James Beach in Venice
If anyone has eaten here recently, I would love to hear your feedback. I'm thinking of going here Fri with a friend.
On a Friday night, the bar scene is bigger than the restaurant scene. It's a good bar for people watching. The restaurant is fine, but nothing amazing. They usually have some riffs on comfort food and some succeed. If you're looking for a place to eat and then hang out with some drinks afterwards, then it's a fine option. However, there is better food in the Venice area -- Joe's, Chaya, etc.
i actually haven't been here in about a year - but the food was ok. i generally liked what i ordered and my so generally disliked what he ordered. it's more of a bar scene type of place and food is secondary. maybe try beechwood or gjelina or the tasting kitchen on abbot kinney. i would avoid joe's! it has its fans - but it has many non-fans as well. and it's way more expensive than james beach.
I eat there all the time and love it. I especially like Fried Chicken night, on Thursdays.
Always have great food here, and the drinks are great, too.