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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3229 Helms Ave
phone: (310) 736-2224
(Place added by: drewbage on 04-25-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by SpdKilz:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went here a few weeks ago and have been meaning to review it since.
I went on a Saturday night with my fiancée (who graciously agreed to go - she is not into craft beer at all nor does she understand my infatuation with it). It was busy and took a while to find a place to sit which, whatever, it was better than a crowded "club". There was, however, a sort of "hip" atmosphere which led me to believe some of the people present were not there for the beer (mind you I'm a 25 year old who a year ago probably would have been one of the beer posers there). Overall though, it was lively and fast paced.
I have not been to the original FO in Santa Monica, which I will be visiting next week, but I can say FO2 is very nicely done and the presentation is excellent. Seeing all those amazing taps as I walked in gave me goosebumps.
The service was actually quite good for how busy it was - the bar tender we dealt was very informative and was quick to give suggestions to my fiancée about what beers they had that were "comparable" to ones she may drink elsewhere.
The selection was great. I had a Green Flash Imperial IPA, Pliny the Elder, and Black Butte XXI to finish up the night. Oh so good...I can't wait to go back!
While there I ordered a burger and fries. People complain about the "as is" rule but I thought the burger was pretty damn tasty how it came, though I do wish they had ketchup for my fries...god I love my ketchup!
At the end of the night it was not overly expensive but not overly cheap. However, I gave it the "reasonable" value for the fact the beers I was ordering were twice the ABV as say a bud light which would have been damn near the same price the beers I ordered were at.
Consensus - Would definitely go back again.
09-05-2009 23:42:36 |
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More by GRG1313
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
As I said in the last review, the same type of atmosphere. If you LLLOOOVVVEEE beer or wine like me, you need to be there. I am telling you. This place is one of those places where you feel exclusive and intimate at the same damn time. I love their burger and fries
10-08-2013 20:24:13 |
More by GentlemanQuan27
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
On the site of what once was Helm's Bakery is Fathers Office II. Back in the day Helm's was the baking Co. for L.A. The site has been wonderfully restored into shops and restaurants.
When I arrived here I sat at the bar, something I would later regret, it was not busy, like two other people at the bar. No RR brews so I tried the Craftsman 1903, a very nice brew on a warm day, and I ordered the famous Fathers Office burger. I soon realized this is a order at the bar type of operation, and by the time I left there were people on both sides of me ordering and they were even handing menus over my head to people behind me. Now I dont question the dozens of reviews that say the burger was two things, big and jucy. I dont know what they served me but mine was not neither big or jucy, I ordered it medium and it was dry and mostly tasteless. I asked for mustard, I like mustard instead of ketchup and they dont have it and no ketchup either.
So let me finish, and I hope my review does not get removed, but if a restaurant serves burgers and fries and they dont have mustard or ketchup that restaurant sucks!!
10-02-2011 19:45:49 |
More by VegasBill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Just went here for the first time tonight. Its got a gastro pub atmosphere - order everything at the bar and find a seat to wait for your food. There are no waiters, but the bartenders are really friendly and helpful. They also seem to have a decent knowledge of beers with a pretty good selection to back them up.
The beer menu by coincidence had a number of my favorite micro-breweries - Unibroue, Allagash...just to name a few.
The food is great - although you can't change anything (my girlfriend didn't want the blue cheese on her burger, but the chef sticks with what he's made and doesn't waver). They also won't give you anything other than what comes with your food - we were denied ketchup for our fries. But, that being said my food was pretty amazing so I'll give it to the chef - You know what you're doing.
I'd definitely give them a go if you want a nice relaxing night at a trendy spot with a pretty decent selection of beers.
09-26-2011 02:04:40 |
More by blincoln
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere- The place hosts an array of patrons from white hairs to young bloods. The decor is rich with wood. People are friendly. A nice bar to be in, and it gets more fun as the night wears-on.
Quality- Appropriate glassware is used to serve all beers. Draught lines seem to be clean. The barspace itself was well-kept, and overall this place exhibited good quality.
Service- The service was very good... I mean the waitstaff and bartenders were very good... but certain policies out of their control force me to give a lower Service rating... like not being able to order a burger without onions or bacon... yes, you are not allowed to request any alterations to the Fathers Office burger... lame... Other than that, the waitstaff and bartenders were quite knowledgeable about their product and quite prompt with service.
Selection- With 36 taps and a couple dozen bottles, none of which are macro-brews, the selection is impressive... despite its low quantity of beers to choose from.
Food- My steak tasted great, but the meat was a little tough
Overall- I would definitely return here!
07-31-2011 07:30:59 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I have been to this Father's Office location a few times, most recently last night. The space is a pretty cool design with lots of wood and leather. They take the idea of a father's space seriously. The atmosphere is good with a wide variety of people of all ages crammed in a smallish location. They have a nice selection of constantly changing taps and bottles representing a good selection of styles. The food there is pretty awesome, especially their burger. The quality of the beer and food is very good. Service is above average but nothing special. You order all drinks and food at the bar and seat yourself. The only real complaint I have with Father's Office is their prices. Everything here seems so expensive for both beer and food. For example, their burger with the fries on the side will run you $15. I had a smaller pour of the 2011 Stone IRS and it was $8. This is a good place to come every once in a while when you have some extra cash to burn.
06-27-2011 02:39:24 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Father's Office II is arguably the most polarizing bar in Los Angeles. Aside from the high prices and the need to lurk/hover for a table, I have no complaints.
When it comes to beer, FO II always has something interesting on tap. Russian Rivers brews are usually on (they're one of the few bars in LA that gets Pliny the Younger). Unfortunately, most of the beers run $8.
I would dare say FO II has one of the most underrated kitchens in the city. Obviously the burger and the no substitution policy have been discussed to death (I happen to be a big fan). But the rest of the menu is just as good if not better. Always check the specials (had some terrific pigs ears during my last visit).
05-19-2011 18:15:59 |
More by dksl16
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
We walked in on a Tuesday night around 8:30 pm, and it was packed. The place features low lighting with classy and comfy interior. It's basically just a long room parallel with the long bar (all...those...taps!!), with indentions on either side, making for a kind of shallow "U" shape. And there's a large patio out front, with long wooden tables and bench-style seating. Music playing was Radiohead, which is always fine by me, and the service seemed knowledgable, friendly and quick, despite the fact that they were slammed when we got there.
Beer selection was incredible. Anyone that bitches about the selection is either a jaded beer-snob or someone who doesn't really like good beer. Served in appropriate glassware and (this is key) not too cold, there was really nothing not to like here. Sure, you could complain about the hipster/upscale sort of crowd, but anyone we bumped into and chatted with seemed cool enough. And you can't blame a bar for its clientele, can you? We were there for good beer, and we got it: Great Divide Ruffian, St. Bernardus Tripel, Avery Pilsner, Russian River Perdition, Pliny the Elder, AleSmith Anvil ESB.
The girl waiting the bar that night knew her beer. This was evidenced by two guys who walked in, asked her something like "what can you recommend that's going to blow our expectations about beer, what can you serve us that's going to shift the beer paradigm?" They were literally that specific and driven...probably new to good beer but obviously willing to learn. So I watched as she went to the taps and poured the dudes a Russian River Perdition and St. Bernardus Tripel. Like I said, not much to NOT like about this place...
12-23-2010 19:01:52 |
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