James’ Beach

James Beach is kind of like a super cool chameleon!  If you go at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, you might see extended family gatherings snacking on french toast, or pre wedding bridal showers sipping mimosas. Come at 1:00 p.m. during the week and don’t be surprised to sit next to local politicians power lunching on mahi-mahi  tacos. During most evenings,  a jubilant local crowd mixes and mingles over drinks and dinner, exchanging the news and stories of the week.   A few hours, especially on the weekends, and the place shape shifts into a standing room only sea of  beautiful people and carefree revelers, dancing the night away. It is a one a kind spot with something for everyone, and it is no wonder that it is Venice’s favorite!

James’ Beach owners James Evan and Daniel Samakow say, “Going out should feel like you’re going on vacation,” where you can be happy and relax.”  And I would say they hit the mark!

JAMES’ BEACH:  60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. 90291.  JamesBeach.com

Brunch on the patio at James’ Beach with $7 mimosa and Bloody Marys!

ABOUT JAMES’ BEACH:

James’ Beach  is a Venice Beach  institution.  An iconic restaurant and bar now celebrating 23 years, a ½ block from world famous Venice Beach and the Pacific ocean.  James’ Beach has over the years earned a loyal following of lovers of American Comfort food,  great drinks, an award winning wine list plus marvelous people watching.  Los Angeles Times food critic, Irene Virbila reviewed that the straightforward cuisine, friendly service, and beach ambiance made James’ Beach “as comfortable as a favorite sweater.”  Paintings of the Venice life of the two owners are exhibited next to romantic, comfy dining room booths.  Locals and visitors seek out James’ Beach  for legendary food from locally sourced ingredients, natural meats and sustainable seafood including the famous Fish Tacos from the movie “I Love You, Man; generous cocktails like a spicy prickly pear margarita from the patio bar (with a palm tree growing out of it);  weekend brunch  on the tropical patio; a popular “5 to 7” happy hour and one of the best weekend bar scenes on the Westside.  Read more!

THE FOOD:  We cook things that make all of us happy, like a warm roasted butternut squash and apple salad; Certified Angus Beef New York Steak; tasty sandwiches; just caught mahi mahi fish tacos; divine mac ‘n’ cheese; rotisserie chicken and warm chocolate chip cookies or something altogether surprising and new. Check out the menus.

The inspiration for the food at James’ Beach began with our own family’s home cooked meals and the neighborhood restaurants and bars we grew up with. Our executive chef worked in Pittsburgh and New York, and understood the idea that neighborhood restaurants and comfort food binds a community together. We took these traditional comfort food items and re-made them the best and healthiest they could be. We called it Modern American Comfort Food.

Our food has achieved raves and awards in publications and blogs. The mahi mahi tacos were so good they were featured in the DreamWorks Pictures film I Love You, Man as the “best in the world.”

James’ Beach now has happy hour!

DRINKS:  The list is long and the night is young. James’ Beach is a bar with a classic slant. Martinis come with sidecars to hold the extra and keep it cold.
Specialties of the bar include cocktails like Mojitos (LA.com says we probably introduced them to L.A.), Margaritas and you name it, made with great mixers, only fresh juices (no soda guns!) and premium spirits. We feature a Wine Spectator Award Winning wine list covering all territories and price ranges including a reserve list, and a nice stock of craft and draft beers too. If you’re bringing your own, corkage is $15, please. Check out the drinks menu.

PETS WELCOME ON THE PATIO!

HOURS:
Lunch is served Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends
Our In Between menu is offered 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday thru Sunday.
Dinner is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. nightly
A Late Night menu is offered Thursday to Saturday from 10:30 p.m. til 1 a.m./

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JAMES’ BEACH’S  SPECIALS

Saturdays and Sundays:  Locals love weekend brunch at James Beach! $7 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas 
Mondays:  Half Priced Wine Night
Taco Tuesday.  Must try!  James’ Beach “I Love You Man”-  $19 Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos, $10 Organic Margaritas and more Taco Specials!
Wednesdays:  Steak & Martini Night with $7 Tito’s Vodka Martinis and Certified Angus Beef Steak Specials!
Thursdays:  Fried Chicken Night!
Fridays:  Lobster Night.  

 

VENICE NIGHTLIFE:  Beautiful people, check! Bad ass jams, check! Tasty beverages, check! Want to party it up late night style?  Head to the end of N. Venice Blvd. and hit up James’ Beach.

JAMES’ BEACH:  60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. 90291.   JamesBeach.com

MAKE A RESERVATION:   Just call (310) 823-5396 or book online up to 30 days in advance. They also hold tables for walk-in guests.  If you’re not walking, they have valet parking at night and validated parking for lunch and brunch Wednesdays thru Sundays.’=

JAMES’ BEACH:  60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA.  Phone: (310) 823-5396.  JamesBeach.com

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