Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by willjschmidt:
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
We ended up here after trying to go to the original Father's Office in Santa Monica which was absolutely packed and it was obvious we weren't getting a table any time soon.
Located in Culver City it has a modern atmosphere and everything is new. A bunch of tables located in a patio outside. This place must be 5 times bigger than the original location and is therefore much easier to get a table. They still don't help the patrons get tables so you have to hover over tables and then grab one as soon as people leave. This is a minor pain in the ass.
The selection is excellent. Lots of American craft and quite a few Belgians on-tap. Decent bottle list as well. Plenty of stuff on the tap list to get any beer geek excited. I had a Pliny the Elder and a Stone 13th anniversary. Prices are rather steep.
Food was pretty good. I had a very good burger and the sweet potato fries were excellent.
07-26-2009 17:52:40 | More by willjschmidt
More User Reviews:
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
07-15-2014 14:15:10 | More by amano_h
Father's Office in Los Angeles, CA
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.