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Ladyface Ale Companie
Active Beers: 61
Beer Ratings: 434
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
29281 Agoura Rd.
phone: (818) 477-4566
(Place added by: barrelroller on 11-04-2009)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Update : 7/16/10 I've had a chance to visit ladyface again on a few occasions. Much has improved, so I'm updating my score. I still stand by my intial experience, but feel that for a place that is investing to brew on site, it was worth another fair shake. The service has improved, as has the selection. Growlers are reasonably priced at $12 to fill, and $6 for the growler.
My experience at Ladyface ale companie alehouse & Brasserie. Let me preface by saying I've been excited to check this place out since I first read about it. The place is larger than I was expecting, has functioning, and currently in use, fermentation tanks on the restaurant floor near the bar, real weathered oak wood tables, with hanging tapestries, and is situated near rolling green hills, and large oak trees. No complaints on presentation, or the ambiance at all.
However, after being seated, things changed. First, after being seated, and after about 15 minutes, the hostess that had seated me passed by again to ask if I had been helped yet, I had not. But I had also noticed while I was waiting, that I was not the only one yet to be greeted, or acknowledged by anyone other than the hostess that had seated us in that section (which was feet from the bar by the way.) In fact, one couple next to me, who had been seated sometime before me (who knows how long) actually moved from their table to the bar, where they were promptly greeted and served by the bartender (In retrospect, I wished I too had moved to the bar, for that couple was done about an hour before I was, even though they got there before me).
Now let me back up a little and say I went to Ladyface this specific day, Saturday February 6th 2010, as they were advertising on-line a "GRAND OPENING PARTY: Free French fries all day and Happy hour prices on our house beers." http://www.ladyfaceale.com/events.html.
There was no fanfare upon arriving about this, nor was there any mention of it in the menu (not in even a printed insert) the hostess did not mention it, and the server, when he finally did arrive, did not mention it until I inquired. I requested the "Free" fries. Also, ordered three 4 oz tasters of their ales, all brewed on site. (the main reason I came) a LA BLONDE Ale, LADYFACE IPA, & a "Trois Filles" Tripel, (I also requested water) All were good for their style. B+
I also ordered the Maytag Blue Cheese and Apple Salad.
The tasters arrived, followed by the fries, and then the salad, all rather quickly, which was fine. (still no water, though I asked again) This is where the niceties ended however. The server in the area I was in only checked up on me once about a half hour later. Finally after another server cleared some of my plates, my server acknowledge me, and I ordered a Pizza Port Santa's little helper (and a water). A manager delivered that beer. ( still no water). About 15 minutes later, I asked my server in passing for a water, and finally got it. After finishing my beer and water, I didn't see my server yet for another 20 minutes. I then asked for the check. 10 minutes later it arrived. I was charged for the fries. (the on-line advertised free ones). After waiting another 5 minutes for my server, I walked to the hostess, inquired about the special, again, which she confirmed, and asked for the charge to be removed. She finds my server in the back of the house. After waiting another 5 minutes by the bar, my server runs past me, bumping into me to get to another table, then a few minutes later sees me, and says he thought I had left, and hands me my check with my card having been run. The fries were still charged in the bill. At this point I left a 15% tip, ( though it was not deserved) and left, since it was costing me more money to continue to wait.
What started as an exciting exploration, some beer, and a snack, (and what I anticipated to take 45 minutes to an hour), ended up being a disappointing and annoying experience that took two in half hours. Now, I should add that personally worked in the food and beverage industry for 7 years, in both the front and back of the house of a busy restaurant chain. I know what it is like to wait tables, handle a section, turn tables, and expedite orders. I was beyond patient, and did not lose my cool at the restaurant, or take my experience out on anyone.
Now, would I patron Ladyface Ale Companie again? Honestly, Yes. Certainly not for the service based on this expeirence, but only because I love craft beer, support local, and there are few places like it in this area. (there are a few, but they are few and far between, but I support what I can) and I also know my experience is one that can be fixed, and I certainly hope it is. Might I suggest more staff training, perhaps a Lead Server per shift, or more servers so that they each have more time for their tables. Anyhow, this was my experience this day.
02-07-2010 00:06:24 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Note to self, avoid Augora Hills on the hottest day of the year. It was 111* outside in the San Frenando Valley and my brilliant brother decided it would be a nice time to go check out Ladyface.
This place is just off the 101 and easy to get to and to park at although there is no covered parking and like I said it was bloody hot out there.
The decor is quite nice but a bit frilly for my liking. The artwork is all very delicate and it is all over the place. The patio is great looking but again too hot to hang out there on this trip.
The bartender was cool but a bit hassled. Might have been the heat but who knows.
I got to meet Dave the brewer and owner who was cool but didn't have much time to talk.
I tried a few of the sample beers including the famous chesborough ipa and Belgian style double. They were all good to very good, none great
They had a bunch of their own beers and some guest taps from Port and Russian River.
09-28-2010 18:26:00 |
More by tothebrim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I just took my brother and his girlfriend there and i thought it was over all very nice. But the staff seemed a bit pre-occupied and we were left with empty glasses and plates a bit too many time and for too long. But the restaurant iteslf was very nice and the fact that you can stand and watch the brewery was nice in my book. The house beer was pretty much exactly what they stated it was and the styles were well done.
All in all I would recommend them as a place to go if you're in the area. But not someplace i would go out of my way to go find.
12-30-2010 01:31:05 |
More by klittlefield
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
We have a project site in the Simi Valley area, so I stopped in here after leaving work one day.
I didn't quite expect this place to be in a little strip mall with a Jack in the Box, a tiny liquor store, and an Islands (among a few other things). In fact, I drove past it at first.
The service was good and relatively friendly. They let me tick in piece as I sat at a table in the bar area.
Some of the beers are pretty decent (especially their regular IPA and Picture City Porter). I didn't have any food as I did not feel like paying excessive prices for a hamburger.
Prices are the main problem here, especially for some of the beers (read: the ones that aren't very good).
09-29-2011 05:09:15 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been waiting to try this place for a few weeks now. After reading reviews, I went in excited, yet with slightly lower expectations.
I thought this place was great. The location works very well for me, and the selection of food and beer entices my appetite.
I stopped by around 7 on a Friday night with two friends. The place was pretty busy. We wanted to grab a seat at the bar, but the bar was pretty packed so we put our name in for a table. While we waited, the manager came and asked us if we would like a beer while they set up our table. We did. He seemed to understand that although we were waiting for a table, it was clear we were only there for the beer. One thing that caught me off guard was while the bar was packed with people aged 21+, the tables were filled by families with rather young children.
Our service was good. Any time we had a question someone was there to help us. We never had to wait between beers, and the food we did order (appetizers) arrived very quick. The only knock on the service was that I felt bad for our waitress because like I said earlier, we were only there for the beer, and for as busy as the restraunt was we were a fairly cheap table. The wait staff must understand that a lot of the people who come to this place are comming for the beer.
Now for the food and beer.
I ordered the Porter. When the manager brought it over, the head was topped with brown specks. I had never seen this before in a beer and thought it was dirt. I bravely took the first sip to find that it was crushed coffee bean. I could not put this beer down! After each sip, I found myself craving another sip. In my opinion, that is the measure of a good beer. My friends ordered the wit and the trippel. Both were good beers as well, however I preferred the porter. For appetizers we ordered the Mac and Cheese. It was topped with crumbled potatoe chips, and was pretty good. I do not remember the name of our other appetizer, but it was a baked pastry with cheese in the middle and was also pretty good.
All in all we spent about 40$ between three of us. That included two appetizers and four beers.
I think that once this place settles in, the sky is the limit. They had some kinks I feel are normal for a rather new place. I definitely see myself comming back for that porter, and I would not mind trying some of the other items on their menu.
03-06-2010 19:11:08 |
More by Alex80
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for my 32nd birthday with DarthKostrizer and Alucard4 for my first time. I had been wanting to check out the place for some time.
It is set up like a modern brasserie. It has a long communal table between the bar and regular tables. There is very nice elevated patio seating and It was cool that day because they had a jazz band playing on the patio.
Other than the clueless hostess and server that was giving her worthless help, the rest of the service we had as far as food runners and our server was very good. And it didn't hurt that we had an adorable, cute little server.
DarthKostrizer started off with their Last Mango in Paris because he wanted a couple ticks. I went with a flight so I could sample all of their beers. They were pretty good. Nothing exceptional. I really like their Chesboro DIPA and I wanted to Love their porter but because they thought it's cute to put fresh coffee grinds on the head, it dominates the nose and flavor and doesn't allloe you to appreciate any other characteristics.
The menu and food seemed to be pretty damn good. We didn't eat much cuz we had a long night of drinking ahead of us with a bottleshare at my house. We had a couple orders of their pommes frites which were delicious, especially with the aioli we picked to have them with. We also got a housemate pretzel that came with a couple special mustards. What we had was great.
Lafyface is about 20-25 minutes from me and although this place was overall pretty good. I don't think I'd go out of my way to go there again, but it's right on the way to Malibu so it could be a good stop after the beach.
10-09-2011 20:10:58 |
More by MrVonzipper
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A newish microbrewery/restaurant, with only 3 house beers on tap so far (La Blonde, India Pale Ale, Blind Ambition). Guest taps included Duchesse de Bourgogne, Allagash White, St Bernardus 12, Delirium Noel, Alesmith IPA, Santa's Little Helper, Monk's Café Flemish, Tripel Karmeliet, Green Flash IPA, and 2-3 others.
Nice layout, with poster/prints of early 20th century style, seating for about 12 at the bar and maybe 50-60 at tables.
I viewed this primarily as a restaurant, very good food, in all ways attempting for a Belgian feel, including frites with several choices of dips. That and the concept of small plates versus big plates.
Definitely worth a stop for the food. The guest taps are very good as well so you can't really go wrong.
01-23-2010 19:34:00 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been here a few times for beer and growler fills, but didn't want to give it a review until i had a bit of the food. I finally sampled a few of the menu items a couple weeks ago and was just as impressed with what i ate as i have been with what i've been drinking.
Service was a bit brash and seemed irritated by a couple of simple requests; like moving out to the patio and splitting up the check. Other than that service is good.
The atmosphere is good and what you would expect from a Westlake Village crowd, some rich kids who are way too trendy and cool for their own good, some upscale doctor type guys, and of course some cougars. It wasn't all that busy for a Fri. night but there was a comfortable sized crowd.
The beer is really great, the Tripel, IPA, Porter and Wit are all excellent. I was a bit disappointed that their DIPA was out but that just gives me another excuse to go get my growler filled when it comes back on tap.
The food that i had was more on the appetizer side because we showed up late and they have a limited menu after 10, the Pomme Frites and Pretzel were great none the less.
I consider this my local brewpub and am proud to do so. Great place with great beers and I will undoubtedly be back again and again
05-19-2010 03:28:20 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
After getting the chance to try some of their beers at a different place (Lady Face Blind Ambition and the Red Rye), I decided to get a group together and grab some beers here.
I had been so impressed with the beers I had that I made a list of beers I wanted to have at the brewery. Yet when I got to the place they only had 1 beer out my list of 6 beers I wanted. Needless to say I was disappointed to have to settle for ordering European beers when I was trying to support my local brewery.
The beers I had previously tried were great, and I was even planning on buying growlers to take home. I was told by the bartender that the batches go quickly!
Atmosphere wise, the place it pretty awesome. Great setting, great outside patio.
I guess if you plan to head here, call them in advance and ask if they have any of their own beers available! That's what I was told to do...
11-19-2010 04:39:52 |
More by MuttKDC
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited multiple times over 2010.
They usually have a 6 house beers or so but often times some of them are sold out. They also have a cask of the week which is a neat concept but it makes life difficult for a ticker that doesnt live close by. I hear they are expanding production so hopefully that doesnt mean they won't experiment anymore. I know they have some barrels in the back so we'll see.
The food is great. If you just want something to munch on order the fries. It's a pretty good sized basket and you get to pick the seasoning. The smoked burger is great too.
Service is decent to good depending on the time of day. Most of the employees don't know much about the beer but they are willing to get the info you want and will provide samples.
The place is never too loud, even if it's crowded.
Beautiful area but getting in and out of that parking lot sucks.
01-04-2011 00:25:53 |
More by t0rin0
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