Party Earth Review A Venice institution, James’ Beach is where sandal-footed TV producers grab a beer, Porsche-driving surfers snack on seafood, and wealthy beach bums throw back mojitos with pretty ladies and their prettier moms. Board... ... read full review
60 North Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
Lunch W–F 11:30am–3pm, Sa–Su 11am–3pm; Dinner/Bar M–W, Su 6–10:30pm, Th–Sa 6pm–1am
Venice, Los Angeles –
A Venice institution, James’ Beach is where sandal-footed TV producers grab a beer, Porsche-driving surfers snack on seafood, and wealthy beach bums throw back mojitos with pretty ladies and their prettier moms.
Board shorts hanging from the large tented patio speak to the joint’s beach vibe, while white-clothed tables and booths set under the myriad palm trees offer a perfect place to spend at least one of SoCal’s 310 days of annual sun.
Inside, the main dining room is split by a two-sided bar, where local yuppies sidle up to feast on the signature fish tacos made famous in Judd Apatow’s movie I Love You, Man, as oenophiles begin the hard work of sipping their way through the wines on the restaurant’s extensive list.
As the evening picks up and patrons have had a few rounds, shirts come untucked, drinks get spilled on dresses, and the flirting between manscaped studs and tipsy girls takes on a sense of urgency.
Those who want to get even closer can head upstairs to the Club House, where more revelers pack in around the bar and pool table, getting served lots of Top 40 to go with that libido.
From a grilled mahi mahi dinner to a meatmarket of epic, beat-throbbing proportions, James’ Beach shells out a hard-partying night sure to make everyone love you, man.
Bros, flirty young professionals, Westside yuppies, post-grads, gaggles of party girls, and scattered cougars, mid-20s to mid-30s.
Playlist of Top 40 and hip-hop favorites after 10pm Thursdays through Saturdays.
American comfort food with a seafood focus, including grilled salmon sandwiches and fish tacos. Prix fixe dinners available until 9pm M, Tu and Su.
Brunch $7–$15, appetizers $7–$15, entrées $14–$33, three-course prix fixe dinner $25, late-night menu $9–$19. Beer $5–$8, wine $7–$15/glass or $35–$250/bottle, cocktails $7–$14+. Valet $6.
Casual chic: button-downs, slacks, dresses, nice jeans, cute blouses, fedoras, man jewelry.
Friday and Saturday nights around 11pm for a hopping scene.
High Rooftop Lounge (1697 Pacific Avenue) combines James' Beach's clientele with an open-air cocktail bar overlooking the beach and a killer sunset view.