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General Info
Delighting diners for 90 years, the Tam O'Shanter is Los Angeles' oldest restaurant operated by the same family in the same location. Enjoy good cheer, warm hospitality and exceptional food in a cozy old world atmosphere. If you have some Scottish ancestry, you might even find your family tartan among the extensive collection decorating the walls!
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (323) 664-4915

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
East LA, Central Atwater, Atwater Village
AKA

The Tam Oshanter

Tam Oshanter Inn

Categories
Brew Pubs, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot, Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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Cyndi D.

09/09/2015

Overall

Go there for the prime rib (meal or sandwich form) and suffle's. Simply to die for and reasonable prices for Lawry's quality prime rib! Not good for vegetarians though, since they only have salad and side vegetables.

Shalini B.

05/18/2015

Overall

Cute spot. Great team of people who work there, a lot of fun and they definitely add to the space.
Great wine list too.
If you're new to scotch, they'll help you find something that fits your palette which is really nice.
Cheers.

roberti

06/19/2012

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Overall
Editorial review from Citysearch

Celebrating 90 years, the oldest restaurant in L.A. The restaurant is part of the Lawry group and they food is consistently great whether you're there enjoying the daily sandwich carvery or a prime rib dinner. Also, part of old Hollywood history...a favorite Walt Disney hangout.

Banner1969

10/22/2011

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Overall
Excellent Restaurant

My wife and I had an wonderful experience on our recent visit. Prime Rib was great good meat, properly cooked, they had great side dishes, excellent appetizers and soups. Wine selection is great. Cocktails are good not over priced.

Environment is classic America we sat at the John Wayne Table. Music was playing but not on your face loud we could speak softly without yelling. Our server Jonathan was exceptional. helpful, polite and good. I strongly recommend you try this place out. Bon Appetite.

LaMaria

01/22/2010

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Overall
Cocktail Bar + Scottish fare + Special events = Yes please

Check out the Robbie Burns events each year, listen to the carolers during Christmastime and enjoy the Prime Rib. The duck is also rediculously tender and delicious. The staff is extremely friendly! The outfits of the servers are a kick. Go to the Roost after for more cocktails.

petunia lucille

10/27/2009

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Overall
Great Pub

This is a great spot just to drop in and enjoy the sandwich bar and a drink. It is cozy and unpretentious in the bar. Haven't tried the dining room, it is pricy. But they treat you well in the bar.

Seymour13

12/16/2008

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Very underwhelmed.

Very underwhelmed.
Went for an anniversary dinner and will not go back.
Had a reservation on a quiet night, many open tables, waited over 20 minutes, complained and got attitude from the hostess.
No apology for the wait.
Finally, taken to a terrible table and had to insist on another table.
Food was only OK, not worth what they charged.
Left a complaint on their website, no one got back to me.
Never again.

KaraYagakinski

09/14/2008

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Overall
Very Romantic

I have always wanted my boyfriend to be more romantic. We have been together for four years, and I have given up on the idea. But when I least expected it he took me to this fantastic resturant. The service was great, the food was delicious. I am sure my boyfriend wont take me out to a romantic dinner for a while, so I better enjoy this. GREAT romantic spot.

owencev

09/09/2008

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Overall
Inept management

So 7 of us went to Tam O'Shanter a couple of weeks ago for a friends birthday party. We didnt have reservations, so we told the lady that we didnt mind waiting at the bar for an hour while they found us a table. After 30 minutes the host came to us and told us that our table was being prepared for us and that she would take us shortly. We went to our table and were served water and bread and before we could order our food. The manger came and told us that ""we"" and taken the table from another group with reservations and that ""we"" were at fault and needed to move. I told the manager that it was ""their"" host that sat us, and it was ""their"" fault for sitting us. Plus, what kind of manger tells a group of customers that they were wrong? I thought that the customer was always right. He apologized for his rude tone to us and gave us free appetizers and drinks at the bar while we waited. We all went to the bar angry, but hungry and then were seated at a table next to our previous table within 10 minutes. The bill came and what we found was that he was charging us for the drinks and the appetizers that he told us were on them. He then said that he only promised one appetizer to our group and no drinks.
This would have never happened at Lawry's.

freddy123456

05/11/2008

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Tam O""Shanter ruined my Mother's Day.

Server: Wyatt L (#195)

What a horrible experience we had today at Tam O?Shanter. When I made the reservation yesterday I asked if I could use my coupons. The woman who took the reservation said ?Sure!?.

When we arrived the restaurant, I showed our server, Wyatt, the coupons and he said that you didn?t accept them today. I told him that I was told when I made the reservations that I could use them. He said ?Well, if they said you could...? So my husband and I ordered dinner.

When we were done, we put our coupon on the tab and Wyatt said ?You can?t use these today?. He had said earlier we could. We would not have ordered had he said that in the first place.

I told the manager what happened, and he said , ?Well, someone made a mistake?. End of story.

The coupon does not specify the ?black out dates? for the coupon. The coupon states ?Not valid on holidays, for special events or with any other offer or discount?. Mother?s day is NOT a legal holiday. That is why I asked when I originally made the reservation.

Tam O?Shanter ruined my Mother?s Day.

James696

04/11/2008

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Overall
Fond Memories Of Good Food And Frienship.

I am retired in Australia,but thoughout the 80's and early 90's I lived within walking distance of the Tam O'Shanta Inn.It was my home from home,and I visited there several times a week. In my opinion the roast beef was the best in town. Apart from that, the ambience and friendlness I experienced there was truly wonderful. I hope one day to return and relive some of those experiences while I still can.To this day I treasure my 66th aniversary pin.

Over the years I have met many past patrons of the Tam O'Shanta, including the late Mr Charles Brookman of Hong Kong (He was the Speedo Agent),who was a regular visitor in the 1920's,when hamburgers were only a few cents and a good steak under a dollar.

Great memories. James Johnson. Melbourne. Australia.

gam430

12/15/2007

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Overall
Excellent !!!!!

This is one of the best places in L.A, excellent food and friendy staff. The prime rib is to die for you have to try it. Excellent..........

maryloualv

12/07/2007

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Overall
Nice treat

My husband and I have been going to the Tam O' Shanter for many years now. Great prime rib and staeaks and don't forget the great desserts they have also.

sunshine0576

10/17/2007

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Overall
Feels like home..

Great place. I took my friend for the first time. She loved it. She wants to go back for her birthday.

loridesimone

07/25/2007

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Overall
super

super place they are always busy but the wait staff is great you never have to wait very long for things and very friendly

bakez

05/18/2007

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Overall
Mother's Day Fiasco

Mother's Day 2007 - One of the worst dining experiences ever; I have never written a restaurant review or complained to restaurant management before this incident. My husband took me to Tam O'Shanter's for Mother's Day with our 2 year old.; we had been to the Tam a few times before and while the food has never been outstanding, we always appreciated the ambiance and beer selection. We had a 1:15PM reservation - we were not seated until 1:45PM. A waitress did not show up at our table until 2:00PM. The menu was not their usual brunch menu, the selections were limited - this was not advertised on the website. The waitress forgot the complimentary champagne until we reminded her three times; the bread didn't show up until 2:30PM and then without the special butter and jams being featured that day. 2:45PM - food still doesn't show up, child is extremely ornery by this time, as are her parents. We ask about the food and the waitress indicates she ""going to do us a favor and try and get our order at top of the list."" 3:00PM - food shows up - prime rib is raw and instead of sauteed vegetables on his ""Toad in the Hole"", husband gets raw sliced peppers. I make them take the prime rib off the bill and we complain to the waitress who explains ""they are really busy"". I complain to manager who gives me sad eyes and a ""I'm sorry"". No free meal, no coupons, no free drinks. Happy freaking Mother's Day. We are so done with that place.

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