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A-Frame

New American Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, and Diner$$$$
Culver-West, Culver City
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  • The experts at Bon Appetit Magazine and Eater recommend this place
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  • Jenn
    "Try the Kitchen Fries, Cracklin Beer Can Chicken, and/or Swordfish Brochette."(5 Tips)
    TJ T.
    "Beer can chicken is phenomenal and the churros are just unbelievable"(17 Tips)
    Monica
    "You must have the kettle corn...yum!"(6 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "Small dinner plates with a picnic feel from chef Roy Choi"(3 Tips)
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  • Diego N.
    Diego NuevoAugust 20, 2014
    Tired of burgers and hot dogs? Try a different kind of American cuisine. Corn kettle as an appetizer and a fish taco as a main course. For dessert try the chu-don't-know churros or the funnel cake.
  • Reserve
    ReserveMay 5, 2016
    A-Frame offers special, all-you-can-eat pancakes and fun sides at brunch — including the Furikake Kettle Corn with Corn Pops, chili flakes, chives and butter — as well as several refreshing cocktails. Read more
  • emily
    emilyMay 30, 2013
    Housed in a renovated IHOP, start with the Furikake Kettle Corn and end with the pound cake cinnamon churros. Great music inside but sit outside for a better chance of hearing what your company says.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 14, 2016
    Poke sampler is twice the size of just one for an extra $3. Tuna & avocado and shrimp, scallions and herbs. Comes with rice. Hush puppies of taro with cheese dill and sweet chilli
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 18, 2016
    The baja fish taco is 'playful' with the pickled jalapeño, crème fraîche, and Cotija cheese. There's great spice from the salsa roja, and the fish is just great. Read more
  • Natalie B.
    Natalie BubaloOctober 22, 2012
    The swordfish tacos are fantastic, as are their octopus, chicken and apparently the ribs. The topper, though, was the cinnamon churro dessert. I was forced to try them and was so glad I did. AMAZING.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureSeptember 21, 2012
    A lively ski-chalet-style restaurant housed in a former IHOP, serving up inventive dishes such as beer-marinated crispy chicken with kimchi and two salsas.
  • AMW
    AMWSeptember 9, 2015
    $15 for all you can eat pancakes + $16 for bottomless brunch cocktails. If you can resist the AYCE allure, either the Loco Moco or Surfer's Sandwich (+ fried egg) is a worthy alternative.
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 31, 2016
    The hambagu steak meat is a nice alternative to the traditional hamburger patty on loco mocos. A lot softer, similar to the texture of a salisbury steak but much more flavorful.
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsMay 18, 2012
    This has just become my new favorite place in LA. They took over an old iHop and gutted it. Amazing shared plates like ribs and shrimp. Delicious drinks. Reasonable… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Lanimaka
    LanimakaMay 19, 2014
    Potatoe Pancakes: amazing! "Bloody Maria":GREAT! Spam sandwich:good. The plate lunch with the stew and "fresh grass-fed organic beef": HUGE disappointment! Hamburger tasted like a McDonald's patty. :(
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerMarch 19, 2012
    You can't go wrong ordering a double cheesburger. Also if you're with some friends and are willing to indulge - you should absolutely get the "Chu-don't-know-mang" churros. Mindblowingly good.
  • Alex P.
    As far as first impressions go, "all you can eat chicken night" is second only to "free money and BJs night." Food was fire. Ambiance is great. A copycat of nothing. Highly recommended.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJune 26, 2015
    Best loco moco I've ever had, hands down. The entire menu is tremendous. Have a drink and enjoy the communal seating. Hawaiian vibes with an urban Korean twist.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie ChuJuly 29, 2012
    Place is hard to spot so look for a converted IHOP. They also don't take reservations so get there early to avoid a ridiculous wait. A must for dessert... the "Chu-Don't-Know-Mang" churros!
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HarrisJune 20, 2011
    One of the best new restaurants in LA. Loved the comunal seating and portions. Beer canned chicken and ribs are a must. Plus check out their cocktail menu, so many options! A young hot spot!
  • Angela W.
    Angela WebbSeptember 23, 2011
    Love this place. chef attended my alma mater The French Culinary Institute. Food is great. Scandinavian barnhouse interiors. They offer you bread and butter while waiting. Bread is insanely good.
  • Esfandiar B.
    Esfandiar BehrouzMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome food, very cool staff, a bit loud inside, very chill outside seating, great and strong drinks, very good chef... Good for small groups (max 7-8)
  • Reserve
    ReserveMarch 17, 2016
    Order an Up in Smoke at A-Frame, with Vida Mezcal, Altos Tequila, lime, habanero and pineapple. Photo provided by A-Frame. Read more
  • Kaia H.
    Kaia HemmingNovember 25, 2012
    Visiting from NYC and this was one of the best meals I've had in awhile! Good vegetarian options. Island farmer's market salad and churros were amazing!!!
  • Big T.
    Big T.December 21, 2013
    Nice restaurant. I was in the mood for a rib eye and was attracted by the price. A-Frame proved you get what you pay for. Get the steak at Waterloo & City next door. Better quality meat.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 17, 2013
    Small dinner plates with a picnic feel from chef Roy Choi, with lots of cocktails and a perfect Beer Can Chicken.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BuenaventuraAugust 25, 2013
    The cracklin beer can chicken and baby back ribs are famous but the Furikake pop corn is a must. Crazy buttery!
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceApril 23, 2015
    Beautiful beautiful plates and outdoor seating. Must try their kettlecorn and beer cracklin fried chicken!
  • Fred S.
    Fred StephensAugust 20, 2014
    Hooked. The wings and the unlimited pancakes are enough to garner a cult following. Sit outside with good with hood friends and enjoy good food.
  • Maia K.
    Maia K.S.March 13, 2015
    New hawaiian theme is 👌, but warning, gets pricey quick! Homemade Spam musubi is nothing compared to the real thing in Hawaii; though.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.November 15, 2012
    Split a whole order of the Beer Can chicken with a friend and sit by the bar to feel less like you're in a cafeteria. Great food by Chef Choi!
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 31, 2016
    The hoisin chili glaze on the O.G. Ribs is awesome! Literally had me licking the bones after the meat was gone.
  • Nick T.
    Nick TaylorApril 9, 2012
    If its date night, beware of communal seating. Also watch out for the throwing popcorn on the counter... oh yea i forgot its picnic style. Good branding and marketing tho
  • CK
    CKJune 20, 2012
    Communal Tables. Order everything and anything, but don't forget to have "Chu-Don't-Know-Mang" at the end of your meal! I daydream about it all the time.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BerryAugust 29, 2011
    Amazing and beautiful re-use of an IHOP. Great beer selection (Weihenstephaner! Curieux!) but a little disappointed they serve all the beers in pilsner glasses.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the Westside Plate Lunch - Hearty stew over rice, fried eggs, hamburger patty and hot sauce. It's a hipster loco moco. Pretty good.
  • Brian N.
    Brian NunneryMarch 2, 2015
    Bottomless pancakes and mimosas. Because bottomless pancakes and mimosas. Try the Lilikoi Butter or POG pancakes, they're great!
  • Kayla J.
    Kayla JohnsonApril 19, 2015
    Nice addition to the neighborhood. I've lived here my whole life, and it's nice to see good/fun restaurants popping up.
  • Amaya D.
    Try the street corn, Brussels beach and definitely get the beer can chicken if you like juicy crispy delicious chicken
  • Shelley
    ShelleyJune 24, 2012
    They have Cocchi here!! Best Italian invention ever. Try it in the Pale Rider: gin, cocchi americano, dolin blanc, grapefruit bitters
  • Jeet M.
    Jeet MarwadiFebruary 23, 2016
    Bottomless Bloodymarys are phenomenal. No satisfying vegetarian options, especially for brunch, but great pancake and chicken deal.
  • Syed N.
    Syed NaqviSeptember 4, 2013
    Learned the hardest that the Ribeye is just not enough food for the price. Devastated an otherwise great first impression from the Clam chowder the night before. Will take my time going back. Shame.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurdFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer can chicken, octopus, Vietnamese salad, and lamb meatballs. Everything here is great but those are my favs.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsDecember 20, 2015
    The sauces are so good that it almost doesn't matter what you order. Beer can chicken was cooked well. Skip the squash. Pork belly ssam was okay but ended up just eating it in pieces.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 3, 2012
    Dig into the all-you-can-eat fried-chicken weekend lunch. Fried to the nutty side of golden-brown, Roy Choi’s chicken has an impressive shell: Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 2, 2010
    The Korean-style barbecued lamb chops and Peruvian-style cracklin' beer-can chicken are among the A-Frame's tasty offerings. Time to get those hands dirty! Read more
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the Chu-Don't-Know-Mang - Pound cake cinnamon Churros with malted chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream. Excellent.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuFebruary 11
    Try the furkikake popcorn, pork belly wrap, musubi plate, and the coconut rye stout. Beer chicken was alright.
  • Valerie N.
    Valerie NunisMarch 9, 2014
    The beer can chicken, baby back ribs and fish tacos were amazing! Good gin cocktails too.
  • Max
    MaxJanuary 2, 2011
    Don't leave without trying the baked potato (even the skin is good), BBQ lamp chops, and clam chowder (which has a Thai Tom Yum character to it).
  • Jimmy M.
    Jimmy MoutonMarch 9, 2013
    If I knew how to make the skin of chicken as crispy as the Cracklin Beer Can Chicken I would be 6,285 pounds.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DaviesJanuary 18, 2014
    Everything we've tried so far is good. I wish the chicken fell of the bone, but other than that....
  • pamela t.
    pamela thomassonJanuary 11, 2015
    Go before 7 and get in on Happy Hour appetizer and cocktail wines and beers
  • Chris M.
    Chris MOctober 28, 2010
    Sushi grade tuna w/ salsa verde and pineapple is awesome. Korean BBQ lamp chops are killer too. Peel & eat shrimp are fresh w/ tons of flavor.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MiragliottaOctober 27, 2012
    I'd recommend the Backwoods to start your night if you like whiskey. It's a great evening starter and recommended by the GM.
  • Faiza J.
    Faiza JayNovember 3, 2012
    OMG, I like the Food here. I'm really picky but they have it nailed! Fish tacos are great.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew ManessMarch 4, 2013
    Order an Anchorman even though it's not on the menu anymore, they'll make it and you'll enjoy it.
  • Hayley G.
    Hayley GilbertAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sesame leaf wrapped tempura shrimp to share, and Hawaiian style popcorn are amazing.
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanNovember 23, 2010
    communal style dining is fun. order the ribs, steak torta, dyn-o-mite potato and get messy! apple pie & cheddar ice cream is good but skip the thick-ass ice cream sammie. it's hard as concrete.
  • T👻🎃☠️⚰️🕸
    You're dumb if you don't get: the kettle corn, the crispy chicken, the ribs, and the churros.
  • Robin L.
    Robin LiaoJuly 21, 2015
    The octopus with foie gras is fantastic.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonSeptember 3, 2014
    Imagine picnic food kicked up a billion notches. Beer can chicken is amazing.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WalshOctober 4, 2015
    A great place to try creative cuisine. Go with a group and share family style.
  • Monica
    MonicaJune 29, 2012
    You must have the kettle corn...yum! And the Kingston Limit is a pretty tasty cocktail!
  • Alice K.
    Alice KamenetskyNovember 12, 2016
    Love kogi so my bf and I decided to go here Overall disappointing and mediocre experience. The famous fried chicken was just ok, loco moco was eh, hush poippies were good. Sticking to Kogi from now on
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 22, 2011
    Kogi Truck chef Roy Choi is a partner at this picnicky pan-Asian restaurant. Koreatown now has as many restaurants as Seoul—and as many valet stands as Beverly Hills. Read more
  • TJ T.
    TJ TaylorJanuary 20, 2014
    Beer can chicken is phenomenal and the churros are just unbelievable
  • James K.
    James KimMarch 2, 2013
    Great food, but be aware that if you pay cash, they don't give coin change even though the cents shows on the bill.
  • Wade A.
    Wade ArmstrongNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty much the only restaurant you can go to and pay for bread and butter and feel like you got a good value.
  • Fabio T.
    Fabio TelesDecember 23, 2015
    Great food! Please go for the Loco Moco, amazing!
  • Nhat T.
    Nhat TranJuly 13, 2013
    "Crabcake Sandwich" could also be named "Throw-Up-Sandwich". Went there with three other for lunch and everyone got sick.
  • Kaitlin E.
    Kaitlin EverlyMarch 13, 2012
    Vegetarians try the pickles, kitchen fries, island market salad, and churros!
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Two timer ad Strike Three are my faves. They aren't on the menu anymore but they can still make it.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JeanMarch 1, 2011
    The crab cakes were a delight! Also the mainland is a fantastic cocktail...sweet and yummy
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the 5 Grain Pan De Sal - Hot and crusty bread
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel ArcherAugust 25, 2014
    Duck, ribs, and lamb meatballs! And the music too.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 23, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangMay 16, 2016
    Kitchen closed early so we only had fries, wings, and poke. Recommend poke and fries.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CervantezMarch 12, 2012
    The swordfish tacos are insane! Just the right amount of flavor etc.!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MasonNovember 23, 2013
    Check this shit out good beer, insane food and excellent service. I highly recommend it.
  • Hugh H.
    Hugh HungDecember 30, 2011
    Knuckle sandwich for those willing to try...one of the best things I've had in LA this year
  • Jenn
    JennJune 6, 2011
    Try the Kitchen Fries, Cracklin Beer Can Chicken, and/or Swordfish Brochette. Read more
  • Pleasure Palate
    Pleasure PalateApril 10, 2011
    Love their black pepper szechuan ice cream and salted chocolate cookie ice cream sandwich!
  • Larisa G.
    Unlimited pancakes, bottomless brunch cocktails--this place is the best.
  • Vxronica
    VxronicaNovember 6, 2011
    Two words. Kettle Corn. And their cocktail list will blow you away. Order one of everything.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon McPheeDecember 3, 2010
    Don't be shy in trying the tofu & fruit salad - it has lots of greens and is incredible
  • albert o.
    albert ocampoJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    they have a happy hour!?!? and it's cheap and it's good!
  • Robert J.
    Robert JacobsFebruary 5, 2013
    Skip the AYCE Fried Chicken and order from the full menu
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinJanuary 26, 2013
    Salad (ask for soy vinaigrette), korean BBQ ribs, fried chicken.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy ChoJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    great take on the clam chowder and their kitchen fries are delicious!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 10, 2010
    Offer to sit outside for shorter wait times and a quieter atmosphere. Cold? Ask to borrow a fluffy down blanket. Read more
  • Jonny D.
    Jonny DubowskyMarch 14, 2011
    Try the triple, then the Atticus, amazing beers and hints of tamarind abound.
  • Nuria S.
    Nuria SantamariaDecember 31, 2010
    Must try: ribs, torta, and churros. Say no to Devil's Delight cocktail.
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeungNovember 15, 2010
    The carne asada torta was the bomb! The beer can chicken had lots of flavor but was a bit dry.
  • Vicki H.
    Vicki HongFebruary 11, 2011
    Time to get cost with your neighbor. If you like curry, get the clam chowder.
  • Kia Z.
    Kia ZokaeiAugust 29, 2012
    Probably overlooked, but the burger is spectacular.
  • Rockie T.
    Rockie TAugust 22, 2013
    Susan Feniger's Best Thing I Ever Ate was the "killer" Cracklin Beer Can Chicken.
  • that girl
    that girlNovember 5, 2010
    Be ready to share a table maybe. Ribs are spicy not sweet but still yummy.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PohanicJuly 2, 2011
    5 grain pan de sal puts bakeries to shame. Dont miss it!
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LeshtzAugust 7, 2014
    The fried chicken is amazing. Don't skip it.
  • Daniella R.
    Daniella RDecember 30, 2010
    Ok. You have to try the Churros! And DONT try the wings or the warm CBC salad
  • Robbie A.
    Robbie AllanAugust 5, 2014
    The beer can chicken is all it's cracked up to be.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GoldmanNovember 8, 2010
    Excellent food and really popping. Get there early or be prepared to wait!
  • Jack K.
    Jack KlauberJune 9, 2015
    Kettle corn, ribs and churros. You're welcome.
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