Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern: Vibrant and Famous for Good Reason



Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern:  Vibrant and Famous for Good Reason




My friends and I are always in the mood to sip beer and eat spicy ahi poke at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.  The restaurant is located in a hot spot within the coastal town of Santa Monica.  JFAT’S is steps away from the beach, entertainment, and outdoor activities.  Perfect for brunch, lunch, and dinner.  The handsomely casual restaurant features large windows, an open ceiling, outdoor dining, and an attentive staff.  A terrific social environment for a guys' night out, families, or a fun double date. 

“In a country so rich in differing food traditions our approach is in a creative take on American regional classics.  Our menu features popular regional dishes from around the country but approaches them from an ‘Artisanal’ point of view.  ‘Artisanal cooking’ refers to food that is freshly prepared, hand crafted, in small batches, using high quality ingredients, and employing traditional methods. 

It reflects a devotion to detail and a reverence for the freshest ingredients, simple presentations, and an inspired blend of tradition and creativity. Everything begins with only the best ingredients prepared from scratch daily.  At Jimmy’s we embrace the philosophy of utilizing locally raised (if it’s the best available), organic, and sustainable food products whenever possible and we strive to partner with growers, farmers, and fisherman who adhere to these same principles.”  Jimmy’s presents the best in American pub food, including such regional stars as Dueling Southern Dips, Certified Angus Beef and Black Bean Chili, and Pacific Red Snapper.




The menu is consistent with the founder’s point-of-view of American cuisine.  For example, the charred Brussels sprouts with applewood bacon, pine nuts and maple syrup was excellent.  A fun sharable item.  The Brussels sprouts on the top of the bowl are nicely roasted.  While the Brussels sprouts on the bottom soak up all the goodness of the maple syrup.  An item that will keep your interest.  Passing around plates with friends is ideal here. 

JFAT’S Blonde is a lighter flavored beer that is nice to drink with a salad or other appetizer.  This German ale has crisp mild flavors of citrus and honey.  Also of interest on the drinks menu is Bootlegger’s Far Out India Pale Ale (IPA), Ellie’s Brown Ale, and the Modern Times Black House Stout.  Additionally, there is an ample selection of wines available on the menu.  The Hess Chardonnay is a good choice to pair with the spicy appetizers and main dishes.  Chardonnay, Hess is produced in the Salinas Valley of California and has a crisp, slightly tropical and bright flavor.





My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 1733 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  The location is a short distance from local stores, the beach, businesses, and theaters.  There is an adjacent public parking structure.  Park on the first floor of the parking structure and walk up to the restaurant.  Avoid the elevator as that will take you out of your way from JFAT’S. 

2.  The main dining room provides a view of the bar and outdoor patio.  Peak times occur on weekends and during sporting events.  Make reservations to ensure a table.

3.  Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has a bounty of desirable menu items for brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.  The following were our favorites. 

JFAT’S Blonde Beer

Spicy Ahi Poke – Avocado, Scallions, Yuzu, Serranos, Papaya, Sesame, Crispy Wontons 

Charred Brussels Sprouts – Applewood Bacon, Pine nuts and Maple Syrup (Serves two or more for sure.)

Spice Crusted Seared Ahi Salas – Napa, Cabbage, Carrots, Papaya, Red Onions, Avocado, Yuzu-Sesame Vinaigrette 

Santa Fe Honey-Poblano Pesto Flatbread – Grilled Chicken, Roasted Corn, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Avocado, Pecans

Bourbon-Chipotle BBQ Baby Back Ribs – Cheddar-Jalapeño Potatoes, Baked Beans, Honey-Mustard Coleslaw, Cornbread

Southern Fried Chicken Breast with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans




(Left:  Jesse Bluma, Center:  Mary Naegele, Right:  Chris La Cava, General Manager)


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Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Disclaimer:  The restaurant in this review has given the reviewer complimentary food and drink. This has in no way influenced the reviewer’s opinion.  Quality and content is the standard.

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