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Peking Tavern

3.9
52 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese (Beijing)
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  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

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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Cuisines
Chinese (Beijing), Gastro Pub, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation

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

HOPPY HOUR:
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2015

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

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2015

Fried chicken is excellent!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2015

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

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2015

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined on October 11, 2014

If you love Panda Express you will love Peking Tavern as it is situated in a hip part of Downtown LA. Though it's a hidden gem Downstairs in the basement it's pretty vibrant when you get there. The courses are pretty petite so you'll spend lotsa dough and get little for your $ but it's hip and the bartenders are great. They can make anything you desire and it tastes Great!

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2.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Do not come here for the food...it is just an afterthought. Of course if you would like dipping your tongue in the ocean then this food is perfect for you....salty,salty salty. I dine regularly in Hong Kong,China and Alhambra but must say that this food definitely would be a hit in North Dakota.
So, if you decide to visit, remember that this establishment is perfect for good friends, social energy and vibe and leave it at that.
By the way.....don't recommend waiting an hour for the chicken wings and we didn't wait around to find out.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2014

Peking Tavern is a cool underground restaurant/bar. They have a good craft beer list and a small menu of tasty dishes. I loved the beef potstickers!

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4.0Dined on September 25, 2014

Everything was great but the scallion pancakes stood out. They came out really hot and were delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 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!

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4.0Dined on July 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.

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3.0Dined on July 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.

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4.0Dined on July 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.

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4.0Dined on June 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.

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3.0Dined on June 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.

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4.0Dined on May 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.

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5.0Dined on May 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.

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3.0Dined on May 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.

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2.0Dined on May 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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4.0Dined on May 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!

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5.0Dined on April 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.

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2.0Dined on April 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.

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5.0Dined on March 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.

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4.0Dined on March 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.

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5.0Dined on March 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.

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