Chez Jay

★★★★★
A Santa Monica Historical Landmark
  • 1657 Ocean Ave

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • 310-395-1741

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Lunch: Tue–Fri 11:30am–3pm Dinner: Mon–Sun 5:30–10pm Weekend Brunch: Sat & Sun 9am–2:30pm Happy Hour 4:30–6pm Bar open until 2am

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Legendary Chez Jay, est. 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.

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Legendary Chez Jay, est. 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.

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Legendary Chez Jay, est. 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

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Legendary Chez Jay, est. 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

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My friend and I came to get a drink here last week and and the staff was was incredibly and unapologetically rude. I'm always very nice (having worked as a waitress) and respectful to whatever person I am talking with. BUT these women

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My friend and I came to get a drink here last week and and the staff was was incredibly and unapologetically rude. I'm always very nice (having worked as a waitress) and respectful to whatever person I am talking with. BUT these women

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The absolute best old school Hollywood hang out.

The food is out of sight, prices reasonable and service friendly. Sure it looks like a dump from the outside...OK from the inside too but hey its been there for over 45 years and paint costs a lot nowadays. My personal favorite is the calamari steak. It just melts in your mouth. San-dabs? yes they make the best. I love the house potatoes with their secret ingredient! Save room for the "orgasmic" cheesecake made daily.

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The absolute best old school Hollywood hang out.

The food is out of sight, prices reasonable and service friendly. Sure it looks like a dump from the outside...OK from the inside too but hey its been there for over 45 years and paint costs a lot nowadays. My personal favorite is the calamari steak. It just melts in your mouth. San-dabs? yes they make the best. I love the house potatoes with their secret ingredient! Save room for the "orgasmic" cheesecake made daily.

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I dined here with a good friend of mine and will never return. We had just barely finished our meal and we were asked to leave so that our table could be cleaned for the next people, which was really rude since we had not even finished

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I dined here with a good friend of mine and will never return. We had just barely finished our meal and we were asked to leave so that our table could be cleaned for the next people, which was really rude since we had not even finished

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I've only eaten at Chez Jay once for lunch and after one look at the menu I decided never again. The food is over-priced and most of it typical bar fair. Nobody at the table felt inspired to visit again for the food. The one plus is

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I've only eaten at Chez Jay once for lunch and after one look at the menu I decided never again. The food is over-priced and most of it typical bar fair. Nobody at the table felt inspired to visit again for the food. The one plus is

Pros: you can throw peanut shells on the ground! A cool spot if you can get a seat.

Cons: Limited seating. Odd crowd. Bad food.

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My girlfriend and I always drove by Chez Jay and finally took the plunge to check it out. It is small and there are plenty of fixtures on the walls and the bar stools. The owner was in the house, Jay, and he was very inviting, but not to

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My girlfriend and I always drove by Chez Jay and finally took the plunge to check it out. It is small and there are plenty of fixtures on the walls and the bar stools. The owner was in the house, Jay, and he was very inviting, but not to

Pros: Parking, Local

Cons: Food, Selection

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Yes, the service was lackluster, but the food is what is truly awful about this place. My "French onion soup" tasted like a cup of sauteed onions in a lukewarm balsamic vinegar. The soup was not improved by the slice of melba toast

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Yes, the service was lackluster, but the food is what is truly awful about this place. My "French onion soup" tasted like a cup of sauteed onions in a lukewarm balsamic vinegar. The soup was not improved by the slice of melba toast

Pros: Could potentially be a decent place to get hammered

Cons: Bad service, awful food.

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The bar is a little intimidating from the outside and you really have to know where you are going but once inside, you are greated with floor covered in straw and good cheap steak!!!

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The bar is a little intimidating from the outside and you really have to know where you are going but once inside, you are greated with floor covered in straw and good cheap steak!!!

Pros: Very Quaint

Cons: Its a little Dark

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Went there for the first time last saturday night. Did not have high expectations. Service was prompt and friendly. The garlic cheese bread is good. The salads tasted diluted as if the lettuce were wet when dressed. All 4 of us had

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Went there for the first time last saturday night. Did not have high expectations. Service was prompt and friendly. The garlic cheese bread is good. The salads tasted diluted as if the lettuce were wet when dressed. All 4 of us had

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I just ate at Chez Jay last night and I can't believe people eat here. Their prices are way overpriced and the service is horrible. I was shooed out after an hour because they needed the table for someone else. We had just finished our $80

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I just ate at Chez Jay last night and I can't believe people eat here. Their prices are way overpriced and the service is horrible. I was shooed out after an hour because they needed the table for someone else. We had just finished our $80

Cons: Parking, Service

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I don't know where the other reviewers went but it couldn't have been Chez Jay. This place is a Santa Monica institution with excellent food and better service. I go here all the time with clients and friends and everyone loves it. The

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I don't know where the other reviewers went but it couldn't have been Chez Jay. This place is a Santa Monica institution with excellent food and better service. I go here all the time with clients and friends and everyone loves it. The

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lobster was over cooked. after all these years you can not get a consistant meal there, however thebar crowd is lively and local. You might want to eat at the bar just to get to know the locals.

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lobster was over cooked. after all these years you can not get a consistant meal there, however thebar crowd is lively and local. You might want to eat at the bar just to get to know the locals.

Pros: locals, location

Cons: fitting in, owner stuck on self

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The place has a cool decor and vibe, although it didn't seem so "friendly"; we got the hollywood stare as I walked in, and the host was quite haughty as soon as we sat down, even though we were quite respectably dressed. The food was

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The place has a cool decor and vibe, although it didn't seem so "friendly"; we got the hollywood stare as I walked in, and the host was quite haughty as soon as we sat down, even though we were quite respectably dressed. The food was

Pros: ambience, drinks

Cons: , food

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Chez Jay is where the real old time Industry crowd is. There is a lot of history here. Not many of the young people who come get it.

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Chez Jay is where the real old time Industry crowd is. There is a lot of history here. Not many of the young people who come get it.

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I agree this place rocks the house. we went there on a friday night and my friends came into town from Dallas and they were definitely impressed

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I agree this place rocks the house. we went there on a friday night and my friends came into town from Dallas and they were definitely impressed

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Never have I been so insulted as a customer. We had already spent $200, after dining and having drinks there after an hour and a half, when the owner came over and put the check on the table. I conversed with the owner and let him know we

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Never have I been so insulted as a customer. We had already spent $200, after dining and having drinks there after an hour and a half, when the owner came over and put the check on the table. I conversed with the owner and let him know we

Cons: , Bad Service, Hard to find parking

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This place is awesome. Try the shrimp scampi.

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This place is awesome. Try the shrimp scampi.

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Where the rat pack used to hang. Old school and still good.

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Where the rat pack used to hang. Old school and still good.

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Chez Jay is not what you would expect from a Santa Monica bar along Ocean Avenue. It's a refuge from all of that. The crowd is very easygoing and friendly. The staff are a helpful bunch. The jukebox carries everything from classic rock to

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Chez Jay is not what you would expect from a Santa Monica bar along Ocean Avenue. It's a refuge from all of that. The crowd is very easygoing and friendly. The staff are a helpful bunch. The jukebox carries everything from classic rock to

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Salty yarns have been spun for ages at this dark seaside haunt. The decor is mostly maritime dive, with red-and-white-checked table coverings and sawdust on the floor. There's a feeling of camaraderie among the many hard-drinking regulars,…

 

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