Party Earth Review A classic LA favorite where everyone from celebrities to sunburned surfers in board shorts gathers to please their taste buds, Father’s Office is a popular gastropub offering gourmet dining in a comfy, unpretentious setting... ... read full review
1018 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Bar: M–W 5pm–1am, Th 5pm–1am, F 4pm–2am, Sa noon–2am, Su noon–midnight
Kitchen: M–W 5–10pm, Th 5–11pm, F 4–11pm, Sa noon–11pm, Su noon–10pm
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
A classic LA favorite where everyone from celebrities to sunburned surfers in board shorts gathers to please their taste buds, Father’s Office is a popular gastropub offering gourmet dining in a comfy, unpretentious setting.
The brainchild of dictatorial chef Sang Yoon – who allows absolutely no substitutions on his menu – the venue is not much more than a narrow box consisting of a few scattered tables and chairs squeezed into the area beside the bar, where a diverse after-work crowd jostles for space and gets in some face-to-face flirting while waiting for their craft beers.
Latecomers will need sharp eyes and elbows to find an unoccupied stool at the fiery-red bar where execs, work-at-home entrepreneurs, and local housewives unite in their common quest for the famous Office Burger, an imitated but never duplicated culinary masterpiece of dry-aged beef, arugula, gruyere, Maytag blue cheese, caramelized onions, and applewood bacon compote on a French roll.
The higher prices and questionable service are soon forgiven, however, once patrons taste the excellent food and see the impressive list of imported tap beers.
Although the bustling activity dies down once the kitchen closes, Father’s Office is almost invariably packed to the rafters with a loud and chatty crowd earlier in the evening, making it a perfect spot for a delectable and flirty pre-party stop before heading out to late-night destinations.
Everyone from hip, fashion-conscious neighborhood locals to groups of older professionals, mid-20s to 40s.
Ambient mix of iPod tunes. Big-screen TV on mute tuned to sports.
Appetizers, specials, vegetarian dishes, and the prized Office Burger with garlic aioli.
Small plates $4.50–$12, entrées $10.50–$16, burgers $12.50. Beer $6–$9, rare/fine beer $9–$74, wine $7.50–$12.50.
Anything goes, from casual to work attire.
Any day between 6 and 9pm for the liveliest crowd, Fridays for the after-work crowd, and Saturdays for a consistently busy scene. The place settles down after 10pm when the kitchen closes.