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“Best British in CA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tam O'Shanter

Tam O'Shanter
2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Ranked #252 of 8,655 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: American, Irish, Scottish, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Boyce
Description: Delighting diners for 90 years, the Tam O'Shanter is Los Angeles' oldest restaurant operated by the same family in the same location. Enjoy good cheer, warm hospitality and exceptional food in a cozy old world atmosphere. If you have some Scottish ancestry, you might even find your family tartan among the extensive collection decorating the walls!
La Canada Flintridge, California
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best British in CA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Authentic interior, good Scotch, whiskey Menu, great Fish & chips
Very authentic cuisine.
Must for any Brit in LA CA area to dine.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Irish Food :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

With a name like Tam O'Shanter you can never go wrong. A great place to eat and a must do while you are in the area. I am partial to Irish food and Irish Pubs. Each City I go to I automatically look for an Irish place. Tam O'Shanter is a good find and great food. Friendly service and an excellent staff. Hats off to all that work here and runt he place. I would HIGHLY reccomend this to anyone IRISH or not that is in the area. Go in and have a good meal and leave very very satisfied. There is sooooo much to choose from you do not know which one is better than the next. A GREAT FIND and well worth the stop

Visited April 2013
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“Top three on my trip to LA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

Dont miss this place!
Over 90 years of tradition you can feel in every wall and taste in every bite.
Go for the brisket. Its incredible.

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Portland, Maine
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Unique atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We were treated to dinner here by friends who live in the area; it has been a favorite of theirs for years. An old Irish pub atmosphere, with authentic decor, and a fireplace to warm us on this somewhat chilly & rainy night, made for a cozy setting. I Ordered the grilled salmon special, and my husband had corned beef dinner- both were delicious and tastefully presented. The others had prime rib, the house favorite, which they said was also good.

Prices seemed high on the menu (salad was extra), but we didn't see the final bill. We were seated in the main dining room adjacent to the bar, and the noise from the bar grew louder as the evening progressed, prohibiting normal conversation.

Our waiter (originally from India) was dressed in tartans with a fancy white shirt; his service was excellent. Other waitstaff were also dressed in costumes of the period. We felt like we were in an old Irish pub! It was a pleasant and unique experience!

I don't know if they have outdoor seating, but I couldn't erase the last marker from that line and leave that category blank. Valet parking was $3.50 (as it seemed to be at all good LA restaurants) but of course one must leave a tip!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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La Canada Flintridge, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“This famous L. A. restaurant is not what it used to be...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The interior of this Irish themed restaurant is still charming, but the prices of food and drink are just not reasonable or justified. We ordered the prime rib entree for $30 and it arrived with far too much fat and gristle, surrounded by what tasted like canned gravy. Even though Tam O'Shanter is still apparently within the Lawry Restaurant family, the meat was clearly not the quality it was years ago. At one point, my napkin slipped from my lap. Reaching down to pick it up was another disappointment, since the pedestal base of our table was encrusted with old dirt as well as what looked like old food. Things did not improve at the bar where we encountered the gum chewing female bartender who was not overly friendly and we watched as she measured each of our $7 per drink Irish whiskey very carefully into shot glasses, not quite filling each to the top. The male bartender at the other end of the bar appeared much more personable and did not seem to need to shot-glass measure each drink he made. An Irish quartet performed in the bar area, but the Irish music was diminished by the fact that the lead singer looked and sounded more like a blonde Steven Tyler than Sean O'Connor. After spending over $100 on dinner and drinks, we walked out to tip the valet parker $2, only to be told that the valet parking cost $3.50. All in all, it was an expensive and disappointing way to spend our anniversary and obviously, we will not choose to return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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