The Culver Hotel & Father’s Office – A one-two punch in Culver City
We headed to Culver City to check out two restaurants – The Culver Hotel’s Happy Hour (which we briefly spoke about in our Kay ‘n Dave’s write up) and Father’s Office for dinner. Together they made for a nice night, as the elegance of the Culver Hotel was a nice complement to Father’s Office’s peculiar funky vibe.
9400 Culver Blvd.
The Culver Hotel is a historic building that feels like an old Hollywood version of the Palm Court. The Culver Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, and it feels like a historic place.
Here’s the Deal
Happy Hour runs from 4pm to 7pm Daily with discounts on drinks and a limited bar bites menu.
What to Drink: The House Cab and Chardonnay are just $4 during happy hour. Beers on tap and in bottles are $3 and a house martini made with a good house vodka are just $6. Specialty cocktails like the “red slipper” and the “dirty harry” are also $6. If you’re a vodka drinker, a pre-Father’s Office cocktail at the Culver Hotel is a must, since the venerable burger joint’s chef doesn’t carry vodka in his restaurant.
What to Eat: We were planning a full dinner at Father’s Office, so we kept it light at the Culver Hotel, choosing to have the tempura green beans for $5, which were served in a beautiful cone and were a great pre-dinner snack. Happy Hour menu choices also include garlic fries, asian infused wings and a fish taco – all for $5 as well as deviled eggs for $3.
3229 Helms Avenue
Father’s Office does not have a happy hour. They do not make any substitutions of any kind to their menu (even if you have food allergies). The owner and chef Sang Yoon does not serve vodka because he doesn’t like it (or so the rumor is). If you want a martini, it’s got to be gin and it’s sweet and not what I prefer.
That said, the Office Burger ($12.50) is probably the best hamburger I’ve ever had, making all the odd little peculiarities of this popular Culver City (and Santa Monica) spot worth it. The Office Burger comes with carmelized onion, bacon, gruyere, maytag blue cheese and arugula. Spread a little of Father’s Office’s garlic aioli on it and you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven. We also had the Duck Confit Salad which was wonderful.
Father’s Office is known for their vast selection of craft and specialty beers. Wine runs $10-12 a glass, coupled with the cost of a burger (and the $2.50 extra for fries), this is a bit of a splurge, but well worth it. For about $20-25 a person can have a great meal and one glass of wine.