Good Food, Great StaffHad never been to the Tam even though I'd known about it for years. I've been missing out. Everyone from the bartenders to the matre 'd to the waiters and bus boys were all friendly to downright fun. The food is not "cheap date" priced, but it is not the sticker shock you get at some of the Hot Spots. The bar is also not as expensive as many places, even less than expected! The food is very good, and much of what you expect from what is primarily a steakhouse/Prime Rib joint, but a few tasty surprises and a good time had by everyone at my table. Reccommended.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyable ExperienceTam O'Shanter is a restaurant that you can always expect a fine dining experience as well as good service. We were celebrating a birthday and not only did our server wish the recipient a happy birthday but other staff welcomed us and wished us a good evening and gave birthday wishes to the guest of honor. That makes a person really enjoy the atmosphere and service that Lawry's Restaurants have continuously given and deserve their great reputation. Our server was informative and very gracious and accommodating. Food, as always, was delicious. It made the whole evening very enjoyable for everyone.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFamily dinnerGreat place for a nice family dinner. We brought our 1 year old and service was great.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent dinnerMy only problem is the same one as with most restaurants in LA - they close so early! Tam O'Shanter closed at 9PM. They were very nice and didn't tell us until 10PM, though. It's always surprising in a great metropolis when you have to break up a vibrant conversation and leave when the night is barely started. We're originally from NYC, the city that famously never sleeps, and our guest was from Belgium. In Europe in general, dinner starts at 7PM and lasts, with regular infusions of wine, until 2AM.
Great restaurant, but we'd have liked to continue our visit for another couple of hours!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMpoor at meeting reservation timeHad 6:30pm reservations for a Sunday night made a week ahead and confirmed the day before. Arrived at 6:25 and was seated 30minutes late at 7pm. Poor planning on the part of the restaurant. Others people waiting also had reservations and were seated late too. Food and everything else was good to very good.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM"I love the relaxed feel of"I love the relaxed feel of this place - like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was Excellent!My husband has a Welsh background and he was so pleased to find some favorite dishes from his childhood. He ordered Toad in the Hole and he thoroughly enjoyed it. We also tried some specialty drinks from the menu and they were fabulous. We will definitely return.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA quiet dinnerWe enjoyed a quiet dinner with excellent service and delicious food...always a pleasure.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA hidden gem on Los FelizIt's been over 30 years since we last dined atTam O'Shanter and it is just as nice now as it was then. The ambiance is very pleasant, the service wonderful and the food delicious! Don't know that we've ever had such a delicious Filet Mignon, green beans and potatoes as we had there. We highly recommend it! Perfect for dinner before going to the Greek Theater as it's nearby, freeway friendly and easy access, plus outstanding food.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe TamIs truly great, a tradition, better and less "royal" than Lawry's... food is
better too. Great atmosphere. The kids had a blast and so did the
adults. Total winner.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMYes, the Tam !!Was there for a causl meal with a friend, brought a bottle of wine, the salad was crisp and fresh and the bleu cheese dressing had the right consistency and flavor....the prime rib was perfect and tried the CC hot fudge sunday for the very first time and it was fantastic with the roasted almonds, whip cream and hot fusge....it really topped the evening off for us and and Zach, our waiter was attentive and fullfilled our minor requests with courtesy. It was a great evening for my friend and I.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMMade our Aniversary special.Made the reservation well in advance and advised if was our 29th Anniversary and that my wife had dairy allergies. They made it special for us with a nice table, special greeting by the server and the manager, and a special desert (Raspberry Sorbet). Wonderful prime rib (this restaurant has been around since 1923 and was Lawry's parent) perfectly done. Leisurely pace, immaculate service, great sides (mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed spinach, Yorkshire pudding). Everything done well and with class.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful, Warm, & DeliciousWe enjoyed the evening, and the food was delicious.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOur Birthday PlaceMy family & I go to Tam O'shanter for all of our birthdays.....we would never change....the foddis wonderful, the service is great5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favorite restaurants.One of our favorite restaurants. Food and service are always great!5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGood for celebrationI only go here once or twice a year, as I live 100 miles away, but it is perfect for celebrations. The food is good, and the atmosphere ideal.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMNever Fails to PleaseWe can always count on the Tam O'Shanter to provide an excellent dining experience!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat placeWhat more can be said? Service was great, food was great AND you don't have the traffic like on the way to Lawry's. check it out.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter 90 years, still charming.Tam O'Shanter is always a nice place to go. The menu is different from almost anywhere else in the L.A. area. Scottish cuisine is distinct from English or Irish, so -- except for fish and chips and shepherd's pie -- you may see things that are new to you. Try to go on a night when there's a live band. "Slugger O'Toole," a good Irish band, plays in the sandwich and ale room from time to time.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI want to thank you for aI want to thank you for a wonderful Birthday dinner for my 83 year old Mother in Law. Between the waiter and the manager they made her feel special. The food was exceptioanl. The interior was a musuem in itself. We had a great evening.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThis has been my perfect locationThis has been my perfect location for organizing my regular Guys Night Out group for 6 to 8 attendees. The bar provides a great pre-dining setting with a good choice of draft ales, bottled beers and well drinks. Then available large round tables in one of the dining rooms allows for continued conversation while enjoying perfectly prepared prime rib with a good selection of wines to choose from. Since the restaurant has now added a Sommelier to the staff, the dining experience is enhanced by appropriate suggestions to match the tastes of the diners and provides some new experiences from selections which are "off list."4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOpen table was easy to useOpen table was easy to use and provided driving directions which were especially appreciated. Loved the email reminder!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was my first visit everIt was my first visit ever and it met every expectation. Historic decor, delicious food!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe original Lawry's but aThe original Lawry's but a more intimate setting with and Scot chop house decor. Original restaurant dates to 1922. Old but a classic. Not just prime rib either, but that is great as well. Good bar vibe too.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been going to the TamI've been going to the Tam since I was a little girl and I'm almost 60! It never disappoints.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Tam O'Shanter is a greatThe Tam O'Shanter is a great place to celebrate three birthdays all at once. Every one in our party enjoyed the food and the atmosphere4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, atmosphere, musicGreat food, atmosphere, music and service. Fastest we received a meal in a restaurant ever.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMStill great. And the prime rib..!Brilliant. Great atmosphere without too much kitsch and the prime rib is incredible without the stuffy lawrys experience. Not cheap but they do it right Fn especially when there is live music.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMDivine Food and Impeccable ServiceThe Tam was fabulous as always. We have been going to the Tam for 34 years and it never fails to satisfy our time there. The food was divine and the service was impeccable. What more can I say?4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat NoEast LA diningLived in Eagle Rock all my life and never came to O'Shanter until my husband took me. The steaks were great and the service was excellent. Will come here again soon.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been going to theWe have been going to the Tam for years and have never had poor service or food. We
love it there4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMTam O'Shanter is always veryTam O'Shanter is always very good. If you are in to Prime Rib this is the place to go.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLove going to the Tam forLove going to the Tam for brunch. They make it easy to be a vegetarian & order from a non-vegetarian menu, too.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the ambience of thisLove the ambience of this restaurant. It's unusual to go someplace to eat where some of the customers dress in Scottish Kilts and related attire. Very fun! Food is always very good, and the wait staff are excellent!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMhave been a patron for manyhave been a patron for many years and have been thoroughly satisfied every time.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for a special occasionGreat for a special occasion and terrific food. However too expensive to dine very often.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner was very good, allDinner was very good, all having Prime Rib. The manager and our waitress was very nice checking to see where we came from since it was our first visit. Made that very personable. Will definitely go back.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a reliable choiceThe Tam never disappoints. The staff are attentive, the food well prepared and always consistent.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Tam has been a favoriteThe Tam has been a favorite restaurant of our family since the early 1950's. We brought a relative who was visiting from Europe for the first time here because of the old world charm & atmosphere as well as the wonderful prime rib. There is only one other restaurant that I know of in the Los Angeles area that can claim to be this old and still have a good reputation for high-quality food and service. The service at the Tam o' Shanter is always top-notch and the food, though not avant-guard or trendy, is always reliably well-prepared with high-quality ingredients. It is definitely more comfort food than nouvelle cuisine but a welcome throwback in this age of culinary experimentation and tapas-sized portions that are found elsewhere.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMI was a bit disappointed withI was a bit disappointed with the limited fish choices on the Sunday lunch menu. I hadn't realized my friend would be so restricted in her selections. She was. Able to get salmon and, because she was such a good sport, we had a lovely dining experience.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI enjoyed my fish. I noticedI enjoyed my fish. I noticed that Tam O Shanter has raised the prices quite a bit on the prime rib.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMCelebrated my mother's 89thCelebrated my mother's 89th birthday. They were attentive and very accommodating of Mom's occasional slips. I really appreciate being in a restaurant that is managed. The service was on point but not intrusive. We wanted a special occasion and the Tam exceeded our expectations.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been going to the TamI've been going to the Tam for over 50 years, so obviously I like the restaurant. Had not been recently and found the menu changed without some of my favorites. The filet steak was generous and prepared just as ordered. It was served on top of a minimal amount of green beans and small roasted potatoes. I thought they could have been more generous with these items. The wine was the smallest amount I have ever been served in wine by the glass. I am mentioning these things to be helpful as a customer who has long enjoyed this restaurant and finding these changes.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent and friendly service.Excellent and friendly service. Jonathan I think his name was.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best St. Patrick's dayThe best St. Patrick's day ever at the Tam O'Shanter. Lots of fun people dressed in all manners of greenery! Everyone was in a festive mood!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the prime rib! ExcellentLoved the prime rib! Excellent choice for my husband's birthday dinner and our server made our visit an excellent one, he was there when we needed him, not overbearing and very attentive to our needs. Can't wait to visit this place again! Reservations on Open Table were very easy with follow up email reminders and even a call from the reservation desk that day showed they care.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMVery authentic Irish restaurantVery authentic Irish restaurant with authentic live Irish music (sometimes traditional, sometimes modern)! Great rib and great salmon with excellent salad through dessert!
Great restaurant for special occasions, esp. St. Patrick's Day!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBeen a favorite of ours forBeen a favorite of ours for 40 plus years. Never fails to satisfy. Very friendly staff.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMPrime Rib Lovers Unite!The Tam has been our go-to place for special occasions and gatherings of friends literally for generations -- my parents dated there back in the 1940s! For serious carnivores like us, their excellent prime rib selections with the traditional sides of Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes & gravy and choice of creamed corn or spinach make it difficult to stray tot he other wonderful menu offerings & specials, but we sometimes do -- Toad in the Hole, Fish & Chips and many other less-traditional and delicious items. Love the Scottish-themed decor and don't miss their holiday events and the extra-special Christmas decorations and Dickens-costumed carolers. It's my favorite place ever to celebrate my December birthday!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my favorite LA experiencesOne of my favorite LA experiences - a time travel experience to LA's golden age in the 20s and 30s with wonderful food and excellent service.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AM