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Reviews by augustgarage:
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
The interior of Father's Office is attractive and about as understated for an upscale night spot right in the heart of Montana (the most upscale commercial area in Santa Monica) as is possible.
It can turn in to a noisy yuppie aspirational entertainment-industry wankfest, as encouraged by the uniformed bartenders (OK, it is just a trendy t-shirt, but still), the presence of a door-man (OK, a friendly mild-mannered acquaintence of mine, but still), the lack of table service, the absence of the owner, and the "mood lighting" among other things. Father's Office also has a bit of a soup nazi vibe due largely to their refusal to offer samples and their refusal to accomodate even the most modest menu substitution.
Service is basically non-existent unless you sit at the bar. The bartenders are generally well trained and knowledgable about everything they sell, if not necessarily the broader craft beer "scene" (of which Father's Office seems to intentionally insulate itself from - they never share their taplist online or with LA Beer Blast, they don't participate in beer releases, beer festivals, and don't seem to do any other promotion). On the other hand they can be inattentive (I suggest paying in cash for multiple reasons) and even borderline unfriendly (though this place does get really busy, and while I've been many times, I'm not really a regular).
Prices are very high for the food and the beer (mostly $8 - $10 a glass, and wer'e not talking imperial pints here) and there are never happy hour specials.
So, why go to Father's Office?
The food, (especially for a bar) is very good and the menu always offers a small number of well made dishes rather than trying to be all things to all people.
The beer quality is very high: Tap lines are regularly cleaned (between every keg?), proper glassware is always used, serving temperatures are always appropriate, beer is sourced fresh, kegs are stored properly, etc.
Finally, the selection is excellent: You'll almost always find multiple beers from Russian River, Craftsmen, Bear Republic, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Alesmith, and other California brewers (though they don't seem to take as many chances on upstart brewing companies); several Belgian ales many of which are rarely available elsewhere in the area; special seasonal ales (e.g. recently - The Abyss, Victory at Sea, etc); all of which is balanced by flavor profile.
This is a cool concept, no matter what they currently have on tap, the way the menu is organized you know they will always have something for hop-heads, something for malt-heads, something lighter for novice drinkers, something yeasty or spicy or fruity, and something darker/stronger - and usually many examples of each.
If you enjoy (or in my case, can tolerate) the (borderline) Entourage-like atmosphere, and are prepared to shell out a lot of money, you'll be rewarded by what remains one of the best beer selections available in the greater L.A. area.
01-16-2010 04:38:23 | More by augustgarage
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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.