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Chez Tex

4.5
123 reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Inspired by the neo-bistros of Paris and the comfort of California, Chez Tex offers a rotating menu of egalitarian eats by the beach. Our wine list is entirely NATURAL / ORGANIC. We source ingredients locally from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Outdoor seating, beach breezes.

Support Chez Tex during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

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Sun 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 1:00PM

What 123 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.7
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

The price was pretty inflated for the amount of food we received, also my chicken might’ve been a bit over cooked considering it was chewy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Extremely friendly staff. Good food!

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NoraM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

I did not think food was worth the prices or the reviews. We ordered 4 dishes and neither was either good or worth the money.

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CharinaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

FOOD IS ACTUALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD. WENT IN NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING BUT ITS MY SECOND TIME AND FOOD WAS STILL EXCEPTIONAL. LOVE THE ZUCCHINI FRITTERS, AND THE BUTCHER'S SAUSAGE. STAFF NEEDS A LITTLE MORE KNOWLEDGE ON FOOD THOUGH.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had family visiting from out of town and wanted to go somewhere in Venice. Stumbled upon Chez Tex and so glad we did. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and we especially all loved the charcuterie plate as an appetizer. Definitely recommend and will be going back!

Chez Tex
Responded on 16 April 2021

Thank you for the kind words!! Hope to see you soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was excellent.

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SLUMOM
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter picked this place when I was visiting her from Chicago. Super cute place with delicious natural wines. Cheese board was delectable. We Sat outside and watched the world go by!! Our server Brittany was outstanding! We highly recommend!!

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vipTomf
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Nice local vibe.

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vipdellapina
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Really nice, though small, selection for brunch. Server seemed to really enjoy her job and interacting with customers.

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vipcarameche
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The food and drinks were really overpriced compared to what you get. The waiter was really nice though

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, wine and food

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Whopoured
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Expensive and the food is just off. Tex mex and French don’t belong together. We were also the only people there so the two staff members hit us over the head with “how is the meal? Can we get you anything”. We could have a conversation without being interrupted. If you are just looking to grab a drink fine. If you want to have a meal here take your hard earned money elsewhere.

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JeromeF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Staff was really nice. Good spot.
Food was expensive. Not really impressed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

It was lovely to enjoy a rare evening out during the pandemic (but we completed both vaccines & wanted to celebrate) Chez Tex was a delightful choice. Xlnt service and menu!
Will definitely return.

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ItWasI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Covid setup leaves a lot to be desired. Sidewalk traffic is in your dinner party. Plates are not much at all. Maybe the cheese board is better. This is a wine bar on a sidewalk, that's it.

LM
vipLondonMarie
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Menu is always changing with fresh local fare. Cheese and meat plate was delicious. Arugula salad is big and fresh. Scallops were small but tasty. The chicken paillard was really tasty. Always love this place for a delicious meal and great service. Bravo!

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Jamie
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and tasty food!

Chez Tex
Responded on 2 November 2020

Thanks Jamie! Hope to see you soon.

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AllRoadsLead2Tasting
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

I arrived with a good host who was very personable. He was funny and attentive. The wine was good. The only drawback was the main entree veggie burger. I don't like beans so I was surprised this restaurant made a veggie burger with beans. I would have thought it would make it more upscale like with different veggies. The only thing on the menu I could have was that since I am a vegan. I already had a sandwich at another place so I was displeased to have to order another sandwich. Need to have a variety of proteins for vegans like tofu or beyond burger meatballs. Make your veggie meatballs without egg and cheese would be ideal. The burger didn't really taste that good and the fries were not really a diet staple Id order so it was not a really good meal for me over all. I did like like the argula salad.

Chez Tex
Responded on 31 October 2020

Thank you for the feedback and we're glad our staff took care of you and that you enjoyed our organic wines! Regarding the vegan options - we do have several vegan options on the menu (in fact nearly half our menu is vegan) but will nonetheless share your feedback with Chef. For future reference - we are always happy to turn one of our smaller vegan dishes into a larger 'entrée-style' portion at your request. We hope to see you soon to try some of these dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting items. Dish amounts are pretty much tapas sized Price reflects the quality of the food, so don't expect bargain prices, but it shouldn't break the bank. Hearty dinner for two (5 items) with a glass of wine came out to $140 pre-tip.

Winners were the zucchini fritters, chickpea salad (mixed with olives), veggie meatballs, and the seared scallops (almost like a bruschetta presentation, worked really well). The steak salad was great as well, salad dressing was actually the winner (what I'm assuming was the chimichurri sauce bc the steak itself didn't have a strong flavor).

Chez Tex
Responded on 23 October 2020

Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed and hope to see you again!

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vipParkCR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had to sit on the street due to Covid...... So, circumstances....Im sure when all returns to normal will be outstanding. Good to support a small restaurant in these times.

Chez Tex
Responded on 23 October 2020

Hopefully we will be allowed indoors soon :) Thank you for your support!

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JennyJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Weird dining experience, loved the wine but the food was sub-par.

We ordered truffle fries and when they came out they were plain fries. We asked them if there was even truffle on them and the server said yeah there is, even though it did not taste like it. We also told him there was supposed to be parmesan on the fries as it said in the description and he told us we had to pay more for that.

Also the crispy chickpeas were not at all crispy.

Chez Tex
Responded on 16 October 2020

Hey Jenny - thanks for the kind words about the wine and service! I'm sorry however that you didn't enjoy a couple of our Happy Hour food offerings. The happy hour truffle fries should indeed come with parmesan and lots of truffle. Sorry for the mix up and we hope to make it right next time you come in. - Chez Tex

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is amazing! Five stars for all

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vipSunilH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience1

They need to change flooring. They have a very low barrier to separate two sides. Since all the floor and barrier are of same color concrete this barrier cannot be distinguishing and is a major safety hazard. I tripped over this barrier and fell on concrete. Suffered cuts and bruises.

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vipStacyK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We made it just in time for the happy hour. Highly recommend the grilled cheese! We stayed for a while and ordered a few things from the dinner menu: veggie meatballs, roasted carrots, sausage and sauerkraut. Portions are small so don’t expect hefty entrees. Good for sharing small plate style. Great wine list. Only downside is there is limited patio seating facing Main Street which is a busy street so expect some noise from traffic/passersby. But they are making it work despite the pandemic. I’d love to go back once indoor dining is open.

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vipAndyJ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elias was amazing! Happy hour that goes until 6:30 sign me up! Wish there was a bigger selection of treats to snack on! Overall great date spot or friends hang! Venice needs to hop on this trend!

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vipPhillyRich
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I chose Chez Tex because it was open late during the Pandemic, they practiced social distancing, and the menu looked interesting. The charred corn and coconut chili did not disappoint. There were good craft beers and wines by the glass too. We sat outdoors and the heat lamp was broken, making for a chilly evening. Also, there was a psychotic, homeless man sitting a few feet away on the sidewalk who was screaming obscenities and throwing things for our first hour. The staff said that he usually got tired and calmed down around 9:30 pm. Thankfully, he did.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome and amazing food

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AllisonK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

They do the best they can with the outdoor dining experience. Really bent over backwards to make it ok, even with all of the traffic noise. Food- EXCELLENT!!!! Will be back!

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vipAnton
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic selection of fun, interesting natural wines and the tiny kitchen cranks out some very tasty small plates - what a gem!

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vipLondonMarie
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, fresh food and friendly service! We will be back very soon and make this a staple in our restaurant rotation.

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vipGeorgeJ
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We were excited to get out of the house and to be able to find Chez Tex. We went for lunch. Their menu is limited primarily to light food, although there were 2 daily specials of more substantial size (we did not try either). Husband/wife team with him in the kitchen and her front of the house. She has worked in the wine industry for +10 years and was very knowledgeable. Only 1 other table seated while we were there but very enjoyable and we would go back. Had sardines, crudite and charcuterie plate and all were delicious, with a bottle of Pinot Gris rose.

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vipEstherA
New York Area
5 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
23 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, kind staff, calming interior.

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vipglowdina
Los Angeles
8 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
13 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
11 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!

FAQs

Chez Tex does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Chez Tex also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 314-1314.

Chez Tex is rated 4.5 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Chez Tex does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/AMSJYK7SY6XH3/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.