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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)
114 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • T Y.
    T YaegerOctober 1
    Relaxed atmosphere good drinks and delightful menu. Upstairs is a good place for a private party which can be booked in advance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SamakowJanuary 30, 2015
    Fried chicken and whiskey bar night every Thursday! The Fire in ice whiskey infusion topped with Allagash !
  • 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
  • Review Girl
    Review GirlMarch 6, 2013
    Wednesday nights they have great deals on martinis. Get the Dirty Martini with 3BAR OLIVE JUICE.
  • 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.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéNovember 4, 2015
    Great tacos, and good classical food on the side. A bit overpriced but decent sizes in general.
  • Sanya O.
    Sanya ObsivacJune 22, 2013
    Good fish tacos and mimosas. Also gotta try their scones with strawberry jam. Yum!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SamakowJanuary 30, 2015
    Fish tacos are famous but try the duck or brisket tacos - sublime!
  • John C.
    John CassilloJuly 11, 2015
    Drink prices are reasonable and choice is varied. But the fish tacos are a must.
  • Edward H.
    Fish Tacos are great, can get very busy!
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • David C.
    David CottrellFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    An understated neighborhood spot. Menu is always full of good things to choose from
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 1, 2015
    Great small plates! Every option is good. Order a few.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SprinklesFebruary 28, 2013
    Great drinks in the Bar, made great new friends. Super Friendly!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SamakowDecember 28, 2014
    Rotisserie chicken and fries on the patio - fantastic
  • Justine E.
    Justine ElwartNovember 13, 2011
    James is amazing. He could not have been more welcoming and friendly!
  • Bernadette M.
    Bernadette MoralesJune 30, 2011
    Mostly lame yuppies...rarely any true born and raised Venice locals are here. Good for tourist hangout.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraOctober 22, 2015
    Such a fun bar at night with the open ceiling. So fun to go on dates :)
  • 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!
  • Simon J.
    Simon JohnsonOctober 12, 2015
    Everything! Mahi Mahi tacos and crab cakes especially.
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AlvaradoJuly 20, 2012
    The Mahi Mahi Tacos are amazing! I recommend to all!
  • Paco M.
    Paco MuñozMay 7, 2012
    Really good fish Tacos California Style and "so so" cesar salad.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 24, 2014
    Fish tacos ftw. Also, super friendly staff.
  • Mauro M.
    Mauro MagnascoOctober 11, 2014
    Lobster tacos and Volcano rolls
  • 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"
  • Josh A.
    Josh AJuly 22, 2012
    James tacos, pacific roll, & truffle fries! Unbeatable.
  • Kayla J.
    Kayla JohnsonApril 20, 2015
    Mahi-mahi tacos are delicious, but also pretty expensive.
  • Grant T.
    Grant TurckJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Wednesday is steakhouse night... Amazing prices for the best steaks in town!!!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    It's never stressful in Venice. Sit back & grab a cocktail
  • Four Seasons Los Angeles C.
    This hot spot might possibly have the best tequila bar...ever.
  • Phil H.
    Phil HutcheonAugust 31, 2015
    Fish tacos, of course!
  • Lost In A Supermarket
    Cougar hunting? You've found your spot. While you're here, sample the fried chicken and mojitos.
  • Robert Y.
    Robert YurchisonNovember 13, 2010
    Had the baja fish tacos from here and they were quite tasty!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KFebruary 21, 2015
    Their Valet Guy! Seriously!
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