1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 736-2224
Cuisines: Burgers, Brew Pubs, American, Hot Dogs, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Price Range : Average
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I'm sure there's not much I can say about Father's Office that hasn't already been said. Still the best burger I've had in LA and still one of the best microbreweries south of the Pacific Northwest.
EXCEPT, we neighborhood regulars long for the days when getting a table didn't require strategic maneuvering this side of the CIA. When regulars wore trucker caps without the ironic preppiness of UCLA undergrads.
Let's agree to disagree by designating FO Montana as the Insider's Club, while relegating everyone else to FO Culver City.
12/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
So, I've been going here, on and off, for about 8 years now. When it's empty, it can be quite a delightful place to be. They have a decent ""gastropub-eqsue"" burger. However, when the dragon's den is teeming with yuppies and beerheads, there's no place on Earth I'd rather NOT be (except maybe the Apple store; an experience I'd forfeit for a brain stroke any day).
To their credit, the beer selection exceeds most people expectations, and their fries are second to none. However, when you've been waiting at the bar for fifteen minutes, in a sea of people, unrecognized by the bar steward, and some random ""regular"" customer walks in and gets a pint poured before his second foot enters the door, you feel like stabbing the barkeep. I hate nothing more than a bar that regards favoritism as a trademark. If you aren't on a first-name basis at this place, don't go when it is busy - you WILL regret it.
With the introduction of a second Father's Office in Culver City, there IS hope for a decent experience during the evening. I've yet to go to find out. I refuse to return to this place during busy hours unless it's on someone else's tab and I don't have to brave the brutish crowd of drunks to get a proper pint.
Be advised: if you DO go during a crowded time and insist on a pint or two, get a pitcher, so you don't have to return to the bar for a while.
08/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been a Fathers Office Burger fan for years however, I have recently discovered LA's NEW BEST BURGER at Joni's Coffee Roaster Cafe in Marina del Rey. It's called ""THE RODFATHER BURGER""....A Whipped Horseradish burger on a warmed homemade pretzel bun. This is a must and the word is spreading fast.....
08/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
After reading all the hype on Father's Office, and being a beer and burger lover, naturally I had to make an appointment. I rode my bike and was eager to drink a beer ASAP when I got there. I didn't realize I was in for a 20 minute debate between bartenders as to which beer they thought I would like best. I love knowledgeable people and I respect their opinions however, while I was sitting thirsty and ready for a cool beer to quench my thirst...I never thought I'd cry out for a Bud Light just to shut the bartenders up!
It was as if showing off their Beer philosophies was more important than actually serving the beer. Now it's not just the Great Beer Debate that made my visit less than enjoyable, I felt like a pod person when I asked for Ketchup!! The lady looked at me as if there weren't a burger and a plate in fries in front of me. They DON'T HAVE KETCHUP??!
As for the Burger...you better like it because there is only one option and it doesn't come with ketchup or mustard.
I have many a burgers and many a beers. I'd say if you are looking for great food, great beer, and a fun ambience- forget the office and head to Santa Monica's Library Alehouse.
07/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
There is no table service. You have to go to the bar to order, hoping no one grabs your seat while you're trying to wriggle through the drinkers 3-deep around where you have to go to order.
You've heard of Sushi N*zis? This guy's a burger N*zi! You vill take it his way or you won't get it. With a bouncer out front yet?
I get a better burger at Louise, an italian restaurant, a few doors makai, and infinitely better service.
It's only a block from my home, but I'll never go back.