Tam O'Shanter

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The Tam O'Shanter is a dining legend in the heart of Los Angeles, here you will find the charm of a Highland inn. The qualities that built our reputation- superb food, outstanding service and a dedication to honoring our guests with the highest quality in value-are as strong today as when we first opened our doors in 1922.

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Thursday, 28 November, 2019

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Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing, both food and service. Very inflexible on side orders with prime rub, prime rib portion seemed really small, burrata portion was also quite small. Waitress forgot our order, didn't pay attention to drinks or flatware. Just a disappointing meal all the way around.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sarah, our server, was friendly and wonderful with our children.

DJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I’ve been dining at this restaurant my whole life and have witnessed its trajectory from fancy to casual over the last 40 years. For the last 5 years or so the quality of the dining experience has declined markedly. Our diner on Friday was bad. I have had to reduce my beef intake for medical reasons and it was the first time I noticed how few choices one is given if you can’t eat their signature prime rib. The fish and chips were disgusting. The fries were literally soggy. My friend’s rarebit— once a house specialty was almost inedible— greasy and unappealing. I am so very disappointed. We had just arrived from the SoCal Food conference and I was embarrassed to have suggested this old favorite of mine to a group of foodies. The history and beauty of the restaurant remain. But the food is in bad need of an update!

TW
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennifer provided excellent service. I loved the beer and Scotch tastings. Dinner was excellent. The Scotch Rarebit appetizer was outstanding.

JF
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as usual. Miss not living in the neighborhood anymore, I used to be able to come more often. I miss the lawry's salt in the mail on my b- day too.

Again, Thank You,
you are perfect

JO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food was terrific... done perfectly as requested. The sides were great too. The entire meal was a pleasure.

L
Los Angeles
260 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What more can I say? There is a reason that we return time after time, year after year. Oh that prime rib is good!!!!

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food quality here is always good, and the service usually is, but this time the service could have been a bit better. Both the person at the front that evening and the server either were both having a bad day or were tired because they seemed a little cold like they would have rather been elsewhere. Also, I put down on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and my VIP# as directed by the app, but I might as well have not put anything down because there was no mention of either one and had to give the server my VIP number again. The people who bused the tables and poured water were pretty great and more personable. The only other downside was whomever boxed my husbands leftovers and only put in the meat and left out his leftover sides. Didn't discover that until he opened the box the next day. We like coming here, so hopefully next time it'll be better.

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, competent & friendly service. A great place to celebrate & experience a wonderful meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing, the whiskey sampler was excellent, and the service is wonderful.

P
Los Angeles
136 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Never had been to Tam for lunch before and there is definitely a different vibe and service level than at dinner. Love the Tam but I will be going move for dinner than lunch in the future.

P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will never leave here hungry ! To start we had reservations for 7:45pm and we were seated at 7:45pm on a Saturday by a smiling hostess. Menus were on the table, busboy arrived with bread and water. Our server arrived a few minutes later to greet us and get our drink order which was delivered promptly.
From there on we had excellent service and enjoyed expertly prepared and tasty food, Prime Rib, mashed potatoes with delicious gravy, creamed corn and yorkshire pudding . Oh, and of course a great bottle of Pinot Noir from Duckhorn Winery. For dessert we passed on the chocolate souffle and instead asked for the more simple chocolate sundae with 2 spoons. Needless to say we had 2 big boxes of leftovers to take home for Monday night's dinner. Recommendation Five Stars. And no I did not wear my kilts.

SM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good, this was our 2nd trip there in just a few days! Great charm, great food, excellent staff, reasonable prices!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

This place is about three decades past the need for a renovation. I get nostalgia, and the decor is charming, but this place needs to be cleaned to the studs.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great food. Will definitely be back.

G
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful as always. The scotch rarebit is not to be missed.

MM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

They advertise Lawrys Prime Rib but the cuts and taste are nothing like Lawrys.

SM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family owned for 97 years! So much history! Great food, excellent service and so beautiful of a place.

CD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service was great and atmosphere was amazing!

RG
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great evening dinner with my husband. This was our second visit and we were not disappointed.. Food taste delicious. Will come again to visit in the near future!

R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to the Tam for over 40 years. I like my prime rib well done, no pink color at all and moist. It is always cooked perfectly. The cream corn and spinach are the best sides, the chocolate soufflé is the best dessert, so order it at the same time you order dinner as it takes about 45 minutes to bake. It’s worth the wait.

The servers are so accommodating and were always making sure we were happy with the food, drinks, etc. etc.

I also recommend coming for lunch as their sandwich station is fantastic. The server is very generous with the portions.


Enjoy!

o
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the surf and turf special and the Prince Charlie cut roast beef. GREAT!

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Tam O’Shanter to celebrate my husband’s birthday and it was a lovely experience. We actually changed our reservation time at the last minute and they were so nice about it and accommodating. The food was super tasty and the service was very nice.

RS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My very favorite restaurant in the LA area. This is my go to place to eat before the theater, movies or sporting event. The prime rib and cream corn are the best! Love "Devil on Horseback" as a starter. Great atmosphere and bar area too!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, very little wait time between meals and the staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I’m definitely coming back here again very soon.

KL
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I dined with four friends. The overall experience was excellent. There was a minor problem with a few fruit flies around the table with one finding it’s way into my friend’s water. We informed management and they quickly apologized and thanked us for informing them. These things happen sometime and I feel assured the management is taking steps to address the issue. The staff was nice and service was great. Our server was on spot with refreshing our waters and clearing our table. Everyone should make an effort to visit this restaurant.

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful old place. Beautifully appointed wonderful history and long time employees that I know all about it and are willing to share. Lovely meal in beautiful surroundings!

M
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Scottish Salmon and quinoa was delicious. My son had prime rib medium rare and loved it!

NH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This place is fun! Great food and ambiance with a great history. I look forward to visiting when I'm in town.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my wife’s birthday. We had a wonderful time!

ME
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional food and service. Xavier handled our party of 13 with accuracy, humor and finesse.

MJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner Saturday evening at this classic LA restaurant. I had requested a quiet corner and that’s what we got. Our server was lovely and most attentive. Food was exactly as ordered and arrived promptly. We lingered over drinks, dinner and dessert, never feeling rushed. No surprises, cozy, warm and delicious!

B
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The evening was similar to other times...good service, delicious dining BUT the negative part of the evening was the party of 15 with 7 screaming kids. In the future I, as a Lawry's Prime member, will ask to be seated in a QUIET area of the restaurant.

e
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there for dinner..
Used to go there for the sandwich and. But they no longer served the prime rib. So we had the dinner. Both ordered prime rib. Wife sent hers back foaoth piece with the au juice. The gravy was too salty.
Good not great, overprice. Place was almost empty.

m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, service was terrible.

O
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had reservations so we were seated right away. It was very noisy. I could hear conversations around me, some customers spoke very loud, which I really did not care for. The great thing about the dinner was Elise, our server, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and courteous. The food is very good and very much similar to Lawry's on La Cienega, Beverly Hills. I miss the table side carving which I understand since the place does not have enough space for the carving cart to go around.

MR
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Started with nobody at reception desk at 7:30 on Friday. Then a no smile ushering to our reserved table. Food was very good but service was impersonal and rushed, although somewhat friendly. Not 4 star, more like Denny's.

JT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy eating at the Tam. Good food, great unique ambiance....

GR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Probably wouldn’t recommend to anyone any more.

We’ve been going there since 1974. VIP members since 2004.

After or slightly before Richard Sr ‘s. passing in 2015, we thought the quality had started to change. And they changed portions of the menu slightly. One thing is NO MORE BAKED POTATOES! Their twice baked replacement is bad.

We hadn’t been there for about 3 months. So, we went there two nights ago & ordered our usual Tam cut, cooked medium, that we share. It came out rare minus, plus ONLY a 1/2” thick! They used to serve it 3/4”+ thick. So they offered to correct it. Figuring we’d get a new piece, but they brought back the same piece that they just cooked a little longer, or so we thought. It looked more medium on the top side, until we turned it over & found about 3/4 of it was STILL rare minus. It reminded us & tasted more like a steak, instead of prime rib, at least the small portion (4 bites between us) we were able to eat.

The manager did apologize & took it off our bill, which was the nice & right thing to do. Didn’t want to take a 3rd chance on another lousy piece of meat. So previously, we ate an appetizer, a wedge salad, and the creamed spinach that came with the meal. Those were fine.

So the last 4 or 5 times we’ve been there, have not been up to their previous standards, that Richard Sr. established.

Not sure when or if we’ll go back, after all these years. There’s too much better quality competition out there for only about 20% more in price!

Very Disappointed

a
Los Angeles
249 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Tam is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the food and ambiance.

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