James’ Beach is a Venice Beach institution.  An iconic restaurant and bar now celebrating 25 years in Venice, California.  James’ Beach has over the years earned a loyal following of lovers of American Comfort food, great drinks, an award winning wine list.

Here is  a message from James’ Beach:  

Just in time to celebrate 25 years open in Venice (this month!) we are now open serving your favorite comfort food and cocktails on our art and tropics inspired outdoor patio. We can seat groups up to 6. Reservations can be made at Open Table. Walk-in welcome if space is available. Don’t forget to wear your mask and we’ll see you soon!


  • Wednesdays and Thursday:  4-10 p.m
  • Friday Lunch 12-3 p.m.  Dinner 4-10:30 p.m
  • Saturday Brunch 12-4 p.m. Dinner ’til 10:30 p.m
  • Sunday Brunch 12-3 p.m.  Dinner ’til 9 p.m
  • Open for Pic up & Delivery too!  Call 310-823-5396 for pick up orders.
  • View our Guest Travel Guide below with helpful info.
  • Reservations can be made on Open Table. Walk-in welcome if space is available.


So who is James? 

James Evans is the namesake and one of the two co-owners of this beach side hangout. He moved from San Francisco to Venice in 1975. James worked at some of the iconic early Venice eateries, starting at the famous Robert’s restaurant and later becoming the General Manager of Tony Bill, Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli’s famous 72 Market Street.

In 1982 James met artist and business person, Daniel Samakow. The pair hit it off and together, 24 years later, in 1996, and opened the big brass gates of James’ Beach for the first time.


Check out James’ Beach’s daily specials and dinner packages!


We’re famous for our Venice tacos, and rightly so. We use the best natural ingredients not usually found in the lowly taco and present them deconstructed, so you put them together the way you like it. No soggy pre-made tacos. We use Mary’s Natural Chicken, Wild White Shrimp and Mahi Mahi, Salmon Creek Natural Pork and Certified Natural Angus Beef.


Since we opened in 1996, we’ve dedicated our fryer to putting out the best Fried Chicken in Los Angeles. We only use the best chicken, Mary’s natural chicken raised in California, cold shipped and never frozen. Plus the best Creamed Spinach and Mashed Potatoes.


Friday is Steak, Seafood and martini Night @ James’ Beach. Get the best Certified Natural Angus Beef N.Y. Steak, Seafood Risotto and a pitcher of martinis or your favorite cocktail and go to town.
It’s Summer and that means Barbecue at James’ Beach. we use the best Natural and small farm raised meats and produce. Mary’s Natural Chicken, Salmon Creek Natural Pork Baby Back Ribs and Certified Natural Angus Beef Brisket.
Family Night featuring Old School Italian dining. We celebrate families dining together with the great cooking of Southern Italy as interpreted through New York. Heirloom Caprese Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Lasagna, Seafood Risotto, N.Y. Style Cheese Cake and More.

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Reservations can be made on Open Table. Walk-in welcome if space is available.  For more info:  JamesBeach.com



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