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“Surly Service...Super Pricey...Super Burger!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Father's Office

Father's Office
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1604
310-393-2337
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Ranked #52 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Tapas, Californian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Lafayette, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Surly Service...Super Pricey...Super Burger!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This dimly lit "pub-style" establishment features non-existent table service, an arrogant and surly wait staff and over-priced menu selections. Only an outstanding food product could overcome such general stupidity. Fortunately, for this establishment the food (specifically the burger)...really delivers!!! The burger taken alone is a thing of beauty. The restaurant allows absolutely no changes or substitutions to the burger. And, this is as it should be. Cooked perfectly (medium rare) and served on a terrific bun then married with fresh greens, caramelized onions, and blue cheese...this burger stands on its own. There is no need to drown this burger in ketchup, chili, mustard, relish or any other condiment generally used to disguise a truly bad burger. If you are prepared to pay dearly and deal with a rude wait staff head over quickly to Father's Office for what is one of if not the best burger on the West Coast.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bayville, New Jersey
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211 reviews 211 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Back to School”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Went to the Fathers Office for burgers and it reminded me of my College days at Rutgers. It was a lot of fun albeit very crowded and noisy and a wait. But once my FSIL snagged us a table, and we settled in with a few beers, all was right. Great burgers (except Jersey Guys are not used to gryuere cheese and Arugula) but it was a switch. Great fries and they had Anchor Steam, one of my favorite beers.
Burgers were huge, only issue is you cant have it with Lettuce Tomato and a big kosher pickle ala Jimmy Buffet .

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“The benchmark burger”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We travelled to the USA back in 2012 for inspiration as we wanted to open our own restaurant in the UK. I still think about the Father's Office burger over a year later. The selection of draft beer is amazing too. Get there early as it does get very busy, and as a result it isn't one of the most relaxing of places to eat.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Excellent Burgers and brews!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

We were in search of a place with a great beer selection. Father's Office did not disappoint! Besides great beer we had an awesome burger and a celebrity sighting. The place is small and you order at the bar but the staff was very friendly and willing to make beer suggestions.

Visited May 2013
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San Francisco
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
“A Blue Cheeseburger? Absolutely!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

After a full morning - we were craving a great burger and (our new best friend) the concierge sent us to Father’s Office- (and told us not to ask for ketchup –non existent) had the best blue cheese burger and excellent Belgian beer. Sweet Potato fries to die for.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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