We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Gabriele and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind the success of Gabi James is, without question, passion. Everything we do here comes from our hearts. We care deeply about every beverage and dish that we serve and about making sure that our guests truly enjoy their experience at Gabi James.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was born into restaurants and food and beverage became a passion shortly after. I spent countless hours sitting at my father’s restaurants observing and learning through watching what was going on and always trying new things. There was never a dish that I wouldn’t at least try. This adventurous nature is something that I am very proud of and something that allows me continually evolve, which is essential in the restaurant industry. I constantly research food, beverages, culture, etc and it keeps my imagination alive so that we can keep things fresh at Gabi James.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were visiting, my first stop would be picking up lunch from Tigres Fuego and heading to the beach with our tacos and a bottle of rosé. After some time at the beach, we would probably do a little BBQing in the backyard. The next day would have to include a coffee from Hi-Fi then a hike in Palos Verdes to show off the amazing views of the South Bay. To keep those views going, we would hit the pier in Hermosa and grab a marg at Palmilla and then a quick snack Playa Hermosa (don’t sleep on the scallop crudo or the Green Curry Mussels), followed by dinner at my sister’s restaurant in Manhattan Beach, Love & Salt! Day 3 would take us outside of the South Bay bubble. It’s time for lunch at Grand Central Market with a little culinary world traveling from spot to spot before heading to the Broad to take in a little culture. After we work up an appetite in the museum, its time to hit the bar at Otium for a few drinks and amazing bites.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am extremely grateful to have my father, Guy Gabriele and my sister, Sylvie Gabriele to learn from and to bounce ideas off of. I am also deeply grateful for my mom’s support and the creativity and artistic nature that she passed down to me as well as my litle sister’s constant positivity. Their experience and support is priceless and never ceases to amaze me.

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Anne Fishbein

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