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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
  • "To put it briefly...the Tam does not disappoint! This was our second visit and we will be back, even though we live out of state! Friendly and helpful staff, fun and quirky atmosphere, and the food is DELICIOUS! We first dined here to check out table 31 but returned for the food. "Must haves" include prime rib, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding. Feeling adventurous? Go for the macaroni and cheese, grilled corn, and chocolate soufflé! We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "TamOShanter has been around longer than we have! We've always enjoyed the kitschy but nostalgic ambience, and we recently sat at Walt Disney's favorite table with a plaque! Seems he and his Imagineering team planned Disneyland at this very spot! We enjoy the consistently delicious prime rib, it's just as good as Lawry's in BH. And, the menu has more variety than Lawry's, and you CAN get a table on a Saturday nite! They also have casual lunch service, with sandwiches etc."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Going to Greek Theater and remembered this great Lawry's restaurant. It was a treat that I have always enjoyed. Brought friends who also fell in love. The service was impeccable, the management was present and eager to ensure that the dining experience was outstanding for all of the diners. Close to the Greek, and the meal was perfectly timed for travel to the theater. Celebrated a birthday and it could not have been a better experience for all. Must go again soon... Reservations were useful as it was a full venue. Recommend the heirloom tomato , peach, basil salad...a must have. Treat yourself to a fun dining experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Ambience and food great; service friendly; manager came to check on us; have been going here since the 1950s."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The husband and I had a great time at the Tam. The staff was very helpful, attentive, and on point that night, especially our waitress Angela. The food was great, the husband loved his Prime Rib and my steak was pretty good. I think next time I'll end get the prime rib though, because his was amazing. A special thanks to the host that night for helping us sit at the 'Walt Disney' table. We are both big Disney fans, and we had a great time in that special booth."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I are very much into Disney and it's rich history, so when we discovered that this place was a frequent host to Walt himself, we figured we'd give it a try! We were sat a 1/2 hour before our reservation time, and as per request we were able to sit at the very spot Walt are at so many times before! The service was punctual and very friendly. The food was AMAZING! We were immediately reminded of a home cooked meal. It was delicious. To top it off, we were given a complimentary cake for our one year anniversary (which was that night, and one of my many gifts to my girlfriend). The setting was beautiful, the history was tangible, and we were blessed with dining in the "presence" of Walt. A true gem, and highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Took my sister here for her birthday. There was some confusion among the wait staff as to our table, so we waited quite a while until we had to ask the bus person to ask the waiter to come to our table. After that, everything was fine."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "After the fond memories we all had about Tam O'shanter's it was heartbreaking to have such an awful experience. For the beginning to the end, every part of this event was disappointing. The service, food, and attention to detail were all below par. Our waiter was not very well informed about the items on the menu, the food was cooked WRONG and the wait was unbearable. Even our cocktails from the bar were not correctly made. I'm not sure what happened in the kitchen but the meat was fatty and undercooked, the fish was "fishy" sand the vegetables were sorely over cooked! Our waiter described an amazing chocolate souffle that needed 45 minutes to prepare, and then totally forgot to order one for our table. We will not be returning!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The Tam was awesome, we were seated promptly as we arrived. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. the food was delicious as usual. Great ambiance and comfortable surroundings. Good prices for the quality of food you get. We will recommend and will return again. Thank you Jonathan for such great service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Prime rib was excellent. Mashed potatoes and veggies were very good. Service very good."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our belief to say "great restaurant" is based on tasty food, wonderful service (atmosphere), and reasonable price. Particularly, this restaurant is good for special occasions but even good with kids."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We made reservations to celebrate our anniversary. We were on time and were seated immediately. The waitor was awesome. The food was mostly good. My daughter had the Mac-n-Cheese and it was wonderful. My husband had the filet mignon and it was very good. I had the prime rib and ordered it bewteen medium and medium well but it came well. I did not complain because I gues I should have been more clear. The food was good but dessert was incredible. I had the chocolate souffle and my husband had the peach cobbler and both were awesome. If you love chocolate, you will not be disappointed with the souffle. It is the best!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Four of us went to the Tam to celebrate my birthday. The Tam is one of our favorite restaurants and it continues to please. The food and service were excellent; it was a great way to enjoy my bday."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The Tam O Shanter provides a delicious prime rib dinner. The ambiance is like a Scottish cottage and you feel like you have been transported to the UK. I just wished the salad was included as part of the dinner ala the spinning salad bowl at its bigger brother Lawry's. The chocolate souffle desert was just okay."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Fun place to visit and eat. A more casual version of Lawrys. Usually a great experience but this time the food wasn't served very hot and the service was average. Must've been an off night."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The Tam O'Shanter never disappoints. The service is outstanding, the food delicious and well prepared, and the atmosphere is unlike anything else in L.A. If you haven't had their soufflé dessert, you are missing out."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Terrible service the other night and I thought it was maybe a bad night but then speaking with a friend who has been twice in the past month, and he had similar problems with service. They tried to tell me that their ticket system had gone down, but my friend's complaints were the same as mine. Super slow to get any food. NEVER took a drink order so we decided to save the $$, never prought utensils or plates for apps (had to get up and ask for them!). Food was good, but the damage was done. I'll give another try, but if things don't change, it's time to move on."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great reception, cuisine, bar and service by Melinda. Many th :)anks"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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
  • "So savory and wonderful, desserts were fantastic, too. Love the atmosphere and charming service. Very special historic place with great quality, hearty food."
    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