Went here on a Saturday night with two friends. 21 and over only and we lucked out finding three seats at the bar as we walked in. Place was busy but not overly crowded. Pros: Respectable taplist and the food is tasty. Has the ambiance of an upper mid scale restaurant. Cons: this place was a real let down. Even with 70 taps and a page full of bottles on the menu, nothing was really that unique or extraordinary. These are the same beers you can find all over town just priced higher. And major points lost for not having a taplist online. Their website sucks and it would have been helpful to see what they were pouring before we showed up. As indicated,the food tasted good but theyíve got an arrogant policy of no substitutions/modifications of any kind. The food comes out as it is prepared so the side dishes arrived 20 and 15 minutes before the entres. This wouldnít be acceptable at a Dennyís. You have to go to the bar to order food, no table service. Even sitting at the bar the service was inattentive. Empty water and beer glasses sat in front of us until we just asked for the check and left. Highly overrated.
I guess Iím the "mayor" of this place? I find that odd, because this place kinda sucks. Went here on a Friday night and couldnít find a table while hanging out with my cousin, who moved out to LA about two years ago. There is no "waiting line" for tables, and itís a free-for-all. Couple that with the general "me first" mentality of your typical LA resident, and the end result is us never getting a table with randoms lurching on open seats, then stealing without any hesitation / care for others who may have waited for a longer time. But the selection is good....so I canít fault them on that.
Nice looking place, Nice beer list, and good burger. Ok, very good burger. Found them a bit too cool for school, but I was there on short time.
*** Non beer related disclaimer**
For instance, they donít serve ketchup, I asked why? Was initially told that they make all that they serve. Really? Did they make the beer that they served me? Or the bun that the burger was on.
Just because you have never seen me before donít treat me like I am not deserving of a reasonable answer, or a polite one. Finally the same bartender returned and explained that they donít serve high fructose corn syrup (good policy) and that they would need so much ketchup that they wouldnít be able to obtain enough.
Fair enough, I guess
Larger location than Santa Monica with friendly staff and a seemingly more interested and knowledgeable bartender. Strange setup that you will figure out- it is only 21 and up, it is a bar foremost that allows you to order gastropub type food from the bartender and someone brings it to your table. No server per se, but the bartender we had was top notch. Food quality is very high with a simple menu that makes it easy to survey. Our food was excellent all around: FO burger, Hanger Steak, mushroom sides, Butterfish, fries. All were fantastic. Beer list was impressive, nothing too crazy but lots of choose from with almost all local CA beers. Hard to get half pours here- only available if itís a beer they are serving in pint glasses, which is probably not the case for special stuff. Found Ballast Point, Alesmith, Golden Road, Ladyface, Craftsman, and more. Will be back. Eat here, donít be scared of other reviews about the snotty air here, it was exaggerated. Best of all, this place is not expensive at all. Entrees were $11-15. Most expensive thing is the Hanger steak at $21.
An improvement on the great original.
Best beer bar food in LA.
Fantastic beer selection.
Knowledgeable and helpful staff - when not too busy with other.
Great outdoor area and a lot more room than SM FO.
Some say itís snobby, I say its very good despite any preconceived notions.
Best burger Iíve ever had, except maybe the FO in Santa Monica.
Was there a couple of weeks ago and had an Alesmith Nautical nutbrown followed by a Pliny the Elder and left a very happy man.