Gabi James

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281 Reviews
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Gabi James brings Spanish and coastal French food with California Soul to the South Bay. Gabi James is a beautiful representation of Spanish and coastal French style, along with the bright and airy aesthetic that we hold dear in the South Bay.

Our menu was created by South Bay native and chef extraordinaire, Chris Feldmeier, of Mozza and Moruno fame, alongside longtime Gabriele restaurant veteran, Jorge Torres. The bar takes shape with an awesome trifecta. Vincenzo Marianella, of Copa d’Oro and Providence, has created a cocktail program that features house crafted juices and ingredients as well as a wide variety of spirits. Sara and Adam have curated a wine list and beer program that shines with local offerings as well as Spanish and French that pair great with the menu and stand tall on their own.
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LG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the service was outstanding. We really liked the menu choices and the uniqueness of flavors in each dish we ordered.

The ambience was enjoyable and we look forward to going back soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on every level - a truly great restaurant

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AD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was kind, attentive and had an excellent grasp of the menu. She made fantastic recommendations, and answered questions with great detail.
Through Open Table I made the reservation and requested outdoor seating, yet when we arrived the hostess took us to an inside table. We saw that outside tables were available and she made the change, I just wish she would have noticed my note on the reservation.
I will absolutely go to Gabi James again!

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R
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our server was more interested in outlining the details of the upcoming Sunday brunch than she was in listening to my dinner order. Three entrees were brought to the table and my dinner was not. She forgot to enter my dinner order.

Gabi James
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hi Ronka. We are sorry to hear that your grande was not ordered in a timely manner. We hope that you will giv us another shot to show you the service we pride ourselves on.

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating here! We have come many times but the last time we ate the tortilla, the tuna crudo, the citrus salad, and the oxtail (one of my favorite dishes on the planet). Also wine and beer and a fancy cocktail and we tasted a little whiskey - everything was wonderful. It's a beautiful restaurant with super friendly staff, owners, and fellow diners.

Gabi James
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thank you so much for your lovely words and for visiting us at Gabi James! We are so happy that you have become a regular and love what we are doing so much...that is the best compliment we could ask for. See you very son we hope! Cheers!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

BRING BACK THE DUCK CONFIT!!! Fantastic food but was very disappointed that I was there on the first day that they took the duck off the menu. Was disappointed with that, but had the squash instead and it was also great. Love this place so much, but really hoping that they bring back the duck confit. It’s so hard to find good duck in LA. Thought I had finally hit the jackpot. I will still be back because everything is good and The service is top notch.

Gabi James
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hi! We are so glad you loved the duck and have no fear, we will bring duck back when we get back in to the cooler months. We are making way for some fun new summer dishes! We really appreciate your patronage and hope you will join us again soon!

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o
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service and fantastic cocktail menu with hard to find liquors. owner was very friendly.

Gabi James
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thanks so much! We are so glad you enjoyed yourself and that you love our bar program as much as we do!

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JD
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time going to restaurant, we had really enjoyed it the first time with friends. I got the bass, which was delish along with a side of broccolini which was delish as well!!! My husband decided to go with two medium dishes (shrimp and the hamon) along with the caesar salad. There was enough to take some home for lunch the next day. My husband's family is from Madrid, Spain and we love finding good Spanish food (not mexican ;) ) They have a little different twist to some of our favorites like Paella, which we haven't tried yet but will on next time.

Gabi James
Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words, Janice! We always love when our guests who know Spanish food give us the stamp of approval! Cheers!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My new favorite restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. I cannot wait to go back

Gabi James
Responded on June 13, 2019

We cannot wait to have you back! Cheers!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great

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GC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was outstanding!

Gabi James
Responded on May 24, 2019

Hi Gail! Thank you so much for visiting us! We are so happy that you enjoyed your food and service. We hope to see you again very soon!

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P
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was very oily, every item; the servers were so attentive we were rushed in and out at a time when the restaurant wasn’t busy ; I live in the area and waited until now to visit this restaurant; they will not see me again

Gabi James
Responded on May 24, 2019

We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your food and that you felt your server was overly attentive. While we always want to make sure that we are on top of our guests needs, we never want them to feel rushed. Our apologies and we hope you will give us another try so that you may see the quality of food and service that we pride ourselves on.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, server was excellent, a little loud but other than that cute place

Gabi James
Responded on May 24, 2019

Thanks so much Diane! Come visit us again soon!

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MS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great. Too bad there was a Festival in Redondo sucked all the oxygen out of all the local business that not bars.

Gabi James
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review Mikhail. We were happy to have you!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! The service was spot-on. I highly recommend Gabi James, and I plan to return.

Gabi James
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you so much Amy! We are really happy to hear that we will see you again soon!

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KH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a girlfriend’s birthday. Staff was attentive but not pushy as we were busy catching up. The drinks were delish and we really enjoyed every tapas we ordered. The garlic shrimp and turkey meatballs were particularly good. Did I mention the yummy cocktails? Will definitely be back.

Gabi James
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you so much for celebrating your friend's birthday with us! We are so happy to enjoyed your dinner and that you were a fan of our cocktails. We hope to see you again very soon!

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p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautifully presented. Friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive (but not too) service. Great location in Riviera Village with front of restaurant open to the sidewalk. Great ambience inside and out. We will be back.

Gabi James
Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Patricia. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Gabi James and that you were happy with the service. We can't wait to have you visit us again!

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Friday night: Noise level is very high. A contributing factor is the hard surfaces in use. Tables are crowded together, so combined with the noise, you should assume the diners next to you are going to hear your conversation. If it's warm enough, the few patio seats won't have this noise problem.

Positive: food is good, eclectic menu. Vegan,meat, raw and cooked are available.

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us shared a wide array of small dishes, which the waiter adjusted to make sure we had enough of everything for all. Every dish, from black & white "matrimonio" anchovies, to sauteed dates with cheese & almonds, roasted mushrooms, delicious bread, and on and on were all scrumptious. ... and as uninitiated to the world of gin, we all tried variations of Gabi James' stunning gin & tonics that perfectly complimented the meal. --- I can't wait to go back and try their main course that look just as good. --- If you want an authentic Spanish dining experience and deep flavor, this is "the place" in LA.

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WL
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a slow night so there was only one server. Service was a bit slow.
Quince Salad was good and bountiful.
Meatballs were tasty
Calamari was tender with a crispy coating
Seafood paella was disappointing. The crispy pasta is dry and semi-hard as described in the menu but not to my tastes. Restaurant ran out of clams so they substituted more mussels and calamari. Would recommend another dish and pass on this.

Gabi James
Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you for your review and for joining us. We are glad that you enjoyed most of your meal but are sad to hear that you did not enjoy your Fideua. We hope that you will join us again very soon. Cheers!

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f
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great, we had a big group and our waiter was awesome with handling everything. We moved tables from outside to inside during our meal (they could use some umbrellas outside) and the staff was very accommodating. The mimosas were excellent! The food was just okay. Overall we had a great time.

Gabi James
Responded on May 2, 2019

We are very happy you enjoyed your server and felt accommodated with your requests. We understand that it can get a bit sunny for some guests and are working on a solution. Thank you so much for joining us. We hope to see you soon!

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique dishes and drinks, all great! Try the octopus!

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m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fun time at Gabi James. The service was very good. We ordered the Serrano Jamon croquettes
for an appetizer and they were very nice. We also had the flank steak and fish and they were both prepared very well.

Gabi James
Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you so much for your review and for visiting us at Gabi James. We are so happy to enjoyed your visit and your dinner. We are glad you felt it was well prepared. Please come visit us again soon!

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l
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

THE ATMOSPHERE AND SETTING ARE GREAT. SERVICE ATTENTIVE AND FRIENDLY. FOOD FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS. WE HAD MUSHROOMS, JAMON, SALAD AND BRAZINO. CANT WAIT TO GO BACK. GREAT COCKTAILS AND WINE TOO!!

Gabi James
Responded on May 2, 2019

Hi Lauren! Thank you so so much for visiting Gabi James. We are so happy to have exceeded your expectations! We can't wait for you to come back!

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KC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails and service. The Turkey meatballs are my favorite!

Gabi James
Responded on April 17, 2019

Thank you Kecia! We love the Albondigas Chimayo too. Come back soon!

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JP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting menu ...so many we wanted to try! Our table of four shared all our dishes so we got to try quite a few! Both anchovy dishes and the potato croquettes were all very tasty from the PEQUENA section. From the MEDIA section, the pan con tomate, shishito peppers and albondigas were all delicious. We enjoyed the skirt steak with the mojo salsa but were disappointed in the fideua, finding it a bit too oily and lacking in flavor. We enjoyed the granacha, a Spanish red wine. We were too full to order dessert, but they looked delicious as they went by our table. Our server was wonderful and had our dishes come out in a leisurely manner. The staff was friendly and very attentive and we will definitely go back.

Gabi James
Responded on April 17, 2019

We are so happy you enjoyed your dinner and that you were able to bring friends and try a bunch of dishes....that is our favorite way to do it! We are sorry you didn't love your fideua, but hope that you will be back very soon to try more! Cheers!

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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love this place. food is great. only downside was they were out of the lamb burger which happens to be my favorite. just leaves me ready for our next visit

Gabi James
Responded on April 17, 2019

Chase, we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. Sorry we were out of the Merguez Burger...next time!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tapas. Elizabeth, our server was attentive and knowledgeable. We had the Cava, the Pan con Tomate, the lamb sausage, the Pulpo (octopus) with potatoes, and the mushrooms with egg. (Sorry, I can’t remember the exact names of the dishes) Generous portions for Tapas plates, loved the flavors that complemented each other. Will definitely return.

Gabi James
Responded on April 17, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your amazing review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal and Elizabeth's service. We hope you will visit us again very soon!

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c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent to share dinner with friends

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TV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating a friend’s new job.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Staff a bit under dressed

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LM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was tasteless and expensive for the amount of food served.

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AE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent!!

Gabi James
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us! We hope to see you again soon!

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JD
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time going and heard so many good reviews had to try. It was as good as everyone says. Very interesting combinations of flavors. We went with about 5 medium plates and shared with 4 of us for dinner. Everyone seem full or comfortable at end of dinner. Service was wonderful. Only negative was that my husband found the booths uncomfortable for his back, so on next time we will ask for a table and chairs because we are definitely going back!!

Gabi James
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thanks so much Janice! We are so happy that you left with full bellies and we can't wait for you to come back to try some more fun things!

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CR
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was kind and helpful. She was super well informed about the cocktails and wines in addition to the food menu. Our champagne was pricey but delicious, and the food yummy. We shared the squash - definitely recommend this’d! The meatballs and the potato croquettes were also great. Would recommend this restaurant!

Gabi James
Responded on March 29, 2019

We are so happy that you enjoyed your service and that you enjoyed all your choices! We are so happy to hear that you would recommend us and hope you will be back very soon!

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M
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, I would return. It wasn’t a perfect dining experience though.

The menu has plenty of options. I may be trying different dishes when I return.

The quince salad was tasty although I wish the quince was worked into the dressing rather than so many big chunks.

The dates, cheese and almonds were tasty but perhaps a bit too oily.

The mushroom dish was under salted. When you are sharing plates, they should include several small pieces of toast. The mushroom quantity was generous. The fried egg was perfect.

The braised chicken dish was the least successful dish. Flabby skin. Over cooked, dry string breast meat. They should only serve dark meat. The potatoes was sliced hasselback style but not crispy or seasoned.

Gabi James
Responded on March 29, 2019

Hi! We are so happy you joined us that you enjoyed most of your meal. We regret that you did not enjoy your chicken. We look forward to you joining us again soon. Thank you for your review!

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KB
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy to have a local restaurant with innovative sharing plates. Loved the whole fish, garlic shrimp, tomato bread and clams.

Gabi James
Responded on March 29, 2019

We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us! We love hearing from our neighbors and hope you will be back very soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible Gin selection, great service and amazing food... Everything we ordered was amazing ... To name some : the torta española, the croquetas, the raw tuna, the meatballs... And well you get the idea :)

Gabi James
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you so much! We are so happy you enjoyed our gin selection as well as your food and service! Come visit us again soon!

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E
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food - every single dish was outstanding. We ordered several small plates including the turkey meatballs, lamb sausage, shrimp and chopped salad. Also ordered the whole fish and the oxtail pasta. Our cocktails were great, too. Service was excellent - the owner brought us our drinks and was friendly and helpful. Our waitress Masha was lovely and efficient too. The restaurant was very alive and a bit noisy for us, but we find that to be true in many places these days.

Gabi James
Responded on March 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your incredibly kind review and for visiting us at Gabi James! We are so happy you had such a good experience! We are glad you enjoyed your time with Masha as well..she is a gem! Cheers!

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RL
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Party for 6 was too much for them. Reservations 3 weeks in advance was not enough to get a good table.
Arrived at 6:59 on a Saturday for our 7pm reservation. They scrambled to pull two tables together RIGHT BY THE FRONT DOOR and ADJACENT TO THE BAR. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, very helpful in ordering, and friendly. We ordered a few small plates to share, and we each ordered a large plate (eg, main course). The mains all arrived at DIFFERENT times. Food was very good. Our proximity to the door and bar was very annoying, as people kept coming into the restaurant, and standing right against our table guests (eg bumping them in the back). The noise level was very high. Overall disappointed with the evening, even though the food and server were good. Previous brunch experience was not like this, so may give it another try on a different night.

Gabi James
Responded on March 14, 2019

Thank you for visiting us. We apologize that you did not like your table. Its one of our most popular tables, which is why we reserved it for your birthday celebration. We are glad that you enjoyed the food & are sorry if you were not informed that all items come out as they are prepared, as everything is meant to be shared. We appreciate you joining us & planning ahead (booking on 3/2) & wish that you had enjoyed your table as much as other guests do but hope that you will join us again soon.

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