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James Republic

500 E. First St. (Atlantic Ave.) Send to Phone
562-901-0235 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A stylish, coastal setting with an airy dining room, hopping bar scene and a well-executed menu of New American cuisine.
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Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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James Republic Restaurant Review

: Though he manages restaurants all over the nation, this one in particular is the namesake of chef Dean James Max. The modern-looking establishment has an airy atmosphere that seamlessly blends together a large patio and sleek dining room. Cocktails are intriguing, with options like the seasonal “Sleepy Hollow” (bourbon, pumpkin purée and fresh ground nutmeg) and the very refreshing “berry bliss” (gin, lemon juice, berries and basil). In addition, a concise wine list includes some hard-to-find California producers. In terms of dishes, the menu is small but approachable. Santa Barbara mussels are flavorful, though a touch heavy with spice from red chile sambal, while poke is made with the nice alternative of wahoo instead of ahi, which has a density that captures the other flavors on the plate like avocado purée, seaweed and spiced soy. Enjoyable large plates include a hulking piece of cauliflower charred on a grill and served with red quinoa, as well as a nicely cooked, 14-ounce rib-eye topped with roasted mushrooms. For dessert, try the indulgent sticky toffee pudding.

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