Father's Office

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BA SCORE
92
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31 Reviews
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

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
59
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
6.46%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 59
Reviews by czechsaaz:
Photo of czechsaaz
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Studfarm69
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of FBGordon
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had their famous burger and enjoyed some amazing beers including one of my favorite from out West, Big Sky Moose Drool. This was a bit of a bright spot during my trip to L.A. Definitely worth swinging through for both food and craft beer selection.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +19.6%
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 -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of LADaveBN
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of crob3888
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dmquinn
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of poormishi
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of belm001
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of amano_h
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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 +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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