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Tam O'Shanter
Tam O'Shanter

Tam O'Shanter Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.LawrysOnline.com
  • Phone: (323) 664-0228
  • Hours of Operation: Ale and Sandwich Bar: 11:00am-Daily Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm; Brunch – Sundays: 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Teri McLeod
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music in our pub & lounge every Friday & Saturday evenings – no cover charge! Special late night Happy Hour Friday & Saturday evenings from 10:00pm-12:00am.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us for weekly enterainment in our Ale & Sandwich bar, as well as monthly wine tastings and more! Visit our website to see all of our special events: http://www.lawrysonline.com/tam-oshanter/events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boyce
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Daytime Self-Parking for Ale & Sandwich Bar. Valet Parking Every Evening and for Sunday Brunch.
A word from Tam O'Shanter
The Tam O'Shanter is a dining legend in the heart of Los Angeles, here you will find the charm of a Highland inn. The qualities that built our reputation- superb food, outstanding service and a dedication to honoring our guests with the highest quality in value-are as strong today as when we first opened our doors in 1922.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "The yorkshire pudding was dry and unappealing. It was better than some years ago when they were making a round dried out ball but still not moist and flavorful. Overall the plate appeared skimpy. Also, after making reservations which were called by the restaurant on the day before to confirm, we had to wait for our table to be ready. At 6:30, I don't feel they would be so busy to not have the table ready."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food and the ambiance was great. Even my kids enjoyed themselves. The service was excellent. Attention was paid to every little detail, even when the kids' drinks were empty they were refilled before we had to ask. The choclate souffle that we had to order at the beginning of our meal was worth the wait. It was amazing."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great value for food and service. Always consistent with quality."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Tam O'Shanter has been around for years. The food is always good and the atmosphere is very cozy."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "made a reservation for a party of 8 for birthday celebration. Wanted a 7 or 7:30 reservation but the only slots available with Open Table were 6:30 and 9:30. From the time of arrival at 6:15 for the 6:30 reservation, and throughout the dinner until 8 pm, the whole restaurant was essentially empty. Was told by in-law that we should have called the restaurant directly for reservation instead of using Open Table for the desired reservation time slot....."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We're rarely in this part of town and thought we'd take advantage when we were relatively close by. The prime rib was outstanding - the quality of the meat was excellent, it was done exactly as ordered, medium rare, and the portions were generous, as described in the menu. The creamed spinach was excellent, as were the mashed potatoes. The Yorkshire pudding was adequate - not amazing. We were stuffed to the gills, but having smelled the chocolate soufflé ordered by the young couple next to us, decided to have one as dessert. Scrumptious! We loved the quiet, and when a particularly awful song was playing on their continuous loop, we asked our charming server if they could change it and they did. Please upgrade your music!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have been going to the Tam for years. It is one of my favorite date-night places. The service is always great, and though they have some old stand-bys on the menu, they do change it up a bit if you want new stuff. My husband has food allergies to deal with, and they are always accommodating and helpful. We've brought kids here, too, and they have now made a kid menu, which is nice. All-in-all, a great place!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We did not find Tam O Shanter very rewarding. The food was mediocre and extremely expensive. The meat was very fatty and not cooked well. Best part was the souflee at the end of the meal. Sat for a long time before our server came to the table for drink order. Extremely expensive. Will not go back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Love this place. We joined the VIP program. It was well worth it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is kinda like DineLA, but was not advertised as such. It still was good, but I feel the restaurant is losing its charm. It reminds me of what happened at Beckam Grill in Pasadena. There is more visual changes, but the food seems to be a little less quality than before."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great food with generous portions. Wait staff (Diane) was very friendly & made the visit fun. And, oddly, good haggis."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I have been going to the Tam for almost 40 years and I have never had a bad time. Became a VIP member 15 years ago and only wish I could go 4 or 5 time a week but live a little to far"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It was my sisters 33 Wedding Anniversary and we (her husband and our Mother) met at Tam-O a little early. 5:00 vs. 5:30 reservation. The reservation was no problem. Our Server was Jay and he was very a-tuned to us and made us feel at home. He offered suggestions and was a pleasure to have as our server. The food was delicious and there were no complaints other than we could not finish it all. We packed up what we could and paid a reasonable bill. We'll be back when we get the chance."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I hosted a business dinner at the Tam O'Shanter on July 10, 2014. From the reservations to the service at the front desk in managing my guests all the way to the parking attendants who brought our cars, the Tam did an outstanding job. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the history, the drinks and the menu. He was very helpful. The food was excellent and there was a nice variety of specials. The side dishes were outstanding and really paired with the main courses. My guests and I really enjoyed the souffle. I will most certainly host another business dinner at the Tam."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This place has great food and great service! I love the Scottish theme. It was a memorable experience that wont soon be forgotten."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Over the years my dining experiences at Tam's have been great. BUT for our last visit, it did not go well. Two of us at the table ordered the day's special (aged rib-eye) which turned out to be underwhelming - a premium price for a terrible meal. The rib-eye tasted as if it was soaked in sea salt and the baby potatoes it was served on were undercooked. Given the usual excellent nature of the menu items, this was a rare disappointment. I've had too many good meals at Tam and will return again; probably staying away from 'specials.'"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our meal at the Tam was its usual best. The appetizers were very good. The wine ordered was a house Cab.that was very good. The ambiance was its usual best. The only thing that did not make for a good experience was the service. The waiter didn't seem particularly moved by what he was doing and the busboys were somewhat slow in clearing used plates from the table. The Tam needs to work a bit more on the level of service provided by the help."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "service was great,steak was ok but not like other fancy places....salmon cooked right..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As always we loved the decor altho the chairs could have used new padding. The food was good but it was only warm when it arrived and my Tam O'Shanter Cut was the same size as my wife's Regular cut.Please note that corkage has been increased to $20. We ate on a Wednesday night and this may account for our complaints as we usually eat at the Tam on Friday or Saturday."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My guest chose Tam for a bday dinner (my 1st visit). Reservations were easy via OT (thanks!). We ordered 2 prime rib dinners & 1 lobster tail, with 3 beers total. Pre-dinner bread was fresh & tasty. The food came very quickly & was delicious, altho the lobster tail was tiny & full of breading (don't bother!). Neither soup nor salad was included, & we didn't order appetizers or dessert. I'd mentioned the bday in my reservation & the staff served a complimentary small bday truffle (yummy). The bill totaled $105 b4 tip, which I thought was pricey for what we received. Summary: food was delish but not plentiful; service was fast & friendly but not very attentive. WARNING: Despite the huge empty lot, parking is valet-only (lame). Use the street."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food and service were wonderful as always! I look forward to returning again and again as I already do."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Tam O'Shanter always has great food and service. We were celebrating a birthday and anniversary and it was celebrated by our server with best wishes. Servers always make you feel welcome and special. They are willing to answer any questions and are attentive to customers. We always enjoy dining at Tam O'Shanter."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This has been my favorite restaurant. They have changed their menu and remodeled bar and other areas. Although a little brighter especially in lobby, ambiance is still cozy. Lobster salad for $20.00 was great and lobster portion generous."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Come to Tam O'Shanter often for dinner, never had issues. Enjoy the ambience and food. This time problem with the two gentleman who are frontmen with our seating. Had reservations, and came on time. Another couple came in 45 min early for their reservation, I heard the woman at the counter. We were seated first--we walked past a booth, and were brought to a crowded room--where seater asked us to seat at a two top right next to a group of 6 people with several children. We asked to change table,we asked for the booth we had passed, the seater said he would go talk to the front---he said that the booth was taken, steered us to another room, with a lesser booth. Then saw the couple that came after us and early get the booth we asked for."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wonderful food excellent service nice environment I would like it to be a little more of a romantic environment but overall a wonderful place to dine"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "how do I delete my account, I see no method of doing this, the restaurant was great!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "FOOD IS GREAT --- SERVICE IS GREAT --- BUT THE FONT ON THE MENU IS WAY TOO SMALL --- HAVE ONE REGULAR FONT MENU AND PLEASE --- BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF SENIORS WHO ADORE THIS PLACE --- PRINT A FEW "LARGE PRINT" MENUS --- MY 88 YEAR OLD HUSBAND COULD NOT READ THE MENU --- I AM 62 AND I READ IT TO HIM --- GRAB A CLUE --- OLD PEOPLE SPEND MONEY HERE AND HAVING A LARGE PRINT MENU WOULD ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Ambience and service was great. Beer battered orion rings were very good. Toad in the Hole was very good, glad it was filet mignon not sausage. Creamy asparagus risotto was watery and very disappointing. Brown's Hot Fudge Sunday was not "prepared table side" as advertised but good. I ordered Alesmith Nut Brown Ale draft and it was excellent but the bill say Belhaven so I don't know if which one I had or if I was overcharged- these beers are very different in price.- the "pint" was much smaller than the pints in England. The martinis were the best we ever had, excellent! So a mix experience for dinner. We probably come back with relatives soon if we can get table 31."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Tam O'Shanter is my favorite restaurant. We celebrate many special occasions there. The food is consistently delicious. They have recently revised their menu and we enjoyed several of the new appetizers. The prime rib was excellent. The atmosphere is charming and the service was wonderful. It is a place that is not stuffy and pretentious, but rather casual to engage friends in good conversation."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "What do you get when you eat at LAs oldest same family owned restaurant? History! The staff is very attentive, The manager even comes around and after being told that he wants to welcome you for your first time to the place... The food is great! I am not sure if its the history of the place or what.. But the simple things need updating. The price of the meal reflects the quality of the food but the table, silverware, glasses and chairs do not. I think the place needs to pump it up a notch with linens on the table, nicer glassware and silverware that does not look like cafeteria stuff from high school. The linen napkins were nice and if you get up the waitstaff will refold it! But the chairs at the table were of different origins.."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Been dining there for over 40 years--always a relaxing and pleasant outing with family birthdays or more special and intimate dining. The staff has always been great and helpful, and except for some missing items from the menu, it has been a constant and enjoyable experience [miss the mushrooms]. Even when I come down from Northern California, this is a place I always like to go."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This restaurant has to be the very best for food, service, ambience, etc. It has maintained a very high level all the way around since it first opened its doors. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this neighborhood gem. We also had a very professional and impeccable service person by the name of JAY, he met all of our needs and exceeded in his service to us. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food is excellent, Service is great. The Tam makes you feel special. It is one of the last in a great tradition of fine bistros in Los Angeles. When you eat there you feel you are a part of the history of Los Angeles."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We always so forward to going to the Tam for dinner because of the excellent food, service and atmosphere..."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Our early dinner on a weeknight was quiet in the area we were seated. Service was excellent, the food delicious. Hadn't been there for several years before this visit. Will certainly go again. We sat in wingback chairs & there was a fireplace in the adjoining room. It's a very cozy place where it's easy to have a conversation without a lot of noise & distractions."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Went here for dinner during Christmas and it was super cute with the charolers going table to table.... Just went again for brunch and it's just as adorable! The food is really great and our waitress was very nice."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It's been a long time since we had dinner at the Tam but it was perfect spot as we were going to the Greek Theater. We were both a little disappointed. Both the rib eye steak and the prime rib were pretty fatty - probably about 1/4 of each were in edible. The rest of the meal was good including the fabulous bread pudding. Overall just didn't seem to be as special as we remembered."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Been going to the restruant for years. We had the best sevice ever last night Thank you"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We love historic restaurants. I can't believe I've never been before. The ambience is gorgeous. I didn't realize til later that we had an entire Scottish-themed evening; we went on to the ballet "La Sylphide". There is a small menu, which specializes in prime rib and British pub food. My husband had the Toad in the Hole, and I had the Fish and Chips. We both enjoyed our entrees very much. Portions were large enough for leftovers. Prices were very reasonable for the amount of food. Service was outstanding. Everyone remembered our anniversary, including the manager, who came over and introduced himself. We got a small trifle for our anniversary in addition to the chocolate souffle we ordered; both were wonderful. Only 5 minutes from Glendale."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. The waiter and kitchen were attentive to my wife's food allergies. They listened to her and made no mistakes with her food. The only thing I did not like is the restaurant's Lawry's home page web site under dinner menu for Tam O Shanter, shows the fish and chips dinner with several pieces of fish on the order, when in fact they serve one piece of fish. I was told the one piece of fish I was served was as "BIG" as the three on the web site. OK, if they say so I guess."
    Dined on 6/7/2014