The outdoor area is beautifulThe outdoor area is beautiful overlooking the library, however, area residents let their dogs go on the lawn which is not a great view while dining. The staff is friendly and helpful. Water glasses are refilled promptly as well as the bread basket. Two of us had the dorade which was very tasty. I wish they had a little more variety with the appetizers but everything we had was well cooked, flavorful and delicious6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent ExperienceI visited Cafe Pinot twice in the past week, and loved it both times. The wine list was excellent, the food superb, and the ambiance was the right mixture of casual and elegant. It is one of the few gems of a restaurant in downtown LA that offers such dining. Always a pleasure to visit Cafe Pinot.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food. Very good service.Good food. Very good service. Ate outside on the patio which was very pleasant. Took the shuttle to the Music Center to see a performance at the Ahmanson. Made for a very pleasant evening.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial occasionWe ate outdoors adjacent to the LA public library on a warm June evening. Lovely!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic eveningI took a group of global foodies and everyone loved their meals. The restaurant has moved to a higher level of culinary expertise!5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMDependably greatI've been coming here for years and I've never been disappointed. In fact, it keeps getting better. From the firendly bar keep to the knowledgeable waitor it couldn't get much better.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMCafe Pinot in MayPatio dining is exquisite in May! Soup was English pea soup, a beautiful green with touch of olive oil, and was excellent. Waiter had an extremely heavy Hispanic accent and had to repeat everything two and three times for the table.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrificFood, service and ambiance were all great! Pleasure eating there.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMJust Say Not Here?Yes to eating here...very good food...however, I made reservations 2 weeks in advance for Mother’s Day...and requested indoor table. The hostess staff first offered a table out in the garden...IN THE HOT SUN!!..to which I said no....NO...once they came to their senses, the rest of the day was very nice.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for mother's day. StaffWent for mother's day. Staff was exceedingly nice. Beautiful outdoor courtyard, by the Main Library. Food was quite good but portions were a bit small. Only real negative was that valet parking was $7, and parking in downtown is prohibitive. My wife enjoyed the experience.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great, service fantasticOur server was very nice and attentive. We'll definitely be back5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMlovely eveningWe went to Cafe Pinot before the Taper and loved our experience. Service and ambience were wonderful. My husband's steak and our friend's chicken were good and ample. Bad news is that the fish and carefully composed endive salad portions were delis but tiny. Good news is that I actually lost a whole pound the next morning - this is first after going to a fine restaurant. The shuttle to and from the Taper was very prompt. I will definitely go back especially when i am on a diet.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrific food in a great location.Terrific food in a great location. Loved the outdoor patio. Service was excellent. A great evening.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMService was wonderfully attentiveService was wonderfully attentive and the food was wonderful. Allowing our own wine without corkage made it a very reasonable way to enjoy gourmet food. my wife and I had the pork chop and sea bass entre's at the recommendation of the waiter, loved them each to our own, and they got us out in time for the shuttle to the music center in spite of traffic putting us a half hour behind our plan. All and all more than we hoped for.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again I was overwhelmedOnce again I was overwhelmed by the personal service and attentiveness that the staff at this lovely restaurant provide. There really is no where better to spend a sunny California afternoon and escape the office. The menu is being updated more often and the spa menu is always delightful. Outstanding service + excellent food every time.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMLove ths place.Wnen I visit LA on business, I always make sure to eat at least once at Cafe Pinot. I've been coming here for many years and have never been even a little disappointed. I'm not just a fan, I'm a HUGE fan.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBest of bred in downtown L.A....beeBest of bred in downtown L.A....been going there over 10 years, especially when going to Music Center. Doesn't get any better.
Bill4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved it, everything wasWe loved it, everything was perfect. Martini's were dry and perfect.
However, we were not sure where to park our car; we got there at 6:15 and the
valet outside was not set up yet. So we did not know where to park, we did
find a lot across the street and walked to the restaurant.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMBest downtown eatery - greatBest downtown eatery - great urban location next to the library. Patina group gem4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMCafe Pinot's patio is a specialCafe Pinot's patio is a special place at dusk! Another great feature is the van that takes you to the Music Center or Disney Hall, and then, afterward, brings you back to your car at the restaurant - all for no charge beyond the basic valet charge. This is our favorite pre-show restaurant!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI couldn't have been treatedI couldn't have been treated better than I was Friday night at Cafe Pinot. I was eating by myself: usually an immediate target for poor and slow service. Instead, the wait staff was very attentive, making wonderful recommendations and witty reparte between courses. When space was appropriate to let me eat or reflect, I was left be, but always checked on discreetly. By the end, my server Jorge was also chatting with me briefly about my conference and providing me with a lovely treat for the road, while still providing the same level of service to his other table, as well. Great food, great space, and great service: what more could I have asked for?4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful service. good food.wonderful service. good food. a lot of privacy in outdoor seating. A great place to meet with friends. Will definitely go back again.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spot for outdoor diningGreat spot for outdoor dining for either lunch or dinner.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMService and restaurant areService and restaurant are lovely. The music was turned up so loud that we asked for it to be lowered and they did lower the volume. Our appetizers were beautiful and tasty. My main course was overcooked and dry but the other was very good. When we ordered coffee, the hostess came to ask how everything was. We told her and to make up for the dissappointing dinner she offered us dessert on the house. We are not sure if we will return.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for dining before DisneyGreat for dining before Disney Hall concert. Service from GMs/hosts to wait staff could not have been better. Had the rotisserie chicken and it was NOT as moist as it could have been, but sauce was great. Cheese selection was good. Staff really knows their stuff and get you out the door with plenty of time and clear timelines for using the shuttles.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent and reasonably-priced,Excellent and reasonably-priced, though limited, menu. The Felino Malbec was outstanding but pricey, at $56. Friendly and eager-to-help staff. Modern and open interior architecture provides pleasant view of restaurant and garden. A wonderful culinary experience.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMA great downtown choice!Had a lovely pre-theatre dinner Saturday night. Enjoyed a stripped bass and lovely seasonal vegetables--purple cauliflower and spinach souffle. Started with an artichoke arugula salad. Delicious! Will definitely return and a very pretty spot to dine as well.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMOur dinner, which consistedOur dinner, which consisted of duck and seafood entrees, was excellent.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPinot delight!I was a hero for picking this for a special occasion dinner before the theater. And the staff made sure to keep us on schedule to get to the theater starting with the valet!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful fresh spring day.Beautiful fresh spring day. Perfect for patio dining! Food is wonderful. The best lobster risotto ever! Wait staff is always so attentive and friendly. Valerie and Nina (manager and hostess) always make me feel more important than I actually am! I truely appriciate the warm attention Cafe Pinot to provides me and my guests.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service.Excellent food and service. Convenient when attending evening programs at L.A. Public Library (downtown).3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI asked for a table in a quietI asked for a table in a quiet area and got just that, including being right next to the garden on a clear sunny day! It doesn't get any better than that! Thank you Cafe Pinot!3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMCouldn't be better. WhatCouldn't be better. What a great place for lunching!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!!!I have visited this restaurant several times before and I must admit, they have an impeccable quality of service. On my recent visit Carlos was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable of the menu and had plenty of recommendations. Mr. Thibaud Duccini the restaurant manager on duty was Terrific!! He greeted my party and I at the door and enlivened our dinner. My wife fall in love with his french accent. I have decided to never take her to this restaurant again, but I will continue to visit LOL.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMCafe Pinot went over and beyondCafe Pinot went over and beyond all my expectations. I would personally like to say, "thank you" They made sure we got to the Alicia Keys concert on time. One of the best patio's in LA. Awesome wine list. Highly recommend the Duck. Professional service who actually take their career seriously. Once again a big THANK YOU to Cafe Pinot staff!!!!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AM