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Father's Office

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

30 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
57
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Father's OfficeFather's Office
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90034-3209
United States

(310) 736-2224 | map
www.fathersoffice.com

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Added by drewbage on 04-25-2008

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 57
Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Visited on Saturday night, August 7th, 2010 at about 10:00pm.

F.O.2 has a very different vibe form the original F.O. - better-looking (LOVE the bathroom sink area!), darker, more intimate and less full of annoying people. In fact, less full in general. Despite it being prime time for beer drinking, my friend and I got a bar seat within a couple of minutes of arriving.

The waitstaff was uniformly friendly and moderately attentive.

The draft beer selection was well-chosen, though there was a tendency towards lighter beer styles (hefes, wheats, witbier, summer ales, etc...). Regardless, I was able to enjoy an Old Rasputin and put down a not-so-great Alalskan White.

The food? Expensive and overrated. The Office Burger has devolved from its origin as one of the great hamburgers into a bloody mess whose flavors, once distinct and savory and unique, are now a goopy melange of meat and some kind of leafy vegetable and bun. The original Office burger was great and virtually unequaled; this one wasn't even one of the best hamburgers I've had this year.

So... if I had to pick a Father's Office in which to have a beer and some food, this one would win hands down over the pretentious, unbearable original location. That having been said, I would rather go to Lucky Devil's, Blue Palms, Tony's Darts Away, Third Stop, Verdugo, Lucky Baldwin's or The Daily Pint. Heck, I'd probably choose a Gordon Biersch over F.O. It's not a bad place, but the hype train left the station long ago and is running at high speed on the F.O. establishments.

God help us if they ever jump on the food truck bandwagon...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rex_4539
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Pros: Best burgers I have ever tasted and big selection of beers.

Cons: Overcrowded and bad service.

Still, this is the no1 place to visit when in LA.

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Photo of adamranders
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Great selection but very high prices. My friends assure me the food used to be top-notch but honestly I wasn't much impressed by it. That said, service (bar only) was friendly and knowledgeable and drinks were good.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Along with one of the city's best burgers, Father's Office (Santa Monica location) is simply one of the city's best beer bars too. Great local beer selection, great food and knowledgeable staff cancel out the fairly small confines -- which you'll gladly embrace within minutes. If you're in L.A., it's a must-stop (and proximity to Santa Monica State Beach doesn't hurt either).

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Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The burger is world class and the selection is amazing as well.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of crob3888
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dmquinn
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of amano_h
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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Father's Office in Los Angeles, CA
93 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.