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Father's Office

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
Californian, Tapas
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1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1604
310-393-2337
Friday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
BURGER BURGER BURGER!

When I requested food recommendations for my work trip to LA, friend told me the burger at FO was the best she had EVER had. It did not disappoint. The restaurant itself is extremely casual - you seat yourself amongst others or near the bar. There are no substitutions allowed, which did not please... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Lauren Z
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

When I requested food recommendations for my work trip to LA, friend told me the burger at FO was the best she had EVER had. It did not disappoint. The restaurant itself is extremely casual - you seat yourself amongst others or near the bar. There are no substitutions allowed, which did not please my dining companion, but the burger... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Visited Father's Office while back & needed to give due respect. This was honestly the best burger I've ever had; the caramelized onions & blue cheese - amazingly delicious cooked to perfection! Side note - I met Iron Chef Jose Garces who owns several restaurants in Philly (including an awesome burger joint Village Whiskey) & I admitted to him that... More 

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Top Contributor
223 reviews 223 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

There is a guy checking ID and pointing to a stack of menus in the tiny foyer of Father's Office. We squinted at the menus in the dark and then my dinner partners went up to the bar to order Office hamburgers, french fries, and sweet potato fries. Everything was ready quickly. The hamburger was quite big and long -... More 

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Orange, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This menu offers absolutely no modifications, and you can look at that one of two ways: Either these people are jerks, or they really trust that you will love what they have to offer. Stick with the latter assumption. The Office Burger was insane. It was like steak on a bun, and one of the most flavorful burgers I've ever... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Stopped in while walking up Montana Ave in Santa Monica. We really enjoyed the burger and sweet potato fries. Bartender was great and the open seating made for a great atmosphere.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

We went to this restaurant on a weekend day and it was quite popular and crowded. It was our first experience at Father's Office but we had heard great things about it from locals. First, I would characterize this establishment as a bar that serves food, rather than a restaurant. Their menu is several pages long but that is mostly... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It is a MUST place to visit. It has the best Sweet potatoes that I have ever tried. The burgers are really good, there isn't much variety, but they are huge and you'll love them.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

So after our spartan race we looked up this place and saw so many reviews. They weren't lying, this place was amazing the food was water mouth good. Get the father's office burger.

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New Delhi, India
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is a small gastro pub. I love the burgers and the selection of beers. The problem is the limited hours it is open and the fact that you have to hover to find a table. It is packed and they do not take reservations nor do they allot tables on a first come first serve option. Takeout is not... More 

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Sydney
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Great local bar if you're in the Santa Monica area. The burger - oh the burger - we've tried to replicate these at home but it's not the same. They are life changing and the best burger we've ever had. Great beer selection too, really miss this place as it was our local while living there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1604
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-393-2337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Californian, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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