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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
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
85
pDev:
10.77%
 
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Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Intlpostman
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mig100
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of J_K
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of d_kizzle
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Bnoise11
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of trubeernick
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +19.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +10.3%
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 -6.9%
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
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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