3229 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA | Directions 9003434.030527 -118.384736
Their burger is a classic. There's two types of cheese, a soft brioche bun and the beers on tap are great.
Impressive beer selection and one of LA's best burger. Just bring your own ketchup because they're weird about that.
Great burger with a phenomenal beer selection. It guest quite crowded so get there early for a seat. Fun lively atmosphere.
You can't add or take out anything on the burger but trust me, you'll think it's delicious! Oh and they don't serve ketchup with your fries.
Nice sinks, friendly staff, awkward location, highly priced – I really wanted to come here after checking out buttercup's sales (I needed a drink), so I invited a friend to meet me, and here's the deal with this place...we both agree...
the bartender was very nice, very cool.
the selection of beer seemed impressive, though we did not order any.
the appetizer was acceptable.
being in the middle of a parkinlot is not my favorite place to be, really.
cars coming by at slow speeds and peering at us while we tried to be in the outdoors... was uncomfortable.
prices were steep.
overall, place is just okay. won't go back for a while.
Burgers, with a side of arrogance – There are many places in LA that have great gourmet burgers, so you should spare yourself the bad attitude and stay away from here. The burger is good, albeit a bit too rich, but doesn't make up for the horrible attitude of the employees. They're rude and talk down to you. I ordered a martini with 3 olives. Was told that it comes with 1 olive so she is allowed to give me 1 olive and 1 olive only. Fine, you can't even give me 2 extra olives? I'll take my business elsewhere.
Nice ambiance - no ketchup tho – So tried it out after hearing the burgers are the best in town - the crowd is nice, the place is popping - but they didn't have ANY thing I could put on my burger, which was a bit dry to begin with. How can you serve fries and NOT have ketchup?? Anyhoo - needless to say, unless you BYOK (ketchup, get it? lol) I'd refrain if you are going for burgers. Otherwise, it's a cool place.
One of the Best Burgers in LA – his is the spot for you if too many options overwhelm you and you're just looking for a damn good burger. There's only one burger offered at Father's Office and there are no substitutes allowed. Believe me, you wont want to change this masterpiece. It's not your traditional burger- caramelized onion, applewood bacon compote, gruyere, matag blue cheese and arugula served on a roll instead of a bun. Make sure to get the sweet potato fries as well. What FO lacks in variety for burgers, they make up for in beer. Beer fanatics will love this place. It's also great for groups as long as you dont go at 8pm on a Friday or Saturday.
great hamburger interesting place – great place to get a delicious burger, fries, and an assortment of beer!
Get Mentally Prepared for this Place – Okay if you want a burger and fries and a beer from FO you'll need to know these things:
Bring your ID and be prepared to stand in the line like you're trying to get into the hottest night club in town.
Don't expect to be served. Order at the counter, ferry your own drinks to a seat yourself table and wait for someone to sling some food in your face.
Don't ask for ketchup or water. They won't bring you any ketchup to mar their self proclaimed superior burger. Get up and get your water from the bar.
If you mentally prepare for this then your FO experience will be ok.
So knowing this, I only go for lunch on the weekends. I know already before I get there, this is not a full service establishment even though they charge full service establishment prices. And finally i know i'm not going to "have it my way." I'm having it their way.
So why go to this place. Because they handle food with respect even though they don't handle their patrons with equal respect. (i take part of that back, the bartenders are knowlegeable and patient. Actually the bouncer was nice too and so are the busboys. It seems the common thread here is that the waitresses suck).
The food is quite frankly good. Good quality, good quantities, and good tasting. If you want a regular hamburger go to InNOut. If you go to Fathers Office, you're going to get a juicy burger, smothered with caramelized onions, arugula, and blue cheese on a french roll. If you don't want that specifically go for any of other great plates they have available.
quite frankly, with the proper mental planning, i love FO for their peche lambic and speckled hen on tap, they're fries (sweet potato and regular) and their bone marrow appetizer. 1 star for the service, 5 for the food. average out to 3 for the total package.
bad taste in my mouth.. – i went to fathers office for the burger, and then because im allergic to dairy i asked for no cheese, and as you know, you arent allowed to get no cheese. so i ordered the lamb kabob, and for 12$ got once tiny stick with 5 fatty lamb chunks, that i had to choke down. the third thing that was completely irritating is we were asked to not play cards, (my friend was showing me a magic trick)...so, basically i arrived in a great mood and left feeling horrible; you know that feeling where you got ripped off but your still hungry? yeah...there were so many rules that i felt like i was back in grade school. definately never going back.
Great Place – You have to ask yourself: "What does FO have for me, and what can I give to FO?" This isn't a typical bar - it's the vision of a unique proprietor. He has a vision, and I respect that vision. I see soooooo many comments from people whining about "no ketchup" and "Even Burger King has ketchup" - hilarious and pathetic at the same time. I'm glad these people don't like it, as I would probably be bored stiff sitting next to these people. Thank you, FO, for doing what you do and keeping fast-food aficionados away.
Terrible Service! – I would never go back to Father's Office. I have never experienced such rudeness in a waitress before. She didn't bother to tell us that it was Father's Office's policy not to make any alterations to the menu items. Instead, she argued that if can't have a certain ingredient, I should get something else, like steak or crab. I didn't want a steak or crab. I wanted a burger. That was the final nail in the coffin. One expects to wait on a Saturday night to be seated in a crowded restaurant, but then after waiting in a Disneyland-esque line approximately a hour to eat, one expects to be seated (not have to fend for a seat), to encounter helpful and polite waitstaff, and then eat what they want / order. Simply put, Father ought to pass out some pink slips around the office. Worst service I have ever had, and the food is nothing to write home about.
Father is a Control Freak – There’s nothing special about the (apparently) famous “Father’s Office Burger”. I found it dry and almost flavorless. Don’t try to alter any of the ingredients -- it’s not allowed. The policy is posted in writing above the bar. Come on, even Burger King lets you “have it your way”. Not Father’s Office. For example, the burger comes with bleu cheese, which makes me gag. I was told that if I didn’t like bleu cheese, I should order something other than the burger.
I’m generally willing to try anything once, so I took my chances and ordered the F.O. burger “as is”, because I was eager to experience what others were calling “the best burger in L.A.” My review of the burger is analogous to my review of Father’s Office in general. Over hyped, over rated, and ultimately bland and unmemorable.
I was there for lunch, so I ordered an iced tea with my burger. They don’t have iced tea. I asked for ketchup for my fries. They don’t have ketchup. I’m thinking, “Come on, even Burger King has iced tea and ketchup.” Not Father’s Office.
Father’s Office is exactly like Burger King in certain ways. You have to order at the counter, where you’re given a small plastic placard with a number on it. You find a seat somewhere, and wait for the server/busboy to deliver the food. When the place is crowded -- as it often is -- I imagine your food probably gets toured around the entire space before you and your small plastic number are finally located by the server.
Father’s Office exudes the snooty attitude of a trendy gourmet restaurant, with customer service on par with Burger King. The difference is, you pay a lot more and you have to have it “their way”.
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