James Republic

500 E. 1st St.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Critics' Pick


  • Daily 7am-10:30am, Daily 6pm-9pm
  • $$
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
James Republic is a Long Beach restaurant that offers American bistro food. It has such lovable quirks as using jars for just about every appetizer and dessert. To back up claims that it's sustainable; James Republic recycles its old menus to use as doilies. And because of this ethos--one that no new restaurant these days goes without--the menu changes daily. Named after chef Dean James Max--the empire-building, James Beard-nominated chef responsible for other high-achieving restaurants--the place counts the time since it opened, with its days printed atop the menus and scrawled on a chalkboard near the kitchen. How a dish reads one day will be different than the days before or after.

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