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Father's Office

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Santa Monica
American, Bar, Pub
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1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1604
+1 310-393-2337
17:00 - 01:00
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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a dive, there are no substitutions on any menu item, but it's a must when in Santa Monica. This place is iconic, the beer menu is awesome, and the food spot on. Great sweet potato fries, and legendary burger. Wouldn't change a thing. In an age of pretentious new world Gastropubs, this place defines how it should be done!

Thank stevethibault
New York
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is usually pretty crowded and the whole 'find your own seat' policy makes things stressful and chaotic for people looking more for a meal than a bar scene drink. The beer list is pretty good, but it's not great. Service is pretty bad. So it's usually a fun idea to go, but then you get there and you... More 

Thank CoRo1313
London, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

If you're 24 and with a beard you'll probably love it. The burgers are allegedly famous and brilliant - but there's only one type on the menu and the fillings etc are non negotiable. There is no ketchup for the chips, take it or leave it. It thought the burger was OK. Certainly very tender, in fact so tender you... More 

Thank Chris C
Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Stopped at Father's Office before going to dinner on Montana Ave. The bar was not crowded, but there was a line of 10 people in line waiting to order beers and appetizers. I found this curious, but I wanted to try one of their 20+ draft beers and I was thirsty! Fifteen minutes later, I was still in line behind... More 

Thank ToastyJ
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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122 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

It's funny this restaurant was a last minute decision for our group but it ended up being the best food we had in the States. It's a small little restaurant that's always busy. The staff member I ordered from was a little rude but I would just put it down to how busy they were. Most of the people at... More 

Thank Sarah C
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Great place with awesome vibe, beers and burgers... what more could I ask for. Oh yes there is one thing Ketchup... There is no Ketchup in this place and the burgers and fries still taste great. But that didn't stop me from sneak in a little Ketchup. Sorry guys just love Ketchup and your burgers are just to good to... More 

Thank Josetorbay
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Father's Office is noisy, dark with tables squashed together such that one overhears the entire conversation at the tables on each side. Literally, there is NO service. We stood looking at the bartender for 5-minutes before he acknowledged our presence. It is a self-service restaurant with poor service. The hamburgers were excellent but far too expensive for the kind of... More 

1 Thank Mel_Paris
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with a friend that had gone there before - food was excellent! Wish I could have had the burger twice :)

Thank notafanofwinter1981
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Visited on the advice of the 'entertainments officer' at the Shangri-La. It is a locals restaurant and was extremely busy at 18.30! you cannot book and the burger is the burger no choices and no ketchup. Having said that the food was excellent and a great atmosphere. A bit out of the way but worth the walk. You order at... More 

Thank kwaterton
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Whoa. Those onions were delicious. And the burger was good too! If I drank beer I'd have been a lot more content. Huge beer list.

Thank Kym B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1604
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-2337

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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