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Father's Office

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49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90034-3209
United States
phone: (310) 736-2224

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Place added by: drewbage on 04-25-2008

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Reviews by Floydster:
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by here today after picking up some CDs down the street, got my ID checked at the door, first thing I noticed was the long and slender outdoor patio that was completely filled, then I walked in and got in line for about five minutes, people immediately seemed less snobby as the other Santa Monica location, was already having a better time, I ordered a New Belgium Lips of Faith Series Le Fleur Misseur, it was served at the right temperature in some kind of thick flute/snifter glass, unfortunately it was eight dollars, could not have been more than twelve ounces either, pretty sad when it is $4.50 everywhere else I have seen it so far, anyways I grabbed my beer and stood up next to a television until a seat opened, then I sat down and watched the Lakers game, did not take me more than twenty minutes to drink my beer and it is was quite good, I left after that because it started to get pretty crowded after halftime, atmosphere was upper class and full of businessmen, saw about fifteen different people eating the burger which I still have not tried, did not order any food this time either, place was very clean and high quality, service was not the greatest and the bartender that served me thought he was something else but that was expected in a way, selection was pretty good for the LA area, I will try to remember as many taps as I possibly can right here: there was 32 total, Young's Oatmeal Stout, the New Belgium I tasted, Russian River Perdition and Damnation, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra India Pale Ale, Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen, 1903 Lager, and Orange Cream I believe, Maudite, Rogue Hazelnut Brown and Shakespeare Stout, Old Speckled Hen, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Chimay Cinq Cents, Saison Dupont, Duvel, Maredsous 8, Anderson Valley Poleeko Pale Ale and Hop Ottin' IPA, and Alesmith Anvil ESB, prices range from six to eight dollars from what I saw, food always looks good but I seem to eat dinner before I go, particularly interested in trying the sweet potato fries in the future, my advice is to not expect too much from the beer selection here if you visit places like Naja's and Daily Pint in this area, still they have some good stuff and is a neat place, I like the new location a lot more than the first one, will probably go back pretty soon once they get Pliny the Elder on tap, my avatar has not been fed for quite some time haha, you check this spot out if you have the chance

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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Labels and hype are probably the worst things that can happen to a restaurant and it was indeed what initially stirred me away from this establishment.

My friend introduced this place to me as a "gourmet burger" place, and asked me if I was into "gourmet burgers." Having been displaced to the east coast where every restaurant seems to market or label their flagship burgers as "gourmet" Father's Office's initial appeal was a little... underwhelming. He also finished his introduction by saying that the place also had a good selection of craft beer, so I figured it couldn't hurt just stopping by for a quick drink.

It wasn't really long until I figured out why this establishment is called "Father's Office." Remember being 12 years old and sneaking into your dad's study because you were strictly forbidden from entering, and the moment you entered everything was so mystical and wondrous because they were all so new to you and everything seemed to have a sense of majesty to it? And then twelve years later after you grew up, you'd revel in joy and nostalgia because you found a shop that sells that really expensive pen that your dad used to use, or the crystal decanter that he'd pour his whisky into while smoking out of his mahogany pipe?

Well, me neither.

But if I did have such memories, Father's Office would be a spot-on reification of such an experience. If I'm not mistaken, Chef Sang Yoon's vision for his restaurant is, like the proverbial Father's Office, is to discreetly educate and introduce the public to his idea of fine dining and there are many clues at his establishment that stand as a testament to this vision. His rotating and expansive draft collection, while it houses your everyday favorites, also includes among the finest of America's microbrews, starting from California's Pliny the Elder to Maine's Allagash White. The Scotch at this joint, while at first glance simply house familiar everyday brands such as your Laphroaigs and Macallans, upon second glance you'll notice that all the scotch being served at this establishment is from INDEPENDENT BOTTLERS and most of them are CASK STRENGTH. Upon third glance you may also notice that they carry an Independent Bottling of 1982 PORT ELLEN, albeit for 50 dollars a glass, and if you're an avid Scotch drinker like myself you would probably stop reading this review at this point and book your next flight to L.A.

A great place for bite, an even better place for a drink.

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As I said in the last review, the same type of atmosphere. If you LLLOOOVVVEEE beer or wine like me, you need to be there. I am telling you. This place is one of those places where you feel exclusive and intimate at the same damn time. I love their burger and fries

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Father's Office in Los Angeles, CA
94 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.