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James' Beach

James' Beach

American Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Venice Beach, Venice
  • This American restaurant is famous for their fish tacos. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • 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."(8 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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  • T M.
    T ManOctober 1, 2016
    Relaxed atmosphere good drinks and delightful menu. Upstairs is a good place for a private party which can be booked in advance. Must try the watermelon and mint salad on these really hot days.
  • 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
  • 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.
    Gordon LiuMay 23, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Edward H.
    Edward HutchinsonDecember 3, 2016
    Fish Tacos are great, can get very busy!
  • David C.
    David CottrellFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    An understated neighborhood spot. Menu is always full of good things to choose from
  • Elias M.
    Beautiful people. Vibrant place. Good drinks and...THE WORLD'S BEST FISH TACOS!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 1, 2015
    Great small plates! Every option is good. Order a few.
  • 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.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SprinklesFebruary 28, 2013
    Great drinks in the Bar, made great new friends. Super Friendly!
  • Maynard&Child Olives
    Maynard&Child OlivesFebruary 9, 2012
    We love James Beach! Great special on wed nights. $6 Kettle One Martinis. 3 Olives Please...
  • 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.
  • Maynard&Child O.
    Maynard&Child OlivesJanuary 7, 2012
    Crazy on the weekends local on the weekdays. Wed night $6 Martini Special!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraOctober 22, 2015
    Such a fun bar at night with the open ceiling. So fun to go on dates :)
  • Justine E.
    Justine ElwartNovember 13, 2011
    James is amazing. He could not have been more welcoming and friendly!
  • Simon J.
    Simon JohnsonOctober 12, 2015
    Everything! Mahi Mahi tacos and crab cakes especially.
  • Lost In A Supermarket
    Cougar hunting? You've found your spot. While you're here, sample the fried chicken and mojitos.
  • Bernadette M.
    Bernadette MoralesJune 30, 2011
    Mostly lame yuppies...rarely any true born and raised Venice locals are here. Good for tourist hangout.
  • 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!
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AlvaradoJuly 20, 2012
    The Mahi Mahi Tacos are amazing! I recommend to all!
  • Deniz Ş.
    Their service was so kind and I liked their cocktails too much
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 24, 2014
    Fish tacos ftw. Also, super friendly staff.
  • Mauro M.
    Mauro MagnascoOctober 11, 2014
    Lobster tacos and Volcano rolls
  • Derek C.
    Derek ClouthierJanuary 26
    Good 'I Love You, Man' fish tacos and really great service.
  • Paco M.
    Paco MuñozMay 7, 2012
    Really good fish Tacos California Style and "so so" cesar salad.
  • 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"
  • Kayla J.
    Kayla JohnsonApril 20, 2015
    Mahi-mahi tacos are delicious, but also pretty expensive.
  • Phil H.
    Phil HAugust 31, 2015
    Fish tacos, of course!
  • Grant T.
    Grant TurckJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Wednesday is steakhouse night... Amazing prices for the best steaks in town!!!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KFebruary 21, 2015
    Their Valet Guy! Seriously!
  • Four Seasons Los Angeles C.
    This hot spot might possibly have the best tequila bar...ever.
  • Robert Y.
    Robert YurchisonNovember 13, 2010
    Had the baja fish tacos from here and they were quite tasty!
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FowlerOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Love James Beach!
  • MetroWize
    MetroWizeMarch 1, 2012
    Try the fish tacos at James Beach – they’re highly buzzed about. Read more
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FowlerAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Love the Shrimp Linguini!
  • James W.
    James WadeOctober 2, 2012
    Monday Night Special: 1/2 price bottles of wine!
  • Robert Y.
    Robert YurchisonNovember 13, 2010
    If you like German beer you need to try Pinkers Organic.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LanzilloFebruary 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite place to go out in Venice
  • Jess W.
    Jess WNovember 28, 2015
    Mahi tacos. Just do it.
  • Robert Crawford R.
    Robert Crawford REALTOROctober 19, 2014
    The fish tacos were featured in the movie "I love you man"
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    It's never stressful in Venice. Sit back & grab a cocktail
  • Jason L.
    Jason LennyJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place for local lushes on weeknights. On weekends it gets to be kind of lame, but can be fun.
  • 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...
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FowlerMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Have the French Toast "Best in the World"
  • Eric C.
    Eric CJune 3, 2015
    "I love you, man" best fish tacos, probably ever.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SPAUDEApril 1, 2014
    Best fish tacos I have had!
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SprinklesFebruary 28, 2013
    Great Drinks in the Bar!
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonFebruary 12
    Overrated fish tacos but nice vibe
  • Cameron H.
    Cameron HoganMarch 3, 2016
    They make they're on Bloody Mary mix. Give them a try.
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Half-price bottles of wine every Monday night!
  • Jenny B.
    Jenny Brooks-StrattonJuly 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wine pours are generous. No one has a bad time here.
  • Marco M.
    Marco MenesesAugust 4, 2013
    wi-fi password: jb90291guest - via
  • Klara L.
    Klara LichtApril 2, 2012
    Go there to get chocolate soufflee.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaenahanFebruary 23, 2010
    Get the beach club with sourdough and a Caesar instead of fries
  • Designkitchen
    DesignkitchenMay 4, 2010
    Low profile 'beach' restaurant with big flavor. Try the Mahi Mahi tacos.
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FowlerOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    I love James Beach!
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FowlerJune 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the coast toast!
  • Steph
    StephDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartender who looks like marg helgeberger is awesome
  • Zach T.
    Zach TurnerSeptember 11, 2010
    They're toast is like a custard toast. You MUST get it. Delicious.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NavaNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Shari's brisket is where its at. Yum!
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TaylorMay 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bar in Venice
  • matt m.
    matt moraMarch 2, 2012
    Fish tacos the best!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SchrefflerJuly 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    What a meat market! If you're looking for love in all the wrong places, head here on a Friday or Saturday night
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FowlerDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Love James Beach,!
  • Terry C.
    Terry ClarkJune 16, 2013
    I hear this is one of Pink's favorite places.
  • Lou D.
    Lou DOctober 16, 2015
    Mahi Mahi Tacos, yo
  • Jhidekim
    JhidekimJanuary 17, 2011
    This is the perfect cougar bar. Good hunting!
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskyMarch 26, 2015
    Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
  • George D.
    George DearDecember 14, 2009
    Good food and vibe and conviently located across the street
  • Chris C.
    Chris ClarkeOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried Chicken Thursday!
  • Benjamin K.
    Benjamin KnoxOctober 31, 2010
    Eggs florentine is a must
  • Merih K.
    Merih KocumJune 26, 2016
    Fish tacos
  • Esteban
    EstebanSeptember 23, 2011
    Filter minion sliders!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaximOctober 18, 2015
    Mahi mahi !
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MahoneyNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the malbec. #omg
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KNovember 17, 2014
    Hi Lisa!!! 😊🙌💘💋😆✌😘
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskyMarch 26, 2015
    Place from the movie I Love You Man
  • seth m.
    seth meyerowitzJanuary 19, 2016
    Wayyyyy overpriced tacos.
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PurnerFebruary 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Such good white sangria
  • Aubrey
    AubreyMarch 27, 2010
    They serve raw veggies and ranch instead of bread.
  • Deb Dawg
    Deb DawgApril 4, 2010
    Red sangria is delicious
  • Helen L.
    Helen LNovember 29, 2014
    Uma da manhã e era a única baladinha na região que tinha movimento, som bom, barman mau humorado.
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