United States > California > Hermosa Beach
t0rin0 (1510) Do Not Resuscitate, California | May 4, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited May 3, 2015.
I should have figured that there would be nowhere to park but I saw some open spots a few blocks up and decided to take a chance. If nothing else there’s a lot under the shopping center. When validated the parking is $2.50 for the first hour, cash only of course. The bartender was nice enough to let me leave the extra in tip and give me cash from the register, otherwise there’s a Wells Fargo ATM up the hill a couple blocks and a B of A ATM on the pier.
The restaurant is very open and roomy. I sat at the bar which is where the brewing equipment is. They had five house beers on and a dozen or so guest beers. Naturally I did the flight of house beers, which was $14. It caught me off guard. Looking at the menu I was kind of shocked by the pricing. The brunch special was $20 and most everything else started around $15. I had already eaten on the way in so I didn’t bother ordering food, but its definitely too expensive for a quick bite. The beer was alright, with the IPA being the best and the DIPA being the second best. The pale, amber, and Mexican lager were alright as well. So all around the beers aren’t bad. Actually the only bad parts are the pricing and the parking situation. I guess they’re in the process of changing brewers as they just poached someone from Stone.
I’m not sure I understand this place. Pricing, location, and much of the décor is moderately high end but the way the menu is written and the one wall are kind of an attempt at being punk or something. Its as if they’re catering to rich/elite people that sometimes want to forget that they’re driving an 80k SUV and like to remember the one time they had to drive through Hawthorne to get home. In any case, it’s kind of a nice place but it’s too far away from me to be any kind of regular customer here.
TimE (276) Tokyo, Japan | January 16, 2015
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 9/20
You know something is a miss when most of the people at the surrounding tables were bringing their own bottles of wine to Abigaile. Upscale place that likes to make experimental food, but results are very hit (and minor hits at that) and miss (big misses). Beers were overall average. Service was very good, but that was the highlight. My gf only ate half her meal and was like lets get the hell out of here and go to Naja’s, which was the best decision we made that evening. WE only went here because we stayed in the area. Even if you are staying in the area, I would just recommend going a bit further and go to Naja’s.
brokensail (1137) Orange County, California | October 1, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
After trying three previous times to stop in and the restaurant always being closed for a private event I FINALLY got to come here. Cool ambiance. Kind of an ode to South Bay/LA punk culture with some Misfits, Black Flag, and other punk band logos spraypainted on the wall (black on black, mind you). But, sort of upscale at the same time. Really simple decor for the most part. Five house beers on tap, which seem to never really be brewed again. They also had two special beers on for LA Beer Week. Guest taps available too. Food is not quite high end, but in the $15+ plate range and things are served a la carte. It’s good though, reminiscent of The Playground. They have some patio/deck seating. Depending on what time of the day you come, the sun/glare through the windows that face the ocean can be blinding.
BeerandBlues2 (837) San Diego, California | March 22, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 8/20
The last time I was here, it was Union Cattle Company, and the beer was average. Well, now it is Abigaile and the beer is below average. I did not eat on this visit but did sit outdoors on their rooftop deck. The prices are high here, but the service is perky and friendly.
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