Peking Tavern
Peking Tavern

Peking Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pekingtavern.com/
  • Phone: 2139888308x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH:
    Thursday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    DINNER:
    Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:30am
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    HOPPY HOUR:
    Monday - Friday: 5:00 - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Gastro Pub, Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eighth Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available on many of the streets adjacent to the restaurant, and there are also multiple paid parking lots on Spring Street within close walking distance. Please read all posted signs for any parking restrictions.
A word from Peking Tavern
Located beneath ground level in Downtown Los Angeles, Peking Tavern is a casual gastropub offering authentic, traditional food that's enjoyed on the streets and in the homes of Beijing. Our evolving menu includes guotie (potstickers), jiaozi, noodle dishes, beef rolls, scallion pancakes, and other exciting small plate dishes... all made fresh daily! The bar features a generous variety of local craft brews plus a selection of unique cocktails crafted by mixologist Cari Hah. Peking Tavern is the home of the Baijiu Cocktail!

The space is urban and enticing with a grand marble bar counter, communal tables, and a window to the kitchen where you can watch the dumpling making. We also have back area great for private events and parties.

Good food, good drinks & good times!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Peking Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (8)great for lunch (5)romantic (5)special occasion (2)Show More
  • Unusual and Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Three of us split many items on the menu. With one exception (the potstickers) none of us had eaten anything similar to any dish. Each one was a treat! The restaurant is in an old bank building downtown and is small but the quality is excellent! I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DTLA'S award winner-well deserved!
    DinerLuvVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Congratulations to the Andrews (yes, there are 2 of them!) for being recognized as DTLA's great new restaurant. It is fun, the food is different and well priced, the bar pours wonderful drinks and the people are really nice. We tried a "crazy" dessert that got thumbs up all around the table: dumplings stuffed with sesame in a ginger broth. Fantastic way to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your father's dumpling house
    ucee
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Booked a table for Saturday night. Down the stairs to this basement hide-away. Seated immediately. Service was friendly, attentive, and informative. Nice selection of craft beers. We started with the beef noodle soup. Quite one-dimensional. Add some of the hot sauce. But then came the dumplings. We tried the Pork, Lamb, and Fish. All were quite tasty and _almost_ as good as what you might find in a SGV dumpling house. Definitely a lot more "happening" than one of those places. On Saturday evening, there was an energetic gastro-pub vibe with good people-watching. Call it 3.5 stars overall. We would return to see if it bumps to 4.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chinese tapas
    encurtido
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food - the salads, noodles, dumplings, scallion pancakes, etc - pair perfectly with the craft beer on tap. This is a great place to go with friends to hangout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbelieveable food
    kbeau
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic - my girlfriend talked me into trying this place out and I was very pleasantly surprised. The service wasn't as good as the food, but they were polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed but menu seemed ltd
    SD4BrianVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    What we ordered was certainly good and of ample size.....but I can't help but to feel the menu felt too limited. We struggled getting enough dishes to share that fit the group's taste preferences. The spicy beef soup was quite nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dumpling Dining
    FamilyofFour
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We enjoyed the variety of dumplings, especially the Szechuan Fish Dumplings in the red oil with garlic. Sat at the booth with the window view of the kitchen so that our 10 year old could watch the dumplings being prepared. After 5 minutes, he started to explain the process to the rest of us. The staff was very attentive, friendly and took the time to talk to us and answer our questions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Winning Combo
    Dwntwnr
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    A hip, pulsing atmosphere paired with simple, hearty cuisine. The menu is delicious--but admirably devoid of frills. Potstickers, noodles, interesting beers. Indulge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected but good
    LadoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    It was my fault for expecting dim sum etc. what I got what street food from Peking and it was actually pretty good, so why just. 3 stars? Because the menu was very limited and totally inflexible. Having said that I enjoyed the food they offered and their friendly and attentive staff. I would gladly go back if I am in the area but would not make a trip there especially for it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArtisanVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Its a good idea, but the execution is lacking. I enjoyed the location and setting. The Duck Rolls were tasty. The menu, however, is limited and the dumpling dough is too thick. I hope they improve the quality, as it really is a nice idea. I'll try it again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    Lanalovesfood
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I truly love Peking Tavern! We didn't get the best service in our last visit as we had to order through anyone walking by (our waitress never came) but the people are all really nice and the food is just delicious. The most gourmet Chinese Tapas. Please give this place a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 17 reviews are from the Peking Tavern reviews archive.
  • The Beef Roll Knows Whats Up
    Shayantalk
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I love it here. I love the atmosphere, the food and the drinks. The Beef Roll, Fri Chicken and Beef Pot Stickers are all great...actually there isn't anything I've tried here that I haven't like. But those 3 are the standouts. Its a great place for large groups - its easy/no fuss. Since it opened last Fall its become one of my favorite places in LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    love2eat
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I had some high hopes for this restaurant. It had a cool vibe when we walked into the space. Seeing the dumplings made by hand was fun to watch. The restaurant was not crowded, but yet service was very slow. We had to ask for the Happy Hour menu, and it didn't seem like the waitress knew what was on the menu to make recommendations. Anyhow, what we ordered was overly greasy. The beef rolls were overly salted. The highlight for me, or rather the most edible item, were the handmade dumplings. Although a bit doughy, they were juicy and tasty. We gave ourselves plenty of time for dinner before heading to the Lakers game, but ended up being late b/c the waitress couldn't figure out how to charge a credit card.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love
    LizCVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Literally ordereded almost everything on menu. Nothing disappointing. Brought my family from out of town (Hawaii) and they loved it. Two teenagers and my father enjoyed it. Cocktails & beer were on point but food was out of control. Owners stopped by table to make sure we were happy and they were personable and truly added to experience. Location in basement which adds cool appeal to restaurant. Told cement floor poured in 1920s, I believe, and decor designed by owners. Just all around fun, good food. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty appetizers w great bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    If a chill bar with open space reproduced with a dim sum menu, you'd get Peking Tavern. Great beers on tap and a solid cocktail menu. All of the food is handmade and fresh - you can see women working away in the kitchen making the dumplings. Not a leisurely meal place but solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot in DTLA
    nerdtacular
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Ever since finding this restaurant I've been back at least once a week (and embarrassingly sometimes 2-3x) bringing everyone I know.The entire menu is delicious and affordable. Drinks and beer menu are fantastic and happy hour are quite a deal. Don't skip out on the fri chicken and scallion pancakes. Not the best option if you're vegetarian, tho. It is a brilliant spot for late night dinner and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peking tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great Chinese food, good service just a bit loud. I asked to turn the music down A bit and they did . Nothing special about the furniture but overall the atmosphere is appealing. I will go back. It's different it's casual and hip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Located in a basement on Spring, this is an excellent business with great food and service. Their beer list is very good, and the full bar with specialty drinks will get your buzz on. The food was great, from the scallion pancakes through the standout Spicy Beef Noodle soup, with its tender meat, perfect noodles, and wow-factor broth. A great soup. Also, the Fri Chicken was amazing. Tender meat and crispy outside. They don't go for a lot of dipping sauces, and that's fine, but be sure to try the chili oil on the table. In all, we had 6 dishes, 6 IPAs, and a tea for about $80. Very reasonable, and perfect for dinner before a show at The Orpheum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Chinese In Historic Core
    DowntownFoodie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went on a Friday night - sat at the bar and had potstickers and noodles - excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very casual....great beers,,,younge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    very casual....great beers,,,younger crowd....staff very friendly,,,it is DOWNSTAIRS...little gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Food was good but the menu is very limited and the neighborhood isn't someplace I'd choose to be after dark again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st Visit Wont be my Last!! GOOD!!
    SCNando
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Ive been wanting to check out this place since it opened, finally got a chance and it was even better than I had hoped. My sister is a veggie so we sharted the veggie dumplings, and to my surprise they were really good, very flavorful and light. Im looking forward to trying the beef potstickers next time! It was raining on Saturday and the Spicy Beef Noodles were just what I needed. They were the best noodles Ive ever had. I cant wait to go back and try out the other items on the menu!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday in Years
    BarrettNYVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Thank you to Heidi and the entire staff at Peking Tavern for ensuring my birthday celebration was a success. 9 of my closest friends gathered in this super cool basement space for some of the best, authentic Chinese dumplings I've ever had. Growing up in NYC my whole life, I always feel a little snobby when it comes to Chinese food. This is a very limited menu, though, so don't expect beef with broccoli. This is all about the dumplings (and the beef roll is insanely good). To top it off, two of my friends are vegetarians and they loved their lotus salad and veggie dumplings. And even with drinks, the price is amazing. Unforgettable night. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find!
    YummyinLA
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This place is a lot of fun and the food is delicious! It's like a Chinese gastro pub with plates to share in a very well designed environment. White subway tiles, green painted bar, warm lighting, gorgeous flowers ( I don't know what they were but they were big and gorgeous) and a window where you can see the chefs making the dumplings. The fry chicken was so good we ordered a second. They have a happy hour too with discounts on select food and drink. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new place!
    jenn10usaVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Went here based on some recent press and found the place to be excellent. Cocktails were wonderful and not overpriced. We had pork and beef dumplings along with the beef roll and a couple noodle dishes (Spicy Beef and Zhajiang). All were excellent, but the standouts were the beef dumplings (pan fried), beef roll and my favorite, the Zhajiang noodles. Noodles are hand-made and have the most amazing texture. The spicy beef noodle soup could have been more spicy. Service was friendly and efficient and they seemed familiar with the menu. Our total bill for two people was $77 for more than enough food and 4 cocktails (2 each).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a cool place! And the
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    What a cool place! And the food was really good. I loved dumplings. And great cocktails too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dumplings to die for!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Mouthwatering dumplings you'll be dreaming about. So very fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    dtlaexplorerVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Office-mates have been wanting me to try Peking Tavern, after they had such a good experience, so I went last Friday. I try a new DTLA restaurant pretty-much every week, so I have plenty of perspective. Service was great and the food was excellent in every way. Everything was fresh, the beer list was solid, and the vibe was fun. The atmosphere is super casual - and even though the restaurant is totally underground, you'd never know it because of the decor and lighting. The owners are architects and have designed many restaurants, so they knew what they were doing here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.