Monday, September 25, 2017
Rate-A-Restaurant #378: Tam O'Shanter (Atwater Village)
Restaurant: Tam O'Shanter
Location: 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard (Atwater Village)
Type of restaurant: Scottish/American pub
We stipulated: For my birthday, I wanted to try something special -- and after more than a decade of passing by the Tam O'Shanter (near our house!) via car, bike and foot, it was time to finally step inside. (I know, for shame, that it took us this long.)
They stipulated: A member of the Lawry's family of restaurants, "Delighting diners for over 90 years, the Tam O'Shanter is Los Angeles' oldest restaurant operated by the same family in the same location. Enjoy good cheer, warm hospitality and exceptional food in a cozy old world atmosphere. If you have some Scottish ancestry, you might even find your family tartan among the extensive collection decorating the walls!"
What we ordered: Maria: pan roasted filet mignon ($37); Mike: pan seared Scottish salmon (parsnip puree, tuscan kale, pomegranate seeds, and toasted walnuts, $31); Blogger Kid 1: kids' size prime rib; Blogger Kid 2: kids' chicken; dessert: C.C. Brown's hot fudge sundae (prepared tableside with double rainbow vanilla bean ice cream, toasted almonds, whipped cream & C.C. Brown's Hot Fudge, $8)
High point: Great spot for a birthday, there's something extra special in the history of the Tam O'Shanter. But the food is surprisingly (for a place like this) good too. And the kids liked it, which is the biggest barometer of them all.
Low point: Those prices are a bit high. If you want to go more casual, eat in the bar.
Overall impression: A great spot for special occasions or to bring friends and family visiting from out of town.
Will we return: We already have! Brought my parents here on a Saturday night, where live music added to the atmosphere.