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“Great food, lots of variety & great service and the bar a good time too!”
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Ranked #165 of 9,953 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Venice
Cross street: Pacific Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada
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175 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Great food, lots of variety & great service and the bar a good time too!”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Used to frequent this place about 8-10 years ago when it was all the rage in Venice, came back for a visit and well...it's STILL GOIN'! It was packed on a Thursday night, but we sat right down in the restaurant area, the service was GREAT...got served with cocktails and order taken within a few minutes. The menu is great too...lots of variety, including good eats for vegetarians. ;) I ordered the tofu tacos ...YUMMY! The price is reasonable too, I suppose, for the great location.

After dinner, we went to the bar area next to it, and WOW it was happenin'! Very busy, very fun. Great for socializing and meeting new people. A+ for our night...stayed 'til closing time! :D

  • Visited January 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Cocktails, Great Service, Great Time!”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

My first trip to James Beach was a wonderful experience. The reservations were on time. We had just enough time to order a drink from the bar. The bar was crowded with people, but the bartender saw us and promptly filled our order while we waited 5 minutes for our table. This was very nice to not have to get a bartender's attention to place an order. A+ on the cocktails.
We were seated at a booth by a very nice waitress from Texas. She explained the menus, gave us enough time to review and discuss, and then returned for our appetizer orders. We had oysters on the half shell and calamari. Both were fabulous, BUT the Oysters were divine. small but very flavorful. Not the type we get in the south. A+. I ordered the filet special. It was cooked medium rare, as I ordered it. I substituted the fries for the fried onion rings. They may be the best onion rings ever. A+ on the steak and rings! The others with me had been before and had the salmon tacos. A+. There was an organic small batch vodka martini on special, a local distiller (I think) A++ on the tini! Just noisy enough and not too noisy for conversation. It was a very happy place and I thought it was great!

  • Visited November 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and great service”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Very cool restaurant in Venice beach. Friendly and good looking staff! Food was amazing, wine and beer resonable price and meals very yummy

Visited October 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“classic california”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

this place was all the rage back in the day(late 90's) and still has great food, service, and ambience, white table cloth sort of place without being stuffy, actually sort of fun, very attentive, manager even came over to make sure everything was in order.

Visited September 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Fish Tacos in the World!!!”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Brought the whole family along to James' Beach to try the best fish tacos in the world on a recent trip to Los Angeles. The big news is they are indeed the best fish tacos I have ever tasted hands down. The Mahi Mahi is flown in fresh from Hawaii daily so that is the big secret. If you are ever in the area of Venice, CA and are craving the very best fish tacos then you MUST stop by James' Beach.

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