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The Village Idiot - 108 Reviews - 7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046-7526, Los Angeles, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (323) 655-3331

The Village Idiot

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7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046-7526
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Best

Everything on the menu is delicious! Try the brussel sprouts with bacon but ask for less grease if you’re trying to be healthy. Great pick up place for singles too! Pros: Fo...

Worst

I never heard of this place but when I left I know why now. I went there for a party to have dinner and some drinks. I started off with a salad that had way too much pepper that...

Great drinks with high decibel level 5/18/2010

How can you fault a place that has saison dupont on the menu? While the beer selection is great and the wine choices surprisingly good and reasonable (marlborough sauvignon blancs for under $10 a glass), the acoustics make conversation nearly impossible. However, its casual and fun enough that you don't need to go with a group. Trying to get served at the bar can be challenging as this place gets packed in the evenings. Pros: belgian beer, mussels Cons: noisy, spotty service more

Great drinks with high decibel level 5/17/2010

harps Provided by Partner
How can you fault a place that has saison dupont on the menu? While the beer selection is great and the wine choices surprisingly good and reasonable (marlborough sauvignon blancs for under $10 a glass), the acoustics make conversation nearly impossible. However, its casual and fun enough that you don't need to go with a group. Trying to get served at the bar can be challenging as this place gets packed in the evenings. Pros: belgian beer, mussels Cons: noisy, spotty service more

... 1/19/2010

JenDEventsMgr Provided by Partner
. Cons: service more

Drinks and Mussels 1/6/2010

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
Let's be honest. The place is packed and loud. But I'll go any day of the week for drink with friends. The bartenders are great and the crow... more

Drinks and Mussels 1/6/2010

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
Let's be honest. The place is packed and loud. But I'll go any day of the week for drink with friends. The bartenders are great and the crow... more

Drinks and Mussels 10/30/2009

Let's be honest. The place is packed and loud. But I'll go any day of the week for drink with friends. The bartenders are great and the crowd is the lingering type -- despite the busy factor something makes you feel like you could stay all night. And I often do. I'm all for pub food, but this place isn't on my top eats list in town. That said if you're going for a beer -- they have great local microbrews -- get the mussels. You won't regret it. more

Drinks and Mussels 10/29/2009

Michael Fran Provided by Partner
Let's be honest. The place is packed and loud. But I'll go any day of the week for drink with friends. The bartenders are great and the crowd is the lingering type -- despite the busy factor something makes you feel like you could stay all night. And I often do. I'm all for pub food, but this place isn't on my top eats list in town. That said if you're going for a beer -- they have great local microbrews -- get the mussels. You won't regret it. more

Worth the wait and mediocre service 7/10/2009

Everything on the menu is delicious! Try the brussel sprouts with bacon but ask for less grease if you’re trying to be healthy. Great pick up place for singles too! Pros: Food, Drinks, People Cons: service more

Worth the wait and mediocre service 7/9/2009

liveinitup Provided by Partner
Everything on the menu is delicious! Try the brussel sprouts with bacon but ask for less grease if you’re trying to be healthy. Great pick up place for singles too! Pros: Food, Drinks, People Cons: service more

Great Lunch 3/21/2009

Had a great lunch at The Village Idiot. The pork sandwich with chutney was fantastic. I have eaten here in the past and it s always very good for a quick, casual bite and drink. I wish it was in my my neighborhood. Pros: Price, quality of food, casual Cons: It's not in my neighborhood more

Great Lunch 3/20/2009

jraposa Provided by Partner
Had a great lunch at The Village Idiot. The pork sandwich with chutney was fantastic. I have eaten here in the past and it s always very good for a quick, casual bite and drink. I wish it was in my my neighborhood. Pros: Price, quality of food, casual Cons: It's not in my neighborhood more

Good Balance of Bar Drinks and Restaurant Food But With Some Misses 3/5/2009

A few of my friends and I had dinner and thought it was a pretty good bar & restaurant with a few downers. The design was interesting with a bar counter situated in the center of the restaurant and cushy booths. It also resembled an English-styled pub, so it attracted a hip crowd. Most of the drinks were reasonably priced (pints at $6), only some mixed drinks and wine were a bit pricier. The food, though, was a hit-or-miss. What I considered a miss was food that was definitely edible but not memorable from a foodie's perspective. For example, the smoked sausage on Yukon mashed potatoes was a total miss because both the sausage and sauce were too sweet for a typically savory dish. The burger for $12 was pretty good except for its thick bun that was also too sweet (just go for a yummy side of fries instead). Some dishes that were excellent were the rock shrimp and scallion fritters and the lightly battered catfish that are hard to find elsewhere. So I can see myself going back for more catfish and giving some other items a try (there's a possibility that some menu items are so good that you would want to go back again and again) but there are also menu items that are disappointing. Overall, I think the restaurant has a great concept in serving lots of drinks like a bar but actually having some decent restaurant food (not enough LA bar & restaurants are like that). I would suggest sticking to the menu items that are more bistro fare than the ones that are more pub fare. Also, I thought that conversations were getting so loud that I couldn't hear what my friends were saying (possibly the design of the restaurant carries sound too well). Lastly, I didn't have any problem finding parking the two times that I have been there. I just parked on the corner where there was some metered parking. Pros: Catfish, Rock Shrimp & Scallion Fritters, Drink Selection Cons: Smoked Sausage more

Good Balance of Bar Drinks and Restaurant Food But With Some Misses 3/4/2009

cathcwang Provided by Partner
A few of my friends and I had dinner and thought it was a pretty good bar & restaurant with a few downers. The design was interesting with a bar counter situated in the center of the restaurant and cushy booths. It also resembled an English-styled pub, so it attracted a hip crowd. Most of the drinks were reasonably priced (pints at $6), only some mixed drinks and wine were a bit pricier. The food, though, was a hit-or-miss. What I considered a miss was food that was definitely edible but not memorable from a foodie's perspective. For example, the smoked sausage on Yukon mashed potatoes was a total miss because both the sausage and sauce were too sweet for a typically savory dish. The burger for $12 was pretty good except for its thick bun that was also too sweet (just go for a yummy side of fries instead). Some dishes that were excellent were the rock shrimp and scallion fritters and the lightly battered catfish that are hard to find elsewhere. So I can see myself going back for more catfish and giving some other items a try (there's a possibility that some menu items are so good that you would want to go back again and again) but there are also menu items that are disappointing. Overall, I think the restaurant has a great concept in serving lots of drinks like a bar but actually having some decent restaurant food (not enough LA bar & restaurants are like that). I would suggest sticking to the menu items that are more bistro fare than the ones that are more pub fare. Also, I thought that conversations were getting so loud that I couldn't hear what my friends were saying (possibly the design of the restaurant carries sound too well). Lastly, I didn't have any problem finding parking the two times that I have been there. I just parked on the corner where there was some metered parking. Pros: Catfish, Rock Shrimp & Scallion Fritters, Drink Selection Cons: Smoked Sausage more

I?m so torn! 2/20/2009

OK, I went last night and I?m totally middle of the road on this place. The food was good and reasonably priced, but it was so crowded and everyone standing at the bar was pretty much sitting on our table. I seriously stared at people?s butts about 1 foot from my food! It just ruined the night for me. I think if we had been able to get a table farther away from the bar area, this wouldn?t have been a problem. So, I?ll definitely go back, I just now know to be more specific on where I sit! Pros: good food, cute decor, Cons: no parking, crowded bar right next to tables more

I?m so torn! 2/19/2009

heather517 Provided by Partner
OK, I went last night and I?m totally middle of the road on this place. The food was good and reasonably priced, but it was so crowded and everyone standing at the bar was pretty much sitting on our table. I seriously stared at people?s butts about 1 foot from my food! It just ruined the night for me. I think if we had been able to get a table farther away from the bar area, this wouldn?t have been a problem. So, I?ll definitely go back, I just now know to be more specific on where I sit! Pros: good food, cute decor, Cons: no parking, crowded bar right next to tables more

Mobbed on weekends. Good food. Loud. Valet park. 2/17/2009

We arrived 10 pm Friday and no street parking availble. Valet parking a must! Waited 45 minutes to get inside. It was mobbed and loud. The food was good and drinks were a bit pricey. Will return on a week night. Pros: At least they have valet parking. Good service Cons: Drink were pricey. No street parking available after 9pm weekends. more

Mobbed on weekends. Good food. Loud. Valet park. 2/17/2009

shawson Provided by Partner
We arrived 10 pm Friday and no street parking availble. Valet parking a must! Waited 45 minutes to get inside. It was mobbed and loud. The food was good and drinks were a bit pricey. Will return on a week night. Pros: At least they have valet parking. Good service Cons: Drink were pricey. No street parking available after 9pm weekends. more

Fun and classy hang-out 2/2/2009

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
Sitting at the bar for dinner & drinks - service was prompt and professional. The food was good, mussels in beer broth, curried vegetable pi... more

One of my top 5 spots. 1/23/2009

Got this account to praise and defend my favorite pub. The idiot has its flaws: can get mobbed, is a touch expensive, and has a few too many "bro" types, but you can't beat the burger/fish and chips and the beer selection is top notch. Service is B+ and the decor is open and attractive. You'd have to be an idiot to write this one off. more

One of my top 5 spots. 1/23/2009

mikesee Provided by Partner
Got this account to praise and defend my favorite pub. The idiot has its flaws: can get mobbed, is a touch expensive, and has a few too many "bro" types, but you can't beat the burger/fish and chips and the beer selection is top notch. Service is B+ and the decor is open and attractive. You'd have to be an idiot to write this one off. more
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Editorial

  • High ceilings and large wood-framed windows lined with lofted banquettes create an airier (read: noisier) vibe than those cozy gastropubs across the pond. An exhibition kitchen and central bar island add to the bustle, as do the friendly servers gliding from table to table. The otherwise bare-brick walls feature shocking blown-up images snapped during 1993's London Riot. From traditional fish and chips fare to flavorful twists on pub-grub standbys, the tidy menu offers kicked-up comfort food with most entrees affordably priced in the teens. Starters include fried rock shrimp and scallion fritters as well as a savory leek and goat cheese tart. The juicy Angus pub burger with sweet balsamic-onion relish is popular while fancier main dishes include braised pork shank and a Southern-inspired cornmeal-crusted catfish. If bellies haven't been filled with all the food and brew, there's the gigantic homemade chocolate chip cookie topped with a scoop of gelato.

  • 1/21/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 02:00 AM
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Melrose, Central LA
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