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Chez Jay

1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-395-1741
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“steak” (40 reviews)
“sand dabs” (7 reviews)
“cheesecake” (4 reviews)
Closes in 30 min
12:00 PM - 2:30 PMAll hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

Was told by a bartender in the posh part of Santa Monica you have to go to this place! Always open for the local recommendation we search out this place. Upon entering all the tables were reserved so we almost walked out. Then this old...More

Thank drewsusa
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I love this place. Need to be more like this!! Great food. Great atmosphere. Good value. Old school!

Thank Debra N B
Reviewed July 29, 2016

We stayed in The Hotel California across the street and they recommended Chez Jay. We went there for a quick drink on our way to our wedding anniversary meal and stayed there for the evening instead! It's small and cosy with a good atmosphere and...More

1  Thank Moyra E
Reviewed July 27, 2016

Quirky, good food and monkey nuts. We came across this bar a few years ago and always head back. Has been around for years , used a lot by locals a bit like the bar in "cheers". Love the tradition monkey nuts shells are thrown...More

Thank rossliz3
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We went to The Lobster up the road and whilst reading the menu were recommended to try Chez Jay's. So glad we did. It was great. Food delicious and place full of character. Real old Santa Monica. We went twice for dinner during our stay....More

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed July 5, 2016

This place was recommended to us by a man coming out of the building late one night and it did not disappoint. We ate breakfast there (I had eggs benedict and hash browns). SO GOOD and not very expensive. The atmosphere is so great that...More

Thank Stephanie H
Reviewed July 1, 2016

Came here as recommended by a local friend. From the outside you would probably choose somewhere else, glad we didnt. Welcoming host into dark restaurant/bar loaded with atmosphere. Sat at bar which was very friendly. Excellent food, lovely evening. Reminded me of Woody Creek tavern...More

Thank louiseqt
Reviewed June 15, 2016

I've been coming here since I was a kid in the '70's - my dad would take me after a day fishing on the pier - he'd get a beer, I'd get a shirley temple and we'd eat the basket of peanuts provided and leave...More

Thank Princessdreaa
Reviewed May 31, 2016

We've been meaning to eat at Chez Jay forever, and finally did last week. I will say the roquefort dressing was good. Everything else: terrible. We both ordered steaks. I've never had such poor quality meat in my life, at any restaurant. Sent it back,...More

1  Thank Lauri A
Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

nice spot with history and a puppy barkeeper who obviously thinks the world revolves around him, but it doesn't; just serve your guests as good and obliging you can and make them feel welcomed!

Thank ludw11
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Nearby Attractions
Santa Monica Beach
5,817 reviews
.11 miles away
Santa Monica Pier
13,628 reviews
.15 miles away
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465 reviews
.17 miles away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $35
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-395-1741
  • E-mail
Legendary Chez Jay (established 1959) is a Santa Monica Historical Landmark located on Ocean Avenue across from the Pier. Known for its steaks, fresh seafood, generous drinks and comfortable atmosphere, Chez Jay is one of the best celebrity hideaway taverns in all LA. With peanut shells on the floor and its famous jukebox playing, Chez Jay is a place to soak up stories, enjoy a great meal, and have a good time. Stop in and become part of the legend!Lunch: Tue–Fri 11:30am–3pm | Dinner: Mon–Sun 5:30–10pm Brunch: Sat & Sun 9am–2:30pm | Happy Hour 4:30–6pm | Bar open until 2am.
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