Father's Office

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

85 Ratings
Father's OfficeFather's Office
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1018 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, California, 90403-1604
United States

(310) 393-2337 | map
fathersoffice.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
65
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by MiScusi:
Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of evanwoertz
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Intlpostman
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good Selection, but the staff are a bit pretentious.

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Photo of Beervana
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mig100
3.85/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of J_K
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of d_kizzle
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of LADaveBN
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bramsigman
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of countrybat
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bnoise11
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of trubeernick
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of g_jenkins
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Visited on a Tuesday or Wednesday night for one of the game of the World Series and arrived 7:30 – 8pm and the place was crazy packed. I managed to talk a guy out of his seat at the bar, which probably only accommodated 15-20 people. The place had a great vibe to it; it was pretty loud, but not so much that it lessened the experience. They had a ton of good beer options on tap, different breweries and different styles, with the day’s specials on a chalk board above the wall-o-taps. I ordered a Weizenbock and an ESB to go with my burger and frites. The burger was very good, as were the frites. The staff was very knowledgeable about the beers and their service was good all the way around. After finishing my meal and I was about ready to order, I spot a tap on the wall that I did not believe was on the menu and asked for the beer menu back. Sure enough, they had Pliny the Elder on tap and were not advertising it. I asked the bartender if that tap was just for show and she replied “Nope, there is beer behind that tap.” I had to order one, as I had only had one a few years back while visiting Denver. Overall, a great experience. I can’t believe that I had been to Santa Monica/L.A. a few times before and did not hit the place up. You can bet that the next time that I am, I will be at the Father’s Office. A must try for any BA.

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Photo of GentlemanQuan27
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I LLLOOOVVVEEE (deep breath) this place! The whole atmosphere and how they have things set up is great. This place is great for one on one dates or any type of dates. If you have crazy friends, don't bring them to this place. This place won't tolerate that shit. But, this is a great place for great beers, wines, and everything. Limited menu, but for what's on the menu, its great

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Photo of ChanChan
3.89/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

I had always wanted to visit this place. I saw a tv show mention their office burger so I was really looking forward to it.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere was fine, very loud as you would expect on a Saturday afternoon. The place had mostly a hipster crowd, but maybe these people were just the regular Santa Monica crowd!

Quality: The quality of the beer was good, this place had several different beers to choose from, mostly on draft. Unlike other awesome places, I could not find any special reserve bottles on their menu.

Service: Good!

Selection: Decent!

Food: I had their Office Burger, medium rare. I also had their frites and a side of their Patatas Bravas. I was not impressed with their food. The office Burger was good but it was not mind blowing. I would definitely give it another chance at impressing me tho.

Value: The prices here are standard. The only thing I don't like is their minuscule $1 tasters!! An ounce of beer is never enough to judge weather you like a beer or not!!

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Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA
4.14 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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