James’ Beach is a Venice Beach institution.  An iconic restaurant and bar now celebrating 24 years in Venice, California.  James’ Beach has over the years earned a loyal following of lovers of American Comfort food, great drinks, an award winning wine list.

Here is  a message from James’ Beach:  We’re excited to be able to serve our community by opening safely on our protected patio starting this Thursday, Sept. 3rd


  • Thursday:  4-10 p.m
  • Friday Lunch 12-3 p.m.  Dinner 4-10:30 p.m
  • Saturday Brunch 12-4 p.m. Dinner ’til 10:30 p.m
  • Sunday Brunch 12-3 p.m.  Dinner ’til 9 p.m
  • Open Monday for Labor Day!  Brunch 12-3 p.m. Dinner ’til 9 p.m.
  • And open on Wednesdays, 4-10 p.m., starting Sept. 9th.

Please make reservations on Open Table and see our Guest Travel Guide (which will be posted on our website jamesbeach.com with helpful info.)  Open for Pic up & Delivery too!

See you soon!

James Evans and Daniel Samkow

So who is James? 

James Evans is the namesake and one of the two co-owners of this beach side hangout. He moved from San Francisco to Venice in 1975. James worked at some of the iconic early Venice eateries, starting at the famous Robert’s restaurant and later becoming the General Manager of Tony Bill, Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli’s famous 72 Market Street.

In 1982 James met artist and business person, Daniel Samakow. The pair hit it off and together, 24 years later, in 1996, and opened the big brass gates of James’ Beach for the first time.


Check out James’ Beach’s daily specials and dinner packages!


Family Night featuring Old School Italian dining. We celebrate families dining together with the great cooking of Southern Italy as interpreted through New York. Heirloom Caprese Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Lasagna, Seafood Risotto, N.Y. Style Cheese Cake and More. Check our menu for the changing menu and special Dinner, Cocktail & a free dessert offer.


We’re famous for our Venice tacos, and rightly so. We use the best natural ingredients not usually found in the lowly taco and present them deconstructed, so you put them together the way you like it. No soggy pre-made tacos. We use Mary’s Natural Chicken, Wild White Shrimp and Mahi Mahi, Salmon Creek Natural Pork and Certified Natural Angus Beef.


Since we opened in 1996, we’ve dedicated our fryer to putting out the best Fried Chicken in Los Angeles. We only use the best chicken, Mary’s natural chicken raised in California, cold shipped and never frozen. Plus the best Creamed Spinach and Mashed Potatoes. Check our menu for updates and special Dinner, Cocktail & a free dessert offer.


Friday is Steak, Seafood and martini Night @ James’ Beach. Get the best Certified Natural Angus Beef N.Y. Steak, Seafood Risotto and a pitcher of martinis or your favorite cocktail and go to town. Check our menu for the changing specials and the Dinner, Cocktail & a free dessert offer.


Want daily specials delivered to your inbox? Join the James’ Beach Club!   Sign up here!

Fan and follow James’ Beach for updates and daily specials!

See you at James’ Beach!