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“This famous L. A. restaurant is not what it used to be...”
Review of Tam O'Shanter

Tam O'Shanter
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Ranked #295 of 10,357 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: American, Irish, Scottish, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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!
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.

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Thank Maven1217
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Went during Dine LA. Food was really good. Both the BF and I had the prime rib. We ordered creamed spinach and creamed corn. Both were tasty. This restaurant looks like it belongs in Disneyland. Very much like Lawry's, but cheaper!

Thank Marisela P
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

My favorite is the prime rib sandwich available at the sandwich carving station. Sandwich meat is carved to order and stacked on the roll of your choice (Kaiser roll is my preference). I also like the dark, "man cave" atmosphere, which I find relaxing. I heard Friday night is Celtic night and it must be true since I saw several gentlemen wearing kilts. In short, very good food, fun atmosphere and a piece of history.

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Thank CacheOn
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The atmosphere in the Tam O'Shanter is wonderful only to be outdone by the prime rib! Every time we are out in Los Angeles, we try to go at least once and always making it our last meal before flying out.
The service has always been excellent. This is a must try!

Thank Cangney
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

You can tell that this place has been around a long time, 90 years to be exact. If you are in the area and like prime rib. Portions are huge. Nothing here is subtle.

Thank TonyTraveler2010
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