The Oaks Gourmet Market

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1915 N. Bronson Ave.
Los Angeles, California, 90068
United States

(323) 871-8894 | map

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Added by errantnight on 11-03-2009

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Reviews by errantnight:
Photo of errantnight
4/5  rDev -3.8%

A quick update...

Prices are still on the high side (no surprise there), although a few things (Delerium Tremens in 4 packs, when they had them) were good for the area...

Selection seems to constantly be changing and adapting. Some interesting selections, a few things not seen at some of the other major stores in the area... even more of a must-hit if this is your neighborhood. Get a license to permit on-site consumption and I'll gladly pay a slight premium to enjoy a glass or two while eating the generally excellent food.

Orig. Review: 1/7/2010
This review will need updating before long, as since I added it the beer selection has changed dramatically (for the better), and it's clear they're working towards maximizing their available space with quality.

As of today... they are rocking roughly 50 different varieties in six packs (everything is available as a single as well) and another 50 in large or single format bottles... For the most part, this is not a selection of the rare and hard to find, and there's some locals you might expect that aren't there at all (Lost Abbey, Firestone Walker), or only barely represented (The Bruery, just Rugbrod as of now, although that's a recent addition). They do have a solid selection though.

What they do have: All the Chimays and both Deleriums, some Green Glash, Rogue, Stone, a whole mess of Allagash, much more I'm not thinking of...

In cans:
Caldera Pale and IPA, the whole Oskar Blues suite (minus Ten Fidy), Maui's Coconut Porter and Bikini Blonde.

The store itself is superb. It's basically a small, high end market, and it's packed to the gills with pricey but delectable food stuffs. They have a cheese counter and a comparable wine selection to their beer selection (that is, diverse for the space available, and of uniformly high quality). Local breads and pastries, and they import green coffee and roast it in house (and yes, you can purchase your own and have them roast it fresh for you). They have a glass chiller pool (not so important for their beer selections, which are all cold already). And lastly... they have great, great food. Salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. There's not much room to eat in-house, although you'll find a steady stream out on their miniature patio.

It's tough to rate this place... on the one hand, I love it as a whole, but recognize with the location and the items available for purchase that mark-up is a bit much all around on what is already on the pricier end of the scale. Enjoy the food, and love what they're doing with their beer selection.

If you're local, there's no reason not to be going here, and hopefully they're introducing curious newbies year round. That said... unless you're in the neighborhood, there's not necessarily a compelling reason to come HERE over your current favorite bottle shop... although it's definitely setting itself up to be one of those places where you can find a limited release a few months after it's gone everywhere else. In other words... worth visiting, and a huge step forward for the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mig100
3.91/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of EchoParker
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Cool little high end market with small but interesting offerings of beer, wine, booze, food etc.

The Oaks is not a beer destination. It has a good but inconsistent selection of offerings. Often there seems to be an odd product mix with lots of things I like but nothing I want to buy. That might just be me but I suspect other beer lovers feel the same way.

I would way rather support the little guy and avoid the big markets but I am just as happy to buy beer across the road at Gelsons because price/selection is just as good if not better.

Don't miss the sandwiches.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A - A small little joint in the Franklin Village area. Good vibes coming off this place. Good food, good beer, good folks. Quaint with a hip feel to it.

Q - Top notch. Only the best.

Service - Knowledgeable staff. Patient. Just good people who have a passion for good consumables.

Selection - They do well with the small space they have. Couldn't really ask for more.

F - Grilled Cheese Night? Taco Night? Yeah, I'll be there.

V - A little pricey, but not so much as to say it isn't a good value.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

New-ish gourmet market (thus the name) has a small but carefully selected array of beer, wine, spirits, soda, chocolate, coffee (including green beans roasted to order), pastries, pasta, candy, hot sauce, etc.

The beer fills an open-air cooler stretched across 1/2 of one wall. There are pre-mixed 6-packs; unmixed 6-packs (meaning all of one kind of beer); bigger bottles (750mL, 500mL, 22oz) all carefully organized; and a section of over-flow with a mish-mash of bottles also found above. You are also free to pull beers from their 4 or 6-packs for a slight extra cost per bottle.

There did seem to be an emphasis on "drinkable" craft beer, with APAs, IPAs, kölsch, hefeweizen, and so on well represented. 6 and 4 packs included lots of international craft beers (from Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Denmark, England, Austria, etc), and nearly all readily available Trappist ales were represented among their Belgian selection. Plenty of regular and limited releases from Stone, Brewdog, Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, Caldera, Maui Brewing, Ommegang, Green Flash, etc. Prices were variable from good (e.g. Sculpin for $8.95) to not-so-good (e.g. Weihenstephaner for $4.99) - but were generally on-par with other establishments (especially in the area).

Decent glassware selection including a few different tulips, weissbier glasses, and nonics, and half-nonics.

Service was responsive when called upon (to check in back to see if they had any Bitches Brew left; also, they will order a beer if possible when requested), and otherwise hands-off (no hovering was going on in this place, which I've sometimes encountered in other high-end gourmet joints).

They also offer superior food (burgers/hoagies/etc on one end, pastries/coffee/etc on the other) options if you happen to bring your appetite with you.

A nice addition to the immediate neighborhood with better selection than Gelson's and better quality than K&L...

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Went into this place for lunch, and came out a fan. Nice atmosphere (if a little cramped), good service, quality food, spirits and beers (alcohol for takeout, food for takeout or eating inside or on the patio). Food was excellent, and the beer selection very good. I've seen much better, but for a little neighborhood market, one that's fairly new, too, the quality of their selection is outstanding. St. Bernardus, Lost Abbey, Allagash, Delirium, New Belgium, Green Flash...even a couple things from Japanese brewer Ise Kadoya are amongst the beers I spied in a quick run-through. They throw a few bones to the less geeky crowd, like Grolsch and Corona...but with primo Italians, pricey Allagash specialties and several Trappists, no complaints.

It's a bit expensive, but that's the neighborhood (bonus points for everything being clearly labeled, price-wise). It's right across the street from a grocery store that I'm told is very pricey. Location, location, location. Hop in for the excellent food and walk away with some choice brews.

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
5/5  rDev +20.2%

I recently discovered this little gem after reading about their burger being voted Top 5 in L.A. I went their for the burger, and was very happy to find an impressive selection of beers from all over the world. The focus is on high quality brews and micro-brews. Most of the real Trappists ales are here, as well as a broad selection of styles with an emphasis on seasonal beers.I love the fact that they obviously put a lot of thought into what they carry.And best of all, if you don't see what you are looking for, the staff will track it down for you. Try that at the over-priced supermarket across the street! I, for one, am a new fan of this place and will continue to buy all my beer there. i can't wait to see what they are going to bring in next. And while you are at it, get one of those burgers to take home with your St. Bernardus or Allagash Curiuex. They live up to their reputation!

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The Oaks Gourmet Market in Los Angeles, CA
Place rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 7 ratings