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Father's Office

1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1604
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Ranked #85 of 563 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Tapas, Californian
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
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77% Recommend
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English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We've read for years about Father's Office and finally made it there to try the burger. They were on the forefront of the gourmet burger, and it *was* very good, but we've also had good gourmet burgers locally so there wasn't much novelty. Liked the shoestring fries as well. We ordered one basket of fries for two burgers which was... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Excellent selection of craft beer, good wines, and delicious food items. Have been going there for years!

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Phoenix, Arizona
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you like trying different kinds of beer this is a great place to go. If you are not used to very fat laden and salty food this is not a place for you. Fun atmosphere. Hard to get a table unless you go before 6 PM.

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Marina del Rey, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Get the Hamburger, Get the Hamburger... The Father's Office is a small dimly lit neighborhood bar with a nice staff and food.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We saw Father's Office recommended in Lonely Planet and decided to give it a try one night on our recent stay in Santa Monica and try their famous burger. We walked in and it is quite a small place and you have to just jump on a table when one becomes free which nearly put us off. However, thank god... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Went to Father's Office on a full stomach - just expecting to drink some beer and not eat. After a couple of (really good) beers, I noticed almost everybody inside was having the renowned burger...so I decided to bite the bullet and go for it despite the lack of appetite (I was after all on holiday and wouldn't get the... More

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Malibu, California
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221 reviews 221 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This review is long overdue. Really good burgers but kinda overhyped. Always seems to have a line at the original location on Montana. Lots of young hipster vibe going on; A little loud and a bit cramped. Father's Office started the gourmet burger fad all those years ago. If you haven't had one, worth a go, but not worth waiing... More

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Woodend, Australia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Small bar but a decent amount of seating for the space. 30+ taps and a reserve list of 20 beers. Chatty and buzzy crowd but not loud. Pricing higher than what might be the norm elsewhere in California. Couldn’t bring the kids given the bar licence. Didn’t eat but the menu looked very good.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Seriously, this is the best burger and "fries" I have ever had! Visiting our son in LA and he just keeps taking us to the best places! Beer selection is awesome! Really couldn't decide, but I tried the local and it was great. You can't go wrong here. It's small, you have to place your order yourself at the bar,... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

There's a great beer selection. They have a rotating selection of 36 beers. Today we had Russian River Hill 2 Row 56, a great IPA. The beer menu offers specific and clear descriptions of the raster profiles for each of the 36 brews. The Office Burger is the perfect combonation of flavors. A perfectly textured baguette type roll is the... More

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