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Cafe Pinot
Cafe Pinot

Cafe Pinot Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafepinot.com
  • Phone: (213) 239-6500
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Monday and Tuesday: 5pm – 9pm
    Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 9:30pm
    Friday and Saturday, 5pm – 10pm
    Sunday, 4:30pm – 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, French, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Meehan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: For off-site catering, please call Cristina Romano | 213 405 0005

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Flower
  • Public Transit: Metro Rail, DASH
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available only at night for $7. Valet available on Fifth St. and parking (validated) in the adjacent central library. Enter on Flower (West Lawn entrance)
A word from Cafe Pinot
A lush green landscape, tranquil fountains and a remarkable view of the downtown skyline make Cafe Pinot one of LA's most cosmopolitan restaurants. Our executive chef draws inspiration from the garden setting, creating light, elegant dishes that highlight the best of each season. The restaurant features exquisite patio and indoor dining, offering the perfect setting to complement an evening at the Music Center or Staples Center.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "good food good service.....got us in and out in time for the theater!!! Would go back in a heart beat"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The menu was very interesting, the food perfectly prepared, and the service excellent!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The trout was bland. The potatoes were ok and the potatoe chips from baby potatoes...really. The waitress was a bit enthousiastic about the dukkah sauce but there was some narrow circle of green surrounding my food but no discernable taste of spices as she promised. My husband is Middle Eastern and I cook ME foods so was anticipating a spicey taste to elevate the blandness of the trout and potatoes. I had never been to Cafe Pinot and was taken there by my new boss. The atmosphere is nice. The locate is nice and covenient. The waitress was attentative."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "From soup to nuts everything was wonderful. The service was friendly and attentive, the food was as good as always, and the setting on the patio was lovely."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A good spot prior seeing a play up the hill. An easy walk, but they have shuttle service. The menu is small, but the food was well done and flavorful. The service was spot on. Very nice. Thanks."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our 36th anniversary here and everything was absolutely perfect as always."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "celebrated 44th wedding anniversary on the patio at cafe pinot. nice barriers to traffic noise but at times, a little noisy from groups gathered in front of the library. carlos, our server, was nothing short of fantastic with recommendations and timing of courses. all food and desert items were terrific."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Consistently good, excelent service. A great setting for a Downtown L.A. lunch meeting"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We've tried the dine L.A. menue - $20 for 3 course and the quality of food is worthy for money. The Yellow corn risotto with scallop is delicious!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "No complaints about the service. dineLA offerings for appetizer and entrees were good, just was not impressed with the dessert. There were 2 selections and I opted for the one with the chocolate. Presentation wise it was a disappointment. It looked like the pastry chef crumbled a brownie, a chocolate bar and in between placed a chocolate pudding. Quite unimaginative and boring! Surprising for the level of the restaurant, and even if it was dineLA price it could still have been made exceptional. Had over 4 dineLA dinners and this one failed the most in the dessert category. Otherwise enjoyed the hanger steak and the staff were exceptionally wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. However, something happened in the kitchen to cause a delay in bringing our entre' to the table. Manager compensated by taking care of our tab."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I took a client to Cafe Pinot to take advantage of dineLA prefix lunch at $20. Choice of each category had good enough selections made you think twice. As a woman, portion was perfect to clean dishes ... I hate waste foods. Very creative and nicely presented. Over looking at the courtyard was adding great atmosphere, although we had to share that with little smelly people ... (actually not too bad) The client I took, he made a group luncheon reservation on following day at exit, he MUST loved :)"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our overall experience (group of 7) is 3 stars. Service was very good and depending on which lunch dishes ordered was either excellent, or average. The hanger steak and jidori chicken were absolutely delicious, but the risotto portion was too small and didn't have enough scallops. The lime bar/sorbet dessert was excellent, but the chocolate dessert was disappointing. Our table was ready and we were seated and attended to quickly. Water refills took a while, but the servers were considerate and courteous."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The lights in the courtyard are magical and romantic. Eating at the Cafe Pinot was a great experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had the Dine LA menu and it was delicious although, like most LA restaurants, medium rare is much too rare. We sat outside and it was a lovely evening and everyone could hear everyone else at a table for 6. So unusual. Our waiter was a bit inattentive bit we made it to our show on time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We came for DineLA lunch. I have been here before and the food can be hit and miss, you just hope you get a hit. The soup was good, the burrata was good, but the halibut crudo was bland and uninspired. Not sure if it was under seasoned or not fresh or what. The corn risotto and the steak with salad were both excellent dishes. They had run out of the menu desserts (bad planning?), so they substituted two fruit desserts, which were ok. My wife complained about the flies buzzing about, but the manager just said "oh yeah sorry" when we mentioned it. I understand the inside is open to the patio, but flies are annoying. She also said the carpet was smelly. It's not my first choice to return as there are consistently better choices available."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "They ran out of the dessert that was offered with the DineLA menu halfway through their lunch service. I had ordered it at the beginning of the meal to ensure I received it but the waitress couldn't be bothered to make sure we were taken care of. The food was ok, not as good as I'd hoped and I needed to make repeated requests for water. They gave me no reason to return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I was disappointed and expected more from the restaurant. The food descriptions needed clarification from the server. They ran out of the desserts we wanted. I don't know if I will return to the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We came here for DineLA week lunch, and their menu is different from what indicated on Patina Restaurant's website. Portion is really tiny small, and the wait to get the whole course meal is about an hour. We had reservation, but waited 20 minutes in order to get seated. When we get seated, service wasn't attentive, we had to flag down the waiter for starter (bread and butter), and he did not check back often to ask what else we needed. Service just really slow, and so for the foods. We have the halibut Crudo, it was so fishy (served in raw), and the way the fish diced/cut was grained and hard to chew on. This restaurant is not recommended by me if you're interested to dine."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A must do if you are downtown. It's right by the library and has outdoor seating. We had an amazing lunch and absolutely loved everything. The service was friendly and nice. I can't say enough about the food. Outstanding experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Atmosphere was great. Service was very good. Arrived early and hostess seated us early. Which was very nice. Waiter and other staff are very attentive. Appetizer was delisious but steak entree had very little flavor."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Cafe Pinot is one of my favorite restaurants in L.A. they have always been perfect. From food to great service. But this time around the food took longer than usual. We had to ask for more bread just so we won't have an empty table & have something to eat while we drink out wine."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Have been to Cafe Pinot several times and never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I came here for lunch on Monday and was really disappointed with the food, especially sines it's a Patina Group restaurant. My guest & I shared 3 starters that were decent but our main courses were the beef which was cold (literally) and I had the chicken which was sadly under seasoned."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We have been coming to Cafe Pinot for many years. It is in such a wonderful location, next to the library downtown. Love to sit outside on a warm summer night surrounded by highrises and the library. However, the food has definitely gone downhill. It used to be "fit for foodies" but is now, the menu and the food is uninteresting and seems perfunctory. Unfortunately, we have had similar experiences the last few times we have eaten here. We will now begin the search for other downtown restaurants with patio seating to satisfy our "foodie" urges when we are in the neighborhood or in an downtown LA state of mind. BTW, other downtown eateries we love are: Church and State, WP 24."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent wait staff. Good menu, moderately priced (for such good food). I'm not a "patio" person; but the outdoor dining area is just beautiful here, both during early evening (still having sun) and when the sun goes down. Having the Public Library entrance so close is a big plus, too. It's worth a look-see at the Library before or after dinner. We ate here before a reading at the Library and the waiter made sure we'd be served and finished on time. Three of us dining loved our choice: striped bass for two of us; pork chop - all GREAT."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Wonderful evening with great service, food, atmosphere and convenient for downtown visitors."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Tasteless asparagus salad and tuna salad thank goodness English pea soup and mushroom soup was good. We have been to this restaurant for lunch and dinner several times."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "It was so great that I'd seriously consider shooting my load next time! Damn it was orgasmic!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wonderful outdoor dining under lights and the downtown tall buildings. Food was excellent and service was equally as good. The service was attentive and polite."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots for lunch. The patio on a sunny day is so enjoyable. Food is always spot on. Service ranges from ok to great."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Summer Lunch under the canopy of olive trees & downtown buildings. A glass of wine, lovely healthy kale salad, or delicious grass fed burger. Divine! Thanks for the attentive, patient service, and corner to put the stroller. It was like being on vacation."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "After finding this restaurant on the internet and reading the reviews this looked like a very promising find and the prospect of eating Al Fresco was a bonus but in reality it did not live up to the hype. The food was mediocre to say the least, chicken ravioli starter was tasteless, cauliflower soup was far too creamy, chicken main was watery, duck main only 2 small slices of duck. The sweets were the best part of the whole meal. It was a nice area to sit outside but this didn't make up for the poor meal."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Traffic made us late for our reservation & we worried about making Music Center on time, but were seated immediately & served promptly. . Lovely on the patio. Ordered wine which was very good and entrees only. Daughter's chicken was fine, my halibut was overcooked and disappointing, but I didn't say anything to the waiter who was so attentive and concerned about getting us fed in time to catch the shuttle. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "You can never go wrong at Cafe Pinot. Service will always be top notch and food is guaranteed to be delicious. I also highly recommend their french press coffee-truly outstanding."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The restaurant is in an elegant setting. The food and service are exquisite. The background music was too loud forcing patrons to elevate their normal talking voices. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I liked it but not crazy about it. Salmon was flat and didn't work with the carrot sauce at all. Risotto was great and chocolate mousse was amazing. Great wine list too"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We came here for my boyfriend's birthday. I was really bummed that the hostess did not call until 5PM the night of our dinner to tell me that the patio was reserved for a wedding...I chose this place specifically for the outdoor dinning. However, when we got there they still had the sky room open, so it was like we were sitting outdoors, but without the pretty olive trees and lights. I could see the outdoor patio and it did look very romantic and beautiful! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious...oh, and there is no corkage fee??! We definitely want to come back when the patio is open. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The hostess is very rude. You don't expect going to an expensive restaurant and be mistreated. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our entire office went to Cafe Pinot couple of months ago and had a great lunch. So I went back this week and ordered the spa special. It was just so-so. I was a little disappointed. The steak was too gammy. This restaurant is so close to my office. I've always liked the ambience and the service. I should not allow this one so-so experience affect my overall impression of this restaurant. I will go back again."
    Dined on 5/14/2014