Chez Jay

1657 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Chez Jay +

Star Foreman


  • Mon.-Fri., 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
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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