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Tipple & Brine

Tipple & Brine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (818) 528-2550
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Williams
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Van Nuys Blvd
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Tipple & Brine
Tipple & Brine is a neighborhood oyster bar focused on providing sustainable, seasonal, and the overall best available products in a sophisticated, but casual environment. We strive to exceed our guests' expectations by providing exceptional service, freshly prepared food offerings, craft cocktails, local beers, small production wines.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Small menu, far from the norm in selection. Very loud bar scene, difficult to hear conversation at a table."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Went expecting yummy oysters to slurp down with a cold beer. Didn't happen. The types, which I've had before, we're indistinguishable from each other. Sad. The mignonette was pure vinegar, no shallots, just chunks of pepper. No flavor Sad. beer was good. My wife had the Brussels sprouts, too much vinegar as well. Sat at the bar, usually a good place for quick service. The bartender was too friendly and never took our entire order with several attempts. We had to work hard to get his attention again. The other bar staff were busy chatting with each other and did not look to see if patrons wanted anything."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food here is imaginative and really sensational. But the noise level is so loud you can not talk across the table."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Not for vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian. Everything has some sort of animal fat. Duck or pork! The lobster terrain tastes just like Hotdog. Steamed clams has chorizo & the grits are not good at all. Kale salad left me an after taste of some heavy animal fat. The best thing was the cauliflower! Just nice olive oil! The service was minus-ok, the lady was really nice and cheerful but seemed not to pay much attention. Mixed up the order. When we asked for the check and got our change back she didn't bring it complete, we needed about 51 cents back but never got them. I fell that was not nice neither appropriate! I except all my money back even if later i decided to leave the coins behind, that is for me to decide not for the waitress."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "All of the food is pretty much Tapas style. We had the chef's dozen oysters, 1 veggie, 1 appetizer type plate, and 1 entree type plate and we're pretty impressed by the food quality. It was on par with finer dining establishments that prix fixe multi course serve. The alcohol selection was okay. The only thing that was a little annoying was the moose levels. Overall, great place for the locale."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I'm personally a little tired of all these restaurants that you can barely hear what your tablemates are saying. If we wanted to go to a bar with loud music, then we would go to a bar with loud music. But, when you want to go out for a nice dinner, have a lovely conversation, and eat really yummy food, then we would appreciate your turning the music down!!! We were a party of 5, and not particularly "needy", but our waitress kept disappearing for very loooooong stretches of time. Several times we had to ask the busboy or another server for something. The food, however, was delicious and didn't disappoint."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This place was so great. We went in and told the waitress to have the chef bring us out whatever we wanted, so we got to taste many items. All were delicious. The cocktails were also amazing. The atmosphere is really great. The service was great, as they were constantly refreshing our plates for new dishes, but did have to ask a few times to find our waitress to order new drinks or get water, but she was very knowledgeable and great. We had a great time and will definitely go back and have already recommended it to many friend."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food was decent,service was decent cept the manager that seated us.I immediately disliked her..seemed like she didn't want to deal w/us no longer then she had to. I asked her if we could keep a menu in case we wanted something else, but she told us that of we wanted something they'd bring the menu back..I've nvr had a prob keepin a menu w/us@another rest..Unless they didn't have enough?.. Who knows but I know that she was a witch & WOULD NVR EVR GO BACK THERE AGAIN!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went here for DineLA. But ended up ordering from a regular menu. Oysters were excellent and i thought Lamb shank was done to the perfection. Excellent, attentive service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We went for DineLA. The food was delicious and so were the cocktails. The noise level was challenging."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I came here because of DineLA. I liked the decor once i walked in and the service was great. The food was very yummy. I would go back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "very much enjoyed this new local spot and will definitely be going back"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We ate on the DineLA option for dinner on a Saturday night, and all the dishes were outstanding. We also ordered oysters. Delicious and a wonderful variety with the Chef's choice. The service was personable, helpful, even fun. Extremely accommodating to food allergies and forthcoming when there was a slight delay with one of our parties' food order. Decor outstanding; seating is comfortable. My only complaint is that the restaurant was full and extremely loud. Was hoping for good dinner conversation with the great food, but that was nearly impossible with the bass of the music and the loud noise all around us. Too bad. We'll try again at lunch, or maybe sitting near the open windows? Great addition to our neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Ffood excellent; ambiance horrible. Ridiculously tiny tables crammed into a small place as if the restaurant was an after thought to the oyster bar. Fled to the lounge seating area which was empty, but soon filled to sardines in a can status. On Friday nights it's more pick up bar than nice restaurant: foodies stay away! The place is a zoo, not a fine dining experience at all. This place seems to be confused about being a fine dining restaurant or an oyster bar and so tries to be both. The dining experience, horrible."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the dine La prefix and added drink flight and oysters. Amazing food and drinks, bring your wallet. High recommendation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great staff, great service, great food! We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Portions too small and the place is LOUD, table of four we could not carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We went with friends from the westside who suggested we try it. After I made reservations, I read reviews (I don't often do that). Nearly everyone said the food was good, many thought the service was horrid. I was concerned that we'd face terrible service - something I abhor. Much to our delight, the service was as outstandingly wonderful as the food. Everyone was lovely; we were met with smiles, a friendly greeting and seated promptly. Brianna (and Kevin) were exceptional. The food was sensational - we had lots of oysters and 6 small plates, each better then the last. We will certainly go back very soon as we cannot wait to have more of the uni toast, the fried octopus and of course, the oysters."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had a 6pm reservation. arrived at 6, ordered at 6:05. at 6:30 we were informed our appetizer had been served to the wrong table. At that point we decided to leave."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our server was friendly and helpful. It was extra amusing when she said, "our portions are small making it good for sharing". My party of five was left a little unsatisfied by the lack of service and long wait time. I can forgive the long wait for the food especially on a Friday evening, but extra wait time for the drinks was a little frustrating. Our party ordered seven to eight items from the menu and since the portion were so delicate our hungry party wiped the dishes clean. Selected dished were absolutely delectable. We wanted some additional bread to compliment our lobster terrain and scallop sauce, but even the wait for the bread was painstaking long. At one point, we had to ask where our server went."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This simple restaurant has a few nice drinks, a few nice wines and a great menu. Lots of seafood in sharing sizes and some great beef for entres. We love the Oyster Bar and our waitress was really great. My only complaint; they had a problem in the Kitchen and had to recook our food, but they comped us an appetizer (UNI TOAST) while we waited."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Experience was terrible. Before we sat down the hostess told us our time limit was 2 hours. I made this reservation weeks ago, I was not a walk-in. When we finished dinner it took 15 min for our server to return with dessert menus. We ordered a dessert & coffees. They came back 10 min later to tell us the coffee was brewing. Then, still coffee-less, the hostess told us to leave our table and sit somewhere else. We were shocked. The service was so bad (just like my first visit) so it wasn't our fault that we were over the stupid "time limit." Then the absolutely obnoxious manager, Emily, came over, tried to make us move and laughed at us. This is a new restaurant. They need customers. We will never return after that deplorable treatment."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Possibly bad luck with ordering, but it seemed every dish we ordered had a prominent vinegar taste. Raw oysters had vinaigrette option reasonable, trout rillette had vinegar on the frisée, Brussels had vinegar, and seared bass too? Would return for oysters and to try more cocktails and dishes, hopefully less vinegar this time."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Creative menu -- seafood items are fresh and delectable. Great selection of top shelf liquor including Japanese whiskeys... cocktails are delicious and fresh. Service is great."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Drove all the way from Los Angeles for the oysters... And the ran out as soon as we got there. A real disappointment . Our server Ian was very nice for the 5 minutes we were there. The hostess was not. She acted like we were bothering her or we should not have been there. I'm sure this place is a great oyster bar when they actually have oysters ."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "creative food Great service Don't pay attention to negative reviews, experience the place yourself before you judge"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "What a find! We usually never spend Saturday nights in the Valley - too much mediocrity. We are pretty serious foodies. However this Saturday we couldn't make It over the hill and decided to try this restaurant as it was recommended by a client. Beautiful hip atmosphere and GREAT menu. Fresh inventive veggies and great wine and beer selection. We didn't get the oysters as my husband had had too many this week already . We wil be back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was a fun restaurant. The ambiance is obvious upon entering. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The bar seems very out there in that they don't carry old standard brands, such as Dewars White Label or J&B scotch. But, all in all, we will go back. Food was very good and everyone in our party had a good time."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "terrible food! go only for the bar and HH on mondays."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The cleanest, freshest oysters I have ever eaten. Brilliant small plates and entrees. Can't wait to ultimately taste every menu item!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Tipple & Brine has excellent food!!! The oysters are fresh & delicious. The lamb shank is tasty, cooked to perfection. Great wine pairings too. I absolutely recommend this place to anyone who loves small plate dining."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place has it all, great food, ambiance and its great staff! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The drinks (bar) were very good. Unfortunately, this is where it stops. The food was good but one of the dishes, the Lamb Shank, came out cold and had to be sent back. Everyone else was eating their items and by the time we were almost done the Lamb Shank came back out. The service was HORRIBLE! Our waitress Alyssa was there in the beginning to take drink orders and our food order. Once our food order went in we didn't see her again except for waiting and helping other people. The runners delivered our food. We asked for the manager and she never showed until I went up to her and explained our situation. We sat for ove a half hour waiting to give out desert order. They need better training for their staff if they want to mKe it."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The space is great, the staff is great, the vibe is great. I'd recommend for drinks but not a hearty meal. Really small servings.. Wish there were more vegetarian/non-meat options as well."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Very good, but not great. "Oyster Monday" was a great deal with $1 oysters. The sea bass entree was absolutely stellar. Scallop entree was just okay. Starters were also uneven: Uni toast was great, kale salad excellent, brussells sprouts were waaaaay over-seasoned and over-sauced. Cocktails were very tasty, but the pours were TINY, especially for $12. Beautiful interior with reclaimed wood (or at least it had the reclaimed look) and tons of Edison bulbs. Great server, was very knowledgable about the menu and made good suggestions. A good every once in a while place when you're craving oysters, but wasn't off-the-charts good to require a quick return trip."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "On a Wednesday night at 5:30pm, I met a friend and we had a very nice time. We enjoyed sitting at the bar and we made friends with the bartenders and the master oyster shucker, David. We really enjoyed the Trout Rillette. It was served with slices of very dry toast that was rough and too crunchy. We asked for a fresher batch of toast and were given sliced bread. I think that the chef could have grilled off the bread nicely instead. The roasted brussels sprouts in miso dressing was a winner. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had our first Entrees on Saturday night. We had been at the bar last week, and had a good time. Decided to return for dinner. We had the Flat Iron Steak (amazing, cooked perfectly Medium Rare) and the Roasted Chicken, that looks like a salad, but is really not. Both were amazing. Much more than we had expected. The drinks are excellent mixologist quality beverages. Not inexpensive, but worth it. After 8, the semi-secret upstairs hideaway opens. You get in by going around to the alley behind the restaurant, and go up a long wooden staircase toward a blue light. Very cute. Small. Even a greater selection of super drinks. Very fairly priced at an average of $11 for top of the line liquor. Upstairs was a little too hipster."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Like a "Connie & Ted's" for the Valley. Great oyster bar, great selection of veggies, fish, chicken, etc. Nice place - nice people - way too loud on the music though!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We generally make our way over to The Village in Studio City in order to find Westside fare and a fun scene. What a treat to find this place in Sherman Oaks! The staff was friendly and attentive. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "ambience is great and menu is small but the choices are interesting and delicious!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014