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Father's Office

Not Rated.
Father's OfficeFather's Office
BA SCORE
95
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fathersoffice

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: drewbage on 04-25-2008)
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Reviews by OlieIPA:
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Decided to finally try out this place after some strong recommendations from fellow beer geeks....and boy, I'm glad I did.

A: A very upscale and "trendy-like" LA bar...but not in a bad way...just something I'm not used to seeing at a well put together craft beer bar. The inside has very contemporary feel to it, but also kind of cozy at the same time...this might be due to the limited amount of space. LOL. Could easily see myself chilling here for several hours with a beer and burger.

Q: Had some beer and food while I'll was there...both were served to highest quality. All the beers seemed to be fresh and free of any off flavors, and the grade of beef used on my burger was something I expect to find from a higher end restaurant.

S: The bartender's were very beer knowledgeable and quick to serve your every beer need. The food service was exceptional as well.

S: About 25-30 taps of higher end craft beer. Don't want to list them all, but some of the beers that I was tempted by included: PtE, Self-Righteous and Mahajara. To be honest, their line-up rivals any other LA beer bar...including Blue Palms and Verdugo.

F: This might have been my favorite part about Father's Office. I ordered their burger with fries....and it was totally awesome! The grade and choice of beef was superb, the cheese (not sure if it was agur cheese, but something similar to it) had a nice bite, and spinach leaves all worked together beautifully. I was almost tempted to order a second one...seriously.

Overall: A little out of the way and expensive for me, but I'll definitely be hitting this place up again soon. I highly recommend it to all beer and non-beer lovers. Cheers!

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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

Photo of VegasBill
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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On the site of what once was Helm's Bakery is Fathers Office II. Back in the day Helm's was the baking Co. for L.A. The site has been wonderfully restored into shops and restaurants.
When I arrived here I sat at the bar, something I would later regret, it was not busy, like two other people at the bar. No RR brews so I tried the Craftsman 1903, a very nice brew on a warm day, and I ordered the famous Fathers Office burger. I soon realized this is a order at the bar type of operation, and by the time I left there were people on both sides of me ordering and they were even handing menus over my head to people behind me. Now I dont question the dozens of reviews that say the burger was two things, big and jucy. I dont know what they served me but mine was not neither big or jucy, I ordered it medium and it was dry and mostly tasteless. I asked for mustard, I like mustard instead of ketchup and they dont have it and no ketchup either.
So let me finish, and I hope my review does not get removed, but if a restaurant serves burgers and fries and they dont have mustard or ketchup that restaurant sucks!!

Photo of blincoln
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just went here for the first time tonight. Its got a gastro pub atmosphere - order everything at the bar and find a seat to wait for your food. There are no waiters, but the bartenders are really friendly and helpful. They also seem to have a decent knowledge of beers with a pretty good selection to back them up.

The beer menu by coincidence had a number of my favorite micro-breweries - Unibroue, Allagash...just to name a few.

The food is great - although you can't change anything (my girlfriend didn't want the blue cheese on her burger, but the chef sticks with what he's made and doesn't waver). They also won't give you anything other than what comes with your food - we were denied ketchup for our fries. But, that being said my food was pretty amazing so I'll give it to the chef - You know what you're doing.

I'd definitely give them a go if you want a nice relaxing night at a trendy spot with a pretty decent selection of beers.

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Father's Office in Los Angeles, CA
95 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.