The term “gastropub” was coined in the early '90s when The Eagle revolutionized the London dining scene by serving high quality food in a traditional pub setting. It took about 10 years for the concept to catch on in SoCal, but now, gastropubs in L.A. are incredibly popular, from the Village Idiot on Melrose to the Parish in Downtown Los Angeles. While many people equate great gastropubs with gourmet burgers, many of these restaurants serve a variety of international fare. It makes sense—even The Eagle has a Mediterranean bent.
I love Father's Office's burger. And you better love everything they put on it because there's no substitutions. It's a heart-unhealthy mix of specially ground beef (secret blend!), blue cheese, bacon and onions. Sooo good! The sweet potato fries are amazing as well, and come in a cute little shopping cart. There's always a crowd, so get there early. At least you don't have to be a table vulcher anymore. The downside is that you have to wait in line to get in, so you can't have one of their great beers or a glass of wine while you are waiting (wine list isn't bad, not a full bar). You order at the bar and they bring the food to you.
Fun neighborhood gastropub with a hip but friendly vibe. Nice selection of beer, but they also have a full bar and specialty cocktails. The pies - as in savory pies - are outstanding, but tale time to make. Good soups and sandwiches at lunch. No reservations accepted.
This is a great neighborhood joint. I met the two owners when they were bartenders at Mixville and followed them over here. They make a good martini, and the wine selection is small but well thought out. Good beer variety too, of course. The food is pretty good. I liked the burger and the catfish, especially the catfish. The lilttle fried garbanzo beans are interesting but not sure I would get them again. I wanted to try the fish and chips but they were out the night I tried to order them. The only thing I wasn't wild about was the Cuban sandwich. It just didn't have much zing. The bar is really starting to build a good crowd and a good momentum. Drinks are reasonably priced.
Hot spot in Little Tokyo known for its burger and nightly specials. The menu is globally influenced, with everything from sardines to toad in a hole to shishito peppers. Good beer and wine selections.
Modern British pub with a happening happy hour. Impressive beer and wine list, too. Traditional and imaginative fare. Dark inside, and it gets quite loud as the night progresses.
From the same guy bend Tony's in Burbank and Golden Road Brewing in Glendale, this a fun spot for a pizza and a beer. The interior is very casual and cool, but there's a great patio out back, too.
Spanish-influenced gastropub centrally located in the NoHo arts district. Perfect for pre-show tapas. Suggest charcuterie and cheeses or stuffed peppers and paella. Excellent cocktails.
Fantastic Brit-themed gastropub from Tasting Kitchen's chef Casey Lane. Get the deviled eggs, bone marrow, wings and steak. The bartenders are expert at their craft.
Believe it or not, this fantastic gastropub in Old Town Pasadena is actually an import from the OC. The food is topnotch and reasonably priced, including some imaginative desserts. They brew their own beer onsite, too.
Popular gastropub in the Hollywood Riviera neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Family run, it shares a kitchen with the more upscale Chez Melange. Great happy hour specials, but always reasonably priced.