012
    Crazy on the weekends local on the weekdays. Wed night $6 Martini Special!
  • Maynard&Child Olives
    Maynard&Child OlivesFebruary 9, 2012
    We love James Beach! Great special on wed nights. $6 Kettle One Martinis. 3 Olives Please...
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SamakowDecember 28, 2014
    Rotisserie chicken and fries on the patio - fantastic
  • Tabbedout
    TabbedoutMay 24, 2013
    Come for the amazing fish tacos and pay your tab using Tabbedout! Read more
  • Us Weekly
    Us WeeklyJune 19, 2013
    Jason Segel wasn't lying when he told Paul Rudd in "I Love You, Man" that you can find the best fish tacos in LA right here, at James Beach.
  • Chef Rawk (.
    Chef Rawk (Krissy)November 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm not a fan of their food. I am a fan of their drinks. The service is hit and miss; As is the crowd. To sum it up: go to say you've been there.
  • Justine E.
    Justine ElwartNovember 13, 2011
    James is amazing. He could not have been more welcoming and friendly!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 24, 2014
    Fish tacos ftw. Also, super friendly staff.
  • Bernadette M.
    Bernadette MoralesJune 30, 2011
    Mostly lame yuppies...rarely any true born and raised Venice locals are here. Good for tourist hangout.
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AlvaradoJuly 20, 2012
    The Mahi Mahi Tacos are amazing! I recommend to all!
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TattonOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Half price bottles of wine on Monday nights but always awesome here for locals!
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The bartenders are excellent and the fish tacos really are epic!
  • Paco M.
    Paco MuñozMay 7, 2012
    Really good fish Tacos California Style and "so so" cesar salad.
  • Mauro M.
    Mauro MagnascoOctober 11, 2014
    Lobster tacos and Volcano rolls
  • Kayla J.
    Kayla JohnsonApril 20, 2015
    Mahi-mahi tacos are delicious, but also pretty expensive.
  • Phil H.
    Phil HutcheonAugust 31, 2015
    Fish tacos, of course!
    Upvoted Jul 31
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KFebruary 21, 2015
    Their Valet Guy! Seriously!
  • Josh A.
    Josh AJuly 22, 2012
    James tacos, pacific roll, & truffle fries! Unbeatable.
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a pina colada from Donna. It will sneak up on you... they should call it a "ninja colada"
  • Cameron H.
    They make they're on Bloody Mary mix. Give them a try.
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FowlerOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Love James Beach!
  • Jess W.
    Jess WNovember 28, 2015
    Mahi tacos. Just do it.
  • Four Seasons Los Angeles C.
    This hot spot might possibly have the best tequila bar...ever.
  • Robert Crawford R.
    Robert Crawford REALTOROctober 19, 2014
    The fish tacos were featured in the movie "I love you man"
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