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Peking Tavern

52 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese (Beijing)
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  • Good for Groups (69)
  • Neighborhood Gem (61)
  • Fit for Foodies (60)

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Situated in downtown LA in the basement of what was once a bank, Peking Tavern serves creative Chinese fare. This gastropub has an industrial-style setting. Owners Andrew Wong and Andrew Chiu wanted patrons to have a relaxing place to unwind and enjoy Beijing street food along with a refreshing drink. An appetizer of blanched kale with shallot sauce or a lotus root salad are popular choices at Peking Tavern. Guests can dine on a plate of handmade pork and crab dumplings, beef soup with hand-pulled noodles and Chinese sauerkraut or a scallion pancake filled with sliced pork belly. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes can also be found on the menu.

Peking Tavern was voted Best of DTLA 2016 winner for Chinese food. It features a full bar that offers cocktails and more. This gastropub has a happy hour and hosts events throughout the year like Ping Pong Sundays.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Chinese (Beijing), Gastro Pub, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation

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

Monday: 5-7PM' Tuesday- Sunday: 5:00 - 7:00pm
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Phone number
(213) 988-8308
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Eighth Street
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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.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

Our office wanted a Chinese place close to our office in Downtown LA to entertain a visitor and we were delight to find Peking Tavern. We trusted the reviews and booked a table. The reservation process online was easy to administer and the table was ready for us by arrival.
The food itself was amazing. The portions were small for the price (i.e. 6 dumplings/order) though. We tried a variety of dishes and none disappointed.

Our gripe was about quickly the food was ready. For a party of 8 and perhaps 10-12 dishes, it took 90 minutes to get everything out. The first dish took 20 minutes to come out and it was the seafood dumplings. The last dish was the veggie dumplings, almost 90 minutes after ordering, to which the server told us it takes the longest to prepare (doesn't make sense). It was unacceptable and no good explanation was given. It embarrassed us.

We won't be going back anytime soon. We hope that the speed of service is something that is not normal. The food is terrific but the wait wasn't worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

Unusual, but cool-unusual. The lady making the dumplings at the front is fun to watch. I wish they had more food options; however, it is a gastro-pub, so they have a limited menu. The scallion pancakes were delicious. Highly recommend those.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

We ate at the bar and was easily served food and drinks there. The fried chicken was delicious! Very good menu selections. The only thing that caught was my attention the most, aside from the delicious fried chicken, was the lack of music. Everything else was spot on. The cool bank vault door was neat!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

From the street to downstairs, found a neighborhood gem with Excellent Food and friendly crowd. Was a little hard to find because it's downstairs but worth it.

FatChick (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

crab dumplings had no flavor. beef rolls also had no flavor. ordered potstickers hoping for at least pan fried flavor--nope.

servers kept forgetting everything.

there are so many great dumpling spots in LA. this spot needs to get it together.

Laught3r (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2015

Between the interesting cocktail menu, the great food, and the always smiling staff, this is my favorite spot in Dtla. The spicy mango margarita (actually called something else that I can't remember) is my new favorite drink, the fri chicken is amazing as is the pork and crab dumpling, and all of the little salad dishes are great for starters. So enjoyable.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2015

The best homemade potstickers authentic style in LA. Gluten free option too.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2015

Fried chicken is excellent!

vipPoppaBear17 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

This was the 2nd time I have been to this place. Such a great experience both times. The food is amazing. The menu is not big but the items they have on their menu are done to a perfection. Really a great experience and everything I have had is mouth watering. Great for groups and to share a bunch of items. I would recommend this for a date night, or even a group gathering.

The bar scene is really nice and you can easily eat there or the communal tables. I highly recommend Pecking Tavern and cannot say enough great things about both of my experiences here.

vipStarvingSara (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2015

Went back twice. Seems like they run out of menu items but everything was tasty!

vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on May 28, 2015

The potstickers and dumplings are fresh made and were very good. However the service was horrible. Would not go back

JoviRox (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 26, 2015

We were disappointed in our experience as we were responsible for planning a dinner for 8 extended family members from different areas of LA. We met there on Sunday night and arrived to find out that everything on the menu was sold out except for dumplings and cucumber salad. These items were fine, but we had four hungry young men who had been excited about the noodles. We were told about the menu shortage after we were seated and by then did not want to change our plans.

vipLuvDiningOut (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2015

Hip and stylish Asian decor with a funky vibe. Relatively limited menu but some great starters, potstickers, and entrees. All easily sharable.

vipitsasmallgirl (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2015

This restaurant is very cute and definitely a hidden gem. the lamps at the bar I would love to have in my own home.

BellaLA (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

You will not find better gluten free dumplings and noodles anywhere in LA!! That aside, there are too many great dishes to choose from. The potstickers, fish dumplings, beef noodle soup, pork belly atop green onion pancakes...yum!! The servers are attentive and fun, the atmosphere is stylish and laid back. This is one of the best hidden gems in downtown...don't miss what is sure to become a new favorite haunt.

vipJenniferinSaMo (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2014

We were a table of 6 at 6:30pm so arrived at a fairly empty place. Our entrees arrived in 3 waves over 15 mins. The waiter was hostile when asked about the delay and never otherwise acknowledged it or apologized.

susen00000 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2014

I love this little place! In an old bank building with the ambience of a New York boite, except that the waiters play ping pong instead of music. The food is familiar yet different. Chinese street food as touted. Order several dishes and share! Park for the Orpheum or Theater @ Ace Hotel and walk one street over. Manager Andrew will take care of you.

vipcatmom (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

This is a Chinese bar in the basement of a former bank building. The food is good and the ambiance is interesting.

DTLA (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

We were served beers we didn't order and when we pointed it out our server said you can have that one anyway. Our food was pretty good, but we received half the the entrees 20 minutes after the first items. Our friends basically sat and watched us eat and then we sat and watched them. We weren't given condiments until we asked a server (not ours) twice. I assume the place is poorly managed and makes it's profit on the bar. I will not go back.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

Love the food. Mostly everything's tasting style so we shared everything. Except the beef noodle soup - so yummy! I'll come back for it! The only thing is theirisic could be a bit softer - I almost couldn't hear myself talking to my friends