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Review of Chez Jay

Chez Jay
Ranked #46 of 713 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Colorado
Description: 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.
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Everything about this place takes you back in time. From the banquet-style chopped iceburg salad (I'll always be a secret fan...) to the full-plate menu, the whole experience is a flash back in time.

This is not the kind of place where you ask for dressing on the side, no this, substitute that. It's the kind of place where they serve plates of food.... everyone gets the same fresh vegetable, a choice of starch, and some protein. Proteins were all very good.... steak and seafood were cooked perfectly. Appreciated the inexpensive and very good house wine.

There's a sense of the old being very cool again here.... so unusual in the land of Santa Monica Hip-New-New. If you go on a nice evening, be sure to walk in the new park next door... it's a magical spot and designed by the guy who did the NYC high line.

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Thank kawh
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Was referred here by the Hotel California across the street. Grab a few drinks and learned that this place has a lot of cool history. The guys from the Rat Pack used to hang out here apparently! Super cool!

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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Great little restaurant just up from the beach. Not your "modern" beach spot, but you can feel the vibe of the 1960's beach and surf bums that surely made it to Chez Jay. The fact that there was an old woody parked out front (randomly) the night of my visit didn't hurt!

Decent menu with "classic" American restaurant dishes - I went for the Sand Dabs Chez Jay - great stuff.

Fun small bar with about 10 stools (I didn't notice any lounge tables, however there was a large party in the restaurant that may have used some of what might have been a "lounge" area). Bartender was very friendly and efficient. Peanuts liberally served - check out the great old photo of a stunt from Chez Jay's early days where a baby elephant was brought in to enjoy some peanuts at the bar.

This is a small place with only 10-12 4-top tables so if it is a busy night or something's going on in town, try to call ahead for reservations.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Chez Jays is a local hangout which has been in Santa Monica for more than 50 years. The food is good, the service is excellent and the "vibe" in the small bar/restaurant is what makes this a favorite place to dine or join friends for drinks after work or play. A lot of history has taken place at Chez Jay's. The owner Mike can relate many stories about the famous who frequented Chez Jay's over the years.

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Thank IMBITTN
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Every time I am in Los Angeles I find the time to visit this time honored establishment and I am never disappointed. The fresh veggie sampler that is served up with your first drinks always help cleanse the pallet and prepares you for the steaks, chops or seafood to follow. Love this place!

Thank DWalto
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