Chez Tex

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92 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
A board-formed cement bar. A hand-full of wooden tables line the gallery-like space. Over-sized accordion-style doors open to the West. A sea breeze washes over you.

Inspired by the neo-bistros of Paris and the comfort of California, Chez Tex offers a rotating menu of egalitarian eats by the beach.

We strive to under-promise and over-deliver. Simplicity and authenticity are our guiding principles. Arrive early for an eclectic but palate-pleasing glass of wine; stay late for a meal that comforts your body and soul.

We invite you to join us on a journey of sensory exploration that is anchored in quality over quantity; from the ingredients we source to the technique employed. Pointed yet polished.

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What 92 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
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4.4
Ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEstherA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent! Could not speak highly enough about this little gem on Main in SM.

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vipBLTRC
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, kind staff, calming interior.

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vipglowdina
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Truffle gnocchi was fantastic. Kale was great. Cauliflower was excellent. Wine was reasonable. Service was on point. It was not crowded at all, very quiet.

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YishaiJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place has been open for a good while and for some odd reason seems to remain half empty. This is unfair. The food is well-prepared and very reasonably priced (for the neighborhood). The menu is short and vegetarian friendly. Everything we had was more than decent, and went well with the well-thought drinks menu. We ended with a pear and pistachio crostata that was actually better than Gjusta's! Will return.

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MBlocal3128
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice spot for couples that want to communicate
Nice service staff
Limited menu
Pleasant dining experience

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vipluv2dine
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This ia neighborhood gem. Just a few dishes -- all delicious -- and a very interested and reasonable wine list, although we brought our own ($25 corkage). We dined early and only a few tables were occupied, yet service is of the philosophy of not to bother you (so we did flag our server down a few times). But we loved the kale salad and the amazing cauliflower. Definitely a must visit for a Venice scene that is either too trendy or too tavern-y.

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vipJohnK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food - great space - great service- highly recommend

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vipharla
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a hidden gem. Delicious food, quiet enough to have a real conversation, with a well-curated wine list. I'm surprised this lovely little spot isn't packed.

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nwild
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant experience to date. Maybe it was just one of those nights where everything all aligned perfectly: the service + food + ambiance... did I mention service, were all top notch. We were definitely pleasantly surprise. I can't wait to become a regular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Small restaurant, small menu, beer and wine only.

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vipfirsttimer
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there and it was a pleasant surprise. We shared everything, the gnocchi which was tasty and a bit crunchy. Then we also had the open faced tomato toast, like a bruschetta which was also delicious. Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great food and service! Definitely recommend checking this place out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely local restaurant serving inventive and delicious Californian fare. Party of six, we ordered a comprehensive array of appetizers, entrees and desserts and shared them all. There wasn’t a weak link in the chain. The restaurant was quiet but that suited us fine. Highly recommend Chez Tex.

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LucyA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The effort was there, but the food was subpar. The menu was very limited. The waiter recommended the ricotta gnocchi and cauliflower. The flavors were poor, especially given the ingredients. Bland, boring. We were still hungry so we ordered the kale; same result. It was very disappointing. The service was good, the waiter was nice. The place was practically empty, it was a saturday night.

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vipDanaM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic, fresh, and beautifully plated. I would highly recommend Chez Tex for a date night or dinner with family and friends.

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vipJRubin
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a healthy, tasty and delicious meal. We had 2 vegetarian meals - Cauliflower grilled and charred and a curried chick pea dish over rice. We also had the grilled Branzino whole which as fileted. Everything was fresh and we enjoyed the Brick walls and concrete floor décor.

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vipMarc
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food , reasonably priced in a cool quaint spot.

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vipRyLa
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We found this restaurant a bit average. Food was fine, but not seasoned particularly well and the beef didn’t appear to be the best quality for the cut.

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vipDeano
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Will go again.

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vipMiami1981
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Host was very rude. They kept adjusting the lighting so it would get very bright then dark and it was very distracting. Will not be back.

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SabineL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to dine in Venice if you actually want to have a conversation! Nice and quiet ambiance and food carries a mix of meditaranian with an exotic twist, lots of vegetarian choices too. Would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered almost everything on the menu between us all and not one did! All were delish and well paired. New favorite local spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Went there at 7 on a Saturday and they were out of the entree we wanted, beer we ordered, and hadn’t yet made the appetizer we wanted. Apparently they ran out of the entree the night before- why they didn’t buy more, who knows! We said we would wait for the app and waitress couldn’t give a time when it would be ready and said we it could be a lot longer than 30 minutes and that she couldn’t give a time frame. Later we saw the table next to us with it- our waitress never said anything about it being ready. Overall was a disappointing, overpriced experience.

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KristinN
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food and great staff! Would have loved more comfy seating and a bigger table...

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vipYvetteB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This food is incredible! Don’t waste anymore time if you can get to this restaurant donut and enjoy the incredible menu!

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Trevs7
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was fantastic. The sourdough with ash salt was fabulous. I had the tuna poke which was very good. The staff were exceptionally friendly. The music was a little loud but that not worthy of complaint. Good selection of gluten-free food including a rather fine chocolate cake.

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vipnancya
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Small, intimate bar/restaurant. We had the gnocchi which were perfect little succulent pillows and the rib eye. Both excellent. Definitely recommend. Street be parking.

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MichaelS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always so good, service is always amazing. it's one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food, space and service. Always a favorite to return to!

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Maddy
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. But I do suggest that you rotate or provide another vegan dish. Many vegans eat alot of hummus and other forms of chickpeas. perhaps use other kinds of beans and vegetables and sauces. The wine was absolutely delicious and the service superb

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vipWVillager
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food but we were only one of two patrons so the vibe was suuuuper quiet and low key

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was delicious, but it took over an hour for our entrees to arrive, and we were dining at a time when only one other person was dining.

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vipThomasW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Nice place, good service, started with a beautiful cheese plate but my main course, a pork chop was extremely overdone and dry, cold, as if it had stood for a while. I mentioned it to the server but he didn’t reply - to be fair maybe he didn’t hear me; he was otherwise attentive and friendly. I had been looking forward to it, and it was served over a bean dish that was great, but what could have been a great meal was not quite there this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Menu is fresh and always changing. Go here! Inventive dishes and lovely service.

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SueB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was great! Waiter could have been more knowledgeable.

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vipSeamus
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Just meh - nothing special

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JRLA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious, restaurant is charming, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service, not pretentious. A hidden gem.