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The Village Idiot

Gastropub, Burger Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
  • 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)
127 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • old speckled hen
  • beer
  • cocktails
  • pork belly
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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
  • 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 Williams3 weeks ago
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Chris P.
    Chris ParkerAugust 9, 2014
    The mussels are fantastic. Also, the Ancho Problem spicy margarita is great!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalMarch 31, 2015
    Excellent bar with amazing food! Pate plate is on point!
  • 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.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJune 26, 2015
    Best place for an English breakfast in town. It's pretty crowded for football (soccer) matches, but worth the atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • 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 ..
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Olivia H.
    Olivia HernandezMay 26, 2013
    Delicious. Everything is perfectly seasoned and the drinks are very well thought out. Bar/kitchen synergy!
  • 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
  • Doris Y.
    Doris YeeJune 15, 2012
    The spinach salad is amazing good with the ginger. Veggie pie is a must. It looks small but very hearty!
  • 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.
  • Vin D.
    Vin DelGuercioApril 13, 2015
    Burger with blue cheese was delicious and the panhandler cocktail was excellent.
  • 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 :)
  • Flo J.
    Flo JoAugust 25, 2014
    Nice atmosphere and kind waiters. Food is great - beer choices are awesome!
  • April d.
    April de LeonMay 1, 2013
    Warm sticky toffee cake with whipped crème fraiche is melt in your mouth delicious!!!
  • 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
  • Robyn E.
    🇬🇧💙🇬🇧❤️ Best British spot in LA. Sunday roasts, snakebites, pie, sports. This place is the dream.
  • 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.
  • T.J. R.
    T.J. RoeDecember 16, 2012
    I'm living the old speckled hen. Brings me back to boozing in England. Super smooth!
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 1, 2011
    Love the sunchokes that comes with creamy sour cream condiment (I LOVE condiments) -Francine, The Real L Word
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 5, 2014
    All-day soccer-and-drinking destination favored by locals since 2007. Read more
  • Siena C.
    Siena ChiangFebruary 27, 2013
    The booths by the window are great. And the Brussels sprouts are insane.
  • Orie C.
    Orie CipollaroFebruary 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredible place great staff great food great drinks great atmosphere.
  • Rosy C.
    Rosy CSeptember 27, 2015
    Food and drinks were on point! Great service as well.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SimmonsJanuary 5, 2015
    Great hangout. Food is delicious. Love the fish and chips
  • 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!
  • Luis N.
    Luis NoronhaSeptember 8
    Brussel sprouts in bacon vinagrate sauce is great!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Christiano C.
    Amazing Saison beer and Brussel sprouts with bacon.
  • christina
    christinaSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    15$ for champagne bottles for mimosas during weekend brunch
  • Greg P.
    Greg PhilippiApril 15, 2012
    The Old Speckled Hen is a smooth tasty English draft hard to find in LA!
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