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Father's Office

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 30
Cask: 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

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Reviews by willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of amano_h
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.

Photo of GentlemanQuan27
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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 -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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 -2.1%
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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere- The place hosts an array of patrons from white hairs to young bloods. The decor is rich with wood. People are friendly. A nice bar to be in, and it gets more fun as the night wears-on.

Quality- Appropriate glassware is used to serve all beers. Draught lines seem to be clean. The barspace itself was well-kept, and overall this place exhibited good quality.

Service- The service was very good... I mean the waitstaff and bartenders were very good... but certain policies out of their control force me to give a lower Service rating... like not being able to order a burger without onions or bacon... yes, you are not allowed to request any alterations to the Fathers Office burger... lame... Other than that, the waitstaff and bartenders were quite knowledgeable about their product and quite prompt with service.

Selection- With 36 taps and a couple dozen bottles, none of which are macro-brews, the selection is impressive... despite its low quantity of beers to choose from.

Food- My steak tasted great, but the meat was a little tough

Overall- I would definitely return here!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been to this Father's Office location a few times, most recently last night. The space is a pretty cool design with lots of wood and leather. They take the idea of a father's space seriously. The atmosphere is good with a wide variety of people of all ages crammed in a smallish location. They have a nice selection of constantly changing taps and bottles representing a good selection of styles. The food there is pretty awesome, especially their burger. The quality of the beer and food is very good. Service is above average but nothing special. You order all drinks and food at the bar and seat yourself. The only real complaint I have with Father's Office is their prices. Everything here seems so expensive for both beer and food. For example, their burger with the fries on the side will run you $15. I had a smaller pour of the 2011 Stone IRS and it was $8. This is a good place to come every once in a while when you have some extra cash to burn.

Photo of dksl16
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Father's Office II is arguably the most polarizing bar in Los Angeles. Aside from the high prices and the need to lurk/hover for a table, I have no complaints.

When it comes to beer, FO II always has something interesting on tap. Russian Rivers brews are usually on (they're one of the few bars in LA that gets Pliny the Younger). Unfortunately, most of the beers run $8.

I would dare say FO II has one of the most underrated kitchens in the city. Obviously the burger and the no substitution policy have been discussed to death (I happen to be a big fan). But the rest of the menu is just as good if not better. Always check the specials (had some terrific pigs ears during my last visit).

Photo of Metalmonk
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We walked in on a Tuesday night around 8:30 pm, and it was packed. The place features low lighting with classy and comfy interior. It's basically just a long room parallel with the long bar (all...those...taps!!), with indentions on either side, making for a kind of shallow "U" shape. And there's a large patio out front, with long wooden tables and bench-style seating. Music playing was Radiohead, which is always fine by me, and the service seemed knowledgable, friendly and quick, despite the fact that they were slammed when we got there.

Beer selection was incredible. Anyone that bitches about the selection is either a jaded beer-snob or someone who doesn't really like good beer. Served in appropriate glassware and (this is key) not too cold, there was really nothing not to like here. Sure, you could complain about the hipster/upscale sort of crowd, but anyone we bumped into and chatted with seemed cool enough. And you can't blame a bar for its clientele, can you? We were there for good beer, and we got it: Great Divide Ruffian, St. Bernardus Tripel, Avery Pilsner, Russian River Perdition, Pliny the Elder, AleSmith Anvil ESB.

The girl waiting the bar that night knew her beer. This was evidenced by two guys who walked in, asked her something like "what can you recommend that's going to blow our expectations about beer, what can you serve us that's going to shift the beer paradigm?" They were literally that specific and driven...probably new to good beer but obviously willing to learn. So I watched as she went to the taps and poured the dudes a Russian River Perdition and St. Bernardus Tripel. Like I said, not much to NOT like about this place...

Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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...

Photo of OlieIPA
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Alright - I was at FOII about a week ago and my friend who took me there did the right thing - we went at 3PM on a Saturday. So we sat at the bar with no problems and had very good service. I understand that it gets crazy busy and difficult to get seated but I can only review what I experienced.

The beer - they had around 40 taps with some very nice choices. They had The Abyss, Pliny the Elder, Hennepin, Prima Pils, some Craftsman brews and a bunch of other nice choices. I think most people would certainly not complain about the tap list.

We had a couple of tasty appetizers then I had the delicious burger and my friend had the mussels which were also tasty.

I have been to the other Father's Office and it was a pain. This one is a lot larger and from my experience much easier to deal with. I will go back on my next visit!

Oh - the bathrooms rock!! to the floor urinals and common sink area in the open that forces dirty people to wash their hands

Photo of pants678
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The design's very modern, angular and such. Not bad, but I kind of like the semi run down shack, hole in the wall feel.

The service was great, didn't have to wait, didn't have to force my way to the bar. Staff is well versed and had some good suggestions even when I knew what I was looking for.

Quite a few taps of high quality stuff. Problem is it was pretty picey, but that might just be LA. $8 was the cheapest, if I remember correctly. I'm used to paying $7.50 for the best Belgian on tap.

If it were closer or a bit more homey I might find myself at the Office more often.

Photo of AHebel
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I like this place a lot... It doesn't blow me away, but it's far past average. I've been here a few times since it's opened, driving past it on my way home from work. They've got a good selection of maybe 25 tap brews and about as many bottles. Every week or two they have 3-5 new ones that'll replace some of the older seasonals.

The food is good, but expensive. The highlight at FO is, of course, the Office Burger. But, I usually just get a side of the fries (tastier than normal fries) to go with the two beers that I'll get.

The service is prompt. But, I always sit at the bar, which is where all ordering is done, so that'd make sense. The bartenders are always friendly, but I feel their explanations of the beers are somewhat generic, making me question whether or not they actually care about what they're talking about, or simply reciting the same descriptions over and over.

The decor does a great job of mixing a sense of modernity with the classic wood furnishings of a comfortable, relaxing bar.

Overall, this place is very good, and ranks as my number two place for beer in Los Angeles. My # 1 is Blue Palms Brewhouse.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went here a few weeks ago and have been meaning to review it since.

I went on a Saturday night with my fiancée (who graciously agreed to go - she is not into craft beer at all nor does she understand my infatuation with it). It was busy and took a while to find a place to sit which, whatever, it was better than a crowded "club". There was, however, a sort of "hip" atmosphere which led me to believe some of the people present were not there for the beer (mind you I'm a 25 year old who a year ago probably would have been one of the beer posers there). Overall though, it was lively and fast paced.

I have not been to the original FO in Santa Monica, which I will be visiting next week, but I can say FO2 is very nicely done and the presentation is excellent. Seeing all those amazing taps as I walked in gave me goosebumps.

The service was actually quite good for how busy it was - the bar tender we dealt was very informative and was quick to give suggestions to my fiancée about what beers they had that were "comparable" to ones she may drink elsewhere.

The selection was great. I had a Green Flash Imperial IPA, Pliny the Elder, and Black Butte XXI to finish up the night. Oh so good...I can't wait to go back!

While there I ordered a burger and fries. People complain about the "as is" rule but I thought the burger was pretty damn tasty how it came, though I do wish they had ketchup for my fries...god I love my ketchup!

At the end of the night it was not overly expensive but not overly cheap. However, I gave it the "reasonable" value for the fact the beers I was ordering were twice the ABV as say a bud light which would have been damn near the same price the beers I ordered were at.

Consensus - Would definitely go back again.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

The "new" F.O. (check out my review of the original if you want some back story) is both better and worse than the orignial.

There's a replica of the neon sign of the original and the same wood paneled "feel" but the two places are very different

The good: 72 taps.
The bad: 36 beers (mirrored selections for each side of the bar)

The good: 3 times as big as the original with a super long bar with comfy stools.
the bad: As crowded as the old one and people hovering if you look finished. (No, I don't care if you are waiting on food and I'm done eating. I'm ordering more beers, get the eff away from my table.)

The crowd? There's a pretty high L.A. douchebag factor. You know, the entitlement thing which leads me to:

EVERYBODY GET OVER THE NO SUBSTITUTIONS! If you want your food cooked to your specifications instead of the chef's, may I suggest the Sizzler or Burger King? When I see a wannabe actor/model pitch a fit 'cause they won't take cheese off the burger or "Hold the onions" (Never a please, just demanded) I want to beat the crap out of them for the benefit of the staff who must enforce the chef's rules. Just eat what Sang makes. It's really freakin' good. He's a four-star chef and he's great at what he does. Get over yourselves. You know less about food than him, deal! Try something off the specials too 'cause that's what's in season at the moment and occasionally life-changing taste experiences.

On the flip side of the L.A. douchebag factor there's the female crowd. Lots of pretty model looking girls with fashion that barely stays above the line of what I would call porn star or stripperwear. But dressing in your finest to visit a beer bar is wrong on so many levels.

So F.O. 2 manages to encompass everything I love about the original but unfortunately tosses in a lot of what I don't miss about living in L.A.

Photo of callmescraps
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally went here to track down Pliny the Younger. I'd been waiting for the excuse to check this place out.

The atmosphere is both good and bad. The people there seemed pretty nice, and folks were in a good mood. However, since you can't order food without a table, and you aren't seated by anyone, there are tons of people floating around trying to hawk tables. It gets pretty annoying when if someone even looks like they might consider leaving that like 10 people try to hone in. It was hopping for a Tuesday night.

The quality is pretty good. Most of the beers are pretty upscale, and I got my Pliny's (both elder and younger) and a Hennepin (one of my favorites). They had several other real high quality beers hanging out there.

The service is also hard to rate. I got my beers on time, professionally poured, and with a smile. On the other hand, I hate having to order all my food from the bar, especially when there are a ton of people trying to get drinks. They have like 10 items on the menu, and don't make substitutions (obnoxious) so I'm pretty sure the dudes who bring you the food could handle the ordering. Hell, you could do it by number to prevent any language gaps or whatever. So I'm splitting the difference and calling it "average". The service I got was fine, but there was no reason they couldn't make the whole experience a little less hectic.

Selection - For beer? Pretty good. For food? Terrible. Once again, very, very limited menu. No substitutions. No ketchup either (incredibly obnoxious, it's my burger, let me decide how to eat it). Not a huge selection, but what they have is what you want.

Food - The burger is excellent. It just is. As are the sweet potato fries. They do like 5 things, but they seem to do them well.

It's priced ok. It's an LA "gastropub" so you know what you're getting yourself into.

Overall, this place is pretty decent. If you just want to sit at the bar and drink some top quality beers, you are in business. If you want to sit at a table, good luck hunting. If you want to order food, get your elbows out and be prepared. If you don't want gruyere on your burger? Go to hell. (I happen to love gruyere).

It's totally obnoxious for no reason, but, at least the beers are good. And the vibe is actually pretty mellow, despite all the minor irritations.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Selection was pretty good - some hammers include Rochefort 10 and 8, Gouden Carolus Tripel, The Abyss, Ten Fidy, and Ommegang Hennepin Saison. Would have liked to see more Belgian style ales, but that's just me. Atmosphere is awesome, with big wooden tables, friendly servers, and knowledgeable. Service was quick and friendly (4-5 pm is a good time to be there). The food selection was small - I didn't get to try the burger, that probably would have kicked the food score up a bit, did have an AWESOME cheese plate, that goes really well with lots of the beers there. Plus, there's this lady that sells grass-fed hotdogs out front, which are bomb-diggity. OK, the only reason I know that phrase is because of Sifl and Olly, so lay off. This place is what it claims to be - an upscale beer pub. Good stuff! Don't miss it if you're in the area, or within a 100 mile radius.

Photo of marzen
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Honestly great beer, but I can't get over the one word I would use to describe the place "PRETENTIOUS".

That said, there are some very specific reasons the place wasn't for me, so don't take the review at face value. If what bothers me, doesn't bother you, enjoy! Overall it's a decent place, but not great.

Atmosphere-Great decor, loved the light bulbs hanging over the bar and the wood paneling. The bathroom with shared sink makes sense. The downside was the sign that greats you as you walk up, form line over here with the stanchions already set up. Maybe I just need to get over my aversion to the "club" vibe. It was a rare cloudy day in LA and the patio seating was full, good sign.

Quality-When I say good quality, I am referring to the beer which was served from clean taps in clean glasses with a proper pour.

Service-Here I must qualify the poor rating as the rating does not reflect the staff, which provided excellent service. The poor rating is the result of the management's policies of no substitutions, and the fact that I was unable to mix beers. You see, my wife, who I am steadily converting to beer, enjoys a snakebite every now and then and was told "We don't do that." when she tried to order one. While many of you diehards might fully support that sentiment, I am the customer and as long as I'm willing to pay I think it constitutes bad service not to try to comply with the request. Beyond just my snobby customer point, I enjoy drinking beer and I want to share that experience with as many people as possible and if that means I compromise in my attempts to convert someone I don't need attitude stifling my efforts to do so.

Selection-Food selection was non-existent; however the beer selection was great. Not overwhelming with great options representing the spectrum of quality beers. My rating for the selection is based on the beer, which is really the point of my visiting Father's Office 2.

Food-The best way to describe the food would be to say it's pretty with few options! This is one of those pretty food places. That said if that is what you are into this place is great because it was top notch quality with regard to ingredients.

Value-I was conflicted here because beer prices did appear to be on the high side, 15-20% higher than locations of equal quality nearby. As mentioned with regard to the food, the ingredients were top quality so appearances are you get the value with the food.

Photo of HopHeadLouie
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I'm kind of over the Father's Office. The crowd of people making the scene waiting behind the velvet rope to get in, the Darwinian fight for a table or even a place to stand combined with waiting in line behind some chick getting a tutorial from the barman as to which high end beer she might try that would most resemble her beloved Corona all make FO2 kind of a drag. With rapidly expanding beer scene options in LA (Verdugo, 3rd Stop, Lucky Devils) I figure why bother. The selection at FO2 is outstanding and the fact that it is only one of two places in LA that you might actually get to try a Pliny make it relevant, but if you really want to enjoy a beer, I mean sit down at an actual seat and order without the anxiety of the other patrons breathing down your neck for their turn up to bat, you may want to consider a place with a little less hype.

Photo of HowellVillage
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

i had the pleasure of visiting fathers office 2 while visiting california from michigan. although michigan has a lot of craft breweries, we lack establishments like this. for me the experience was extraordinary, never had i seen so many wonderful and delicious beers in one place. i've also been reading other reviews and i'd like to add that their pricing is right on, and for all you cheap asses complaing about paying top dollar for top shelf beer, let me tell you to stop your quibaling, you big baby.

as a bussiness owner i can appreciate client selection, maybe it was too much because your not the customer they want, get over it.

loved the esteics, loved the outdoor patio, and i especially loved my roucfort trapist 8 man what a beer mmm, i loved every minute of it.

food was a bit pricy but it was very tasty, and very well balanced in both flavor and texture.

great job you guys keep it up i'll be back, you can count on that.

Photo of m1ked
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Swung by here on the way home (SD) from beautiful Fresno!

A- Nestled in the furniture district or something. Kind of an odd location. Walking up to it you immediately notice the packed outside patio area which looks cool, except for the being packed part. The inside is also long and slender. All new wood, orangey in color. Very clean lines. Pretty hip looking, but not so much that I felt out of place. I also noticed the taps, and it looks promising. I do however quickly realize that this isn't just a beer spot. It is part wine, part fine spirits, part foodie, and part scene. Whatever, I am in LA so no big surprise. Overall looks cool.

Q- The place is clean, the products they had were good. Local food products and local beers.

S- You seat yourself (lunch at least), you order at the bar. The bartenders have earpieces (hands free now, it's the law), but are very nice. I didn't pull the old (I am going to test your beer knowledge routine, so no comment there). Bus boys are quick to clear off your used items.

S- Here is where I was underwhelmed. They do have a nice selection, but nothing that I was thinking "Oh man! I have got to get that beer!" For a restaurant, a great selection of beers. For a beer spot a middle of the road selection. The reason for the low mark is because of their menu comment. On a page titled "The good sh.." My wife commented to me, "Yeah, if you go to any BevMo you can get these" There was one that I didn't recognize, and of course forget, that was a BA Belgian stout....$72 a bottle (I remember that!). Maybe I am just very, very spoiled living in SD (Hami's, O'Brien's, Toronado).

F- While the selection (Lunch at least) is pretty slim. What they do have is delicious and local. We had a beet salad with a spanish blue cheese, candied walnuts and a pumpkin oil drizzle. I had the burger and fries. Unless you don't like meat or burgers...get that it is delish. They did also have some specials that sounded interesting. I was surprised that only for the specials were there pairings suggested. After reading about this place in Food & Wine and discovering about their emphasis on beer pairings with food, just like wine, I had different expectations here.

V- Pricey. $8 for a local 12 maybe 14 oz pour. Beet salad, burger + fries, Craftsman Orange Grove and a Lost Coast Great White + tip $44.

Overall I am glad I got to check it out, good selection of beers that I can get where I live for cheaper. The food was excellant, and the experience was good.

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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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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I saw the Father`s Office on the travel channel and wanted to immediately go. I went to the Culver City location. The place itself has a nice ambience, all walks of life. There is a slight trendy too cool vibe, but not enough to make it uncomfortable. The food is first rate, truly one of the best hamburgers i have had in my life. The beer selection is amazing as well, plenty to choose from and as plus it is served in the appropriate glassware. It got pretty crowed so my recomendation would be to come earlier in the afternoon.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've always liked the original Father's Office but it had 3 things that always kept me from loving it: the crowd - Westside yuppie types, the hassle - having to fight for a table / waiting to get in & distance - I live in Los Feliz. This improved greatly for me in all 3 categories.

It's roughly 3 times the size of the SM location with one long room almost entirely open to the outside. There's an outdoor patio that increases the size even more. The bar runs along the length of the room with the taps behind it. There are 72 taps in total BUT each is duplicated, so actually there are only 36 draught beers available. The beer selection, while quite good, is a bit more pedestrian than the other one. Nothing really stands out as something you couldn't find elsewhere. That said, there's plenty there to enjoy.

The food is exceptional. The sweet potato fries with bleu cheese are unbelievable. Of course, they are known for their hamburger and that will not disappoint. Love it. It's worth looking into some of their other dishes as well, as everything I've tried has been extremely tasty. I kinda went with what I know, so I didn't ask for any pairings; but I guess each dish has a corresponding beer to go with it.

Unlike the previous location, this one has a full liquor license. With that they have an impressive selection of spirits much in the way they pick particular beers. I saw someone order a a drink that came with a dropper full of liquid - a bit pretentious, yes. With all the good beers though, I didn't feel any need to go into the liquor section.

Again, you pay for what you get. A tulip of Delirium Tremens is $8. The food isn't cheap either.

The location is dangerously close to my office, so I'm hoping they will remain open only a few days for lunch so I don't become a poor man.

EDIT 1/24/09: the selection has increased tremendously: Deschutes Abyss and NB La Folie. SO good. The service has improved too. You will never get a bad pour here.

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Father's Office in Los Angeles, CA
94 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.