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A GREAT DAY AT THE BEACH IN VENICE -  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.” The classic menu of new takes on American Comfort food has stood the test of time due to our reliance on the highest quality, natural and organic ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors to satisfy our discerning Venice clientele. This includes Salmon Creek Farms Natural Pork, Certified Natural Angus Beef, Maple Leaf Farms Natural Duck, Mary’s Natural Chicken, Skuna Bay Salmon and Santa Monica Seafoods. We pride ourselves on new, vegan and vegetarian dishes and a wine list that features many natural wines by local wine makers. James’ Beach’s menu and wine list has received critical awards and acclaim in numerous magazines and blogs including Gourmet Magazine, Wine Spectator, 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” Private Event Space. A famous Venice destination for 26 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 received Open Table's award for Most Vibrant Bar Scene. We look forward to having you join us here, at the beach in Venice; at James’ Beach

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The main dining room


James' Beach offers a variety of private dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accommodations range from an intimate dinner party for 10 to a larger affair of up to 300 guests.

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We continually cater to the most quality conscious clients including major studios; production and advertising companies; art, film and music organizations; financial institutions; pharmaceutical companies and, of course, our friends and neighbors.

From our Clubhouse to the Beach Patio, James’ Beach features a variety of spaces that will suit almost any theme or occasion.

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60 N Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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60 N Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


Sunday Brunch 12:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Sunday Dinner 4:00 - 9:00 pm.
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
Happy Hour, Wednesday & Sunday 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Wednesday & Thursday, Dinner 4:00 - 10:00 pm. Our bar is open til 11:00 pm.
Friday & Saturday, Dinner 4:00 - 10:30 pm.
Friday & Saturday Late Nite Bar til 1:00 am.