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Chez Jay

Map & Directions 1657 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Sun, Sat 9am-2am, Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Mon-Fri 5:30pm-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

This self-proclaimed oceanside "celebrity dive" sure is something to behold. Sawdust and peanut-shell-covered floors, checkered tablecloths and seafaring ephemera (including a giant mounted tuna over the bar) make for a cozy vibe that hasn't changed since Jay's was a haven for the Rat Pack back in the '60s. Tasty seafood and steaks, very, very stiff drinks and private nooks (which Ol' Blue Eyes is said to have appreciated) make it an enduring destination that's not only managed to stay afloat despite the wash of newer upscale hotels and restaurants in the area, but still attracts lines out the door on weekends. Chez Jay may not be the fame magnet it once was, but celebs - Sean Penn, Drew Barrymore - still cite it as an old-school favorite. Check out its wall-of-fame clippings, near the tuna.

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  • Mel on 09/04/11

    Chez Jay's motto: 'Peanut shells on the floor or you're out the door!' :)

  • Thai L. on 02/17/10

    I was turned on to this little dive bar by the director from Soprano's. This is a great bar close to the beach. They give you peanuts and you can eat them with disregard for where the shells end up.

  • Matthew H. on 01/14/12

    If you are an East Coaster and you miss the really old and really charming dives back East, this is your place

  • Tammy G. on 04/04/13

    I mean. Just the best. If I lived nearby, this would be my local.

  • Kathryn B. on 08/22/11

    Have the Sand Dabs- a Southern California classic, in the classic restaurant with a long colorful history! Great Bombay Sapphire Martinis too!

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