After I ate at Animal (their meat heaven sister restaurant) and loved it, I had to try their seafood restaurant Son of a Gun. I will post later my heavenly experience…
I could not believe my luck this time I called the restaurant to check if they had anything available for that same wednesday night and the lady said “Yes, we have one opening at 6 and another at 10.” You do? What time did you say again? I wanted her to repeat what she just told me to make sure I was not hearing things. And finally, after trying for quite sometime, I had a reservation!
But do not despair! If you must go on a specific day and couldn’t get reservations, you can try lunch, or as a last resort,do what I did at Animal: go early and stand in line. When they open, you can seat at the bar or the communal table. I am sure their line is not as crazy as Animal’s where I stood in line for 1 and 1/2 hours, and almost didn’t get in because there was a line already at 4:30 pm!
The restaurant does not have a sign, so you have to be careful not to miss it. Look for a gray restaurant with a red door. You can’t see the name painted on the glass from the street.
I suggest parking on the valet which is only $5, since it is very hard to find parking in the area.
The walls are bluish gray with a nautical theme decor. There are around 55 seats, including the comunal table and the bar.
The staff is extremely friendly, and the crowd is very cosmopolitan. The dress code is casual.
The menu changes daily, but some dishes keep coming back, so I already knew what I wanted to eat, from reading the menu online. I learned that they didn’t have the Brandade I was looking forward to try, but it will be back in the fall/winter.
They serve small plates, which I think is genius, because you have the chance to taste many different dishes, as opposed as being stuck with one large plate of the same thing. Some items are supposed to be bite size, so you might want to order more, such as the Lobster Roll.
I would say that 5 dishes are enough for two people, but you can always order more. No matter what, save some room for dessert. They are soooooo good!
“Substitutions and modifications are politely declined.” says the menu. So,when the couple seated on the table right next to us ordered the Ribeye, the only meat dish on the menu, and asked if they could have it cooked well done, the server said she had to ask the chef. She came back and I don’t know what she told them, but they changed their order to a Fried Chicken Sandwich. After analyzing the menu for a while they agreed they didn’t like any seafood and ordered another chicken sandwich plus french fries! I am sorry if you don’t like what I am about to say, but what the heck are you doing at a Seafood restaurant, if you don’t like it? And why are taking up seats that could have been occupied by people that actually like seafood and are trying to get a reservation for ages? Some people …I just cannot understand!
The food is spectacular, extraordinarily exceptional! I will be coming back!
8370 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048