When you say "Santa Monica dive bar", Chez Jay is inevitably going to come up in conversation.
Known as the "celebrity dive" or "classy joint", Santa Monica's ultimate dive bar has been serving locals, celebrities, and visitors for more than 50 years.
It became the social crossroads of an incredible cultural revolution that has impacted movies, television, music, art, politics, and more.
So popular, in fact, it was declared a Santa Monica Landmark in 2012. Maybe it's the classic cocktails, the famous free peanuts (one of Chez Jay's peanuts went to the moon with Alan Shepard and still resides in the owner's safe), or the extensive wine list.
But whatever the reason, a Santa Monica visit isn't complete without a stop in at Chez Jay.
It also happens to be one of the premier steak and seafood neighborhood restaurants in all of Southern California.
Classic seafood, steaks and chops are served with recipes that rekindle fond memories of great food shared with friends and families.
And don't miss the bar, where you'll find classic cocktails, an excellent wine list, and your favorite beer on tap. The peanuts are both free and famous.
An added plus: the restaurant is just a half-block south of the famous Santa Monica Pier on the east side of Ocean Avenue right next to the incredible new Tonga Park.
It is in the heart of the civic center district, steps from the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place and many of Santa Monica's best hotels. And of course, the famous Santa Monica beaches are just steps away.
Location: 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 395-1741. Get more details here.
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