There is no better feeling than walking into a situation with no expectations only to have your mind blown by how much you ended up loving whatever it was you threw yourself into. I had no idea really what to expect from The Tuck Room Tavern at iPic Theaters; the website plays coy to the concept, the location is seemingly sorta strange, and is it a chain? Overall location, branding, and Yelp/Open Table reviews though: on point. So I figured what the heck, I’ll check it out, and as I rounded the corner on Wilshire Blvd fully expecting to see a wall and a door to iPic Theaters, there The Tuck Room was in all of it’s legit restaurant and legit gorgeous patio glory. It was actually so not weird that I immediately felt guilty for feeling hesitant.
The space alone looks like a page out of Restoration Hardware – the sexy yet whimsical “Clue” collection – and is just dripping in velvet, jewel tones, leather, and vintage splendor. There’s something sophisticatedly kitschy in every corner of The Tuck Room, my personal favorites being the regal and finely painted portraits of various animals like historical figures. Or the impressive installation comprised of several books that make for a portrait of a very dapper elephant character (who seems like he probably into jazz, women, and cigars) on one side, and a classy and well dressed bear couple dancing a little jig on the other.
The decor, the scene, the staff, are already enough to seal your stamp of approval but what really makes the Tuck Room experience immensely worthwhile is thankfully the food and cocktails. James Beard Award Winning Chef Sherry Yard is proving her obvious skill night after night at the Tuck Room and her approachable, fun, high quality and yet eclectic menu is nothing short of outstanding. Yes, OUTSTANDING. There’s officially no better date night or girls night out (or solo night out) than dinner/drinks at The Tuck Room followed by a cozy VIP-style screening of a movie at the iPic theater. The Tuck Room stands completely fine all on their own but, there’s worse things than convenient proximity.
Favorite Beverage | “Farmers Market Sangria” : California Chardonnay, St Germain, Pisco, Ginger, Passion Fruit, Chef’s Cooler Produce & Herbs from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Hands down the best sangria I’ve ever had. Barman Adam Seger has crafted an incredible cocktail menu that is worth coming in for alone.
*FUN FACT* you can order a few of their cocktails (including the sangria!) by the glass ($7), by the pint bottle ($20), OR by the social punch bowl ($40).
Must Order | There was not one dish I had that I wouldn’t recommend to you so I’ll go through the whole list. Start with the Spiced + Sweet Pork Belly Wraps (so almost healthy but still so delicious), and without a doubt the Mac & Cheese “Fries” – your life depends on it. I was surprised just how much I loved the Lobster Cobb Salad (I’m not much of a salad person); there was way more lobster on the salad than I thought there’d be, and it ended up probably being my favorite dish! If you’re looking for the next killer burger, look no further because The Tuck Room’s Waygu Beast Burger (aged cheddar, crispy shallots, bacon jam, smoked ham, applewood bacon, classic aioli) is delicious, decedent, and worth every single juicy calorie.
*MOST IMPORTANTLY* do not, I repeat, do not, leave the Tuck Room without trying at least one dessert. Chef Sherry is officially the dessert whisperer and you need to experience firsthand what makes her so beloved by Angelenos and Americans alike, starting with the Red Velvet Pavlova (crispy vanilla meringue, red velvet raspberry chunk ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce). It’s a red tinged tower of light and classic deliciousness.
Perfect Spot For | dinner // happy hour // after work drinks + snacks // parents // date // girls night // just dessert // cocktails // a damn good burger // cheat meal // Westwood dining // pre or post movie hang // large parties
Fun Fact | Thursdays are “All Day Happy Hour” with specials such as $5 draft beers and cocktails, $7 Moscow Mules, $8 glass of wine, $9 old fashioneds, and $15 for a four-serving bottled cocktail. PLUS on Wednesdays, anyone with a restaurant affiliation gets half-price menu items.
BONUS Fact | Each night bartenders carve ice chunks for cocktails from a massive 45 lb block located at “The Ice DJ Booth” just behind the bar, behind the glass partition – it’s for your own protection, and it sure is fun to watch.
THE TUCK ROOM TAVERN // 10850 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024
Monday – Thursday: 4 – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday 4 pm – midnight