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About Tipple & Brine - Permanently Closed
Tipple & Brine is a neighborhood oyster bar focused on providing sustainable, seasonal, and the overall best available products in a sophisticated, but casual environment. We strive to exceed our guests' expectations by providing exceptional service, freshly prepared food offerings, craft cocktails, local beers, small production wines.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Van Nuys Blvd
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
Don't waste your Brine...
Don't waste your money, although the restaurant has very good service and we had a great waiter, the restaurant isn't worth your time. Three items-- including the only beef item wasn't available for our reservation at 7:30pm (on a Tuesday). Not sure how their menu is different from many other trendy/pub restaurants-more of the same-old-same-old, except no burger option--that's distinguishable I guess. What does distinguish it from other restaurants is the poor quality of the food and prices that don't match the ambience or the hype. A great restaurant does it all well -service, ambience, and the food- and here the potential exists, but this restaurant hasn't built its foundation on serving great tasting/quality food, so ultimately the restaurant fails.
Sea Urchin toast...if you dine at Tipple ...
Sea Urchin toast...if you dine at Tipple and Brine you MUST order that. Had friends in town and ordered 4 after the first bite. Also some of the freshest oysters around. Staff is amazing and attentive. Tipple and Brine is a great addition to Sherman Oaks and Ventura Blvd.
Extremely impressed with my weeknight here!
I loved my experience. The food was perfection and the service was above any expectation. (I spent time in fine dining as a server, so expectations are high.) The marrow was savory and buttery, the beef tender and flavorful. Every dish was creatively crafted and presented, prepared with ideal temps and textures. The Brussels sprouts were firm, but even, with delightful caramelized outer leaves. The drinks delicious, unique and not skimpy, even at happy hour. The oysters were firm and full with no grit at all, and garnished with traditional toppings in a nuanced presentation. The atmosphere is comfortable, with a rustic class that is cool, but not pretentious. It was easy to talk and we lived our in-set window seating. We have decided to make this a regular destination. I strongly recommend Tipple & Brine.
This was my second visit here. I enjoyed the first and felt the food was well prepared and conceptually quite interesting. Now it seems boring and overpriced. The oysters and the beer were great. Everything else, hamachi, octopus, swordfish was not worthy of the tariff and strangely tasteless. Something has definitely changed in the kitchen. Also the noise level without great food had become pretty obnoxious. But lots of pretty girls.
Can't wait to go back!!!
From the moment we walked in we knew it was going to be a positive first time experience. The hostess was so friendly and welcoming and there was an overall good vibe that transcended the entire restaurant. Music may be too loud for some but I loved the energy and great music choices. It has a great gastropub, rustic decor that that feels warm and inviting. The drinks are to die for! Our waitress was great at making recommendations -the whiskey jalapeno cocktail (Honey Badger) was unbelievable! All ingredients and mixes are fresh-nothing premixed. Stand outs are the oysters- presentation is lovely and oysters were fresh and a good selection. We were also really impressed with the brussell sprouts which we opted for no bacon and they were still so full of flavor- mushroom toast was unreal and save room for the best carrot cake you'll ever have in your life!
No reason to return!
Though the Thai Curry flavor Mussels were fabulous, everything else about Tipple and Brine is not. The music is way too loud to be able to carry on any meaningful conversation. The service was very slow. Took forever to get the bread we requested. Coffee took even longer. Didn't arrive until we were almost finished with our desert.
The Flat Iron Steak was tough and tasteless. Not at all the birthday dinner celebration we had hoped for.
Wouldn't recommend it, and I doubt we would return.
Really a bar that serves food
Very poor management! We asked several times to turn down the speakers - no luck. With some songs we couldn't even hear each other. The table next to us also complained. Even for a bar this is violently loud.
Avoid, avoid, avoid!
small but excellent happy hour menu
This is a tapas style eatery. We started with a dozen chef's choice $1 oysters, which were perfect in size. Med to small, not the big gutty ones. Happy hours toasts - Wild Mushroom and Uni were amazing. So flavorful and a great deal at $5. The items off the menu were also very good, but a bit pricey ($15-20). The Thai mussels were fantastic, and authentically seasoned. The only let down was something like octopus meatballs. I was expecting something similar to Japanese Takoyaki, but instead it was very odd texture like mushy balls of meat that were VERY salty. We parked across the street in a structure, and got a validation with a post-meal stop at Starbucks.
Turn it down/speed it up
I picked Tipple & Brine on a whim. It was a Friday at 8:00. Though only 60% full, the noise was deafening. Turn down the music! My date and I gave up in our attempt to communicate.
The service was slow and bordering on inattentive.
My date liked her fish, my chicken was acceptable.
Not offering espresso and related drinks is an odd choice.
Smaller portions does not = better food
We started with the olives and oysters, both wonderful. The Chef's Choice oysters were perfect. Generous amount of olives. As we progressed through the menu, the items decreased in size. These were the fig salad, Sea Bass entree and Curry Mussels. All very tasty, however, stretch the boundaries a little, like a bistro, and serve up appropriate portions.
Great re-do of the old space!
It was just the wife and I for a nice little birthday dinner. Food was great! Ambience was great. Drinks were super tasty. I'm for sure going back. We shared a bunch of small plates. Fried Zuchinni, Beets & Burrata, Mussels in a Green Curry Broth, Brussel Sprouts and Manhattans oh my.
Fun Neighborhood Restaurant
This place has great atmosphere & decor, and the service is fantastic (although our waiter couldn't tell me much about the oysters). The cocktails are worth getting. As far as food, most of it was good. We ordered a dozen oysters, half of which was good, the other half not so good (can't remember their names). The mushroom toast was fabulous. The fig salad was disappointing--a very small portion & just ok flavor. The sea bass was delicious. Overall a great experience, though.
Solid and fun
Nice special yet type of place you can go to regularly. Fun menu. Good choices without a large menu. Great looking room. So comfortable. Great layout. Super nice service. Cocktails done right, great craft beer list, this place put me in a good mood. You can't go wrong.
Great pub spot
We really enjoyed our dinner and birthday/anniversary celebration there. My husband & I enjoy seafood and it's nice to find a place in the valley. Our daughter who likes seafood, but not fish put together a satisfying dinner of sides. I was particularly happy because when I made our Open Table reservation, I put in a request for a birthday surprise for my husband and our waiter brought us a complimentary slice of their famous carrot cake (the best I've ever had!) with a candle, without me having to mention it to him. We always go out to celebrate birthdays and other occasions and I have often put in special requests in the Open Table reservation, got to the restaurant and no one seemed to have read the request. Kudos to Tipple & Brine!
The ambiance was awesome and so was the ...
The ambiance was awesome and so was the entire set up. The owner certainly put much thought into this establishment. The music was perfect. The food was also pretty good. The one and only main issue we experienced was the poor service. It was nearly 7 minutes after we were seated that the waitress came over. We ordered two drinks and that also took nearly 7 minutes. The waitress was friendly but lacked experience. We might return again but probably not. There's just no tolerance in us for poor service, and especially when a restaurant is 50% occupied. We really wanted this place to be higher caliber.
4th or 5th time that I've had dinner the ...
4th or 5th time that I've had dinner there. Kinda 'meh' - had the seafood stew tonight - sauce too thick, mussels so tiny,almost non- existent, shrimp - tasteless - 2slabs of toast on top made it look like a TV Commerical for a fast food burger joint $ 26. WAY overpriced for just so/so food - all 5 entrees are about the same price. Martini up - 'Luke cold" & served in a martini glass that could double as a cup for sherbet at a Marriot Hotel
Appetizers to share - olives, Brussels sprouts and tuna - ok - but nothing to back for.
Noise level - (music) - obscenely loud. Server volunteered & said they glued the volume control, so they can't lower it - others apparently feel the same.
hip place for the valley!
Fun atmosphere, nice decor. I like that they have an outdoor Patino facing Ventura Bkvd to people watch. Our waitress was amazing, gave great advice on the food and how much to order. The bar service at the table was a bit slow waiting about 15-20 each time to get drinks. Appetizers were yummy. My friend and I shared the short ribs for dinner which were good, not great...a bit dry and whatever the potatoes or veggies that were served with it were a bit hard. Presentation of food was also great! Would definitely go back s d try again.
Amazing date spot
I found this restaurant on open table and suggested it to my boyfriend on a Monday. We were pleasantly surprised with the $1 oyster Monday option and the extensive wine list! He had the chicken entree and I had the catch of the day and the oysters were amazing! It was incredible and our server was so sweet. We will definitely be back!
Six visits to Tipple & Brine and I keep ...
Six visits to Tipple & Brine and I keep always wanting to bring new people here !
The menu, the crafted cocktails, the service and the craft bartenders - all of these make up a well-run neighborhood establishment which transports you to another to a feeling of being on holiday once you are inside and sharing oysters and fine whiskey drinks !!
Some of our favorites are :
Start with a dozen assorted oysters - ask for what the recommended choices are of the day
Sea Urchin Toast
Crispy bacon toast
Oyster shooters - the Red Devil
All these plates are perfectly portioned to share up to 3-4 people.
To drink we like the Scottish Opera and Mo Fashioned and the Honey Badger.
I haven't gotten to any main dishes because I am obsessed with sharing all the small plates
Our first experience here was phenomenal- Roscoe made us fantastic drinks while we waited briefly for our table and was friendly and talked to us about the restaurant. Friday night we went and brought a friend and had the same fabulous time. The staff has the service down and are all friendly and prompt. I cannot wait to go back !! We just had a birthday dinner here for eight and all our guests were raving! Love this place!
Cool place, very interesting and delicious dishes, friendly, hip staff, beautiful layout. Our only criticism was that when we ordered drinks, they would always take 15 minutes to get to us. We eventually moved to the bar to circumvent. Maybe hire another barkeep?
My friend and I went here for the DineLA ...
My friend and I went here for the DineLA menu.
The place is kind of dark because the only windows are the front ones facing the street, but where we were seated was right by the windows so there was enough light in which to see my friend and the food.
The parking was fairly easy. There is a lot where you can valet your car and around the corner, there was some metered street parking.
For the starter, I had the octopus salad. Very delicious and pretty big for a small plate place. My friend had the hamachi crudo, which he ate in all of 1 minute, but he enjoyed everything in that minute. :)
We did order one thing off the regular menu because it was a cheaper price due to Happy Hour, which was the bacon toast. Buttery crispy bread with burrata and bacon. Very tasty although I like my toast a bit more crispy than they do apparently.
For the main, I had the yellow corn agnolotti. Pasta was cooked perfectly and the sweet corn taste really came through. The "star of the dish" though was the cream sauce. If I could've licked the bowl clean, I would've. I almost asked for a spoon so I could finish eating it like a soup because the fork wasn't working well, but I decided against it. My friend had the roasted chicken for his main. It was tasty and the sauce was spicy, even for him, and he likes spicy.
Dessert for me was the carrot cake and for him the chocolate creameaux (sp?). I always make fun of food tv judges who complain about a dessert being too sweet because I'm thinking "duh. it's dessert. it's supposed to be sweet." and then I found myself telling my friend the same thing. The carrot cake was VERY sweet. However, I figured out it was mainly because of the frosting and the glaze on top. Once I scrapped that off and was left with the carrot cake, it was just perfect. My friend's chocolate dish was less sweet but yummy and very rich.
Overall, I'd eat here again for sure. The regular menu had some dishes I really wanted to try.
Tipple and Brine
Great room with a relaxed but energetic feel. Three of us had the tender, small roasted chicken, which was amazing. The halibut was a bit overcooked and dry, but fresh and on a delicious bed of black lentils. The octopus salad was wonderful, and the romaine salad salty thanks to the sliced olives, which I loved. I would definitely recommend this and try it again. No one was in the mood for oysters on this occasion, but we are planning on trying them next time. But don't go expecting a bargain. It's on the pricey side.
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