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Chez Jay

1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-395-1741
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (39 reviews)
“sand dabs” (7 reviews)
“cheesecake” (4 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
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1 - 10 of 210 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Ventured into Chez Jay because it was walking distance from Loews hotel. Also selected it because it had good ratings online. The atmosphere is that of an old "seaside bar" with peanut shells on the floor (at least I think they were peanuts). Ordered the...More

Thank dtvl
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Beer was good, food was good, a place with history Visited twice, once for a couple of beers. Second time for a evening meal.

Thank bjnz2017
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

As die hard Beach Boys fans will know, this spot was a favorite watering hole of Dennis Wilson's. When I spotted it while visiting Santa Monica I knew I had to go and was stoked to see a pic of Dennis hanging on the wall....More

1  Thank Colleen F
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Good food, ok prices and really crazy place. Go here for a drink or dinner. Lots of celebs has been here and has been here for many years.

Reviewed 1 July 2017

Love Chez Jay! My Dad loved this place & was his watering hole in the day! Came back to visit home, and Visited this gem! Fun Delicious & Nostalgic !!! Billy Bob Thornton may be filming too! Enjoy the yesterday years in Chaz Jay you'll...More

Thank kkpaws14
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Get yourself to this Santa Monica Landmark ASAP. Delicious seafood, prompt service, great people watching and eavesdropping. Full appetizer offering, wide entree selections from seafood to meats and desserts. Full bar service and more!

Thank budbeerman
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Best fish and helpful stuff. Legendary place form 60-70. Charm atmosphere with plenty pictures on the wall with famous people who visit that place.

Thank Bartek M
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Best filet mignon I've ever had! Got to taste the swordfish too, and it was amazing. Can not wait to get back!

Thank reklamemannen
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Found this bar close to our Santa Monica hotel (Shore Hotel) and wandered in for a drink. A step back in time and place - great atmosphere, small, noisy (in a good way), peanut shell strewn floor...apparently a hang out for celebs but didn't recognise...More

Thank CIHTravels
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent food, drinks, staff and a great experience. Hangout with celebrities and meet interesting people. Just beware of the devil in the parking lot after 8pm who charges each car $5 for parking.

Thank xDOTCOMx
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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Nearby Attractions
Santa Monica Beach
5,595 reviews
.19 km away
Santa Monica Pier
12,981 reviews
.26 km away
Palisades Park
450 reviews
.27 km away
Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign
146 reviews
.20 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, 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
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
  • 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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