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(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA

(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen

3.9
3.9
165 Reviews
$31 to $50
Jamaican
(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
Our Culinary style draws from our Jamaican heritage with Asian & Indian influences. 
In 2013, we opened our doors at our Flagship location in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. With a mission of bringing authentic Jamaican cuisine to the Downtown area. Using our families recipes as our guide, we take our guests on a culinary journey with exuberant & bright flavors.  At our Second Location, (abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen, located in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles we have expanded our vision.  Curating  a space where the energy of Downtown LA, and a calm Caribbean breeze collide. Mixing up cocktails that takes you on an Island oasis, enhanced by the sounds of our Resident Djs spinning Dancehall, and Reggae.  From the moment you walk into  the space you are transformed to the Dawson family's living room with warm textures and a crew that makes you feel like a part of our story and our family.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Jamaican, Contemporary American, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 265-7763

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Catering

    We have a variety of catering and special event options. We also have a Food Truck. Please feel free to email us at info@abeautifullifejamaican.com

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Aja Dawson: (213) 265-7763

  • Neighborhood

    Little Tokyo

  • Parking details

    Retail Parking Located at 235 San Pedro st. Street Parking also available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Bottomless Sangria Wednesday's

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Join us for Bottomless Sangria, $30 for 2 Hours.
  • Bottomless Rum Punch + Taco Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Join us for a Tropical Taco Tuesday Featuring our Favorite Rum Punch ($35 for Bottomless) & a Variety of Caribbean Inspired Tacos
  • Bottomless Mimosas

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM,Fri - Sat - 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Join us for 2 Hours of Bottomless Mimosas available ALL DAY Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

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What 165 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Great for Brunch

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Hot Spot

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    So happy that I found a place who’s oxtails taste as good as they look, the food was a 10/10 , the Oxtail Mac n cheese was some of the best Mac n cheese I’ve ever tasted . Will definitely be back!
  2. AH

    AriannaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Love the oxtails, you just have to eat there before the end of the week.
  3. M

    Megangirl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The food wasn’t as good as a hole in the wall Jamaican restaurant. Especially for the price I payed.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful .. over hyped .. service was disappointing.. the food was Very cold, no one came to check on us to see if we needed anything.. we came for a specialty drink and they told us it didn’t exist when they posted it on their instagram the day before .. just a waste of money .. stick to the hole in the wall authentic Jamaican spots .. this is a TikTok restaurant
  5. EM

    EgyptM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    Restaurant was nice . Great vibes . Food was fire !!! But the wait was terrible. The waiters tend to try and wait the high rollers first. And it took a hour for food. And then 30 mins for the check. We actually had to go to the bar to pay. Nobody paid us any mind. But food was great .
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice restaurant. Would def come again when visiting LA. FOOD WAS GREAR. Mac and cheese was a tad too cheesy but would def recommend still.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    First off the food took like a hour or so to come out, secondly it was cold (especially the patties). The host was very rough looking she had on a cut off t shirt with tattoos shown everywhere like if she ran a tattoo shop (very tacky) I almost lost my appetite. It’s black owned so I tried to show love, but it’s levels to cooking Jamaican food and this is just not it! Don’t waste your money and more importantly your time.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Have the Bob Marley cocktail.
  10. SF

    StarlaF

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Reserved seating and was lied to and was not able to be seated in a reserved section. I was offered to only be seated at a small high table, outside. People who can after me with no reservation was seated before me and clearly because they knew the host. Guests who ordered after me and got the same dish, received their food before me. Taste is a 7out of 10. I got oxtails and Mac. It could use a little more flavor (I’m a southerner lol). My waitress was sweet and nice. But I felt very unwelcome. The vibe is unlike any other in LA and they play great music (this was a Sunday). I will not be returning due to POOR customer service. it had so much potential to be a good Sunday brunch spot.
  11. MJ

    MrsJ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice spot with limited seating inside and out. Make a reservation if you want inside dining. Depending on the entree can be pricey and 20% gratuity automatically added. It's a great place to get the experience of good Jamaican food.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was horrible, we were there for 1 - 1 1/2 hours before we left hungry and thirsty. My friend arrived at 3, myself about 3:35 or so. The waiter came over 10-15 minutes after I arrived to take our food order. They had a small glass of champagne they had to ration because we had no water up until my friend went to the bar which was about 30 minutes after I arrive to ask. A young lady comes and drops a small carafe on the table and walks away. We had no glasses to drink the water. I made eye contact with a waiter and summoned him, he just told the waiter that had our area that I asked for him I guess. Needless to say, he did not bother to come over. Another customer even got up to ask for service for us. No one came, the waiter never came that took our order. It was way to hot inside, to crowded and the music was way to loud . We could not even hear ourselves talk. One of my friends did order a beef patty so she received that but that is all the food we saw in 1- 1/2 hours . It was like they just forgot about us.
  13. BB

    BeverlyB

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! The food was so good. Great atmosphere and staff!
  14. SH

    SherrieH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great music, service, food and vibes! This place is definitely where you should be! Live DJ kept the music on point.Amazing drinks definitely would recommend the Rum punch
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cute but loud
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall I was very satisfied. The food was delicious. My girlfriend had an issue with her wings once our server was made aware she fixed it right away. Major plus. I will return
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The hostess was a little rude when we checked in. She asked if we wanted to sit inside or outside when we checked in and we said inside. She came back and said she was going to sit us outside. Someone in my party said that we wanted to sit inside and if she was going to sit us outside why did she ask our preference. She left and returned and talked lowly yo the floor saying it would be a few more minutes. We only knew what she said because another patron told us after she walked away. We couldn’t hear her and she didn’t speak toward us so we didn’t know she was even talking to us. She came back and said “come on” and walked off again toward the table. ETHAN our server made up for the first five minutes of our visit with his AMAZING service. He was friendly and attentive. He made sure to check in on us often and was patient as others from my party joined the table one by one. He was the highlight of the visit honestly. Good service is rare these days and he Ethan gives it all. kudos. The food was tasty. I had the jerk salmon. Others in my party had oxtail combos and jerk wings. They all said their dishes were good and hot so we know it was fresh and not just sitting in the back. The Patties were also delicious. We tried all three- chicken, veggie, and beef. My fave was the veggie. I love spinach. The plantain…chef’s kiss. Perfect flavor and texture. Y’all did that! Overall I had a great experience and I would come back again and def refer others looking for some good Jamaican food and even better vibes.
  18. V

    Valerie

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We had a reservation for 12 PM and was seated promptly but service to the table was extremely slow. We sat there for about 30 minutes before a server even came to us and asked us if we wanted water. It took well over an hour to get our food although tables around us came much later than we did and received their food before us
  19. KG

    KeeshaG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very Very good. Only complaint was the music didn’t match the restaurant . I expected dancehall/reggae music. The DJ did not play any while we were there. We where there 3 hours. I would recommend more of a mixture to accommodate Caribbean guest.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was BOMB!! Service a little slow but their great personalities made up for it. I will be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Had great expectations for this place. Waited VERY VERY long to even place our order. The Rum Punch while good was extremely basic. No rum taste whatsoever. Ordered the oxtails plate for husband and the stew chicken for me. First, the plantain was dry and not fully cooked. Great on the outside though. The stew chicken was flavorful and stewy but no Jamaican flavor at all. Same for cabbage- bland and the peas and rice, I searched hard for flavor. Ughhh. Just none. The oxtails, my husband said, were good but not falling off the bone like one expected. The white plastic chairs outside on the unkept patio made me think, omg, what bullet did we just dodge by eating here. While you can't see the kitchen from the dining room, that patio left tons to the imagination. I just wish these places would get it right especially if they are gonna charge people over 30 dollars for entrees. It's not Mastros and it just wasn't good. Not horrible but just not good.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The energy here is amazing! The staff was polite and welcoming. I love that they have Bottomless Mimosas all weekend including Friday’s. I highly recommend the Honey Jerk Chicken wings and the Oxtail Ragu. I will be back to try the Jerk Lobster Mac and Cheese
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    They dont have the staff to support the volume of traffic they receive. Food took an hour to come. Manager blamed it on the server. Rice under cooked, mac tastes like Hometown Buffet, oxtails tasted like pepperoni. Drinks were good though. Would never go back. Tik Tok review was way over rated. Was looking forward to going here. Hella disappointed.
  24. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation for an inside table at 6:00pm which I was on time for. I was notified that they no longer had inside tables and they put me outside. I had to wait 30 minutes before I was seated in a far corner of the outside dining area. What was the point of making a reservation then? We weren’t offered water or approached by a server for about an hour. I then got to watch as people that showed up after us receive their food first. We finally got our food after an hour and a half of waiting. When I received the bill they made no attempt to make it up to me and even forced the gratuity to be included. It was a table of two. Why was there a gratuity charge? I had been excitedly waiting a week to take my wife to this place. I felt robbed, taken advantage of, and disrespected. I never write bad reviews about places but was so compelled by this horrible experience to share it. I won’t be going back.
  25. JS

    JessicaS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff. Food is out of this world! Go get you some!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    I'll start with the food was amazing, I think that was the best Jamaican/American Food I taste before everything else they need to work on services the noise was so loud you can't even hear you thinking the music was OK me personally if you going to have a Caribbean restaurant I think you should be played Caribbean music they did but they played more American than the Caribbean.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Daughter starting entering college life at USC. First to leave home. Mother/daughter time before my is all independent. 💖
  28. MJ

    MelaninJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was horrible waited over 30 mins for someone to even come take our order, waiters kept walking by and no one asked if we wanted anything we had to ask for water and then never received our drinks. Was looking forward to supporting a black owned business and was very disappointed. Wasted time there and wasted gas to drive an hour n half there for poor service. Horrible service waited over 30 monitors for someone to even asked to take our order then they never brought out our drinks and food was just ok and overpriced. Would not come back here.
  29. Y

    Yana

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Overall it was nice food was good but I had to give it 1 star for service cuz boy o boy it was slow. & they ran out of jerk patties. That was like the #1 starter so that should never run out cuz you know it's gone be high demand item But our waiter was on point and made sure to keep coming to the table to check in on us. So that made it ok. But for future they might need to hire kitchen staff to keep up with the demand
  30. D

    Dice

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Loved everything about the restaurant except it took almost 40mins to get the bill and to go boxes, so we ended a lil frustrated before leaving.
  31. O

    Odie

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The experience was disappointing. Pros: very cute ambiance ,Jamaican soda, the staff were polite. Cons: we were seated in the far back and that’s not a problem but due to us being tall women I was not able to sit properly at the table because of the cramp location of the seat. I had to sit side ways the entire dinner. After being seated and 15 minutes of no one attending to us , we had to flag our waiter down to put in our order. My order consisted of jerk chicken ,rice n peas and cabbage. Everything was very bland with spicy aftertaste. It was very much giving store bought jerk seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I also ordered oxtails Mac n cheese. The oxtails was very good, I wish I had ordered oxtails and rice and peas instead . The oxtails weren’t very tender but it wasn’t a big deal either. Now the Mac n cheese was very box Mac n cheese tasting it was edible. Rum punch I never had it before so I don’t know how it should taste, but I didn’t like it, It had a very unique after taste almost metallic tasting to me. My friends had jerk salmon with mashed potatoes and asparagus she loved her food. Lemonade she ordered she did not like she stated it was not regular lemonade and tasted creamy almost similar tasting to the candy crème savers. My other friend had vegan wings she loved that. Jerk lamb chops with mashed potatoes and cabbage she also loved her meal. I would still recommend to others to give it their own try because it wasn’t terrible. Just not authentic tasting enough for myself.
  32. TK

    TamayK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Our reservation was at 7.30 pm, we were seated and ordered but didn’t get our food till 9.30 pm, nor did we get any explanations or excuses while we were waiting. Service wasn’t great, we were barely tended, food was good, not worth 2 hr wait though.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Didn't eat the food. Loud. Nasty atmosphere raunchy area. It's for he young crowd
  34. LB

    LaurenB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was so excited to come here. My partner and I had been anticipating for weeks what amazing food we’d be eating and how much fun the atmosphere would be. Unfortunately, it couldn’t have been further from the experience we had in our minds. We were sat outside in the heat (which was fine considering how loud it was inside). But when it’s close to 100 degrees out I would at the very least expect for a server to bring us water. I’m nearly 7 months pregnant and it was very obvious by looking at me. We brought our little one with us (which we knew was a gamble but really wanted to come here so we took that chance) as well as another couple that we had hyped up about eating here (one of whom is also pregnant). We waited 45 minutes in the sun with not so much as eye contact from a server or a hello or water. I’ve worked in some pretty high profile restaurants in LA and know customer service well enough to not complain about small trivial things. But making any guest, much less pregnant ones sitting out in the sun, wait that long to get a glass of water is undoubtedly the worst example of customer service. Ultimately we left and went around the corner to another place that accommodated for us immediately and made us feel the way customers should in any establishment- appreciated. I’m so sad to say that I will not be attempting to come here again- never even having the chance to try the food. But at the end of the day customer service has to be existent to get my money. There are too many great restaurants in this city, to support a space that doesn’t know how to make customers feel valued.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The vibe here is top notch. The food is bland. The servers, though very nice, are working as hard as they can but service is beyond slow. It’s unacceptable.
  36. DW

    DerrickW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    My reservation was for inside hostess seated me outside.. only a party of two. People left asked to be moved inside was told there reserved.. it was hot 🔥 ice melting.. no music outside.. And the hostess for got to send the waiter outside to take order.. had to go inside and get my order started.. Food $$$ was good but that 20% gratuity was not expected.
  37. BC

    BrianC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun times, good food and good music playing. If you are looking for a place to have some fun for a few hours this is the spot to pull up at.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was very good, and I’ll recommend it to everyone I know. Be ready to spend money though.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate my birthday and daughters. The spot is absolutely amazing. We enjoyed the vibe and the staff was excellent. Would definitely recommend and I was just in California for a vacation. Love it
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, but parking is a bit of issue. Loved the oxtails/stew chicken. My girlfriend totally loved the place!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. (abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 265-7763.

(abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen is rated 3.9 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for (abeautifullife) Jamaican Kitchen

243 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3808

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Little Tokyo

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Jamaican, Contemporary American, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Retail Parking Located at 235 San Pedro st. Street Parking also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 265-7763

  • Catering

    We have a variety of catering and special event options. We also have a Food Truck. Please feel free to email us at info@abeautifullifejamaican.com

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Aja Dawson: (213) 265-7763

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