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The Village Idiot

Gastropub, Burger Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • Greg P.
    "The Old Speckled Hen is a smooth tasty English draft hard to..."(3 Tips)
    Lorraine T.
    "Best ale steamed mussels ever!"(6 Tips)
    Curt M.
    "then steamed mussels and fish and chips"(3 Tips)
    Daniel O.
    "Steak and potato pie is a no-brainer."(2 Tips)
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 5, 2014
    The comfortable pub has been putting out plates of fish & chips, burgers and nightly specials for years, and keeps their open kitchen running at full steam until midnight on weekdays & 1am on weekends Read more
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 9, 2012
    This is one LA bar that shows UEFA’s Champions League games, so get yourself a Boddington’s, check out the hidden flat-screen TVs in the walls, and watch Man U. dominate another game. Goooaaaalllll! Read more
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DelfinoJune 1, 2015
    I'm not a fan of the weekend nights here..hipster-- but the brunch & food are great! They have weekend $5 bloody Mary's and $15 bottles of champagne; you can get peach or raspberry purée for $2 more.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WilliamsOctober 1, 2016
    AMAZING for brunch & events. Incredible back room & super accommodating staff. Great selection of beer on tap & plenty of TVs to enjoy English Premier League "football." Ask the bartenders for recs!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PillaJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    2 great seafood choices on the menu: pick the fish & chips for a hearty meal or choose the delectable mussels in tasty broth for a lighter dish. Lots of beers on tap, but I pair w/ Tito's Vodka.
  • Monica B.
    Monica BaliJune 6, 2013
    Great place for a chill night out without sacrificing what makes LA, LA. Get the brussle sprouts if they have them! Full bar catered especially to whiskey and beer lovers.
  • Olimpia N.
    Olimpia NewloveAugust 26, 2011
    English-pub type feel with a very slick edge to it. I had the cheese sandwich filled up with jalapeno & white beans & arugula - SO GOOD. the breakfast options look pretty fantastic too
  • Polina G.
    Polina GordovichSeptember 12, 2015
    Loved the sourdough grilled cheese, a bit slow but definitely worth the wait, great on a hangover and not too crowded on a Saturday morning.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 21, 2010
    Locals flock here to share a few pints with their mates & dine on classic pub fare, from fish’n’chips to mussels. The nights are packed, making for a lively atmosphere. So grab a barstool & have fun. Read more
  • LeAnne G.
    Have the Horsefeather cocktail - you won't be disappointed. DELISH! And the lamb meatball sandwish was terrific. And yes, I did write sandWISH!
  • gina m.
    gina momMarch 27, 2013
    The mixed beers & Michelada are all amaze. And even though I didn't have time today, every item on the dessert menu = must try.
  • Chris P.
    Chris ParkerAugust 9, 2014
    The mussels are fantastic. Also, the Ancho Problem spicy margarita is great!
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LoftinApril 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like beer, don't get the same thing you'd get somewhere else. Try the Idiot beers - they're only $6 and delicious. If you like Pale Ales, get the Racer. If you like garlic, the steamed mussels
  • banafsheh g.
    banafsheh ghassemiNovember 16, 2011
    Charred calamari with Persian cucumbers, lime & avocado was outstanding. The Hemingway also a great cocktail if you don't like sweet cocktails.
  • Brandi R.
    Brandi RichardMay 1, 2013
    All of the food was excellent! We shared four entrees during brunch so we could sample the menu. It worked well.
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVMarch 29, 2011
    "I am a sucker for a good ol’ pub and this is the only one I haunt on Melrose Avenue. There’s nothing better than steamed mussels and fish & chips (or is that just mussels – hmm)."-Curt, Pretty Hurts
  • Grady S.
    Grady StewartDecember 24, 2010
    Great atmosphere, good place to hang out with friends, awesome fish and chips…..but the table service sucks!! Seriously, this last time I was in the waitress seemed super inconvenienced ever time we o
  • Thirsty J.
    Thirsty JamesApril 15, 2012
    Check out the "guest on tap", just found my new fav, Chainbreaker IPA from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR - tastes like summer
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalMarch 31, 2015
    Excellent bar with amazing food! Pate plate is on point!
  • SocialSoundSystem
    SocialSoundSystemOctober 17, 2012
    The back room is a great spot for an afternoon get together. During the NFL season, this spot is quiet on Sundays because they watch real futbol.
  • Kylie B.
    Kylie BurtonDecember 16, 2012
    The ambience will attract you, the staff will keep you. Awesome vibe, amazing food, such friendly and fun staff.
  • Ed V.
    Ed VargasAugust 29, 2014
    Corn soup (served cold ) - quite tasty followed by some mussels and Fish and chips ..LA experience at its finest ..
  • Olivia H.
    Olivia HernandezMay 26, 2013
    Delicious. Everything is perfectly seasoned and the drinks are very well thought out. Bar/kitchen synergy!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJune 26, 2015
    Best place for an English breakfast in town. It's pretty crowded for football (soccer) matches, but worth the atmosphere.
  • Doris N.
    Doris NeubauerJune 15, 2012
    The spinach salad is amazing good with the ginger. Veggie pie is a must. It looks small but very hearty!
  • Josee H.
    Josee H.September 29, 2013
    First time here, it was cool. Waitresses and hostess were really nice. I'll be back for sure :)
  • Curt M.
    Curt MeeuwsenApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    OK, I am a sucker for a good ole pub. And this one is one (or the only one) that I haunt on Melrose Avenue. There’s nothing better then steamed mussels and fish and chips (or is that just mussels
  • April d.
    April de LeonMay 1, 2013
    Warm sticky toffee cake with whipped crème fraiche is melt in your mouth delicious!!!
  • Vin D.
    Vin DelGuercioApril 13, 2015
    Burger with blue cheese was delicious and the panhandler cocktail was excellent.
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 1, 2011
    Love the sunchokes that comes with creamy sour cream condiment (I LOVE condiments) -Francine, The Real L Word
  • T.J. R.
    T.J. RoeDecember 16, 2012
    I'm living the old speckled hen. Brings me back to boozing in England. Super smooth!
  • Flo J.
    Flo JoAugust 25, 2014
    Nice atmosphere and kind waiters. Food is great - beer choices are awesome!
  • Brett D.
    Brett DellandreSeptember 14, 2013
    The name does "The Village Idiot" does not convey the atmosphere or decor within. Outside of that this place is really cool.
  • Robyn E.
    Robyn ExtonJuly 10, 2016
    🇬🇧💙🇬🇧❤️ Best British spot in LA. Sunday roasts, snakebites, pie, sports. This place is the dream.
  • Siena C.
    Siena ChiangFebruary 27, 2013
    The booths by the window are great. And the Brussels sprouts are insane.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 5, 2014
    All-day soccer-and-drinking destination favored by locals since 2007. Read more
  • Edgar V.
    Edgar VarelaJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your drinks from Erin at the bar, she is one of the best bar slingers around. Good drinks and good food.
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MooreOctober 14, 2013
    Steak and potato pie. Just get it and thank me later
  • Michael F.
    Michael FranksSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Sit at the tables at the end of the bar to watch some of the best chefs in the city.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 29, 2012
    Satisfy your craving for a pint and fish & chips here. Great vibe!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SimmonsJanuary 5, 2015
    Great hangout. Food is delicious. Love the fish and chips
  • Virginia C.
    Virginia Cowley4 days ago
    Delicious share plates. The waffle fries are must!
  • Rosy C.
    Rosy CSeptember 27, 2015
    Food and drinks were on point! Great service as well.
  • Maria C.
    Maria CJuly 9, 2011
    The sticky toffee cake was a little bit dry, but the bar is great, good music and drink selection
  • Rich V.
    Rich VanderscoffDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to grab grub and drinks with friends. Won't break the benk and everything is tasty/fresh.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinSeptember 26, 2012
    Pork belly is phenomenal. Mashed potatoes can stand alone
  • Greg P.
    Greg PhilippiApril 15, 2012
    The Old Speckled Hen is a smooth tasty English draft hard to find in LA!
  • Luis N.
    Luis NoronhaSeptember 8, 2016
    Brussel sprouts in bacon vinagrate sauce is great!
  • Mariana K.
    Mariana KnabbenOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try their veggie pot pie, it's delicious!
  • Michael F.
    Michael FranksOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Pretty much everything on the menu is good, but the things with pork are better.
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 1, 2010
    No lines, no fuss... perfect, quiet, lovely Sunday brunches here. The banana pancakes are insanely yummy. Try them!
  • Vanessa N.
    Vanessa NicoleApril 30, 2011
    Great place to grab drinks before and/or after a Groundlings show! Try a Snake Bite :)
  • Christiano C.
    Christiano CochraneSeptember 8, 2016
    Amazing Saison beer and Brussel sprouts with bacon.
  • Alex P.
    Alex ParisMay 26, 2014
    Come for brunch? Have the quiche. It's a small portion but artfully made.
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HigginsSeptember 29, 2012
    Gotta try the full English breakfast and the quiche.
  • Lisandra M.
    Lisandra MaioliAugust 31, 2014
    Idiot's cup: super fresh drink! Loved it!
  • Johnny
    JohnnyJanuary 2, 2011
    This is one of my favorite beers ever. It's from Russian River Brewing. Bitter, hoppy, citric.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Try the steamed mussels
  • Krystle S.
    Krystle SteinMarch 25, 2013
    Crispy pork and spicy asian pear slaw sandwich- SO YUMMY
  • christina
    christinaSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    15$ for champagne bottles for mimosas during weekend brunch
  • Sabrina
    SabrinaMarch 20, 2011
    Try the mezze hummus plate. Its to die for. Yalla
  • John S.
    John SosaFebruary 23, 2011
    Make sure to check out the kitchy dining room in the back - throwback to a bygone era
  • Joseph E.
    Joseph EngelDecember 5, 2010
    Pub burger is great. Maybe not $12 great, but still a solid choice.
  • Lorraine T.
    Lorraine TjahjadiMay 10, 2014
    Best ale steamed mussels ever!
  • K W.
    K WashDecember 17, 2011
    The eggs kale and black eye peas are killer
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OakleyMay 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak and potato pie is a no-brainer.
  • Ally S.
    Ally ShwedDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for watching sports. And eating poutine.
  • Marci R.
    Marci RosenblumDecember 28, 2009
    Yummy Fish and Chips for lunch. Interesting restaurant on Melrose in Hollywood. I would recommend it at least once. Read more
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AlanisMay 26, 2013
    Cool place. Got the turkey sandwich, it was pretty good. Nothing special
  • Ev Turn
    Ev TurnSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    OMG you have got to try another bar! You'll love it!
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MacallanNovember 26, 2011
    My favorite beer here is the 1903! Its a must!
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FitzpatrickApril 24, 2009
    Go to The Village Idiot on Melrose and order a pint of 1903 (lovely pre-prohibition craft brew) and a mashed potato. Its a side dish, yes, but there aren't any appys.
  • Lisanne W.
    Lisanne WilcoxFebruary 18, 2014
    Great pub and food looked amazing.
  • Debra D.
    Debra DJuly 14, 2011
    Best beer, pies and fish n chip outside of Oz!
  • Winston
    WinstonJuly 15, 2012
    Get the griddle burger. Add gruyere cheese. It's phenomenal.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PoeNovember 26, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Starters: Amazing mussels. Pork belly is fantastic. Albacore carpaccio is also excellent.
  • Lukas B.
    Lukas BauernbergerAugust 8, 2013
    Great fried chicken every tuesday!
  • Dominique C.
    Dominique CherelleMarch 30, 2012
    Like 'em spicy? slow sip and enjoy the "hot flash"
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanJanuary 9
    The mussels were fantastic
  • Annie P.
    Annie PhamAugust 15, 2011
    Get the mussels and check out the muscles at the bar.
  • Sean
    SeanJune 9, 2012
    Lee. Super bartender on weekend days.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥February 9, 2015
    Go for a beer and steamed mussels
  • www.samproof.tv @.
    Try the Clam And Garlic Pizza - Amazingness ensues
  • Gerry R.
    Gerry RojasMarch 21, 2012
    Pork belly and brussel sprouts 'nuff said
  • John David O.
    John David OlsenJanuary 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you like real fish and chips, give them a try at the Village Idiot. Awesome.
  • Xander B.
    Xander BertucciSeptember 19, 2010
    Never get the 6-dollar cookie...otherwise amazing
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HoekstraAugust 23, 2010
    Love the decor... got a vintage vibe and people are groovy!
  • Matt P.
    Matt PunkOctober 2, 2010
    The burger is amazing! Add a hefeweisen and ur all set
  • Vini M.
    Vini MarquesAugust 6, 2014
    Everything here is amazing.
  • Halie R.
    Halie RAugust 30, 2011
    Get the Texas mule it's delish!
  • Dina S.
    Dina SakrJuly 8, 2010
    I could spend all day at this place - great location and great food.
  • Roxy G.
    Roxy G.October 4, 2011
    Fish & Chips and S'mores for dessert! YUUUUUMM
  • Ervin M.
    Ervin MahanSeptember 18, 2014
    They have very good service here!!
  • Chelsea Mae H.
    Chelsea Mae HassmanJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Their brownie has fresh, house made roasted marshmallow on top. Amazing.
  • Manuel S.
    Eggs Benedict, Bisquits + Gravy
  • Edward B.
    Edward BoatmanMay 3, 2011
    Get the Racer 5, its the best IPA.
  • Christiano C.
    Christiano CochraneSeptember 8, 2016
    Great beer and food!
  • My Lists
    My ListsOctober 11, 2016
    Great brunch spot
  • Annaliese N.
    Annaliese NielsenSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the burger. It's pretty awful. The mussels are excellent.
  • A Frog in L.A
    A Frog in L.AJuly 11, 2012
    Get the Hot Flash!
  • Jackie R.
    Jackie RodriguezApril 15, 2015
    Eggs Benedict uffff!!! Deli, de los más ricos que he probado. La gente muuuuuy cool. 😍 sin duda, lugar para frecuentar!
  • Marcos R.
    Marcos RibeiroApril 20, 2012
    O ambiente é ótimo, a comida é boa e nao é muito caro.
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