Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  And that winner is you!

That’s right, you.  Come on down to James’ Beach and celebrate 25 years of the best fried chicken in town!  And you know what?  This is too good not to share, so grab a friend and get a two dinner package, complete with salad, dessert, and most importantly, some of those famous James’ Beach cocktails.  Now it’s a party!


Here is a message from James’ Beach!

25 years ago today, we celebrated being open A WHOLE MONTH by Chef Shari first making her now famous fried chicken.  Our fryer was so small we could only make it one night a week.  Now we’re celebrating making it 25 years by offering it every Thursday til the end of the year for $25!  Call (early – we’ll run out) or come in.  Happy 25 years and Happy Fried Chicken!


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, 25 years later, in 1996, and opened the big brass gates of James’ Beach for the first time.


James’ Beach has been an iconic Venice Beach restaurant since it was opened in 1996 by Venice locals James Evans and Daniel Samakow. We’re located a ½ block from world famous Venice Beach.

The quintessential Venice, neighborhood restaurant and bar, James’ Beach immediately gained a reputation for great food, drinks, an award-winning wine list plus marvelous people watching. L.A. Times food critic, Irene Virbila wrote that the straightforward cuisine, friendly service, and beach ambiance made James’ Beach “as comfortable as a favorite sweater.”

Chef Shari Lynne Robins (formerly Coffee Shop and Barney Greengrass in NYC) created a now classic menu of modern American Comfort food. An early supporter of locally sourced purveyors and farms, Shari’s menu gained critical awards and acclaim in numerous magazines and blogs including Gourmet Magazine, L.A. Magazine, Bon Appetit and others.

The indoor/outdoor space is all Venice. We partnered with Venice artist Billy Al Bengston to celebrate the Venice spirit in the restaurant’s design. At James’ Beach you’ll find his Gold’s Gym weighted steel window and brass trellis garden gate along with other art by renowned local artists including a fountain by Eric Orr, floating stone sculpture by Woods Davy and the now famous surf short lamps by Jimmy Ganzer. The walls feature Venice art next to comfy booths. Off the patio and its’ outdoor bar with a palm tree growing out of it, is an original 1900s California Bungalow that was LA Magazine’s “Best of LA” Party Space. Behind the bar is John Binder, voted LA Magazine “best bartender in Los Angeles”.

A famous Venice destination for 25 years, James’ Beach has been featured in numerous films, television shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and videos like “The Women of LA”. Most famous may be being featured for having the world’s best fish tacos in the film, “I Love You, Man”.

While the food, tacos, and patio brunch are all famous, the authentic Venice vibe is what makes James’ Beach truly special. This vibe is celebrated at night in a vibrant bar scene, especially on weekends which recently received Open Table’s award for Most Vibrant Bar Scene.

We look forward to having you join us here, at the beach in Venice; James’ Beach


  • 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 Pick up & Delivery too!  Call 310-823-5396 for pick up orders.
  • Reservations can be made on Open Table.
  • Walk-in welcome if space is available.
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  • View specials below!
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Check out James’ Beach’s specials!


Steak & $7 Martini Night under the stars. The best way to get to the weekend is treat yourself well mid week. Our generous $7 Martinis go great with the steak special of the night. Start with our classic Caesar, add a stuffed baked potato and creamed spinach and finish with peach pie ala mode.
Steak & $7 Martini Night under the stars. The best way to get to the weekend is treat yourself well mid week. Our generous $7 Martinis go great with the steak special of the night. Start with our classic Caesar, add a stuffed baked potato and creamed spinach and finish with peach pie ala mode.


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. Check our menu for updates and special Dinner, Cocktail & a free dessert offer.


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. Jidori Natural Chicken and Salmon Creek Natural Pork Baby Back Ribs.
Sunday Brunch on our outdoor patio is back! Time for a mimosa and eggs Benedict.



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See you at James’ Beach!

  • Make reservations on Open Table
  • Walk-in welcome if space is available.
  • Call 310-823-5396 for pick up orders.
  • 60 North Venice Blvd. Venice, California. 90291
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