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Chez Jay

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
American, Bar, Pub
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1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Colorado)
+1 310-395-1741
17:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 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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Johnson City, Tennessee
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is dark and old school. We liked it a lot. I don't know how long it has been there but it looks like a long time. Recommend.

Thank jonathanmartin28
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small joint a little bit out character for the area. No frills but the bartenders pour a good drink. The crowd appeared to be mixed with tourists and locals the night we went. If you're in the area and like dive bars...check it out.

Thank matthewmV3026XW
Charleston, South Carolina
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very neat 50s era bar and restaurant. Lots of celebrities ate here as evidenced by photos on the wall. Small spaces only seats about 70 people includes 12 seat bar. Locals place SRO on early Friday Saturday nights. Awesome food...inexpensive. Worth a stop - 3 blocks from SM pier...

Thank thwright
Bountiful, Utah
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We discovered Chez Jay on this visit to Santa Monica, and happy we did! Best martinis ever and a great steak dinner. A very friendly group of people work at Chez Jay, and they mingle with the crowd to make your visit most memorable. Can't wait for our next visit to Santa Monica and Chez Jay.

Thank CMH162
San Diego
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I admit it. I'm a dive bar junky. So no matter where I am in the world, I always try to find a gem just to pop in for a pop. My girlfriend and I were in Santa Monica recently to see a concert at the Broad Stage and after having dinner at the Santa Monica Yacht Club (a very... More 

Thank sandiegosantorini
Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We had a great time here, stumbled in without reservations and some kind locals let us in before them. Bustling bar and packed restaurant with red and white check tablecloths, side by side in a small space. Mood lighting, old school tables, great steak!

Thank Karen G
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Freezing cold (my ears and nose were like icicles) Noisy (you can't hear yourself talk) Good ok, but heaped on a plate Been to the restaurant before, but didn't remember the poor presentation They asked if we wanted desserts as they were clearing the plates ! Why not let us have a break? It seems that most restaurants in Santa... More 

Thank Eric H
United States
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Oldest bar in Santa Monica with lots of character... you almost expect old blue eyes to walk in anytime.

Thank yedmond
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We had banana French toast and the 2x2x2; both delicious and huge servings. Coffe refilled frequently, and the people, both guests and employees, created a great place!, Plus!! Offers a discount for guests at the Ocean Lodge!!

Thank MartaCroci
Foshan, China
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146 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I was staying at the hotel opposite this place. I'd been out walking all morning and fancied a lunch time pint. I dipped in here for a cheeky one but ended up chatting to a few of the locals there. I sampled the local ale...then another...and then another. The regulars were so friendly and welcoming as was Pete, behind the... More 

Thank TommySangers

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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, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
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
  • 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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