I LOVE Pete's! Sunday evening
I LOVE Pete's! Sunday evening I made a reservation for 12 guests at 10:30 p.m., a group going to have a celebratory dinner after a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Well, as it was, we were late, I had called, and the number of friends grew to 19. They were so wonderfully accommodating, gracious and made a perfectly FABULOUS evening end with a great time of food, drink and merriment! Thank you, Pete's!
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for dinner. They
We went for dinner. They have a good variety of dinner selections – moderately priced and very decent food. A casual place with nice deco and ambiance. Services are excellent. They are very accommodating and friendly. If I live in downtown, this is one the places I would go on a regular date night or movie night.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chicken To Die For!
We had a wonderful dinner at Pete's before hearing the Tallis Scholars perform at The Bradbury Building. The roast chicken was delicious! The flavor of the sauce was unlike anything I've ever tasted -- my dinner companions kept asking for more bites. I finally had to say no! Can't wait to come back. Bookstore around the corner ("The Last Bookstore") is a great spot to explore before or after a meal at Pete's.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nostalgic and enjoyable.
Enjoyed the experience. Nice, classic style for the interior, with a good menu. Wine by the glass only, however, so I would definitely offer bottles if I were them. (If they sell it by the bottle, the menu doesn't suggest that, so I would at least make that more clear). Easy street parking in the evening, or a lot close by.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love Pete's cafe! Done here
Love Pete's cafe! Done here all the time. Reservations not always needed, but they help on busy nights.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pete's is a gem! I have brought friends and family members here for lunch and brunch and everyone loves the food and service! The Hellman burger is the BEST burger you will ever have.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Off the beaten path downtown
Just stumbled across Pete's while looking for an off-the-beaten path downtown spot for lunch. Tired of the corporate spots, Pete's was a great find. Atmostphere seems more east coast than west, close your eyes and you're in New York or Philly maybe. Great setting and great food. Turkey burger was terrific, according to my guest, and the grilled cheese/tomato soup was wonderful. Loved getting away from the big box restaurants on Bunker Hill and off someplace casual, easy, fun, and delicious. First visit but won't be my last.
4/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real gem!
I loved the location, the ambiance, the food, and I will go back when in the area!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm just a healthy eater...
I'm just a healthy eater... It may appeal to foodies that aren't always dieting. Excellent, friendly service. The food tasted very good but it's just not my type of menu.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bar area on the noisy side. Dining
Bar area on the noisy side.
Dining area fine. Service excellent. Limited but good menu - food very good and moderately priced.
Good choice for dinner prior to concert or theater downtown LA
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pete's a gem in LA downtown
I've dined at Pete's 5 times for lunch, and my friends and I love the food, old downtown industrial grill vibe, and excellent service. We keep coming back for the food to try something new, and we've not been disappointed. Their food is done creatively, and it's very tasty. The atmosphere is pleasant with soft music, good for groups such that you can hear each other talk. My favorite dishes so far are the Hellman burger, Veggie burger and Chicken Pot Pie. I will be back to try more!
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for a date night
I thought the food was good but the ambience better. I enjoyed the quaintness and would go back with a date vs a group of people.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sweet Find in LA City Center
I work in downtown LA but spend little time there off hours. A family event put us in the area Sunday, May 5. I had found Pete's Cafe & Bar online, liked the prospect and went for dinner. We had a wonderful time.(Nothing says church confirmation like dinner at a downtown bar.)
Foodwise: The seared salmon was tender and butter-melt-y. I had a hard time not stealing my son's pancettta wrapped scallops on orechiette as the lobster sauce tasted like rich seafood bacon. The prosciutto stuffed chicken was nicely roasted and still moist. I went basic with the burger. One of the best I've had. Desserts were delicious served with really good coffee. Very pleased, all around.
Nice to know this is a couple blocks from the office.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Pre-Theater/Concert Downtown
This is my second time here - is a great place to eat before going to the theater - thought it's not really walking distance - there is parking garage nearby and then a short drive over to the theaters or concert halls. Food is great and very reasonably priced. Service was just enough - tired of those in your face, too happy waiters? Attention from the waitstaff was just right here! Also, for a "cafe and bar" it has a very decent, not overpriced wine list. This is my new go to place for pre-show downtown dining.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pete's is back!
So happy Pete's went back to their old menu or at least bought back many of the original dishes. We had started coming to this restaurant in late 2004 and loved it. However I believe in 2012, they changed the menu and we were disappointed with it. We decided to look at their website last week to see if menu had reverted back....we were so happy to see that it had. ( or had brought back many of our favorites, some with a slightly different twist)....we immediately made reservations for us and another couple and everyone had a great overall experience.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Late Night Gem
This was the first place to offer late night dining in downtown Los Angeles that wasn't a hotel. Good food, good drinks, great service Their specialty fries are fantastic.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently good for food
Consistently good for food and service. I have never had anything but good experiences there and it is a convenient location to meet for those coming from various outlying neighborhoods. Wait staff is professional, knowledgeable and very friendly. I'll be going there again next week.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night at the Opera
A nice alternative for dinner/drinks prior to an event at the Mark Taper/Ahmanson Theatre
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
All of the food was excellent.
All of the food was excellent. The asparagus salad was divine as was the seared tuna and everything else everyone had. I always come to Pete's when I am in LA.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had lunch here for the first time and was very impressed. Food was delicious, and parking was easy. Will definitely go back.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pete's is always good but I took my Dad there for Father's Day and it really shined. The food is excellent, the service is great and it has a classic vibe - just like my Dad.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I continually have wonderful
I continually have wonderful experiences at Pete's, bringing new customers to visit and they always say, "I'm coming back, next week?" Yes, a true gem here in Los Angeles, and the 10 years have flown by!!! Thank you Pete's Cafe.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Taste of San Francisco
I'm familiar with Pete's Café because I used to work at the Times. When I suggested Pete's to a friend as a good place for he and his wife to meet us for dinner and told him it was at 4th and Main downtown, he said, "That's not a very good neighborhood." I assured him that the neighborhood has improved and he and his wife would like Pete's. Turns out they loved it. My friend and his wife are both graduates of Cal and are often visitors to the Bay Area. "This place reminds us of a San Francisco restaurant," my friend said. "It's great."
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
An easy, unpretentious spot, perfect for a burger lunch when yet another corporate restaurant just isn't what you want that day. That's exactly why we went and exactly what we ate. A great spot, a little off the beaten path, just what we wanted.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I ♥ Downtown!
We went to a show at the Los Angeles Theater Center and had dinner at Pete's before walking to the theater. Very convenient parking and walking distance to the theater. The service was delightful, the cocktails delicious and inventive and the food was excellent! The space is very much old Los Angeles and comfortable. My only criticism is that the greeting when arriving at the restaurant left a lot to be desired. As this is your very first impression of a restaurant and in some ways, sets the tone, I think its pretty important. But once, seated, the service was wonderful and we enjoyed our experience at Pete's Cafe and Bar!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
WHY do I LOVE Pete's? BECAUSE,
WHY do I LOVE Pete's? BECAUSE, it is FABULOUS!!! Always fresh, always cheerful, always a delight to the palate and just just LOVE living and being alive in downtown! Thank you Pete's for 10 years of GREAT FOOD and GREAT ATMOSPHERE!!!
7/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Consistently Good Food
I have been going to Pete's for years. The Flat Iron Steak is consistently good, and paired with the blue cheese fries a must! My dining guest had the tuna which was also delicious I am told. The service can be hit and miss, often it's very good, but at times lacking. This was a time it was lacking. The restaurant was near empty when we ordered and it took quite a long time for our food to arrive. I looked for our server but he was no where to be found. The restaurant definitely fills up around 12:15.
Overall this is a great place to dine for lunch, and I will be going back.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate there for Brunch. The
We ate there for Brunch. The special of the day was a bit too spicy, but the eggs benedit were outstanding. Service was fantastic.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was entertaining clients, going to the soccer game at Dodger Stadium. I saw that Pete's was close to the stadium and had good reviews on the web, so I decided that was the place we would meet before the game. I had no trouble making reservations for my party of 12. Pete's contacted the day of the event to confirm reservations (great customer service). The food was great, especially the chicken club French fries. I had a cherry mojito, very yummy. Our waitress was excellent (and I don't remember her name). Will definitely go back.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here a couple times, the most recent time being a few weeks ago. Pete's is a great place for a very, very good meal. They've got excellent steaks, sandwiches & burgers, the cocktail list is amazing, and the atmosphere is very nice.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a birthday celebration
We had a birthday celebration at Pete's Cafe and everyone had a terrific time. We were on a schedule due to taking a neon tour at 7:30 and that wasn't a problem. Though we had eight in our party, the service was just great and the food was terrific! We highly recommend Pete's Cafe!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Service always consistent at Pete's.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great experience we had at our first visit to Pete's Cafe & Bar! The food was tremendous even though we were a little early for dinner (which starts at 5pm) the bar menu was just fine. The eclectic choices made it easy for all to pick a great dish. I would love to go back and try their brunch!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quite Bank District Gem
Dinner at Pete's recently with friends was excellent. The space was elegant, quiet and serene - a great place to get together and not be overwhelmed by noise or soundtracks in the background. We had the loup de mer entree, which was nicely crispy on the outside and perfectly done on the inside, with a tasty accompaniment of meaty Chanterelles and other mushroom which perfectly complimented the fish. We had a great little house appetizer salad and the blue cheese appetizer, both good, and followed it all with some perfectly brewed coffee and a beautiful bread pudding. One of our friends got the chicken breast and found it a bit dry, though quite tasty. Overall, however, thoroughly enjoyable.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have found my new favorite place. The food was amazing and at a great price. My salad and side of fries were so good.. Fresh and the dressing was perfect.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service,
Great food, great service, fair prices and the parking was not the problem I anticipated. The restaurant is quite noisy, a bit of a strain on the vocal chords, but I liked it and we will probably return.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Time with the Gals!
Had brunch with a downtown working mom's group at Pete's and had a fabulous time. Great ambiance, great food, friendly staff too! Great place for a group for a holiday get together. It's also my favorite place for Friday lunch. Sit in the bar area and let Jason entertain you. He's the bomb!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Feeding a Group
It is not always easy for restaurants to accomodate large groups and often times limit the menu selection to two or three items. Our group of 13 showed up on a Tuesday close to lunch time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Health Clinic on Skid Row and thank the staff who work so tirelessly. Our waitress was responsive, took the orders quickly and our food came out in a very timely manner -- all of it still warm (if it was supposed to be) and no one had to correct their order. All agreed the food was very good and that we will be back. Thanks Pete's!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for after theater
Pete's is a lively neighborhood bar and restaurant situated near downtown LA's art district and close to various trendy clubs. While moderately priced, the chef's offerings are creative, the food is consistently tasty and satisfying, the atmosphere casually hip and upbeat but not so loud it precludes conversation. A great place to eat, drink, talk and relax on a night out with friends. Pete's is a favorite that always draws me back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good. Best price in town for a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. Everyone left more than "full"-filled.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Place to Spend an Evening
I've past Pete's Cafe several times and delighted we finally went. The food was delicious; I had the mussels, which were a bit small and the portion size was unusually average, but it reflected a very fair price. And while I'm used to much larger portions, I was sufficiently full. The flavors were just slightly different from the usual French presentation, but equally tasty.
My husband had the lamb with pasta and while he prefers his entrees to be all lamb, he was very pleased, as there was quite a bit of lamb and the flavor was outstanding. We shared the chocolate pot de creme which was so good, and not too sweet
The ambience is just so comfortable - a bit dark which makes the place feel cozy and the tables are not on top of each other.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been here several times. Never fails to deliver good food and great service. Perfect for preconcert dinner, just make sure to mention to your server and the kitchen will make sure you are served in a timely manner. Will keep coming back for sure.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM