08/26/2015Provided by YP.com
I love this place. We go here at least once every two weeks or so and try our best to get one of the large booths by the front windows. Great place to have one of the best Bloody Mary's in town on a warm Saturday afternoon. I love the menu - it's not huge, but what they do offer is usually fantastic. I dream of their mussels with bread sops, the brussel sprouts with bacon would make a few vegetarians go back to the dark side and the savory pies take me back to London. They also feature a great beer menu plus all sorts of interesting cocktails. My favorite drink is the Ginger Top - a glorious amber beer topped with ginger beer.
I had my 40th birthday party here a few weeks ago in the back room and the chef, managers and staff went above and beyond in terms of helping me plan and prep. It was the best bang for our buck and our guests had a fabulous time.
In a nutshell: great food, great staff and never a negative experience.
08/31/2015Provided by YP.com
One of my favorite restaurants in town. Great place to sit and have a few cocktails on a nice Saturday or Sunday afternoon. We always try and grab one of the window booths if we can. The food is really good and some of our favorites are the mussels with bread mops, any of the savory pies and the fish and chips. Innovative cocktail list and service is always great. I held my 40th birthday party in their back room and the management and staff were really helpful and accomodating.
05/18/2010Provided by Citysearch
How can you fault a place that has saison dupont on the menu? While the beer selection is great and the wine choices surprisingly good and reasonable (marlborough sauvignon blancs for under $10 a glass), the acoustics make conversation nearly impossible. However, its casual and fun enough that you don't need to go with a group. Trying to get served at the bar can be challenging as this place gets packed in the evenings.
02/01/2010Provided by YP.com
Village Idiot has a great atmosphere and selection of food and drinks. I'd definitely go back there again. The crowd skewed towards late 20s/early 30s so it isn't a playground nor cougarville. Just the right mix. It also looks like they have a cool private room in the back.
10/30/2009Provided by Citysearch
Let's be honest. The place is packed and loud. But I'll go any day of the week for drink with friends. The bartenders are great and the crowd is the lingering type -- despite the busy factor something makes you feel like you could stay all night. And I often do. I'm all for pub food, but this place isn't on my top eats list in town. That said if you're going for a beer -- they have great local microbrews -- get the mussels. You won't regret it.
03/21/2009Provided by Citysearch
Had a great lunch at The Village Idiot. The pork sandwich with chutney was fantastic.
I have eaten here in the past and it s always very good for a quick, casual bite and drink. I wish it was in my my neighborhood.
03/05/2009Provided by Citysearch
A few of my friends and I had dinner and thought it was a pretty good bar & restaurant with a few downers. The design was interesting with a bar counter situated in the center of the restaurant and cushy booths. It also resembled an English-styled pub, so it attracted a hip crowd. Most of the drinks were reasonably priced (pints at $6), only some mixed drinks and wine were a bit pricier. The food, though, was a hit-or-miss. What I considered a miss was food that was definitely edible but not memorable from a foodie's perspective. For example, the smoked sausage on Yukon mashed potatoes was a total miss because both the sausage and sauce were too sweet for a typically savory dish. The burger for $12 was pretty good except for its thick bun that was also too sweet (just go for a yummy side of fries instead). Some dishes that were excellent were the rock shrimp and scallion fritters and the lightly battered catfish that are hard to find elsewhere. So I can see myself going back for more catfish and giving some other items a try (there's a possibility that some menu items are so good that you would want to go back again and again) but there are also menu items that are disappointing. Overall, I think the restaurant has a great concept in serving lots of drinks like a bar but actually having some decent restaurant food (not enough LA bar & restaurants are like that). I would suggest sticking to the menu items that are more bistro fare than the ones that are more pub fare. Also, I thought that conversations were getting so loud that I couldn't hear what my friends were saying (possibly the design of the restaurant carries sound too well). Lastly, I didn't have any problem finding parking the two times that I have been there. I just parked on the corner where there was some metered parking.
02/20/2009Provided by Citysearch
OK, I went last night and I?m totally middle of the road on this place. The food was good and reasonably priced, but it was so crowded and everyone standing at the bar was pretty much sitting on our table. I seriously stared at people?s butts about 1 foot from my food! It just ruined the night for me. I think if we had been able to get a table farther away from the bar area, this wouldn?t have been a problem. So, I?ll definitely go back, I just now know to be more specific on where I sit!
02/18/2009Provided by Citysearch
We arrived 10 pm Friday and no street parking availble. Valet parking a must! Waited 45 minutes to
get inside. It was mobbed and loud. The food was good and drinks were a bit pricey. Will return on
a week night.
01/24/2009Provided by Citysearch
Got this account to praise and defend my favorite pub. The idiot has its flaws: can get mobbed, is a touch expensive, and has a few too many ""bro"" types, but you can't beat the burger/fish and chips and the beer selection is top notch. Service is B+ and the decor is open and attractive. You'd have to be an idiot to write this one off.
01/15/2009Provided by Citysearch
This place is just lame...can you say meat market? it reminds me of the bars in san diego. it's offensive to real gastropubs to associate this place with the rest. ambience is nice, but it better be - this is melrose! over-priced drinks - this is melrose! the food apparantly depends on how the kitchen staff feels each night - I've had good, I've had terrible. There are just too many 'bros' that hang out here now, might as well be at Sharky's in Hermosa. If you wanna meet lame-ass hollywood wannabe dudes pushing 40 who still wanna chase skirts to make themselves feel better about their beer guts, then go. I'm over it.
10/07/2008Provided by Citysearch
I love the village idiot! I come here almost every wed with my friends. And part of the charm is grabbing a drink at the bar and waiting for a table (we are usually 6-8 ppl and want a booth). The food is ALWAYS good, and the service though sometimes hurried is always on point. I love the people who come to this place: smart, social, unpretentious, attractive (but not in a horrible LA way). I've come and sat at the bar with a girlfriend and ordered dinner. The bartenders are always social, and I always meet new people. I even had a Bday celebration in the back room last year on a sunday night. It was the PERFECT place. Easy for people to sit, stand, order food, order drinks mingle etc. This place is low key with great food, excellent ambiance and a fantastic vibe.
Use the Valet- there have been weird muggings in the neighboorhood lately.
05/13/2008Provided by Citysearch
If you are a single average L.A. douchbag looking for some average single L.A. chicks this is the place for you. Everyone here is so average L.A. its disgusting and they all think they're so hip because they are coming here. Trust me this place is LAME. Oh, and Don't expect good service the Doorman was unbelievably arrogant and rude to me. Guess I was too ""weird.""
02/24/2008Provided by Citysearch
I visited the establishment @ 9pm on a Saturday, and waited 30 min to sit, and it was crowded and loud then. Shortly after we sat, it started getting extremely loud and overcrowded. The service was very good all things considered, and the food was tasty and a great value. Our waitress confirmed that it was an average night so if you don't mind the overcrowding and roar of people talking, it?s all good.
01/08/2008Provided by Citysearch
This beautifully appointed gem of an English Pub in the heart of the trendy Melrose shopping district as filled the void Chianti left in a tasteful and much appreciated manner. The staff is courteous, the food and drink delicious, plentiful, and fairly priced, and the atmosphere, totally fabulous. Although parking in this neighborhood can be a challenge, it is completely worth the effort to make it to lunch at this unusual and exceptional spot. They take great care to keep the facade graffiti-free (not an easy task in this area) and their attention to cleanliness is noticiable. I especially adore the name: The Village Idiot is a genius of a concept well executed.
11/25/2007Provided by Citysearch
Friends and I decided to check this place out after a nice dinner. Great location on Melrose. Central to many things. Cool vibe inside if you're looking for a hip yet comfortable hassle-free place to hang with friends and throw some back. Decent beer selection (definitely not great, although they might claim so). One major knock on this place is the rude and unknowledgeable staff, from the servers to the bartenders. First, they rudely told us we had to get our own drinks since we were sitting but not eating. Then we got very unfriendly and unhelpful treatment from the bartenders when inquiring about their beer selection. I get the feeling they are just uninformed ""village idiots"", but they can at least be nice about it. Long story short, if you know what you want and you're with good friends, you'll have fun. Just dont count on any friendly treatment.
11/23/2007Provided by Citysearch
Overall, the group experience here was positive. Three of us went for lunch. I had the catfish sandwich, which I'd recommend skipping. But my two buddies loved their choices (sorry, can't tell you what they were). To make up for it, I chose the cookie ala mode for dessert. The atmosphere for Friday lunch was quiet. The place is beautiful. I wish I could have scored it better.
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- Regular Hours
Mon - Fri: Sat - Sun:
- Extra Phones
- Payment method
- all major credit cards, discover, amex, master card, visa
- Price Range
- Central LA, Mid-City West
Thre Village Idiot
- American Restaurants, Bars, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Taverns
- Other Information
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, Take Out
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No