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The Lab Gastropub

Gastropub and Bar$$$$
South LA, Los Angeles
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  • Thirsty J.
    "The Lab Trojan Brown Ale has a nice bite, close to New Castle."(2 Tips)
    Megan C.
    "The pita chips and spinach dip are amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Edward K.
    "Happy hour everyday from 3 to 6pm!"(3 Tips)
    Lucas V.
    "Gotta recommend The Lab Amber draft beer"(3 Tips)
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  • E W.
    E W2 weeks ago
    Food here is good. Only thing that's horrible is the service. During busy hours, it took them 30 min to serve me beer at the bar. there were 4 people behind the bar, 1-2 were actually serving.
  • Kevin H.
    A staple for young USC babies. Within walking distance from the school and that's the only reason to go
  • Philip T.
    Philip TamDecember 10, 2014
    It's close to school and offers a decent selection. Has average to above average food, but I'd come here mostly for the bar. Not really a "gsstropub", despite the name, and lacks whiskey and scotch.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunSeptember 6, 2014
    Came before the USC vs. Fresno State game. The game tacos were a little spicy but good.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 23, 2014
    Happy hour $2 off draft beers, $6 cocktails and appetizers. Friendly and sunny vibe
  • Josh O.
    Josh OOctober 27, 2013
    Service was slow. Staff were clueless. You could mistake it for the nearest children's playground.
  • Brittany Nicole L.
    Brittany Nicole La HueJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The spinach dip is a must-order. So melty and creamy, & the baked "pita chips" are like none other. Refill the chips for $2. Huge beer selection with great prices. Not many healthy menu items though.
  • Cynthia d.
    Cynthia de la TorreJune 23, 2013
    Don't tip the mean young waiter who's there during happy hour. We all know who I'm talking about.
  • Hunter S.
    Hunter SimmonsApril 24, 2013
    This place could be really great but management needs a reality check. I could run this place better with my eyes closed.
  • Edward K.
    Edward KApril 9, 2013
    Happy hour everyday from 3 to 6pm!
  • Sanmeet S.
    Sanmeet ShikhApril 1, 2013
    Buffalo chicken wrap is always too salty!!
  • Heidi N.
    Heidi NgMarch 1, 2013
    Cant decide and dont want to think ? their Steak skirt with chimi sauce medium rare and their fish tacos are pretty darn good!
  • Thirsty J.
    Thirsty JamesOctober 7, 2012
    The Lab Trojan Brown Ale has a nice bite, close to New Castle. Prefer the Boddingtons on tap!
  • Geena U.
    Geena UrangoSeptember 23, 2012
    Service is very slow here
  • Da G.
    Da Guv'norAugust 25, 2012
    Take care of your bartender. They are all awesome!
  • Dalit T.
    Dalit TroyceApril 27, 2012
    Worst service ever! Burgers and calamari are great but the service made it all suck. Came before concert, and the line to be sat was around the corner while only 1/4 inside was sat.
  • Roxy C.
    Roxy CoxxMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Haraszthy Zinfandel... It's a must try! Yummy!
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeFebruary 19, 2012
    Some of the best appetizers around.
  • Elizabeth G.
    Elizabeth GeliFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Every time I come here they have a new menu.
  • Lucas V.
    Lucas VandenbergFebruary 8, 2012
    Gotta recommend The Lab Amber draft beer
  • Megan C.
    Megan CollinsFebruary 1, 2012
    The pita chips and spinach dip are amazing!
  • David R.
    David RochmanOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Avoid the new BT Michael
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RotterSeptember 22, 2011
    They play great music and I LOVE the tile. Also- Panko Portobello Fries are incred.
  • James B.
    James BradicichSeptember 15, 2011
    Good place to see and be seen in the SC community.
  • Hillary L.
    Hillary L.September 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    MACARONI AND CHEESE!
  • David R.
    David RochmanAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    First timers love the Lab because it's open and airy, clean and very SC. The service is slow but thoughtful, and the food yum. People either love or hate the Lab
  • Zack H.
    Zack HJuly 30, 2011
    Good food slow service
  • David R.
    David RochmanJuly 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Danielle is the bartender is the bomb!
  • Chuck W.
    Chuck WeissJune 4, 2011
    Sit out on the patio if it's nice out.
  • David R.
    David RochmanMay 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Say hi to Danielle? She rocks!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MiyamotoMay 8, 2011
    Don't ask for extra pita chips if you get the spinach dip- they charge you $2.00 extra! (Although the dip is fabulous!)
  • Lindsey M.
    Lindsey MApril 22, 2011
    Falafel burger is sooo good!!
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel ElnarApril 9, 2011
    Food is very good, service is not. Be aware of college waitstaff who think courteous service means taking your order and processing your credit card.
  • David R.
    David RochmanApril 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The new bar staff blows, used to be a cool place to hang out
  • Austin C.
    Austin ColemanMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The sweet potato fries are totally worth it.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BorstFebruary 1, 2011
    Update: Christian blew it. Poor service is an understatement.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BorstFebruary 1, 2011
    Bizarre service, borderline unprofessional. Our waiter Christian knew nothing about the menu. Food was decent though.
  • David R.
    David RochmanJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The risotto is bombing
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel O'LearyJanuary 25, 2011
    Daily specials are always interesting.
  • Ian M.
    Ian MarquisOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I suggest the pork belly tacos and a shot!
  • Carmelita S.
    Carmelita S.October 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    avoid the tuna spring roll at all costs.
  • David R.
    David RochmanOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Beer can chicken is bomb!
  • Cal V.
    Cal VinOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Yes, they do shots.
  • Aimee V.
    Aimee VondrakAugust 26, 2010
    Buff chx wrap has too much sauce, ask for it all on the side! Or ask them to do it easy :)
  • Kali H.
    Kali HeitholtAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They have Abita Purple Haze. Luv.
  • phuong T.
    phuong TranJune 16, 2010
    Here's a tip, don't eat here if you're in a rush, the service and speed of service is not the best
  • Dana
    DanaFebruary 27, 2010
    Don't lose sight of your waiter, they take at least 10 mins to reappear once they've slipped away into the back room. The braised lamb shank's awesome tho!
  • Shane E.
    Shane EppsJanuary 11, 2010
    Turkey panini... Not so great.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RandallJanuary 9, 2010
    Order the Trojan Blonde, it comes served in a beaker.
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