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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
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Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is heaven for a burger and beer lover. I normally order onion rings instead of fries with a burger, and I was in for a treat. These were the best onion rings I ever had - thick cut and perfectly fried. The burger...was perfectly cooked, thick and juicy. A memorable burger. We had excellent service as well.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022 via mobile

Excellent spot, across Danapoint harbor Very generous portions Great staff מומלץ מאד, ממש ועים We shall eat there once more before leaving California

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022 via mobile

I stopped here and got food to go. The dish was really good and the service was fast. The only recommendation I would make is even though it was a to go order, I did not get any napkins or forks. I was staying at...a hotel and had no way to eat this, so I had to hunt down a fork.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 1, 2022 via mobile

Stopped by for a late, light lunch. Waitress was fabulous and so was the food. We had roasted Brussel sprouts & calamari, both were awesome, exactly what we were looking for.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 13, 2021 via mobile

Simple the best burger I have tasted on my visit the California. All my family throughly enjoyed our meals. Service is also excellent.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed August 16, 2021 via mobile

I have to write about the amazing serive we had at JFAT with Jackie! She had to be one of the sweetest and most outgoing and friendly person we have ever met (other than my wife of course). I would love to give her 10k...stars, but I’m limited to 5. The food was outstanding, along with the atmosphere but Jackie stole the show!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 27, 2021 via mobile

Visiting Dana Point for the week and we always are looking for variety and good restaurants to eat at. Our first night here we decided on Jimmy’s. We made a good choice! We made reservations for 5:30 and got seated right away. Staff was very...friendly and accommodating. We ordered some local beers and wine with appetizers. Everything was really good. For the appetizers we got the Spicy Buffalo Meatballs and the Charred Brussel Sprouts. Both delicious and highly recommend them. For our main courses we got the fish of the day which was Salmon, the Cowboy Burger, the Tavern Bowl with Shrimp and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Everything was delicious! My wife had the Tavern Bowl and it was a little spicy for her but she really liked it. She doesn’t overly like spicy things but she still enjoyed it. I tried it and for my taste and enjoyment of a little kick it was really good. I had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. It was juicy and exploded with flavor. I would definitely order that again. Feedback on the Cowboy Burger was great, slightly messy but a great burger and Salmon was seasoned and cooked exceptionally. We definitely had a great meal, everything was very clean, service was great and we definitely would recommend eating there and would come back again our next visit and maybe even again later this week. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 17, 2021

Family dinner on a Sunday evening at 6:00 to celebrate a birthday. Eight adults, two kids at a nice table with a view of the harbor. Had a reservations, seated indoors immediately, Chrissy was our server. Round of drinks to start, Grey Goose martini at...$17 is a bit pricey.. Jimmy's has a reduced menu due to COVID, some of our favorites were missing. Good array of moderately priced sandwiches and burgers, a few large plate entrees (ribs, chicken, steak, fish). Everyrhing we ordered was good. Service was very good. Prompt, friendly, attentive. A bit noisy but not exceptionally loud.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 16, 2021 via mobile

We stopped in for and early dinner. I had the fish and chips. The others had the ribs. They were all great. Good service too.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 18, 2021

This place is amazing. We had the tuna salad and skinny margaritas. We decided we need to support local and this place was perfect. Don't forget to tip your servers well. They deserve it now. The food was very good and they have happy hour.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020 via mobile

We had the crispy Brussel sprouts and a cheeseburger. Both cooked to perfection (which I don’t usually say about things). Good mixed drinks at reasonable prices.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 2, 2020 via mobile

Good service was our experience. I had the fresh salad with chicken. The chicken wasn’t dry like so often it can be. He had tacos which were good as he polished them off. Decent wine and beer list. Cute decor. Good option during covid as...there’s open air seating.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 18, 2020

We met some friends at Jimmy's because they said it was very good food, and it was as expected. The problem was that it wasn't very busy and the service was extremely slow. I also enjoy ordering dessert and our server brought us the bill...instead of offering up dessert. We had to ask for a dessert menu and it seemed to be somewhat of a hassle. We never did figure out why it took so long to get anything since there were only about 10 tables maybe with people at them? The food was very good so hopefully we just caught them on an off day.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

This is a comfy tavern big on hearty drinks and numerous beers and wines. We were just off a cruise ship and yearning for simple food. I had a blue cheese burger with applewood smoked bacon done perfectly; my husband had the Jimmy burger with...jalapeño jam and more. The extra crispy homemade chips were amazing, and I don’t ever eat chips. Our very attentive waitress Chelsea was charming. What a happy everybody-knows-your-name type of ambiance. Cape Cod NanaMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

We have loved this place and often eaten here. Last visit quite disappointing. Service not as good as usual, my special fish of the day arrived lukewarm as were the potatoes underneath, and since one in our group is vegan I asked when making reservations...if the restaurant could truly serve a vegan dinner. While assured they could, the salad that became the main course was a sad attempt. Fortunately, our vegan guest doesn't make a fuss and managed without a murmur. The waitress overheard us toasting the vegan guest and brought desert with a candle----ice cream with a chocolate chip cookie!!! This place has dropped the ball.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes, Jimmy's Famous American Tavern offers takeout services.

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5