Chez  Jay:  The Ultimate Santa Monica Dive Bar

When you say "Santa Monica dive bar," Chez Jay is quite likely to come up in conversation.

Chez Jay has been known as a celebrity hang out dive bar since opening in 1959, and was declared a Santa Monica landmark in 2012 for its cultural, political, and social history.Chez Jay has been known as a celebrity hang out dive bar since opening in 1959.

Known as "celebrity dive" or "classy joint," Santa Monica's ultimate dive bar has been serving locals, celebrities, and visitors for more than 50 years.

So enduringly popular is this local watering hole that 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), the extensive wine list, or the top notch eats.

Chez Jay is a Favorite Neighborhood Steak & Seafood Restaurant

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 Santa Monica.

Great seafood, steaks, and chops are served with recipes that rekindle fond memories of great food shared with friends and families.

Don't miss the bar, of course - where you'll find, naturally, classic cocktails, an impressive wine list, and your favorite beer on tap. The  accompanying peanuts are both free and famous. Consider them an edible souvenir. 

An added plus: the restaurant is a half-block south of the Santa Monica Pier . You'll find on the east side of Ocean Avenue, next tonTonga 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.

Details 

Location: 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 395-1741. Get more details here. Get the scoop on Santa Monica's best dive bars, live music venues, and night clubs here. And you'll find more Santa Monica restaurants near the Pier here.