good restaurant food, perfect place, great customer service, rude staff, nice bar, worst uncooked food, favorite dish
I bet this spot gets its name due to the response patrons get when asking if there are happy hour prices. That being said, this dimly lit, trendy environment is definitely a spot on Melrose to check out; especially if you like cheeseburgers!
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.
Great drinks with high decibel level. How can you fault a place that has saison dupont on the menu? While the beer selection is great and the wine choices surprisingly good and reasonable (marlborough sauvignon blancs for under $10 a glass), the acoustics make conversation nearly impossible. However, its casual and fun enough that you don't need to go with a group. Trying to get served at the bar can be challenging as this place gets packed in the evenings.
Drinks and Mussels. Let's be honest. The place is packed and loud. But I'll go any day of the week for drink with friends. The bartenders are great and the crowd is the lingering type -- despite the busy factor something makes you feel like you could stay all night. And I often do. I'm all for pub food, but this place isn't on my top eats list in town. That said if you're going for a beer -- they have great local microbrews -- get the mussels. You won't regret it.
Worth the wait and mediocre service. Everything on the menu is delicious! Try the brussel sprouts with bacon but ask for less grease if you’re trying to be healthy. Great pick up place for singles too!
Had a great lunch at The Village Idiot. The pork sandwich with chutney was fantastic.
I have eaten here in the past and it s always very good for a quick, casual bite and drink. I wish it was in my my neighborhood.
Good Balance of Bar Drinks and Restaurant Food But With Some Misses. A few of my friends and I had dinner and thought it was a pretty good bar & restaurant with a few downers. The design was interesting with a bar counter situated in the center of the restaurant and cushy booths. It also resembled an English-styled pub, so it attracted a hip crowd. Most of the drinks were reasonably priced (pints at $6), only some mixed drinks and wine were a bit pricier. The food, though, was a hit-or-miss. What I considered a miss was food that was definitely edible but not memorable from a foodie's perspective. For example, the smoked sausage on Yukon mashed potatoes was a total miss because both the sausage and sauce were too sweet for a typically savory dish. The burger for $12 was pretty good except for its thick bun that was also too sweet (just go for a yummy side of fries instead). Some dishes that were excellent were the rock shrimp and scallion fritters and the lightly battered catfish that are hard to find elsewhere. So I can see myself going back for more catfish and giving some other items a try (there's a possibility that some menu items are so good that you would want to go back again and again) but there are also menu items that are disappointing. Overall, I think the restaurant has a great concept in serving lots of drinks like a bar but actually having some decent restaurant food (not enough LA bar & restaurants are like that). I would suggest sticking to the menu items that are more bistro fare than the ones that are more pub fare. Also, I thought that conversations were getting so loud that I couldn't hear what my friends were saying (possibly the design of the restaurant carries sound too well). Lastly, I didn't have any problem finding parking the two times that I have been there. I just parked on the corner where there was some metered parking.
I?m so torn!. OK, I went last night and I?m totally middle of the road on this place. The food was good and reasonably priced, but it was so crowded and everyone standing at the bar was pretty much sitting on our table. I seriously stared at people?s butts about 1 foot from my food! It just ruined the night for me. I think if we had been able to get a table farther away from the bar area, this wouldn?t have been a problem. So, I?ll definitely go back, I just now know to be more specific on where I sit!
Mobbed on weekends. Good food. Loud. Valet park..
We arrived 10 pm Friday and no street parking availble. Valet parking a must! Waited 45 minutes to
get inside. It was mobbed and loud. The food was good and drinks were a bit pricey. Will return on
a week night.
One of my top 5 spots.. Got this account to praise and defend my favorite pub. The idiot has its flaws: can get mobbed, is a touch expensive, and has a few too many "bro" types, but you can't beat the burger/fish and chips and the beer selection is top notch. Service is B+ and the decor is open and attractive. You'd have to be an idiot to write this one off.
LAME...time to move on!. This place is just lame...can you say meat market? it reminds me of the bars in san diego. it's offensive to real gastropubs to associate this place with the rest. ambience is nice, but it better be - this is melrose! over-priced drinks - this is melrose! the food apparantly depends on how the kitchen staff feels each night - I've had good, I've had terrible. There are just too many 'bros' that hang out here now, might as well be at Sharky's in Hermosa. If you wanna meet lame-ass hollywood wannabe dudes pushing 40 who still wanna chase skirts to make themselves feel better about their beer guts, then go. I'm over it.
Weekly Fan of the V.I..
I love the village idiot! I come here almost every wed with my friends. And part of the charm is grabbing a drink at the bar and waiting for a table (we are usually 6-8 ppl and want a booth). The food is ALWAYS good, and the service though sometimes hurried is always on point. I love the people who come to this place: smart, social, unpretentious, attractive (but not in a horrible LA way). I've come and sat at the bar with a girlfriend and ordered dinner. The bartenders are always social, and I always meet new people. I even had a Bday celebration in the back room last year on a sunday night. It was the PERFECT place. Easy for people to sit, stand, order food, order drinks mingle etc. This place is low key with great food, excellent ambiance and a fantastic vibe.
Use the Valet- there have been weird muggings in the neighboorhood lately.
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