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Chez Jay

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3211 (Colorado)
+1 310-395-1741
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 14:30
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Malibu, California
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101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a gem in Santa Monica. Old school bar/restaurant with fantastic service, great bartenders and perfectly cooked fresh seafood!

Thank SandyQTraveler
Old Warden, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited her for a few drinks one morning. It looks quite different from the outside, inside it is subdued lighting and a very friendly place to be. The drinks were cold and the service was very good. Will definitely revisit.

Thank Terry G
Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant was recommended and the atmosphere, location, and food were good, though the lobster tail was pricey and slightly overcooked. However our waitress accidentally spilled wine on my husband and it soaked his pants and got some on his shirt. We had the rest of the evening left and we had to either go back to our hotel for... More 

Thank Jan_S163
Munich, Germany
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139 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place on Ocean Avenue . Very nice service. Always a lot of guests . Nice bar in western style. Burgers are very tasty.

Thank OutofAfrica660213
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place! It's been around for over 50 years as a Santa Monica landmark, bar and dining area, tight and small, but worth every moment, great staff, simple and easy, always good food lunch or dinner, free peanuts, beer, wine and hard liquor, parking on site and on street, easy access!

Thank thaddt
London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went for a late evening drink here with a friend who is visiting family in LA. It was supposed to be one or two drinks, but things went awry - in a good way. This place attracts such an eclectic group of people and you are always likely to meet great people. One of these great people is bartender... More 

Thank Marc L
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360 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Chez Jay is an immensely popular small cult restaurant right downtown on Ocean Avenue, there since the fifties...The dark interior supports its exceedingly informal ambiance, with peanuts all over the floor. The service is efficient and amicable. We had excellent, super flavorful garlic clams and shrimp quesadillas there twice this week! Truly recommended!

Thank rokkap
Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Articles like to call this place as a dive bar. Don't let them to fool you. The place is a lil hidden gem with a great history (make sure you read the articles at the restrooms) and with an even better wine selection and food. Chez Jay is a lot more like a restaurant than a bar - more like... More 

Thank HeidiGajdi
Helsingborg, Sweden
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

First night in Santa Monica I passed this place, but had a look in. It looked nice but simple and I didn't pay more attention to it at the time. A few days later I just wanted to grab someting and decided to to there and was I surprised. First, the place was packed and the sound level was on... More 

Thank Peter K
Newport, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Came here in 2004 for the colour, tradition and history. Great deals style food with nothing messed about with. Glad to see that nothing has changed. Great sea food, I recommend the squid steak. And it still has a charm all of its own. When I was here in 2004 sat in the next booth was Olivia Newton-John. She obviously... More 

Thank Sean H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3211
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-395-1741
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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