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Chez Jay

1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-395-1741
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“steak” (45 reviews)
“sand dabs” (7 reviews)
“baked potato” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar
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1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a well run restaurant with a great choice of food (esp seafood) and experienced staff. We were there on New Year's Eve so it was pricey for that night, but the food is top class.

Thank Malcolm B
Reviewed 5 days ago

But the food is pretty good. The specials are generally fine. Service at the bar is efficient but from Happy Hour on the place is packed and the room is tiny.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a breakfast. No frills but a good 2x2x2 bacon eggs and pancakes at a good price. Would recommend it.

Thank 643calvinc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really nice quirky old school bar and restaurant. Very friendly staff and very popular with the many regulars. Didn’t eat here on this occasion. It’s not fine dining but the food looked good so will definitely look to try it out when I am...More

Thank 1879fulham
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since 1959, one of the few great old 'dive bars' remaining in the Los Angeles metro area, serving straight-ahead cocktails and moderately-priced food. Not the greatest place to dine, but a fun, authentic place to have a drink and people-watch. Located near the famous Santa...More

1  Thank Jack C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been to Chez Jay's on more than a few occasions over the years I've visited, worked and now lived in Los Angeles, it's one of those places where regular or not you get treated as if you are. While I won't call Jay's intimate,...More

Thank andyabramson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Surprisingly disappointing for this classic. Has it seen it best days? Would try if you are in the area. Hopefully, they will clean it up just a bit, keep the nostalgia and leap into another great year!

Thank HRHGina
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for the first time with friends . Very small old looking place on initial walk it but don’t let it fool you. You’ll be Coming back bc the steaks are great and wine list is top notch . Highly recommended

Thank Chrishuber
Reviewed 19 December 2017

So nostalgic. You have to go here. Just a hole in the wall bar that has been frequented by so many over the years. Yet their food is excellent -- high end steaks, etc.

Thank DebbieWDallas
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Small place near the pier which has been around since at least the 50/60's. Historical bar with a patio out back as well. It gets packed in there so plan ahead. The owner's son gave us some of the history of the place while we...More

Thank Mark_WI
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
American, Bar
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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