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- Father's OfficeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jul 15, 2014
There is something so fantastic about Santa Monica and their burgers - Father's Office is, what I thought was an enigma of epic burger proportions, turned out to be just yet another awesome burger on a long list of places in the area. Their menu (no substitutions for anything, please) is kickass, taking a comfort vibe and adding gourmet into it.
The best part of the burgers, besides how juicy and perfectly cooked the meat is, has to be the caramelized onions. It's almost like a sweet, nutty onion jam. I could eat some by itself, out of a jar. Combined with cheese, baby spinach, and a tasty bun, you have a recipe for a downright devilish burger. Pair it with any of the beers on tap the bartender recommends. Or - maybe it's not so much of a secret - get my favorite beer on tap - PLINY THE ELDER! :D :D :D, the deliriously good double IPA from Russian River Brewing Company you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere down in SoCal, or even in the Bay Area where its popularity took hold. Savor it!Recommended for:
- Father's OfficeMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesAdventure TravelersJun 05, 2014
What can I say? The Father's Office Burger is THE BEST BURGER in LA! It's 12 bucks. So you just come in, they check your ID then you walk up to the bar and order and then go find seating. The service is pretty quick. Our burger came out in 10 minutes. The burger is perfect, the meat patty is perfect at medium rare. You can see the blood drip. I think the best part of the burger is the caramelized onions! It makes the burger a million times better. The only complaint I have is that they use french bread as the bun, which doesn't really work well for this burger. Other than that, this place is a must try!
- Father's OfficeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Nov 06, 2013
Hands down the best burger I've ever had. i think it tasted 100 x better for me and my date because we were starving AND were craving for meat. I'm really curious how they made it so delicious. This is probably the first burger I enjoyed without ketchup.
We were lucky enough to find a place to sit at the bar on a busy Friday night. People around us were social. The atmosphere is pretty loud. Beer selection looked pretty good (I'm not a beer person).
Good luck finding a place to eat during winter on a busy night.
I give it 5 stars for the food and the fun experience I had with my date in March :)Recommended for:
- Father's OfficeMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 19, 2013
Seriously great burgers here, cooked to perfection exactly the way you order them. I was prepared for this bar to be completely over-hyped, but nope. It really does make awesome food, and the list of microbrews from around California, North America, Europe and beyond is killer. What's not to love? A side of brussel sprouts that costs $8. Yup, it's overpriced. But the staff were really quick, and sitting at the bar while flying solo, I felt right at home.
* Order at the bar, then grab a booth or table (show up early on weekends, or you'll be hanging around forever).
* Bring cash.Recommended for:
- Father's OfficeOct 17, 2013
So this place has great burgers, great beer, and a warm atmosphere. But what's with paying extra for ketchup?? I use ketchup on everything! Other than that small detail, it's a fantastic place for lunch or dinner...in fact, I'm going again today!Recommended for:
- Father's OfficeMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersWellness+ 4Oct 10, 2013
This Father's Office is the 'burger landmark' of Santa Monica. It serves amazing burgers, arguably the best in town, among other small bites, and a great selection of tasty beers in a small, informal, but pleasant space. The place is often busy and service can be rigid. It is highly recommended.Recommended for:
- Father's OfficeJul 14, 2013
One of the best burgers in all of LA and an endless choice of tap beers on hand.
This is literally right around the corner from our house on Montana between 10th & 11th on the south side of the street. Get there early if you want to avoid the line, crowd and noise or order to go and take your delicious burgers home. Pick up a 6 pack of beer at The Duck Blind on the corner of 11th & Montana or at Fireside Cellars between 14th & 15th Street on the north side of the street.
- Father's OfficeAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Feb 24, 2013
The burger here...I've only ordered the burger. You eat it they way they serve it to you - no substitutions and no omissions. The burger looks more like it's a sub sandwich. The meat is so juicy, the onion topping tastes like the best savory french onion soup, maytag blue cheese, peppery arugula. A lot of different beers on tap. The place is pretty small though, and parking on Montana can get dicey. The other location in Culver City is easier to get to, but equally crowded.
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- Father's OfficeJan 11, 2013
Ok I have mixed feelings about this place, because on the one hand, their food is phenomenal. Their burgers definitely ranks up there as one of the best burgers I've ever had -- caramelized onions and argula (who would've thought?). They also have delicious sweet potato fries -- perfect amount of crisp and flavor. We also ordered the bacon-wrapped figs which were meh -- they should've used dates instead. But who cares about figs, Father's Office is known for their burgers. Great selection of beer too.
Now why did I have such a horrible time? The PEOPLE. God, I hate the people who go to Father's Office. It's everything that I hate about LA -- the smugness, the douchebagness, the "ooh i'm so cool because i'm eating at Father's Office"-ness. Now usually I don't care about other customers -- I'll do my own thing, they do their's... but when the restaurant is set up where it's completely open seating and there's absolutely no structure to who gets what table, that's when you have to end up dealing with all the douchebags in bright polos with popped collars and gold aviator sunglasses who sit there for an hour after they're done eating & drinking, while you're waiting to snatch up the next open table. The whole waiting around for someone to get up is the worst experience ever.
I really don't understand why Father's Office just doesn't have a structured waiting list process. Next person on the waiting list gets the next open table. It would make everything so much easier and more organized, instead of having huge tables with 2 people sitting there and saying: "oh sorry you can't sit here because we have friends coming". Their friends who come an hour later and a whole table is wasted in the meantime.
It bugs me that Father's Office is so snobby that they'll just allow their customers to stand around for hours looking for open tables. And it also bugs me that the customers are so "LA" that they don't feel bad at all when they're taking up space and not eating or drinking and there are tons of other people just standing around waiting for a table. You would never find that anywhere else (except maybe NY) because normal, non-LA people actually have decency to be like: "Yeah maybe we should get up, there's a lot of people waiting".
So yeah, I'm mixed. Food is some of the best bar food I've had in my life. But experience is absolutely everything I hate about LA wrapped up under one roof.
- Father's OfficeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Dec 01, 2012
I LOVE this place! It's a GREAT hangout place or a place just to chill. The little carts of fries are SOOOoo cute! They just make you want more! =) They have a good selection of beers & good food..good place to check out guys & or pick up one.. =) lotsa couples come here just to hangout & chill, good atmosphere & lighting. The wait for a place to sit is kinda long since it is usually crowded. But I LOVE this place...
- Father's OfficeNov 21, 2012
This is best burger in LA I have found thus far. I keep trying and cannot find another that compares to this place. They also have an amazing beer selection. I can't comment on any of the other food since I only get the burger, the fries that come with it are good and satisfying. That being said, the 5-stars is for the burger. The location is small and crowded and you do need to get here early to get a seat. There is also no parking. But the burger is that damn good that they still get 5 stars in my book :)
- Father's OfficeMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersSep 20, 2012
Often thought of as one of the best burgers in LA, Father's Office is an institution in LA. It's a tiny place, so on weekend nights you'll often see a doorman with an occupancy counter and a small line of people waiting to get in. They have a huge selection of beers, with the appropriate serving glass for each one. The staff is very knowledgeable about their beers, so feel free to ask for a recommendation.
The food here is also super yummy. They only serve the burger 1 way, so don't even think about asking for a change or a special request -- you will be rejected. Also don't ask for ketchup with your (amazingly delicious) sweet potato fries. I know this all makes them sound stuck up, but it really is a neighborhood place with a friendly feel.
- Father's OfficeSep 05, 2012
The original Father's Office is tiny but this place has a great beer selection and their burger is one of the best in LA! It's every group for themselves when finding a table so you have to hover and take whichever one empties first! Order the Father's Office burger with sweet potato fries and choose from their ample selection of beer. You won't be disappointed! No changes on the burger and no ketchup!
- Father's OfficeAug 17, 2012
This was a place introduced to me by good friend Mia during a quest to find "the best burger in LA." This place did not disappoint-- actually, it was a lot more than just burgers that I found here.
Located on the not-so touristy side of Santa Monica, it would actually be pretty easy to miss this place. It is super small, about the size of a very small coffee shop. But walk in and this place is PACKED with 20-something year old YUPPIES. When I say packed, I mean it's almost like a club. It's all cool though, a great place to mingle and meet singles (if that's what's your looking for) It definitely has it's own vibes.
Their menu isn't geared towards a big feast. It's mainly consists of a variety of tapas and appetizers. Coming here for their bugers, I obviously tried their Office Burger made from dry aged beef. This burger is certain outta this world! While it is not your typical all american burger, it contains, "caramelized onions, applewood bacon compote, gruyere, matag blue cheese, and arugula." It takes a little bit to adjust to, but it certainly gives new meaning to burgers!
And of course, their expansive bear menu! It is huge! It almost rivals that of the Yardhouse. Really, any type of beer you like, whether it's a pale, lager, amber, or something darker-- it's there. This place is a must if you're any sort of beer connoisseur.
Overall, I have to recommend this place for those looking for a hip new philosophy to the idea of a local pub, a great burger, or anybody who wants to try some new beer.
While you're having their bugers, you MUST try their basket of sweet potato fries "a la cart," literally. With roasted garlic, herbs, and a blue cheese aioli, these fries actually do come in a cute little shopping cart! Their regular fries are also great, but these offer a super complement to the burger. Possibly the BEST fries I've had.
This place is SMALL, and gets packed! With a limited number of tables and no table service, you pretty much just have to hang out over someone's table and be quick to snatch it after they get done. Wait can be a while for table on a busy night, which may or may not be a bad thing-- that just means you can have another beer or two while you wait, since the bar is right there! I do wish that the the place was just a tad bigger to serve more people, but not so huge that it loses their feel.
Hints & Tips:
You might be thrown off by the no table service, and it can get confusing with so many people there. You just gotta grab a table yourself whenever one gets open or tap someone and be like, "hey lemme get your table after you're done." And when you get a table, ordering up food is done at the bar. They'll give you a little number (kinda like at some Carl's Jrs), and you go wait at the table with some beer while they bring your order out.
Also, since this is such a small place, it'll be amazingly difficult to get a table if you have a large party (more than 4-5). So keep it small!
- Father's OfficeAug 16, 2012
Big selection of beers, from exotic to standard. They're known for their burgers, but I thought it was just okay. I wouldn't really call it a burger. It's more like a sandwich with a beef patty. It was fine, but not fantastic. The other thing is they have a policy of not allowing any changes to their menu items. So, if you don't want cheese or onions on your burger, you're out of luck. They will not take such requests. The ambience is nice, except for the one back room... it's a cave in there. They need to light it up better.