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Reviews by MiScusi:
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: Well this place is a nice little bar. It only holds like 40-50 people but what's great is there is no blaring music playing or anything. You can go in and sit and relax with some great beer. To me that is a great atmosphere.
Quality: As far as the beer is concerned, the quality is very good. You wont be finding swill on tap here. Lot of stuff that maybe you can find at bevmo, but there are also beers here on tap that you would never see on tap at other places, and may just see in a bottle at really good beer stores.
Service: Sitting at the bar, service is great. The bartenders are talkative and will talk to you about the beer. When they get hired they actually have to taste all the beers and learn some stuff about them, so they know at least more than other places what they are talking about. If you are at the bar, they take care of you pretty well. I don't know what it's like if you are at the tables.
Selection: Kinda goes with quality. There isn't a huge selection- maybe 30-40 on tap, and 10-20 in bottles. But all are very good. On their menu they separate the beers into Malty, Hoppy, Yeasty, and Fruity. In the malty you will find things like the Alaskan Amber, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Alesmith Anvil ESB, Young's Oatmeal, Rogue Hazelnut. In the Hoppy you will find some IPA's and Pales such as Pliny the Elder, SNPA, Anchor Liberty Ale, Deschutes Inversion IPA. In the Yeasty you will see Hennepin Farmhouse, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Duvel, Chimay Cinq Cents for example.
Food: I hear the burger is great, but at $13 I'll pass. I had the crab legs and they were ok, but not worth $16. The tapas look ok, I had the spanish ham which was not that great either but did it's job to tide me over a bit. (EDIT: OK so I finally gave into a friend and bought the burger. WOW was it good. Probably wont eat it all the time due to the price, but wow. The sweet potato fries were very good also, and my friend had the oatmeal stout ribs which she loved).
Value: Most american craft beers are $5, the more special type beers (belgians on tap, and other special micro's) are $7.50. The extra special bottled beers, I remember a couple being Rochefort 8 and 10 and Westmalle Triple, are over $11. I would opt to get those at a beer store, so you can save half the price and not pay so much for an 11 oz bottle. Other than that, the beers on tap are well worth it.
07-20-2006 07:03:20 | More by MiScusi
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner last night, I have wanted to check this place out for years now glad I could finally stop in. Atmosphere is pretty laid back but busy at the same time. Tables are shared amongst groups so they are hard to come by. We got lucky and two people left the bar so we snagged the seats right away. Service was solid. They were always around to get me a beer but they weren't the most approachable people either. Quality was top notch. My food was high quality and my beers were all served in the proper glasses so no complaints there. Selection was killer. Abyss, §ucaba etc. on-tap were all pleasant surprises that I was able to partake in. I had heard nothing but amazing thing about the burgers so I knew what I was getting when we walked in and I was not let down, it was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Prices were a touch high but I was expecting that going in. Overall an awesome place to stop in Santa Monica, I would return in a heartbeat.
02-12-2014 06:07:37 | More by orangesol
Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA
93 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.