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Chez Jay

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American,
1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3211
+1 310-395-1741
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar
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1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3211
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The MOST funky, welcoming, fun place, good food in a long time...the chesseburger, won rave reviews from several inn our group. The merguez sausage and eggs with hash browns..exceltnt...my wife had a large chinese chicken salad...really good and only $9.50

Thank zorrito
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with someone who wanted to come here as a result of it being on Goliath. The fish special was pretty good. The shrimp and crab salad, really just a small shrimp louie, with a crab leg was good, but small and therefore overpriced....More

Thank TravelingBbusFun
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

We visited for dinner while staying in Santa Monica, it is a very cozy dinner area but it was a busy night and with so many coming in the get you in and out to allow everyone to visit. The food was good, very large...More

Thank Kirsty K
Reviewed 9 April 2018

I 'escaped' my family to spend couple of wonderful hours sat at the bar in Chez Jay's. Really friendly crowd and I loved hearing about the history of the place

Thank maxwell88_11
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Time stands still inside this almost 60 year old bar and dining establishment and it never disappoints! I brought a friend to share this secret with and we made 3 new friends and enjoyed the wine and food. Please never change!

Thank ktdzns
Reviewed 8 March 2018

Opened in the late 1950s, Chez Jay is a bit of a throwback, but it is successful at playing the game. Playing music from the 1956s helped. We both had fish dishes and shared a house salad, which is unusually generous in size. The service...More

Thank operalover939
Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

I’ve been meaning to come here for a couple of years as I visit Santa Monica. Great classic dive bar with decent food! I came for the drinks and some snacks with friends. Friendly service at the bar, peanuts 🥜 shells to be thrown on...More

Thank Chophel N
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Average price of entrees is $30 for this low brow, old school joint that is more about the atmosphere than the food. Small, quaint, loud and fun.

Thank pcg123
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Great and lively atmosphere and friendly wait staff. However, the medium-rare ribeye was either overcooked or a bad steak. When we informed the waitress, she was very nice and apologetic and took it back to the chef. To my absolute amazement, the chef sent her...More

2  Thank dazizian
Reviewed 22 January 2018

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
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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 90401-3211
  • 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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