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Michael J's Pizzeria & Bar

3.9
41 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Michael J's Pizzeria & Bar offers a diverse range of cuisines to patrons in an interior setting painted in shades of russet and a decorated ceiling overhead. Tiny bulbs hang from the roof to create an intimate surrounding, with the large pillars in the dining room decorated with fresh flower arrangements and glasswork. The restaurant has a native Italian culinary team complimented by a beautiful outdoor patio seating arrangement making for a fine experience during warm Los Angeles nights.

Michael J's Pizzeria & Bar is popular for its variety of authentic Italian dips and sauces, with pesto sauce making a nice combination with all pastas. Pesto margarita and salami pizzas are the specials on the menu. Breakfast sandwiches and American burgers are also served at Michael J's Pizzeria & Bar. Guests can also order Bee's butt and walnut martini here.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Closed
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Phone number
(213) 687-8888
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What 41 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.9
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3.9
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTioBoni (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2014

I was a little surprised when I made reservations for 643 North and showed up that evening to find the restaurant was now Michael J's Pizzeria and Bar. That said, the menu seems pretty much the same and the food was still very good. We like going here for dinner prior to going to a performance at the Music Center or Disney Hall because the food is good, there's usually virtually no wait, and no problem getting out in time to make the short drive to the site of the performance. Staff is friendly and service is good.

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vipSosobar (Los Angeles)
1.0
Dined on May 16, 2014

Terrible service, was not attended to after 10 minutes of being sat down. Didn't have water or a waiter come by to check on us. We walked out and had a great meal somewhere else.

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vipTioBoni (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on May 15, 2014

Too Quiet for such an enjoyable restaurant. I'm not sure why this isn't on the "pre-event" downtown circuit. It has a very nice bar, you get a very friendly greeting upon entering, the smallish dining room is pleasant, the food, from the 643 Special pizza to the beer battered beans were very enjoyable. Oh yeah, and the service was friendly, prompt and excellent. There's on-street parking and a couple of $3 lots close by.

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vipUberskiper (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on April 10, 2014

I was looking for a new funky yet casual spot to have dinner, and boy did this place win! Great food, fantastic staff, creative menu, all around great experience. Definitely coming back.

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VixenVicky (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on March 29, 2014

So glad we tried this place! GREAT FOOD! The Butter Cake is to die for!! We had a nice time. It's small, but that's what we loved about it. Our server was fun and pleasant. We will definitely go back! Also heard they are opening a beer garden.

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lkElSegundo (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on March 23, 2014

Very cute place, and was very happy they had their own private parking lot. Loved my lamb chops, and the scallops, fish and chips, truffle mac and cheese, and burger was delicious. My bro didn't rave about the ossobuco ravioli, and the brussel sprouts were a bit oily. The staff was very friendly, but the service was slow and a little unorganized.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on March 23, 2014

This is a hidden gem! Really in a random area of china town.

KEY NOTE: IT HAS ITS OWN PARKING FOR THIER CUSTOMERS! FREE PARKING!

Food was good not great:

Mushroom and sausage pizza is great!

Shredded pork was good and sour!

Mini sliders was not so good. dry burger and too much bun.

fries are the thick cut which i like

drinks are good and you can build your own martini!

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vipjoolzlover (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on March 14, 2014

This sleek little bistro in an unlikely corner of Chinatown is a new discovery of mine (although it's been open for a while.) We started with drinks in the lively bar with one set of friends, then had dinner with another. Great beers on draft and do it yourself martinis were enjoyed for the drink phase. At dinner the roasted Brussels sprouts were yummy, as were my diver scallops and my friend's lamb chops. Butter cake for dessert was to die. Kind of loud (what isn't these days?) but fun. Free parking in small side lot. When weather gets warm the small outside patio is probably very inviting.

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vipSylsal (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on March 8, 2014

Great little place for a pre concert/theater dinner with excellent food, tasty cocktails and very friendly service. We dined next to an open window that was just as good at being outside on a balmy spring evening. Our waiter, Patrick was extremely helpful and attentive. The Osso bucco ravioli is to die for. Ahi tuna salad was also wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0
Dined on March 8, 2014

When we walked in, we thought oh no! This is just a neighborhood little place with a few tables and a bar.
However, they had a good menu list, with some small plates included and the food was surprisingly very good.
The young waiter knew what he was doing and obviously the chef knew his stuff.

So if someone is looking for very good food with the least amount of ambiance., this is it.
Obviously the price was reasonable also. We had brought our own wine so I can't comment on the wine list.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Closed
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Cross street
Cesar Chavez
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(213) 687-8888
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Catering
We have a large catering business that has been in operation for 31 years. This menu features Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines as well as breakfast and desserts from our in-house bakery.
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Parking details
We have a private lot to the left of our restaurant and there is also meter parking as well as other low cost lots around the area.
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Public transit
Union Station is only about 4 blocks away.
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Executive chef
Saul Ayala
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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