I love that gastropubs have hit Culver City with full force. Theres an everyman feel to them. Not too fancy but the food is really interesting. Beer, but really eclectic beer. Modern and creative dining rooms, but not stuffy and off putting. Anyone from any walk of life is welcome, even kids. And now, we have a big selection to choose from. Father's Office, Ford's Filling Station, Public School, City Tavern, and Rush Street.
Rush Street on Culver Blvd was the first to roll into town. Right in the middle of downtown Culver and located next to the Fire Station, it is a restaurant of many faces. This is a happening lunch place with a huge front patio where you can soak in all the passers by under the protection of umbrellas and, if needed, heat lamps. Inside the dining room is huge. A long inviting bar, large raised u shaped banquettes, square tables in the front and tall bar tables in the middle. Something for everyone, young and old. They have TV screens displaying sporting events all day, but they are not invasive. Then there is an upper deck that has a big lounge area with comfy couches, low tables and ottomans which heats up in the evening and becomes a really cool bar. My gal pals and I go there sometimes and have a great time. Really amazing atmosphere. The lounge has another bar that leads off it into an outdoor deck that gets super cool and clubby at night. The crowd is very diverse and eclectic. Everyone is welcome and you don't feel old if you aren't 25. It's a comfortable mix.
Food: The truffle fries are to die for. You must get them. I love lots of the appetizers - loved the tapenade plate - something for everyone and my whole family devoured it. I loved the lamb burger as do a lot of my friends. The flat ironed steak was really well done as was the blackened salmon. A full bar with an eclectic beer and cocktails menu is guaranteed to set you up for a good evening.
From Yelp: "Met some friends for an all american meal and wasn't disappointed. Portions and price were perfect (big portions - reasonable price)."
www.rushstreetculvercity.com They are open every day for lunch and dinner.
City Tavern, a little further west, close to the Kirk Douglas Theater but still in the downtown hub, is about 2 yrs. old. This is a gorgeous space. Really creative minds went into this space. They have ever changing beers, on tap, at your table. You can just keep topping up without ever having to leave your booth. They also have a lovely thriving patio and is great for people watching as it is surrounded by other fun restaurant patios. They have a really beautiful bar at the entrance and raised communal bar tables at the front. Every table has a great view and its fun to soak in the atmosphere.
Their menu is really interesting and quite delicious. Their charcuterie platter, cheese plate and grilled crudités are gorgeous and plentiful - a real treat. Standouts were the pub burger and the fried chicken burger. My family loved sharing the jidori chicken as well as the pear salad. The rustic apple tart was pretty fabulous, too.
From Yelp: "Great and imaginative comfort food plus a great draft beer selection."
www. citytavernculvercity.com They are open every day for lunch and dinner.
Ford's Filling Station is solidly one of my families favorite places. It is very cool, chic and always superb food. It is right in the heart of downtown Culver City, next to Tender Greens and Akasha. The patio is in the front and the side and is heaven for people watching. The dining room is warm and lively with an amazing atmosphere.
I have never had a bad meal here and am always blown away by the food. The waitstaff and hostesses are always friendly, cool and very knowledgable. The bar area is very inviting and the mixologist creates eclectic cocktails. They always have an amazing array of daily specials and we usually choose from them. They have a terrific assortment of charcuterie and cheeses. I love the duck proscuitto salad and the flatbread pizzas are superb: the squash blossom with leeks and fontina was fabulous. The fish and chips is one of the best in town - it comes with onion rings! - and the shephard's pie with lamb is wonderful. It is very chic comfort food. I highly recommend the brunch - an amazing brioche french toast, mixed berry compote and creme fraiche was devoured by us all.
From Yelp: "Great food...wine... lovely outdoor seating."
www.fordsfillingstation.net They are open every day for lunch and dinner.
Public School is kinda one of my new favs. It is about a year old taking over the famed Fraiche space. I loved that restaurant and was really bummed to see it go. They have revamped the dining room into a fascinating place and it is always packed. Seriously, always! When you eat and drink there you know why.
The waiters are extremely friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I recommend starting with the house made gin and tonic. Absolutely delicious. Ok, I had two! You must get the bacon cheddar tater tots (we go two of those also!) and the caeser was delish with kale - a light spicy kick, which is unusual. The fish and chips were light and tasty. We ate lots of appetizers there one night - the speck and eggs was great and we devoured the cauliflower gratin. They also have great sandwiches and great thin crispy flatbread pizzas.
From Yelp: "The place is nice, newer, with a great patio, was crowded for lunch, and the service was friendly and efficient."
www.publicschool310.com They are open every day for lunch and dinner.
Father's Office is quite an experience. You just can't take your kids. It is a strict 21 and older hangout. But the food is amazing. They are right next door to HD Buttercup in the amazing Helms Bakery shopping area. They have a long and inviting outside patio. Inside is lots of dark and intimate tables. This place is full of cool, hipster atmosphere but everyone is welcome. The bar runs the length of the joint and you order your food and drinks there. Tables are first come, first basis. They have an amazing selection of spirits, beers on tap and a superb wine collection.
But the food is amazing! First and foremost, their burger. Amazing piece of meat, gruyere, carmelized onions, maytag blue cheese and arugula! It's simply delicious and everyone I know agrees. Sweet potato fries are gorgeous too. I loved the steak au poivre and frites - amazing. I gotta be honest with you, I get the same thing every time, its that good. Just know that they are not open to changes or substitutions so don't go if you are super picky. But it is a great place.
From Yelp: "Yeah, I know everyone says it. But, it does kind of seem to be the best burger in Los Angeles."
They are open for lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sundays and for dinner every night.